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Gustavo Vazquez

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Appearing: Fri l Sat l Sun

 

Guest Bio

Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for
music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more.  He started his career in
comic books working as an assistant on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels.

He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Gunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that
introduced the characters which would be featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6.  He has worked on Marvel titles
such as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook if the Marvel
Universe, and more.  For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on Flash
and Suicide Squad.  Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of Coheed and Cambria) “The Amory Wars”.
As well, he was instrumental in helping bring together the team and was a large part of development for 12 Gauge’s “The O.
C.T.” with his friends David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and tv actress Rosario
Dawson.

He has also worked in the trading card industry, drawing for Marvel, Topps, and DC.  In the toy industry, he designed toys
and statues for Art Asylum, which created the Mini-Mates line.  Gus has also had two “How to Draw” books published. “How
To Draw Sexy Women”, featuring several artists (including Buzz), and “Gus Vazquez Presents: The Art of Drawing Women”.
Unfortunately, both of these books are out of print and difficult to find.  He is working on a third training book, more geared
towards drawing figures for comic books.

In animation, he was a storyboard artist on TMNT, Polly Pocket, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., AOL’s S.K.W.O.D., and
Black Dynamite, and character design on the Boondocks Saints.  He has worked on music videos for the likes of Nelly
Furtado, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, and more.  He storyboarded commercials for Norton Antivirus, Newcastle Beer, Final
Destination Kung Fu Panda, the Super Bowl and many more.

Currently, he is working for DC Comics and on his own comic, Fang, which will be released in the near future, as well as
producing for film and television.

Therese Ribant

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Therese Ribant began working with Ken Krekeler in early 2015 as a colorist for the upcoming projects “Meridian” and “Dry Spell 2: The Moonfall Machine.” Her work in both traditional and digital media is entirely self-taught, through experiment, experience and online tutorials. While relatively new to the world of comics and graphic novels, her talent and skills are something to be reckoned, and promises to make her a rising star in the art world.

Jim Mahfood

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Jim Mahfood aka Food One was born on March 29, 1975 in St. Louis, MO. He was raised on a steady diet of classic cartoons, comic books, Star Wars, and his mom’s eclectic vinyl record collection. He began his professional art career at age 15, working for Artline Studios under the tutelage of artist Lorenzo Lizana. At age 18, he left home and moved to Kansas City to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. There he met Mike Huddleston and formed the studio: 40oz Comics. A sacred bond was created, with Mike penciling and Jim inking, and the two produced hundreds of comic book pages together. Most of this material would never see the light of day. Frustrated with rejection, Jim started self-publishing his own work in 1995 with the first issue of Girl Scouts. This would eventually lead to him scoring his first big break in 1997 with Marvel Comics, writing and drawing the bizarre X-Men related Generation X Underground Special. And from there, Mahfood’s career has branched off into the fields of illustration, advertising, murals, fine art, animation, live art in nightclubs, and custom body-painting. He has worked for every major comic book company, and his freelance clients include:

Playboy, Disney, Armani, Nissan, NBC, Sony, Comedy Central, TIGI, MTV, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tuff Gong, Titmouse, Cartoon Network, Spin Magazine, View Askew, Spectrum Illustration Annual, Star Wars Gamer, URB, The Hollywood Reporter, BPM, The Phoenix New Times, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Ubiquity Records, Hollywood Records, Indyground Entertainment, Mad Magazine, Heavy Metal, and more…

Highlights of his career include: illustrating director Kevin Smith’s Clerks comics, handling the art chores on the entire ad campaign for Colt 45 malt liquor in 2007-08, painting the murals on Comedy Central’s Sarah Silverman Show, illustrating the Kickpuncher comic book that was included in the Season 1 DVD of NBC’s hit show Community, illustrating and art-directing reggae legend Ziggy Marley’s MarijuanaMan project, providing custom car art for Nissan’s new “Juke” Artist Series, illustrating custom bottles for Bed Head hair products, developing the animated show Disco Destroyer (with Scott Mosier and Joe Casey) for Titmouse and MTV’s Liquid Television, and providing all the art on the new Tank Girl series: Everybody Loves Tank Girl.

Recent projects include art chores on 21st Century Tank Girl (Titan Books), illustrating the brand-new Miami Vice: Remix comic book series (IDW/Lion Forge), developing the GRRL SCOUTS TV pilot for New Form Digital (check out Grrl Scouts Pilot on YouTube), and handling art chores on the Howard The Human comic book for Marvel.

Future releases include Jim’s brand new Visual Funk: the Psychedelic Adult Coloring Book (IDW), and the long-awaited Sadistic Magician: Jim Mahfood Sketchbook Vol. 1, which collects Food’s very best sketchbook work from the last couple of years.

