Everyone likes to meet a celebrity they respect and admire and have the type of experience they can share with friends and family. A photograph and story that is unique to them, about sharing their appreciation with the actors for their work, musicians for their songs, artists for their crafts, writers for their stories and characters or comedians for their humor.
Gary Sohmers has been producing these experiential events in New England since 1985, when he talked Adam West into appearing at his Collectibles Extravaganza. Over the years, hundreds of celebrities, artists, authors, actors, musicians and sports stars have appeared to meet, sign autographs and pose for photos with their fans. The cast reunions of Lost In Space in 1990 and 1995 at Bayside Expo were the first large scale celebrity events on the east coast. He also produced reunions of the Munsters and kids from Willie Wonka.
The demand and sometimes the cost of the this kind experience continues to grow, as more talent appears at more events, and more people attend for the unique opportunity to say thank you to the talent and get the treasured souvenir.
At the NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza happening Nov. 29 through December 1, 2019, celebrity guests are chosen by producer Sohmers on numerous criteria assuring their fan-friendliness. The celebrities chosen are extremely happy to meet their fans, spend time with them and are there for more than the money. The costs are kept low compared to other events and the celebrities are not kept away from people who just wish to say Hi and Thank You.
Appearing for the first time at an autograph show in New England will be Peter Scolari (Bosom Buddies, Newhart, Gotham), Charles Shaughnessy (Soap Operas, The Nanny), Nicholle Tom (The Nanny, Beetoven movies), Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Paul McCartney’s Wings), Dana DeLorenzo (Ash vs. The Evil Dead), Marty Ross (New Monkees), Brianna Denski (Wonder Park) and others.
The VIP Experience is an added value offering limited number of special opportunities for several of the guests. This VIP treatment allow early entry admission all 3 days of the event, an autograph and photo op with your favorite celebrity, a reserved seat at their Q&A, and special laminated pass.
The VIP Experience is available for Peter Scolari, Charles Shaughnessy, Nicholle Tom, Denny Laine and Dana DeLorenzo.
General admission is as low as $15, and children 10 and under get in Free with adult supervision. Autographs and photo ops also available sold separately by individual celebrities setting their own prices. Most celebrities charge $50 or under for their combo of Photo op with autograph.
More info on VIP Experiences available at https://necomiccons.com/november-29-december-1-2019-vip-packages/
Hotel Room Nights at the Boxboro Regency Hotel where the event occurs are on sale in advance and include one weekend admission for each room night booked. Call the hotel and use the code ComicCon or book online at our website: https://necomiccons.com/november-29-december-1-2019-hotels/
Free Parking and children 10 and under admitted free with adult supervision.
JIM SHOOTER - July 3-4, 2021 show
Marvel Legend Jim Shooter will be appearing Saturday and Sunday Jul 3 and 4 only. Saturday July 3rd Jim will be signing a limited edition exclusive NECC Print for only $10 while supply lasts, doing a panel on the main stage and meeting fans for photo ops all day. Sunday July 4th Jim will be signing all fan attendee's comic books that were produced during his run as Marvel Editor in Chief for FREE ... that's right FREE ... you can have up to 20 at a time signed then you'll need to get back in line if you want more. Jim will be signing all day so bring what you have. There will be a CGC Facilitator onsite, Tim Ferrante of The One Stop Shop in Clinton MA so contact Tim about any authentication prior to getting in line. At age 13, in mid-1965, he wrote and drew stories featuring the Legion of Superheroes, and sent them in to DC Comics. On February 10, 1966, he received a phone call from Mort Weisinger, who wanted to purchase the stories Shooter had sent, and commissioned Shooter to write Supergirl and Superman stories. Weisinger eventually offered Shooter a regular position on Legion, and wanted Shooter to come to New York to spend a couple of days in his office. Shooter, who was 14 and lived in Pittsburgh, had to wait until school was in recess, after which he went to New York with his mother, spurred in part by the need to support his financially struggling parents. At 14, Shooter began selling stories to DC Comics, writing for both Action Comics and Adventure Comics, beginning with Adventure Comics No. 346 (July 1966), and providing pencil breakdowns as well. Shooter created several characters for the Legion of Super-Heroes including Karate Kid, a teenage superhero who predated the martial arts fad of the 1970s; Ferro Lad, a teenage superhero who can transform to living iron; and Princess Projectra, who could cast realistic illusions; as well as the Sun-Eater and the group of ultra-powerful villains known as The Fatal Five. He also created the Superman villain the Parasite in Action Comics No. 340 (Aug. 1966). Shooter and artist Curt Swan devised the first race between the Flash and Superman, two characters known for their super-speed powers, in "Superman's Race with the Flash!" in Superman No. 199 (Aug. 1967). Shooter wrote the first issue of Captain Action (Oct.