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Michael Nicolosi

Michael Nicolosi

Actor/Director

Michael Nicolosi is an actor and director starring in film, television, theater, and animation for over 35 years! He is best known for the creation of the voice “Clown” on the number one HBO animated series Spawn.

Michael created the “Clown” voice, after being cast by Todd McFarlane for the HBO series “Spawn” in San Francisco, in the late 80’s…
Michael was working at the American Conservatory theater when he was introduced to him by one of the directors….!!   John Legozumo was doing, and trained by me, to do my voice characterization, in the live action movie years later…  “Spawn”… Was one of the first adult animated series on television.   The only other adult animated show at the time was the “Simpsons”…..  The series ran on HBO and was number one, adult animated series for four years…

He is also known for his starring rolls in over 36 major feature and television films. Most notably for playing the role of Bernard in the iconic cult hit Things to do in Denver when your Dead. Michael has worked as a regular on many television series including The Untouchables, and has also been a member of many notable theater companies, such as the Second City theater in Chicago as well as the classical American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco!

Clown from the number one HBO animated series Spawn

Steve Cardenas

Steve Cardenas

Stephen Antonio “Steve” Cardenas formerly known as Steven Cardenas, is an American martial artist and retired actor, known for playing Rocky DeSantos in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series.

Steve has been involved in the martial arts for 28 years (1986) since the age of 12. Steve is a 5th degree black belt in tae kwon do (as of 2014), and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Steve owns his own jiu Jitsu studio in Burbank Ca called Force Balance BJJ.

Chicagoland Sports Appearance Connection (CSAC)

Chicagoland Sports Appearance Connection (CSAC)

Chicagoland Sports Appearance Connection (CSAC) will be doing a CSAC signing at the show! Please stay tuned for more updates!
https://www.csac.biz/

Roger Scholz

Roger Scholz

Illustrator, Film Director, Actor and Writer

Roger Scholz (Wicked Illustration) is an Illustrator, Film Director, Actor and Writer from Grand Rapids, Michigan. In all endeavors he draws on what he loves and that happens to be monsters, ghouls, ghosts and all around creepy stuff. With a diverse style and approach Roger is the multiple personality of the horror world. Always energetic, engaging and outgoing, Roger makes the interaction and promotion of the his work fun. He offers a wide variety of products at great prices for everyone! (DVDs, posters, prints, books, sketch cards, stickers and much more).

Roger’s first short film MEAT PUPPETS has played nationwide at conventions and film festivals and has gained a cult following (copies available at this years event). He is currently working on his new feature length film SIDESHOW.

Scott Beaderstadt

Scott Beaderstadt

Artist/Writer

Scott is best known as the co-creator of Trollords, one the most popular independent comics of the mid-80s. Some of his additional work includes:

Writer:
The Mummy (1991)
Negative Burn (1993)
Quest for Dreams Lost (1987)
Trollords (1986)
Trollords (1997)
Trollords: Death and Kisses (1989)

Penciller:
Amazing Heroes (1981)
Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book (2003)
Comics Code Illustrated (1997)
Empty Love Stories (1994)
The Mummy (1991)
Myth-Told Tales (2008)
Negative Burn (1993)
Quest for Dreams Lost (1987)
Trollords (1986)
Trollords (1997)
Unknown Quantities (1999)

Inker:
The Mummy (1991)

Cover Artist:
The Mummy (1991)
Trollords (1986)
Trollords (1997)
Trollords: Death and Kisses (1989)

Central Defense: The Fighting Fifth garrison of The Finest: A G.I. Joe Costume Club!

Central Defense: The Fighting Fifth garrison of The Finest: A G.I. Joe Costume Club!

The Chicago Pop Culture Con November 26 & 27 welcomes Central Defense: The Fighting Fifth garrison of The Finest: A G.I. Joe Costume Club!

The Finest was established in 2007 to provide a positive community for fans to share their passion for the G.I. Joe universe by means of building and wearing high-quality costumes. In the ensuing years, the G.I. Joe brand experienced a tremendous resurgence following the success of new feature films, video games, cartoons, and an updated series of action figures. With this renewed public interest in G.I. Joe, the ranks of the Finest began to swell.

The mission of the Finest is to provide a positive community for costume enthusiasts to build and wear highly-detailed costumes and props from the G.I. Joe universe. Finest members actively promote interest in the G.I. Joe brand and use appearances at conventions and other events as a means to support community projects and charity efforts.
Website: www.theFinestCC.com    https://www.facebook.com/Central-Defense-The-Fighting-5th-106003823067642/

TARGET:ZOMBIES!

TARGET:ZOMBIES!

