OUR GUESTS


Coy Turnbull (Koi)

Artist

Born Coy Turnbull (Koi) was born December 12, 1976 in Elmhurst, Queens NY. Most of his early years were spent in New York till a change of scenery came and a move south happened at the age of 13. His family moved to Asheboro, where he learned the ins and outs of the comic industry from working at a local comic shop with fellow future comic inker, John “Waki” Wycough. He learned from the likes of local artist like Randy Green, Steve Carnish, Jim Amash and Rick Ketcham, who mentored him in preparation for a future in comics. He began work as a background artist on Marvel projects for Adam Pollina on X-Force and Walter McDaniel on Deadpool. His my big break happened during the Wizard World Chicago Comic Convention at a portfolio review with Aspen MLT’s, Frank Mastromauro, where his work caught their eyes and a week after the con, was contacted about future employment with Aspen MLT as a penciler. Working under the direction of Michael Turner, Koi’s talent grew, and with that followed Mike’s run on Fathom. He has also worked DC books like, Flash and Superman Confidential. With Marvel Comics he is working on Terror INC, New Warriors, Black Panther and the One Month 2 Live storyline.


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Neil Kaplan

Voice Actor

In a career that spans more than 20 years, voice over actor Neil Kaplan has repeatedly proven that he’s oh-so-good at being bad.

In “Voltron Legendary Defender,” a DreamWorks animated series now streaming on Netflix, he plays Emperor Zarkon, the chief adversary of five teenagers who have been plunged into the middle of an intergalactic war. Long story short: This dude is evil.

“The fun thing about playing big bad guys is that they’re certain about what they want,” says Kaplan, who grew up in San Jose. “They have a goal, and they’re out to achieve it. They’re not asking for advice. It’s just, ‘This is what we’re doing, and this is how we’re going to get it there.’ "

Kaplan, says he gets a kick out of playing Zarkon because he’s a character with “shades of gray”—someone who is a “little more erudite and intelligent.”

Being bad is nothing new for Kaplan. Some of his early work included voicing “villains of the week” on the iconic “Power Rangers” TV series.

But there’s no type-casting Kaplan. Over the years he has taken on a vast variety of roles in animation, video games, television, film, audiobooks and anime.

His other fan favorites includes numerous Digimon as well as season two target of fan adoration, HAWKMON-- as well as all of his derivations. Neil's current work in the world of anime includes the charismatic villain MADARA UCHIHA on the popular long-running series "Naruto: Shippuden".

In addition, Neil has worked on dozens and dozens video games, often creating incredibly memorable characters including the roguish anti-hero TYCHUS J. FINDLAY in both "Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty" and "Heroes of The Storm", the mysterious star dragon AURELION SOL in "League of Legends", the hulking, brutish, bounty hunter companion SKADGE in "Star Wars: The Old Republic", as well as IMPERIAL GOVERNOR ADELHARD in "Star Wars: Uprising" and BENDAK STARKILLER in "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic".

He can be heard as SABRETOOTH and VENOM in "Marvel Heroes", KRAVEN THE HUNTER, GORILLA GRODD, DECEPTICON LONG HAUL, NORMAN OSBOURNE and THE GREEN GOBLIN on various video games as well as hundreds of background characters who help bring the background to life.

His other video game credits also include The Skylanders series of games, "The Last of Us", "God of War: Ascension", "Diablo III", "Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor", "Elder Scrolls", "Guild Wars 2", "Bioshock Infinite", "World of Warcraft" and many, MANY others.

“The great thing about voice acting is that it doesn’t matter what you look like,” he says. “If you’re tall, you can play a short person If you’re 100 years old, you can play a teenager…If you can play it, you can play it.”

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Bobby Clark

Actor

Bobby's career in the movie business started in the late 1960's when he worked as an Extra. He soon graduated to Actor/Stuntman and appeared in television and motion pictures for the next 30+ years. As it turned out, in 1967-68 he was hired to work on TOS (the Original Star Trek). Bobby's claim to fame has become his work in the very popular Star Trek episode "Arena", the episode where Captain Kirk was transported to a planet to battle the lizard-like Gorn Captain to the death. Bobby was not only the Gorn Captain but appeared in 3 other Star Trek episodes; The Apple, The Return of the Archons and Mirror, Mirror.

