Tony nominated actor David Harbour has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile actors around, consistently delivering compelling performances on ﬁlm, television and stage.
Harbour can currently be seen in Netﬂix’s breakout series “Stranger Things” as Police Chief Jim Hopper. This supernatural period drama was written and directed by The Duffer Brothers, and executive produced by Shawn Levy. Also starring Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things” premiered on the streaming service on July 15, 2016, to wide critical and audience acclaim.
In film, he was most recently seen in David Ayer’s DC blockbuster Suicide Squad, with Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Margot Robbie. Before that, he appeared in Scott Cooper’s Black Mass opposite Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Joel Edgerton. The ﬁlm follows the true story of Whitey Bulger, the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston. Harbour portrayed corrupt FBI agent John Morris, who allows Whitey to evade law enforcement.
Harbour’s additional ﬁlm credits include “The Equalizer,” opposite Denzel Washington, “A Walk Among Tombstones,” co-starring Liam Neeson, “Parkland,” “End of Watch,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Thin Ice,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Green Hornet,” “Quantum of Solace,” “W.E.” and “Between Us.”
On the small screen, Harbour was recently seen in WGN America’s 1940’s series “Manhattan” as rival scientist Reed Akley. The series was created and written by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”) and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”). Other TV credits include Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” NBC’s “State of Affairs,” “Rake,” and “Pan Am.”
A Tony nominee for the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Harbour’s other theatre credits include Fifth of July, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Merchant of Venice, Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love, and The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center Theater. He was supposed to perform the role of Achilles in the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Troilus and Cressida in the Summer of 2016, but had to pull out of the production during previews due to injury.
Harbour graduated from Dartmouth College with a double-major in drama and Italian. He currently resides in New York.
Caleb McLaughlin is best known as Lucas Sinclair from Stranger Things. McLaughlin has previously appeared on stage in The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek by Athol Fugard at the Signature Theater. From 2012-2014 he played “Young Simba” in The Lion King on Broadway.
Gaten Matarazzo made his Broadway debut as Benji in "Priscilla Queen Of The Desert." He has also had the privilege to perform on Broadway as part of Godspell's cast of 2032 as Jesus. He performed the role of Ben in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular national tour. He also performed in the national tour of Les Miserables as Gavroche!!
He currently stars as Dustin Henderson in the Netflix drama series Stranger Things.
Things in Catherine Dyer’s life took a strange turn when she starred on Netflix’s newest runaway hit as Agent Connie Frazier. Dyer’s no-nonsense character is a great balance to her young, vibrant co-stars on Stranger Things, and there’s no real consensus on who’s scarier, Agent Frazier on a mission or the Demogorgon.
In 2016 Dyer appeared alongside John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the Stephen King adaptation Cell, and Dirty Grandpa with Robert De Niro and Zac Efron. She also appeared on CBS’ The Inspectors during the show’s first season and OWN’s Greenleaf. During Fall 2016, Dyer will appear in an episode of Halt and Catch Fire‘s third season on AMC.
When she wasn’t on-screen for nearly a decade, Dyer was first coordinating producer then supervising producer for A&E’s Biography and City Confidential. She received an Emmy nomination in 2003 for her work on Biography. Dyer also worked as a development assistant for Lifetime’s original movie department.
On the small screen, Dyer has guest-starred on numerous shows including, Finding Carter, The Originals, Bloodlands, Reckless, Devious Maids, Drop Dead Diva, Army Wives, Zoe Ever After, and many more. Coming up in January 2017, Dyer can be seen in The Founder, a biopic about Ray Kroc, the founder of Mc Donald’s. She can also be found in The Blind Side, Taken 3, Sabotage, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Joneses, and Rob Zombie’s Halloween II.
It’s easy to understand how Randy Havens, as Mr. Clarke, quickly became everyone’s favorite teacher/A.V. Club supervisor after binge-watching season one of Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things. No stranger to the odder side of the tech world, Randy has a recurring role on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, where he plays Stan—an accidental adversary to Scoot McNairy’s character, Gordon Clark.
During Archer‘s seventh season, Randy provided the voice for Mr. Rompers, the leader of a party-crashing clown gang out to steal something valuable. He has appeared twice on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow as McKenna, a pawnbroker who should probably rethink his associates. Randy has also appeared on The Vampire Diaries, Resurrection, Reckless, The Game, Past Life, and House of Payne.
His film credits include Let’s Be Cops and Good Intentions. Randy has a role in the upcoming sci-fi action/thriller Geostorm with Katheryn Winnick and Gerard Butler. The film is currently slated to be released late 2017.
Shannon Purser burst on to the scene after her fan favorite role in Netflix’s smash hit STRANGER THINGS as ‘Barb.’ Since then, she hasn’t stopped working, booking a recurring role on Greg Berlanti’s new CW series based on an re-imagining of the iconic series of comics ARCHIE as ‘Ethel Muggs,’ a lead in Broad Greens next teen franchise WISH UPON opposite Joey King and a supporting role in Melissa McCarthy’s next NewLine Studio feature LIFE OF THE PARTY.
