Born in Portland, Maine in 1962 Kevin Eastman began drawing at a very young age copying children’s books and reading comics. Inspired by master storyteller Jack Kirby, and later by self publishing creators Richard Corben, Vaughn Bode, and Dave Sim, all of his early work focused more on Science Fiction influences than traditional Superhero style comics.
In 1982, while trying to sell some of his illustrations to local fanzines, he met Peter Laird in Northampton, Massachusetts and the partnership studio; Mirage Studios was formed. Less than a year later in the middle of a late night drawing session, Eastman doodled a new character he dubbed a “Ninja Turtle” to make Laird laugh—several sillier sketches and a final drawing of four characters later “Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” had officially entered the universe!
Self published in May of 1984 the first issue sold out of its 3000 copies overnight and quickly became a fan favorite. Catching the eye of Merchandising Agents and Hollywood Producers, Eastman and Laird maintained full control of their creations while guiding them through Toy Licensing, TV Series adaptation, as well as Feature Film exploitation, and by 1989 the TMNT’s were number one in all three categories.
Thanks to “THE BEST FANS ON THE ENTIRE PLANET!” according to Eastman, after 32 amazing years the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles STILL continue to find their way into the hearts and imaginations of kids, large and small.
Currently under an exclusive creator contract with IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment, when not having way to much fun drawing the TMNT’s, he also launched three new series in 2015/16; Fistful of Blood, Lost Angeles, and Underwhere.
Kevin Eastman resides in San Diego with wife, Courtney (aka First Lady of the Turtles), son Shane, as well as three insane Dachshunds, and two bad kitties.
The most famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cosplay squad in the world! The OC TURTLES always bring the party to any convention they are in attendance of!
Penciler at Dynamite Entertainment, works as a comic book artist at Zenescope Entertainment, and is a cover artist at No Gravity Studios
John is an acclaimed Concept Artist, Art Director, and Illustrator. John has done work for Marvel Studios, Paramount, Disney, Lucasfilm, Legendary, Lego, ImagineFX, and Hasbro. Some of John's film credits include: Age of Ultron, The Avengers, Pacific Rim, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers Dark of the Moon, Iron Man 1 and 2, Rango, and Star Trek just to name a few. John’s work is featured in many of the movie’s art of books and online: www.orbitalharvest.com and www.facebook.com/john.giang.fanpage
Jed Thomas is a professional artist and designer from Southern California who has worked on multiple licensed properties, high profile projects, providing works such as conceptual designs and merchandise art in the ever growing pop culture industry.
Larry F. Houston is the Emmy-nominated Producer/Director of THE X-MEN Animated show, the phenomenally successful 90s series that expanded the scope and laid the foundation for Marvel’s multi-billion dollar mutant franchise globally.
The very FIRST animated appearance of THE BLACK PANTHER was in the 90s X-MEN series as a cameo, followed by his FIRST fully animated episode, “Prey of the Black Panther”, in second season of THE FANTASTIC FOUR, both of which Larry was its Director.
Hired by Filmation Studios as the FIRST African-American Saturday Morning Storyboard Artist, Larry worked as a Storyboard Artist on some of the favorite 80s and 90s classic shows like: Thundarr, Spiderman and his Amazing Friends, ExoSquad, Transformers, Spawn, Mr. T, Batman, Real Ghostbusters, Conan, Swamp Thing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Orbots, Bionic Six, Visionaries, Hulk, and Defenders of the Earth.
He was also the Director of Captain Planet, GI Joe, Fantastic Four 2nd season, The Karate Kid, Jonny Quest, RoboCop Alpha Commando, Kid N Play, The Care Bears on CBS Saturday Mornings and three (3) Care Bear Movies. “Swarm” from Spiderman and his Amazing Friends and “Hearts and Cannons” from the 80s GI JOE syndicated series were episodes written by him.
Additionally, the iconic X-Men TV Opening and inspiring GI Joe Movie Intro were both drawn by Larry, as well as The Karate Kid and the TV show Community’s GI Jeff Intro.