Although Bobby is semi-retired from show business, he still makes public appearances and attends "Trekkie" conventions in the U.S., Australia and Europe.


Ken F. Levin

Producer

Ken F. Levin makes the deals for a select handful of comics superstars (like Mike Mignola, Bill Willingham, Max Allan Collins, and Garth Ennis) and helps produce their projects (he's Executive Producer on QUARRY for HBO/Cinemax, and Executive Producer on the coming series THE BOYS, among others).  He put together and is an Executive Producer on the hit AMC series PREACHER, currently filming its 13 Episode second season in New Orleans. The first season of PREACHER is currently available on HULU. The new second season begins airing Monday, June 19th on AMC Network.

Ken also co-founded and is the President and Executive Editor of the iconic comics and graphic novel publisher 1First Comics.  He also negotiated and/or set up, among other projects, the feature films ROAD TO PERDITION, WANTED, HELLBOY, THE SCRIBBLER (which he produced), and, on television, SABLE and PAINKILLER JANE.


Ambrose Quintanilla

Writer    Artist

Ambrose Quintanilla is a Southern California based writer/cartoonist and creator of comic strips and comic books for Gopher-it Comics. He has been drawing professionally for over thirty years. He recently launched his newest comic strip “Life & Times…” that chronicles the adventures of a cartoonist and his family. His newest comic book, “The Complete Me & The Kid” will be debuting this fall. In addition to creating comic strips and comic books, Ambrose has created album covers, DVD art, book covers, T-shirts and character designs for some of the country’s top Stand Up Comedians and is the Official cartoonist of the national stand up comedy competition, The World Series of Comedy.

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Omaha Perez

Writer    Artist

Omaha Perez is the writer/artist of the graphic novels THE DRUDE (2016), HOLMES (2008) and BODHISATTVA (2003). He has contributed work to the anthologies COMIC BOOK TATTOO (2008), FLASH GORDON 75th ANNIVERSARY (2009), and THE GRAPHIC CANON (2011). His next GN, SUPER TERRE.R with artists Tony Talbert and Greg Hinkle, is coming from 1First Comics in the Fall of 2016.

Omaha's illustration work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators New York, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Spectrum, and 3 x 3 Magazine's annual juried illustration book.

A professional graphic artist for 20 years, Omaha owns and operates the Los Angeles design studio DRUDE STUDIOS.


Russell Nohelty

Writer

Russell Nohelty is a writer, publisher, and speaker. He runs Wannabe Press (www.wannabepress.com), a small press that publishes weird books for weird people, and hosts The Business of Art podcast (www.thebusinessofart.us), which helps creatives build better businesses.

Russell is the author of Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father, Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs and My Father Didn’t Kill Himself, along with the creator of the Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, Gherkin Boy, and Katrina Hates the Dead graphic novels. He makes books that are as entertaining and weird as they are thought provoking and interesting.

Social Media Links: @russellnohelty on Twitter and Instagram. /russellnohelty on Facebook

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Danny De La Paz

Actor

Danny De La Paz is a veteran actor with over forty years of feature film and television credits under his belt, having begun his film career in 1979 with the Warner Bros. feature Boulevard Nights. In addition to his film work he is also known for his work in the theatre which is where for him it all began. His performances in Universal Studios American Me and in Alfredo Ramo's Road Dogz and Kill Kapone only cemented his position as a representative, through the arts, of the Chicano community. A role which he takes very seriously. Danny is currently slated to begin work later this fall on a new feature entitled Tomorrow We Laugh.

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Batcave Productions & Wonder Woman Is Real

Costume/Prop Fabrication

@batcaveproductions is a mechanical engineer designs our weapons, belts and gadgets and he is the brooding and funny humor. He has volunteered for endless autism organizations for decades and started to cosplay to help cheer up kids

@wonderwomanisreal is a 6 ft tall Amazon who works as a disability and civil rights attorney for children and adults who are neglected or disenfranchised by the systems aimed at helping them and a Wonder Woman cosplayer by night where she does only mashups and variants of Wonder Woman ever since her clients told her she was the real Wonder Woman

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Daniel Bravo

Costume/Prop Fabrication

Daniel Bravo has been drawing his inspiration from watching old monster movies since he can remember. His costumes hit the Comic Con scene over 14 years ago, with his first creation of Predator 1 and 2, Creature from The Black Lagoon and more.