-Nov. 1968), which was DC's first toy tie-in. On January 2, 1976, Shooter joined the Marvel staff as an assistant editor and writer. With the quick turnover at the top, Shooter rapidly found himself rising in the ranks, and on the first working day of January 1978, he succeeded Archie Goodwin to become Marvel's ninth editor-in-chief. During this period, publisher Stan Lee relocated to Los Angeles to better oversee Marvel's animation, television and film projects, leaving Shooter largely in charge of the creative decision-making at Marvel's New York City headquarters. Although there were complaints among some that Shooter imposed a dictatorial style on the "Bullpen", he cured many of the procedural ills at Marvel, successfully managed to keep the line of books on schedule (ending the widespread practice of missed deadlines), add new titles, and develop new talent. Shooter in his nine-year tenure as editor-in-chief oversaw Chris Claremont and John Byrne's run on the Uncanny X-Men, Byrne's work on Fantastic Four, Frank Miller's series of Daredevil stories, Walt Simonson's crafting of Norse mythology with the Marvel Universe in Thor, and Roger Stern's runs on both Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man. In 1981, Shooter brought Marvel into the lucrative comic book specialty shop market with Dazzler #1. Despite his success in revitalizing Marvel, Shooter angered and alienated a number of long-time Marvel creators by insisting on strong editorial control and strict adherence to deadlines. Shooter was fired from Marvel on April 15, 1987. Shooter and his investors then founded a new company, Voyager Communications, which published comics under the Valiant Comics banner, entering the market in 1989 with comics based on Nintendo and WWF licensed characters. Two years later Valiant entered the superhero market with a relaunch of the Gold Key Comics character Magnus, Robot Fighter. Another Gold Key character, Solar, Man of the Atom was also relaunched later in the same year. Shooter brought many of Marvel's creators to Valiant, including Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith, as well as industry veterans such as Don Perlin. Valiant also established "knob row" — taking in raw talent and teaching them how to make comics Valiant-style – and launched many careers, most notably Joe Quesada's. After being ousted from Valiant in 1992, Shooter and several of his co-workers went on to found Defiant Comics in early 1993.
BILLY WEST - July 2-4, 2021 Show
Billy West is known as the Man of a Million Voices, and is well known in our area from his early days on WBCN radio in Boston before he got the NIckelodeon gig on "Doug," followed by "Ren and Stimpy" and The Howard Stern Show. Billy was the voice of the Cheerios Bee and the Red M&M. Billy was the featured performer on "Futurama" as Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Pharnsworth and Zapp Branigan. And Billy voiced many characters in "Space Jam."
VINCENT MARTELLA - July 2-4, 2021 Show
As an actor, Vincent Martella made his mark on TV in the acclaimed program "Everybody Hates Chris" but he is most well known as "Phineas Flynn" from the Disney Channel animated program "Phineas and Ferb." Vincent will be appearing to meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and offer to sing Karaoke with fans at the Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza March 13 -15, 2020 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Boxborough MA. Vincent is also well known for his role as Greg Wuliger on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Martella also appeared in the fourth season of The Walking Dead television series as Patrick. He is the english voice of Hope Estheim in the 2010 video game Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. He also did the voice of the teenage Jason Todd / Robin for the animated film Batman: Under The Red Hood. Martella appeared in the feature film Role Models starring Paul Rudd. He had a lead role in the film Bait Shop along with Bill Engvall and Billy Ray Cyrus. He also played Scoop in the show Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. He recorded his an album Time Flies By, playing the piano and singing. The album was written and co-produced by Vincent and is available on iTunes. Vincent will be meeting fans all weekend, signing autographs, doing photo ops and offering Karaoke with fans on Friday July 2nd at the concert AfterParty.
