Alex De Campi:
Alex de Campi writes comic books, directs music videos and commercials, kicks ass, and takes names. Her current books include “No Mercy” from Image Comics, “Grindhouse” from Dark Horse Comics and “Archie Vs Predator” from Archie and Dark Horse.
Braden Lamb grew up in Seattle, studied film in upstate New York, learned about vikings in Iceland and Norway, and established an art career in Boston. Now he draws and colors comics, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Braden and his wife and art partner Shelli Paroline were the series artists for the Eisner- and Harvey-award-winning Adventure Time comic book published by kaboom! studios, written by Ryan North. Braden has also illustrated The Midas Flesh and Ice Age comics, and colored many other comics including Sisters, Ewoks – Shadows of Endor, and The Baby-Sitters Club.
As both a writer and showrunner, Jeff Kline has been responsible for more than 40 primetime and daytime series and pilots, including the multiple Daytime Emmy® Award-winning CG series Transformers Prime (The Hub), That Was Then (ABC), and a slew of venerable “traditionally” animated shows including G.I. Joe: Renegades (The Hub) Jackie Chan Adventures (Kids WB), Men in Black: The Animated Series (Kids WB), etc. He is currently in production on Season Two of Transformers: Robots In Disguise (Cartoon Network), and his Transformers: Rescue Bots continues to air on Discovery Family. In 2013, Kline formed Darby Pop Publishing (www.darbypop.com), a comic book imprint distributed worldwide by IDW, which has dropped five series and nearly 40 floppies and trade paperbacks to-date.
Darby Pop Publishing was founded in 2013 by multiple Emmy Award winning writer/producer Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Jackie Chan Adventures) as an outlet for high-concept, high-quality visual storytelling. Kline recruited from a small circle of friends — writers and artists with whom he’d worked in both live-action and animation — by asking: “have you ever had an idea you believed would make a killer comic book?”
As IDW’s first creator-owned imprint, Darby Pop has published 5 series and 40+ issues/TPs to date. Creators have included Eric Garcia (CITY: THE MIND IN THE MACHINE), John Raffo (THE 7TH SWORD), Scott Marder/Rob Rosell/Jack Lambert (DOBERMAN), Matthew Lederman & Stephen Scaia (DEAD SQUAD), and Kline himself (INDESTRUCTIBLE).
Comics legend Howard Chaykin, Eisner Award winner Andrew Robinson, Emmy Award winners Jose Lopez, David Hartman, and Walter Gatus, Bernard Chang, Tony Fleecs and many others have delivered cover art. And interiors have been laid out and/or drawn by a number of “Transformers” series veterans (as well as many other talented artists) including Brandon McKinney, Kirk Van Wormer, Kevin Altieri and Matthew Humphreys.
Former Marvel and Top Cow editor David Wohl helped with the company’s start-up; industry veteran Renae Geerlings is Darby Pop Publishing’s current Managing Editor.
As Kline has been quoted as saying: “It seems like a lot of people currently working in comics are hoping to use it as a stepping stone to movies or television. At Darby Pop Publishing, most of our talent is already well-established in those fields; they WANT to be making comics!”
Joe Quinones is the artist of Marvel Comics “Howard The Duck”, as well as an established cover artist. He has drawn everything from Batman to Spider-Man to Star Wars
Joe St. Pierre:
Joe St.Pierre began his comic book career as penciler of RAI, the first original character published by Valiant Comics. He has also worked as a writer and artist for Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, and Dynamite.
He illustrated a substantial number of comics featuring the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, including several one-shots, two VENOM mini-series, a six-issue run on SPIDER-MAN 2099 and several covers. He has the unconfirmed distinction of penciling the most #1 issues featuring the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and/or the Spider-Man family.
Joe has also worked in the fields of commercial illustration, intellectual property design and storyboards for Animation and Video Games. Clients have included MTV, Capstone, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Activision.
His publishing company, Astronaut Ink, highlights his own creator-owned properties BOLD BLOOD, MEGAHURTZ® and most recently the sell-out independent comic book series NEW ZODIAX. Each of the first four issues of NEW ZODIAX features the debut of a NEW ZODIAX cast member, making them all instant collector’s items.
Image Comics artist Matt Smith will be joining us! His new comic is “Lake of Fire”, and you may remember his great book “Barbarian Lord”.
Rick Parker is probably best known as the artist of MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head Comic Book. He was also on staff at Marvel Comics for many years and did lettering and production work in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Currently drawing the Introductory pages featuring the Old Witch, The Vault Keeper and the Crypt Keeper for Jim Salicrup’s new release of Tales From The Crypt published by PaperCutz. He also writes and draws a morbidly humorous web comic called “Deadboy”, which follows the adventures of a troubled but misunderstood youth as he fights his way across a surrealistic, nightmarish landscape inhabited by violence-prone zombies and all manner of other creatures too numerous to mention. Recently began illustrating all-new stories by The King of Autobiographical Comics, America’s very own, HARVEY PEKAR.
Skelton Crew Studios
Israel Skelton and Skelton Crew Studios are the makers of some of the coolest prop items and collectibles, such as Locke and Key keys, etc. for Dark Horse Comics, IDW and many others.
Team Rogue is a Paranormal and Cryptozoology based research organization. Team Rogue looks for the truth behind the story..
Zack loves animals, cheese, playing the banjo, and writing in the third person. He loves The Beach Boys, bluegrass, Huey Lewis and the News, and Herb Alpert. He likes Star Wars, boardgames, and weird things. He has written a graphic novel about Ewoks for the Star Wars people, and illustrated a zoo version of Macbeth. His first graphic novel, Broxo, is about teenage barbarians fighting zombies.
Cosplay Special Guests:
Matches Malone and Kuro Yuro
For over 20 years, Matches Malone has been serving up Justice as Boston’s Batman. He knows his character and surprises guests with Christian Bale’s voice and demeanor. His upbeat witty attitude catches celebrities, local artists and visitors off guard. Mr. Malone’s sense of humor and excitement is addicting. He has hosted such YouTube shows as Nerd Caliber, Con Men, and given tours throughout most of New England’s convention centers. He has a wonderful background with many charities, including Make-A Wish. We are thrilled to have him join us.
The many faces of Kuno Yuro are ever changing. She has been the good, the bad, and the entertaining. She has been invited to many conventions and she shines her best at all of the children’s charities she often attends. She keeps her partner matches on his toes and isn’t shy about breaking into fun skits when in public. She has given may interviews, graced online websites with her cosplays, and is a favorite with photographers. Her upmost importance is being a positive role model for girls. Her costumes are always family friendly and present a positive impressions for all ages. Welcome Kuno!
Jena Kitteninstrings has been costuming for 10+ years. She went to school for Opera and Vocal performance and fell in love with and refused to leave the costume department. She does all kinds of cosplay from Super Heroes, to Anime, to Historical Reenactment but has a soft spot for all things spandex. She’s been working with armor and foam crafting for about 5 years now and loves finding new things to deconstruct and making the guys at the hardware store wonder why someone would need such odd things. When she’s not crafting or at a con she can generally be found at home with her nose in a book or getting into trouble with her 7 y/o. ^_^
Wampa Clan is the Maine chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club. They also represent members from New Hampshire and Canada.