In 2012, he was inspired to re-create the 90s version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He debuted his Raphael at Stan Lees Comikaze in November 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

He has traveled across the country performing and appearing with the Heroes in the Half Shell locally, numerous comic cons and at various charity and corporate events. His turtles were the first to be reunited and perform Ninja Rap with Vanilla Ice after 23 years. DbsTurtles have performed with Partners inKrymevarious times, and can be seen in their latest music video, Rock theHalfshell.

His dream came true when he made the costumes for the Blockbustermovie, TED2, where he and his turtle team also appeared in the film.

He believes that, Anyone can put on a suit, but only someone special can bring it to life! He continues to bring smiles and joy to all who appreciate his art wherever he goes.

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1.21 Gigawatt Guys

Costume/Prop Fabrication

This replica of the famous Delorean Time Machine made famous from the movie Back to the Future from Part #1. It is owned and driven by Lenny Hochteil under the name 1.21 GIGAWATT GUYS

Quote from the movie Wait a minute, Doc... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean? The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

The Time Machine features on the outside are the Plutonium Reactor, the Lightning Rod and the Rear Vents. The inside has the Time Circuits Control, the Time Displays Panel, the Plutonium Gauges and the Flux Capacitor, which is what makes time travel possible.

Lenny has been seen at events such as Cruzing for a Cure, Hollywood Christmas Parade, Las Vegas Charity event, Pomona Christmas Parade, Saint Patricks Day Parade and charity car shows, TV spots and Comic Cons. Where ever the movie BTTF is showing.

1.21 GIGAWATT GUYS is for hire to be used at parties, events, corporate events, weddings, anniversaries, reunions, car shows and filmings, photo shoots and more.

Contact Lenny at 626-592-2134 or email us at 1.21GIGAWATTGUYS@GMAIL.COM
See you in the future or the past,
Lenny-Time Traveler

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Loren Lester

Voice-Over Artist

A highly successful voice-over artist, Loren is best known for creating the roles of Robin and Nightwing on Batman: The Animated Series and The Adventures of Batman and Robin, and the role of Barbecue on G.I. Joe. He has recurred on The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes (as the first actor to ever voice the character The Iron Fist) and as Hal Jordan, The Green Lantern on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. His voice has been heard in hundreds of TV and radio commercials and in numerous critically-acclaimed audio books and in popular interactive games such as Halo 4 and Arkham Knight (as the voice of Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat.)

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Michael Davis

Artist    Writer

Michael Davis is an artist, writer, teacher, mentor, and entertainment executive. He has created, written and produced notable work in television, radio, education, and publishing. Originally an illustrator, art being his first love, he studied at the High School of Art & Design and the Pratt Institute.

In 1987 DC Comics launched a new imprint: Piranha Press. Created for mature readers to reach a new market for the world's largest comic book publisher, Michael was selected to illustrate ETC, the first project from Piranha. 1987 was also the year Michael founded (before Diddy) Bad Boy Studios, his media company, and mentor program. Bad Boy Studios mentor program alumni list reads like a Who's Who of superstar talent, working in film, television, comics, and illustration.

Along with three partners, Michael founded Milestone Media in 1992. Milestones joint venture with Time Warner is still the gold standard in comic book publishing 20 years later. The lavish distribution and publishing deal was the first ever by the entertainment giant with a Black-owned company. Milestone gave birth to a massively scaled multicultural universe told from a perspective never seen before in pop culture.The new universe of characters distributed alongside Time-Warner's DC comics. Since its debut in 1993, Milestone has sold millions of copies worldwide, making it the biggest and most successful Black comic book publisher in the world. Among fans, Milestone had achieved legendary status, which was validated when Comic-Con International honored the company in 2013.