THE AMAZING KRESKIN - July 2-4, 2021 Show
With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for six decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind…his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world. During the past fifty years Kreskin has had a television series, his own board game by Milton Bradley, twenty published books, and a major motion picture inspired by his work. In the 1970’s Kreskin headlined his own television series for five and a half seasons called, ‘The Amazing World of Kreskin’ which can now be viewed on www.hulu.com. The airline industry estimates that Kreskin has flown over 3 million miles, to reach a vast international audience with his unique brand of Mentalism. To reveal his remarkable diversity, John Romero, a leading gaming authority quotes in his book, ‘Las Vegas The Untold Story’ “Kreskin is the most dangerous person in the world with a deck of cards. The casinos would rather deal to Willie Sutton”. Actor/Producer Tom Hanks released in 2009 the feature film, ‘The Great Buck Howard”. It is announced at the end of the movie that the inspiration for the main character is The Amazing Kreskin. That character is played by the star of the movie, John Malkovich. In the 2010 movie, ‘Dinner for Schmucks’, the character played by Zach Galifianakis has as his hero and influence The Amazing Kreskin, which further exemplifies the wide scope of Kreskin’s exposure and attention. The wide scope of Kreskin’s exposure and attention is exemplified with his recurring appearances on Johnny Carson, Regis Philbin, David Letterman and most recently Jimmy Fallon, Neil Cavuto and Howard Stern. 2014 brought a whole new realm to Kreskin’s arsenal when he mentally trained three up and coming boxers to victory. One of the winners was Heather “The Heat” Hardy and he was further brought in to prepare and condition her mentally for a contest of worldwide dimension. In October of 2014, he was brought into the ring to join her in the celebration of her success; a success that he helped prepare her for mentally in the preceding months. She had just won the WBC International Junior Featherweight Championship of the World. Through the years Kreskin has received worldwide recognition for extraordinary predictions, often dealing with international affairs, and sports. On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Kreskin predicted the 2012 United States Presidential Election, 18 months before Election Day. As revealed on Fox television for the 2016 Super Bowl, Kreskin made three predictions. He foresaw the deciding quarter of the game, the winning team, and their final score. In March 2016 Kreskin released his 20th book entitled, “In Real Time” featuring his major predictions for the next several hundred years. The Amazing One is also currently on global radio. His new talk and commentary show on iHeartRadio premiered on February 25, 2016. http://www.wxlvradio.com/station/content/wxlv-flash-player. Kreskin’s latest prediction for the 2016 Presidential Election was revealed live on The David Webb Show on SiriusXM radio one day after the election. Kreskin had locked his prediction away in a safe the morning before Election-Day at Madam Paulette’s in NYC. Kreskin correctly predicted that Donald Trump would be the next POTUS. However, that was to be overshadowed when FOX DC released a story about Kreskin’s appearance on the FOX DC morning show on December 9th 2015 in which he accidentally revealed that in fact, Trump would be the next President. http://www.fox5dc.com/good-day/216503627-story At 81 years of age, Kreskin shows no signs of slowing down. He continues to perform his legendary live shows in front of packed audiences around the world, playing over 200+ dates yearly.
Nicholas Brendon is best known for playing Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) and Kevin Lynch in Criminal Minds (2007–2014). Brendon played Xander Harris for seven years and appeared in all but one of 144 episodes. For his role as Xander, Brendon was nominated for Saturn Award in 1998 and 1999 for Best Genre TV Actor and in 2000 for the Supporting Actor. He continues to regularly attend comic conventions and sci-fi conventions. He has been involved in development of Xander's character in follow-up comic books, and has been credited as a writer for several issues. Nick is currently becoming proficient at his passion of painting and will be displaying his artworks, while also signing autographs, doing photo ops and Singing Karaoke with Fans during FAN-tasy Karaoke Friday night July 2nd as part of the afterparty.
