Guests for Comicon 2015
Guests are listed in alphabetical order by first name.
 

Alex Gordon, author of the supernatural thriller Gideon, was born in the Northeast, grew up in the South, and now resides in the Midwest. She is currently working on Jericho, the follow-up to Gideon, and is having too much fun doing research. When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching sports and old movies, running, and the company of dogs. She dreams of someday adding the Pacific Northwest to the list of regions where she has lived. And maybe the south of France.

She also has never played for the Kansas City Royals.

www.alexgordon.net
Twitter: @alexgordon36
Tumblr: http://thealexgordonposts.tumblr.com

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Alexis Denisof is one of pop culture's most versatile and beloved actors. He will next be seen in the highly anticipated second season of MTV's acclaimed drama Finding Carter, the highest rated new cable show of 2014, in which Denisof plays Carter's complex father David. And he can be seen regularly as the charismatic villain Prince Viktor in NBC's Grimm.

Most recently Denisof appeared in the blockbuster's Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers, as the mysterious villain, The Other.

His recent performance in one of Shakespeare's great roles is unforgettable as Benedick in Joss Whedon's comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The film, done in the original text, received outstanding reviews, especially for the quarreling lovers played by Denisof and Amy Acker. Also starring in the film are Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz.

Denisof's versatility was again on display in Bryan Singer's ground-breaking online sci-fi series H+ onYouTube, and in his recurring role as the hilarious news anchor Sandy Rivers on CBS's How I Met Your Mother.

But Denisof is perhaps best known to audiences as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on the series Angel. A character he created for season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For over 100 episodes, Denisof played one of the most beloved characters of what has become known as the Whedonverse.

He began acting at a young age at Seattle's distinguished ACT and Bathhouse Theater, before being accepted to the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon graduating he was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in their acclaimed production of Hamlet starring Mark Rylance.

Denisof made his film debut in the British film Murder Story opposite Christopher Lee. Denisof has appeared in such films asFirst Knight, Rogue Trader, True Blue, Innocent Lies, and the Sundance Film festival hit, The Misadventures of Margeret.

While in London, Denisof enjoyed an equally prolific stage career in the West End productions of Cyrano de Bergerac, A Tale of Two Cities, Tovarich, and Bent with Sir Ian McKellen. Denisof also enjoyed success in other theater productions, including Rope, Cain, Pointe Valaine, and All My Sons.

Aside from his extensive theater and film experience, Denisof is also a veteran of television including NBC's Noah's Ark, Private Practice, Dollhouse and the popular British series, Sharpe, Faith, and Romeo and Juliet.

Denisof is married to actress Alyson Hannigan, with whom he has two daughters.

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Alyson Hannigan has had a widely varied career, captivating audiences both television and film. She recently starred on CBS' hit Emmy Nominated comedy How I Met Your Mother, where she won numerous accolades including a People's Choice Award.  On the film side, she most recently appeared in American Wedding for Universal Pictures.  The American Pie series is the most popular feature comedy franchise of all time with over a billion in revenue.  Previously on the small screen, Hannigan starred in the hugely popular and critically acclaimed drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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William (Billy) Tucci is the award-winning creator, writer and artist of the graphic novel series Shi. Through Billy’s own company, Crusade Fine Arts, the multi-Eisner Award nominated Shi has been printed in four languages and has sold more than 4 million comic books.
 
A graduate of the New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, the former paratrooper has also created and published the properties ATOMIKA, Gremlin Effect, Victoria Cross, The Burning Blue and The Undaunted. His work has been featured in The New York Times, NY Daily News, Newsday, Elle and Playboy. In 2006 he pencilled Marvel's Heroes for Hire title, and in 2008 he commenced working on DC Comic's Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion. Tucci has also been working on animation and film projects. Shi has been featured on FOX, NBC, and E! television. You can find more info on Billy Tucci at his company’s website, www.crusadefinearts.com
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After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor's Blades, debuted to both critical and popular acclaim, and the second in the trilogy, The Providence of Fire, has also garnered rave reviews:

