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.

  • Garth Ennis

    Garth Ennis is an Irish born Eisner and Eagle award winning writer who is probably best known for the popular DC series, Preacher which he co-created with Steve Dillon. Ennis broke into the US comic scene in 1991 and has a large body of work published across all the major US publishers. For DC he wrote Hellblazer, Preacher, Demon, War Story before moving to Marvel where he had a long run on Punisher. For Wildstrom, Ennis began a new series, The Boys (which was later published by Dynamite and wrote The Authority.

    Ennis has written Crossed, War Story, Streets of Glory, Chronicles of Wormwood and Stitched (for which Garth made his directorial debut in 2011 with a short film) all published by Avatar Press.

    Ennis has also worked with director John Woo on the mini-series Seven Brothers for Virgin Comics and wrote a new Dan Dare series with Gary Erskine.

    2012 saw Garth tackle 30's pulp stalwart the The Shadow, a character he long had a hankering to write and the Kickstarter funded children's book, Erf. 2014 brought the Avatar published sci-fi horror title, Caliban and a return to War Stories.

    Garth will be located at Avatar's tables (Booth B14) over the weekend, please refer to the signing schedule on our web site for more information. Please Note that queues on Sunday will be capped at 12.45.

  • 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
  • Arthur Adams

    Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan favorite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985 Longshot mini-series. His career has included work on such titles as Batman, Superman, Spider-man, X-Men, Godzilla, The Authority, Danger Girl, Excalibur, and Hulk, to name a few.

    He is also the creator, writer and artist on Monkeyman and O'Brien. More recently Adams illustrated the Ultimate X-Men series for Marvel.

  • 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.

    Charlie will be located at the Place In Space tables (D538-D550)

  • 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.

  • Simone Bianchi

    Simone Bianchi was born and lives in Italy. After working for the European market for several years, he did art for the DC miniseries, Shining Knight. He then created covers for a number of DC series, including Green Lantern, Batman and Detective Comics and the interior pages for Green Lantern #6. Since 2006, he has worked exclusively for Marvel on Wolverine, Astonishing X-Men, Thor: For Asgard, Uncanny X-Force, Thanos Rising, New Avengers, Thor and Loki the Tenth Realm.

    His works have been exhibited at the Galerie du 9eme Art in Paris, at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego (CA), at the Museo d'Arte contemporanea in Perugia (Italy).

  • Brian Bolland

    Brian Bolland is a multiple Eisner-award-winning British comic artist. He is best known as one of the definitive Judge Dredd artists and for drawing the genre-defining Batman: The Killing Joke with Alan Moore. He was the penciller of Camelot 3000, Batman: Black and White (which he also wrote) and numerous other titles. Bolland has contributed covers for Animal Man, Wonder Woman, The Invisibles, The Flash, Batman: Gotham Knights, Jack of Fables, Robin, Justice League of America and Zatanna. DC collected these covers as Cover Story: The DC art of Brian Bolland. He also writes and draws the Actress & the Bishop story from time to time.

    More recently he has contributed covers to DC's Dial H, Superman Unchained, Batman & Two Face and Judge Dredd for 2000AD. Currently Bolland is working on a picto-memoir. Future projects include a Graphitti Gallery Edition of the Killing Joke which will reproduce his original artwork from Killing Joke at actual size.

  • 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.

  • Max Brooks

    Mark Brooks is an Emmy-winning screenwriter and author of the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z (which was made into a successful film starring Brad Pitt), and the Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

    He has actor credits for a variety of shows including Roseanne, Pacific Blue and 7 th Heaven and as a voice actor on Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Justice League.

    As the world's leading authority on the defense against a ghoulish uprising there has been a ready audience for his all-original comic book series Extinction Parade and a new title to be launched in 2015.

    Max will be located at Avatar's tables (Booth B14) over the weekend, please refer to the signing & panel schedule on our web site for more information.

  • Yildiray Cinar

    Cinar initially began his career studying and working in the field of animation, although he soon crossed over in to the field of comics as an artist. After his year long run on the Image title, Noble Causes, he moved on to pencil Teen Titans for DC and, with that success under his belt, became a regular artist on Legion of Super-Heroesin 2010 with Paul Levitz and then Fury of Firestorm in 2011. Cinar went on to pencil the Supergirl title and a story arc for DC's Earth 2. He is currently the artist on the new title, Superior Iron Man for Marvel.

