Our 2017 Comic Creator Guest lineup is complete!
Neal had legendary ‘runs’ on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from the campy TV show, and transformed him into his present, “Avenger of the Night” persona. When people say ‘modern Batman,’ they mean Neal Adams’ Batman. His run led directly to the realistic incarnation seen in “Batman Begins ”, and the “The Dark Knight” movies.
Creator of Ras Al Ghul , now featured in the “Arrow” series, and pretty much created the Green Arrow, and Merlyn characters we see in the “Arrow” TV show.
Mike Grell is a storyteller. Since his comics debut in 1973, he’s brought his own creations and their worlds to life with a cinematic style of visual storytelling. Some of his more famed work includes The Warlord for DC Comics, Starslayer, Jon Sable, Shaman's Tears, Bar Sinister, and Maggie the Cat.
He has also had successful runs on such features as Batman, Iron Man, Green Arrow, and the internationally acclaimed Longbow Hunters.
Legendary Hulk Writer
Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them.
Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens, and many others. He has also written comic book related novels, such as The Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast, and co-edited The Ultimate Hulk short story collection. Furthermore, his opinion column But I Digress… has been running in the industry trade newspaper The Comic Buyers’s Guide for nearly a decade, and in that time has been the paper’s consistently most popular feature and was also collected into a trade paperback edition.
MIKE ZECK’s comics series and covers have influenced generations of artists, and one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or most deeply embossed in our pop culture.
Zeck’s groundbreaking six part story “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod is the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and took the Spider-man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the “Greatest Spider-Man story of all time,” in recent polls.
His work with writer Steven Grant on the Punisher Limited Series--collected as “Circle of Blood”—set the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled the him to flagship character status at Marvel. Along with air-brush artist Phil Zimelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher.
The 12-issue Series “Secret Wars,” was a monumental success, and Zeck’s design for Spider-Man’s black costume is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-man wore the costume temporarily, and it still lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.
Kabuki / Daredevil
David Mack is the Emmy nominated, New York Times Best Selling Author & Artist of KABUKI, writer of Daredevil, cover artist of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Jessica Jones, & FIGHT CLUB 2 by Chuck Palahniuk. Artist on Jessica Jones Netflix opening titles & Captain America The Winter Soldier film titles. Ambassador of Arts & Story for US State Dept.
Mack created artwork for the the opening titles of the new Jessica Jones Netflix TV series (winner of the Peabody Award), based on the book he was co-collaborator on. The opening titles he worked on with Imaginary Forces garnered an Emmy Nomination in the category of Outstanding Main Titles.
For the Academy Award nominated film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Mack created the art & concept for the titles sequence with Sarofsky Designs, which received recognition for the Excellence in Titles Design Award.
Mack contributed artwork for the opening titles of Robert Rodriguez's Matador TV series with Sarofsky designs, and contributed art (and a cameo role) for the Powers TV series at Sony.
Mack's work has garnered nominations for seven Eisner Awards, four International Eagle Awards, and both the Harvey and Kirby Awards in the category of Best New Talent, as well as many other national and international awards and nominations.
Jim Mahfood aka Food One was born on March 29, 1975 in St. Louis, MO. He was raised on a steady diet of classic cartoons, comic books, Star Wars, and his mom’s eclectic vinyl record collection.
Highlights of his career include: illustrating director Kevin Smith’sClerks comics, handling the art chores on the entire ad campaign for Colt 45 malt liquor in 2007-08, painting the murals on Comedy Central’s Sarah Silverman Show, illustrating the Kickpuncher comic book that was included in the Season 1 DVD of NBC’s hit showCommunity, illustrating and art-directing reggae legend Ziggy Marley’s MarijuanaMan project, and providing custom car art for Nissan’s new “Juke” Artist Series. His current projects include: illustrating custom bottles for Bed Head hair products, developing the animated showDisco Destroyer (with Scott Mosier and Joe Casey) for Titmouse and MTV’s Liquid Television, and providing all the art on the new Tank Girl series: Everybody Loves Tank Girl. Food One also continues to work on Los Angeles Ink Stains as an on-going, never-ending series, with new installments appearing on a somewhat regular basis on his website: www.jimmahfood.com.