"Loved every second of it [...] a full, immersive, magical, and exciting world, with characters to match." - Fantasy Faction, 10/10 stars

“Following in the footsteps of George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie... Brutal, intriguing and continuing to head toward exciting events and places unknown." - Kirkus, starred review

"Staveley complicates the moral scheme with plausible villains and shaky political alliances." - Publishers Weekly

Brian lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing, and adventuring, not necessarily in that order. He can be found on Twitter at @brianstaveley, Facebook as brianstaveley, and Google+ as Brian Staveley. His blog, On the Writing of Epic Fantasy, can be found at: bstaveley.wordpress.com.

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Born in Las Vegas, Charisma Carpenter studied classical ballet and entered many local beauty contests before attending Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts, where she graduated in 1988. She was discovered by an agent while waiting tables in L.A. to save money for college and began working in theatrical productions and appearing in more than twenty commercials. Her first television role was an appearance on Baywatch followed by a starring role on Malibu Shores.

In 1996, Charisma was cast as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer where she held the role for three seasons before moving to the spin-off series Angel. Alongside David Boreanaz, she continued to play Cordelia for an additional four seasons, with return appearances for the 100th episode.

After Buffy and Angel, Charisma had a three episode guest appearance on Charmed, a recurring role on Miss Match, Veronica Mars and Greek, and also made guest appearances on Burn Notice, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Supernatural, Blue Bloods, and Sons of Anarchy among other roles.

Charisma has also gone on to appear in films including Psychosis, Crash Site, and portrayed the character Lacy in both The Expendables and The Expendables 2.

Born in Las Vegas, Charisma Carpenter studied classical ballet and entered many local beauty contests before attending Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts, where she graduated in 1988. She was discovered by an agent while waiting tables in L.A. to save money for college and began working in theatrical productions and appearing in more than twenty commercials. Her first television role was an appearance on Baywatch followed by a starring role on Malibu Shores.

In 1996, Charisma was cast as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer where she held the role for three seasons before moving to the spin-off series Angel. Alongside David Boreanaz, she continued to play Cordelia for an additional four seasons, with return appearances for the 100th episode.

After Buffy and Angel, Charisma had a three episode guest appearance on Charmed, a recurring role on Miss Match, Veronica Mars and Greek, and also made guest appearances on Burn Notice, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Supernatural, Blue Bloods, and Sons of Anarchy among other roles. Charisma has also gone on to appear in films including Psychosis, Crash Site, and portrayed the character Lacy in both The Expendables and The Expendables 2.

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Cherie Priest is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor; and three novellas published by Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, her first foray into George R. R. Martin’s superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the interstitial mystery), debuted in the summer of 2011. Cherie’s short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publications as Weird Tales, Publishers Weekly, and numerous anthologies. She lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband, a big shaggy dog, and a fat black cat.

Photo credit Libby Bulloff.
http://www.cheriepriest.com
Twitter @cmpriest

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Delilah S. Dawson is the author of HIT and Servants of the Storm for young adults and the Blud series for adults, including Wicked as They Come, Wicked After Midnight, and Wicked as She Wants, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. She also writes short stories and comics from her aerie in the North Georgia Mountains.

Photo by James R. Tuck
http://www.whimsydark.com/
Twitter @DelilahSDawson

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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not writing, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.

www.djangowexler.com
Twitter: @DjangoWexler

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Edward James Olmos (Axford) has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer and humanitarian. The Tony, Emmy and Academy Award® Nominated actor, is probably best known to young audiences for his work on the SyFy television series Battlestar Galatica as Admiral William Adama. Although the series kept the actor busy during its run from 2003 through 2009, it didn't stop him from directing the HBO movie Walkout in 2007, for which he earned a DGA Nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television category.

Olmos' career in entertainment spans over 30 years. In that time he created a signature style and aesthetic that he applies to every artist endeavor, often grounding his characters in reality and gravitas. His dedication to his craft has brought him attention across the industry, and with audiences worldwide.