A film and television industry professional for 30 years, He has Art Directed on such feature films as The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Muppets from Space, and The Choice and in television, such genre shows as Revolution, Sleepy Hollow, Surface, and Under the Dome. He also Art Directed and Production Designed on Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. Bill was the Art Director on the first season of Stranger Things.
We’re proud to announce that legendary comic book creator Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, 300) will be joining us on Fan2Sea! Miller’s ground-breaking work on the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns changed the face of comics forever and redefined Batman for a new generation. Known for his intense, hard-boiled storytelling and gritty noir aesthetic, Frank Miller is one of the most influential artists in the industry today. He’ll be joined on stage by his Dark Knight III: The Master Race collaborators Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson.
Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of Spaceman, Batman: Broken City and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 Bullets, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. The New York Times best-selling author's other work for DC Comics includes the titles Hellblazer and Loveless (both with Marcelo Frusin), Superman: For Tomorrow (with Jim Lee), Joker, Luthor and Rorschach (with Lee Bermejo), Comedian (with J.G. Jones), Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place (with Joe Kubert), and most recently the ongoing series Wonder Woman (with Cliff Chiang). Azzarello lives in Chicago with his wife, artist Jill Thompson, and twitters @brianazzarello only when he has something to say.
Klaus Janson is a German-born American comic book artist who works regularly for Marvel Comics and DC Comics and independent publishers. While he is best known as an inker, Janson has frequently worked as a penciller and colorist. He is currently on the creative team for Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Janson has taught sequential storytelling for over ten years at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and has written both the DC Comics Guide to Penciling Comics and the DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics. He is also involved with the New York Museum of Comic Book Art.
Andy Kubert began his career at DC comics illustrating the highly successful Batman vs. Predator and Adam Strange series. He then went on to Marvel’s ultra-popular X-Men title, which was heir top-selling comic during Andy’s six-year run. He has also illustrated such titles as Ghost Rider, Captain America, Ka-Zar, Thor, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Origin and the Marvel 1602 miniseries, for which he collaborated with New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman (2005 Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel). At DC Comics, Andy has illustrated the best-selling Batman and Son (with Grant Morrison), Flashpoint (with Geoff Johns) and Batman: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader (with Neil Gaiman). Currently, Andy is pencilling the third chapter of Frank Miller`s revered Dark Knight series for DC Comics entitled Dark Knight III: The Master Race written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello.
Michael Rooker is an American actor best known for his turn as the blue-skinned alien Yondu Udonta in 2014’s top grossing film Guardians of the Galaxy, a role he will reprise in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He is also well-known as the character fans loved to hate on AMC’s worldwide hit television show The Walking Dead, Merle Dixon. Rooker is a part of Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse, appearing in the cult hit Mallrats and reprising his role as Mr. Svenning for the upcoming sequel, Mallbrats.
Rooker has thrilled fans for decades with complex portrayals of characters audiences can’t help but cheer on despite their dark personas. He made his film debut in 1986 playing the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film based on the confessions of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. He has since appeared in numerous films including Mississippi Burning, Sea of Love, Days of Thunder, JFK, Cliffhanger, Tombstone, Rosewood, The 6th Day, Jumper, and Bolden! Rooker also has a prolific relationship with writer/director James Gunn, appearing in the Gunn-helmed productions Slither, Super, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and the upcoming film The Belko Experiment which Gunn wrote and produced. He has guest starred on several TV shows including Stargate SG-1, CSI: Miami, Las Vegas, JAG, Numb3rs, Law & Order, Chuck, Criminal Minds, Psych, Burn Notice, and Archer. He added his voice talents to Activision’s video game The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Rooker’s voiceover work in video games includes Mike Harper, the lead character in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and the villain Vikke in Lollipop Chainsaw.
Rooker, who has 8 brothers and sisters, was born in Jasper, Alabama, and studied at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, where he moved with his mother and siblings at the age of 13, after his parents divorced.
Actor and writer Sean Gunn is best known for his role on Gilmore Girls as the quirky Kirk Gleason. Sean’s first film was in Troma Films’ Tromeo and Juliet where he played Sammy Capulet. He’s worked alongside his brother, writer and director James Gunn, on The Specials, Super, the video game Lollipop Chainsaw, and he provided motion capture for numerous roles as well as portraying Kraglin in the Marvel Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy. Sean will reprise his role as Kraglin for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Sean’s gone on to have roles on shows such as Any Day Now, Brutally Normal, Angel, Inside Schwartz, DAG, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Going to California, Yes, Dear, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, October Road, Glee, Bunheads, and Bones. Sean’s film credits include Stricken, The Auteur Theory, Pearl Harbor, Jesus, Mary and Joey, Pants on Fire, The Giant Mechanical Man, Who the F is Buddy Applebaum, and The Education of Eddie and Mortimer. He will also appear in Po, Absolute Peril, Geezer, and The Belko Experiment.
