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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Add that Secret (Wars) Ingredient to your next show in 2019! -- Zeck, Shooter, Beatty!

For all of our convention organizers out there, in 2019, we are offering a unique opportunity to have all three of our "Secret Wars" creators at your event.

A wonderful programming  event to focus on one of the most influential series in comic books!  And surely where the current Marvel movies are heading, no?

Mike Zeck, John Beatty and Jim Shooter can be booked separately OR as a Dynamic Trio.

Contact us at: evaink@aol.com for booking detials.

--Renee


Mike Zeck--(Artist)




When discussing comics heavy hitter, Mike Zeck, you'd have to argue which is his most influential work, or which is most deeply embossed on our pop culture. 

His series "Kraven's Last Hunt," took Spider-man to a whole new level and has been voted by readers as the "Greatest Spider-Man story ever told." His subsequent work on the Punisher  with "Cricle of Blood," cemented him as one of the THE artists for the character, while the series "Secret Wars," set comic book readership on their ears, and heralded Zeck's creation of the black and white Spider-Man costume, still around as the attire of the super-villain, Venom. His work on Captain American also stands out as some of the most influential in the industry, and iconic images of this and other characters such as Superman and Batman, are etched in comic history.  

In fact, Zeck images are featured on Marvel merchandising ad nauseam year after year, evidence of his enduring popularity. It's hard not to notice all those "Secret Wars" t-shirts! 

Recent books on Mike include "Raw Fury: The Art of Mike Zeck," while Zeck's  series with writer Steven Grant (creator of the hit movie "Two Guns"), "Damned," was released in a recent volume by IDW Publishing, which has also just released a deluxe volume of Mike's classic Marvel covers. 

Programming Notes: Note that Mike will be doing very limited appearances, and certain conditions apply. Please contact me for details.



John Beatty-- (Artist/Inker)




John Beatty ( Inker – Marvel Super Heroes “Secret Wars”, Captain America, The Punisher, Thanos Quest, Batman )

John Beatty is a veteran comic book artist, best know for his inking work for both Marvel and DC Comics.

Developing into one of the industries top inkers over his career, Beatty has worked with top pencil artists, such as Mike Zeck, Kelley Jones and Michael Golden.

Working on almost every major comic character in the industry at one time or another.

Titles best known for include many fan favorites such as: Marvel Super Heroes “Secret Wars”, Captain America, The Punisher, Thanos Quest and many Batman projects, including a highly regarded fan favorite 3 year run on the monthly “Batman” book.

Being picked or picking titles and peers to work with carefully and with cause, many of these series still remain highly regarded and collectable in today's current comic culture.





Jim Shooter-- (Writer/ Marvel Editor-in-Chief)


Jim Shooter





Jim Shooter started writing Superman and other titles for DC Comics at the age of 13 in 1965.  He worked his way through high school writing stories, laying out pages and designing covers.

He was hired by Marvel Comics in 1976 as associate editor and in 1978 became Editor in Chief.  He introduced benefits, royalties and other incentives for creators that attracted a legion of phenomenal talents who, under his oversight, authored a decade of brilliant creativity and unparalleled success.  Jim wrote several notable series including the Avengers and Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars.  He also headed up the creative teams that developed G.I. Joe and Transformers.


Jim went on to found Voyager Communications in 1989, where he was the CEO and President.  He also served as Editor in Chief, principal creator, head writer and occasional artist for the highly acclaimed comics published under the VALIANT imprint, which included Magnus Robot Fighter, Solar Man of the Atom, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, UNITY and more.


Programming Notes:  Jim has certain booking conditions and is open to doing numerous panels, including two that he always brings to the table.


For more information contact Renee at Eva Ink Artist Group: evaink@aol.com

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Arthur Suydam Helps Fans Get Their Zombie Face On!

For Immediate Release
August, 2018



Arthur Suydam-- The Zombie King-- Helps Fans Get Their Zombie Face On!

Arthur Suydam sketching for fans.

New York-- Who says zombies have to be just for Halloween or the occasional blockbuster TV show?  Now you can have your own Zombie sketch on your wall all year long. And hey, the zombie  can even be YOU!

Acclaimed artist Arthur Suydam, is known for his work on "Marvel Zombies,"  "Deadpool," "Black Panther," and not to forget those great "Walking Dead" pieces.