Originally a musician, Olmos branched out into acting, appearing in many small theatre productions until portraying the iconic El Pachuco in Zoot Suit. The play moved to Broadway and Olmos earned a Tony nomination for the role, which he revised in the 1981 film version.

Olmos went on to appear in the films Wolfen, Blade Runner, and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez before starring in his biggest role to date, that of Lieutenant Martin Castillo in the iconic 80's television series Miami Vice opposite Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. During his time on the Michael Mann series, Olmos earned two Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations, resulting in a win from each.

In 1988, the actor was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver. He directed and starred in his first motion picture, American Me, in 1992.

Olmos' passion for the arts grows every year, but he never forgets to give back to the communities that support him with their dedication and support. He is an international advocate, spokesman, and humanitarian working with organizations such as Thank You Ocean, Project Hope Foundation, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, The Boy's and Girl's Club of America, The River Keepers, Dr. Andros' Diabetic Foot Global Conference and he speaks up to 150 times a year in schools, universities, and corporations.

Other credits as an actor include the motion pictures My Family/Mi Familia; Selena, which was a breakout film for Jennifer Lopez; and In the Time of Butterflies, in which he played Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. In television, he enjoyed a recurring role as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roberto Mendoza in the NBC drama The West Wing, portrayed a widowed father in the PBS drama American Family: Journey of Dreams, and recently Directed the YouTube phenomena The Short Film BP Doesn't Want You To See, featured on Larry King/CNN.

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Greg van Eekhout is the author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy from Tor Books, California Bones: California Bones (out now), Pacific Fire (Jan. 27, 2015), and Dragon Coast (Fall, 2015). His other books include the middle-grade novels Kid vs. Squid, The Boy at the End of the World, and the mythological fantasy novel Norse Code.

He lives in Southern California, where two seismic plates crash into each other and give rise to disaster and mayhem.

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Jason Momoa is poised as one of Hollywood’s upcoming leading male action stars. He will next be seen in David Hayter’s feature Wolves for Eone and Crystal Sky. In addition, he has just landed one of the lead roles in the new Sundance Channel series, The Red Road. Last year, he was seen starring opposite Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head, directed by Walter Hill for Warner Brothers and Joel Silver. Momoa has finished production on Road to Paloma, a road-tale, revenge thriller which he wrote, is acting in, and also directing. He was tenacious in getting this project funded.

Making his big screen debut in the summer of 2011, Jason took on the iconic character of Conan, garnering positive reviews in the Lionsgate/Millennium franchise reboot of Conan the Barbarian. Jason also played an integral role in the success of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated first season of the HBO series Game of Thrones. (There was such an overwhelming response to his role of 'Khal Drogo' that they wrote his character back into the second season.)

He also established a large genre fan base from his portrayal of 'Ronon Dex' in the SyFy series Stargate: Atlantis (2005-2009) and was a Series Regular on North Shore for FBC.

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Jim Beaver, who starred as the gruff but tender prospector Ellsworth on HBO’s hit Western series Deadwood and as the beloved demon hunter Bobby Singer on Supernatural, also plays Sheriff Shelby Parlow on FX’s Justified and gun dealer Lawson on Breaking Bad, making him one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors and the proud owner of nearly 200,000 Twitter followers. He previously starred as Sheriff Charlie Mills on CBS’s Harper's Island and as "Uncle" Nick Vukovic on ABC’s Day Break. Before that, he starred as quirky Vietnam Joe on HBO’s series John From Cincinnati, while simultaneously playing Carter Reese on HBO’s Big Love.

A Vietnam veteran, Jim first came to prominence as Bruce Willis's best friend in Norman Jewison's acclaimed film about Vietnam vets, In Country, and appeared in such hit films as Magnolia, Joy Ride, Sister Act, Bad Girls, Silver, Blue Chips, Geronimo, Turner and Hooch, Hollywood Shuffle, Silkwood, and Semi-Tough. Other films include two Nicolas Cage movies, Next and Adaptation, and a starring role with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet in Sir Alan Parker's The Life of David Gale. From 1996 to 2002 he appeared as Father Tim Jansen on NBC'S popular daytime drama Days of Our Lives. For two seasons he played Mark Harmon's partner, Detective Earl Gaddis, on NBC's critically acclaimed drama Reasonable Doubts.

