Attack of the Villains!

ComicFest 2019 is
Attack of the Villains!

Friday, April 26  3:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, April 27  9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, April 28  10:00am –4:00pm

Guest, Artists, Dealers and Activities will be in the PRIMROSE, IRIS, & LARKSPUR conference rooms with additional ComicFest events in the Aspen Theater and Blue Bell room.

PanelsGuests – Art – Comics & More

It’s About Fun! ComicFest is Denver’s annual celebration of local,  national and international comics, cartooning and art industry! ComicFest is the longest running Rocky Mountain Region Comics convention. It has always been our goal to increase the public’s awareness of the comic book medium and showcase talented local talent and publishers to the general public. What we have been surprised to learn is just how many creators there are that live right here in the region. We promise to continue to work at creating a unique convention experience that allows talented comics professionals to network with each other and meet their fans.
It’s Educational! ComicFest features lots of hands on comic book creation panels and demonstrations. If you are looking to break into Comics this is a great weekend to learn from the pro’s.
It’s About Collecting! Don’t worry if drawing stick figures is the extent of your artistic talent, because ComicFest will provide an outlet for what you enjoy about Comics as well. If you are looking for that special back issue or paper-back you’ll have the chance to search it out at one of our dealer tables. There will also be collection supplies available as well so don’t miss out on any of these items from all of our fine retailers.
It’s About Art! Come get custom sketches of your favorite Comic book characters from the area’s most talented comic book artists. The artists have a wide variety of styles and as a whole have worked for virtually every major publisher so you’re sure to find someone that can create that image that you’ve been waiting to display. Schedules will vary so you’ll have to check with the artists throughout the weekend so you won’t miss out on any of the talented people that will be coming by. We have even more artists to check out in 2016, so take your time and spend some time meeting them.
It’s About The Future! There are other exciting features that make ComicFest the convention that fans from the Rocky Mountain Region will enjoy for years to come!

ComicFest Panels

Join in on great discussions & demos


5pm:  Live Art Demo with Special Guest Dave Ross

Want to see a nationally renowned comic book artist draw live? Dave Ross who has drawn Spider-man, Batgirl, Catwoman, Punisher, Aliens, Star Trek and Star Wars, just to name a few, will be drawing live as part of Comicfest! And it’ll be the old-fashioned way–with an easel, large pad and black markers! Come see a professional artist show you how it’s done!


2pm:  Writing and Drawing Movie and TV Media Tie-In Comics

Do you love Aliens, Star Wars, Predator, Blade Runner, Buffy and Star Trek? When you want more stories from your favorite movie and television franchises, comic book writers and artists step in to tell us more. Come join Comicfest Special Guests Dave Ross (Aliens vs. Predator, Angel, Star Trek, Star Wars) and Ron Fortier (Indiana Jones, Green Hornet, Terminator, Rambo) for a discussion on creating tie-in comic books.

3pm: Jolyon Yates & J James McFarland Chat

Join these two extraordinary artists for a chat about art, paying the bills, and maybe even a few fun stories.

 4pm:  How to Create A Comic Book

Would you like to create your own comic book? Come to an informative presentation with comic book writer and Comicfest Special Guest Mike Baron to learn the process! Mike has written Action Comics, Batman, Archer & Armstrong, Magnus Robot Fighter, Punisher, Turok and Star Wars, just to name a few, and he created Badger and Nexus. The Eisner Award-winning writer can set you on the right path for creating a comic book!


11am:   My Life, the Universe and Everything In Comics

Comicfest Special Guests Dave Ross, Mike Baron & Ron Fortier talk about their amazing careers in comic books. How did these creators break into the business? What are their favorite characters to pencil? From Aliens, Predators and Star Wars to Batman, Superman and Spider-man, come enjoy a fascinating panel with our first-time Comicfest Special Guests!

3pm:  Villains Live Art Draw with Audience Suggestions

The artists come up with the villain to draw but the audience gets to suggest what the character is wearing or where the character suddenly find itself. With Barry McClain Jr., J James McFarland, Joe Oliver, Gerry Mulowayi, Dan Crosier and maybe a few others


ComicFest Guests

Dave Ross

I graduated from the Animation Program at Sheridan College, Canada. After university – I found a more challenging niche pursuing an early interest in drawing and animation. Encouraged by mentors and seasoned professionals within the industry, I enjoy working in storyboarding, character design, composition and layout in animation as well as storyboarding for live action film. As he says: “I can’t resist the challenge of rendering strange new worlds and fantastic situations on a daily basis — filling stark white panels with scenes rich in depth and intensity!”

My dynamic projects for Marvel and DC Comics include:
• Spiderman • Daredevil • Avengers Westcoast • Batgirl • Catwoman • Punisher • Captain America • Excalibur • Birds of Prey • Aliens • Alpha Flight • Star Trek • Star Wars: Dark Times.

