Guests

Cancellations: John Lucas, Kevin Maguire, Rafer Roberts, Darick Robertson, Ty Templeton, Chris Schweizer, Don Kramer, Drew Swift, Taylor Sterry.

Chris Claremont will be a Special Guest for the 2018 Memphis Comic Expo, appearing on October 20 & 21. 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 $10.00 each & $20.00 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.

www.jaeleeart.com

Donny Cates rebooted Venom and is writing Thanos and Dr. Strange for Marvel Comics. He has written God Country, Redneck, and Baby Teeth, and is taking over Bendis' Spider-Man.

We have a MCX Exclusive Variant cover for Venom #6 by Donny Cates and Kevin Nowlan!  Check out the homepage for more info.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Mike Curtis is an American writer who scripts the Dick Tracy comic strip, with Joe Staton as artist. He has been working professionally in comic books as a writer since the mid-1980s. He has also been a newspaper editor, deputy sheriff, comic book publisher, movie theater manager, and TV horror movie host.

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.

Brent Peeples has just finished up an arc of Titans for DC Comics and is also known for his work on New Superman with Gene Yang, and Super Sons among many others.

Emily Rose is an illustrator living in Texas, with a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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.

Jake Smith is a young comic artist from good ole Nashville, TN. He has Kickstarted his own book, This Off Beat Town, as well as had his work published in such titles as Spook House, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe, Spread, and 'Namwolf.

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.

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.

Alex Ogle is a visual storyteller and freelance artist currently illustrating The Godfather Gang, a graphic novel to be published by Regan Arts. He has illustrated an all ages series called Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City published by Action Lab Entertainment. He also freelance illustrates promotional art for Marvel, designs Marvel and Star Wars t-shirts for forfansbyfans.com, and has self-published several successful Comic Book Kickstarter projects.

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.

John Cooley founded Fanboy Entertainment in 2014 with the goal of producing the greatest superhero, sci-fi and fantasy stories imaginable from the most amazing talent that could be found. His eclectic influences are those such as Kyle Baker, Frank Miller, George Perez, John Byrne, Denys Cowan, Masamune Shirow, and Ryoichi Ikegami.

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.

Matt D. Wilson wrote the Kickstarter-funded five-issue miniseries Everything Will Be Okay, and writes the ongoing digital comic Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective. He co-authored the acclaimed manuals on evil, The Supervillain Handbook and The Supervillain Field Manual. His newest book, Supreme Villainy, tells the life story of all-powerful supervillain King Oblivion, Ph.D. He co-hosts the podcasts War Rocket Ajax and Movie Fighters.

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.

Kevin Hayman is an artist/writer and designer from Jackson, Mississippi. His webcomic series include: Kota's World ('00-'05), The Errant Apprentice, ('06-current) and Mailbox Rocketship ('14-current.) His comics can be found at www.everywhencomics.com.
He is not classified as a squid.

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.

Kelli Smith is an award-winning costumer, fabricator, artist, performer, and artistic model based out of Memphis, TN. She has been an entertainer and master crafter for over 10 years and has been featured as a guest cosplayer at over 30 conventions across the United States, and interviewed internationally.

Chris Jowers is best known in the local scene as the Joker and he rarely if ever breaks character. Come say hello and get a picture at the show.

Desoto County Spider-Man is a kid’s performer and cosplayer from Desoto County, MS. He attends kids' birthday parties, festivals, sporting events, and charity events. He also hosts his own charity event each year called “Desoto County Spider-Man’s Birthday Bash” where the kids in the community can come to celebrate “Spider-Man’s Birthday,” but the main focus of the event is to collect toys to be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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.

Metaphorically On Fire is an artistic collaboration between K.F. Golden and Alexis Stetson, two Memphis College of Art grads who share a love of watercolors and pop culture. K.F. and Alexis will be bringing their art to Memphis Comic Expo along with taking on-site painting commissions at the show! They can be found on instagram @callmemidas & @alexis.stetson

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.

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.

Taylor Burton is a comic and anime artist from Memphis who’s been traveling to cons for the past three years. Currently he is working towards finishing his own comic book Shadow Monk.

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.

Marcus Currie is a writer and publisher whose work can be seen at www.soulbullet.com.