JOHN CAPODICE - July 2-4, 2021 show
Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Seinfeld, Independence Day, The Doors, Ryan's Hope, and hundreds of other movie and TV characters ad appearances. Capodice was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his film and television career in the late 1970s. His first role was in the ABC-TV soap opera Ryan's Hope, where he appeared in six episodes as Lloyd Lord. He had guest roles on numerous other TV series, including Spenser: For Hire, Kate & Allie, Murphy Brown, Knots Landing, Hunter, and Law & Order. He appeared on the series Moonlighting in 1989 and performed as a guest star in an episode of NBC-TV's Will & Grace (episode 1.19), in the role of the plumber who suffers a heart attack. Starred in the role of Carmine Cirillo for a year in "General Hospital" in 1990. And the classic episode in Seinfeld as the laundromat owner in "SEINFELD". His most recent TV appearances were on The West Wing, Six Feet Under and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In a memorable 1980s television ad for Polly-O String Cheese, Capodice portrayed Fred, a dumbfounded pizzeria owner, who is asked by three teens to make a pizza with extra cheese, but to hold the tomato sauce, and the crust. He also appeared as a trucker who gives medical advice in a popular ad for Dimetapp Cold Medicine. Films and voice work Capodice appeared as Doyle in the 1982 film Q and in the 1989 film Family Business as Tommy. Other film appearances are in the 1991 Oliver Stone film The Doors and the 1989 comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil, where he appears as a Richard Pryor's bookie. He had roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994), Speed (1994), Independence Day (1996), and Enemy of the State (1998). Capodice has been nominated for best supporting actor in several worldwide film festivals for his performance in the film "Lost Angelas" that has won many awards including best supporting actor for John at the Seattle Film festival.
PHILO BARNHART - July 2-4, 2021 Show
Artist and Animator Philo Barnhart holds a very impressive resume. Over the course of his long career Philo has worn a number of hats in the film industry including key character design and assistant animation positions with Disney. Philo was the original chgaracter creator and animator for Ariel and Ursula in Disney's The Little Mermaid, and his first film work was on the original Star Trek The Motion Picture, Some of Philo's work can be seen in other films such as Beauty and the Beast, The Black Cauldron, and The Secret of Nimh, along with late 20th century television series animation on Godzilla, G.I. Joe and many others. have you heard of Super Friends? He work on that. Star Trek the Motion picture? He work on that. Smurf, Jem and the holograms, Space Ace, Dragons lair? The 13 ghosts of Scooby Doo. YES HE WORK ON ALL OF THEM! we could spend hours listing more titles and the answer would be"HE WORKED ON THAT!" A couple of his crowning jewels are The Secret OF NIMH character key assistant and The Little Mermaid (character designer) / (character key). He also worked on Consumer Products for several years with Disney you can still find his artwork to this day still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel and posters! Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. His Latest title is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID!™ Often he can be seen trapped with the Wanna Be Master of Horror Charles D. Moisant at conventions. 2013 to Present Whispers From the VOID Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. (Illustrator, Character Design. Layout.) 2014 Punkin's Imagination, (Story Boards) 2010-2014 Milwaukee Institute Of Art And Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Instructor of Traditional 2D Animation techniques.) 2008-2013 Miracle In The Meadows, Tom Hignite Studios (character design, layout, animation.) 1995-2003 Disney Consumer Products (Senior staff Artist) 1995 The Tale of Tillie's Dragon (Short) (additional layout artist) 1991 Beauty and the Beast (key assistant animator: Gaston, Lefou, Lumiere, Footstool, Wardrobe - uncredited) 1984 Dragon's Lair II: Timewarp (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1990 The Rescuers Down Under (character key) 1997 Happily Ever After (animator) / (key assistant animator) / (model designer) 1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit (Short) (assistant animator) 1989 The Little Mermaid (character designer) / (character key) 1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (key assistant animator) 1986 An American Tail (key assistant animator - uncredited) 1985 Galtar and the Golden Lance (TV Series) (character designer - 1985-1986) 1985 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo. (character designer) 1984-1985 The Smurfs (TV Series) (character designer - 50 episodes) 1985 The Black Cauldron (assistant animator) 1983 Space Ace (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1983 Dragon's Lair (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1983 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (Short) (key assistant animator) 1983 Heidi's Song (assistant animator) 1982 The Secret of NIMH (character key assistant) 1979-1980 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series) (assistant animator - 4 episodes) - The Trouble with Miss Switch (1980) ... (assistant animator) - The Puppy's Amazing Rescue (1980) ... (assistant animator) - The Incredible Detectives (1979) ... (assistant animator) - The Puppy's Great Adventure (1979) ... (assistant animator) 1979 The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (TV Series) (assistant animator - 1979) 1979 Star Trek The Motion Picture (Special Effects Animation Assistant - uncredited)