Now with a new twist for the 2019 season (and the rest of 2018), Arthur is also helping his fans get their zombie faces on too (minus an ear or a tooth here or there)!



As attendees at one of his recent appearances  can tell you, it's an eye-popping blast! Don't miss your chance to join this rogue's gallery of the living dead at a show near you.





For more information on booking Arthur Suydam for the 2018 and 2019 season, contact Renee at: evaink@aol.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Michael Golden SDCC Exclusives for 2018!

Michael Golden, #SDCC Exclusives, Booth 1509. 
Michael will have a limited number of "Mystery Boxes" and "Bucky Bags" available for the show! 

sketch samples

The metal lunch boxes are GUARANTEED to have an original sketch inside. And are limited to 20 boxes! There are two lid designs. The Paper mystery "Bucky Bags" will have original sketches randomly inserted. These are limited to only 40 units.

Michael Golden


The metal Lunchboxes will go for $200. and will include that mystery sketch (see samples below) along with $75. of Eva Ink product.

The paper mystery "Bucky Bags" (featuring Bucky O'Hare on the front), will be $25, and have 10% with mystery sketches randomly inserted, and will contain $75. of Eva Ink product (Books, DVD's, etc) !
Only at Booth 1509.

One lunch box design


Reserve one for pick up before the show if you like, by emailing us at: evaink@aol.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"Thanos Quest," "Guardians" Assistant Editor, Editor and Colorist-- Renee Witterstaetter-- Available for Bookings



Writer, editor, and color-artist  Renee Witterstaetter, known for her work on "Thanos Quest," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers" and "Jurassic Park," will be making several convention appearance this year to celebrate the pop culture blockbusters traveling from the written and drawn page to the big screen.

Renee Witterstaetter
In addition, Renee is also the author of "Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War," "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," "Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira," the children's book "Kerry and the Scary Things,"  "Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan," and "Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash" as well as numerous other books, which she will also have at all show appearances.   


Witterstaetter began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as "Guardians of the Galaxy,"  "Superman,"  "Silver Surfer," "Conan The Barbarian," "The Punisher" special projects, and "Conan Saga," then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of "She-Hulk," at Marvel as well, as part of that legendary run.


Some of Renee's Jurassic Park projects.
She then moved to Topps Comics where she was the editor on "X-Files," "Jurassic Park," "Xena" and "Hercules" and is the co-creator—with Jackie Chan and artist Michael Golden-- of the successful artist-owned series, "Spartan X" which will be made into a trade paperback featuring new material.

She is also the colorist on hundreds of comics from "The Avengers" to "Spider-man" to "Captain America" to "Jurassic Park," among many, many others. "I must have colored a thousand pages of comic books," she says.

Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies "Rush Hour Two," "Red Dragon ," "To ease the lose," and "Swimming With The Virgin," among others.

Some of Renee's works.
In addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing, and Eva Ink Artist Group, which represents artists and writers in comics, storyboards, fine art painting and more. she is also the head of Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking, handling actors and voice actors for appearances.
Along those lines, Renee is also one of the producers of the "Creator Chronicles" DVD series with Woodcrest Productions, featuring interviews with major industry creators such as George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Joe Jusko, Matt Wagner, Joe Sinnott and many more.
The ever popular Thanos Quest.

Current projects also include new books "Michael Golden, Dangerous Curves," "Santa Confidential" with Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne, and  "Mark Texeira: Tempest."

Renee will be available to autograph the comics she has worked on in her career, film DVD's and her newest books available at all the shows for the 2018/2019 season.

For more information on Renee Witterstaetter and her projects, contact: evaink@aol.com, or Eva Ink on Facebook.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

For Mom, on Mother's Day...

Every year my Dad would buy my Mom a corsage for Mother's Day. He'd buy one for me too. 

In red.

They would show up like clockwork on the door step on Saturday so we could wear them to church on Sunday. 

My Mom would be giddy like a schoolgirl when they arrived, and she'd half watch the driveway until they did, and if they were late, I think she fretted a little that he had forgotten... but he never did. 

He'd come home-- I can see him in his postal uniform-- a coy look on his face, and she'd always give him a peck on the cheek and tell him how beautiful the flowers were... 

