Special Guests
  • Neal Adams

    Multiple award winner Neal Adams has helped define some of the biggest names in the industry. Most known for his influential work on Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and the X-Men, Adams has amassed a tremendous amount of material in the span of his fifty-year career. During this time he has served as a writer, editor, and publisher as well as an illustrator. Adams is an inductee into both the Will Eisner and Jack Kirby Halls of Fame, and is a long-time advocate for creators' rights. Other works include Brave and the Bold, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, Strange Adventures, and Detective Comics.

  • John Romita, Jr.

    For 35 years John Romita, Jr. has illustrated practically every character in the Marvel Comics Universe. Born in New York City, Romita, Jr. got his start under the guidance of his father, comic legend John Romita, Sr. Co-creator of numerous Marvel Comics characters. Romita, Jr. began his career at Marvel UK and made his American debut doing a short story in 1977's Amazing Spider-man Annual #11. He has since gone on to become one of Marvel's preeminent artists on everything from Iron Man to Uncanny X-Men to Daredevil. He had his first regular run working on the Amazing Spider-man series in the early 1980s and with writer Roger Stern he co-created the character Hobgoblin. Romita, Jr. has worked on countless Marvel Comics titles including The Punisher War Zone, The Hulk, The Hulk, Wolverine, The Black Panther, Cable and many others. Romita Jr. also co-created, along with writer Mark Miller, Kick-Ass. He is currently working for DC Comics on their flagship title, Superman.

Featured Guests
  • Charlie Adlard

    Charlie Adlard is the Eisner-nominated artist of the Walking Dead. He started work in British comics as an artist on such titles as 2000AD and the Judge Dredd: Megazine. In the U.S., his work has included The X-files for Topps comics, Astronauts in Trouble for Ait/Planet Lar, X-Men Hellfire Club for Marvel, Batman: Gotham Knights for DC as well as Codeflesh and Walking Dead for Image Comics. Adlard also does a number of projects for the French publisher Delcourt.

  • Mahmud Asrar

    Mahmud Asrar first came to the attention of Jay Faerber in 2007, which led to him co-creating Dynamo 5 for Image comics. Asrar followed this up by working on She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision with Peter David, Nova, War Machine and Adventure Comics. He drew the reboot of Supergirl, as part of the new DC 52 before moving onto Ultimate Comics: X-Men and subsequently Indestructible Hulk and Wolverine and The X-Men for Marvel. Asrar is currently penciling the Brian Michael Bendis penned All New X-Men, again for Marvel.

  • Lee Bermejo

    Lee Bermejo has an extensive portfolio of work and is one of the rising stars in comics today. He is probably best known for his amazing work on the Joker Graphic Novel with Brian Azzarello. He has also worked on Daredevil, X-Men Legacy, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, again with Brian Azzarello, Before Watchmen: Rorschach and was the cover artist for 33 issues of Hellblazer. Bermejo wrote and drew the well received Batman graphic novel, Noel in 2011 and has contributed covers to DC's 2014 Secret Origins series and some striking artwork for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. He is currently writing and drawing a new Vertigo series, Suiciders which is due out in 2015.

  • Mark Brooks

    Mark Brooks is a Marvel-exclusive artist known most recently for his cover art on a variety of titles such as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, Secret Avengers, and A+X.

    He is currently the monthly cover artist for Deadpool having recently completed an acclaimed run as cover artist for the Marvel Now series, Fearless Defenders. Before this, he completed a successful arc as the cover artist for the popular series X-Men Legacy as well as illustrating an issue of AvX: Consequences and Young Avengers with Paul Cornell. Other recent interior work includes Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega miniseries, the critically acclaimed Uncanny X-Force with Rick Remender and Thor 620.1.

    Sideshow Collectibles has produced a series of statues based on his designs. Brooks has been featured on Amazing Spider-man, Ultimate X-Men, Young Avengers and many more. His work can also be found on various other projects for video games and toy packaging.

    Marvel's new Ant Man series in the New Year will feature covers by Brooks. Then in April he will be providing the covers for Marvel's new Star Wars: Kanan series.

  • Gary Frank

    Gary Frank began working for Marvel UK in the 1990s on Motormouth and Killpower. From there he moved to The Incredible Hulk for Marvel. Then came Supergirl for DC and Gen13 for Wildstorm, before trying his hand at creator-owned work with Kin for Top Cow, where he also worked on Midnight Nation with J. Michael Straczynski. Returning to Marvel with J. Michael Staczynski, they worked together on Supreme Power and Squadron Supreme, and then Hulk and a couple of issues of Avengers with Geoff Johns. Frank then followed Johns to DC, where they worked together on Action Comics, Superman: Secret Origin, Batman Earth One, and Shazam! He is currently working as a cover artist for both DC and Marvel, his most recent work being Action Comics, Hulk and Earth 2.