Ramsey Avery is an accomplished Art Director and Production Designer in television and film, best known for his work on 10 Cloverfield Lane, Tomorrowland, Roseanne, Star Trek Into Darkness, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ramsey originally embarked on a career path to become an astrophysicist. After the urging of a relative - a famous astronomer - to follow his heart and pursue something he truly loves, Ramsey opted to pack up and move to California. There, he attended California Institute of the Arts, where he graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Theater Design.
In addition to working on numerous television and film projects, Avery has multiple themed entertainment projects he’s been associated with as well, including work with Walt Disney Imagineering on attractions for both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.
Ramsey recently concluded work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, on which he served as the film’s Supervising Art Director.
Seth Gilliam is an actor best known for his portrayal of Gabriel Stokes on The Walking Dead, Ellis Carver on The Wire, Clayton Hughes on Oz, and Dr. Alan Deaton on Teen Wolf. Seth also is a veteran actor of stage and screen, appearing in award-winning films such as Still Alice, and has played numerous roles in various Shakespeare Companies throughout the country.
Madison Lintz began her acting career when she was only 6 years old, starring in a few commercials, including a national spot for Golden Corral. She comes from a family of actors, including her siblings and mother, Kelly. Her big break came in 2010, when Madison secured the role of Sophia Peletier on AMC’s hit drama The Walking Dead. During a break from filming The Walking Dead in 2011, she filmed an episode of It’s Supernatural. The following year, she appeared in the made-for-TV movie American Judy.
When she finished her time on The Walking Dead in 2012, Madison was cast as Young Anna in After. The same year, she guest starred on an episode of Nashville. Madison made her big screen debut in Parental Guidance alongside Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei. Most recently, Madison appeared on Bosch and will be in the film Tell Me Your Name.
Lew Temple is a versatile film and television actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Axel on AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead, Locus Fender in the action film Domino starring Keira Knightley, and for his projects with director Rob Zombie—Adam Banjo in The Devil's Rejects, Noel Kluggs in Halloween, and he has a role in the upcoming film 31.
Lew is an avid baseball player who snagged roles as a minor league bullpen catcher for the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros after leaving university. In 1986, he was the scout for the New York Mets, and would later go on to serve as Assistant Director of Minor League Operations and Scouting for the Astros until 1993.
He portrayed Sheriff Winston in the prequel to the remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and a paramedic in the crime thriller Déjà Vu starring Denzel Washington in 2006. A year later he appeared as Cal, the diner manager in the comedy-drama Waitress starring Keri Russell, as well as appearing in an episode of CSI: Miami as Billy Chadwick, a local loner in a grizzly bear murder case.
In 2008, Temple played Marv in Trailer Park of Terror, and Pete in the thriller/horror film House. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles as Mr. Loobertz and had a supporting role in the thriller Unstoppable. Over the next couple years Temple would appear in Criminal Minds, Saving Lincoln, and Hawaii Five-O, as well as lending his voice talents to Rango as the character of Mr. Furgus.
Temple was reunited with Rango co-star Johnny Depp in 2013’s The Lone Ranger. He has roles in Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?, The Grace of Jake, and will appear in the upcoming films Behind the Walls, The Unlikely’s, A Fighting Season, Impact Earth, We Are Family, William Froste, Stingy Jack, Selling Isobel, Overtown, American Garbage Head, Cut Off, and Kidnap.
Jennifer Heddle is senior editor of fiction for kids, teens and adults at Lucasfilm. She has been in publishing for over 20 years, previously working at Simon & Schuster and at Penguin, concentrating on science fiction & fantasy and licensed properties. She is originally from New York City but currently resides in the Bay Area.
Amanda Conner started out in comics working on small projects for Marvel and Archie. Amanda then did several years as penciller on the hit series “Vampirella” with the top writers in the field, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Warren Ellis. Continuing to expand her horizons, Amanda illustrated the best-selling crossover “Painkiller Jane vs. the Darkness”, and went on to work on “Painkiller Jane” #0 (the origin book). She also wrote and illustrated a story for “Kid Death and Fluffy”. Since then, Amanda has worked on many of the top titles in comics such as “Lois Lane”, “Codename: Knockout”, and “Birds of Prey” for D.C. Comics Vertigo line, “X-Men Unlimited” for Marvel, co-created “Gatecrasher” for Blackbull Comics, and “The Pro," an Eisner nominated creator-owned book for Image Comics with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis. She is currently working with Jimmy Palmiotti on the Harley Quinn solo series.
Multi award winning comic book creator with a wide range of experience and background in advertising, production, editorial, film writing and production, media presentation and video game development for clients including Nike, Disney, Warner Brothers, Lion’s Gate, Fox, New Line, 2KGames and THQ games.
Jimmy Palmiotti is co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights and currently Paperfilms, where he is partners with Amanda Conner, Justin Gray, Frank Tieri and Paul Mounts.
He has created and co-created numerous series and characters including: The Big Con Job, The New West, The Monolith, 21 Down, The Resistance, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Thrill Seeker, Queen Crab, Weapon of God, Sex and Violence, Denver, Hype, Abbadon, Retrovirus, Creator Owned Heroes and Painkiller Jane, which was turned into a SyFy original TV series starring Kristanna Loken and recently optioned for the movie screen.
