MARRIOTT (Denver Tech Center)
COMIC FEST will be held in the PRIMROSE, LARKSPUR, & IRIS Conference rooms 🙂
2018 SPECIAL GUESTS!
We are very happy to announce the incredibly talented and amazing GORDON PURCELL as our next guest to be joining us for CF 2018!
Gordon Purcell is a comics artist, perhaps best known for his Star Trek work, in particular his realistic renditions of the actors who play that franchise’s characters, as well as those of similarly licensed books, such as The X-Files, Xena: Warrior Princess, Lost in Space, Godzilla,and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He’s also done a lot of superhero work on titles like JLA, JSA, Avengers, Silver Sable, Flare, Protectors Inc, Robin, Wonder Man and Flash. He’s currently working on STARGATE ATLANTIS for American Mythology and BLACK ENCHANTRESS for Heroic. (Gordon can be found and contacted via FB if any fo you are interested in a commission.)
We are very happy to have legendary Comic Book Writer and Novelist, RON FORTIER.
Ron is a 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 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. Feel free to check out Ron’s selection of incredible work at www.airship27.com
We are very happy to welcome comic book phenomenon—
TONE RODRIGUEZ —
TONE RODRIGUEZ, is a graphic artist and L.A. native now residing in Phoenix, Arizona. He started drawing comic books in 1999 with Violent Messiahs for Image Comics, other books followed for Cross-Gen, DarkHorse & Platinum Ent; drawing Snake Plisskin, Conan & KISS4K respectively. In 2004, he started being a regular contributor to Bongo Comic’s line of Springfield’s Favorite Family, The Simpson’s with books like Radio-active Man, TreeHouse of Horror, Summer Specials and Futurama comics. In addition to his comic work you can find several examples of Tone’s artwork on television shows like Liv & Maddie, Dog with a Blog and Pair of Kings for Disney, as well as on Showtime’s Dexter where he helped bring The Dark Defender to life and on NBC’s The Office creating the Adventures of Jimmy Halpert comic. He’s currently working on the Vampire book titled Blood and Dust and is crafting his biography currently titled “What the Hell Happened to Me?!?” or “Damn It!” Not sure witch one he will use yet.
We are very excited to welcome CBR (ComicBookResources) Journalist, HAYDEN MEARS, to ComicFest 2018!
Hayden is an award-winning, internationally published entertainment journalist. Formerly a film and television critic for Starburst Magazine, WeGotThisCovered, and PopMatters, Mears now writes features for Comic Book Resources.
His work has won him scholarships and accolades aplenty, making him a prominent figure in comic book journalism.
Hayden will be joining our programming line-up as a moderator and guest.
The StarFest/ ComicFest team is very excited to announce the addition of these two legends of the comic book world!
Please welcome Illustrator- BOB HALL and Writer- MIKE BARON to this year’s ComicFest LineUp!
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.
Baron has published seven novels, Banshees, Domain, Helmet Head, Whack Job, Biker, Sons of Privilege and Skorpio. Banshees is about a satanic rock band that returns from the dead. Helmet Head is about Nazi biker zombies. Whack Job is about spontaneous human combustion. Biker is hard-boiled crime about a reformed motorcycle hoodlum turned private investigator. Skorpio is about a ghost who only appears under a blazing sun.
In 2017, Liberty Island will publish all six Bad Road Rising novels, including Biker, which is available now.
Bob Hall had a long association with Marvel Comics, where at one time or another he drew most of the major books and characters such as The Champions, Spiderman, Dr. Doom, Conan, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Submariner, Captain America, PSI Force, The Avengers and The New Mutants. He was the artist for the West Coast Avengers mini-series and was the primary artist on the original Squadron Supreme. He drew movie adaptations of Willow, Dark Man and the notorious first Captain America movie as well as pencils and inks for the graphic novel, Emperor Doom. Bob was an editor at Marvel in 1979.
For Valiant he wrote and penciled the monthly series Shadowman, wrote Timewalker and then created Armed and Dangerous, a black and white “comicbook-noir” series.
For DC he wrote and drew the Batman graphic novel projects, Batman DOA, I Joker and It’s Jokertime.
In 2017, he wrote and drew an educational/fantasy about the measles virus for the University of Nebraska called Carnival of Contagion.
He is currently drawing a ten page comic, Phantom Flight for the rock group, Sound of Thunder and also drawing two variant covers for Valiant.
SEE YOU ALL AT COMIC FEST !!!
A huge thank you to our 2017 guests who we were very honored to have. The fans had a great time with all of them and we personally enjoyed seeing fans getting their books signed and picking up artwork and comics from our guests.
STEVEN E GORDON
BARRY McCLAIN, Jr.
The COMIC FEST 2017 ARTISTS OF THE YEAR were Artem Shukaev and Joe Oliver! Their amazing artwork graced our banners and t-shirts for 2017!