  • Rahsan Ekedal

    Rahsan Ekedal is an artist best known for his work on the hit series Think Tank, and the Harvey-Award-nominated graphic novel Echoes.

    He has illustrated a variety of titles for Top Cow Productions (Pilot Season: The Test, The Crazies), Dark Horse Comics (Solomon Kane: Red Shadows, Creepy, The Cleaners), DC/Vertigo Comics (The Unexpected), and Boom! Studios (Warhammer).

    Ekedal has also provided storyboards and concept art for companies such as Disney XD, Undertow Films, BCII Television, and Ursa Productions.

  • Mark Farmer

    Mark is a multiple Eagle Award winning inker who got his start in the UK comics industry before becoming part of the British Invasion, the wave of UK creators that were an integral part of the DC Comics "new look" of the 1980s. He is primarily known these days as an inker, although he has done some pencilling as well (for instance, collaborating with writer Len Wein on an early 1980s run on Green Lantern). Like nearly all those involved in the British Invasion, Farmer got his start at the British weekly comic 2000 AD, where he pencilled such series as Judge Dredd and Anderson: Psi Division. Farmer usually forms a team with writer/penciler Alan Davis. The pair, who first teamed on 1987's D.R. and Quinch for 2000 AD, have worked together on such titles as Marvel Comics' Excalibur, Avengers, Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and Uncanny X-Men. For DC their work includes Superman, LSH, JSA, JLA and Green Lantern.

    More recent work includes Wolverine and Savage Hulk with Alan Davis and Guardians of the Galaxy with Ed McGuinness

  • 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.

    Dave will not have an Artist Alley table, please refer to the Signing & Panel schedule on our web site for more information.

  • Adi Granov

    Adi Granov is a Marvel artist who got his big break on the 2005 series Iron Man: Extremis with Warren Ellis, and which is credited with revitalising the character. It led to an approach by director and fan, Jon Favreau to produce concept art for the then upcoming Iron Man film. The suits in the Iron Man movies were based on his designs and he has worked on numerous other concept pitches for films including Avengers Assemble and Spider-man 2 and various games. Granov is a very much in demand cover artist and these covers have graced the likes of X-Men, Nova, Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more.

    He is currently the regular cover artist on Marvel's new Darth Vader series. Granov is also doing the covers for the re-edition of the A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi comics, as well as some variants covers for Star Wars and Leia. He is also designing a line of X-men figures for Kotobukiya which should start coming out this year.

  • 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)

  • Klaus Janson

    Klaus Janson is a German-born American comic book artist, who may be best known as an inker but is also a talented penciller and colourist. He came to prominence inking Sal Buscema on The Defenders, but is best known for his collaborations with Frank Miller on their seminal Daredevil run from 1979-83 (which saw him begin as inker and end that run as penciller), and for their groundbreaking work on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

    He has also pencilled and inked a wide range of title and characters for DC and Marvel including Gothic with Grant Morrison, Batman/Spawn, Punisher, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Wolverine, Detective Comics, and Batman. Last year he returned to Daredevil with the Bendis-penned End of Days, with fellow guest, Bill Sienkiewicz. He has also written a short story for Batman: Black and White.

    Klaus is currently inking another of our guests, John Romita Jr on Superman and will be collaborating with Ron Marz and Denys Cowan on the upcoming Batman and Robin for DC's Convergence event in 2015.

    Klaus also teaches at New York's School of Visual Arts and is the writer of DC's The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics and The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics.

  • 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).

  • Paul Levitz

    Paul Levitz has been a comic fan (award-winning fanzine, The Comic Reader), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes including the fan classic "The Great Darkness Saga," which we at LSCC wholeheartedly recommend), and DC Comics staffer (including serving as the company's youngest editor ever, two decades as Publisher, and ending as President & Publisher). He has received the Inkpot, Clampett Humanitarian and ComicsPro Industry Appreciation Awards, and serves on the boards of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Boom! Studios.

    Paul's Eisner and Eagle award-winning opus, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, was published by Taschen, and is now being issued in 5 separate volumes, and his 40-year association with DC Comics continues as his writing currently appears in Legion of Super-Heroes, Secret Origins and World's Finest. He is also working on a coffee table book on the work of Will Eisner with whom he enjoyed a 30 year friendship.