DAN PARENT - July 2-4, 2021
Dan Parent is an American comic book artist and writer[ best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of The Kubert School, Dan has been working at Archie Comics for 35 years. His writing of the Love Showdown series from 1994 received widespread attention. Dan has also written and/or illustrated for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Felix the Cat Productions, Mattel, IDW,Boom, Valiant Comics, Chapterhouse comics and Harpercollins to name a few. Dan created Archie’s first openly gay character, Kevin Keller. . Kevin Keller has become Archie Comic’s most popular character in decades, who is also a key character on the TV series, Riverdale. Kevin Keller was given his own solo book in 2011. Other notable series Dan has worked on are Archie Meets Kiss , Archie Meets Batman ’66 , Archie vs. Sharknado! And Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronca .Dan won the 2013 GLAAD award for outstanding comic book (Kevin Keller) and is also a Harvey Awards nominee. Dan is co- creator of the hit series, DIE KITTY DIE , which was a huge kickstarter success and is now being published by Chapterhouse Comics. Dan’s current project is handling the art chores on many of Archie Comic’s 80th Anniversary projects, including a revamp of Everything’s Archie and a series of “What If” stories featuring Betty and Veronica. @parentdaniel on twitter and instagram
MARIANNE PLUMRIDGE - July 2-4, 2021 show
Half of the Dynamic Duo of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Bob Eggleton and Marianne Plumridge return with new original artwork, prints, books and commissions. Marianne Plumridge is an Australian-born artist and writer who lives in Rhode Island, USA, with her husband, illustrator Bob Eggleton. They share their home with over 1,000 Godzilla monster toys, and just as many dinosaurs, dragons, and other odd beasties and creature figurines. The rest of the house is occupied by numerous books, paintings, art materials, and CDs. It really is a creative atmosphere, where inspiration is never lost for long. In the last few years, Marianne has returned to her fine art roots by refining her oil painting techniques. As well as painting natural subjects, Marianne has combined birds and robots into an ongoing series of ‘technology lost in nature’ paintings that include quirky tin toy robot adventures, to great acclaim. Her other ongoing concurrent themes of cosmic whales and pointy rocket-ship paintings still enjoy success and popular favor. The results can be found online at: ‘Daub du Jour’ – http://daubdujour.blogspot.com/ Even more recently, Marianne has revived her interest in painting figurative works and portraits. Her experimental, ‘self-testing’ exploration of painting people again continues apace. In connection with her long held writing ambitions, Marianne writes book reviews and notes on her second Blog, ‘Muse du Jour’ – http://musedujour.blogspot.com/ Finished works of fiction have found their way into magazines and anthologies over the years, as well as articles and essays. Currently, Marianne continues to work on writing the nearly complete text for a book called “Bob Eggleton’s Ice Age America” for Impossible Dreams Press, in collaboration with her husband. It will feature essays and epic artwork and visions of prehistoric peoples, megafauna, and flora…and especially Mammoths and Mastodons. Marianne and Bob’s first collaboration as writer and artist, a children’s picture book called IF DINOSAURS LIVED IN MY TOWN was released in November 2013 from Sky Pony Press. Late this year, one of Marianne’s ‘more than doodle’ rocket paintings will grace the cover of Analog Magazine in the November/December Issue.
BOB EGGLETON - July 2-4, 2021 show
Half of the Dynamic Duo of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Bob Eggleton and Marianne Plumridge return with new original artwork, prints, books and commissions. Bob Eggleton is an American science fiction, fantasy, and horror artist. Eggleton has been honored with the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist eight times, first winning in 1994. He also won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2001 for his art book "Greetings From Earth". He has also won the Chesley Award for Artistic Achievement in 1999 and was the guest of honor at Chicon 2000.Eggleton's drawing and paintings cover a wide range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror topics, depicting space ships, alien worlds and inhabitants, dragons, vampires, and other fantasy creatures. His view on space ships were that they should look organic, and claimed that as a child, he was disappointed with the space shuttles and rockets NASA produced; they were nothing like fantasy artists of the twenties and thirties had promised. His fascination with dragons originated with his childhood interest of dinosaurs, which can be seen in the book Greetings From Earth. His paintings are commissioned and bought at science fiction conventions, and used as book covers. Eggleton has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. Eggleton received massive encouragement from his father, in the form of books, supplies, visits to museums of space and aeronautics and support during the career choices he made. Eggleton dropped out of his art college, because he felt it was not for him. Eggleton is a fan of Godzilla, has illustrated numerous comics, magazines and children's books based on the character and worked as a creative consultant on the American remake. While in Japan he appeared as an extra in one of the more recent films.Asteroid 13562 was named Bobeggleton in his honor.