Wynona Earp Creator
Beau Smith is the writer and creator of the current hit TV Series Wynonna Earp on the SyFy Channel as well as the critically acclaimed and current hit comic book series, Wynonna Earp.
Beau has written comic books, screenplays, video games, business, entertainment and opinion columns for 30 years. He has worked for such publishers as DC Comics, Eclipse Comics, Image Comics, Moonstone Publishing, IDW Publishing, Crusade Fine Arts, Capcom Video Games, Wizard Magazine, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Entertainment Retailing, Comic Book Business, Busted Knuckles and Impact-The Global Entertainment Magazine. He has written such comic books as 24: Cold Warriors, Wolverine vs. Shi, Star Wars, Wynonna Earp, The Black Terror, Spawn, Parts Unknown, Cobb: Off The Leash, Batman, Catwoman, Wildcat, Guy Gardner: Warrior, Green Lantern, The Undertaker for WWE, 9/11, Wonder Woman, B’Wana Beast and more.
Beau has created and owns such properties as Wynonna Earp (New TV Series on SyFy Channel April 2016) Parts Unknown (Has been optioned for a feature film), Cobb: Off The Leash, (Optioned for TV) The Black Terror, The BadLander, Primate: The Sword Of Darwin, Maximum Jack, Lost & Found, Werewolves: Dead Moon Rising and has just released No Guts, No Glory: How To Market Yourself In Comics.
Beau is a regular writer of columns on pop culture and comic books for Impact: The Global Action Entertainment Magazine, The Comics Buyer’s Guide, Wizard Magazine, Sketch Magazine, Busted Knuckles, Westfield Comics and Comic Book Retailer
Famous Monster Artist
Basil Gogos is best known for his striking portraits of movie monsters which appeared on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine in the 1960s and 70s.
Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, created by publisher James Warren and editor Forrest J Ackerman, premiered in 1958 and was aimed at young readers who were then discovering the classic horror films of the '30s and '40s on television. The magazine's covers were usually eye-catching close-ups of horror movie characters. Gogos' first work for Warren was the cover of Famous Monsters of Filmland #9 in 1960 featuring an impressionistic portrait of Vincent Price from House of Usher painted in shades of red, yellow and green. Over the next two decades, he created almost 50 covers for Famous Monsters, many of which have become iconic images of that period. Gogos also provided cover art for several other Warren magazines including Creepy, Eerie, Spaceman, Wildest Westerns and The Spirit.
Basil Gogos' Famous Monsters cover art featured most of the classic horror characters such as The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, King Kong, Godzilla and The Creature from the Black Lagoon and popular horror actors like Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Gogos often captured his subjects in an array of vivid colors using a technique in which the artist imagined the character bathed in colors from multiple light sources. He enjoyed painting monsters more than most of his more conventional assignments because of the freedom he was given and because of the challenge of painting such unusual characters which he endeavored to portray as both frightening and sympathetic.
Marvel Artist / Colorist
Rico Renzi is a comic book artist and designer from Washington DC. His latest work appears every month in the pages of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Radioactive Spider-Gwen from Marvel Comics and Loose Ends from Image Comics. He has also colored comics for WIRED and Fast Company Magazines, and various publications from D.C., Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Scholastic, Boom Studios, Oni Press and IDW. He currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and daughter where he designs t-shirts in his free time.
Rob Guillory is an Eisner Award-winning American comic book artist. Born, raised and currently based in Lafayette, Louisiana, Guillory is most known for his art on CHEW, published by Image Comics. The book went on to achieve much success, being nominated for two Harvey Awards (including Best New Talent for Guillory), two Eagle Awards and winning an Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2010. In 2011, the book also won another Eisner for Best Continuing Series. Guillory is currently working on an unnamed new project.