In 1994, Michael left Milestone to head Motown Records new animation and film division as President and CEO of Motown Animation and Filmworks. His first move as CEO was to start a comic book line to create a universe of characters and content for multiple media platforms. Development deals with Disney, ABC, WB, Fox Kids and Nickelodeon soon followed. Cousin Skeeter, developed at Motown, ran from 1998 to 2001 on Nickelodeon. Static Shock, the hit Emmy award-winning animated show originally ran from 2000 to 2004 on the WB.

The show continues in syndication currently at Disney XD. The original creative bible was written by Michael based on his life. Static Shock is still the first and only African-American teenage superhero on TV.

1997 Michael moved to CBS Viacom with his unique idea, to develop a shared universe across the Viacom family of companies. The purpose was to reach kids in the schools, teens on the net, adults in the bookstores, and all at the movies.

From his office at Viacoms Showtime Networks, he created the Action Files Universe, first as a high-interest, low-level reading program for schools to then be integrated into additional Viacom entertainment companies. The Action Files, distributed through Viacoms Simon and

Schuster publishing arm, is still the only comic book reading program curriculum taught in any school system to this day.

The program now published through Pearson Learning has added a curriculum free version available on Amazon.

In 1999, Michael headed the animation division at Magic Johnson Entertainment. 'The Rockaway Detectives developed as a conflict resolution reading program for the Boys and Girls Clubs nationwide. 'A little Magic' an animated feature was optioned for a time by Miramax.

Knowing the enormous influence, the African American Church has in the Black inner city community to reach young black kids, 2005; he pitched the idea of a biblical line of comics, with a twist, to Urban Ministries Inc. (UMI).

UMI is a 40-year-old black Christian Media Company with unmatched distribution into both the African American church and household, in 2006 the Guardian Line debuted. In February 2008, UMI and Michael announced another joint venture, UMI Media West. UMI Media West is the original content and west coast media division for UMI.

Michaels wicked sense of humor served him well as comedy producer/head writer for the Tom Joyner syndicated TV show, which premiered Fall 2005. With a bit more of an edge, his humor is the baton he uses to conduct The Black Panel (TBP). Conceived by Michael almost two decades ago, TBP has become the Black pop culture forum, playing to standing-room-only audiences. Held each year at its home, San Deigo Comic-Con International, the panel has also been introduced across the globe. New York Seattle Maine France Italy and in mid-2017 Japan will have played host to TBP.

The Black Panel's influence and reach are second to none in the comics and animation space as such some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry have graced the panel over the years.

Among his current and upcoming projects are mainstream and graphic novels, comics, a television show, and a second major museum exhibit. Michael is writing and illustrating the Underground, a story of the Underground Railroad to be published by Dark Horse comics.

Jackie Robinson: Year 1 with the Attainment Company. Both works are graphic novels and share target dates of late 2017.

The Hidden Beach is a co-venture between Michael and Hidden Beach Records. In an eerie bit of clairvoyance, the Hidden Beach foretold (almost precisely) the coming of Donald Trump and the Far Right wave three years before Trump won the presidency. The groundbreaking merger of comics, music, and social media has a winter 2017 release.

2017 will also see the publication of two mainstream novels. From Full Court Press, Uppity: Everything You Wanted to Know About Black People but Are Afraid to Ask. Simon & Schuster will publish Michael's apocalyptic novel, White Winter, Black Night: Book 1.

The Littlest Bitch (TLB) in development as an animated show based on the not-for-children childrens book written with David Quinn and published by Sellers Publishing. The book, in its third printing, has developed a modest, devoted, offbeat following. Some sellers on Amazon are asking and receiving upwards of fifty dollars a book.

Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture, And Beyond, an extensive exhibit of media created or influenced by African-American culture, was curated for the Geppi Entertainment Museum by Michael. The show, which opened Feb. 2013, was to run until April 2014.

Fueled by overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and ever-growing crowds, the decision was quickly made extending the show for a year. The show is the most successful exhibit in the over 2-decade history of the Geppi. Work on a follow-up show has already begun Milestones 2: The Bad Boy Influence launches Winter 2017.

Since 2005, Michael has written a weekly opinion column for the pop culture site Comicmix. In 2013, he began writing a weekly column for Bleeding Cool another pop culture site and Comicmix competitor. That rivalry and his blatant exploitation of such is a recurring theme in his third weekly column at his pop culture site, Michael Davis World.

