Guests

George Perez is a legend in the comic book field with a career spanning four decades. Perez had a hand in creating the New Teen Titans with Marv Wolfman for DC Comics, and he also had runs on iconic titles such as Crisis On Infinite Earths, The Infinity Gauntlet with Peter David, and Wonder Woman among many others.

Jaime Hernandez is a writer and artist, and co-creator of Love and Rockets with his brothers Gilbert & Mario. He is an award winning cartoonist with Eisners, Harveys, Inkpots, and Kirbys.

Gilbert Hernandez is well known for producing Love and Rockets with his brothers, and has worked for every major company in his illustrious award-winning career. Recently, he completed Twilight Children with Darwyn Cooke for DC Comics.

Ed Piskor is the Eisner award-winning creator of Hip Hop Family Tree published by Fantagraphics Books. He has also worked on American Splendor with Harvey Pekar, as well as Wizzywig.

Greg Cipes is a professional surfer and musician who works as an actor and does voiceover for animation. He provides the voice for Beast Boy on Teen Titans Go!, Michelangelo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and has provided voices in Ben 10, Ultimate Spider-Man, Legend Of Korra, and Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Mike McFarland is an American voice actor best known for his roles as Master Roshi on Dragon Ball Z, Jean Kirstein on Attack on Titan, and Buggy the Clown on One Piece. He has a plethora of amazing credits, and you can check him out at www.mikemcfarland.com and on Twitter.

Joseph Michael Linsner came to the spotlight with his Cry For Dawn series and his character Dawn. He's done work for all the major companies including Marvel & DC Comics and has a loyal following of fans around the world.

Peter David is an American comic book writer with an amazing list of credits that includes a twelve year run on Incredible Hulk for Marvel Comics. David is also well known for his work on The Infinity Gauntlet with George Perez, X-Factor, Young Justice, Star Trek, and his creator-owned series Fallen Angel.

Kevin Nowlan is an American comic-book artist who works as penciler, inker, colorist and letterer. He has worked on Dr. Strange,Hellboy, Sandman with Neil Gaiman, and Tomorrow Stories with Alan Moore, among many others.

Peter Bagge is an American cartoonist whose best-known work includes the comics Hate and Neat Stuff. He won two Harvey Awards in 1991, one for best cartoonist and one for his work onHate. Bagge's work has appeared on many record and CD covers, and in magazines including MAD, Creepy, and The Weekly World News.

Kyle Baker is an American cartoonist, comic book writer-artist, and animator known for his graphic novels Nat Turner, Why I Hate Saturn, Cowboy Wally Show, and for a 2000s revival of the series Plastic Man. Baker has won numerous Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards for his work in the comics field.

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.

Dave Millican, known as "The Ace of Belts,"  is far and away the leader in producing high quality championship belts. Dave's work can be seen weekly on WWE programming, as well as the very popular Lip Sync Battle show on Spike TV. This is a rare convention appearance and a chance for fan photo ops with real championship belts, as well as the opportunity to purchase various WWE action figures, toy belts, and other collectibles.

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.

Jim Mahfood is an American comic book illustrator who is well known for providing the art for Kevin Smith’s Clerks comic. He has also worked on Tank Girl, Grrl Scouts, Marijuana Man with Ziggy Marley and Joe Casey, Spider-Man, Generation X, and Miami Vice: Remix among others. Jim’s work has also appeared on a designer label for Colt 45 as well as the Kick Puncher comic, written by Dan Harmon, which was included in the Community DVD boxed set.

Sara Richard is a comic book artist who largely works on covers. Her work has appeared in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Jem & The Holograms, Bob’s Burgers, Deadpool, and the as-of-yet unreleased DC Comics Tarot Deck.

Christian Vanillawafer will be participating in his third Memphis Comic Expo. An expo veteran at age eight, he has most recently been influenced by Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman, and dreams of being old enough to watch Suicide Squad. Christian will be selling marker sketches for $1 and all proceeds will be donated to the Carpenter Art Garden.