Will Jones

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Will Jones is a freelance comic book artist and illustrator residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He spends his days reading far too many comic books. He spends his nights in hiding, hovering over his drafting table making art.

Thomas Finley

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Thomas Finley has done numerous art projects and worked on many different comic books as well, including his children series Alphabet City, working on Caliber’s Deadworld soda, El Arto Presents, and will soon debut his creator owned comic book Jiu Jitsu Jesus! He’s also a member of the artist collective El Arto, along with John Marroquin, Chris Sanchez, Demone Anderson, and Erick Gutierrez.

Sara Richard

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Sara Richard is an Eisner nominated artist for the children’s book “Kitty & Dino” (Yen Press) Sara is also the artist of the DC Collectibles Justice League Tarot Card Set and has done variant covers for My Little Pony, Jem and The Holograms, Deadpool, Rick and Morty, Bob’s Burgers, and Godzilla. Sara has also illustrated stories for Dragons: Riders of Berk, Ghostbusters, Vertigo Quarterly, Womanthology, My Little Pony, and Zombie Bomb.

Sara is currently working on a new original story written by Franco and to be released by Action Lab soon!

Fil Romero Art

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Fil Romero is a Michigan based animator and comic artist. She currently works as a freelance artist, but also does a variety of commission work and personal work, including her webcomic, Chameleon Charm.

Dennis Rodman

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Appearing
Saturday Only!

Autograph
$40

Photo Op
$60

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Dennis Keith Rodman is an American retired professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was nicknamed “The Worm” and was known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities.

Rodman played at the small forward position in his early years before becoming a power forward. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA.com states that he is “arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history”. On April 1, 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman’s No. 10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year.

Rodman experienced an unhappy childhood and was shy and introverted in his early years. After aborting a suicide attempt in 1993, he reinvented himself as a “bad boy” and became notorious for numerous controversial antics. He repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials. He famously wore a wedding dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be. Rodman pursued a high-profile affair with singer Madonna and was briefly married to actress Carmen Electra. Rodman also attracted international attention for his visits to North Korea and his subsequent befriending of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2013.

Apart from basketball, Rodman is a retired part-time professional wrestler and actor. He was a member of the nWo and fought alongside Hulk Hogan at two Bash at the Beach events. In professional wrestling, Rodman was the first ever winner of the Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament. He had his own TV show The Rodman World Tour, and had lead roles in the action films Double Team (1997) and Simon Sez (1999). Both films were critically panned, with the former earning Rodman a triple Razzie Award. He appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole.

James Remar

 

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Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Op
$60

Panel/Q&A
Saturday 5:30 – Speaker Room 5

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After studying at The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, James Remar did numerous plays and student films before his big breakout role as the gang tough ‘Ajax’ in the cult classic film The Warriors. James would work with the great Walter Hill 3 more times over the years with the  groundbreaking role of the maniacal killer ‘Ganz’ in 48 Hours being one of the more memorable screen villains in modern times.
Remar has been the go to actor for many of the businesses top directors when it came to casting their villain, Francis Coppola turned to James to play the historical gangster ‘Dutch Schultz’ in the classic The Cotton Club. Most consider James’ portrayal of Dutch to be the definitive one.
Quentin Tarantino loved James’ presence and versatility so much that he cast him as two seperate roles in the smash hit Django Unchained. James plays the slaver ‘Ace Speck’ in the opening sequence and later returns as Leo DiCaprio’s bodyguard ‘Butch Pooch’. As a result James has the distinction of being the only actor to die twice in a Tarantino movie.
With a four decade career under his belt James’ credits are too numerous to mention in their entirety. James credits range from horror to comedy to romance to action and drama.
He spent 8 seasons playing Michael C Hall’s adoptive Father; ‘Harry Morgan’ on the hit show Dexter.
James was ‘Lord Rayden’ in Mortal Kombat Annihilation.
The tortured artist in Tales from the Darkside; the movie.
Opposite Kim Catrall in Sex and the City James played her billionaire boyfriend ‘Richard’.
2 Fast 2 Furious, What Lies Beneath, Hellraiser; Inferno, The Phantom…the list goes on!
As a voice actor James portrayed ‘Sideswipe’ in Transformers, ‘Vilgax’ for Ben10 Alien Force, ‘Harvey Twoface Dent’ for Batman. ‘Hawkman’ for Justice League, ‘Chef LaRousse’ in Ratatouille.
His game credits include, Killzone as ‘Capt Narville’
‘Executor Hideo’ in Destiny
Ajax in The Warriors.
Keeping things current and as always working on his craft James is currently working on the second season of Hulu’s The Path as ‘Kodiak’ a mysterious veteran of the Vietnam War.