Honors and Awards:
Twice named to Hero Illustrated Top 100 people in comics. Profiled in Black Enterprise magazine on three separate occasions.

Feature stories have appeared in The NY Daily News, The NY Times, CNN, BET, MTV, the Today Show, Mentor Magazine, and The Comics Buyer's Guide to name a few.

Michaels mentor program has earned proclamations from the cities of Los Angeles, New York, and East Orange, New Jersey. A powerful and sort out speaker often invited to give the keynote address.

The New York United Federation of Art Teachers
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
The Urban League
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
The L.A. Public Library Comics Arts Festival
Women in Animation
The Arizona Black Film Festival
Pro Con

In 1997, Mentor Magazine named Michael Mentor of the Year. In that same year, the Gordon Parks Academy- a K-6 magnet school for film, television, animation, and radio named their auditorium The Michael Davis Auditorium.

Comic-Con International awarded Michael the prestigious Inkpot Award for lifetime achievement in 2013

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Eric Fox

Special Effects Artist

Eric Fox has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years as a freelance special effects artist saying: "I've always had a fascination for special effects in the behind the scenes movie magic" He was captivated at an early age growing up watching tons of early 80s slasher films as well as all the cool sci-fi and giant monster movies. He knew from an early age that this is what he wanted to do when he grew up and has never lost track of that . He got his first film job while working part time at the local costume store while a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since He spent most of my early career working on low budget indie films, but slowly started working his way up to bigger and cooler projects for most of his career. He's had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest artists in the field and his most memorable experience was the time that he got to work with one of his mentors, screaming mad, George, a well-known special effects artist from Japan responsible for some of the coolest stuff throughout 80's horror I work. One of the things that sets him apart from a lot of other artists today is to do the biggest craziest stuff he can find. He loves to come up with new and exciting ways to trick the camera and try to take new approaches to achieving dramatic special effects. He gained lots of exposure from the Syfy network's, enormously popular, Face Off and quickly became a fan favorite for creating some of the biggest, craziest and visually stunning creations the show has ever seen. His current goal is to work on new, original projects enabling him to bring high caliber effects to all films with the very best quality.


Vic Moya

Inker

Vic Moya is a professional inker based out of Las Vegas Nevada. He has done work for several companies including Devils Due/1First Comics, IDW, Zenescope, Aspen/BDI, Rock 'N' Roll Comics and more. Whenever he isn't slinging the ink to meet some crazy deadline, you can find Vic spending time with his six children, obsessing over Star Wars and playing drums in the hardcore horror band Chainsaw Fight.


Marat Mychaels

Artist

MARAT MYCHAELS has had a long and successful career in both comic books and freelance graphic design. He started out as Image Comics first rookie working on the highly successful Brigade series. Marat has worked for most major publishers including Marvel Comics on titles such as Deadpool Corps an X-Force: Shatterstar , and has been the artist for a number of DC Comics including Hawk and Dove and Grifter. Marat resides in Phoenix, AZ where he freelances as a graphic designer and comic book illustrator. Marat is currently working on his creator owned projects Blindside by Contraband Comics and Notti & Nyce published by Counterpoint Entertainment, as well as the new Zen Intergalactic Ninja: Hard Bounty series for 1First Comics.


Orlando Harding

Writer

Orlando Harding is an independent comic book publisher and writer who enjoyed the challenges of creating and attention to detail. Comics, science fiction and fantasy have always been a source of wonder for him, sparking an interest that eventually led to him developing and creating his own comic book titles. The movie Star Wars sparked his interest and had the greatest impact on him which led creating his own characters. Writing his own stories enabled him to deepen his understanding and knowledge of the creative process. In so, he has created groundbreaking comic book characters that are not necessarily "super heroes" but characters that evolve and grow while enhancing already intricate and sophisticated story driven chronicles. He strives to capture and maintain the readers attention with a careful balance of intriguing synopsis paired with unpredictable plots. He is the founder and creator of Revolution Comics and author of the comic book Pariah, (2005), and the critically acclaimed Night Stalker (2013). Orlando has recently released R.R.H. which has been featured in The San Francisco Examiner, and received nothing but excellent reviews by the comics community. He won the coveted GLYPH award in 2013 for best female character (Night Stalker) and was recruited by Ken F. Levin and 1 First Comics to be part of the 1First Comics re-launch. He is a true visionary with his creations and wants to share them with the world.