My Dad died in 1993. He died on my Mom's birthday. January 5th. And when Mother's Day came that year, I could not fathom the thought of her not having her corsage. 

So... I started to buy them for her. 

Red, just as before, as long as her Mom was alive. Then white, as is the tradition, after our Maw Maw passed away... 

And so it was for years. The corsage would come. Mom would proudly wear it to church, and to work, out to lunch too since my brother always took her. 

I know it made her feel special, and of course she was... I know it also made her think of my Dad. 

And at the end of the weekend, the little corsage would be unpinned and take it's place of honor on her mirror in the bedroom--The antique vanity that had been given to them as a wedding gift-- crowning it like a halo... 

Her little home is mostly silent now, still as if she were about to walk in the door, pregnant with her absence, and yet there still is a lingering essence of her ... 

And in her room, all in a row, 25 little corsages, that this year will not be joined by another.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Eva Ink Artist Group adds New Talent for 2018/2019 Season! Check it out! Book Today!

Renee Witterstaetter
Eva Ink Artist Group
Pros & Cons Celebrity Booking






Art by Wally Wood.


Hey Everyone-- 

Just an update. We've added a few names to our already great guest line up. And we just have to tell you about them! 

Eva Ink Artist Group represents: Michael Golden, Mike Zeck, Mike Deodato, Jim Shooter, Arthur Suydam, Geof Isherwood, Mike DeCarlo, Rodney Ramos and more!  

Now, we've just added DC artist Will Conrad!! 

In addition to our fine Disney and Animation artists Tom Cook, Clinton Hobart and Phil Ortiz, we've just added artist/animator Jeff Balke 

We are accepting convention bookings for the 2018 season still and working on 2019 now! 


If you are a convention or store, and are interested in inquiring about any of our great talent, please get with me ASAP.

If you are a fan, and would love to see some of these folks at a show/store near you, be sure to let that venue know. And feel free to send them this link.

Looking forward to seeing you this year! Don't delay! Book today! 

Bios below. 

Best,
Renee

R. Witterstaetter
Eva Ink Artist Group

(Assistant Rachel at:  evainkpublishing@gmail.com)


Check the bios of some of our great creators below:



Jeff Balke-- (Artist, Colorist, Animator) 
Jeff Balke and his Sketch Coloring
Add  a big dose of Whimsy and outright fun to any show with Jeff Balke and his own unique "Sketch Coloring," which can be applied to any sketch by any artist. Either on the original or on a copy of the original. 
Jeff is an entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, colorist and producer who through his animation studio, JeffBalke Studios which focuses on 2D CEL Animation. In addition to creating animations, the studio also produces weekly Comic Strips, Comic Strips ANIMATED! and Comic Books.
He is also as an Award Winning Comic Book Colorist and has worked on more than 300 comic books, and has worked with companies such as Marvel, Image, Zenescope, and Storm King Productions just to name a few. 
Jeff has also been nominated twice for the Eagle Awards for Best Comic Book Colorist, and won the ShelDorf Award in 2011 for Colorist of the Year. In 2007 he created something called Sketch Coloring™ (HISversion of commissions as a colorist).  Sketch Coloring is when Jeff colors (with markers by hand) most anything black and white (comic, print, poster etc.) making what’s colored POP right off that image and leaving some of that item black and white, which makes it one of a kind and unique.
Programming Notes:  Jeff is always available for panels or demos, and is at his table all hours of the show to engage the fans.   

John Beatty-- (Artist/Inker)




John Beatty ( Inker – Marvel Super Heroes “Secret Wars”, Captain America, The Punisher, Thanos Quest, Batman )

John Beatty is a veteran comic book artist, best know for his inking work for both Marvel and DC Comics.

Developing into one of the industries top inkers over his career, Beatty has worked with top pencil artists, such as Mike Zeck, Kelley Jones and Michael Golden.

Working on almost every major comic character in the industry at one time or another.

Titles best known for include many fan favorites such as: Marvel Super Heroes “Secret Wars”, Captain America, The Punisher, Thanos Quest and many Batman projects, including a highly regarded fan favorite 3 year run on the monthly “Batman” book.

Being picked or picking titles and peers to work with carefully and with cause, many of these series still remain highly regarded and collectable in today's current comic culture.

