Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon! Over 100 creators will be at Memphis Comic Expo 2020! Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.
All guests are scheduled to attend Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted below.
GREG CAPULLO is a self-taught illustrator, working for the past few years with writer Scott Snyder on the NY Times Best-selling BATMAN series for DC Comics as well as DARK KNIGHTS: METAL and BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH. Prior to that, he gained popularity with an 80 issue run on Image Comics’ SPAWN. He is co-creator of the Image Comics title REBORN, along with writer Mark Millar and creator of THE CREECH, a Sci-Fi/Horror comic. Other comics work includes X-FORCE, X-MEN UNLIMITED, QUASAR, SWAMP THING, YOUNG JUSTICE, WHAT IF?, and 18 issues of Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane's HAUNT.
Greg has provided art for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, contributed lead character designs for the award winning HBO animated SPAWN series, and was the cover artist for many popular musical groups including Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, and Disturbed. He also worked behind the scenes on many projects ranging from toy design to video games for TME.
GREG WILL BE APPEARING SATURDAY ONLY. Stay tuned for signing and panel schedule to be posted closer to the event!
From Comic Sketch Art: "Greg will sign up to 2 books for free at any show. After that you are free to line up again or you can pay a fee of $5 per book to have him sign the rest of your stack. Greg's fee for CGC books is $20 per book if you are in attendance at the show."
DONNY CATES is a writer of comic books such as:
THOR, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, CARNAGE, VENOM, THANOS,
COSMIC GHOST RIDER, DOCTOR STRANGE, DEATH OF THE INHUMANS,
GOD COUNTRY, STAR TREK, INTERCEPTOR, REDNECK, BABYTEETH and more!
From Comic Sketch Art: "Donny will sign up to 1 book for free at any show. After that you can pay a fee of $5 per book to have him sign the rest of your stack. Donny's fee for CGC books is $20 per book if you are in attendance at the show."
MARK BAGLEY created the character Carnage in The Amazing Spider-Man #361 with David Michelinie. From there, the pair would go on to produce the Venom: Lethal Protector series. His work was prominently displayed through the Maximum Carnage and Clone Saga storylines, which ran through the Spider-Man titles that were also used extensively on a variety of materials including but not limited to plates, cups, credit cards and even video games. While at Marvel Comics, Bagley worked in collaboration with Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz to create The New Warriors before teaming up with Kurt Busiek to introduce The Thunderbolts. He would later work on Ultimate Spider-Man with Brian Michael Bendis. At DC Comics, he worked on Justice League of America, Batman and Trinity. Bagley is currently working on Venom.
STEVE ENGLEHART is best known for his work at Marvel writing the Avengers, Defenders, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and West Coast Avengers. He and Jim Starlin created characters such as Shang Chi. He is the writer that created Mantis, gave the Beast his blue fur, introduced the dark god known as Shuma-Gorath, and helped make Captain Mar-Vell a cult classic after Starlin's legendary run. While at DC he worked on the Justice League of America and Green Lantern, wrote a definitive run on Detective Comics that has influenced many future interpretations of Batman. At Valiant he helped create Shadowman and wrote X-O Man-of-War.
RICK LEONARDI is one of the most beloved and influential comic book artists of the Modern Age, known for his work on CLOAK AND DAGGER, UNCANNY X-MEN, NEW MUTANTS, NIGHTWING, BATGIRL, GREEN LANTERN VERSUS ALIENS, and SUPERMAN. One of his most notable contributions is co-creating SPIDER-MAN 2099. Rick also co-created “Rose” with writer Tom DeFalco in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #253, and helped Chris Claremont create the fictional country of Genosha in UNCANNY X-MEN #235. In April of 2019, Leonardi took over artwork on BATMAN BEYOND. Other notable works include THE VIGILANTE (2008), JSA: CLASSIFIED, CONVERGENCE BATGIRL, BIRDS OF PREY, PAINKILLER JANE, DAREDEVIL, MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS, THE RAMPAGING HULK, and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN.