He expanded the world of He-Man Mini-Comics by adding and designing more multi-cultural diverse heroes and villains into the
He-Man mythology, penciled a Tank story for the DNAgents comic book, and Flare story from Heroic Publishing. He promises new stories for his super-heroines The Vanguards, his creator-owned title first published through Charlton Bullseye, as well as new creations he is developing for today’s marketplace.
Southern California Ghostbuster cosplayers who participate in activities such as comic cons, charities, movie screenings and many other events.
Fan favorite artist Tony Fleecs is currently hard at work writing and drawing MY LITTLE PONY comics for IDW Publishing. He's a prolific cover artist on everything from Ponies to Turtles, Grumpy Cats to samurai, the world's cutest dog, warrior princesses, vampires, Batmen, Wasps, Santa Clauses and almost everything in between. He lives and works in North Hollywood, CA. His mother says he is handsome."
Jay Fotos, a multi award-winning comics veteran who is currently working professionally in comics industry for nearly two decades on hundreds of projects. To name a few, from Spawn, Sam and Twitch, Godzilla, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mars Attacks, 30 Days of Night to the #1 New York Times Best Seller series Locke & Key(soon to be a Hulu TV series). Co-creating the ongoing zombie Vietnam series ’68, Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer and also spearheading the Frazetta Comics line through Image Comics. Fotos is currently working on Godzilla: Rage Across Time, Wynonna Earp(also a SYFY Channel TV series) and Diablo House with IDW publishing and also the much-anticipated RISING REBELS horror series to be released mid ‘18.
Ambrose Quintanilla is a Southern California based writer/cartoonist and creator of comic strips and comic books published by Gopher-it Comics. His work can be found at Facebook.com/Gopherit and GopheritComics.com. His newest comic book, “The Complete Me & The Kid” is out now and available for purchase at his table along with some of his previous comic books. 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. Make sure to like the Gopher-it Comics fan page on Facebook and receive a free Jumbo Sketch card at the show.
Eddie deAngelini is a Los Angeles based cartoonist and a long time comic book fan and collector. His love of comics began at a young age and continues to this day and his webcomic Collectors is loosely based on his own life, marriage and comic collecting obsession. The comic can be found at CollectorsComic.com as well as in three collected print volumes.
Besides being a long time comic book fan and collector, Eddie isalso the co-owner and manager of the historic comic book shop Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, California. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kristen, where they plan together for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Zoom CW Cosplay is a professional cosplayer and actor that sped onto the cosplay scene in 2016. His accuracy and dedication to portraying the Zoom and Black Flash characters on the convention circuit have even caught the eye of the CW Flash cast and crew. Zoom CW Cosplay can also currently be seen on the successful Nerdbot Youtube Series “Reverse Flash Origins” Episode 2 and 3. Despite his character’s frightening appearance he loves meeting and taking pictures with his fans.
Caanan White has been illustrating professionally since 2004 on projects for Avatar Press, Zenescope Entertainment, 1First Comics/Devils Due, Dabel Brothers Pro/Marvel Comics, Broadway Books and Image Comics. While with 1First Comics/Devils Due: He won the Red Ridding Hood Talent search, - a contest based on one of 1First's titles). Which he is currently working on. He's excited about the new opportunities that yet await.
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.
Stephen L. Stern is the creator/writer of the independent comic-book Zen Intergalactic Ninja, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. He has written over 100 comic-books and graphic novels, including Beowulf, A Christmas Carol and War of the Worlds, as well as the official comic-book adaptation of the animated classic, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. Stern is also the author of Alien Hero, a collection of novellas and short stories about Zen. Among his other creations are Shygirl, Frickin’ Butt-Kickin’ Zombie Ants, and with the Yuan Twins, Serving Supes. In 2017, 1First Comics will publish his Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic Novel. He lives in Los Angeles.
Jamie is an artist that's been working the the comic book and movie poster field for quite some time. He's done commission work for high profile signings like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee and William Shatner (just to name a few.)
He's also done design work for companies like Disney, Marvel and IDW Publishing. Whether it's comic book covers, widely popular blank sketch covers or one of his original limited edition convention prints...there's always something new and creative coming from his imagination.
