The Comic Stars of COMICPALOOZA 2016!!!

Posted: May 16, 2016 in Comics, Friends of The Nerdery, Graphic Novels, JD Hardin
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By: JD Hardin

As many of you know, we try to keep you up to date on everything in the comic book world, especially here in Houston. Comicpalooza is just around the bend and with it comes the glory of all those artists and writers associated with our passion. So, I’ve taken the time to get every profile I can of the comic book guests. It’s taken a bit of time, and remember, not everyone that is going to be there will be on this list. But, I will do everything I can to add more profiles as we get closer to the big day.

For those of you who haven’t bought your tickets, now is the time to CLICK HERE to get them. Don’t forget to book your hotel so you can enjoy every minute of the convention without having a long drive every morning and evening. Last, but not least, sign up for your autograph or photo op.

Andy Belanger

Andy Belanger

Andy Belanger

Andy Belanger works as a freelance cartoonist/illustrator out of the Montreal-based Studio Lounak. He does work in the mainstream comic market, plus a variety of work for the film, TV and video industries. Andy has worked for DC Comics (Swamp Thing and Bottle of Awesome), Wildstorm, Image Comics, Devil’s Due and Boom! He was the artist on IDW’s four-volume adventure title, Kill Shakespeare and produced the self-published title Black Church. Andy is now the artist on the hit Image Comics sci-fi/horror Southern Cross with Becky Cloonan.

C. Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill is an internet film critic, novelist and screenwriter who began his career with Ain’t it Cool News under the pseudonym Massawyrm, writing there for over a decade. He’s appeared on countless podcasts and webshows and in the occasional local film. He also co-wrote the films Sinister, Sinister 2 and the upcoming Marvel Studios production of Doctor Strange. Cargill lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and (as he is contractually obligated to tell you) two dogs.

 

Ming Chen

Ming Chen

Ming Chen

Ming Chen’s journey to Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash began in 1995, when he developed a fan website based on the movie Clerks. Kevin Smith reached out and asked him to create the website for Smith’s production company, View Askew Productions. Currently, Ming works on all of Smith’s online projects, hosts a weekly podcast called I Sell Comics! with Michael Zapcic on Smith’s SModcast Internet Radio network as well as a brand new podcast called The Ming and Mike Show and co-stars on the AMC series Comic Book Men.

Lou Ferrigno

Lou Ferrigno

Lou Ferrigno

Before Lou Ferrigno created a cult legend as the title character of the hit ’70s TV show The Incredible Hulk, he’d already found fame as a bodybuilder by winning consecutive Mr. Universetitles, and he remains the only person to do so. Lou has starred in over 20 feature films, including Cage, Seven Magnificent Gladiators and, in two unforgettable performances,Hercules and The Adventures of Hercules. In addition to his film and television career, Lou recently released his autobiography, My Incredible Life as the Hulk, and his next movie, Instant Death, coming out in April.

Isaac Goodhart

Isaac Goodhart

Isaac Goodhart

Isaac Goodhart got his start in comics after winning the Top Cow Talent Hunt in 2014 as a penciler/inker. His first book at Top Cow was Artifacts #38, which led to the ongoing title Postal. Initially planned for only four issues, Postal is halfway through its 24-issue run and is going strong!

Peter Gross

Peter Gross

Peter Gross

Peter Gross is an Eisner-nominated and New York Times Bestselling creator, best known for his work on three of Vertigo’s longest-running series: Lucifer (now a Fox TV series), Unwritten(co-creator with Mike Carey)  and Books of Magic. Peter is also the co-creator and artist ofAmerican Jesus/Chosen (with Mark Millar). He’s currently working on a new series, Highest House, with Mike Carey for French comics publisher Glénat.

Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins is a veteran of the initial Image Comics launch. Matt started his career in comic book publishing in 1993 and has been working with Image as a creator, writer and executive for over 20 years. President/COO of Top Cow since 1998, Matt has created and written over 30 new franchises for Top Cow and Image, including Think Tank,The Tithe, Necromancer,VICE, Lady Pendragon, Aphrodite IX and Tales of Honor, as well as handling the company’s business affairs.