  • Dave Gibbons

    Dave Gibbons established himself in underground comics and fanzines in Britain before becoming a frequent contributor to the seminal 2000AD, illustrating Harlem Heroes, Dan Dare and co-creating Rogue Trooper. Since then, he has drawn and written for most comic book publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has encompassed Dr Who, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Captain America, Dr Strange, Hulk, Predator and Aliens. With writer Frank Miller he co-created Give Me Liberty and Martha Washington Goes To War. Watchmen, his collaboration with writer Alan Moore, is the best-selling graphic novel ever published and became a major motion picture. His autobiographical graphic novel The Originals won an Eisner Award. His recent work has involved consultancy on motion books for the MADEFIRE app and other groundbreaking storytelling technologies. Gibbons was recently awarded the role as the UK’s first-ever Comics Laureate.

  • Stephanie Hans

    Stephanie Hans is a French freelance illustrator who learnt her craft at the world famous Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg. Her first published work was for the graphic novel Galathea (2004). Hans then went on to illustrate numerous covers for most of the mainstream French young adult publishers including Hachette. More recently she has been working as a cover artist for a number of US Comic Book publishers, most notably Marvel but also for Boom, Dynamite Entertainment, Dark Horse and IDW. Her work as a cover artist has included titles such as Journey into Mystery, Suicide Risk, Tomb Raider, New Mutants, The Amazing Spider-Man, Original Sin, Thor and most recently Death of Wolverine, Guardians of the Galaxy and Storm.

  • Jeremy Haun

    Jeremy Haun is currently transitioning from being the artist on DC's Batwoman to drawing DC's Constantine. He is part of the bad karma Creative Group who's Bad Karma Volume One debuted in 2013 thanks to Kickstarter funding. Over the past decade Haun has drawn for DC, Marvel, Top Cow and Image, amongst others. Titles have included Paradigm, Battle Hymn, New Excalibur, Berserker, The Outsiders, Arkham Reborn, The Darkness, and Batman. Haun debuts on Constantine #18 which is on sale this month (October 2014)

  • Bob Layton

    Bob Layton is a visionary creator, writer, artist and entrepreneur. His critically acclaimed run on Marvel's Iron Man saved the title and heavily influenced the popular films. Layton also launched the first mini-series in comics' history, and revived the original X-Men characters with his X-Factor series. Elements of the successful video game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Acclaim) were developed by Layton at Valiant Comics, and he later formed Future Comics. Recently, Layton turned his attention to film and television with screenplays like The Helix and Mettle for Edward James Olmos Productions and scripting for Nickelodeon's Iron Man Armored Adventures. Upcoming releases include the Odyssey Pictures film Shambler and graphic novel Colony (IDW).

  • Clay Mann

    Clay Mann is currently working as a cover artist for Marvel and DC Comics. His recent work includes such titles as Batgirl and Batman Eternal for DC along with the new Axis event for Marvel. Clay also provides the monthly interiors to Valiant Comics re-launch of Ninjak. His past works and highlights include: Gambit (2012), X-Necrosha (2010), Magneto: Not A Hero #1-#4, X-Men Legacy: Emplate, X-Men Legacy: Collision, X-Men: Age of X, X-Men: Prelude to Schism, Dark Reign: Elektra, Thor: Ages of Thunder, Thor: Man of War and Heroes For Hire: Ahead of the Curve.

  • Michael Avon Oeming

    Michael Avon Oeming is an Eisner-Award-winning artist (2001), inker and writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed series Powers along with writer Brian Michael Bendis. His past work includes Daredevil, Avengers, Judge Dredd, Bulletproof Monk, Thor, Red Sonja, Highlander and Mice Templar. He is currently the penciller on titles The United States of Murder Inc and Guardians of the Galaxy both written by Brian Michael Bendis.

  • Mike Ploog

    Mike Ploog was the artist for some of Marvel Comics most popular horror comics of the 1970s, drawing the first appearances of both Ghost Rider (Marvel Spotlight #5) and Werewolf By Night (Marvel Spotlight #2), as well as their regular series. He also illustrated such titles as The Monster of Frankenstein, Man-Thing, Kull the Destroyer, and Planet of the Apes. Ploog is also known for his design and storyboard work for such films as John Carpenters The Thing, Jim Henson's Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, The Lord of the Rings, Ghostbusters, Shrek, Disney's Black Cauldron, Return to Oz, and X-Men.

