MARVEL Comics former Editor in Chief Signing Free all weekend Marvel Memorabilia Display Presentations each day
Comic Book Artist, Animation, Illustration at Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. Disney Character designer of Ariel of The Little Mermaid and Gaston of Beauty & The Beast, and animator on Black Cauldren, Secret of NIMH and others
I don't know if you know this, but MARK McKENNA has been a comic book artist for 29 years (check out the on-going Mark Mckenna comic book checklist), having worked for both Marvel and DC comics on the likes of The X Men and Spider Man to Batman and The Justice League. There are more than 500 comics that list his name in the credits and 8,000 plus pages that bear his ink lines on them.
Guy Gilchrist, at the age of 24, was hand-selected to create Jim Henson’s Muppets Comic Strip that was printed worldwide in 660-plus newspapers daily from 1981 to 1986. Throughout the years, he has set his hand to such notable cartoons as The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Tiny Toons, Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock,The Pink Panther, Minnie Mouse, and was instrumental in the creation of The Muppet Babies! Guy's iconic Muppets artwork was enshrined in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. as symbolic of a National Treasure in 1984 after he was Guest of Honor at the White House. Guy Gilchrist took over the iconic Nancy comic strip in 1995, and 2017 marks his twenty-second year drawing Nancy, her Aunt Fritzi, and of course....Sluggo! Syndicated internationally in 80 countries and some 400 newspapers, Nancy has a viewership of 57 million readers around the world. Guy Gilchrist has been recognized and honored internationally for his creativity and authorship. He was awarded the National Cartoonist Society's highly coveted Reuben Award in 1997 and again in 1998 for Best Magazine and Book Illustrator, for Night Lights and Pillow Fights – Book One and Book Two. Also for Night Lights and Pillow Fights, he was awarded the Bank Street Award for Best Book of the Year – 1998. He is a three-time award winner of the Best Book of the Year from the International Reading Council of the United Nations, for the Tiny Dinos book series. The Tiny Dinos series was among the top bestselling books at Walden Books. A strong supporter of charities and children, Guy has been honored for his contributions by Vanderbilt Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Hartford Children's Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals, and The Angelus. An active supporter and voice for the military and veterans’ causes, Guy Gilchrist has been honored by the armed forces and veterans organizations for his support and work. Guy was recently honored as the fifth inductee into the Wizard World Hall of Legends and has been the recipient of the Silver Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society Guy Gilchrist lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rusty has been a fixture in comics since 1978 with credits including Marvel, DC, Big Bang, Image, Heavy Metal and more. His film work includes the original “Heavy Metal”, “Spider-Man 2 & 3″, and more recently “Captain America”, the "Avengers", and “The Walking Dead”. At the end of 2015, Rusty will be working on a new comic-book motion picture. In 1993, Rusty worked for card producer Clubhouse Diamonds and created the first ‘sketch cards’ in the trading card hobby and, to his surprise, it soon took off and became a world-wide phenomenon.In recent years, Gilligan rejoined the sketch card arena and has provided cards for Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Cult-Stuf, and many others. As the publisher behind Rusty Ink!, he's released the popular funny animal comic "Mac and Trouble", "Mac and Trouble's Amazing Tails", as well as "Recollection Magazine", an exciting retro collectibles magazine. Recently, he's provided illustrations for a Dr Who card set and guide, sketch cards for the Upper Deck "Dinosaurs" set, a new Mac and Trouble cook book, and is about to work on a new film project license. Look for the 6 foot tall "Mac" who accompanies Rusty at his appearance, who gives away free photos and prizes! Don’t forget to stop by and grab one of Rusty's exclusive promo cards and show art prints! Rusty was also a a Child Actor on TV and in Movies along with a career in Professional Wrestling.
Keith Champagne is an American comic artist, who has also moved into writing, and is known for his work at DC Comics. Keith graduated from Montville High School, Oakdale Connecticut in 1988. He is a 1994 graduate of The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic art. Keith began working professionally as a comic book inker during his second year at the Kubert School. Titles he has contributed to (as writer) include: JSA, Green Lantern Corps, and World War III. As an artist/inker, his work has appeared in many titles, most notably JSA, Firestorm, and Superboy. Recently he wrote Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, when the license was acquired by Dynamite Entertainment. Upcoming work includes Ghostbusters for IDW Publishing and The Mighty, a creator-owned title for DC Comics, co-written with Peter Tomasi.
JOE ST PIERRE
Joe St. Pierre’s outstanding comic book career began in the early 1990’s as a penciller of Rai during the first era of Valiant Comics. Joe has also worked as a penciller/writer for Marvel, DC, Image, IDW and Dynamite. Joe is credited for numerous illustrations featuring Spider-Man and the Spider-Man family.
Sculpture artist for Universal Monsters and Star Wars Action Figures, along with numerous other characters.
CHARLES D. MOISANT
Emily Drouin is a comic book artist, children's book illustrator, author, art educator, and animator from New Hampshire. Her art style is super colorful, bold, and fun! Her published works include: EPLIS comic book series, Hyperdork Years & Years of Trauma, Are You My Girlfriend?, and Treasure Your Sight.
Fullbright Scholar and award-winning mask maker Eric Bornstein of Behind The Mask Studio/Theatre specializes in custom-made masks, corporate event planning, arts education, and mask theater programming. Eric has studied mask making with masters Agung Suardana in Bali, and Donato Sartori in Italy. He received his MLA in Fine Arts along with the Thomas Small prize from Harvard University. Eric was recently awarded a Fulbright grant to revive and reinvigorate the art of giant puppet effigies in Jamaica 2017. He won the 2016 IRNE award for Best Puppetry Design for Company One's Shockheaded Peter, and was part of the Liars & Believers team that won the Excellence in Production Design award at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012 for his masks in Le Cabaret Grimm. Other recent clients include: Centerstage Theatre's Frank The Freak (Kingston, Jamaica),Fava Opera's Les Sortilege D'Enfants (Paris), Boston Ballet's Nutcracker, Boston Lyric Opera's Madama Butterfly, Peabody Museum at Harvard, Gamm Theatre's Morality Play, Liars & Believers' Talk to Strangers, The Walnut Hill School’s Nutcracker, Forestdance (Forestmasks: Facing Our Destiny -- Giant Branch Mask), the Outside the Box Festival (Cat Mountain), The Bacchae at Club Oberon, Boston Anime, corporate video game promotions for Bethesda Softworks video games: Dishonored (Versailles, France), Skyrim/Elder Scrolls at The Boston Park Plaza Castle, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within, A Glimpse Beyond at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Artistic Director/Mask Design), Puppet Showplace Theatre, the Cambridge River Festival (Giant Brother Blue Puppet & Butterflies of Love ), Contemporary Theater of Boston’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Babes in Boinkland's The Slutcracker; A Burlesque, Underground Railway Theater’s Life of Galileo, First Night Boston, and the Harvard Yiddish Players’ Shulamis. He currently teaches classes in making and performing masks and offers performances and residencies to schools throughout the state through Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Over the last 30 years, Eric’s masked characters have been the subject of numerous media features. Local and national media have described Eric as “Boston’s preeminent mask maker”…”a man of many talents” and his masks as “phantasmagoric,” “magnificent,” “Stunning, finely crafted…first-rate,” “eerie/enchanting,” "masterful," "outstanding," and “gorgeous.” For more information please visit www.behindthemask.org