PATRICK A. REED
Patrick A. Reed is a New York City based pop culture historian, curator, and journalist who specializes in the fields of comics, popular music, and Hip-Hop culture. Currently working for Marvel and Disney involved in the museum exhibitions. He has written for clients including MTV, IDW, Sony Music, and ComicsAlliance; directs the University of Oregon's biannual Hip-Hop And Comics conference; conducts programming at universities, conventions, museums and festivals around the country; and is the Curatorial and Marketing Consultant for the Marvel: Universe Of Super Heroes exhibition. Patrick will be interviewing Jim Steranko and the other Celebrity Guests on the Main Stage and in the Seminar Room throughout the weekend.
Mike Lopez is the host of the webseries "INCREDICHAT" and Co-Founder of “INCREDIKIDS” & “INCREDICON” as well as an educator, speaker, author and artist. "INCREDICHAT" is a weekly WebShow spotlighting education & the arts that has welcomed such guests as Bob Bergen (the voice of Porky Pig), Cherie Johnson (Punky Brewster), Tom Rueggar (creator of Animaniacs) and many more! www.incrediconhv.com As an accomplished educator for more than a decade, it has been Mike's mission to reach & creatively inspire as many young people as possible. Bringing his passion for the arts into the classroom, giving students the opportunity to meet, learn, & work with professionals in arts and media. Through “INCREDIKIDS” and "INCREDICON", Mike has assembled talent from companies such as Archie Comics, DC Comics and The Jim Henson Company, and has traveled up and down the East Coast, enlightening educators and inspiring young people with family activities & providing programming at various conventions and charity events. Mike also provides his “Careers In The Creative Arts” interactive panel and workshop for libraries, schools and summer camps. Mike is also the co-creator & writer of “Life’s A Beach”, which follows the adventures of the good-natured kids of Avalon Beach. Along with artist and co- creator Gary Eckerson, drew inspiration and fun from the classic Frankie & Annette beach flicks, with a little bit of “Happy Days”, “Archie” & “Scooby Doo” thrown in for good measure. Mike is an avid fan, consultant and expert of classic animation and pop culture, leading conversations and moderating panels featuring some of the top voice actors in the industry. Mike also has been able to share his Hanna Barbera cartoon knowledge in two appearances on the hit AMC series “Comic Book Men”.