  • Taki Soma

    Portland-based Taki Soma is a writer and artist who frequently collaborates with her husband Michael Avon Oeming. She has produced web comics and co-written Rapture from Dark Horse Comics, pencilled Mice Templar and featured as a character herself in the Michael Bendis all-ages graphic novel, Takio. She and Oeming have co-created new title Sinergy coming out in November 2014 from Image and she is the colourist on Michael Bendis's crime title, Murder Inc.

Spotlight Guests
  • Ian Churchill

    Ian Churchill left a career in graphic design to work professionally in comics in 1994, when he was hired on the spot at a London comic convention by Marvel's then editor-in-chief, Bob Harras. Churchill debuted on Marvel's X-Men titles and, along with Jeph Loeb, took Cable to new heights. Churchill went on to illustrate The Avengers, The Uncanny X-Men, Superman, Superman/Batman, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Hulk, Richard Starkings's Elephantmen and Churchill's own supernatural group of heroes - The Coven. In December 2010, the first issue of his new creator-owned title Marineman launched to critical acclaim, and received an Eisner nomination for Best New Series 2010. Currently, Ian has just finished the Jonathon Ross penned mini series Revenge and has began work on the follow up of his creator-owned title Marineman.

  • Gary Erskine

    Gary Erskine is a comic book artist living in Glasgow, who has been illustrating comic books for over twenty years. He has contributed character designs and storyboards for television, commercials and games development as well teaching creative workshops for schools and libraries. Erskine has drawn 2000AD's Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, The Authority, The Filth, and Dan Dare. More recently he has been concentrating on his own creator-owned series titled Roller Grrrls.

  • David Lloyd

    David Lloyd is the well-known illustrator and co-creator of the globally successful, V For Vendetta. He's also worked on the Hellblazer series, Aliens, Global Frequency, War Stories, and many other projects. His acclaimed crime graphic novel, Kickback, is now available as an app from Panel Nine with all kinds of extras including a commentary.

    Currently he edits and publishes an exclusively digital comic art magazine, Aces Weekly which features top talent from around the world. He also helps manage the educational website, Cartoon Classroom which aims to centralise all information available on the study of cartooning and sequential art in the UK and Ireland.

  • Emanuella Luppachino

    Born and raised in Rome, Emanuella left her career as biotechnologist to work in the world of comics. She first started working in Italy on the noir series L'Insonne and then moved into the US market, working on several titles including Angel and Star Trek for IDW, a Superman story on JLA 80 Page Giant for DC Comics and X-Factor for Marvel, written by Peter David and where she's had her longest run as a penciller. More recently she has worked on titles such as Archer & Armstrong and Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps for Valiant, World's Finest for DC and Thor: God of Thunder for Marvel. She is currently the artist on both Supergirl and Supergirl: Futures End. Luppachino also creates character designs for role-playing game books and is the cover artist for several publishers in Europe and the US.

  • Jamie Tyndall

    Jamie Tyndall is a Canadian comic book artist best known for his depictions of sexy, strong female characters. He is a penciler, inker and sometimes colourist. Jamie is fairly new to comics, but has already made an impression with his covers for Zenescope Entertainment and commissions for private collectors. Jamie is also known for his parody covers of comic heroines adorning mainstream magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, Sports Illustrated, Empire, Rolling Stone and Maxim. Jamie Tyndall's cover work has included Grimm Fairy Tales, Hit List, Robyn Hood and Notti and Nyce, G.I. Joe A Real American Hero, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth and The Transformers vs. G.I. Joe.

Cosplay Guests
  • Kamui Cosplay

    Svetlana Quindt aka Kamui Cosplay is an acclaimed costume and prop designer, author, panelist and commissioner from Germany. With over 12 years of experience and a never ending passion for elaborate armour designs she has already created many award winning costumes and has been invited to countless big events all over America, Europe and Asia where she judges, hosts panels or teaches her craft in one of her amazing workshops. Svetlana Quindt is well known for her detailed armour costumes from World of Warcraft, Diablo, and League of Legends as well as for introducing the material Worbla to the world, which has since taken the international cosplay community by storm. She finds the greatest pleasure in passing on her own techniques through countless tutorials, workshops and lately became the author and publisher for her own series of how-to-make Cosplay tutorial books.

  • YaYa Han

    Yaya Han is one of only a few cosplayers in the world to build a business in this hobby-ist community, but even after a decade of success, she strives to stay true to what got her into this field originally - fun and creativity. To this day, Yaya has made a myriad of costumes in the genres of anime, manga, video games, sci-fi, comics and of course from her own original designs. Her intricate and lavish creations have won awards and acclaim worldwide, and she has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the globe. Yaya is about to appear in her very own comic book titled Wonderous 2: The Yaya Han Saga (2014) and published by Lion Forge comics.

Past Guests