    In addition to his work as a writer, Paul also spends time teaching, having taught courses in writing at Manhattanville College, publishing, at Pace University and the American Graphic Novel at Columbia University

  • David Mack

    David Mack is a multi-talented comic book artist and writer known for his creator-owned work, Kabuki, published originally by Image Comics and then the Marvel imprint ICON and now by Dark Horse in this its 20th anniversary year.

    He was thrust into the limelight with his work on the revamped Daredevil with Brian Michael Bendis and went on to draw covers of titles from Alias to Green Arrow and Justice League of America.

    This year has been a busy one for Mack as his return to Daredevil, this time in the acclaimed mini-series Daredevil: End of Days with Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and Brian Michael Bendis, has been collected into hardcover. He has also produced covers for the new comic book sequel to Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, art book Dream Logic for Dark Horse, his kickstarter art book project, Muse and found time to design the end credit sequence for Marvel blockbuster film, Captain America: Winter Soldier.

  • 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.

  • Ron Marz

    Ron Marz started his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel. Since then, he has worked for virtually every major publisher and compiled a long list of credits, including stints on Green Lantern for DC, Star Wars for Dark Horse, Witchblade for Top Cow, and as a staff writer for CrossGen Comics. His creator-owned series include Dragon Prince, Samurai: Heaven and Earth, and Pantheon City at Dark Horse; and vampire tale Shinku.

    More recently, long-time Burroughs fan, Marz launched a new John Carter: Warlord of Mars series through Dynamite, also a best selling Skylanders comic for IDW, based on the videogame. He wrote a Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight arc with Cully Hamner, Unbreakable Valor, a Panasonic-sponsored comic and continues to write Witchblade for Top Cow.

    Looking ahead, upcoming projects include a Magadalena mini series, a Batman & Robin arc with Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson for DC's Convergence, a Justice League International story and a new series, The Protectors, with NFL player Israel Idonije and artist Bart Sears

  • Ed McGuinness

    McGuinness first came to prominence with his published work on Vampirella in 1996, Deadpool in 1997 for Marvel and a short run on Mr Majestic. He then worked on Superman, the first in a series of collaborations with writer Jeph Loeb.

    Further projects for DC included the launch of the very successful Superman/Batman (upon which a Superman/Batman animated movie was based) and Thundercats. McGuinness was joined on Superman/Batman by fellow L.S.C.C. guest, inker Dexter Vines, with whom he frequently teams up, signing off their work as "EdEx".

    In 2006, McGuinness signed an exclusive contract with Marvel. He produced covers for the Civil War mini-series and launched a highly popular new Hulk series, again with Loeb and Vines, which introduced the Red Hulk and then Captain America: Fallen Son.

    More recently he has drawn the Nova re-launch for Marvel, Avengers: X-Sanction, Amazing X-Men with Jason Aaron, Guardians of the Galaxy with Bendis & inker Mark Farmer and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Dark Horse. 2015 will see the launch of the X-Men/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover - Black Vortex.

    As a popular and in-demand artist, McGuinness has produced a number of variant covers for various publishers.

    DC has released a series of statues and action figures based on McGuinness characters including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

  • Mike Norton

    Mike Norton sprung into the spotlight with his run on Runaways and Gravity, and was quickly signed on a DC-exclusive contract. He went on to draw All New Atom, Countdown to Final Crisis and most notable his run on Green Arrow.

    He is the creator of the Eisner and Harvey award winning webcomic, Battlepug, and is the co-creator and artist of Revival, the critically acclaimed Image series and the Dark Horse Comic series, The Answer!.

    He lives in Chicago with his wife and two pugs. He is also very, very tall.

  • 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

    Unfortunately, Mike has had to cancel his appearance at L.S.C.C. 2015

    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.

  • Esad Ribic

    Croatian-born artist, Esad Ribic began his career as an animator and drew comics on the side as hobby. The collapse of the studio meant he had to fall back on his hobby for a living. After some small press gigs his first break was the Four Horsemen mini-series for DC in 2000. This led to work at Marvel where his first assignment was a rush fill-in on X-Men: Children of the Atom.

    Since then he has worked primarily for Marvel, illustrating the likes of Wolverine, Silver Surfer: Requiem, Sub-Mariner and Loki, where he started painted interiors, and Uncanny X-Force with Rick Remender. More recently he has been illustrating Thor: God of Thunder with Jason Aaron as part of Marvel Now. 2015 will see the publication of blockbuster, Secret Wars III with Jonathan Hickman.