KEITH WILLIAMS - July 2-4, 2021 show
Keith Williams, comic book inker, enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1976 to 1980. Majored in Media Arts and studied under Will Eisner, the creator of the Spirit comic strip. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art. With the help of Marvel comic book artist and mentor Don Perlin, Keith started working for Marvel Comics in 1982 as a background inker. He worked for inkers including Joe Sinnott and Mike Esposito. At Marvel, he became the first John Romita Raider, an art correction group. Keith later became an assistant editor under Jim Owlsley (Christopher Priest) on the Spider-Man group of books. The two became the first all black editorial team in Marvel's history. He later became John Byrne's background artist on Alpha Flight, The Hulk, Superman and Action Comics. Keith began inking regularly with the Web of Spider-Man, which lasted for four years. In between that time and after he worked on many other books at Marvel. Some of which were The Silver Surfer, She-Hulk with John Byrne, Warlock, Quasar with Greg Capullo, Star Trek and the X-men. At Dark Horse Comics, The Mask and Walter with artist Doug Manke and Star Wars Droids. At DC Comics, Superman, and the Lobo/ Mask graphic novel with Doug Manke. For Valiant, he worked on Quantum and Woody and the covers of X-O Man. At Moonstone Comics, The Kolchak Night Stalker Chronicles, Buckaroo Banzai and Domino Lady. For ten years he had worked on The Phantom for King Features Syndicate. And at Avatar Press he inked Lady Death and Crossed covers. A Crossed webisode comic, "Wish You Were Here" and the cover and interiors of the comic book Uber. He has also inked Avatar Press' recently published graphic novel Max Brook's Harlem Hellfighters.
WILL MURRAY - July 2-4, 2021 show
William Murray is an American novelist, journalist, and short-story and comic-book writer. He has written numerous tomes about "Doc Savage," "Tarzan," "The Phantom" and "The Shadow." Several of his fiction had been published under pseudonyms. A contributor to numerous prose anthologies, Murray has written short stories of the characters Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, the Hulk, the Spider, The Avenger, the Gray Seal, the Green Hornet, The Secret 6, Sherlock Holmes, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Honey West, Zorro and Lee Falk's the Phantom. For Marvel Comics, Murray co-created the superhero Squirrel Girl with artist Steve Ditko. He scripted The Destroyer black-and-white magazine, as well as single stories starring Iron Man and the Punisher. Murray wrote the introduction to the Marvel Comics Omnibus volume, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of Marvel Comics, as well as introductions to Volume 2 of Daring Mystery Comics, Mighty Thor Masterworks Volume 9, Mystic Comics Volume 1, Young Allies Volume 2 and Golden Age Captain America Volume 6.
JEFF KLINE - July 2-4, 2021 show
FOUNDER OF DARBY POP PUBLISHING, WRITER: Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises, Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon, Indestructible For nearly two decades, Jeff Kline has been one of the fortunate few “genre nerds” able to move freely between primetime and daytime television, motion pictures and the Web, and the East and West Coasts. He recently formed Darby Pop Publishing so he could play in the sandbox of comic books, and do so alongside some friends. As both Writer and Showrunner, Kline has been responsible for more than 40 animated and live-action series and pilots. Currently, he is an Executive Producer and co-developer of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, a follow up to his previous project, the multiple Daytime Emmy® Award-winning CG series TRANSFORMERS: PRIME. Over the past few years, Kline also co-developed and Executive Produced both TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS and G.I. JOE: RENEGADES for Hasbro Studios and The Hub as part of an exclusive multi-year pact. Previously, Kline has been Showrunner on a slew of fan-fave animated series including JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES (Kids WB), MEN IN BLACK: THE ANIMATED SERIES (Kids WB), ROUGHNECKS: THE STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES (Syndicated), BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT (Fox Kids), and GODZILLA: THE SERIES (Fox Kids).
