Phoenix Comicon is getting quite the collection of Guests.
Here’s the most recent list:
New York Times best-selling author Pierce Brown is best known for his Red Rising trilogy, this tale-spinner received a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction award in 2014 and rang in the New Year with his latest book, Golden Son.
Ann Leckie is the award winning author of the books Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword. She has also published short stories in Subterranean Magazine,Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story, Hesperia and Glory, was reprinted in the anthology Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition.
Author, screenwriter, and game designer Chuck Wendig is the writer of the novels Blackbirds, Mockingbird, The Blue Blazes, The Cormorant, and Under the Empyrean Sky. He is an alumni of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and is the co-author of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus.
Tom Leveen is known for his books Sick, a YA zombie novel; Party; Manicpixiedreamgirl; Zero, an ALA/YALSA Best Young Adult Novel for 2013; and his newest release, Random.
Gabriel Bá has been writing and illustrating comics for almost 15 years. Born in Brazil, his work has also been published internationally in the United States, France, Italy, and Spain. His career started with the mini-series Sunflower and the Moon which he worked on with his twin brother, Fábio Moon. Gabriel is known for his work on titles including Roland: Days of Wrath, ROCK’n’ROLL, De:TALES The Umbrella Academy, Casanova, PIXU, and Daytripper.
Comic artist and writer Fábio Moon hails from Brazil where he often collaborates with his twin brother Gabriel Bá. With work published internationally in the United States, Brazil, France, Italy and Spain, Fábio’s first comic mini-series was Sunflower and the Moon. Titles Fábio is known for include Roland: Days of Wrath,ROCK’n’ROLL, De:TALES, Casanova, Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64, Chrononauts, The Borgias, and Vertigo Quarterly CMYK.
Max Brooks is the best-selling author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide and its graphic companion, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. He has also written the comic book and graphic novel series G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds, The Extinction Parade, Shadow Walk, and The Harlem Hellfighters. He also has a career voicing animation; his voice has been featured in animated shows including Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Justice League and All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series.
Well known in the American comics fandom since the 1960’s for his vast comic book collection and fanzine writing & cartooning, Don Rosa became internationally famous starting in 1987 when he began writing and drawing “Uncle $crooge” and “Donald Duck” comics. Rosa is one of the world’s best known and most popular cartoonists, but still very easy to visit with at American shows where he can relax in “relative obscurity.” American comics fans are mostly familiar with his most famous and oft-reprinted work, the Eisner Award winning “Life and Times of $crooge McDuck” series.
Comic inker Norm Rapmund made a name for himself during the early years of Image Comics on such titles as Brigade, Supreme, and Bloodstrike. From there, Norm moved to Marvel where he worked on several titles including Wolverine, Fantastic Four, and Rogue. Norm has continued to make his mark on a variety of DC titles including Booster Gold, Time Masters: Vanishing Point, DC Comics: The New 52, Teen Titans, The Ravagers, Nightwing, and Batman/Superman. Currently Norm is doing the inking on DC’s New 52: The Flash.
Comic artist and creator Marat Mychaels has been an artist for Marvel Comics where we worked on titles including X-Force: Shatterstar and Deadpool Corp, and has been the artist for a number of DC Comics’ 52 titles including Hawk and Dove and Grifter. He’s also known for working on Demonslayer, Youngblood,Blindside, Notti & Nyce, Grimm Fairy Tales, Joy and Pain, and many more.
Todd Nauck is the artist of the Marvel Comics series Nightcrawler with legendary X-Men writer, Chris Claremont. Nauck is also the artist of the series Invincible Universe and Guarding the Globe for Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics. Todd also works regularly for Marvel, DC, and ImageComics with credits including Amazing Spider-Man, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Teen Titans Go, and Young Justice.
Raven Gregory is a comic writer, editor, and creator responsible for some of the hottest independent comics on the stands today. With over two-hundred stories published he also served as the Executive Editor and Staff Writer of Zenescope Entertainment before moving on to pursue producing his own line of creator owned books. His past works include The Gift, The Waking, Fly, Irresistible, The Dream Eater Saga, The Secret Life of Crows, No Tomorrow, and the upcoming “Widow’s Web.
Comic artist Brett Booth currently works for DC Comics drawing The Flash. Some of his past works include art for Teen Titans, Justice League of America, The Larfleeze Christmas Special, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, Backlash, Fantastic Four: Heroes Reborn, Thundercats Dogs of War and various others.