As a Guest Artist, I have participated at numerous national and international comic conventions and book signings including the following:
• New York • San Diego • Chicago • Pittsburgh • Detroit • Ottawa • Toronto • Montreal • Hong Kong • Singapore • Malaysia • Indonesia • Thailand • PR China

I recently illustrated a special Ironman Series for Marvel, a Star Wars project for Dark Horse Comics/George Lucas; teaching figure drawing and sequential arts and producing commissions for international collectors/clients.Links

FacebookWebpage – Comic Book Database

Ron Fortier

Comics and pulps writer/editor best known for his work on the Green Hornet comic series and Terminator – Burning Earth with Alex Ross.

He won the Pulp Factory Award for Best Pulp Short Story of 2011 for “Vengeance Is Mine,” which appeared in Moonstone’s The Avenger – Justice Inc. and in 2012 for “The Ghoul,” from the anthology Monster Aces. He was named Pulp Grand Master by the Pulp Factory group in 2017.

Ron is the Managing Editor of Airship 27 Productions, a New Pulp Fiction publisher and writes the continuing adventures of both his own character, Brother Bones – the Undead Avenger and the classic pulp hero, Captain Hazzard – Champion of Justice.


FacebookWebsite – Comic Book Database

Mike Baron

Mike Baron is the creator of Nexus (with artist Steve Rude) and Badger two of the longest lasting independent superhero comics. Nexus is about a cosmic avenger 500 years in the future. Badger, about a multiple personality one of whom is a costumed crime fighter. First/Devils Due is publishing all new Badger stories. Baron has won two Eisners and an Inkpot award and written The Punisher, Flash, Deadman and Star Wars among many other titles.


FacebookWebsite – Comic Book Database

ComicFest Art Contest

2019 Art Contest Winners

The ComicFest “Attack of the Villains!” Banner and Badge winners are 

Jolyon Yates: Banner
J James McFarland: Badges

2018 Art Winners: Artem Shukaev, Chaz Kemp, J. James McFarland, Gerhard Kaaihue

Dealer Tables

TABLE COST:  $275 and includes:
1 six foot table, 2 chairs, table cloth & drape
2 weekend passes to StarFest/ComicFest

Friday – April 26 – 9:00am to 2:00pm 

Comic Book Vendors and Merchandise Only
If most of your merchandise is non-comic book related, please apply on the StarFest Dealer’s Room Page

 Electricity is available through the Hotel at a rate of $35 per outlet.

Questions about the StarFest Dealers room please email KathE Walker at or 720-261-0570

Artist Alley Tables

TABLE COST:  $150.00 and includes:
1 six foot table, 2 chairs, table cloth & drape
2 weekend passes to StarFest/ComicFest

Friday – April 26 – Noon  to 2:00pm 

Comic Artists and items featuring the artist’s original art Only
If most of your merchandise is non-comic book related, please apply on the StarFest Dealer’s Room Page

 Electricity is available through the Hotel at a rate of $35 per outlet.

The determination of allowed items for sale will be at the discretion of Rio, our ComicFest Director.

The Artists

J. James McFarland

has lived all over. He is a commercial illustrator, fine artist, and graphic designer with over a decade of experience. He studied Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering, and Drafting. J. James LOVES zines, using storytelling to create an emotional reaction from his readers. His oldest self-published zines were specifically intended to bridge the gap between many people and to create a social world of tolerance and understanding. He believes in the principle of attraction rather than promotion. J. James is known to smile in the face of deadlines.

Links:  FacebookWebsite

Jolyon Yates

Born in England, studied art & graphics there and in Japan. Currently living in the USA.

I have done artwork for advertisements, films, video games, magazines, comics, posters and dvd booklets, and written articles for movie magazines. Clients have included IBM, T-Mobile and Qwest. I drew the NYT best seller Ninjago comics for Papercutz and the WWE Superstars ‘Last Man Standing! book for SuperGenius. Recently assisted Zach Howard on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book.

Currently working on ‘Gumby’, ‘Greatest Team Ever’ and ‘The Burning Metronome’.

Links:  FacebookWebsiteComic Book Database

ComicFest Volunteers

Try It, You'll Like It

Would you like to be a part of the ComicFest team?

Please click on the button below and we will contact you about exciting opportunities to help with ComicFest. Giving of your time to help others does have its perks and we’d like to have you join our family. Volunteers receive general admission to all regular StarFest/ComicFest activities, use of the Con Suite, a convention t-shirt,  and The Dead Dog Staff After Party.

Volunteers are required to donate (because WORK just doesn’t sound like fun) at least 15 hours of time during the weekend. You have the option to pay ~$20 food fee (which stocks the con suite with food and soda for you to enjoy Friday evening – Sunday evening).

Additional information contact:
Terri Cantrell,

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