He followed that with two seasons starring as Edward Asner's sidekick Leland on the comedy Thunder Alley. He has guest starred on shows such as Dexter, Lie to Me, The Mentalist, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Criminal Minds, Six Feet Under, Lyon's Den, Monk, Philly, Star Trek: Enterprise, Lois and Clark: The New Advenures of Superman, Murder One, Midnight Caller, Young Riders, Paradise, Matlock, Perry Mason, and Jake and the Fatman. He starred in the cable movies Warden of Red Rock and Divided by Hate and has appeared in other television movies such as The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson, El Diablo, Follow Your Heart, and American River. He is the only actor ever to play different roles in consecutive Gunsmoke productions.

As a stage actor, he has appeared all over the country in the classics as well as dinner theatre. He spent five seasons with the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, played lead roles in and Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia in national tours, as well as regional theatre roles such as Henry II in The Lion in Winter, Lachie in The Hasty Heart, Starbuck in The Rainmaker, Sgt. Trotter in The Mousetrap, The Inquisitor in The Lark, and the title role in Charley's Aunt. He is a three-time Los Angeles Dramalogue Critics Award® winner for his work writing and acting in his own plays, Verdigris, Semper Fi, and Sidekick. He studied acting with Oscar-winner Maximilian Schell.

In addition to his acting, Jim is a nationally recognized playwright and the author of two books of film history: John Garfield and Movie Blockbusters, and is working on his third, an already controversial book on the life and mysterious death of tv's original Superman, George Reeves. For television he has written episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tour of Duty, and Vietnam War Story, among others, and was twice nominated for the ACE Award® for cable television writing. For nearly ten years, he was film critic/columnist for Films in Review magazine. His video essays on film appear in the online Beaver's Lodge. His new book, Life's That Way, a memoir of his wife’s battle against cancer, was published to widespread critical acclaim.

A Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and the former chairman of the board of Theatre West in Los Angeles, Jim is a Cherokee-German native of Laramie, Wyoming who was raised in Irving, Texas. He was married from 1989 until her death in 2004 to actress Cecily Adams, daughter of Get Smart star Don Adams. Jim lives in Los Angeles with their daughter Madeline.

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In January 2010, Lou Ferrigno® signed on with Nestlé USA, Inc., as a Spokesperson for what promises to be a funny and exciting Campaign that will be launching this year. He and his family are also currently in negotiations with TV Land for a new Reality TV project - The Incredible Ferrigno’s which will focus on “coaching” viewers on how to improve the quality of their physical and mental health. Who better than Lou Ferrigno to take on this “Incredible” task. Be sure to stay tuned for the launch of both projects!

In recent news, Lou was a guest on The Tonight Show hosted by his long-time friend and colleague, Jay Leno. You can catch a clip of the Interview on YouTube. Lou has also recently been doing Voice Overs for cartoon characters on The Cartoon Network.

The Summer of 2009 presented a personal challenge for Lou when his long-time friend, Pop legend Michael Jackson, for whom he was a personal trainer over the past 15 years, suddenly passed away stunning both Lou and the entire World. In honor of Michael, Lou made over two-dozen television appearances, including Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The ABC Morning Show and Anderson Cooper. In recognition, Lou was credited on the recently released Michael Jackson movie "This Is It."

In 2009, Lou played a wonderful supporting role in the DreamWorks romantic comedy “I Love You, Man” which was directed by John Hamburg (Zoolander, Along Came Polly, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers), with a cast that includes Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones. The DVD was released in August, 2009.

