Guests

Chris Claremont will be a Special Guest for the 2018 Memphis Comic Expo, appearing on Saturday, October 20, ONE DAY ONLY. Claremont is a New York Times Best Selling Author, but he is best known for his 17 year run on Uncanny X-Men. Look to www.chrisclaremont.com for eBooks in all formats, new projects and appearance information. Contact Beth Fleisher at AnswerGirl1974@gmail.com for further information on all things Chris Claremont. Autographs will be $5.00 each & $10.00 for Certified Grading.

Jae Lee is best known for his work on Dark Tower, Inhumans, and Sentry, but he has a host of credits from Marvel, DC, and Image that make him a fan favorite in the industry.

Donny Cates has written God Country, Redneck, and Baby Teeth, and is currently writing Thanos and Dr. Strange for Marvel Comics. He will be rebooting Venom later this year and taking over Bendis' Spider-Man.

Larry Hama is a writer/penciler/editor/actor who has worked in comics, TV, and film. He is best known as the writer of Marvel’s GI Joe comics in the ‘80s, and as the writer of Marvel’s Wolverine in the ‘90s. 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. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in National Lampoon, Esquire, New York, and Rolling Stone. He currently scripts Call of Duty: Black Ops III for Dark Horse, and GI Joe: ARAH for IDW. He has appeared on Broadway in Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures, and on TV in M*A*S*H, SNL, and Another World.

Darick Robertson is the artist and co-creator of Transmetropolitan with Warren Ellis, The Boys with Garth Ennis, and Happy with Grant Morrison (now a hit TV show on SyFy).

Mike Grell is best know for his work on Green Arrow, Legion of Super Heroes, Batman, Warlord, Jon Sable, and Shaman's Tears. Grell has been working professionally in comics since the seventies and he still produces work that keeps the fans wanting more.

Jerry "The King" Lawler  is an American professional wrestler, wrestling commentator, musician, businessman, commercial artist, and film actor. He is currently signed to WWE, working as a commentator and occasional wrestler. He also wrestles and occasionally commentates for the Memphis Wrestling promotion. Lawler is a former world champion, and has held 168 championships throughout his career.

Kevin Maguire is a veteran comic artist who has worked on Justice League, Captain America, Batman, X-Men, and more. His smooth line work and facial expressions are instantly recognizable to knowledgeable fans.

Kevin Nowlan is one of the best illustrators on the planet, and he's frequently referred to as an "artists's artist," a master of the various disciplines of comic production, from design to draftsmanship to dramatics. He has worked on Dr. Strange, Tomorrow Stories with Alan Moore, X-Men, Hellboy, and more.

Bob McLeod is best known for his work as co-creator and penciller on New Mutants, but he has had a rich and storied career with many credits from Marvel and DC Comics, including Batman, Superman, and X-Men.

Ty Templeton is best known for his work on Batman Adventures, but he has worked on The Simpsons, Spider-Man, Stig's Inferno, and more. Check out his strip Bun Toons.

Jenny Frison is one of the best cover artists in the comic book industry. Her covers have graced Wonder Woman, Revival, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and many more.

Joe Staton is best known for his work on E-Man, Green Lantern, Huntress, and Dick Tracy, but he has a ton of credits from from a variety of publishers.

Rick Burchett is best known for his work on Batman Adventures and Superman Adventures, but he has done lots of comic work over the years as an inker, penciller, colorist, writer, and artist.

Ande Parks has worked as a comic book artist for close to twenty years, inking titles such as Daredevil, Ant-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Nightwing. Parks has worked for every major American comic book publisher. He is best known for his four year stint on Green Arrow, with frequent collaborator Phil Hester and writers Kevin Smith, Brad Meltzer, and Judd Winick. He has written three graphic novels for Oni Press: Union Station, Capote in Kansas, and Ciudad. Capote in Kansas was named a Notable Book by the state of Kansas- the first graphic novel to be so honored. 

Parks has authored the Green Hornet and Lone Ranger franchises for Dynamite, and has written Daredevil for Marvel Comics. He has adapted three Jonathan Kellerman novels to the graphic novel format for Random House. Parks is currently inking Batman Beyond and Shade the Changing Woman for DC.

Rafer Roberts is a writer and artist who has been making comics for over two decades. His creator-owned work includes the long-running Plastic Farm, Nightmare the Rat, and the Tumblr famous Thanos and Darkseid: Carpool Buddies of Doom with Justin Jordan. Rafer was the writer on A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong and Harbinger: Renegade for Valiant Comics. His work on X-O Manowar #38 received two Harvey Award nominations (Special Award for Humor in Comics and Best Cartoonist). He currently lives in the wilds of Western Maryland, far from everything.

