We are excited to be partnering with Orchestra Iowa to welcome Tommy Tallarico to Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2017!
*PLEASE NOTE: Tommy Tallarico will be at Cedar Rapids Comic Con for a limited time during the the event. He will be at the Orchestra Iowa booth from 10:30am-1:30pm. Be sure to also get tickets to see Tommy perform at the Video Games Live concert after the convention!
Tommy Tallarico is a veritable video game industry icon. As one of the most successful video game composers in history, he has helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating unique audio landscapes that enhance the video gaming experience. He is considered the person most instrumental in changing the game industry from bleeps & bloops to real music now appreciated worldwide by tens of millions of fans. As a well-recognized on-air television personality, live performer and composer, Tommy brings his in-depth knowledge, years of experience, and love of cutting edge multimedia to the masses. Tommy has worked in the gaming industry as a designer, product manager, producer, writer, games tester and heads of both music and video departments. He produced, co-created, wrote and co-hosted 3 internationally award-winning syndicated and network television shows as well as creating, producing and hosting the continuing worldwide touring sensation Video Games Live. Aside from touring around the world with Video Games Live, he is currently producing a $7 million worldwide touring Disney music spectacular arena show launching in 2013.
An accomplished musician, Tallarico has been writing music for video games for more than 23 years. He has won over 50 industry awards and has worked on more than 300 game titles; to date, they total sales of more than 100 million units and over four billion dollars in revenue. No one in the history of the video game industry has ever worked on more titles and projects. In 2008, he was enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records with a two page feature article and interview and currently holds 3 Guinness World Records
including the person who has worked on the most commercially released video games. In 2012 during the Game Developers Conference he received a Lifetime Achievement Award and is also in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for his contributions to the game industry. In 1994, he founded Tommy Tallarico Studios, the multimedia industry’s largest audio production house. In video games, television, film, radio, soundtracks, toys and even on floats in the New Years Day Rose Parade in Pasadena CA, Tallarico’s music has been heard by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Tommy is a cousin of rock star legend Steven Tyler (nee Tallarico) and in 2002 Tallarico’s music was used as the opening song for Aerosmiths’ “Girls of Summer” world tour. His top titles include Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Disney’s Aladdin, Spider-Man and Metroid Prime as well as top selling popular game franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Madden Football, Mortal Kombat, Time Crisis, Unreal, Lineage, James Bond, Blitz Football, Knockout Kings, Test Drive, Scooby Doo, WWE & Twisted Metal. His score for Advent Rising has been noted as “one of the greatest musical scores of all time” by websites such as Yahoo, Gamespot and others.
We are incredibly excited to welcome Michael Hogan to Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2017 as a guest of honor.
Everybody knows the XO, Colonel Saul Tigh, of the Battlestar Galactica! Hogan has well over a hundred film TV and audio credits to his name. The terrifying werewolf killer, Grandpa Gerrard Argent on MTV’s Teen Wolf, General Slade Wilson/Deathstroke on Smallville, Sean Barlow on The Mentalist, General Donovan on Falling Skies.
As a voice actor, some video games are The Elder ScrollsV: Skyrim as General Tullius, Fallout: New Vegas as Doc Mitchell, Mass Effect 2 & 3 as Captain/Commander Bailey. He and his wife, Susan Hogan, (Captain Doyle Franks on BSG) met and married while attending the National Theatre School of Canada in the late sixties. They have graced stages and screens, together and separately ever since. So say we all!
Full Filmography: http://www.imdb.
We are excited to welcome Jeff Balke to the guest lineup for 2017.
Jeff Balke is an Award Winning Comic Book Colorist who has worked on more than 200 books, and has worked with companies such as Marvel, Image, Zenescope, and Storm King Productions. Jeff has been nominated twice for the Eagle Awards for Best Comic Book Colorist, and won the Shel Dorf Award in 2011 for Colorist of the Year. Jeff currently owns and operates Jeff Balke Studios an Animation and Cartooning Studio which specializes in 2D Animation. Jeff Balke Studios first animation short is due for release in early Spring.
We are excited to welcome Steve Potter to the guest lineup for 2017!
As a child in the 1980s Steve Potter’s family had recognized his skill in art and often dreamed of him growing up to work for Disney. To this Steve replied, “I just want to work for Mad Magazine and Garbage Pail Kids!”
Fast-forward to present day, things have come to fruition. Potter is best known for his work on the Topps trading card series Garbage Pail Kids working alonside his favorite Mad artist Tom Bunk and drawing lots of boogers and farts! Hired by Topps in 2013, Steve quickly secured his spot among the veteran artists and continued on with additional Topps brands including Wacky Packages, Star Wars: Rogue One, and most recently The Walking Dead. Since he is now a Lucasfilm/Disney approved artist he sort of…in a roundabout way…technically…works for Disney? Maybe his Mom and Dad can overlook all the zits and vomit and still be proud?
We’re excited to welcome S. Clarke Hawbaker as a guest to Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2017!
S. Clarke Hawbaker has worked in the comic industry since 1984. Most notably for Marvel as the penciller on Nomad. He was worked for Marvel, DC, Image, and many independent companies from interiors to trading cards. Stop by his booth to get a complete list of his work.
Cory Hamscher is a comicbook artist from the more-than-corn state of Indiana. He broke into the business in the late 90’s doing work for Avatar Press, Chaos! Comics, and Devil’s Due Publishing (G.I.Joe & G.I.Joe vs Transformers).
Cory has spent most of the last decade working for Marvel as a penciller and/or inker on many titles including X-Men ’92, The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Mar. Adv. Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Powerpack, Giant-Size Hulk, Avengers Academy, X-Men Forever, Deadpool Corps, and Skaar Son of Hulk. He was also the artist on the relaunch of Supreme for Image Comics in 2012.
Some of Cory’s most recent credits include X-Men ’92 #5 & #10, Dark Tower #4, All-New Ghost Rider #8-10, Spider-Man Spectacular #1, Captain America: Homefront. and the indie miniseries Judges.
We’re excited to welcome Frank Fosco as a guest to Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2017!
Frank is best known for his stint on the 23 issue run of Image Comics’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
He’s done work for DC on Legionnaires, Superman/Elseworlds, Steel, Robin and Zero Hour among other DC works.
He has also contributed pencil work for Marvel on The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine: A 12 issue 40 year anniversary of The Fantastic Four paying homage to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
He’s done numerous backups for Image’s Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon which includes long runs on Vanguard and Frank’s creation Ethrian.
Frank has also been an artist for Kingstone Media’s publications, 101 Questions and the Bible volume 7.
Cedar Rapids Comic Con is excited to announce that Frank Mentzer will be a guest at Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2017.
Frank Mentzer is an Old School gamer best known for writing five D&D rule sets (Basic, Expert, Companion, Masters, and Immortals) and other D&D products with his friend and co-author Gary Gygax.
Frank was at TSR from 1980 to 1986 and is one of the best-selling authors in the history of the industry, with tens of millions of copies of his works published during that era. His other creations include the legendary Temple of Elemental Evil (with Gygax) and the game version of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
He won the title of #1 Dungeon Master (1980) and an Origins Award for GameMaster Secrets II (1993). Frank has been a game auctioneer at the world’s largest game auction (GenCon) for almost 30 years.
Frank spent the last two decades in other business but, now that he’s ‘retired’, recently started this new publishing company, “Eldritch Enterprises,” with Tim Kask and Jim Ward (both ‘founding fathers’ of the game industry in the 1970s) and Chris Clark (of Inner City Games).
Frank is happily married, was once a professional musician, and has always had a dog.