  • David Roach

    David Roach started out working for 2000AD where he drew Nemesis the Warlock, before taking over the Judge Anderson strip which he drew for 5 years. After this he switched to American companies where he worked on Aliens and Star Wars for Dark Horse and Batman, Star Trek, Green Lantern, Babylon 5 and numerous other projects for DC. As an Illustrator he has drawn hundreds of pictures for Dungeons and Dragons, Vampire Jyhad and Battletech games. For over a decade now he has worked on Panini's Dr Who comic strip and is the cover artist for their Graphic Novel series. He has also returned to Mega City 1 where he is a regular artist on Judge Dredd for Rebellion. He is a self-confessed fanboy with far too many comics and just loves drawing pictures of Vampirella.

  • Victor Santos

    Victor has written and illustrated a variety of comics in Spain and France, recent years have witnessed his US adventures begin with Demon Cleaner and Zombee, written by Miles Gunter, and Filthy Rich, written by Brian Azzarello, for DC Comics' Vertigo Crime line. His works include the current volumes of The Mice Templar, written by Bryan J.L. Glass and Michael Avon Oeming for Image Comics, as well as James Patterson's Witch & Wizard series and the Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters series published by IDW. Recently Victor has illustrated two superhero miniseries, Black Market, published by Boom! Studios and Furious, published by Dark Horse Comics.

    His career as a writer has continued in Spain on Silhouette, Ragnarok and Ezequiel Himes: Zombie Hunter. One of his most personal projects is Polar (polarcomic.com), an online noir comic strip which earned him a Harvey Award nomination and published by Dark Horse Comics. A second volume will be launched in 2015.

  • Tim Seeley

    Tim Seeley is one of those "slash" people... a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I Joe, Halloween, Wildcats and Exsanguine. His writing work includes NY-Times-bestselling Hack/Slash, Batman Eternal, Grayson and the critically acclaimed Revival.

    He resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Gina. He works at Four Star Studios where he is never far from his 80s' action figure collection.

  • Bill Sienkiewicz

    Bill Sienkiewicz is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comic illustration from 1980 onward, most notably with Frank Miller's Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed run on New Mutants.

    Breaking into the comics business at age 19, he worked on Moon Knight for 4 years before becoming the artist on Marvel's X-Men spin-off New Mutants. From this period on, Sienkiewicz's art evolved into a much more expressionistic style, and he began experimenting with paint, collage, and mixed media.

    Having produced covers for nearly every DC & Marvel title over the last 35 years, and artist on titles ranging from Batman to the Fantastic Four, Superman to Sandman and everything in between, he is one of the most versatile artist of our generation, and was back in the spotlight last year with his collaboration with Klaus Janson, David Mack and Brian Michael Bendis on Daredevil: End of Days

    He is currently working on a new secret project, in between producing variant covers for titles like Amazing Spiderman, Lobo and Wytches.

  • Rachael Stott

    Rachael Stott is a freelance illustrator based in London, producing work for clients such as the RSC and the British Gymnastics Association, whilst also appearing in indy comics anthologies such as Dead Roots, before making her mainstream comics debut in January 2015 as the line artist, and cover artist, on IDW's Star Trek/ Planet of the Apes crossover.

    Rachel will not have an Artist Alley table, please refer to the Panel schedule on our web site for more information.

  • 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.

  • Dexter Vines

    Atlanta-based Dexter Vines is an artist and inker, best known for his collaborations with pencillers such as Steve McNiven and Ed McGuiness, the latter of whom he is sometimes credited with as the "EdEx" team.

    His earliest published work, while he was still working at a comic distributor, was the 1994 Wildstorm Swimsuit Special.

    Since then he has gone on to embellish some high-profile series for both Marvel and DC including Superman/Batman and Hulk and with frequent collaborator Ed McGuinness, Civil War and Wolverine: Old Man Logan with penciller Steve McNiven.

    Other projects include Young Avengers with Jim Cheung, Justice League Unlimited with Mike McKone, Ultimate Thor with Carlos Pacheco, Mighty Thor with Olivier Coipel, Amazing X-Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Nova all with the aforementioned McGuiness. Most recently Dexter's work can be seen on The Return of Quantum and Woody for Valiant Comics.