Peter "Navy" Tuiasosopo

Actor

American-Samoan actor Peter Navy Tuiasosopo has played many heroic and famous characters both big screen and small. To start his career in movies, he played the unforgettable character [Manumana] in the Paramount Pictures classic football comedy hit film "Necessary Roughness," love interest of Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Supermodel Kathy Ireland's [Lucy Draper] character. A few years later, Tuiasosopo was at the forefront of Hollywood turning video games into films by playing the infamous sumo wrestler [E. Honda] in Universal Pictures' 1994 live action adaptation of "Street-Fighter" opposite acting legend Raul Julia and action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

In 1998, Tuiasosopo starred as [Ed Tuttle] in David Zucker's "BASEketball" with Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame. Tuiasosopo also played a role in the Wachowski Brothers' take on "Speed Racer," and played small but crucial roles in "The Fast and the Furious" and "The Scorpion King." On TV, Tuiasosopo shared the screen with Bill Paxton in HBO's successful series "Big Love," and has played roles in the longtime hit soap opera "The Young and the Restless," hit CBS series opposite Mark Harmon "NCIS," HBO's "Ray Donovan," and a recurring role as [Big Bob] on the hit FOX comedy "New Girl." Tuiasosopo will guest star on the FX Networks "Sons of Anarchy" spinoff "Myans MC" that begins filming in April.


John Gallagher

Illustrator

Born curious and raised on a steady diet of comic books and monster movies set John's course at an early age. Star Wars sealed his fate. Come hell or high water he was going to do THAT: Help create magic, awe and wonder. Flash forward to many years later as preparation and opportunity dovetailed he helped start BioWare as their director of concept art and design and became a key player in their growth and evolution. After nine years and fifteen games it was time to move to the next level. Vancouver and the film industry beckoned and he heeded the call in 2008. Since then, John has worked on a broad and diverse range of genre series and features from Once Upon A Time, Falling Skies and Man In the High Castle to Night at the Museum 3, Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters and the upcoming Power Rangers. Currently illustrating both The Flash and Supergirl, this proud papa enjoys spending downtime with his daughter Rynn, vigorous debate, devouring high culture and lowbrow kitsch with equal enthusiasm, living well and contemplating the nature of all things on the pale blue dot and far beyond


Dan Cote

Illustrator

Dan Cote is the illustrator / co-creator of Zen Intergalactic Ninja. Dan is a prolific experimenter. The first series of Zen comics were completely illustrated by airbrush, simply because no one else was doing it. When Dan went digital he developed Code D, and digital mode of creating anaglyph 3D with striking depth and immersion. Dan is currently perfecting a new workflow creating a graphic novel that is largely vector art which creates a unique stylized vibe and stunning colors.


Stephen L. Stern

Writer

Stephen L. Stern has written over 100 comic-books and graphic novels, and is best-known as the writer/creator of the indie comic-book, ZEN INTERGALACTIC NINJA. He is also the writer/creator of First Comics' FRICKIN' BUTT-KICKIN' ZOMBIE ANTS, and the upcoming MAJESTIC COMICS. His graphic novels include BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, both published by the UK's Markosia, as well as WAR OF THE WORLDS and SHYGIRL. Stern is also the author of the official comic-book adaptation of the animated classic, MR. MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. He lives in Los Angeles.


The Yuan Twins

Actors    Writers    Illustrators

The Yuan Twins, best known for their roles in "Observe and Report", "Arrested Development", and "Raising Hope", are also lifelong comic book and movie fans. So in addition to acting, they also write screenplays and write, illustrate, and publish their own comic book series "Declan and Chang." Their other accomplishments include running an RPG campaign that has gone on for the past twelve years, painting plastic and lead miniatures with some degree of not-sucking, and learning how to not shoot their mouths off on a daily basis. They are represented by Genesis Entertainment Partners.