TARGET:ZOMBIES! is a family-friendly mobile laser shooting experience featuring 12 state-of-the-art animatronic zombies complete with professional lighting and sound.
 
Our zombie graveyard is conveniently housed in a mobile trailer, and can be maneuvered onto any paved area or flat grassy area via pickup truck, allowing us to bring the apocalypse to you!
 
Guests of all ages, from age 6 to 96, can save the world from impending zombie doom. When the game begins, our hungry zombies jump out from behind tombstones, break through caskets, and drop from the skies. Players must act fast to shoot their targets and send the undead back into the grave.
 
Points are earned when players successfully hit a zombie’s target. Up to four (4) players may play at once to compete for the highest score, and most importantly, eternal bragging rights! http://hauntinglyfun.com/
Costumers For Christ

Costumers For Christ

Costumers for Christ is a nonprofit ministry whose purpose is to use comic-book characters and costuming to share the story of Jesus Christ—the one true Superhero.   http://costumersforchrist.blogspot.com chicago comic con

Rob E. Brown

Rob E. Brown

Rob E. Brown, also known as REB, is an award winning illustrator and commercial artist. He has been working professionally as a commercial artist since the late 80’s and as a professional comic book artist/illustrator since the early 90’s.

REB started his career in comics working in the small press, moving on to provide pen and ink for larger companies like Caliber Press and Malibu Comics. Soon, Marvel came courting him to work with such iconic characters as Conan and Iron Fist. At Marvel, he worked on a pantheon of characters including Spider-Man, Avengers, and the X-Men.

Moving on from Marvel, REB began working with Chaos Comics where he continued to expand his repertoire. There, he not not only created comics, he worked with musical artists such as Megadeth, Insane Clown Posse (ICP) and Dee Snider to create signature comics and album art.

In recent history, REB has focused more on his commercial career and creator owned or personal projects such as Bane of the Werewolf, Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave, The Boris Books, and cover illustration. Read more on REB at REB’s Profile.

http://www.artofreb.com/

Larry Hama

Larry Hama

Actor/Artist

The Nov. 26 & 27 Chicago Pop Culture Convention also welcomes (for the first Chicago appearance) actor/artist Larry Hama!

Larry Hama (born 7 June 1949) is a writer, artist, actor and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s.

He is best known as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics, where he wrote the licensed comic book series G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero, based on the Hasbro action figures. He has also written for the series Wolverine, Nth Man: the Ultimate Ninja, and Elektra, and he created the character Bucky O’Hare, which was developed into a comic book, a toyline, two videogames, and a television cartoon. During the 1970s, he was seen in minor roles on the TV shows M*A*S*H and Saturday Night Live, and he appeared on Broadway in two different roles in the original 1976 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.

We are Cosplay

We are Cosplay

We Are Cosplay is about the culture of costuming and appreciation for the characters and craft used to bring them to life. A collective of artists collaborating toward one goal- to produce creative media via costuming, cosplaying, video production, live appearances, and more.

Why We Are Cosplay? This community is not intended to replace or substitute any other. It was created to offer different opportunities to take your passion to the next level, or just to try something new socially. It is our hope that this community will serve as a hub for creative endeavors, as your cosplay adventures evolve and thrive with a level of decorum and artistic spirit.

Creative Director: Paul Heid

Media Director: Nyq Bonaventura

Social Media Director: Angelique Rickhoff

www.wearecosplay.com

Charles D. Moisant

Charles D. Moisant

Artist, Writer, and Publisher

Somewhere in a hidden layer in an undisclosed location in Oak Park, Charles D. Moisant is planning, plotting, scheming, if you will, his next creation.

Whatever Moisant has in store for his legions of readers, you can be sure it will involve zombies, haunted houses, unicorns or roller derby girls with super powers.
For the last eight years, Moisant and company have run Silver Phoenix comics, an independent comic book company that primarily produces standalone, or one-shot, books that tell the entire story in a single issue.
Moisant is an artist, writer and publisher, but has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including creators from Marvel.

Sporting a long mutton chop-style mustache and wild hair of a mad genius, Moisant fits the profile of a gifted visionary. While his focus is primarily on horror and fantasy, Moisant also has done educational comics about the history of Oak Park and is currently working on a series that promotes healthy life choices.

Coming Soon Whispers From the Void™, Roller Derby Drama­­™ and more. www.silverphoenix.net

The Age of the Geeks Cosplay Group Chicago Chapter

The Age of the Geeks Cosplay Group Chicago Chapter

The Age of the Geeks (AoG) is a Cosplay Group out of Chicago Illinois. It was established when creator Rob Fury met with two friends, Ken Seli and Nikki Moscinski, at a house party thrown by Fury and that sparked the formation of the group. It extended to add Samuel Meadows, Rudy Hernandez and Alessandra Foley to create the 6 person team that started throwing “Geek Culture” events in the Chicago area gathering over 150+ people to each event.