  • Dave Wachter

    Dave Wachter is the artist, co-creator and co-writer of the Eisner and Harvey Award nominated webcomic The Guns of Shadow Valley, published in collected hardcover form by Dark Horse Comics. For publisher IDW, Dave has done art for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, True Blood, That Hellbound Train, Night of 1,000 Wolves, and Godzilla: Cataclysm. He collaborated with Steve Niles on the acclaimed miniseries Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse. In 2012, Dave was nominated for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award. He currently resides in Pittsburgh with the feline god of destruction, Ollie.

  • Jeremy Whitley

    Jeremy Whitley is an American comic book writer. He is the creator and writer of the comics Princeless, The Pirate Princess, The Order of Dagonet, and Illegal. Whitley is also a frequent writer for the comic series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and My Little Pony: Friends Forever. He has also written for such series as Courage the Cowardly Dog, NFL RushZone, and the anthology Shakespeare Shaken.

Spotlight Guests
  • Mark Buckingham

    Mark Buckingham has been working in comics for over 25 years, building a reputation for design, storytelling and a chameleon like diversity of art styles. He is known for his work on numerous comics including Miracleman (Marvelman), Hellblazer, Sandman, Death, Shade the Changing Man, Generation-X, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, The Titans and Peter Parker:Spider-man.

    Since 2002 Mark has been the regular artist on Fables for Vertigo/DC Comics, working with its writer and creator Bill Willingham, for which they have earned numerous comic industry awards. He is currently drawing its final story arc which will end with the one hundred and fifty page Fables #150.

    Swapping pencils for the keyboard, Mark is the writer of "The Clamour for Glamour" the final story arc of Fairest, the companion title to Fables.

    In addition Mark is also the regular cover artist, co-plotter and penciller/layout artist on a third series for Vertigo, Dead Boy Detectives, spinning Neil Gaiman's characters from Sandman #25 into their own monthly comic with novelist Toby Litt. The summer of 2015 will see Mark reunite with Neil Gaiman as they return to work, after a twenty year wait, on Miracleman for Marvel.

  • Elias Chatzoudis

    Elias started work as a freelance illustrator in 2003, collaborating with various companies like StickerChick.com, Goodys, Art Scene International, Vivartia and Arc World Wild.

    His work has been published in various magazines including Maxim, Free, Sporty Jr, and Klik. With his first book Digital Divas (2007), he broke into the pin-up scene and quickly followed it up with Whoops! The Art of Elias Chatzoudis and Fever Pitch.

    Elias has straddled the pin-up and comic market with his art adorning a number of comic covers including variant covers for Zenescope Entertainment, such as Grimm Fairy Tales, Bad Girls, Jungle Book, Call of Wonderland, Myths & Legends, Godstorm and The 2014 Swimsuit Special.

    He has published the second vol. of Fever Pitch and recently drawn variant covers for the Grimm Fairy Tales: presents Warlord of Oz, Zombies vs Cheerleaders: Halloween Special and Grimm Fairy Tales presents Realm War Age of Darkness.

  • Joyce Chin

    Joyce Chin has been working in comics since 1995 when she pencilled Guy Gardener: Warrior for DC. Since then she has gone on to work on several titles including Vampirella, Xena, Superman: Silver Banshee and with a variety of publishers. More recently, in conjunction with Top Cow and Dynamite Entertainment, Chin has illustrated the cross-over event Monster Wars that pitted Top cow characters with the "Dynamite" Monsters. She is currently producing a number of covers for Dynamite including Red Sonja, Vampirella and Lady Rawhide.

  • 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.

  • Neil Edwards

    Neil Edwards has worked for many publishers from DC to Markosia, 2000AD to Boom, but it's primarily his Marvel work on titles including Fantastic Four, Squadron Supreme, Captain America, Mighty Avengers and Herc that he is best known for. Edwards also collaborated with Mark Waid on Dr Spektor.

    His recent work on Spider-Man Season One showcased his art and he was the regular penciller on Dark Avengers for Marvel. Edwards is currently pencilling Justice League United for DC with in-demand writer, Jeff Lemire.

  • 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.

  • Lee Garbett

    Lee Garbett is best known for his work on Grant Morrison's Batman: RIP Last Rites and Return of Bruce Wayne, along with DC's acclaimed re-launch of Batgirl.