Ryan M Kincaid

Artist

Born in Southern California and grew up in Lancaster Ca. Ryan kincaid is a artist currently working with Big Dog Ink on an exciting new project. Doing pin ups for Zenescope Entertainment along with covers for various other Independant companies. Ryan also still does work for sketch card companies such as upper deck for their many marvel products.


Brian Haberlin

Artist    Writer

Brian Haberlin is a comic book artist, writer, editor and producer. He began his career in comics working at Top Cow Productions, where he co-created the Witchblade franchise, which has since expanded to include multiple spin-offs, a live action television series, an anime, and an upcoming feature film (Anomaly). He founded Haberlin Studios in 1995, producing commercial illustrations and digital coloring for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Image Comics. He then co-founded Avalon Studios, which published many successful fantasy and sci-fi titles, including Stone, Aria, Area 52, and M-Rex. Haberlin also served for two years as Editor-in-Chief of Todd McFarlane Productions and penciled and inked its flagship title, Spawn.

He is a co-founder of Anomaly Productions (publisher of the longest original full color graphic novel ever published: ANOMALY) in addition to running DigitalArtTutorials.com and teaching comic art at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also a contributor to 3D World and ImagineFX magazine, and his work is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museum.


Scott Lobdell

Writer

Scott Lobdell is a veteran of the comic book industry, having worked with nearly every major American comic book publisher. Lobdell is best known for his work on Marvel's X-Men franchise in the 1990's, penning such works as Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, The Age of Apocalypse, Generation X, amongst others. He is currently the writer ofSuperboy, Teen Titans, and Red Hood And The Outlaws, each a part of DC Comics-The New 52.


Murray Langston aka "The Unknown Comic"

Comedian

Murray Langston, aka The Unknown Comic is a Bags to Riches story of a young boy who left the comfort of freezing weather in Canada and headed to California to get into Show Business heavily influenced by watching all the early films of Jerry Lewis.

In his early twenties, after having worked various jobs waiting for his break, he finally landed an appearance on the hugely succesful Rowan and Martin's LAUGH-IN TV show as beautiful Burbanks greatest impressionist with his impersonations of a Fork and a Tube of Toothpaste.

It didn't make him a lot of money or a household word, but a few years later, Murray became a regular perfomer on The Sonny & Cher show which lasted for 4 1/2 years and led to other comedy acting jobs on several other hit TV shows of that era such as, The Bobby Vinton show, The Wolfman Jack show, The Lola Falana show and The Hudson Brothers Kid show.

On a break from those shows, Murray decided to take some of his earnings and invested in a nightclub/restaurant which he called "Show-Biz" where many aspiring performers began their careers among them, Michael Keaton, David Letterman, Ghallager and Debra Winger who worked for him as a waitress.

Unfortunately, after two years, Murray lost all of his investment and was out of a job. Out of money and wondering where to turn to next, he heard of a show called the "Gong Show" which if you were in the Union, paid scale to union members and since Murray was a union member, but not wanting anyone to know he was suddenly desparate, Murray came up with the idea of putting a bag over his head, telling a couple of corny jokes and calling himself, The Unknown Comic. He only meant to do one show, but the audience and the host, Chuck Barris thought he was so funny that he was asked to repeat his performance, appearing on over 150 episodes. This led to appearances on every talk show of that era, from Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore to the Johnny Carson show.

Within a year, Murray created a comedy act and was suddenly appearing in Las Vegas at the Sahara Hotel, and subsequently ended up appearing at just about every Hotel on the Strip.

Murray became the first Comedian in Las Vegas to hire two other comics to open for him, appearing with his all comedy show, first at the Landmark, then the Hacienda and the Dunes, long before other comedy clubs showcased comedians on the strip.

Murray decided to then move into another direction and wrote and produced his own movie about the homeless called, "Up Your Alley". This was followed by another film which he directed called, "Wishful Thinking" and he later also directed a play called, "Run for your Wife".

During his career Murray has appeared on over 800 television shows and close to 20 movies and in clubs all over the country. Murray retired several years ago to raise his two daughters, and only rarely leaves the happy, comfortable life he loves to make live appearances. So if you get a chance to see The Unknown Comic live again, remember, it's an event you shouldn't miss, because you may never get another chance again.