Christina Rice has written multiple issues of the My Little Pony comic book series (IDW Publishing) and is the author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel (University Press of Kentucky, 2013). When not writing about Hollywood and horses, she oversees the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection. She lives in North Hollywood with her husband, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, their daughter, and two adorably rambunctious dogs.
Kody Chamberlain is a writer and artist with over twelve years in the entertainment industry creating idea-driven work the best publishers in the business. Highlights include SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY, PUNKS THE COMIC, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, TAG, SHANG-CHI/DEADPOOL, AND HALO: TALES FROM SLIPSPACE. In addition to his work in the comic book industry, Kody also delivers cutting-edge work for feature films, animations, video games, and television. Credits include DC Comics, HarperCollins, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, 20th Century FOX, LucasArts, Marvel Comics, MTV, MTV Comics, Mulholland Books, Sony Pictures, 12 Gauge Comics, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award nominated writer of graphic novels, animation, video games, film, and television, including: THE LIFE AFTER, THE BUNKER, PUNKS, ELK'S RUN, TUMOR, ECHOES, KING, PACIFIC RIM, THE ULTIMATES, I, VAMPIRE, and JEFF STEINBERG CHAMPION OF EARTH. He's also written for NBC's CHICAGO MED and SYFY's upcoming INCORPORATED.
The Strain Artist
Huddleston started working in comics in the mid-nineties at the age of 21, doing creator-owned projects for Spoon Ink and Caliber, as well as some work for DC Comics, including a short run on Deathstroke with Marv Wolfman up until the title's cancellation. He later called this initial two-year stint a "false start", which prompted him to leave mainstream comics to join Jim Mahfood's 40 Oz Comics studio. Huddleston returned in 2000 with the creator-owned The Coffin for Oni Press, written by Phil Hester. Since then, Huddleston worked for independent publishers, Marvel and DC Comics, as well as latter's Vertigo and Wildstorm imprints, including lengthy runs on Harley Quinn with A. J. Lieberman and Gen¹³ with Scott Beatty and creator-owned mini-series such as Mnemovore with Ray Fawkes and Hans Rodionoff and Deep Sleeper, again with Phil Hester.
From 2011 to 2015 Huddleston worked as the artist of the comic adaptation of Guillermo del Toro's The Strain trilogy with David Lapham as the writer and del Toro as the consultant. Reportedly, del Toro liked Huddleston's approach to design so much that it influenced the way he approached the eventual TV adaptation of the book, as well as the overall development of The Strain universe.
Larry Elmore has been creating fantasy and science fiction art for over 40 years. After serving two years in the service, Larry got a job at Fort Knox, Ky. as an illustrator. While working there, in the ’70's he started freelancing at home and was published in a few magazines, including Heavy Metal and National Lampoon. In 1987 he was contacted by TSR Inc., the company that produced the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and he worked there from 1981 to 1987. While at TSR, he helped set the standards of gaming art in the role-playing genre. Besides creating covers for Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D, Star Frontiers and other gaming books. he may be best known for my work with the world of Dragonlance. Since 1987, he has been working as a freelance illustrator, creating covers for comics, computer games, magazines, fantasy and science fiction books and many more projects too numerous to list here.
Joel Adams, eldest son of Neal Adams, graduated the School of Visual Arts in New York, and after dabbling in comics, decided to make his career, in Los Angeles in the animation industry.
He was the character designer for the first three years of, and shares an Emmy Award for, the legendary animated television series, “King of the Hill”.
Joel Adams, a fan favorite, also did character design work the animated: “The Hulk”, “Nascar Racers”, “Lost World” and “Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century”
Licenses Joel has worked for include: “Mighty Morphing Power Rangers”, “Power Rangers Wild Force”, “Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue”, “Harry Potter Goblet of Fire”, “Captain Scarlet”, “The Hulk: Animated Series”, “The Mask: Animated Series”, and “Jackie Chan Adventures”
Joel currently manages Continuity Studios in Burbank, California, which produces computer animation, such as the Nasonex Bee, and Bongo the Dannon Monkey, for major advertising agencies, and advertisers.