Mike Norton draws Revival with Tim Seeley for Image Comics, and does his own web-comic called Battlepug, which has been collected by Dark Horse Comics. Mike has worked for 90% of the comic companies on Earth at last count, and will soon look to attend to the other 10%. He's based in Chicago, but he came up in Memphis.

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.

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.

Weston Notestine is a Memphis, TN native who you might find drawing spooky stuff, drawing regular stuff, listening to devil music, watching spooky films, or unloading the dishwasher.

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.

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.

Charles Boyce is a syndicated cartoonist and creator of the comic panel Compu-Toon that is distributed by Universal Press Syndicate. It runs seven days a week with a color on Sundays. Boyce is a member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, National Cartoonists Society, Chicago Headliners Club, National Association of Black Journalists, and has served as a board member for Youth Communication/Chicago and Barrington Cultural Arts Center. He is also the founder and creator of The KeyPad Kid Project, a telecommunication program that helps bridge the digital divide.

Larry Cathey has enjoyed a 25 year career in advertising and media development, working both in the agency and corporate environments. Larry’s medical technique illustrations have been published in national as well as international medical journals. Larry began Heycat Comics with the introduction of the flagship title, Mek Corp – a story of a dystopian future with the hope for new light, but at the cost of the life of another universe. Heycat Comics also has a new collaboration with J.F. Pereira of Spain on a new series titled Steam Spirit.

Alexis Stetson is a graphic designer, illustrator, and graduate of the Memphis College of Art. Inspired the strange, the surreal, and the post-apocalyptic, Alexis is working to establish herself as an independent artist and designer.

K.F. Golden is an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Memphis, and a graduate of the Memphis College of Art. K.F.'s media range from new-fangled digital painting to good old-fashioned woodblock printing, all inspired by pop culture. She's super excited to be returning to the Expo this year to promote her new work under her personal brand, Call Me Midas, and will be doing custom sketches and commissions before and during the show.

Dean Zachary has illustrated various titles including Batman, Superboy, Green Lantern, The Night Man, Hawk & Dove, Sliders, Jonny Quest, and Phoenix. Dean’s recent work includes Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #38 and DC Comics Halloween Special 2010 featuring a Wonder Woman short story. Dean is currently developing a creator owned property.

Mitch Foust is an illustrator from Memphis, TN. He has completed illustrations for many projects including comic books, book covers, t-shirts, role playing games, and CD covers. He has a great love of the fantasy genre, along with art and history. His work can be found online at mitchfoust.deviantart.com.

Jim Hall is a veteran penciller who has been in the comic field long enough to accrue credits on such titles such as Star Wars: Purge, Silver Surfer, Avengers, and Johnny Quest, among others.

Charles Ettinger is a native Memphian and current President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association. He is also the creator/artist of the webcomic The Town Of Skyward, a parody superhero strip. Charles has also done work for various publishing companies doing comics, children's books, and more.

J.R. Mounts is an indie comics creator/writer/artist in Atlanta, Georgia for Scairy Tales Noir. J.R. self-publishes the veggie crime parody Fried Pickle Noir graphic novel series (think Sin City meets Veggie Tales) starring fried pickle detective, Q Cumbersome. He also does the all-ages comic strip Scairy Tales: the not so scary fairy tales (think Calvin & Hobbes meets Nightmare Before Christmas) about misfit kids who discover a monster town. J.R. has made not only comic books out of his characters, but musical CDs, card games, coloring books and more.

Bryan Crowson is a freelance portrait artist in Birmingham, Alabama. He tends to create art with a geeky, nerdy or humorous twist. He does portrait commissions and creates whimsical art to present at sci-fi conventions and comic shop events. 

Charlie Forrester is a Memphis-based painter, illustrator, and muralist.

Geoffrey Gwin is a native of Alabama and is a sketch cover master who bends copic markers to his will. Over the years he has worked with numerous small press and gaming companies, including High Noon Films, Neogate Studios, and Jericho projects.

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.

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. Follow @thechrishaley to read his thoughts on Superman and wrestling.