Kris Anka is a Los Angeles-born artist whose work for Marvel Comics can be seen on titles such as Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Factor, Wolverines, and Ms. Marvel.
Jacen Burrows entered comics professionally as Scott Clark’s background assistant on a number of Wildstorm projects and subsequently worked on indie projects such as King Zombie and Skid Roze. Jacen has also worked in the game industry on properties such as Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons. At Avatar Press, Burrows has provided artwork on Cimmerian, Quantum Mechanics, and Razor among others. His best known Avatar works have been Bad World, Dark Blue, Scars, The Courtyard, Yuggoth Cultures, and Garth Ennis’ 303.
Armand Villavert Jr.
Comic book illustrator Armand Villavert Jr. has published works include three children’s manga from Tokyopop entitled ZAPT! and a story in the Princess Aianthology, which he both wrote and illustrated. Currently, Armand is working on the Image Comics project Gladstones’s School for World Conquerors with writer Mark Smith. He also works on webcomics and video game illustrations.
Adam Yeater is the artist and publisher of the underground comic book called One Last Day. He creates prints, custom toys, and many other items related to this ongoing series. He is also known for his “cute monster” paintings. He is currently living in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and two children.
Comic book writer and letterer, John Layman currently writes the comic series Chew. Layman started writing comics full-time in 2002, mainly for Marvel Comics. He’s also been an editor for the DC Comics branch Wildstorm. Previously he has worked on many pre-existing licensed comic books for the series Xena: Warrior Princess, ThunderCats, Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness and Army of Darkness/Xena: Why Not?
Joel got his start at Top Cow Productions as a background artist on titles such as Witchblade, The Darkness, and Tomb Raider before working at Aspen Comics assisting on Soulfire and Iron and The Maiden. With Wildstorm Productions he worked on Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wetworks, and Lost Boys. Joel has also worked on Authority: The Lost Year, Rift: The Telara Chronicles, Reverse Flash and Detective Comics.
Beth Sotelo got her start in 2001 as a colorist for Top Cow Productions working on Magdalena Vol 2 and Witchblade/Wolverine. Since then she has colored comics for Marvel including New X-Men Vol 1 and Wolverine: Killing Made Simple Vol 1, for DC Comics on Brightest Day Vol 1 and Supergirl Vol 5, and for Aspen Comics on Fathom Vol 4 and Soulfire Vol 2. Currently, Beth is writing and drawing her creator-owned book titled Grump which was successfully funded through Kickstarter.
Romero Entertainment is a Tucson based comic book company run by Ernest and Beatriz Romero. Ernest Romero has worked for BlueWater Productions, SpazDog Press, Mermaid Press, and the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona. He self publishes the comic book series Breed, The Soft Machine, and Silver. Beatriz Romero has worked for SpazDog Press and the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona.
Jim Hanna is a comic artist and writer based in Mesa, Arizona. He has provided art for Arcana Studio, Upper Deck, Red 5 Comics, Cryptozoic Entertainment and Marvel/The Hero Initiative. Jim has worked on titles including DNA, Afterburn, Joy and Pain, the creator-owned title, and Jack Rabbit, part of Contraband Comics’ initial wave of titles.
Comic book artist Tim Vigil mostly works in the horror/adult genre. His graphic novel Faust was adapted by Brian Yuzna as the movie Faust: Love of the Damned(2001). The follow-up Faust: Book of M was nominated for the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative. Vigil is responsible for creating the “DynaPop” style of art and was a key member of the Rebel Studios crew. He’s known for working on the comics anthology Caliber Presents, Broken Halo,Gunfighters in Hell, and the artbooks Dark Utopia and Gothic Nights. Most recently, Vigil has worked on ’68: Rule of War, Crossed: Badlands, and Heavy Metal.
Christopher Lloyd is best known for playing Doc Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi.
Lloyd has used his vocal talents in animation, frequently voicing villains. He provided voice to the character The Hacker on the animated PBS series Cyberchase. Lloyd has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award.
Lloyd attended the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and studied with renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner. He appeared in more than 200 stage productions before segueing into film with his debut in 1975 as Taber in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Jack Nicholson.
Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tony Award Winner Barry Bostwick played Brad Majors in Rocky Horror and went on to gain notoriety on stage and on screen where he’s appeared in titles including Spin City, Supernatural, and Scandal.
Patricia Quinn played Magenta both on stage and in the film version of Rocky Horror. She continued acting with roles in I, Claudius, Shock Treatment, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, and Doctor Who.