Currently, AoG are now 14 members strong 

(Christine Diep, Josef Benjamin Lim, June Rivas, Nick Jakus, Jesse Alcozer, Rick Maurer, Jenny Hale) with Graphic Designer Chris Ross, AoG Lifestyle Manager Waylon Chao. AoG hopes to expand to have members from coast to coast and host events that will be talked about by everyone in the years to come!

Bill Reinhold & Linda Lessmann

Bill Reinhold & Linda Lessmann

Comic Book Artists

BILL REINHOLD is a 1982 graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and has been a professional Comic Book Artist since 1981. Over his long career he’s worked for Noble Comics, First Comics, Marvel Comics, DC comics, Dark Horse Comics and others.

Known for drawing such characters as The Badger, The Punisher, Silver Surfer, Batman, and more. Often his work has been colored by his wife Linda Lessmann Reinhold. As a comic book inker he’s worked on comic book titles such as Earth X, The Punisher, The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, The Hulk, Batman, Green Lantern, Supergirl, etc.

In 2010 Bill was the regular artist on Magnus Robot Fighter for Dark Horse Comics and in late 2014 Bill completed the graphic novel “Van Helsing vs. Jack the Ripper” for the French publisher Soleil Productions.

Linda Lessmann Reinhold graduated with a BFA from Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 1970. She worked in the Marvel Comics offices in the early 1970’s as staff colorist where she colored Amazing Spider-man, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Man-Thing, and many other titles. Later in 1974 she partnered with Barry Windsor-Smith to form The Gorblimey Press. In 1984 she started work at First Comics coloring American Flagg, Grimjack, The Badger, Corum and more. Later, along with her husband Bill Reinhold she returned to Marvel as a colorist on The Punisher, Barbie, and the Silver Surfer. Today she often assists Bill on various comic projects.

Jon Kitley

Jon Kitley

Jon Kitley is an award winning columnist, and staff writer for both HorrorHound and Evilspeak magazines. He is also the publisher for the Rondo Awarding winning book Hidden Horror. He’s been running his website, Kitley’s Krypt, since 1998, making it one of the oldest horror sites on the web, where he works hard at helping fans Discover the Horror! For more info, head over to www.kitleyskrypt.com 

Insame Comics

Insame Comics

PUBLISHING!

Although Insane Comics will be publishing a number of titles from individuals directly associated with the company, we are ALWAYS interested in helping you get your book published, too!

Reach out to us and let’s talk about how we can help each other!

http://www.insanecomics.com/

Rebecca

Rebecca

Becca Whitaker is a pinup artist/ illustrator/ pop culture junkie. When she is not traveling the universe with the ninth Doctor she is a staff artist for Bachelor Pad Magazine. She is also the illustrator of Tommy Frasier & the Planet of the Slugs. You can see more of her art or say hello via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beccawhitakersbombshells or follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whitaker.becca

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Chris Ecker

Chris Ecker

Chris Ecker is an American cartoonist and comic book artist living in the Greater Chicago area. His first work appeared in Gary Carlson’s seminal independent comic book MEGATON along with the earliest works of Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Jackson “Butch” Guice, Angel Medina, and others. Ecker’s work also appeared in THE BADGER from First Comics, Mirage’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and Erik Larsen’s THE SAVAGE DRAGON. He was a founding member of Chicago’s NOW Comics as creator of the anthropomorphic series EB’NN THE RAVEN. Ecker and Carlson co-founded the long running retro hero series BIG BANG COMICS which has been published by Caliber Press, Image, and AmeriComics, where he created one of the series’ franchise characters KNIGHT WATCHMAN. Art and cartoons by Ecker have also appeared in THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, the DICK TRACY syndicated strip, WGN TV, and for the CURIOUS GEORGE style guide. Ecker has also been a Comic Book Retailer, a Bodyguard for several celebrities, a Bouncer, Administrator of an International Fraternal Motorcycle Club (300 chapters), a Professional Wrestling Announcer/TV Show Co-Anchor, Magazine Editor for an Eisner Award Winning Publication, and an Antiques Dealer.    powslam@aol.com

Brents Effects

Brents Effects

Flow/ Fire Performer. I hoop, spin poi, and perform with fire. Im also an FX Makeup artist. I’m willing to take bookings for either of these things for any occasion.

I’m a performer of the flow and fire arts. Im a hooper, poi spinner, with both LED and fire. Im also a fire eater

I’m an FX Makeup Artist always looking for new canvases.    Email at brentscreations@aol.com

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