Dennis Calero-- (Writer/Artist/Colorist)



Dennis Calero is an internationally recognized and award winning artist and writer.  Co-creator of "Xmen Noir" and the web series "Devil Inside," Calero co-penned "Clandestine" for the Syfy Channel and Valhalla Productions.Dennis currently writes and draws Assassin's Creed: Templars for Titan Comics and is currently working on his second novel.

His novel, You Aren't the Captain of Me, has been optioned. He's the recipient of awards from The Harvey's and The Society of Illustrators. Other work includes "Alex Ross's Masks," "Army of Darkness," with writer Steve Niles,"The Shadow," "Legion of Super-Heroes," "Magic: The Gathering," "The Night Stalker," "Star Trek: The Next Generation,"  "Cowboys vs. Aliens,"  "Dungeons and Dragons," and "X-Factor" which was honored with a Harvey Award for Best New Series during his tenure. As well as being a versatile penciler, Dennis is also a sought after colorist, while also working in the world of film and television.  


Programing notes: Any number of panels can be arranged with Dennis that encompass overviews of his career, or focus on his amazing skill set.
  
Will Conrad-- (Artist for DC Comics)
Artist Will Conrad

Will was born in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. And is now one of the most prolific artists in Brazil, working since 2001 in the industry and producing exclusively for the American market.  
Companies that Will has and is working for include: Top Cow, Dark Horse, Dynamite, Marvel and DC, on titles such as Serenity, Kull, Conan, Buffy, Angel; Faith, Wolverine, X-Men, New Avengers, Teen Titans, Outsiders, Stormwatch, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Cyborg and many others!
As mentioned, Will is also currently one of the main artists in DC’s Action Comics! Looking at his work, you can certainly see why! 

Don't miss this chance to have this amazing artist at your shows. A professional fan favorite that is a pleasure to be around to boot!  

Programming Notes:  Will is open to doing panels for your show and helping make it a great event for your attendees. 





Tom Cook-- (Artist/Animator) 


Tom began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he was hired to work as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Pacman and the Flintstones.

A short stop at Ruby-Spears had him working on Thundarr the Barbarian (had the privilege to meet and work with Jack Kirby), Heathcliff, Fang Face and Plastic Man. Freelancing at Film Roman he worked on the Garfield Special Babes and Bullets and for Bill Melendez on the Peanuts Special This is America Charlie Brown.

He then moved over to Filmation Studios in 1980, which at this point had become the only animation studio doing animation in the United States, and worked on Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Blackstar, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Brown Hornet, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam (Captain Marvel), Hero High and the futuristic Western Bravestarr. He was also involved with many TV commercials such as The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, and the 7 Up Spot campaign.

He then became the timing director on Road Rovers, Disney's Mighty Ducks, PB & J Otter, Duckman, King of the Hill, Savage Dragon, HBO's Happily Ever After Fairy Tales, Extreme Ghostbusters, Extreme Dinosaurs and many more.
He also animated on a number of motion pictures such as Walt Disney's Prince and the Pauper starring Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble, The Jetson's Movie, Rover Dangerfield, Stay Tuned, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Steven Spielberg's Were Back, and Don Bluth's Thumbelina. 


Mike DeCarlo-- (Archie and Marvel Artist)

Mike DeCarlo

Mike DeCarlo is a 4 decade veteran of the Comic Industry. Trained by the legendary Dick Giordano. He has worked as a penciler, artist and inker for Marvel, DC, The Simpsons, Disney, BOOM Studios, Warner Communications and Archie. His best attribute is the ability to draw ANY property in any style, period or genre.



After graduating Notre Dame High School and studying art for 2 years at Southern CT ST College, he began his professional career as sports cartoonist for The New Haven Register. He left that position to begin that apprenticeship with Giordano and after 18 months branched off to begin a solo career in the comic book industry. Over the next dozen years, he worked primarily as an ink artist on such titles as Batman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Thor, Iron Man and Conan the Barbarian.


In the mid-nineties, his focus changed to the cartoon/animation genre and worked as an artist on Looney Tunes, Powerpuff Girls, Ben-10, Scooby-Doo and Pinky  the Brain among others.