Shortly before that Lou also appeared in, and did the voice of The Hulk, in Superhero blockbuster feature films, The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier, with a cast that included Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, and Robert Downey Jr. That was, of course, the sequel to the blockbuster hit feature film Hulk, directed by Ang Lee where Lou, at the request of the filmmakers, made an honorary Cameo Appearance. He also provides the voice for the UPN animated series The Incredible Hulk, with a cast that includes Peter Strauss, Mark Hamill, Kathy Ireland, and Richard Moll.

Lou also enjoyed his Recurring Guest Star role on King of Queens, where he frequently appeared up through the shows successful 9th Season, on CBS Television Network. Also just prior, Lou Guest Starred on the ABC Television sitcom My Wife and Kids, became the spokesman for the Sit Up-Sit Down Home Gym, and was the lead in the debut video for the band "Edgewater" for MTV.

Lou also headed first to Italy where he shot two commercials used in the International market where he has a huge fan base, and to the East coast to shoot two Longhorn Steakhouse commercials, one of which was rated as the No. 3 top commercial of the year by "Shoot Magazine."

Over the past several years Lou completed an extensive physical and academic training program and became a "Deputy" for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. At the induction ceremony, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca introduced Lou, who spoke publicly before a packed house of other Deputy Sheriffs, their families, friends and press who were present to witness the formal "white glove" event.

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M. L. Brennan is the author of the American Vampire urban fantasy series. The first three books, Generation V, Iron Night, and Tainted Blood were published by Roc during a whirlwind year and a half, and the fourth entry in the series, Dark Ascension, is due out in August 2015. She has an MFA, teaches basic composition at several New England colleges, and enjoys indulging her lifelong love of fantasy and science fiction.

www.mlbrennan.com
Twitter: @BrennanML

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Wolfman was active in fandom before he broke into professional comics at DC in 1968. Wolfman was one of the first to publish Stephen King, with In A Half-World of Terror in Wolfman's horror fanzine Stories of Suspense No. 2.

Wolfman's first published work for DC Comics appeared in Blackhawk No. 242. He and long-time friend Len Wein created the character Jonny Double in Showcase No. 78 scripted by Wolfman. The two co-wrote Eye of the Beholder in Teen Titans No. 18, which would be Wein's first professional comics credit. Neal Adams was called upon to rewrite and redraw a Teen Titans story which had been written by Wein and Wolfman. The story, titled Titans Fit the Battle of Jericho! would have introduced DC's first African American superhero, but was rejected by publisher Carmine Infantino. The revised story appeared in Teen Titans No. 20. Wolfman and Gil Kane created an origin for Wonder Girl in Teen Titans No. 22, which introduced the character's new costume.

In 1974, Wolfman moved to Marvel Comics as protégé of then-editor Roy Thomas. When Thomas stepped down, Wolfman eventually took over as editor, initially in charge of the black and white magazines then finally the color line of comics.

While at Marvel Wolfman wrote lengthy runs of Amazing Spider-Man (where he co-created the Black Cat); Fantastic Four; and Doctor Strange. He created Nova in that character's eponymous first issue. In 1978, Wolfman took over writing the Howard the Duck syndicated newspaper comic strip, which adapted several stories from the original Steve Gerber-written comics.

His best-received work was The Tomb of Dracula, a fledgling horror comic which in his six years as writer Wolfman turned into a rich, complex piece of high gothic, well matched with the moody shade-and-light pencilling of Gene Colan. Taking Bram Stoker's basic story, Wolfman created his own vampire mythology and introduced a set of new characters, including Blade.

In 1980, Wolfman returned to DC and teaming with penciller George Pérez, Wolfman relaunched DC's Teen Titans. The New Teen Titans added the Wolfman-Pérez creations Raven, Starfire and Cyborg to the old team's Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Beast Boy (renamed Changeling). The series became DC's first new hit in years, and its first serious competitor to Marvel since the early 1970s.

Other projects by Wolfman for DC during the early 1980s included collaborating with artist Gil Kane on a run on Superman, rejoining Colan (who had also moved to DC) on the short-lived Night Force, a revival of Dial H for Hero with Carmine Infantino, and a nearly two year run on Green Lantern with Joe Staton. During their collaboration on Green Lantern, Wolfman and Staton created the Omega Men.