Georgeo Brooks is a cool comics guy based in Memphis, TN. Recent graduate from Memphis College of Art and the creator of the Solving Xandra webcomic.

Joni Miller is a comic artist, illustrator, and myriads of other useful skills jammed into one human being. Joni currently has two webcomics: Apoppytheosis and City of Depression. One is about too many flowers and the other features space, aliens, and bad ideas.

Tiffany Willis is an illustrator and painter based in Arkansas. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a BA in Fine Art from Arkansas Tech University and does freelance illustration and painting in her spare time. Her love for pop culture, anime, science fiction, and comic books is currently being expressed by attending conventions as an artist.

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

Deon Brown began his journey into storytelling more than a decade ago. He has written personal comic strips, short stories, and comic book and graphic novel scripts. His current project is Battle for Ozellberg.

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.

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 Spider, Amazing Spider-Man, She-Hulk, X-23, Hulk vs Dracula, and Deadpool covers. His DC work includes Wonder Woman, JSA vs Kobra, Power of Shazam, and Outsiders. Independent works include The Perhapanauts for Image Comics, Farscape at BOOM! and Sniper & Rook at Beta 3 Comics.

Mathis Ryan is a Memphis art farmer raising locally sourced and free-range illustrations and comics. “It’s hard work, but it’s honest,” says Mathis, “The bank keeps trying to take the farm, and won’t accept Golden Age fan art as payment anymore--I’m going to lose everything.”

Elliot Boyette is an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Memphis, TN. His one true love was locked away by a deadly curse by a dreaded lich, one that can only be broken with 10,000 drawings. His work can be found at his website 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.

Lonnie Easterling is the creator of Spud Comics, a single panel comic strip that has appeared in newspapers and online for seven years. During that time he has published three printed collections, and most recently Side o' Spuds, which was printed in full color comic book format.

Adam Benet Shaw is an accomplished painter, illustrator, and comics creator from Memphis, TN. His work has been shown in over 50 group and solo shows in the U.S. and internationally. His published graphic novel work includes the series Dead In Memphis, Bloodstream for Image Comics, David: The Illustrated Novelfrom Shepherd King Publishing, and Harpe: America’s First Serial Killers from Cave-in-Rock Publishing.

Matthew Southworth is a comic artist living in Seattle, WA. His most notable work is Stumptown, a modern noir series written by Greg Rucka and published by Oni Press. He has also worked on Spider-Man: The Grim Hunt (Marvel Comics) and illustrated a Killer Croc story for DC Comics. Southworth has also worked as an inker on several projects, including Ares for Marvel Comics and Infinity, Inc. for DC Comics.

Kyle Starks is a comic creator best known for Image Comics’ Sexcastle. He is lesser known for his self published book Legend of Ricky Thunder, a series of miscellaneous webcomics, some work for Monkeybrain, and he drew a Galactus on one page of Marvel Comics’ Unbreakable Squirrel Girl – which is pretty neat. He lives in Southern Indiana with his beautiful wife and two fantastic daughters.

Epyon5 is a full-time artist who resides in central Illinois. Although originally an oil painter trained in the fine art of renaissance style realism, his focus has shifted to a more contemporary style of stencils and spray paint while combining elements of old world design. E5 (the short hand name which he goes by) exhibits his work on a regular basis in cities such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as having contributed graphic design work seen in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In addition to his regular exhibition work, E5 is currently working on a comic book series that utilizes the art of stencils to illustrate a story based on real life occult events.

Katrina Catizone grew up on the mean streets of Gary, IN but now resides in East Central IL as a full-time artist. She is self-taught and specializes in photorealistic and hyper-realistic charcoal portraits. Katrina enjoys challenging herself by rendering rich textures, such as facial creases, textile fibers, hair, and metallic armor with her trusty charcoal pencils. Upon viewing her work for the first time, people are often astonished to discover her portraits are done in charcoal and are not photographs. Her work can be found on Facebook.

Stewart Thompson is a cartoonist/illustrator from Memphis, TN. You can see his work weekly on the webcomic Man-Rex and on his Facebook page. Come by his booth for comics, prints, and original art.