In the last decade, in addition to the work he now does for The Simpsons comic company Bongo Entertainment, he works for Disney Worldwide Publishing on Phineas & Ferb, Marvel Superheroes Magazine and Spider-Man Magazine.

Mike also has extended his repertoire into the digital field, becoming accomplished at digital inking in Illustrator and coloring in Photoshop. 


Mike Deodato-- (Artist/Creator) 


Brazilian artist Mike Deodato, Jr. (born Deodato Taumaturgo Borges Filho) has become an enduring fan favorite, working in styles ranging from wildly energetic cartooning to moody photorealism. 

His father, also a Brazilian comic-book artist, inspired Deodato's lifelong love of comics and guided his son's artistic development. A professional artist since 1985, Deodato often collaborated with his father on comics in a wide variety of genres. Always a fan of American comics, Deodato broke into the U.S. market with projects like Malibu's Santa Claws and Innovation's Beauty and the Beast. 

Switching from his original realistic style to an Image-influenced dynamism during the early 1990s, he made a name for himself with a popular run on DC Comics' Wonder Woman. Sometimes aided by assistants, Deodato became one of the decade's most prolific and in-demand artists, including Marvel credits such as Avengers, Elektra, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and Thor. 

Gradually feeling overexposed and overextended, he cut back on his workload and reinvented his art again, crafting a darker, more detailed, more personally satisfying style. After trying out this new look in a Nightcrawler story for X-Men Unlimited, Deodato landed one of his favorite assignments to date, collaborating with writer Bruce Jones on Incredible Hulk. 

Subsequent assignments for the currently Marvel-exclusive artist have included Witches, New Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Thunderbolts and his latest ongoing series, Old Man Logan.

Booking Notes:  Mike has specific table and booking needs.  


Michael Golden--(Artist/Writer/Consultant/Designer)




One of THE storytellers in the industry,  influencing generations of comics fans and professionals, Michael Golden boasts creations that are some of the most licensed and enduring in the industry. 

Co-Creator of Rogue, Bucky O'Hare, Micronauts and "The 'Nam," among much more, Golden is known as one of THE artists on such characters as Batman, Doctor Strange, G.I. Joe and the Punisher. Golden's recent covers can be seen on everything from "Spawn" to the "Walking Dead," to World Wrestling  work. Recent covers include works on "The Walking Dead," "Deadpool," and "DareDevil," to name a few. 

In short, no history of comics is complete without touching on the influence that this legendary artist has had on this industry. Recent books on the colorful life and vibrant art of Golden include "Michael Golden: Alchemy" "Modern Masters: Michael Golden" and "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," and "Michael Golden: Dangerous Curves." 

In addition, having served as both Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics and Senior Editor at DC Comics, Golden's lectures and classes in storytelling are sought after world wide, with recent venues including places as diverse as Spain, France, Russia, Norway, Brazil, Chile and China. With recent gallery shows mounted in New York City, Maryland, Spain and Russia. 

Programing Notes: Various panels on the art of comic books can be scheduled with Michael, to highlight this special event at your show.  (Note: Michael has specific table and listing requirements. )





Clinton  Hobart-- (Disney Artist/ Fine Art Painter) 


Clinton T. Hobart is a Fine Artist and Licensed Disney Fine Artist. He creates original oil paintings of a wide variety of subjects ranging from classical subject matter such as fruit and eggshells to more modern subjects such as Mickey Mouse and Doritos. Even his Disney paintings are technically still-lifes, because he works from real objects in front of him. If he cannot find the objects he desires to paint he frequently will build elaborate "Sets" to work from. For his painting of the tower from the Disney movie Tangled he constructed a four foot tall replica of it made out of stone, mortar, cardboard, plaster and wood. The sculpture has since become as popular as the actual painting.

In addition to painting for Disney, Hobart also paints still-lifes, portraits, cosplay paintings, and ocean waves. He has been featured on NBC News, FOX News, The CW, ABC News, and American Artist magazine. He appeared on CBS News with Scott Pelle after a Chinese company sold forged copies of his paintings online. Afterward, the Huffington Post mentioned the story in an article stating that Clinton was part of a “sting operation.” Hobart’s painting “A Portrait of Doritos”  is in the private collection of actor Michael Rooker from Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Walking Dead.

Programming Notes:  Clint is available to do painting demos at your convention or event.