Nerd Mafia is a cosplay community, created by nerds for nerds.
Aaron Nabus is a Co-Founder of the comic book and pop culture blog, HallH.com and the Co-host of the Hall H Show, a podcast dedicated to being a voice for independent creators. He is also a Brand Ambassador for the International Mobile Film Festival.
David Lucarelli is the writer of the period crime drama Tinseltown from Alterna Comics and The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade graphic novels from Creator’s Edge Press/Abacab Studios. As an ADR Recordist he has worked on hundreds of TV shows and movies from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to The Simpsons.
Michael Lent is a transmedia writer/producer. His credits include more than a dozen graphic novels and comics including i, Holmes and TMS: The Machine Stops published by Alterna, Prey published by Marvel Comics, Brimstone published by Zenescope Entertainment, graphic bios for Orbit including Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, Keith Richards, and Stephen Hawking, eight books including On Thin Ice, published by Disney/Hyperion and based on the top-rated reality series Ice Road Truckers. He was a writer on three video games. He adapted Stephen King’s “The Reaper’s Image.” He was a producer on five films including executive producer of IF YOU’RE SERIOUS, nominated for the Verna Fields Golden Reel Award for Sound Editing in 2014. He was an uncredited writer on THE HELLSEEKER for Dimension Films.
Eric Borden lives under the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Amy, their son and one aloof Chihuahua. His writing has been recognized by Amazon Studios and the Hollywood Reporter. He became hooked on the game after he published his first comic, DeadWest: Last Ride of The Carver. Since then he’s published the digital comic Blood Game: Dragon Head, Snake Tail. He’s currently the writer/creator on Scrimshaw distributed by Alterna Comics.
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 the coming series THE BOYS at AMAZON, and put together and is an Executive Producer on the hit AMC series PREACHER, currently filming its third season in New Orleans. (The first two seasons of PREACHER are currently available on HULU).
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.
Cecelia Cruz, aka Cece, is a born and raised self taught artist from the Coachella valley. She has, however, taken several different art classes over the years to help enhance her skills. She is a hardworking mother of four who, with the support of her husband, quit her full time County job of 17 years last year to pursue her passion of art. Since then, she has created multiple small art businesses which include; art instructor for her Paint Party business, custom canvas shoe artist, custom coffee cup artist, illustrator, muralist, and other commission work as requested. Through her Paint Party business, she instructs Paint parties as fundraisers for many nonprofit organizations throughout the Coachella Valley. She has also volunteered with the local organization Culturas Music and Arts, where she was an art teacher in a summer art program for children. Her artwork has been on display in many different local art shows throughout the years. Cecelia has been very blessed to be in demand of her art work, but she still finds time to pursue her dream of creating a comic book. She is currently working on creating a Chicana based comic book that touches on subjects such as; women empowerment, body image, cultural diversity, some politics, humanity, and the town she grew up in. Her characters are based on different women who have inspired her. Her ultimate goal is to spread love, inspiration, and empowerment through her art work.
Terry Mayo is a Comic Book & Screenwriter based out of San Diego, CA. He is the creator of the Alterna Comics Series - THE WICKED RIGHTEOUS, THE HELPLESS (IF Anthology) and the upcoming series from TPub Comics, DISPOSABLE LEGENDS.
Koi Turnbull is an American comic book artist, known for his work under the direction of Michael Turner, that followed Mike’s run on Fathom with his own run starting with Fathom Volume 2. Following his run on Fathom, he has since worked on DC Comics working on Flash, and Superman Confidential), Marvel Comics (working on Terror INC, New Warriors, Black Panther and One Month 2 Live storyline) and many other comic projects.
His work can be found at www.koiturnbull.com and Instagram: @koiturnbullart
Wonder Woman Cosplayer and Disability & civil rights attorney for those who need a voice.
Peter "Navy" Tuiasosopo is an American-Samoan actor perhaps best known for his roles as E. Honda in Universal Pictures Street Fighter and Manumana in the Paramount Pictures film Necessary Roughness.