In 1985, Wolfman and Pérez launched Crisis on Infinite Earths, a 12-issue limited series celebrating DC's 50th anniversary. Featuring a cast of thousands and a timeline that ranged from the beginning of the universe to the end of time, it killed scores of characters, integrated a number of heroes from other companies to DC continuity, and re-wrote 50 years of DC universe history in order to streamline it.

Wolfman was also involved in the DC Comics relaunch of the Superman line, reinventing nemesis Lex Luthor and initially scripting the Adventures of Superman title.

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Orphan(0) : Marv Wolfman (guest_id=1174) : categories=Comics,Film and TV;
 

Michael J. Martinez is a husband, father and writer living the dream in the Garden State. He's spent nearly 20 years as a professional writer and journalist, including stints at The Associated Press and ABCNEWS.com.

After telling other people's stories for the bulk of his career, He's happy that he can now be telling a few of his own creation. Michael is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. His first two novels, The Deadalus Incident and The Enceladus Crisis are available now with the third novel, The Venusian Gambit being released in May of 2015.

http://michaeljmartinez.net/

Twitter: @mikemartinez72

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Michael Shanks, perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson on STARGATE SG-1, starred as John Brady in the Emmy Award-winning dramatic telefilm Door to Door with William H. Macy and Helen Mirren.  Shanks has also appeared in the film Call of the Wild with Rutger Hauer.

For his portrayal of Jackson, Shanks has been nominated for several awards over the years. In 2004, he won the LEO Award for "Best Performance By A Male Lead" and was nominated for a Saturn Award as well.  Shanks has also hopped behind the camera on Stargate, making his directorial debut with the episode "Double Jeopardy" in Season 4. In Season 7, he co-wrote the episode "Evolution (Pt 1)" with Damian Kindler.

In addition to Stargate SG-1, Shanks has guest starred on a number of television series, including a Daniel Jackson turn in Stargate: Atlantis, as well as Andromeda and The Outer Limits.  His television movie credits include a lead role in UPN's telefilm Escape to Mars and NBC's A Family Divided.

Shanks was born in British Columbia, Canada.  Post college, he travelled to Ontario, Canada, where he spent two seasons with the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival, appearing in stage productions of Amadeus, Macbeth, and The Merry Wives of Windsor among others.

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Orphan(0) : Michael Shanks (guest_id=1185) : categories=Film and TV;
 

Powerhouse artist Mike Zeck, renowned illustrator and storyteller, is making a rare and select series of appearances in 2015.

A heavy-hitter in the comics industry, and influencing generations of artists, one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or which is embossed most deeply in our pop culture.

Zeck’s epic six part story Kraven’s Last Hunt, with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod, springs immediately to mind. This groundbreaking series took the Spider-man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the "Greatest Spider-Man story of all time," in recent polls.

Considered one of "the" Punisher artists, Zeck’s work with writer Steven Grant on the character--collected as Circle of Blood--sets the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled him to flagship character status at Marvel. In fact, along with air-brush artist Phil Zimmelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher ever made.

The Limited Series Secret Wars, set the comic book readership on their ears, and brought a new black-and-white costume design for Spider-man (designed by Zeck) which is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-man wore the costume temporarily, and it still lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.

In short, when you stop and think of the t-shirts sporting Zeck images, the homages to his covers, the lineage of his storytelling, you need a long sheet of paper to start writing them down.

Michael J. Zeck it seems, always knew he would work in the arts. Born in Pennsylvania and growing up in South Florida, he later attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, his eye always on working in the sequential art field. He began that career at Charlton Comics with their animation-related line of comics leading to horror titles, later moving on to Marvel Comics. Some of his first work at Marvel included Master of Kung Fu and Captain America, with many more titles, at numerous companies, to follow from there.

Zeck’s work has graced the pages and covers of Aquaman, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Lobo, Deathstroke The Terminator, The Eliminator, and too many titles to mention here.

