March 13-15, 2020 Special Guests
JIM STERANKO - Nov. 27-29 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.
VINCENT MARTELLA - July 3-5, 2020 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 Saturday March 14 at the concert AfterParty.
PHILO BARNHART - July 3-5, 2020 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)
THE AMAZING KRESKIN - July 3-5, 2020 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.
Cowboy MACH BELL - July 3-5, 2020 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 3-5, 2020 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.