Kyle Dean is an artist from Jacksonville, FL and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. His unique style is a reflection of a lifelong infatuation with comics, and his work ranges from movies to TV, sci-fi to anime, and nearly everything in between. Recently he organized and contributed to The Clock Strikes Spooky, a 40-page horror anthology comic with issue 2 due out around Halloween. His work can be found at www.kdeanart.com or on Facebook.

Kai Myers is a local Memphis artist that seriously digs drawing and creating whimsical creatures. Also, she thinks she is hilarious. Her work can be found at www.kaimyersillustrations.com.

Brian "Aerosoul" Bálor is a stencil artist based out of Indianapolis. All of his pieces are on found items and recycled pieces, ranging from vinyl, wood, plexiglass, or even a car. He is currently working on expanding his work to galleries, more cons, and bigger more intricate pieces.

Jean Holmgren is a professional from the ad world and teaches illustration at Memphis College of Art.

Mat Kaminski is a recent graduate of Memphis College of Art with a degree in illustration. He is primarily a Dark Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror illustrator.

Randall Trang is a Boston-based comics writer/artist. He graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a B.A. in Visual Arts. He now works as an independent comics creator and teaches martial arts in Rhode Island at Master Park’s Champion Taekwondo Center, where he also manages. When he is not working, he is eating, sleeping, rock climbing, or riding his moped around Boston (but never at the same time). Check him out at randalltrang.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.

Robert Wilson 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.

Gavin Guidry is a freelance artist based in Southeast Louisiana and a former Memphis College of Art student. He's currently working on a short graphic novel for the Louisiana Museum Systems, and is Kickstarting an original miniseries, Smut and Jeff, with writer Kody Chamberlain and colorist K Michael Russell, featuring covers by Chew artist Rob Guillory.

Dale Martin is best known for his Watusi the Talking Dog comics (both in print and online), and has been handcrafting comics since 1985. Find him on the web at www.watusithetalkingdog.com (weekly strip), www.smearysoapboxpress.com (blog), and on Twitter @SmearySoapbox.

Ella Dick (Blacky Cat Creations) makes unique hand knit wearables, including her popular Kitty Ear Hats, her fandom inspired line of Geekdom beanies, and her three dimensional chain scarves. Her stylish yet affordable pieces play with color and texture, as well as incorporate elements of pop culture, with her love of things geeky. To see current pieces or find out where she will be next, check out her Facebook page or her online store.

Alejandro Morales is an independent author born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He has written several books, including erotic dramas (the Cougar trilogy) and suspenseful thrillers (The Release and The Release Part II). Alejandro is currently working on several projects and speaking to several production companies regarding his books. Check him out online and follow him on Twitter.

Dietrich Smith is a respected animator and comic book artist whose work has been on display through various companies like Marvel, DC, Sony, MGM, and more. His recent work is on the award winning series Shaft from Dynamite Comics. In his spare time he protects the world from time traveling bandits.

Eric Nyamor is a freelance illustrator from Nashville, Tennessee. Eric loves to create illustrations that are nostalgic and funny. His mashups consist of the characters from the 80s and 90s that inspired him to become an illustrator. Eric has also illustrated for various children's books, including Little Chris and His Big Imagination, Daddy's Twins series, and In My Mother's Hands. Eric is currently working on a comic project with Made Collaborative.

Jason Lillard excels at portraits and pets, but also at comic book style art and inking. He can also design or update logos.

Michael Rechler, 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.

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.

Cristian Anzures is an illustrator, cartoonist, and the creator of the comic Inprysa. He occasionally plays D&D and invents trinkets. Stop by as he brings a robot to sell his comics, magnets, prints, and more.

John Martin is a Memphis native working his way into the industry with taps from Maw Productions and Heycat Comics. He has also slung ink on a short web comic, Box of Oddity, that was on The Buzz Kill Magazine.

Cancellations: Bernie Wrightson, Gary Friedrich, Ben Templesmith, Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, B. Clay Moore, Kyle Strahm, Buster Moody, and Darick Robertson.