Cowboy MACH BELL - July 2-4, 2021 Show
Ohio-born rock singer “Cowboy” Mach Bell has recorded and toured extensively with numerous famed rock bands including: The Joe Perry Project, Wild Bunch, Last Man Standing, Mach 5 and the legendary Thundertrain. “Cowboy Mach Bell was a rock’n’roll singer who grew up in the next town over from me (Holliston, Massachusetts) and had a group called Thundertrain. He loved to rave and be in a band…” - Joe Perry Mach Bell made his bones fronting the glitter-rock turned proto-punk group Thundertrain. Appearing in 1977 on both the “Live at the Rat” album as well as their own “Teenage Suicide” lp, which featured their original song “Hot For Teacher,” Thundertrain became regular headliners at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s in Manhattan, the Cleveland Agora, Boston’s Paradise Theater and of course the Rat. “All leather and attitude, Thundertrain sat poised on the brink, a local hit album in its saddlebag and full support from the local media. Fronted by the irrepressible Mach Bell, who took no lip from anyone and took command at every venue, Thundertrain peddled and pummeled its metal ditties of thigh school love and lust with a basic two-guitar, bass and drums attack that also, surprisingly, featured a generous share of hooks to hang a hit on.” - Carter Alan By 1982 Aerosmith lead guitarist-in-exile Joe Perry needed a new lead singer for his Joe Perry Project. Mach Bell (who Joe always calls “Cowboy”) was selected for the job. Bell and Perry wrote seven of the original songs for the 1983 Joe Perry Project album Once a Rocker Always a Rocker (MCA/Geffen). As of last year, the recording has been re-released 18 times (and counting) in North America, Japan, Europe, Australia and Russia. The video for their song Black Velvet Pants appeared regularly on MTV and later on VH1 Classics. The Project performed hundreds of concerts all over Canada, South America and the United States, rocking packed houses at venues like the Bottom Line, El Mocambo, Hollywood Palace, New England Dragway, El Poliedro and the Agora Ballrooms. “ Cowboy Mach, Joe Pet and Danny Hargrove. Without a doubt the wildest and most fun bunch of guys I ever played with. It was rocking as close to the edge as I will ever get. Truly a band of pirates.” - Joe Perry In late 2019 Panther Rock Books published the long talked-about road diaries that were meticulously kept by Cowboy Mach Bell during his years as a member of the Joe Perry Project. In his book, the Cowboy shares his adventures and times spent with stars including Joan Jett, Stiv Bators, Ric Ocasek, Jim Dandy, Ric Nielsen, Steven Tyler and Bo Diddley. Mach’s new book “Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary” has been met with immediate critical acclaim.
PATRICK A. REED - July 2-4, 2021 Show
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. 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.
JIM STERANKO - November 26-28, 2021 Show
JIM STERANKO has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, magician, illustrator, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics and the co-creator of NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. He also wrote and drew CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, SUPERMAN, and THE X-MEN (for which he designed the classic title logo); As a musician, he gigged with Bill Haley in the early days of rock 'n' roll; as a pop-culture icon, he has appeared at more than 400 international events and exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; and his two volumes of THE HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more than 100,000 copies each. As an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & KLAY was based; and more—photographer, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, male model, typographer, designer...the list goes on. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas—for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones—and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel's two-hour documentary COMIC-BOOK SUPERHEROES—UNMASKED; shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique (visit his live Sunday-night sessions by typing in iamsteranko); and is currently prepping AN EVENING WITH STERANKO for theatrical venues across the country. His dozen CAPTAIN AMERICA variants topped Marvel sales charts; the IDW SHIELD ARTIST’S EDITION sold out before publication (and won an Eisner Award); and his 2017 OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE—with his Batman cover—had record-breaking sales. His covers for ACTION 1000, CAPTAIN AMERICA 700, and DETECTIVE 1000 set high sales records. Recent polls cite Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Comics Artist in the history of the form. And he's still the best-dressed man in comics.