With PaperFilms co-founder Amanda Conner, he is currently working on the highly received Harley Quinn series for DC Comics, along with other Harley Quinn related titles, in addition to several upcoming DC related projects. Garnering national attention and sales results, the team continues to receive accolades for their work on these titles. The new relaunch of Harley Quinn for DC in the Rebirth line garnered an estimated 250,000 copies ordered.
He has co-written, with Justin Gray, the DC comic book series Jonah Hex, All-Star Western, GI Combat, Star Spangled War Stories, Power Girl and the digital release Ame-Comi Girls, available digitally at Comixology.com. The pair have worked on the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us for NeatherRealm Studios and DCU vs. Mortal Kombat. At Marvel, Jimmy teamed with Joe Quesada to create the Marvel Knights imprint and usher in a radical change at Marvel Comics still felt to this day. He and Justin Gray were tapped to adapt the award winning novel Wool for an Amazon exclusive digital graphic novel series.
Currently in film development are a number of projects created by Jimmy, including Just A Pilgrim, The New West, Random Acts of Violence, Monolith, Back to Brooklyn and Tempest; as well as well as Painkiller Jane being adapted for film.
Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan favorite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985 Longshot mini-series. His decades-spanning career has included cover and interior work on such titles as Batman, Superman, Avengers, Spider-man, X-Men, New Mutants, Gen 13, Godzilla, The Authority, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Ultimate X, and Hulk. He's the creator, writer and artist on Monkeyman and O'Brien. Currently he's a Marvel exclusive cover artist, and is the main cover artist on Guardians of the Galaxy.Outside of comics, Arthur has done movie, toy, and game designs, book illustrations, and provided the artwork for an X-Men themed Spaghetti-O's can.
California native Joyce Chin has been working as a creator in comics since 1995 when she pencilled a single page of Supergirl, then pencilled several issues, interior and covers, of Guy Gardener: Warrior for DC Comics.
She's worked on some of the major characters in mainstream comics; Superman, Spiderman, X-Men, Elektra, Vampirella, Red Sonja, Legionnaires, Hulk, Ka-Zaar, Xena, Green Lantern, and Witchblade, for DC, Marvel, Top Cow, Dynamite, and Dark Horse.
She's currently providing the art on a number of covers for Marvel including X-Men, Thor, Wolverine, and Ms Marvel. She's also done illustration work outside of comics. She's worked on character design for EA games, toy box illustrations, t-shirt designs, and magazine and book illustrations.
Mark Brooks is recognized in the field for his fluid style and gorgeous cover illustrations. His work has appeared in Marvel Age, New X-Men, Cable & Deadpool, Ultimate X-Men, The Amazing Spider-Man and Avengers: The Initiative. Mark has provided covers for X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers and Anya Corazon: Arana: The Heart of the Spider, among others. He has also worked on figure designs for Sideshow Collectibles. He is currently signed exclusively to Marvel, where he is working on Star Wars: Han Solo.
New Jersey native Reilly Brown is a fan-favorite DEADPOOL artist, having worked on several series starring that infamous "Merc-With-A-Mouth," including the mutant buddy team-up series of CABLE & DEADPOOL, the supernatural adventure that introduced readers to Deadpool's undead wife, Shiklah, in DEADPOOL: DRACULA'S GAUNTLET, and the time-hopping shenanigans that brought Cable and Deadpool back together in DEADPOOL & CABLE: SPLIT SECOND.
Over the course of his career, Reilly's lent his artistic talent to several other popular titles at Marvel and DC Comics, such as AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, INCREDIBLE HERCULES, DAREDEVIL VS PUNISHER and LOBO. He's also known for his work as a pioneer of digital storytelling, working closely with Comixology, to tell stories in ways that take full advantage of the digital platform, first with his creator-owned series POWER PLAY, and then with several digital-first series for Marvel, such as DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET, DEADPOOL & CABLE: SPLIT SECOND, SLAPSTICK and others.
Reilly continues to draw comics from his home in Hoboken, NJ, as well as his Brooklyn art studio, Hypothetical Island.
Scott Koblish is a cartoonist who has worked in comic books, animation, storyboards, movies and advertising for 25 years. He has worked on hundreds of comics, including Thor, Superman, The Avengers, Captain America, X-Men '92, and he currently draws Deadpool for Marvel Comics!
Phil Noto is known for his work on such titles as Jonah Hex, X-23, Uncanny X-Force and, more recently, Black Widow. Currently, he is working on the ongoing Star Wars: Poe Dameron book with Charles Soule. His work on The Infinite Horizon (a modern retelling of The Odyssey) with Gerry Duggan earned him an Eisner nomination for Best New Series. Noto has also worked as a concept artist for video games such as BioShock.
Chris Sims is a comic book writer and critic from the Carolinas. With Chad Bowers, he's the co-writer of X-Men '92 for Marvel Comics and the award-winning graphic novel Down Set Fight from Oni Press, and alone, he's the writer of the self-published Dracula the Unconquered and Radical Guardian Skater X. He has been featured on TV as the World's Foremost Batmanologist and has watched literally every episode of Power Rangers — all 800 of them. This is his first time on a boat of any significant size.