    Working mostly for DC, he has worked on some of the biggest characters and titles in the business, including Amazing Spider-Man, Batman & Robin, Justice League Dark, Ghost Rider, Fear Itself, Judge Dredd, Angel and Faith and Ultimate X-Men.

    More recently Lee has been the regular artist on Valiant's X-O Manowar, contributed a story to Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan along with Jock as well as designing costumes for the hit movie, X-Men Days of Future Past. He is currently working with Al Ewing on the Marvel NOW series Loki: Agent of Asgard and staying with the God of Lies and Mischief, also drew Original Sin Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm.

  • Kieron Gillen

    Emerging from the British small press, Kieron Gillen first came to wider attention with Phonogram, his pop-obsessed urban fantasy collaboration with Jamie McKelvie. Marvel comics clearly didn’t take the insults against various mid-nineties British pop bands to heart and hired him to work on comics such as Uncanny X-Men, Thor, Journey Into Mystery and Generation Hope. He recently finished runs on Iron Man and Young Avengers. He is currently writing the new Darth Vader title with Salvador Larocca and covers by Adi Granov, The Wicked + the Divine with Jamie McKelvie, Uber for Avatar and Marvel title, Angela: Asgards Assassin, with fellow LSCC guest Stephanie Hans.

    Upcoming works include The Ludocrats, from Image, which will be illustrated by David Lafuente, the third volume of The Wicked + the Divine, called Commercial Suicide, which will feature guest artists and Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl with Jamie McKelvie.

    Kieron will be located at Avatar's tables (Booth B14) over the weekend

  • 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.

    David will be located at the Aces Weekly table (D432)

  • 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.

  • Sabine Rich

    Sabine Rich is a self-taught French/British artist who grew up abroad and now lives in France. She started as a freelancer and has worked for over 10 years on a variety of kids books/magazines, and game projects.

    Rich's first work in comics was as a colourist for JP Roth on Ancient Dreams and Southern Nightgown. This led to colour work for Aspen, Zenescope, and the Lady Death Universe.

    This past year she has started drawing and colouring a comic book of JP Roth's called Theory of Magic and she does cover work for Zenescope, Lady Death Universe and other independent publishers.

    Rich has a wide range of variety in her work, and enjoys doing watercolours and copics when not colouring on the computer. She loves to draw fantasy and beautiful woman.

  • 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.

  • Christian Ward

    Christian Ward is a London-based illustrator, comic artist and writer. He is the co-creator of ODY-C with Matt Fraction for Image comics.

    Ward is a regular cover artist at Marvel (with Avengers A.I. #8 Covers C and D and Ultimate FF #3 being recent examples). Past comic book projects include Image Comics' bestseller The Infinite Vacation with Nick Spencer and Olympus with Nathan Edmondson. He has also worked with Kieron Gillen on Young Avengers as well as with Margaret Atwood on The Guardian and British Library's Comic Unmasked project.

  • John Watson

    John Watson is a British comic book artist best known for his stunning painted covers. He began his career as an intern at DC comics in the 1990s, and went on to produce acclaimed cover runs for DC, Marvel and Dynamite including Uncanny X-Men, Hawkman, Son of M, Silent War, World War Hulk, Civil War: Frontline and Marvel Apes.

    John has most recently done the cover art for Dynamite Entertainment's comic adaptation to Stargate SG1 and interiors to John Bamber's Myth-takes.

  • JK Woodward

    J.K. Woodward started his professional comics career in 2003 and went on to work on several titles for IDW, BOOM! Studios, Archaia and Marvel. He's worked on such titles as X-Men Origins: Beast, Star Trek, Peter David's Fallen Angel, Mars Attacks and more. He currently illustrates Peter David's Fallen Angel as a reccurring miniseries for IDW as well as various cover and sequential work for multiple publications.

    His most current projects include illustration for the Star Trek/Doctor Who, 8-issue mini-series, Assimilation2 and Star Trek:City on the Edge of Forever, the Harlan Ellison original Teleplay.

  • Chrissie Zullo

    Chrissie Zullo is a freelance illustrator who has worked for DC, Dark Horse, IDW, Devil's Due, Topps, Dynamite Entertainment, Archie and Harper Collins. Her most notable works are probably her distinctive covers for Vertigo's Cinderella: From Fablestown with Love and Fables Are Forever. Other notable titles are Fables, Madame Xanadu, Hack/Slash, Womanthology, Little Nemo Anthology, Life With Archie, Creepy and New Crusaders. Zullo is currently creating covers for Vertigo's Fables: The Wolf Amongst Us, Vertigo's first digital comic. She also lives with her cat, drinks too many cups of tea and has an obsession with Yetis.