Geof Isherwood--(Artist/Designer/Storyboards)




Renowned artist for Marvel, DC, Broadway, and Heroes Of The North, in fact, creator of Psylocke's Katana! Some of Geof's major title runs include "Dr. Strange," "Suicide Squad," "Conan the Barbarian," "Conan The King," "Namor" and "The 'Nam".  Geof is also the inker of the graphic novel, "Revenge of the Living Monolith," over Marc Silvestri. But he says the comic brought to him most often to sign is probably "Dr. Strange" #50. 

Geof has also worked on over 60 film and TV productions, including X-Men: DOFP and X-Men: Age of ApocalypseBeing Human (US), Hot Wheels, Helix, Wings of the Dragon, The Phantom, The Last Templar, Race to Mars, The Covenant, Dead of Night, Battlefield Earth, Gothika, Rollerball,The Fountain and much, much more. 

In addition to film work, as an expert in figure drawing, Geof teaches in the Concept Art and Illustration program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, as well as having a sketch list that is in demand at every show he attends. 

Geof is now also working for Renegade Media drawing the final issue of the soon-to-be-released "Necromatics".  

Programming Notes:  Geof is available for programming encompassing subjects ranging from comics to TV/film!


Konstantin Komardin--(Artist/Animator/Writer)




After several successful signing and screening tours in the United States, Konstantin is busy at work on his current lengthy animation project focused on human rights, now in development. 

Komardin is an award-winning sequential artist, graphic artist and animator. His work includes the BD magazines “Veles,” “Hacker,” “Max Cooler,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Timof” which published his story “Siberian Dreams,” and the renowned comics “Agent Z,” “Sit-o-city,” “Gate of Alice,” and “Mechanics of Senses.” Konstantin was awarded the Grand Prize for “The Site of Polis” at the Moscow Comics Festival.  

His animation works include the concept designs on “Elka,” “Man with the Wind in his Head,” which was featured at the Suzdal Film Festival, “Tram,” “Spindel” which was honored at the Moscow Short Film Festival, and “The Man in Penze Nez,” which screened at both the Suzdal Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival.  

Programing Notes: Konstantin can do panels on animation as well as sequential art for your show, and talk about the cross-cultural world of comics.



Ric Meyers--(Writer/Film Consultant/Director/Actor)




Novelist Richard S. Meyers is responsible for the Marvel prose novel featuring the Hulk among others, but around 100 other books as well! Creator of the Destroyer series, Ric is also the writer of "Santa Confidential," illustrated beautifully by artist Chris Browne of "Hagar the Horrible" fame, "The Kung Fu Movie Book," featuring everything you want to know about the martial arts world, and is the director of "The Kung Fu Movie Movie."  

His commentary is sought after on director cuts of movies and television compilations worldwide. As well as acting (most recently as a villain in a Scotland filmed production), Ric has been called on as an expert consultant for such projects as "Twilight Zone," and "Kung Fu Panda." He yearly runs the Marital Arts movie segments at the San Diego Comic Con. 

Programing Notes: Ric is available for a plethora of programming, Kung Fu, comics, film and otherwise! Screening of his movie works are also possible.



Rags Morales-- (Illustrator)




A veteran of the comic industry, Rags began his career with DC Comics in 1989 with the TSR licensed book Forgotten Realms. His first super hero series was "Black Condor." 

He has since worked on countless titles for DC, most notably "Identity Crisis". Other notable projects include: long runs on "JSA," "Hawkman," not to forget "Batman/Superman," "Nightwing," The New 52 and "First Wave." 

Rags has also worked with Valiant, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics. 

From September to May, Rags also teaches at the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art. He lives in eastern Pennsylvania.


Programming Notes:  Rags is available for programming regarding his career in comics and creating comic books.



Phil Ortiz -- (Simpsons, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., Muppet Babies!)



Come and be sketchanized by Phil and see what you would look like if you were to appear as a character on the Simpsons! It costs $70 per person to be sketched inked and colored. This is a work of art that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

Phil Ortiz grew up in East LA of Mexican and Spanish/Norwegian parents in 1953. He currently lives and works in the beautiful Lake Arrowhead area. Over his more than 30 years as a professional artist, Phil has worked on everything from daily newspaper comic strips (Bugs Bunny) to layouts and character design for animated cartoons including The Simpsons where Phil had a hand in the look of about 200 characters on the longest running comedy series in TV history. 

