SCHEDULED GUESTS

 

Here are some of the fantastic clients that Let’s Draw Studio has had the pleasure of working with: Nickelodeon, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Scholastic, Hasbro, Mattel/Fisher-Price, Procter & Gamble, The Bradford Exchange, Hawthorne Village, Boy’s Life, Chase Bank, McDonald’s, Comair/Delta Air Lines, Stouffer’s, Nestle, Wilton, Twilight Creations and many more.

 

For more information about Dave, please visit:  http://www.letsdrawstudio.com/  and  http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=8994

ALLEN BELLMAN

 

Allen Bellman was born in Manhattan and studied at the High School of Industrial Arts. He eventually became a staff artist at Timely during the Golden Age of comics. Timely Comics is the 1940s comic-book publishing company that would evolve into Marvel Comics. As a teenager, he did the backgrounds for Syd Shores' Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as: The Patriot, The Destroyer, The Human Torch, Jap Buster Johnson and Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics, Sub-Mariner Comics, Young Allies and more.

 

Visit  http://www.allenbellman.com/my-works.html for more information.

Darryl Banks is from Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a bachelor's degree. He began his comics career in 1989, working for various independent comic companies such as Innovation and Millennium Publishing. Darryl worked on titles such as Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, The Wild Wild West and Justice Machine. In 1993 he started working with DC Comics on Legion of Superheroes and later on Green Lantern. Co-creating the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, Parallax, and other characters was a great honor and challenge for Darryl's costume design skills. In addition to various other projects for DC, his work also includes Captain America and X-Men for Marvel, Tomb Raider: Epiphany from Top Cow, GI Joe Reloaded for Devil's Due Publishing, Johnnie Zombie for Midgard Comics and covers to Moonstone's Phantom series.
Darryl also does concept art and toy design. Clients include Hawthorne Village collectibles, Hasbro, Mattel, Filsinger Games, and many others.

 

Check out the Comic Book Database for more information about Darryl’s work:

 http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=335

Mike W. Barr’s first professional sale was a detective short story, “Crime at the Comiconvention,” to Frederic Dannay, half of the Ellery Queen collaboration of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, in 1973. His second was an Elongated Man comic book script to DC editor Julius Schwartz in 1974.

 

Mike created and wrote the first comic book maxi-series, Camelot 3000, the first Batman team book, Batman and the Outsiders, the Ultraverse heroine Mantra and the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated The Maze Agency, as well as writing the first Batman graphic novel, Son of the Demon, and lots of Star Trek and Star Wars comics.

 

He lives in a house with just enough cats and not enough books.

 

For a complete list of Mike‘s work visit:  http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=359

DAVE AIKINS • DARRYL BANKS • MIKE W BARR • TOM BATIUK • ALLEN BELLMAN • ANDY BENNETT

Tom Batiuk is the creator of the popular nationally syndicated comic strips Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft. Tom graduated from Kent State University in 1969 and taught junior high art until beginning Funky in 1972.

 

Ever since his first groundbreaking series in 1986 about the teenage pregnancy of his character Lisa, he has been hailed as an originator of a new genre in comic strip art. His unique style of “narrative humor” allows him to explore major social issues and led him to tell Lisaʼs Story, a story dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of breast cancer. The story was a Pulitzer Finalist in 2008, and was collected into an award winning book by the Kent State University Press.

 

Tom employs a gentle humor found in mining the common experiences of everyday life to push the envelope in his exploration of all that the comic art medium can express.

 

Visit Tom’s website for more information at:  http://www.funkywinkerbean.com/

Andy Bennett is an Ohio-based comics artist and illustrator. He began his career in 1995 with independent publisher Caliber Comics in titles like Saint Germaine and Negative Burn, as well as the full-length graphic novel Ghost Sonata (which was recently re-released by TransFuzion Publishing). Andy's work can also be seen in Moonstone Books' Kolchak the Night Stalker, Vampire: The Masquerade, and The Phantom: Generations series, among others, as well as titles from BOOM! Studios, and IDW books. In 2011 he contributed an all-new story to Columbus, Ohio's Nix Comics Quarterly, and is currently serving as art director for Ferret Press' PANEL Comics.

