March 13-15, 2020 Special Guests
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.
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including FX's Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer's latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats, Day of The Roses, Star Trek Continues and Nexus. Additionally Edgley has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company’s critically acclaimed sci fi cult series, Farscape in which she starred for over five years. Gigi stole the hearts of sci-fi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times controversial characters in the series. The SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company also asked her to host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. Edgley’s team additionally raised over $44,000 on Kickstarter to fund a sci-fi short called Hashtag. They are planning to take it to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Gigi was nominated for the Film’s Critic’s Circle awards for best lead actress in the feature Last Train To Freo, the SyFy Genre Award for Best Supporting actress, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a television series and Maxim Award for Sexiest Space Babe. Gigi has a long list of theatre credits as well that include: Kill Everything YouLove, 4.48 Psychosis,The Rover, Boy’s Life, Romeo And Juliet, Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Les Miserables. She also recently sung at Stan Lee's Birthday and was selected for the Women of Sci-Fi book by Denny's Illic. Edgley is also a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology after entering in the auditions alongside hundreds of other candidates. Check out her website at: GigiEdgley.Com
Adding to the fan's experience, we also offer 10 people a VIP opportunity to sing Karaoke with Nick at the concert afterparty Sat. March 14. Nicholas was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan. He got his big break as an actor when he landed the role of Xander Harris on the hugely successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). The series ran from 1997 until 2003, garnering a huge cult following as well as a large fanbase for Brendon. Brendon and brother Kelly appeared together in the episode "The Replacement", in which Xander has to cope with having a seemingly sinister double. His first major role in a feature film came with the Charles Busch satire Psycho Beach Party (2000). Brendon has also starred in the ABC Family Channel original movie Celeste in the City (2004). Brendon is a spokesperson for the Stuttering Foundation of America, appearing in a print campaign for the organization.
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 Saturday March 14 at the concert AfterParty.
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)
François Clemmons is a singer, actor, playwright and university lecturer but he is perhaps best known for his television appearances as “Officer Clemmons” on the PBS television series Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from 1968 to 1993. Francois will be joining the autograph signing guests at the NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles extravaganza March 13-15 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxborough MA. As a gay, African American trying to succeed in show business in the late 1960s he broke barriers, climbed the ladder and found a willing friend to assist in the wonderful Fred Rogers. When it was discovered that he had an excellent singing voice, he began performing locally at church functions. He became choir director of his church at the age of 10. His first songs were the spirituals of pre-Civil War America, passed down to him by his mother. He soon branched out across genres, singing with various community groups. For a while, he was the lead singer of a rock ‘n’ roll group called the Jokers. Clemmons received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, and a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. He also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Middlebury College In 1968, Clemmons won the Metropolitan Opera auditions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went on to Cleveland, Ohio, where he won a position in the Metropolitan Opera Studio. He sang there professionally for seven seasons, performing over 70 roles with companies including The New York City Opera, Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, and Washington Civic Opera. He also sang with numerous orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra and in 1976, he won a Grammy Award for a recording of Porgy and Bess. Francois performed the role of “Sportin’ Life” in that musical over 100 times. For 25 years, Francois performed in the role of Officer Clemmons, a friendly neighborhood policeman, in the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” on the children’s television show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. In the neighborhood itself, Clemmons ran a singing and dance studio located in the building diagonally across the street from Mister Rogers’ house. He was one of the first African Americans to have a recurring role on a kids’ TV series, and his presentation as both a beloved neighbor to Mister Rogers and as a respected authority figure has been described as a ground-breaking message in race relations. From 1997 until his retirement in 2013, Francois was the Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence and director of the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and he is the Emeritus Artist in Residence. While attending Oberlin College, Clemmons realized that he was gay, but remained closeted, fearing disapproval from his religious family and the community. In 1968, Fred Rogers told Clemmons that while his sexuality did not matter to him personally, Clemmons could not be “out” and continue appearing on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, because of the scandal that would arise. In the late 1960s, Rogers and others suggested that Clemmons get married as a way to deal with his sexual orientation, which he did. His marriage to wife Carol did not work out, and Clemmons divorced in 1974 so that he could live openly as a gay man.Fred Rogers remained personally supportive of Clemmons, but required him to avoid any indication of his homosexuality, such as the earring he began to wear as a signifier, on the program. Francois will be meeting fans, signing autographs, doing photo ops and offering Karaoke with fans.
You may remember John Davidson from his guest hosting duties on The Tonight Show, or hosting Hollywood Squares, That’s Incredible, or $100,000 Pyramid. Or movies (The Happiest Millionaire, Edward Scissorhands). Or his performances on Broadway (Oklahoma, State Fair, and more recently in touring productions of Wicked and Finding Neverland). But now in his 70s and not slowing down, John returns to his favorite role: troubadour. John will be appearing at NorthEast ComicCon to meet fans, sign autographs, do photo ops and offer Karaoke ops with Fans. John is touring with his solo concert show which features a mixture of covers and original tunes, show biz stories, all accompanied by his own guitar, banjo and sundry other instruments. John delivers an intimate, energetic evening of humor, inspiration, and songs both old and new. A recent Broadway World review said: “John Davidson is today's Will Rogers. He spends 60 or 70 minutes on stage, all alone. OH. MY. GOSH. The voice, the voice, the voice. He can sigh the most sweetly silent of ballads and then belt for the back row of the MUNY in St. Louis. John Davidson is a musical marvel. The show itself is perfectly constructed and presented…The evening is full to the brim with his commentary on life, politics, and lessons learned as he has aged. You don't need to know who John Davidson is to enjoy his show. You only need to know how to feel. Making you feel, through storytelling, musical or otherwise, is what John Davidson was born to do.” (Sept 2019)
THE AMAZING KRESKIN
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.
Cowboy MACH BELL
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.