In the Marriott with the rest of StarFest!

ComicFest Robo Theme

ComicFest 2018 will be held in the Marriott DTC with the rest of StarFest and is included in the StarFest ticket.

Friday, April 20  3:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, April 21  9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, April 22  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

Panels – Guests – Art – Comics

This year’s Comic Fest theme is IT’S ROBO TIME!
Click Here for the Banner, T-Shirt and Badge Art Winners
It’s About Fun! ComicFest is Denver’s annual celebration of both the local and national 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

(click on Panel Name for more information)


Creating Your Legacy: Owning Your Own Thing Vs Working for Others
Matt Campbell from ActionLine Studios


Comic Book Journalism: How To Break In, Who’s Hiring, And What To Expect As A Freelancer
Hayden Mears-Pop Culture Scene Journalist

Robots in Comics
Ron Fortier, Tone Rodriguez, Gordon Purcell, Bob Hall

Gundam Building
Jason Chlebus


Drawing Transformers
Artem Shukaev, Chaz Kemp, and JJ McFarland

The Ins-and-Outs of Entertainment Journalism
Hayden Mears-Pop Culture Scene Journalist

History of Comics
Kevin Robinette-Comic Book Historian

ComicFest Guests

Six Fabulous Guests

Gordon Purcell

Gordon Purcell

Gordon Purcell  is a comics artist, perhaps best known for his Star Trek work,[2] 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 you are interested in contacting him about a commission.

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

Tone Rodriguez

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.

Hayden Mears

Hayden Mears

We are very excited to welcome CBR (Comic Book Resources) Journalist, HAYDEN MEARS, to ComicFest 2018!  Hayden is an award-winning, internationally published entertainment journalist.

Formerly a film and television critic for Starburst Magazine, We Got This Covered, 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.

Bob Hall

Bob Hall

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 MutantsHe 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.

His work can be seen at Commissions and original art are available through He can be messaged on Facebook through Bob Hall Comic Artist.

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.

He has also published seven novels: Banshees, Domain, Helmet Head, Whack Job, Biker, Sons of Privilege and SkorpioBanshees 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.

Artem Shukaev

Artem is this year’s CF banner artwork winner. We are glad to have him back as he crushed it with an amazing Jaeger piece!

Artem Shukaev is a software developer and artist out of Nebraska interested in the intersection of technology and emerging media. Working with companies like Frog God Games, Punch-It Entertainment, and Troll Lord Games he views art as a narrative tool; a way to share experiences from one mind to another. To this end, Artem views art and technology as complementary forms of entertainment and communication. Artem is set to enter the mobile games market with a strategy game inspired by classic RPG dungeon crawling.

Chaz Kemp

Chaz is this year’s CF t-shirt artwork winner. His submission is going to look fantastic on this year’s red shirts. Make sure you pick yours up and have him sign it too!

Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed diversity of steampunk and fantasy. You can find his art at or better, become his patron at:

J. James McFarland

McFarland is this year’s CF badge artwork winner for his fantastic Robo mash-up. Swing by his booth and have him sign your badges!

This self-employed Boulder illustrator has made his home in lots of places over the years, including Denver, Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Alaska, Poulsbo, and many rural towns. He is a commercial illustrator, fine artist, and graphic designer with over a decade of experience. Goal-oriented project management is not only his methodology, it is his manner of life. He studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design, then later Mechanical Engineering and Drafting. He likes math and once built a working robot. His background in business management (including running the operations of a chain of businesses) has given him a thorough range of experience in time management. Transforming big concepts into straightforward visuals is part of his life daily. He likes to help clients structure their own creative businesses. He LOVES comics, using storytelling to create an emotional reaction from his readers. His comics include people of many ethnic backgrounds and outward appearances because his biological family is a mix of European, Native American, and Korean peoples. 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. A goal of his work is a desire to build a saner, healthier, more compassionate world. He believes in the principle of attraction rather than promotion. J. James is known to smile in the face of deadlines.

Gerhard Kaaihue

Gerhard Kaaihue is the last in the line-up of art winners for this year’s ComicFest. It was his final touches that made all of this year’s artwork look even better. Make sure you swing by his booth and have him sign your badges, posters, or shirts!

G. KA’AIHUE was born and raised in Pukalani, Hawaii, watching Japanese Sentai programs and cartoons. He spent his high school years in the mainland before moving overseas and graduating from Seoul Foreign School in Seoul Korea. He spent his early college years living and studying art in Kyoto, Japan, then moving to Savannah, Georgia and earning his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. G.’s work has been exhibited in small galleries throughout Colorado and attends comic conventions, selling original illustrations and self-published comics.


Overflowing With Talent

Robert Elrod

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Robert Elrod draws and paints. Mostly monsters. He loves monsters. His artwork has appeared on the covers and interiors of several novels and anthologies from small-press authors and publishers. Some of Robert’s earliest art influences include Frank Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Jeffrey Jones, Esteban Moroto, Jose Gonzalez, Sanjulian, Basil Gogos, Rudy Nebres, Alfredo Alcala and many many more.