The Crogan Adventures
Chris Schweizer is the cartoonist behind The Crogan Adventures, a historical fiction graphic novel series that has been nominated for two Eisner Awards, and The Creeps, a horror series. When he isn't working on pages, he draws historical figures, literary characters, and Star Wars stuff. He received his BFA in graphic design from Murray State University in 2004, and in 2008 earned his MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, where he went on to teach for five years. He now spends all of his time making comics, and lives in Kentucky with his wife Liz and daughter Penny.
"Kyle Starks is a comic book creator hailing from Southern Indiana. He is best known as the creator of Image Comics SEXCASTLE and is currently writing and doing covers for ONI Books INVADER ZIM. He wrote the only dedicated D-Man story in Marvel history in Secret Wars Too. He drew a very small Galactus for Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. He's contributed comics and pin-ups from Monkeybrain to Dark Horse, along with several successful self published books like The Legend Of Ricky Thunder. He's been called a "Critically acclaimed comedy cartoonist!" Whoa!"
LCTC SUPER ART GUY!
Justin lives in KY with his wife, daughter and their 2 pup dogs. Mainly utilized as a colorist, letterer and designer, Justin has done work for Disney, Marvel, Image, Graphitti Designs, AAM/Markosia, Viper and Zenoscope Entertainment. Justins latest work can be seen on IDW's Miami Vice Remix and in Marvel's Howard the Human. Justin will draw, ink, color, letter, layout, design or otherwise take care of whatever needs arting.
Justin is and has been LCTCs official event artist for the last 5 years. He has been responsible for the art on all of the magnificent banners and such that we have displayed at the convention as well as the color program design!
Guy Gilchrist at the age of 24, was hand-selected to create Jim Henson's Muppets Comic Strip that was printed worldwide in 660-plus newspapers daily from 1981 to 1986. Throughout the years, he has set his hand to such notable cartoons as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Fraggle Rock and The Pink Panther and was instrumental in the creation of The Muppet Babies.
Gilchrist took over the iconic Nancy comic strip in 1995, and 2015 marks his twentieth year drawing Nancy. In 2013 he unveiled a one-of-a-kind exhibit, Nancy Loves Nashville, at the Nashville International Airport that revealed the location of Three Rocks as a suburb just outside of Nashville. Syndicated internationally in 80 countries and some 400 newspapers, Nancy has a viewership of 57 million readers around the world.
Drew Moss is an illustrator And has done work for companies such as IDW (Colonized, ROM space knight), Dark Horse ( Creepy), Oni (Blood Feud Terrible Lizard ) and is currently working on Copperhead for Image comics. Drew lives in Hampton Virginia with a hyperactive Weimreiner , his wife and children.
JSA / X-Factor
Buzz is a comic book artist known for his work on JSA, ATOMIKA, VAMPIRELLA, LUNA, X-FACTOR, IMPULSE, and SHI to name a few.
A very popular and sought after commission artist among the art collectors and the comic-book convention circuit.
Buzz is also a multi-EMMY award winning commercial artist who has worked with CBS, FOX, Los Angeles LAKERS and The United States Marine Corp.
Green Lantern Artist
Darryl is a professional illustrator and Columbus, Ohio native. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design where he also created the Comic Book Illustration course. He has worked for many companies but he is best known for his art on DC Comics' Green Lantern and co-creating Kyle Rayner and Parallax.
Currently he does design and illustration for statues and toys for various companies. Most notably Hawthorne Village and Hasbro Inc. and Filsinger Games."
Corey Lewis is an American comic book creator. He is primarily known as the creator of Sharknife, published by Oni Press. Other works include PENG for Oni, providing back-up comic strips for the Darkstalkers and Street Fighter comics for UDON, GI Joe Deviations, and Seedless . Recently he participated with a short story in Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Lost Stories comic published by Dark Horse Comics. His Sun Bakery one-man anthology is the debut series from Alternative Comics’ new Press Gang imprint of full-color standard-size comic books.