Zeck will be promoting his new art book Raw Fury: The Art of Michael J. Zeck at each of his appearances.

For more information on this appearance and Michael J. Zeck contact Eva Ink Artist Group at: evaink@aol.com.

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Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics and TV. He's written Doctor Who for the BBC, Batman and Robin for DC and Wolverine for Marvel. His two Shadow Police urban fantasy novels, London Falling and The Severed Streets, will be joined by a third this year. 2015 will see a number of exciting new projects, many of them creator-owned.

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Writer, editor, and color-artist Renee Witterstaetter is the author of Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War, Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira, the children's book Kerry and the Scary Things, Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan, and Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash among many others.

Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Guardians of the Galaxy, Superman, Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian, The Punisher special projects, and Conan Saga, then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of She-Hulk, at Marvel as well, as part of that legendary run.

She then moved to Topps Comics where she was the editor on X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena and Hercules and is the co-creator—with Jackie Chan and artist Michael Golden-- of the successful series, Spartan X which will be made into a trade paperback featuring new material in 2015.

She is also the colorist on hundreds of comics from The Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America to Jurassic Park, among many, many others. "I must have colored a thousand pages of comic books," she says.

Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Rush Hour Two, Red Dragon , To ease the lose, and Swimming With The Virgin, among others.

In addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Eva Ink Artist Group, which represents artists and writers in comics, storyboards, fine art painting and more (www.evainkartistgroup.com). Renee is also one of the producers of the Creator Chronicles DVD series with Woodcrest Productions, featuring interviews with major industry creators such as George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Joe Jusko, Matt Wagner, Joe Sinnott and many more.

Current projects also include new books Michael Golden, Dangerous Curves, Santa Confidential with Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne, Mark Texeira: Tempest, James O'Barr: Uncoffined, and the soon to be released James O'Barr: Tears in the Rain.

Renee will be available to autograph the thousands of comics she has worked on in her career, film DVD's and her newest books available at all the shows.

In her not so abundant free time, she lectures on storytelling, most recently in China and Russia, fishes, dances, travels and is also curating several major art exhibits featuring U.S. and European talent.

For more information on Renee Witterstaetter and her projects, contact: www.evainkpublishing.com.

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Sam Sykes is the author of The City Stained Red and The Aeons' Gate Trilogy. He lives in Arizona. He is very tall and handsome and can catch a salmon out of a stream with his hands. You should say hi to him and maybe give him cookies.

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New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the author of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His hardcover horror-thrillers are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey. He also co-founded Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his YA Galactic Football League series (The Rookie, The Starter, The All-Pro, The MVP, and The Champion).

Before he was published, Scott built a large online following by giving away his self-recorded audiobooks as free, serialized podcasts. His loyal fans, who named themselves "Junkies," have downloaded over 35 million individual episodes of his stories and interact daily with Scott and each other in the social media space.

Scott reinvented book publishing when he released Earthcore the world's first "podcast-only" novel. Released in twenty weekly episodes, Earthcore harkened back to the days of serialized radio fiction. His innovative use of technology puts him at the forefront of modern-day publishing and has garnered brand-name exposure among hundreds of thousands of fiction fans and technology buffs.

He's been covered in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, io9, Wired, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria. He still gives away every story – for free – to his Junkies at www.ScottSigler.com.

A Michigan native, Scott lives in San Francisco but still roots for his beloved Detroit Lions.

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger... as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

In the last few years, she has placed more than 65 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, and Chronicles of Nick. Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel, her Dark-Hunter novels are a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins, and the Chronicles of Nick manga are published by Yen Press. Chronicles and Nick and Dark-Hunter are soon to be a major motion picture and the Dark-Hunters are currently being developed as a television series.

Connect with Sherrilyn at her website and on Twitter.