 

For more information, visit on the web at:  www.B3NN3TT.com

 

http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=253

 

http://b3nn3tt.deviantart.com/

Craig Boldman has been a professional cartoonist since 1978. He has written and drawn over 10,000 greeting cards for such companies as Hallmark, American Greetings and Recycled Paper Products. He was a contract writer for Gibson Greetings for nearly a decade. In 1985, Boldman wrote the adventures of Superman for DC Comics, under the watchful eye of editor and living legend, Julius Schwartz. He has since written a variety of other well-known characters, including "Big Boy," "Bazooka Joe," and strips based on two Disney TV shows: "Disney's Doug," and "Disney's Recess."

 

Craig Boldman currently writes the Jughead comic book for Archie Comics Publications, and has been writing the Archie newspaper strip since 1992, first in collaboration with artist Dan DeCarlo, and later with Henry Scarpelli, who continues drawing the strip today. He is the co-author/illustrator of a humor book from Andrews McMeel Publishing, "Every Excuse in the Book: 718 Ways to Say 'It's Not My Fault!'"

 

Visit:  http://www.craigboldman.com/  and  http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=4114 for more information.

CRAIG BOLDMAN • GEORGE BRODERICK JR. • BROKEN ICON • CHRIS CHARLTON • GERRY CONWAY

Akron Comicon is excited to welcome back Gerry Conway for the 2014 show! If you were unable to attend the first Akron Comicon--now is your chance to meet Gerry.

 

We will have a special panel presentation focusing on his prolific career as a writer for DC and Marvel on almost every major character at both companies throughout the 70’s and 80’s.

 

Gerry is probably best known as the co-creator of DC’s Firestorm, Marvel Comic’s Punisher, and the landmark story of the death of Gwen Stacy on the pages of the Amazing Spider-Man and in the recent block buster movie!

 

There will be a charge for Gerry’s autograph. The first autograph is free. Each additional autograph is $5 each. If you spend $20 Gerry will sign one additional item for free.

 

http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=377

GEORGE J. BRODERICK, JR. began cartooning at age five when he peddled drawings of Mighty Mouse, Woody Woodpecker and Popeye from the back of his little red wagon to the unsuspecting neighborhood moms for a nickel a sketch (which George still considers one of the highlights of his freelance career).

 

George has worked as a professional in comics since 1982. Since then, he has written stories for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and handled both scripting and editing on the LOST IN SPACE and QUANTUM LEAP comic books for Innovation Publishing and editing on LOST IN SPACE: Voyage to the Bottom of the Soul for Bubblehead Publishing.

 

George's art credits include work on BOZO THE CLOWN and SANTA CLAUS ADVENTURES for Innovation, SPEED RACER for Now Comics and THE MUNSTERS for TV Comics. His most current work includes COURAGEOUS MAN ADVENTURES, STARDUST & THOR, SUICIDE BLONDE and EL MUCHO GRANDE for Comic Library International, CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS EVE WINTER CARNIVAL, CHRISTMAS EVE SPRING FLING, DILL GHERKIN AND THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS PICKLE, HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS COMICS and SNOWY JOEY AND THE CHRISTMAS DINOSAURS for Cool Yule Comics, the RADIOACTIVE MAN and LURE LASS/WEASEL WOMAN features in SIMPSON'S SUPER SPECTACULAR for Bongo Comics, MUMMIES, GHOSTS, KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER and SUCKULINA, VAMPIRE TEMP for Moonstone Books, LIFE MAXX for A Way With Words Foundation and POPEYE THE SAILOR for Premium Pop Comics/CLI 2.0.

 

George currently creates and posts four web comics, appearing five days a week. CHRISTMAS EVE updates every Monday at: http://coolyulecomics.thecomicseries.com, his signature character strip, COURAGEOUS MAN ADVENTURES is all-new every Tuesday and Thursday at: http://townburgcity.thecomicseries.com and daily at: http://www.gocomics.com/courageous-man-adventures, HOLY COW COMICS, a cornucopia of random strips updates each Wednesday at: http://holycowcomics.thecomicseries.com and a fresh DILL GHERKIN AND THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS PICKLE can be found every Friday at: http://www.townburgcity.com .

 

George's biggest ambition in life is to become one of the most beloved characters in American Folklore!

 

For more on George's career or to purchase gobs of really top drawer stuff, visit him at: http://www.georgebroderick.com.