Meghan Hetrick

Meghan Hetrick

Meghan Hetrick

Meghan Hetrick is an artist who has been drawing for as long as she could hold a crayon, much to the dismay of both her mother and the walls of her childhood homes. After getting her professional start in the sketch card and personal commission communities, Meghan worked her way into comics and is now doing work for Vertigo, DC, Marvel, Valiant and Archie Comics.

Jody Houser

Jody Houser

Jody Houser

Jody Houser decided she wanted to be a writer when she was 8 years old and never looked back. She has written Faith for Valiant Comics,Orphan Black for IDW and The Cavalry and Max Ride: Ultimate Flightfor Marvel. She’s contributed to numerous anthologies, includingWomanthology, Vertigo Quarterly: CMYK and Avengers: No More Bullying. She is also the creator of the webcomic Cupcake POW!

Adam Kubert

Adam Kubert

This guest will be appearing at Comicpalooza on Saturday only.

Adam Kubert is literally comic book royalty. Youngest son of legendary artist Joe Kubert, and brother of artist Andy Kubert, Adam earned his degree in medical illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology and attended, of course, The Kubert School, where he also teaches. He became known for his work on Marvel titles like Wolverine, Ultimate X-Men and The Incredible Hulk before putting in a short stint at DC Comics. Adam then returned to his roots at Marvel and has recently worked on Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine and Avengers & X-Men.

David Liss

David Liss

David Liss

David Liss is the author of nine novels, most recently The Day of Atonement and Randoms, his first book for younger readers. His previous bestselling books include The Coffee Traderand The Ethical Assassin, both of which are being developed as films, and A Conspiracy of Paper, which is now being developed for television. David also is the author of numerous comics, including Black Panther: The Man Without Fear, Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives and Angelica Tomorrow.

Val Mayerik

Val Mayerik

Val Mayerik

Val Mayerik has been a successful commercial illustrator for 40 years, working in all fields of illustration – from advertising to comic books to film pre-production. After college, Val moved to New York City and established himself as a world-class illustrator at Marvel Comics, working on books likeConan the Barbarian, Spider-Man and co-creating Howard the Duck. He then moved on to advertising, working as a storyboard and concept artist for many large agencies such as Wieden and Kennedy, Liquid, McCann Ericson to name but a few.

Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna is a 30-year veteran of the comic book industry. In that time, he has worked onBatman, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Star Wars – counting over 550 comics in all! Mark’s more recent work can be seen in Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars-The Old Republic: The Lost Suns. In 2012, his work on the online web comic titled Star Wars: Blood of the Empirewas collected into an 84-page trade paperback and was the lynchpin for the 2012 BioWare online video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Rebecca Moesta

Rebecca Moesta

Rebecca Moesta

Rebecca Moesta (pronounced MESS-tuh) wanted to be an author since she was 12, and much of her writing focuses on teens. Her solo work includes novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, short stories, nonfiction articles and ghost writing. With husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six movie or game novelizations, lyrics for two Roswell Six rock CDs (ProgRock Records), a Star Trek graphic novel (DC/WildStorm), two Star Wars pop-up books, and the original graphic novel Grumpy Old Monsters (IDW).

Mark A. Nelson

Mark A. Nelson

Mark A. Nelson

Mark A. Nelson is a respected artist and an educator whose current project is Thunder Hunters, the story of an artist on a foreign planet. In comics, Mark has worked on the Harvey-nominated Aliens comic with Mark Verheiden; Blood and Shadows, co-created with Joe R. Lansdale; Feud, co-created Mike Baron; and worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Kitchen Sink, among others. In the fantasy field, he’s worked for TSR, Wizards of the Coast and World of Warcraft. Mark has also worked on video games like Star Wars: Jedi Knights, Star Trek: Elite Force and Doom.