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Summer Glau is an American prima ballerina and actress, who is best known for for her iconic characters River Tam in Joss Whedon’s TV series Firefly and the feature film, Serenity and Cameron Philips in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Summer got her start in Joss Whedon's much acclaimed TV series Angel playing a cursed Prima Ballerina in the 2002 episode "Waiting in the wings." Contributing to her Sci Fi credit were roles in USA's The 4400 as Tess, a Schizophrenic that can control others with her mind and followed it with a return to the Whedonverse in Dollhouse as Echo's long lost nemesis, Bennet Halverson.

2010 saw Summer fulfilling two lifelong dreams by starring in both a Lifetime movie Deadly Honeymoon, and filming a Western The Legend of Hells Gate: An America Conspiracy. Summer revisited TV screens in 2011 in NBC's highly anticipated The Cape as Orwell, an investigative blogger who teams up with Vince/The Cape in order to fight crime and restore justice. Most recently Summer did an impressive guest appearance on Alphas. And, it has just been announced that she will now be seen in the CBS TV pilot Scent of the Missing as Sedona with Tricia Helfer.

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Van Jensen is a former newspaper crime reporter and magazine editor who broke into comics as the writer of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, which was named one of YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. He also has written The Leg: The Remarkable Reappearance of Santa Anna’s Disembodied Limb, and Green Lantern Corps and The Flash for DC Comics. A native of western Nebraska, Jensen now lives in Atlanta.

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Viola Carr was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat. She loves history, and pops down to London’s many historical sites whenever she gets the chance. She likes steampunk, and thought it would be cool to investigate wacky crimes with crazy gadgets…just so long as her heroine was the creator of said wacky gadgets: a tinkerer, edgy, with a dash of mad scientist. Readers can follow her on Twitter at @viola_carr and online at http://www.violacarr.com.

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Wesley Chu's best friend is Michael Jordan, assuming that best friend status is earned by a shared television commercial. If not, then his best friend is his dog, Eva, who he can often be seen riding like a trusty steed through the windy streets of Chicago.

In 2014, Wesley Chu was short-listed for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award. Chu's debut novel, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot. The sequel, The Deaths of Tao, continues the story of secret agent Roen Tan and his sarcastic telepathically bonded alien, Tao.

Chu has two books scheduled for 2015. The last book in the Tao trilogy, The Rebirths of Tao, is coming out April 7th, 2015. Time Salvager, featuring an energy stealing time traveler with addiction issues, is slated for July 7th, 2015.

Website: www.wesleychu.com
Twitter: @wes_chu

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Weston Ochse is the author of twenty books, most recently two SEAL Team 666 books, which the New York Post called 'required reading' and USA Today placed on their 'New and Notable List of 2012.' His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, as well as been multiple finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. His work has appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. He is a military veteran with 29 years of military service and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan.?

www.westonochse.com
Twitter: @westonochse

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An American author who has published over twenty books, the titles AfterAge, deadrush, Final Impact, Red Shadows, DeadTimes, That's Not My Name and Mirror Me were solo novels, or fiction created solely by her. Her most recent works Highborn and Concrete Savior are part of The Dark Redemption Series. She lives in Arizona and is married to author Weston Ochse.
 
AfterAge was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association's 1993 Bram Stoker Award, in the category of Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Deadrush was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association's 1995 Bram Stoker Award, in the category of Superior Achievement in a Novel. Her 'Buffyverse' novel, The Willow Files, Vol. 2, won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award in the category of Works for Young Readers. Final Impact won the 1997 Chicago Women In Publishing Award for Excellence in Adult Fiction, and the Rocky Mountain News "Unreal Worlds" Award for Best Horror Paperback of 1997.
 
That's Not My Name was the First Place Winner of the Illinois Women's Press Association's 2001 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest in the Fiction Novel Category. 
 
That's Not My Name was also the First Place Winner of the National Federation of Press Women's 2001 Communications Contest in the Fiction Novel Category. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Paleo was the First Place Winner in the Illinois Women's Press Association's 2001 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest in the Juvenile Book Category, and the Third Place Winner, National Federation of Press Women's 2001 Communications Contest in the Juvenile Book Category.
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