Based in Brooklyn, New York Times bestselling author Charles Soule is the writer of numerous titles for Marvel, DC, Image and other publishers. His current series are Daredevil, Uncanny Inhumans, and work in the Star Wars universe. His creator-owned work includes the award-winning Letter 44 (Oni) and the upcoming Curse Words (Image). Notable past works include Death of Wolverine, She-Hulk, Swamp Thing and many more.
Frank Tieri is an award winning writer and creator working in comics, video games, animation and television.
Though probably best known to comic readers for his nearly 3 year run on WOLVERINE, he has also worked on some of the biggest franchises in the industry including X-MEN, X-FORCE, EXCALIBUR,SPIDER-MAN, IRON MAN, DEADPOOL, HULK, PUNISHER, HERCULES, BLACK KNIGHT, THUNDERBOLTS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and AVENGERS for MARVEL, BATMAN, THE OUTSIDERS, JLA, CATWOMAN, SUICIDE SQUAD, HARLEY QUINN, GRIFTER, HAWKMAN, LORD HAVOK & THE EXTREMISTS, and JSA for DC, RED SONJA for DYNAMITE, THE HANGMAN for ARCHIE’S Dark Circle line and THE DARKNESS for TOP COW. He has also been involved in many of the comic industry’s biggest events, such as SECRET WARS, INFINITY, CIVIL WAR, WORLD WAR HULK, DARK REIGN, MARVEL NOIR and FEAR ITSELF for Marvel and DC’s CONVERGENCE, COUNTDOWN, VILLAINS MONTH, BATMAN RIP and BATMAN: ENDGAME.
In addition to comics, he has written for a number of major video game franchises, including the smash hit MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3—said by G4 to have “definitely set the standard for fighting game dialogue"— its sequel, ULTIMATE MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3 and MARVEL PUZZLEQUEST.
In animation, Tieri has worked on Disney XD’s ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN series.
Mark Waid is a New York Times bestselling author whose many works include Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright, and years-long runs on such popular titles as Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Flash and Justice League. Currently, he scripts Archie, Marvel’s Avengers and Black Widow and Captain Kid with co-creator Tom Peyer. As a publisher, he runs Thrillbent.com, a cutting-edge website showcasing a wide variety of comics (many of them his own) produced specifically for tablets and digital devices.
Scott Snyder has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.
Gail Simone is a critically-acclaimed writer of comics and animation. She has created much-loved runs on titles as diverse as Batgirl, Secret Six, Deadpool and The Simpsons, as well as hit creator-owned books like Leaving Megalopolis and Clean Room.
Laura Martin is a 21-year veteran comics colorist. Right after college in 1995, Laura joined Wildstorm, where she won the Eisner for Planetary and The Authority. After a short stint in freelance, Laura joined CrossGen in 2001, where she won more awards for Ruse and Negation. In 2004, she went freelance again, coloring titles such as Astonishing X-Men, The Ultimates, Thor, Uncanny Avengers, Stephen King's The Stand, and AvX (Marvel); Dr. Manhattan, Superman (DC Comics); Serenity (Dark Horse); Armor Hunters (Valiant); Spawn (Image); and The Rocketeer (IDW). Laura is currently coloring Black Panther (Marvel), Wonder Woman (DC), and Ragnarök (IDW). Laura lives in Atlanta with her husband Randy and their revolving door of cats.
Chrissie Zullo is currently creating the covers for Dynamite's new "Vampirella" series, as well as variant covers for the new "Betty and Veronica" and "Archie". She has previously worked on Vertigo’s “Fables: The Wolf Among Us” series as well as poster design for "Fandango", and is best known for her work on “Fables”, “Fairest”, “Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love”, “Hack/Slash”, “Little Nemo Anthology”, “Womanthology”, and “Life with Archie”. She has worked for DC Comics, Dark Horse, Devil’s Due, IDW, Topps, and Harper Collins. She has a strange obsession for all things “yeti”.
Christopher Uminga is a freelance artist, who has done work for Warner Bros./DC Comics, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, Lucas Arts, Arcana Studios and Mezco Toys. Currently Christopher is working closely with Disney and Disney's Wonderground Gallery creating original artwork as well as merchandise design. You can find his art on everything from comics to backpacks, T-shirts and toys being sold at Hot Topic, Macy's, Think Geek, Six Flags Amusement Parks and Walt Disney World.
Clay Mann is an artist on DC's new rebirth title: TRINITY. Past recent credits include Action Comics & Poison Ivy at DC. Also known for Star Wars: Vader Down, X-Men, Batman Eternal, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Age of X, Gambit, Ninjak, and more.
Adam began his career in comics at the age of twelve lettering for DC Comics. Since then he has had a long and prolific career. Although he has drawn for all the top publishers, he is best known for his work at Marvel. Adam’s work includes drawing the X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, Ghost Rider and most notably, Wolverine.