Jessica Gaston is a Memphis, TN based vector graphic and fantasy illustration artist that goes by the handle delightfulweird on social media. She obtained her BFA in Fine Arts with a focus in Animation at the Memphis College of Art in 2011. She obtained her MAT in Art Education again at the Memphis College of Art in 2014. She currently teaches art to elementary school students in high-need areas.

Jocelyn Strait is an award-winning artist, an ambitious student, and is aspiring to become a visual development artist. She has always been fascinated with fairy tales and stories. She was recently accepted into Savannah College of Art & Design and will be studying sequential art.

John Martin is a native Memphian who's working his way into the industry with taps from Maw productions and Heycat comics to provide inks on projects. He has also slung ink on a short web comic, Box of Oddity, that was on The Buzz Kill Magazine, and recently inked pencils for Mitch Foust.

Jeremy Rich is a native Alabama artist working in a variety mediums including digital artwork, photography, painting, graphic design, and ink drawings. Most of his sketches and paintings can be found on facebook.com/cosmictunes.

Katie Whatley is a traditional artist located in Georgia. She graduated with her BA from the University of Alabama. Graphic designer by day and artist by night, Katie spends her free time painting watercolors of space, characters from movies and comics, coloring comic artwork for other artists, and exploring new mediums. She frequents Comic Cons and art fairs throughout the Southeast including Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee.​

Chase Gray is a local Memphis freelance artist and Star Wars 501st Member who has worked on miniature games and logo design. He enjoys drawing fan art primarily from video games, anime, and movies, and sharing some personal works as well.

Kai Aaron is a Memphis-based illustrator who loves creating bold and expressive illustrations. Currently she is expanding "Profanity Bugs," an ongoing project about some small critters that have a thing or two to say. She shares her studio space with way too many cats, and she curses like a sailor. You can view more of her work here: kaidoesstuff.myportfolio.com.

Chrissy Dodd is a local Memphis artist and mom. Her art ranges from cartoons to realism, and you can check it out at either of her Facebook pages: Chrissy Dodd - Joy Artfully or Galaxy Designs - Art and Decor, or on Instagram. She enjoys creating an alternate universe featuring you as your favorite character, or even making your pet into a cartoon.

David Caldwell was born and raised in West Tennessee, and grew up loving comics. He got his BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and has been making comics ever since. His most recent work, The Yankee Doodle Strangler, can be found on his website.

Daniel Thomas is self-taught and has been drawing since his kindergarten years. Originally from the Midwest, he eventually found his way to Arizona. Spending most of his 20s as a first responder in AZ law enforcement, he eventually exited law enforcement and completed his undergraduate degree with a pre-med focus. Dan operates his own sublimation print business and has artist tables at about 20 conventions per year throughout the US.

Cristian Anzures is a Mexican illustrator from Memphis. Mainly makes lino prints, but during his free time, he works on his comic, Inprysa. Also creates a mixture of fanatasy/sci-fi sculptures. Enjoys experimenting with 3D prints and lasers for fun.

Bryan Crowson is a portrait artist in Birmingham, Alabama. He creates geeky, nerdy and often humorous pop-culture art, along with figure art and mythology pieces. See his work at: Facebook.com/artbybryancrowson
Instagram.com/artbybryancrowson
Twitter.com/bryancrowson

Tarik Kirkendoll is a digital artist that works under the pen name of Tarik Havoc. He has been drawing for over 8 years, both traditionally and digitally, and most of the inspiration for his work comes from favorite childhood cartoons, games, and movies.

Arthur Bonner is an aspiring illustrator residing in Memphis TN, with a focus on fan art and fantasy. He tends to concentrate on drawing things that inspired him from 90s cartoons to video game characters. While having many works in progress his main focus is illustrating a book of goblins, based on his past Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Ed Williams: Arclight Comics is a group of multicultural creators dedicated to empowering underrepresented voices.

Nick Hewlett is an illustrator and comic book artist from Memphis, TN. He graduated from Memphis College of Art with a degree in Design Arts, and has always had a passion for storytelling. Sequential narrative has been his preferred method of communicating his ideas and collaborating with other artists.

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.

William Russell is a self taught artist who has been working professionally for the past 8 months doing commissions. He is also a Venomized selfie Portrait creator. Come check him out!