JAMES O'BARR is the creator, writer and artist behind the best-selling graphic novel, The Crow, which celebrated it's 30th year in 2019. In 1978, his fiancée, Beverly, was killed by a drunk driver and he joined the Marines in an effort to cope with the loss. He was stationed in Germany and illustrated combat manuals for the military. In 1981, O'Barr began work on The Crow and was further inspired by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. The Crow sat on a shelf for seven years, but at last someone wanted to publish it: Gary Reed of Caliber Press. In The Crow, the protagonist and his fiancée are murdered by a gang of criminals. He then returns from the dead to hunt their killers. The Crow has since sold over 750,000 copies and spawned four movies, action figures, statues, and a TV show.
CULLEN BUNN is a New York Times bestselling writer with an impressive body of work. His independent titles like DAMNED, THE SIXTH GUN and HARROW COUNTY are fan favorites, and his upcoming book PUNK MAMBO from Valiant Entertainment already has people talking. Credits include: ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AQUAMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, CONAN, DEADPOOL, DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN, DRAX, FEARLESS DEFENDERS, LOBO, MAGNETO, MONSTERS UNLEASHED, THE SHADOW, SINESTRO, STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL, SUPERIOR CARNAGE, WOLVERINE, UNCANNY X-MEN, VAULT OF SPIDERS, VENOM, VENOMIZED, X-MEN BLUE and X-MEN PRIME… and that’s just the short list!
MIKE MCKONE Hailing from England, McKone’s first published work was for DC Comics’ Justice League of America and Marvel Comics’ Punisher series. In the years since, he has illustrated almost every major character for the big two publishers, including lengthy runs on Teen Titans, Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four. Other work includes: the Avengers graphic novel: Endless Wartime, Justice League United, Star Wars, Immortal Hulk, Exiles, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Green Lanterns, Dejah Thoris, Uncanny X-Force, Batman, and Metal Man, among others.
LARRY HAMA is a writer/penciler/editor/actor who has worked in comics, TV, and film, best known as the writer and artist of Marvel’s GI Joe comics in the ‘80s, and the writer and artist of Wolverine in the ‘90s. He also wrote the majority of the G.I. Joe action figures' file cards. Many of the characters were named after Hama’s family, friends, and comrades who died during the Vietnam War, or otherwise had hidden historical references. He has also written, edited, or drawn for Avengers, Nth Man, The Nam, Conan, Batman, Wonder Woman, Bizarre Adventures, X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and dozens more. More recent work includes scripts for Call of Duty: Black Ops III for Dark Horse, and GI Joe: ARAH for IDW.
PAUL GULACY has been drawing comics since the 1970’s and is best known for Marvel Comics’ Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu. Other works include: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight(“Batman: Prey”), Batman: Outlaws, Year One: Batman/Ra’s al Ghul, Catwoman, Batman versus Predator II: Bloodmatch, Green Lantern: Dragon Lord, JSA: Classified; Terminator, Predator; Acclaim Comics’ Eternal Warrior & Turok, Dinosaur Hunter; Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Crimson Empire; and Penthouse Comix’s Omni Comix. He co-created the Valiant Comics crime series Grackle.
MIKE GRELL has been drawing comics since the 1970’s and is best known for THE WARLORD, STARSLAYER, JON SABLE, FREELANCE, SHAMAN’S TEARS, BAR SINISTER and MAGGIE THE CAT. These, along with successful runs on such features as BATMAN, IRON MAN, GREEN ARROW, JAMES BOND: PERMISSION TO DIE, the TARZAN Sunday comic strip and the internationally acclaimed LONGBOW HUNTERS, have won him the comic industry’s coveted INKPOT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMIC ART.
STEVEN BUTLER is an artist best known for his work on Archie Comics, including a redesign of the characters in 2007. He illustrated Sonic the Hedgehog stories; contributed to The Badger at First Comics, Marvel's Web of Spider-Man, and Silver Sable. He has drawn many stories for Disney Adventures Magazine on properties like Power Rangers, Kuzco, Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear and others. He has done Christian comic projects: the PowerMarkseries for Powermark Productions (1999-2007), some tracts for George South and the Welcome to Holsom series for Radiant Life.