Mike Norton is best known for his work on RevivalBattlepugRunaways, and Gravity.

Ramon Villalobos has a distinctive art style, and is known for his work on E Is For Extinction, Nighthawk, and America for Marvel Comics.

Kyle Starks is an American comic book artist and writer known for his work on Rock Candy MountainSexcastle for Image Comics, Kill Them All and Rick & Morty for Oni. His work has appeared in Squirrel Girl and he has run several successful Kickstarter projects.

Chris Schweizer is the writer and artist on Creeps and Crogan Adventures, as well as the colorist on Rock Candy Mountain from Image Comics.

Sam Payne is a pinup and comic artist from Nashville. Some of his most recent works include variant covers for the Archie Comics relaunch of Betty & Veronica #1 and Josie & the Pussycats#1, as well as his self-published Pop-Tartz pinup/sketchbook.

Don Kramer has worked on JSA, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, and Nightwing among others for DC Comics and Marvel Comics.

Mikey Babinski is a professional inker whose dramatic lines have graced the pages of Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and a slew of independent books. At Marvel, he slung ink on Scarlet SpiderAmazing Spider-ManShe-HulkX-23Hulk vs Dracula, and Deadpool covers. His DC work includes Wonder WomanJSA vs KobraPower of Shazam, and Outsiders. Independent works include The Perhapanauts for Image Comics, Farscape at BOOM! and Sniper & Rook at Beta 3 Comics.

John Lucas has worked for both DC and Marvel, as well as numerous small presses. His most recent work has been drawing Deadpool for Marvel Comics and the original graphic novel Four Norsemen of the Apocalypse.

Michael Adams is known for his work as a cover artist for Boom, Dynamite, and Image. His action figure recreation covers are instantly recognizable.

Kelly Williams has worked for a variety of publishers including Dark Horse, Alterna Comics, and Topshelf. Williams was the artist and co-creator of video game parody web comic Co-Op, and was the creator of Jungle Planet with Topsoilcomics.

Sean Dove makes humorous, retro-inspired images with a strong sense of shape and color. His love of screen printing, comics and film have influenced his multidisciplinary approach to making things, be it posters or short films. Sean lives and works in Chicago, IL, where he runs his one-man design studio And Thank You For Flying.

Andrea Bell spent half her time growing up playing in the woods and the other half doodling on walls. Nowadays she works as an illustrator and comic artist in the city of Chicago throughout the best and worse seasons. Her illustration and comics work reflects adventure, honesty, and strong relate-able characters combined with an intriguing palette.

Robert Wilson IV is a Dallas-based artist who has worked on Bitch Planet and Like A Virus. He is currently producing Heart Throb for Oni press. Check him out at robertwilsoniv.com.

Ken Lowery is a writer who is well known for his web series The Variants, and comic books Like A Virus and My Own Worst Enemy,among others. Check him out at ken-lowery.com.

Josh Anderson is a freelance artist and graphic designer. He is from Burlison, TN and has a BFA from the University of Memphis.

Lin Workman is the creator of the webcomic/geek travel blog Have Geek Will Travel, the webcomic Scared Silly, and is co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales, with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty. He has contributed his talents to numerous comics, novels, and card sets. Lin has done several one-man art shows around the Memphis area, and is a member of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association and DeSoto Artists Council.

Mark James started MemphisWrestlingHistory.com in 2003 with a decisive goal of making sure the history and story of Memphis Wrestling was not forgotten. Originally just a website, by 2006 Mark had quickly moved on to releasing books documenting Memphis Wrestling. By 2009, Mark had moved to helping former Memphis Wrestlers release their own autobiographies. In 2012 Mark had moved out beyond the limits of Memphis Wrestling and started doing books on other wrestling territories, including the Mid-Atlantic (Jim Crockett Promotions), Houston, Atlanta, the Mid-West (AWA), Detroit, Florida and Louisville. Mark James's 37 books, along with t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. can be found at MarkJamesBooks.com or at MemphisWrestlingHistory.com.

Martheus Wade has done work for Image Comics, Shooting Star Comics, Approbation Comics, IDW, and Action Lab among others. His creator-owned graphic novels Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa and Turra: Gun Angel have been licensed for motion pictures, and his newest comic book, Shinobi: Ninja Princess, has been picked up by Action Lab Entertainment.

