Saturday, March 2 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
An artist/paleontologist, Star Trek actor and writer, and local comic book fans-turned-pro are among the many guest artists and writers who will appear at Ithacon 38: The “Cabin Fever” Comic Book Show hosted by the Comic Book Club of Ithaca. The comic book show takes place on Saturday, March 2, from 10am-4pm, at 123 The Commons, Ithaca, NY (formerly Race Office Supplies). Admission is free and the convention is open to pop-culture fans of all ages.
Other guests will include creators from across the comics industry, from Marvel and DC Comics writers and artists, to indie comics creators and fantasy artists. In addition, several comic book vendors will be at the convention to buy, sell, and trade old and new comics, plus related items such as action figures and DVDs. Sales of selected items will go to benefit Tompkins Learning Partners, Inc.
Founded in the mid-1970's, the Comic Book Club of Ithaca is the oldest continuously running comic book club in the country, and held its first comic book show way back in 1976.
Guests at the “Cabin Fever” Comic Book Show include:
Artist and paleontologist Richard Kissel and designer Kelly Kennard, the creators of My Secret Treehouse, a treasure trove of cartoons about dinosaurs and other creatures, current and extinct. Kissel, a researcher at PRI and educator at the Museum of the Earth, is the artist of T. Rex Go Boom, an exhibit that ran at the MOTE in the fall of 2012.
Other guests include:
DC Comics editor -- and Ithaca native -- Will Dennis. Dennis, a senior editor at Vertigo Comics, a division of DC, is a graduate of Ithaca High School and Ithaca College. His most recent credits include Spacemen, and the Before Watchmen series.
Actor and writer J. G. Hertzler, who has portrayed 7 different characters within the Star Trek universe, and is best known for his portrayal of the Klingon officer General Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space 9. He has also had roles on programs as diverse as Everybody Loves Raymond, Quantum Leap, and General Hospital. Hertzler has also co-written two Star Trek novels featuring Martok: The Left Hand of Destiny, Books 1 and 2. He has recently voiced the role of Deathstroke in the series game Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Artist Aaron Kuder, a native of Trumansburg, has illustrated comic books written by the rock group Coheed and Cambria; Green Lantern comics for DC Comics and Spider-Man comics for Marvel; and will soon be drawing comics featuring Superman.
Cartoonist Jim Brenneman, whose motto is “Cartoons About Politics, Cultural Absurdities, Random Nonsense and the Coming Apocalypse.”
Illustrator Storn Cook, who specializes in paintings for collectible card sets, including character cards for Legends of the Five Rings and Warlord CCG, and covers and interior art for Hero Games, including Ninja Heroes, Champions, and Fantasy Hero.
Artist Steve Ellis wrote and illustrated Scream: Drawing Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters. He co-created and drew Box 13, the first comic developed directly for the iPhone, and High Moon, a werewolf western webcomic, and an online comics/game tie-in to the TV show Breaking Bad.
Artist Rusty Gilligan, the creator of Mac and Trouble, a funny-animal science fiction comic featuring two feline adventurers.
Writer and storyboard artist Warren Greenwood, who worked on animated cartoons such as The Tick, Tiny Toon Adventures, Duck Tales: The Movie, and She-Ra. He is currently working on Grasshopper and Cricket, a graphic novel, and a play, Cartoon Graveyard.
Writer Mark McCracken , co-creator of the indie comics company Divine Authority Comics.
Syracuse-based cartoonist and fantasy artist Joe Orsak, the artist of Yellow Rose of Texas, a historical graphic novel about the young African-American woman who was the inspiration for the classic folk song. His second graphic novel, Virgin Vampires, a historical fantasy that co-stars a teen-age Bram Stoker, debuted in October of last year.
Mike Raicht, the co-writer of Stuff of Legend, a comic book series from Th3rd World Studios. He has also written issues of G.I. Joe (IDW Publishing) and Army of Darkness (Dynamite Entertainment).
Colorist Mike Garland, web-comics creator Ethan Young, local artists Jon Haeffner, Camilo Nascimento, and Rob Piecuch, and small-press comics creator Jim Coon.
Several of the guests self-publish their work, and will be happy to explain what is involved in getting one's work out there, in print or on-line. All of the guests will be available to autograph copies of their work, and several of the guest artists plan to do convention sketches and caricatures, so if you ever imagined yourself as a super-hero or villain, or as your favorite RPG character, here is your chance to see your daydreams get put on paper.
Ithacon is sponsored by the Comic Book Club of Ithaca. The CBCI is a registered non-profit organization that runs its conventions on a break-even basis. Club meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00pm at the Tompkins County Public Library, corner of Cayuga and Green Streets. Meetings are free and open to all.
For more information -- including links to the guests' websites -- check the Club's website at www.comicbookclub.org