Some of the notable characters Phil designed for the Simpsons include: Flanders, Otto, Herman, Lou and Eddie, Ralph, and Apu. 

Phil has won five CERTIFICATES of ACHIEVEMENT for his work in TV animation and has been drawing for The Simpsons comic books for many years. 

Programming Notes:  Phil will sketchanize your convention attendees to turn your whole world into a Simpsons landscape! 



Rodney Ramos--(Artist)




Artist Rodney Ramos has worked on just about every major character for Marvel Comics and DC Comics with a flourish that makes him a master at his craft. He began his storied journey in comics as a Romita Raider at Marvel Comics, learning his craft under the legendary John Romita, Sr. Regular work on titles like "Psi-Force," "What The!?" "Thundercats" "Punisher War Journal," "Amazing Spider-Man," and "Iron Man" followed, as well as work on Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, and much more. 

His works include masterful craftsmanship for clients ranging from Valiant, Malibu, Acclaim, Marvel UK, and Neal Adams Continuity Studios, in addition to Marvel and DC. He reached cult status with his work on DC's "Transmetropolitan," a huge fan favorite, and most recently over Simon Bisley's pencils at Legendary.

Programming Notes:  Rodney is available for panels on his career and comics in general.


Jim Salicrup--(Writer/Artist/Editor)




Jim Salicrup is the Editor-in-Chief of Papercutz, the graphic novel publishing company he co-founded with Terry Nantier. Papercutz is devoted to publishing great graphic novels for all ages:  Annoying Orange, Ariol, Classics Illustrated, Dance Class, Disney Fairies, Geronimo Stilton, LEGO® Ninjago, LEGO Chima,Lunch Witch, Nancy Drew Diaries, The Smurfs Anthology, and many more. Recently, Papercutz launched a new imprint, modestly called Super Genius, which publishes titles such as WWE Superstars, Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice, and more.

After being published as a writer and artist in Kids Magazine at age 14, Jim moved on to working at Marvel Comics for twenty years, editing most of their top titles, such as Spider-Man (with Todd McFarlane), The Uncanny X-Man (with Claremont & Byrne), The Fantastic Four (with John Byrne), Iron Man, and many more. Jim was the writer, and then editor of Spidey Super Stories, , a comic created to help children learn how to read. Spidey Super Stories was produced in co-operation with the Children’s Television Workshop, the producers of Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Editing and writing Spidey Super Stories was important in getting Jim to think about comics created for kids.

Jim was also the writer of such comics as Transformers, Visionaries, The Spider-Man Child Abuse Prevention comic, The A-Team, The Inhumanoids, Kool-Aid Man, and more. He also wrote and edited Marvel calendars, toilet paper, coloring books, posters and drinking cups. He also was the editor on Marvel Age Magazine for eight years.

After Marvel, Jim developed a line of comics for the Topps Company, Inc., where he was Editor-in-Chief. At Topps Comics Jim worked with such writers and artists such as Charlie Adlard, Ray Bradbury, Steve Ditko, Keith Giffen, Michael Golden,  Don Heck, Gil Kane, Miran Kim,  Jack Kirby, Don McGregor, Mike Mignola, George Perez, Stefan Petrucha, P. Craig Russell,  Scott Shaw!,  Roy Thomas, Craig Yoe, and many others.  Jim was also Senior Writer/Editor for Stan Lee Media, and a Trustee for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. 

Programming Notes: Jim is available for panels on his career and comics in general. 


Jim Shooter-- (Writer/ Marvel Editor-in-Chief)


Jim Shooter


Jim Shooter started writing Superman and other titles for DC Comics at the age of 13 in 1965.  He worked his way through high school writing stories, laying out pages and designing covers.

He was hired by Marvel Comics in 1976 as associate editor and in 1978 became Editor in Chief.  He introduced benefits, royalties and other incentives for creators that attracted a legion of phenomenal talents who., under his oversight, authored a decade of brilliant creativity and unparalleled success.  Jim wrote several notable series including the Avengers and Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars.  He also headed up the creative teams that developed G.I. Joe and Transformers.