With humble beginnings in rural KY, award winning artist Billy Tackett freelanced tirelessly for 12 years to receive international recognition as an accomplished artist and illustrator. His numerous works include fine art paintings, portraits, and various other commercial illustrations. His work has been seen on National Geographic Channel and showcased in publications such as Horrorhound Magazine, ImagineFX and Harper-Collins' Vampire Art Now.
After publishing over 200 book covers he created his signature piece, Zombie Sam, which is considered to be one of the first "zombie mash-ups" and earns him the title of "Father of the Genre".
Jamie is a freelance illustrator who can do just about anything you need. From penciling and inking, to paints, to sculpting, to etching, etc. Working on various sketch card sets from Topps, Posters for LFL and Acme Archives: Celebrations V and the 30th Anniversary of ESB. He has also worked for IDW publishing doing various covers for IDW's Godzilla #1 and various characters for the Transformers Beastwars Source book.
Gavin Smith is a freelance artist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the artist for "The Accelerators" for Blue Juice Comics and has recently completed a story for "68" for Image Comics. He also worked on motion comics for AT&T, "Charge" A prequel comic to the independent cult movie "All Superheroes Must Die", cover artist for "Action Lab Entertainment, and has provided ghosting duties on backgrounds and inks for several other comic books. In 2012 created and self published his own comic book "Human City". He is also a 2011 graduate of the Joe Kubert School.
When I Was Little
Justin Castaneda is an illustrator from the South Side of Chicago. He created the When I Was Little picture book series and the children's story, Heart.
He has worked in comics doing variant covers and pin ups. He has illustrated stories for Aw Yeah Comics and Scratch 9. Recently he has done sketch cards for Upper Deck.
Currently Justin illustrates Wonder Care Presents: The Kinder Guardians with writer Victor Dandridge for Vantage InHouse Productions. He also created a webcomic for the book which you can read here: wondercareafterschool.tumblr.com!
Follow him on social media to see more of his art : @whenuwerelittle
Master of Extreme Metal Cartoons
Mark Rudolph draws stuff for bands, magazines and books. He does comics about heavy metal, sci-fi and horror as well as beer labels and portraits (basically he draws anything). His work can be seen monthly in Decibel and Metal Hammer magazines. He lives in Detroit with his wife and a bunch of animals.
Moody Atmospheric Art!
Stuart Sayger is best known for his moody atmospheric art. Recently Sayger drew graphic novels of "Trick R Treat" and "Krampus" based on the films of the same names from Legendary Pictures. Sayger also contributed the cover to a newly released commemorative issue of "the Walking Dead". Other well known projects include the "Superman: Man of Steel” movie, and a video game adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s “Thief of Thieves”. Sayger has drawn many IDW projects including:"The X-Files", “30-Days of Night,” “Robert Rodriguez’s Machete,” and “Bram Stoker’s Death Ship.” Toy fans will remember Stuart’s work from a 2-year run drawing the “Bionicle” comic book based on the popular Lego toy line of the same name. The series was translated to 8 different languages and distributed internationally boasting the largest circulation of any comic book in the world! Stuart is often drawing during conventions, so please stop by and see his inky fingers at work!
Guest Terms & Conditions
All guest appearances are confirmed but guest schedules are always subject to change. We will NOT guarantee appearances but we will always try to tell you in advance of any changes to the guest line-up.
Most guests will charge a nominal fee for autographs and those fees are at the sole discretion of the particular guest in question. In general they will range from free all the way up to $75 per autograph. We DO NOT set, monitor or control pricing of autographs.
All guests are scheduled to appear all three days unless noted but signing times may vary. These times are set almost on the fly as demand dictates. (i.e. if a star has no line, they may take lunch and when the line builds up, they may come back..)
Photos are also at the sole discretion of each guest. Some may allow in booth photos, others may not.
Froggy's photos will be on site for professional photo ops this year, most of the celebrities will be available for these at a cost of $25 and up per 8x10 - A full schedule of photo ops and information on how to purchase phot ops will be available by mid February 2017. Please stay tuned!