DAN PARENT is a comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation and has worked on series like Archie, Betty and Veronica, Kevin Keller. He created the first openly gay character in Archie Comics history, Kevin Keller, who premiered in Veronica #202 (Sept. 2010). Parent has also illustrated Felix the Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures, and a wide variety of other titles, including the recent series Die Kitty Die.
TYLER CROOK is an American artist living in the 21st century. For twelve years he toiled in an unlit cubicle making art for sports video games. This left him bearded and almost completely translucent. Then in 2011 he struck gold, comic book gold, with the release of Petrograd an original graphic novel written by Philip Gelatt and published by Oni Press. He is survived by his wife and many pets... but he's not dead... yet. In fact, he is very busy working on titles likeWitchfinder, Badblood, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, 6th Gun and Harrow County. And oh yeah, he won a Russ Manning award in 2012 which is kind of an Eisner Award... but not really.
TONCI ZONJIC is a Croatian artist now living in Canada. He creates storyboards, newspaper illustrations, book covers, comics, movies, more comics, including the words. Work can be found in Daredevil, Lobster Johnson, Iron Fist, Heralds, Marvel Divas, Skulldigger, Jake Ellis, Ninja K, ShadowMan, Port Silver and more.
KYLE BAKER is a cartoonist, comic book writer-artist, and animator known for his graphic novels and for a 2000s revival of the series Plastic Man. He wrote and did the art for the Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror story Blood Curse of the Evil Fairies. At DC he drew The Shadow series in 1988-89, then produced another original graphic novel for the Piranha Press imprint. The groundbreaking Why I Hate Saturn, featuring young curmudgeon Anne Merkel negotiating the trendy New York scene, quickly became a cult hit and won a Harvey Award in 1991.
Meanwhile, Baker also continued to sell freelance cartoons and caricatures to a host of major publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mad, National Lampoon, and The Village Voice. He contributed art for The Fifth Beatle by Vivek J. Tiwary and Andrew Robinson, which won Eisner and Harvey awards in 2014.
TALENT CALDWELL is a longtime comic book artist & writer who began his career in 2000 at Top Cow Studios as an art assistant for celebrated artist, Michael Turner. During such time, developing under his tutelage, he grew to work on titles such as FATHOM and DCʼs SUPERMAN: GODFALL. In the years that followed, his body of work would extend further onto various titles for such publishers as Marvel, DC, Wildstorm, Zenescope, and Aspen Comics. And even further still with a 3 year tenure in project development of an animated property.
KEN LASHLEY's art appears in recent issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN, and he’s well known for his work on BLACK PANTHER, X-MEN GOLD, ALL-NEW X-MEN, EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN, UNCANNY X-MEN and AXIS REVOLUTIONS. Other work includes: BATWING, CYBORG, EARTH 2, EXCALIBUR, FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE, SECRET SIX, SUICIDE SQUAD, SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN: DOOMED, and BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT from Valiant, and Marvel's WAR OF THE REALMS: SPIDER-MAN among others
LIANA KANGAS is a freelance comic artist and a self proclaimed edge-lord, dog mom, who works in both digital & traditional formats. With a lifelong love of comics and a professional background in marketing and outreach - she combined the two to pursue a full time freelance comics career; including drawing her first creator owned comic, written by Joe Corallo and published by Vault Comics titled She Said Destroy and co-writing with Joe at TKO Studios on a story with Paul Azaceta. She’s also illustrated and been published in 2000 AD's 2018 Sci-Fi Special and 2145 Prog Future Shock, Black Mask Studio’s Black AF series Devil’s Dye, Comic Mix's Ringo Award Winning Planned Parenthood graphic novel Mine!, and Eisner nominated, Ringo winning Image Comics’ Where We Live. Additional anthologies include AWBW’s All We Ever Wanted and Dead Beats.
SAM PAYNE has graciously provided amazing art for our MCX posters over the last few years... Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Batman. He is a pinup and comic artist from Nashville who has worked on Josie & The Pussycats and Betty & Veronica. He does awesome sketches and vector art. Be sure to stop by his booth for a print or contact him to get on his pre-show commission list!