Kevin Johnson


 Kevin Johnson, is a retired Army Veteran who served 22 years in the U.S Army after his military carrier, he attended Full sail University were he earned his Bachelors  in computer animation. while serving in the military he interned and worked as a contractor at Arg animation studios in Colorado Springs. There he  designed and animated characters for TV commercials and TV Pilots. Kevin has also been published as a professional comic book artist, as a penciler on Ron Fortiers “Black Lion” for Red Bud Studios. Kevin is also an accomplished digital sculptor and painter who has several of his paintings hanging in several galleries in Colorado Springs. Currently Kevin has completed pencils for the second issue of “Black Lion” and is currently working on his own IP. 

Dominic Glover


Julia Jamiel

Born and raised in Colorado, Julia ‘Jules’ Jamiel is a freelance illustrator, painter, and cartoonista. She has studied illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California as well as the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design here in Denver. Her manga-influenced work has been used in promotions for musicians, designing collectible vinyl toys, puppet theater and more. Currently, Jules is designing character classes for an upcoming tabletop RPG. When not bent over a tablet or screaming at an easel, Jules can typically be found drinking tea and over-analyzing horror films.

Jeremiah Loyd


Andrew Mark & Red Team Go


Jason Meents

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We very happy to announce that Tyke Artist sensation, JASON MEENTS will be at COMICFEST 2018! You can catch him at the Rocky Mountain Con booth this weekend.
Get some fantastic original art on top of all cool stuff like stickers and prints!

Ben Mikkelsen & Abrham Akin

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Alex Miller


Joe Oliver


Pink Pitcher


Pink Pitcher is an Artist, Author, Seamstress, and textile and domestic Historian (among other titles). She is currently publishing her first comic – Root & Branch – as an ongoing story in both print and web. She enjoys costuming and cosplay in a variety of genres, and would love to draw your RPG character.

Steven Pulawa


Steve is a freelance graphic design artist/illustrator from Aurora Colorado. Steve has been working with the Aurora Rise Foundation for the past three years helping them collect all the donated art pieces for the charity’s sketchbooks. On top of creating donations himself for those books he has been working on storyboard commissions for short films and comic book commissions for clients. Steven’s most recent focus has been building his fan base and providing art commissions to those supportive fans. Steven is also planning on producing some guest/variant covers for independent publications and self published artist projects in 2018.

Jim Rinehart


Jim Rinehard, born in Newton, Kansas in 1978, grew up in the small town of Walton, attended college in Emporia, later moving to Wichita and finally to Aurora, Colorado.  He comes from an artistic family and was introduced to art at an early age.  His grandmother was an oil painter and taught Jim how to paint. Jim majored in Art, studying a variety of artistic disciplines including Printmaking, glassblowing, Life Drawing, Painting and Graphic Design. His artistic focus is mainly on illustration and also a non-traditional medium involving sharp objects and glue. He enjoys comedy immensely and humor plays a large theme in his artwork. His artistic influences include Jeremy Fish, Jim Lee, Akira Toriyama, Robert L. Williams and Milton Glaser.

Frankie Serna


Colby Shiffler


Colby Shiffler is both a caricature artist and fine artist. His company, Comic Caricatures, was created 6 years ago, and has had a booth at the largest Comic Cons in Colorado. He loves drawing manga, superhero, sci-fi, fantasy, and realism. You will see Colby at his booth dressed as Thor. Currently, Colby is taking classes at Pikes Peak Community College to get his degree in Studio Art.

Whitney Stewart


Otis Thompson


Otis Thompson is a traditional Mash Up cartoon/comic artist and Pin Up cartoon and comic artist. Has drawn comic characters and cartoon characters since he was able to hold a crayon. “I feel that my talent is a God given gift, because I’ve always known how to draw”. Otis has developed a lot of his drawing skills from 70’s-90’s cartoons and comic book artists. Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and a lot of other old school artists influenced his style. “I’m always trying to improve and grow”

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

Friday – April 20 – 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 ComicFest or the StarFest Dealers room please email KathE Walker at or 720-261-0570

Martin Davidson



John Hernandez

Home of Heroes & Collectibles


comic artist

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

Friday – April 20 – 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.

ComicFest Volunteer

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 a $20 food fee (which stocks the con suite with food and soda for you to enjoy Friday evening – Sunday evening).

ComicFest Podcasters & Promotional Partners

The Nerd Offensive

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We are very happy to announce that THE NERD OFFENSIVE podcast will be joining us this year. They will be podcasting live from COMIC FEST. Please swing by their booth and say hi and check out their live podcasting while you’re at it. 🙂

Fort Collins Comic Con

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We are happy to welcome back the con crew from Fort Collins Comic Con. They will be set up in Promo Alley at ComicFest. Swing by and get all the latest news and updates for FCCC 2018 and pick up your FCCC swag while you’re at it!

Actionline Studios


Actionline Studios is focused on creating high quality stories and sharing them with the whole world through as many mediums as possible including comics, animation, games, film, and more.

Rocky Mountain Con

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RMC is a Comic, Gaming, Anime, Toy and Sci-Fi convention started by fans in the Denver/Aurora Colorado area to help the victims of the Aurora Theater shooting. We are glad to keep working with other local groups to donate a portion of the proceeds and have them go to the people that need it.

Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre

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The mission of the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation is to return the theatre to its heritage as a nationally renowned venue for the celebration of performing arts.


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Blissfest333 is a multimedia, cultural arts, film festival. Our goal is to bring love, peace, harmony and bliss to a festival about creativity and individuality.

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