Jim went on to found Voyager Communications in 1989, where he was the CEO and President.  He also served as Editor in Chief, principal creator, head writer and occasional artist for the highly acclaimed comics published under the VALIANT imprint, which included Magnus Robot Fighter, Solar Man of the Atom, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, UNITY and more.

Programming Notes:  Jim has certain booking conditions and is open to doing numerous panels, including two that he always brings to the table


Arthur Suydam-- (Artist/ Creator)



The Zombie King," as he is known, rose to stardom for his work on the smash hit series "Marvel Zombies," the lines at his booth at any given show are a testament to the enduring "zombie craze," with Suydam as a forerunner. 
He is also renowned as the Deadpool cover artist on "Merc with a Mouth." As well as "The Walking Dead." And he is credited as being one of the first artists to bring fine art painting techniques to the world of comics in such books as "Cholly and Flytrap" and "Mudwogs."


Recent awards for Arthur include "The Spike TV Scream Award (Best Artist)," "Spectrum Gold Award for Institutional Art," "The San Sebastian Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award,"as well as the "University of Maryland Eastern Shore Lifetime Achievement Award,"  among others. 


His work can also be seen on works for "The Walking Dead," "Deadpool, "Batman," "Wolverine," "Fantastic Four," "X-Men," "Ghost Rider," "Army of Darkness" "Vampirella," and too many to name here. His "Cholly and Flytrap" series has recently been compiled into a collected volumne, marking that great achievement and it's place in comic history.


Programing Notes: Arthur is also offering to do a special promo for shows that includes free sketches for kids on Sundays. Ask for details.  (Note: Arthur has certain table and listing requirements.)



Renee Witterstaetter--(Writer/Editor/Color Artist)



Writer, editor, colorist and publisher Renee Witterstaetter has acted as editor on such books as "Hercules," "Xena," "X-Files," "Conan," "She-Hulk,"  "The Marvel Holiday Special," "Impossible Man Summer Special," "Jurassic Park,"  and too many books to mention here. 

As a film professional, she has worked on such movies as "Red Dragon" and "Rush Hour 2," while also behind the scenes, racking up credits on dozens of music videos and commercials for artists as diverse as Madonna, Seal and Usher.  

Her books as a writer include: "Jackie Chan: Dying for Action," "Nick Cardy: The Artist at War," "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," "Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash," "Art of the Barbarian,"  "Michael Golden: Excess," "The Art of Mark Texeira," and her children's book "Kerry and the Scary Things." 

In addition, combining her film work with comics, she is a producer of DVD's on various comic book creators and talents in other fields through her partnership with Amdale Media,  and has spearheaded mounting art shows and retrospectives in the United States, Spain, China, Russia and other venues worldwide. She has lectured on the industry in China, Spain, Norway, and numerous other countries, not to mention the United States! 

Programing Notes: Renee is available for portfolio reviews as well as panels relating to her career and working in the publishing industry and comics. 



Mike Zeck--(Artist)




When discussing comics heavy hitter, Mike Zeck, you'd have to argue which is his most influential work, or which is most deeply embossed on our pop culture. 

His series "Kraven's Last Hunt," took Spider-man to a whole new level and has been voted by readers as the "Greatest Spider-Man story ever told." His subsequent work on the Punisher  with "Cricle of Blood," cemented him as one of the THE artists for the character, while the series "Secret Wars," set comic book readership on their ears, and heralded Zeck's creation of the black and white Spider-Man costume, still around as the attire of the super-villain, Venom. His work on Captain American also stands out as some of the most influential in the industry, and iconic images of this and other characters such as Superman and Batman, are etched in comic history.  

In fact, Zeck images are featured on Marvel merchandising ad nauseam year after year, evidence of his enduring popularity. It's hard not to notice all those "Secret Wars" t-shirts! 

Recent books on Mike include "Raw Fury: The Art of Mike Zeck," while Zeck's  series with writer Steven Grant (creator of the hit movie "Two Guns"), "Damned," was released in a recent volume by IDW Publishing, which has also just released a deluxe volume of Mike's classic Marvel covers. 

Programming Notes: Mike prefers not to do panels. But is at his table for fans all hours of any show he attends.  (Note that Mike will be doing very limited appearances, and certain conditions apply. Please contact me for details. )

Art by Konstantin Komardin.



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