Nell Campbell also appeared in both stage and film versions of Rocky Horror as Colombia. Following the film she continued to perform on stage in productions including A Street Car Named Desire, You Should Be So Lucky, and Nine.
David Morrissey is known for his role as The Governor in the AMC television series The Walking Dead, which earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor on Television. He also played the character Jackson Lake in the 2008 Doctor Who episode “The Next Doctor.” The RTS Television Award winner has also appeared in titles including The Deal, Blitz, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Reaping.
Star Trek Continues to Debut Episode 4 at Phoenix Comicon 2015
On Friday, May 29th at Phoenix Comicon, Star Trek Continues will be premiering Episode 4: The White Iris. This is the second premier that the web-series Star Trek Continues has done at Phoenix Comicon with Episode 1: Pilgrim of Eternity premiering at the 2013 event. Cast attending the premier and doing a panel afterwards will be Vic Mignogna, Todd Haberkorn, Chuck Huber, Chris Doohan, Kim Stinger, Wyatt Lenhart and Michele Specht.
Star Trek Continues is aimed at completing the final two years of the original five-year mission.They recently held a Kickstarter and successfully raised $214,584, exceeding its goal of $100,000. The sum is slated to cover the production costs of two additional episodes, and to facilitate the construction of an engineering room and planet set.
Vic Mignogna has been acting from the age of eight all the way through college, where he majored in film and minored in theatre. Vic has been in countless professional stage and film productions, but perhaps is best known as a prolific voice actor for over 200 animated series and video games including Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragonball Z, Pokemon, and many more. As a young boy, Vic fell in love with Star Trek and is realizing his boyhood dream to play the role of Captain Kirk.
Todd Haberkorn got his professional start in stage productions as a boy. He went on to earn a degree in theatre from SMU. Being in front of and behind the camera in almost every capacity, Todd is an accomplished actor, director, producer and writer. He works in every medium from animation and film to voice over and theatre. Todd continues to produce with his own company, Out of the Office Productions.
Chuck Huber has been a TV, film, and stage actor for over 20 years, most notably at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. He is a producer, co-writer, and co-star of the bilingual border drama Fragility of Seconds, which took the Gold Remi at the Houston International Film Festival. He’s also writer/director of Arbor Day: The Musical and has guest starred in NBC, Fox, and CBS dramas. Chuck has also worked as director, writer, and actor for popular Cartoon Network programs, and voices over 200 characters for the Cartoon Network, Funimation, and Syfy.
Chris Doohan is no stranger to Star Trek, having spent time on the original series sets with his father. He began his acting adventure on the Enterprise in 1979 inStar Trek: The Motion Picture – the first of several appearances on the beloved ship. His most recent trek put him in the transporter room of the critically acclaimed Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness – sharing the screen with the new Scotty, Simon Pegg. Chris has also done several character voice-overs for the Starship Farragut animated episodes, including that of the iconic engineer himself.
Kim Stinger has appeared in film, on television, in commercials, and on the web. She has had roles on shows like The Bold and the Beautiful, America’s Most Wanted, and the films Thunder Geniuses and Pastor Jones 2: Lord, Save My Daughter. Lt. Uhura will be a standout among her roles, not only because of Kim’s respect for Nichelle Nichols (who originated the iconic character), but also for the tremendous enthusiasm Trek fans have for Uhura and the entire cast of the classic series.
Wyatt Lenhart has been acting since he was a child, playing roles like Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Into The Woods: Rapunzel’s Prince, and more. He’s won several classical piano competitions and enjoys composing, singing, and playing bass with his band. Wyatt also works as a flight director at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center, taking young students to distant destinations in the galaxy. He comes from a family of nine where the ultimate family pastime is anything Star Trek.
In addition to her role as the Enterprise’s first ship’s counselor, Michele Specht is known to scifi fans as bounty hunter Red in Fallout: Nuka Break, and as Betty the Manipulation Core in the Portal-based Aperture R&D. Although she started her career with classical training – earning degrees in both theatre and classical music – she began her Los Angeles career in sketch comedy. While currently making a living in TV and film appearances, voice acting, and commercials, she first spent 10 years creating and performing original characters, sketches, musicals, and short films all over LA and beyond – including the HBO Comedy Workspaceand multiple comedy festivals. She lives in Los Angeles and spends most of her time on set being told in various forms: “Great – now turn it down a notch.”
Phoenix Comicon is a one of the premier pop culture events in the nation. Join us May 28–31, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center. For membership information and all of the latest details, visit phoenixcomicon.com.