John Ostrander

John Ostrander

John Ostrander

For a writer, John Ostrander is a man of many colors. Though originally an actor, John studied to become a priest before he started writing comics in 1983. One of the most influential contemporary comics writers, John has made huge contributions to the DC Universe, writing books such as Secret Six, The Spectre, Martian Manhunter, Justice League and Suicide Squad, wherein Batgirl became Oracle. For Marvel Comics, he has written X-Men,Punisher, Heroes for Hire and Quicksilver. John was nominated for the Comics Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Writer in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Alan J. Porter

Alan J. Porter

Alan J. Porter

Writer, and award-winning editor, Alan J. Porter, has written adventures featuring Sherlock Holmes, Alan Quatermain, Houdini, and private eye Rick Ruby; as well as his own New Pulp adventurers, The Raven and The Lotus Ronin. His pop-culture non-fiction work has featured properties such as Batman, Star Trek, The Beatles, and James Bond. He has also written comics for Tokyopop, BOOM Studios, Joe Books, Marvel, Disney, and Kid Domino.

Top Cow Productions

Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions

Founded in 1992 by famed creator Marc Silvestri, Top Cow Productions has grown from an Image Comics partner to one of the most distinguished publishers in the comic book world. Attracting top-tier writers and artists such as Michael Turner, Alex Ross, Garth Ennis, David Finch and Ron Marz, Top Cow made waves with groundbreaking books like Witchblade andThe Darkness before expanding into television, video game and film production.

Mark Verheiden

Mark Verheiden

Mark Verheiden

Born and raised in Aloha Oregon, Mark Verheiden was one of the first writers to work extensively with Dark Horse Comics, where he created the character “The American” and wrote the first best-selling Aliens and Predator books. In addition, Mark wrote Superman andSuperman/Batman for DC Comics. As a screenwriter, Mark has sold 23 feature screenplays, including the top box-office films Timecop and The Mask, working with directors and producers including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, James Mangold, Akiva Goldsman, David Goyer and Sam Raimi. In television, Mark’s credits include Daredevil (Marvel/Netflix),Constantine (NBC/Universal), Hemlock Grove (Gaumont/Netflix) and the award-winningBattlestar Galactica (SyFy).

Bernie  Wrightson

Bernie Wrightson

Bernie Wrightson

Legendary artist Bernie “Berni” Wrightson has been creating horror art for over 45 years and is known for his horror illustrations and comic books. His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery#179 in 1968 and continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and Marvel Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Bernie co-created Swamp Thing for DC. Bernie later spent seven years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley’s novel,Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. He also drew the poster for the Stephen King-penned horror filmCreepshow, as well as illustrating its comic book adaptation. Bernie’s worked on Spiderman, Batman and The Punisher, and recent works include Frankenstein Alive, Alive; Dead, She Said; The Ghoul; and Doc Macabre, all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles.

Renee Witterstaetter

Renee Witterstaetter

Renee Witterstaetter

Writer, editor, and color-artist Renee Witterstaetter is the author of Nick Cardy: The Artist at WarExcess: The Art of Michael GoldenTex: The Art or Mark Texeira and the children’s book Kerry and the Scary Things, among others. She has worked on Superman, Silver Surfer and Conan the Barbarian and spearheaded the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel. At Topps Comics, Renee edited X-Files and Jurassic Park. Renee has also served as colorist on hundreds of titles and worked in film production on blockbusters like Rush Hour 2 and Red Dragon.

D.L. Young

D.L. Young

D.L. Young

D.L. Young is a Texas-based author whose award-winning stories have appeared in many publications and anthologies. His new novel, Soledad, is a dystopian thriller set in a near-future Texas where factions fight vicious battles, killer drones fly overhead in search of prey and everyday life is a desperate scramble for survival. Juarez Square and Other Stories, his collection of previously published short fiction, has been described as “…science fiction done right, style and substance in balance…” by the San Francisco Book Review. He’s also the creator of the comic Tales from the Dark Republic.

Michael Zeck

Michael Zeck

Michael Zeck

Michael J. Zeck is a renowned comic book illustrator and storyteller. Creator of the black Spider-man costume, Mike is a heavy-hitter in the comics industry, influencing generations of artists.  Considered one of the great Punisher artists, his work with writer Steven Grant on the character sets the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled him to flagship character status at Marvel. Mike’s work has graced the pages and covers of Aquaman,Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Green Lantern, Lobo, among many others.

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