Janet Wade had a chance meeting one summer when a college writing class hooked her up with a young man who had aspirations of creating his own comic book. Something called Jetta. She married the guy and became his inker and co-writer. And eventually they had a kid and named him Anakin, because they were not only artists, but Star Wars geeks as well.

Matt Kaminski is a graphic designer, MCA alumnus, and freelance artist who is currently working on some gaming projects as well as some of his own personal creations.

Gordon Wills was born and raised in Memphis, TN and has since moved to Louisiana. He's a sketchcard artist for Upperdeck and Cryptozoic, and has worked on both Marvel and DC themed sets for them.

Anthony Max is the writer and artist behind The Golden Silence, a noir detective mystery set in the future of Memphis. When he isn't creating comics, he can be found illustrating skin at No Regrets Tattoo Emporium. He posts a steady stream of work on Instagram and Facebook.

Brittany Lewis is an award winning portrait artist, illustrator, and designer based in Memphis, TN. Currently her work can be found on Youtube and on Instagram.

Michelle Duckworth is an illustrator currently living and drawing pictures in Memphis, TN. Contact her at duckworthmichelle@gmail.com, and visit her Etsy shop.

Eric Nyamor is an illustrator and author from Nashville, TN. This year he released his first children's book, I Can Draw, an inspiring book that shows his progress as an illustrator. Eric also creates fun illustrations of some classic characters.

Kathryn “Kit” White is a cartoonist/illustrator/graphic designer. Besides comics, she enjoys drawing cartoon portraits of people and pets, and is currently experimenting with collage, mixed media, altered books and objects.

Angel of Azarath is a young Memphis-based cosplayer, known mostly for her portrayals of Raven, Enchantress, and Batgirl. She has gained a following on Instagram and YouTube for her cosplay, and often volunteers her time at local children's hospitals with Cause-Play Memphis.

Chris Haley is an award winning cartoonist and co-creator of the webcomic Let's Be Friends Again. His artwork has appeared in comics published by Boom! Studios, IDW, and Monkeybrain Press, and he writes a number of recurring features at ComicsAlliance.com.

Peter Melonas has had a lengthy and varied artistic career. He has been a professional artist, illustrator, and graphic designer for over 35 years, beginning in 1978. He specializes in multimedia production by creating images of characters represented within the mainstream of pop culture.

Charrs Banks is an indy artist and writer who created Diuniverse comics. Banks brings his unique style to diverse stories in comic form. Diuniverse stands for diverse universe.

Call Me Midas is an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Memphis, and a graduate of the Memphis College of Art. Her media range from new-fangled digital painting to good old-fashioned woodblock printing, all inspired by pop culture. 

Skoot Starnes is a lifelong, born and raised Memphian. He grew up reading comics and learned to draw by copying the pages from the books he read. His style is influenced by such artists as Michael Turner, David Finch, Jim Lee, Mark Bagley, and Ryan Stegman. Starnes is currently working on pencils for a stand alone comic to be released later this year, The Atlas Beetle, written by his brother and colored by his sister.

Michael Rechlin, a professional tattooist for ten years, has since walked onward from that path to pursue his artistic goals further. Michael works in the fields of character design/miniature conceptualization, illustration,and merch design specializing in fantasy and macabre art. Some of his current clients include Blood Moon Miniatures, Dark Sword Miniatures and the Scottsdale Mint. When he's not busy designing miniatures and illustrating (all manner of Dwarfs, Trolls, creatures and Germanic goodliness), he takes commissions from a private clientele.

Adam and Kelli Conklin are a husband and wife duo of adorableness wanting to spread our happiness via art prints, commissions, and handmade crafts.

Dave Jordan is a writer/artist that has self-published several comics as well as worked with some smaller publishers. He has made comics about: relationship dramas, superheroes with existential crises, a cat detective, a Steve Ditko-fueled modern successor to The Great Gatsby, and most recently an homage to Jack Kirby and the Silver Age, entitled VALK. He also likes to draw skulls.

HDKiddo is inspired by anime, gaming, and cartoons and has an assortment of prints and buttons of various "nerd themed" culture. He takes great pride in making custom hand-painted shoes and snapbacks and is available for commissions.

Alejandro Morales is an independent author born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He has written several books, including erotic dramas (the Cougar trilogy), suspenseful thrillers (The Release and The Release Part II) and action-thrillers (Route 0 and Route 0 Road to Vengeance--coming soon). He has created and written a new comic book called M1 #1 (available at Comics & Collectibles) which tells the story of a man known as M1. He is talking to several production companies about his books and hopes that his comic M1 will eventually make it to the big screen.