Currently Adam is illustrating Marvel’s flagship title, All New All Different Avengers with writer Mark Waid; and the newly announced Marvel event Monsters Unleashed.
In addition, Adam teaches Narrative Art at The Kubert School in Dover, NJ.
Tim Sale is the Eisner Award-winning artist of BATMAN: HAUNTED KNIGHT, BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, BATMAN: DARK VICTORY, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME, SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE and SOLO. His art was prominently featured on the hit NBC series Heroes. He lives in Seattle with his two dogs.
For many years Steve Borock has been well known and respected in our hobby, whether it was as the key figure in introducing third-party certification to the comic book hobby, as one of the top restoration detection experts in our field, as a Senior Advisor to the major comic book price guides and grading guides, as the Senior Consignment Director for the hobby’s largest Auction House, or as a member of the Board of Directors for the Hero Initiative (a not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need).
Steve was hired by Comics Guaranty Corporation as its Primary Grader and Restoration Detection Expert when the firm started up in 1999 and subsequently established the grading standards used for third party grading. He was promoted to President of CGC soon thereafter, a post he held until late 2008. During his tenure at CGC, he had the final word on every vintage comic grade that was assigned and his reputation for fairness, honesty, and impartiality was a key component in CGC’s acceptance among the community of collectors and dealers.
In 2009, Steve became the Senior Consignment Director for Heritage Auctions, the world’s 3rd largest auction house. During his time with Heritage, Steve arranged the sale of multi-million dollar collections including the Savannah collection, the Don & Maggie Thompson collection, the Shamus Modern Masterworks collection, as well as competitor Doug Schmell’s personal collection. Steve was also instrumental in bringing in a major portion of their world record breaking ten million dollar comic and comic art auction in 2012.
Steve is honored by the fact that he has been called by many a “Comic Book Ambassador” for our hobby, and is excited and more than ready to start a third-party grading and certification service that is hobby-friendly, independent, and transparent for the collecting community he loves so much.
CBCS is the official comic book grading company of Fan2Sea Comic Con Cruise.
By combining her intense love of gaming, skills in crafting and sewing and zest for learning, Kristen Hughey was able to bring her own fantasy to life and become an internet personality, entertainer and international costumer. What started as an outlet to meet local, like-minded friends quickly became a portal to realms she never thought possible. She has since expanded her craft by becoming a spokesperson and published model, representing major companies and traveling to appear at events to meet her followers. Her ability to share her love for all things geek and to now meet like-minded friends around the world is her favorite aspect of this adventure. Even when she is not traveling, Kristen is known for her highly interactive online presence through social media and her Twitch TV gaming streams (www.twitch.tv/kr1st3n). She is currently producing an entire YouTube series (www.youtube.com/kristenhughey) dedicated to helping others get their start in the cosplay world.
Outside of cosplay, gaming and her love of all things pin-up, Kristen has started a charity called Heroic. With the tagline "be heroic," the idea is that people will be reminded of their own power to make a difference in the world. All proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A vlogger, model, gamer, and an award-winning costumer, all wrapped up into one. Danica has many tricks up her sleeve. Anywhere from latex prosthetics, sewing, and make up, this lady’s arsenal of talents never runs thin. When she’s not running around town with her corgi looking like a goofball, she’s off live streaming video games on Twitch, working on her weekly YouTube channel, or sharing the joy and love of cosplay with others. Danica encourages people to crack open their shells and express their inner nerd via cosplay. With images that look as if you’ve pressed pause on your game, movie, or what have you, Danica has several publications in Geek Fantasy Magazine, The Escapist, and David Love Photography’s Cosplay Composition book. As well as worked with Versus Evil for their video game Banner Saga. Fan2Sea is excited to have Danica as one of their official Cosplay Ambassadors hosting workshops and events on the Brilliance of the Seas.
Kristen is a cosplayer, model, and photographer. Before getting into cosplay, Kristen Lanae began making a name in the gaming community working as a promotional model. Kristen has worked for several companies at some of the largest events in the US including E3 and Pax East. Some of the clients include: Ubisoft, Twitch, Wargaming, and SuperHeroStuff. Kristen has also done modeling promotion for DxRacer, Razer, Controller Chaos, KontrolFreek, and is a visionary for Gunnar Optiks. Upon discovering cosplay for the first time, Kristen instantly got hooked into the hobby. Already being a creative photographer and gamer, cosplay was the perfect match for her. Kristen Lanae has had her cosplay images featured in articles all across the web, including Playboy! She has also been published in print in Cosplay Culture Magazine.
David Love spent over a decade as a Graphic Designer completing projects for Price is Right, Deal or No Deal, NBA All-Star games and more. He began photography as a hobby which then turned into providing corporate portraits for companies, then on to beauty and fashion photography. He was introduced to cosplay in 2012 and thought using his design skills could show the characters in their worlds doing what they do best rather than the usual convention photo. His cosplay photography has been featured in magazines (Geek Fantasy, Game Traders Live, Cosplay Culture), various websites and in 2014, he released his book “Cosplay Composition” on Amazon. David uses both his photography and marketing background to help cosplayers make their mark. His dynamic image creations have made waves in the cosplay community—giving cosplayers a new level of creativity to aspire to.