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K Lynn Smith

Artist    Writer

K Lynn Smith is an artist and writer from the Mid-Michigan area. She found her start in the comic book world as a cartoonist for her university newspaper. In 2006, her artwork won the Michigan Press Award, as well as the Helen Victoria Haynes World Peace Cartoon Contest.

She is currently working on the western webcomic Plume, published by Devil's Due Entertainment, and has been involved with projects such as Garfield and Cards Against Humanity.


Lincoln A. Castellanos

Actor

Lincoln A. Castellanos is excited to attend Fantasia Comic Con 2017, and very proud to see it all happening in Indio, his home town!

His passion for acting started when he performed in plays and musicals all throughout his time at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic School; his love for performance continued into Indio High School, acting in several plays, musicals, winning Shakespeare monologue competitions and winning "Best Actor" in his senior class. It was very clear what Lincoln wanted to do next. He studied acting at UCLA's prestigious School of Theater Film & Television and attained a B.A. in Theater; since then, Lincoln's dedication to the pursuit of storytelling has only grown stronger. He first guest-starred on CBS's "The Mentalist (opposite Simon Baker), and has moved on to other shows, including ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat", CBS's "Code Black (opposite Marcia Gay Harden), and Showtime's "Roadies" (directed by Cameron Crowe & produced by J.J. Abrams). He co-starred in the indie film I Am Gangster (available On Demand, iTunes, Google Play), and starred in the short film Squared Circle Love Triangle; for which he was awarded Best Actor by the Santa Barbara Short Film Festival.

Lincoln is best known for playing Tobias, the wise-beyond-his-years high school student/apocalypse whisperer on AMCs Fear The Walking Dead. A companion series to The Walking Dead, "Fear" had the highest-rated debut season for a cable TV series in history. The pilot, which Lincolns character was introduced in, drew in over 13 million viewers. From the character's intro to his mysterious exit, Tobias quickly became a fan favorite. With every new episode, fans jumped to social media, asking for the return of Tobias. The attention that the character drew first season led to Lincoln appearing on "Talking Dead", talking about the positive fan response, and the chance of Tobias' return (Will he return? "You'll just have to keep watching to find out!" Lincoln says) Regardless, Lincoln enjoys the journey of meeting Fear & TWD fans across the country, especially since he's also a longtime fan of TWD (and the comics, years before the tv show). Nothing makes him happier than to be a fan of a world he can proudly say he's a part of now as an actor, thanks to Robert Kirkman & Dave Erickson, the creators & show runners of FTWD. Lincoln is thankful for the love and support from his parents and brothers, and especially humbled and thankful for the support from fans around the world who love FTWD. He's very excited to be back home, and looks forward to meeting all the local fans, as well as any young aspirating actors in the valley!

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Josh Blaylock

Writer    Artist

Josh Blaylock is a comic book writer and artist based in Chicago, IL. With nealry 100 comic books published to date, Mercy Sparx is his most recent series. He is the leading force behind Devil's Due Entertainment, the publisher of several creator-owned comic book titles including Plume, Squarriors, Tales of Mr. Rhee, Solitary, and Blaylock's own Mercy Sparx. Blaylock specializes in a comprehensive approach to publishing that embraces both traditional store distribution with modern crowd funding and digital technologies to elevate his collective creator network together.


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Steve Cobb

Artist

Coloring Credits Include but not limited to: Uncanny X-men, New X-men, Thor, Night Crawler, Justice League, Superman, Superman/Batman, Super Girl, Dream Police, Lady Death, Bad Kitty, R.R.H., Night Stalker, Thunder Bolts, New 52, Dream Police, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, Atom, Doctor Who, Futures End, Infinity Man, Side Kick, Evil Within, Captain America/Wolverine, Kade, G.I. Joe, I colored some Porn stuff once, Lots of Gaming cards, Betty Boop, A few Wizard mag Pics, A bunch of covers, Promotional Art, The Gift, Some Street Signs, (Many Titles Credited under HI-FI)

Art Credits: Jesus Hates Zombies By (w)Stephen Lindsy, Published By Alterna Comics., Three Ring Circus of Hell(Short Story) By (w) Robert Steven Rhine, Published By Asylum Press.