Special Cosplay Guests
  • Annshella

    Annshella is an award winning cosplayer from France, who along with her partner Nikita won the inaugural London Super Costume Championship in 2014. She began making her own costumes in 2006 when, after attending her first convention, she became hooked on creating her favourite video game characters. Annshella soon became a cosplay addict and while studying at art school started researching the world of cosplay and in particular Yaya Han. Her first costume was Tira, from the video game Soul Caliber III and she was originally known simply as "Ashe".

    After years honing her craft Annshella recently won the French group division of the European Cosplay Gathering where they will compete as the French representatives in 2015. She strives, while travelling to many conventions, to meet new people and make new friends... stating that cosplay is more than just a hobby but simply a way of life!

  • 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.

  • Bill Doran

    Bill Doran is the owner and prop maker at Punished Props in Seattle, WA. He has been a cosplayer and prop making enthusiast for the better part of the last five years.

    A couple of years ago, Bill quit his day job in corporate America to turn his passion into a full time job! He started Punished Props and now spends his days building high end replica props for clients around the globe. Bill also shares his passion and techniques with those willing to learn through many videos and digital guides.

  • Nikita Cosplay

    Nikita is an award winning cosplayer from France, who along with her partner Annshella won the inaugural London Super Costume Championship in 2014. She discovered cosplay while at high school when she fell in love with not only the costuming and performance elements of cosplay but also the culture.

    In 2006 she debuted her first cosplay and after honing her skills and craftsmanship was chosen twice, in 2008 and 2010 to represent France at the World Cosplay Summit that takes place in Japan. Nikita has travelled all over the world as a convention guest and judged numerous contests. She is considered by many as a reference point, not only in tailoring, but also in cosplay performing. Along her travels she has been given the titles 'French Cosplay Ambassador' on the Japanese pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010, 'Cool Japan Ambassador 2013' and will be the French representative in the group division at ECG 2015.

    She loves cosplaying as characters from movies, video games, comics and many other varied universes. All her costumes are handmade with passion and fun.

  • 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.

Cosplay Guests
  • Tabitha Lyons

    Tabitha Lyons has been in the prop industry since the age of 12. In 2007 Tabitha Lyons along with her father Nic Samiotis founded Artyfakes Action Props Ltd; An international prop and costume company that specialises in foam and latex for film, TV, gaming and much more.

    Tabitha Lyons is renowned for being one of the top UK Cosplayers and has appeared as a guest and cosplay judge all over the world. She was on the judging panel of the inaugural London Super Costume Championship in 2014. Tabitha is very excited to come back to one of her favourite conventions and see all the hard word work and commitment the attendees have put into their creations.

  • Ireland Reid

    Ireland Reid is an actress, published Bikini Model, Cosplayer, Designer and YouTuber.

    Ireland Reid started modeling right after high school at the age of 18. Since then she has featured in various websites including, Maxim, Playboy and Hot Import. She has also featured in Modified Magazine and has been making personal appearances at Zenescope and Nerd Glam booths at Comic Cons across North America.

    Ireland holds multiple degrees and is currently working on her Master's Degree in Finance & Marketing. She is the owner and head designer of Geeky Glitter Girls and designs and makes all her own costumes. She is also a highly talented comedian.

    Ireland Reid will be appearing at the Hotflips booths (#B23-B24) throughout the weekend.

  • Laura Sindall

    Laura Sindall is a London based cosplayer who has been creating costumes for 10 years. During this time she has cosplayed in several different countries around the world, including Japan, where she represented the UK for the first time at the World Cosplay Summit in 2012, and won the group European Cosplay Gathering finals in Paris 2014.

    Laura works as a Special Effects artist and costume designer, most notably for Amalgamated Dynamics in LA and Artem in London, working on exciting films, TV, events and commercials including Prometheus, the London Olympic ceremonies and the official Halo and Titanfall suits for the launch of the games. She has also created several other costumes within the video games industry including Sony, Namco, Ubisoft, TecmoKoei, Nintendo, and 2K.

    Her passion for costume and props has become an integral part of her life, through her work and hobbies.

Past Guests