Mary is a recognized advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and has trained with the organization for 15 years. She has taught workshops in film fighting, stunts, and stage combat at NYU, Louisiana Tech University, University of Arlington, University of Houston, Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and New College of Florida. She has choreographed fights in hand to hand combat, Kali, single sword, broadsword, light saber, knife, and guns for stages across the country and for many independent films.
TJ McDonnell has been incorporating his background in various martial arts and gymnastics into theatrical combat since 2004 when he joined the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Since then TJ has been involved in various stage and film productions throughout America. He has had the opportunity to work with Wizkids for their Live Action Hero Clix demonstration at Gen Con. He's also performed in fight shows for Metrocon, Shadocon, and Spooky Empire. He's been able to train with the S.A.F.D., The New York Jedi, The Rogues Theater, and the West Coast Mutineers. TJ has hosted numerous workshops and panels on safe, professional, theatrical combat.
TJ has also been a costumer and convention-goer since 2001. Creating and wearing various comic book, sci-fi and horror costumes over the past 15 years. He founded the Heroes Alliance and The Costumers with a Cause to use his love of performing and costuming to help communities throughout Central Florida. Along with visiting terminally ill children and making public appearances, TJ has also coordinated and hosted multiple charitable fund raisers to help organizations like BASE Camp and Faces of Courage.
Like their silver screen, sci-fi-fantasy namesake, The Flux Capacitors make time travel possible for fans everywhere! Recognized the world-over as the “Back to the Future band,” the guys from Flux are a staple in the pop-culture fandom, '80s revival and Back to the Future universes!
With the band dressed head-to-toe in Hill Valley cosplay, audiences are treated to '80s dance, synthpop, rock and various fandom theme music performances so accurate and entertaining that CNN has done an entire feature story on the band!
The Flux Capacitors can be seen in the 30th Anniversary Back to the Future documentary Back in Time alongside such legendary names as Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Steven Spielberg. They have performed at many of the world’s largest Back to the Future events and have even filmed at Universal Studios on the Hill Valley set with various Back to the Future cast members, and even trilogy writer and co-producer Bob Gale.
The Flux Capacitors are so widely known for their dedication to musical authenticity that they are routinely chosen to collaborate onstage with ‘80s music legends, including members of Run DMC, Toto, The Knack, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama, A Flock Of Seagulls, Boys Don’t Cry, Oingo Boingo, Bow Wow Wow, Cutting Crew, John Parr, Trans X and many others!
Each daily episode is devoted to one individual minute of the Star Wars movies, in order, beginning to end.
Pete The Retailer spent over a decade as a Sci-Fi and Comic Book retailer, and was once identified by the New York Post as NY’s ‘most hardcore’ Star Wars fan. He claims to remember having seen Star Wars at a drive-in when he was two years old.
In addition to his duties as co-host of Star Wars Minute, Alex Robinson is a cartoonist and author of several graphic novels including Box Office Poison, Too Cool to Be Forgotten and, most recently, Our Expanding Universe. He lives in Portland, OR with his lovely wife and whiny cats.
Geek Hard is the weekly internet radio show that gives you the latest news and reviews for all things Geek! Hosted by Andrew Young and Mr. Green, we cover movies, comics, T.V., DVDs, tech, music, video games, etc. as it relates to Geek Entertainment and Geek Culture! Check us out Friday Nights at 7pm (est) on Reality Radio 101. Check the website’s schedule for show time in your time zone.
Andrew Young has been involved in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years as a stand up comic, writer, and filmmaker. He has directed, produced and written several short films since 2003, including Chet the Net: Wresting with Swine, and Lactose, both of which have been broadcast on national television, as well as Black Bart, starring Bernard Robichaud, available for viewing online. In 2010, Andrew got his first opportunity to write for television as a member of the team behind This Movie Sucks staring Canadian Comedy Legend Ed the Sock. Andrew was also a featured guest in several episodes. Andrew is currently involved in many projects, including Geek Hard, which he co-hosts and produces with the curmudgeon, Mr. Green
The curmudgeon know as Mr. Green was born that way so you better get used to it!
One of his earliest memories is watching the old live action Spider-man show as a very young child. By the time he hit grade school he was watching an average of 50 hours per week of television. While his path in school has taken him down a dark path of boredom in his work life. Mr. Green has never stopped loving the arts. Having worked in theatre and independent film over the years and continues to work on a script that he claims will change the world. Well… if it’s anything like his 100 Bullets or Doctor Who reviews he promised we may never see it. He has also managed to recently complete his Bachelor of Arts in Indignant Cursing to go along with his Masters in Bullshit. Most of which is aimed at his smurf of a co-host Andrew Young.
Internationally-renowned artstar (and reigning Cheese Queen of Coney Island) Nasty Canasta is frequently hailed as a genius of the neo-burlesque scene. A "burlesque queen" (The New York Times), 2nd Runner Up at the 2010 Miss Exotic World Pageant, and "Brooklyn's greatest burlesque star" (The Brooklyn Paper), Nasty is an associate producer with Wasabassco, host and producer of Naked Girls Reading NYC, and was the impresario behind Sweet & Nasty Burlesque and Pinchbottom Burlesque. A full-time burlesque performer and producer for over a decade, Nasty draws on her years of experience in the theatre to create acts and shows that combine tease and titillation, humor, spectacle and theatricality. She has been a headliner and featured performer at various festivals across the United States and Canada, and in 2016 was honored as a "Legend of Nerdlesque" by the New York Nerdlesque Festival.
Stella Chuu is a cosplayer and burlesque performer from LA. She makes brilliantly detailed costumes, travels to conventions around the world, and works to promote geek culture. She loves to share the joy of DIY in costume construction. Most notable are her Devil Homura, Ivy Valentine, and Master Yi cosplays. Her creative and quirky personality has led her to be featured on Kotaku, Nerdist, Mashable, Tech Insider and more.
Miss Mary Cyn is a classically trained actor/designer who takes off her clothes in bars. Her ability to create a vivacious party atmosphere is what made her show, Original Cyn, a long running underground sensation. As a founding member and co-producer of the internationally known Epic Win Burlesque she became known for her painstakingly accurate costumes and loyal portrayal of beloved nerdy characters. Her current company, The Cyn Factory melds high art and low brow to bring burlesque to theater classics like the works of Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams. She has performed for private parties, music videos and special events and has performed all over New York City and across the United States.
Lefty Lucy is a burlesque performer, art model, and theater professional based in New Orleans. Known for her singular style of slapstick burlesque, she is the Executive Producer of the International Nerdlesque Festival in New York, reigned as Miss Coney Island in 2011, and recently won the titles of "Master of Comedy" and "Master of Improv" in the 2016 Louisiana Burly Picks. When she isn't taking her clothes off, she is putting them on others as the Costume & Props Mistress for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and for various immersive theater projects around the country. Find out more at www.ILoveLefty.com
One of the top DJs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Specializing in a mix between EDM, top 40, mashups, and nerdcentric tunes, DJ Elliot has performed around the world including at NYCC, Star Wars Celebrations, WMC, and much more.
After Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, Eric Zala, along with Chris Strompolos and Jayson Lamb, set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the film. Zala directed and played the part of the villain Belloq. They finished every scene except one: the thrilling, explosive airplane scene set piece.
14 years later, their love letter to the original RAIDERS was unexpectedly discovered, praised by Steven Spielberg and called by Harry Knowles and other critics as the greatest fan film ever made. However, their tribute wasn’t quite complete as the young filmmakers had never been able to shoot a crucial scene in which a plane explodes. More than three decades after beginning their fan film, Zala and Strompolos reunited to shoot the final scene with a $58,000 budget raised on Kickstarter.
A new documentary by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, covers the original ingenious DIY production and the reunion 25 years later to finish the final airplane scene. Audiences on board will have the rare opportunity to see not only the new documentary, but also the little-seen, now-notorious fan film that it is about, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, and to hear the hair-raising stories of its making, straight from its director.
Brian Stillman is the founder of X-Ray Films, a production company that makes geek-friendly documentaries. His first film was Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys and he's currently co-directing and producing Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons in conjunction with Cavegirl Productions. A professional journalist for more than 20 years, Brian also collects vintage toys, original art, and movie props; devours science fiction books, movies, and TV shows; and runs a weekly D&D game. He and his wife live in NYC under the merciless rule of their cat, Calamity.
Alexander Zalben is a performer, writer, and host from New York City. He's written comics for Marvel, including the series Thor and the Warriors Four. His live show/podcast Comic Book Club - Live! is broadcast on the Nerdist Network, and has been written up in the New York Times. He's toured all over the country and won awards as a member of sketch comedy group Elephant Larry.
Face Candy SFX, led by professional makeup artist Jenna Morin, will be on board Fan2Sea for all your costume makeup needs! From zombie bites to superheros to fantasy designs, her team will do it all. Face Candy SFX has been seen at conventions across the United States and internationally. Fees vary; check on board for more details.
Martin T. Pierro is owner/publisher/author for Cosmic Times, the largest comic book publisher in the southeastern United States. His love for comics and a desire to tell stories prompted him to start Cosmic Times in 2008. Cosmic Times was an underground success story until 2014 when it became nationally distributed through Diamond. Under his leadership, Cosmic Times has published a wide array of diverse titles including Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew, Deep Space Tragedy and the socially relevant Flesh of White. he has inspired countless numbers of children to read, through his engaging presentations at schools, libraries, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
In addition to his vast knowledge of the comic book industry, Martin also knows a thing or two about comic cons. He is the creator of PalmCon - the largest comic con in Palm Beach County. Six years in the running, it draws thousands of attendees from all over the country and has had an impressive guest list including celebrities from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Transformers, G. I. Joe, and Disney. Martin established PalmCon to introduce young people to the world of comics by providing a family friendly event and has done so year after year.
He is thrilled to be a part of the Fan2Sea cruise.