We are very excited to announce that Ant Lucia is returning to Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2018 as a guest and as 2018’s featured artist.
Ant Lucia is known for his work with DC Comics/Collectibles designing and illustrating the best-selling “DC Bombshells” line. His work has also been featured on the covers of many DC Comics titles. He is currently working on the cover art for the DC Comics Bombshells Series.
Ant also created 2018’s official convention art, the “Iowa Bombshell.”
Visit Ant’s website at antlucia.com.
Zach Galligan is an American actor known for his role as Billy Peltzer in the Steven Spielberg-produced 1984 blockbuster Gremlins. Following the first Gremlins film, Galligan appeared in Nothing Lasts Forever, the unfinished final film of John Belushi, which also starred Bill Murray and Dan Akyroyd. In 1988, he starred as Mark Loftmore in the horror comedy Waxwork. He reprised his role as Billy Peltzer in the 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
Galligan has appeared in numerous television series and films, notably having roles in Law and Order, Star Trek: Voyager, 7th Heaven and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
William Jones, the founder of Afrofuturism Network, is a historian, “comic book geek”, writer, and educator. He is a sought-after public speaker on the subjects of the history of black people in America, the image of black people in various forms of media, pop culture and hip-hop music, to name just a few. He has spoken on various college campuses and at conferences both nationally and abroad.
ABOUT THE AFROFUTURISM NETWORK
AFN seeks to support the ever growing community of black writers, artists, and thinkers in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, comic books and film. Here, we analyze the contributions and portrayal of black characters in these mediums. AFN will examine the role and place of black people in the past present and future and serve as a hub for black creativity and thought.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this day and age, seeing black comic book characters isn’t at all uncommon. In fact, every year we see more and more black superheroes and heroines on television, on the big screen and in the comic books themselves.
But this wasn’t always the case. It wasn’t so long ago that black superheroes were few and far between, and the ones that were around had some questionable origins and storylines.
In this book, William Jones, founder of Afrofuturism Network, breaks down the origins of four black comic book characters – Luke Cage, Papa Midnite, Storm, and Black Panther – and analyzes their representation throughout comic book history.
Whether you’re a long-time lover of comics, an established or aspiring creator or a new and casual fan you’ll find something new as you read about the untold stories of these heroes and get a feel for the future of diversity and representation in the comic book medium.
Kevlen Goodner is a highly skilled sequential storyteller and technically gifted draftsman. His ability to capture gestures, along with his eye for rendering detailed human anatomy are evident in all of his work.
Kevlen is a supportive teacher of illustration, with a student list that includes both professionals and those aspiring to achieve varied artistic goals. He’s Co-founder of several art houses, including EUREKA! comic Labs, Attilan Studios, and Heavy Black Design Group.
Alex Solis’ life long passion is art, even when he takes a day off, he is still doodling.
His artork and creative takes on iconic characters has landed him gigs working with MineCraft, TMNT, Spiderman, Disney, Marvel, Chevrolet, New Balance, Thorn Foundation, GAP, SpongeBobSquarePants, Nightmare BeforeXmas, Nick Retro, Sony, Adventure Time, Peanuts, Mr. Clean, Corona Light, Pepsi, Gatorade, McDonald’s, and TEDEX.
Realizing at a young age that the stereotype of the starving artist might actually impede his ability to pay the bills, Solis decided to focus on Design and Web development. Learning code and design helped him with his art in order to add a more visual and concept driven look to everything he creates. This has lead him to push his art to a new level which has allowed him to travel the world with his art, and share his story through public speaking gigs.
Alex Solis currently resides in Wisconsin where he works full time on his own brand Oddworx. When he’s not working on art, he spends most of his time with his wife, two kids, and his English Bulldog.
NY Times best selling comic book artist Gene Ha is best known for his work with writer Alan Moore, Top 10and its prequel The Forty-Niners. He has won 4 Eisner awards, the highest honor in American comics. He writes and draws the comic book Mae. It’s the story of Mae Fortell, a girl who follows her long missing sister Abbie to a world of mad science and mystery. Gene Ha lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife Lisa.
Learn more at http://www.geneha.com/
Eric Vale has spent over 17 successful years in the entertainment business as an actor, writer, producer, and director. Known around the world for his voice work on hit TV shows like Dragon Ball Z as Trunks, One Piece as Sanji, and Fullmetal Alchemist as Kimblee, he was also voice director for the hugely successful Gearbox video game Borderlands 2 and, most recently, ADR director for the feature film Daylight’s End.
In addition to his voice acting, Eric also spent nearly ten years as a head writer for Funimation adapting over fifty anime programs such as One Piece, Witchblade, Dragon Ball Z and GT, Desert Punk, Ouran High School Host Club, and Blue Gender. In addition to scripting anime, Eric has also written multiple original screenplays including the feature film Chariot, which Vale also produced to a successful release last year. Much of his current efforts are being poured into the pre-production of his new feature film, Purity.
Want to know more about Eric and what he’s involved with these days? Then follow his every move like a stalker on twitter (@ericvale) or check out his official website at
Born and raised in Chicago, Ashley A. Woods is an illustrator who got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series, “Millennia War”, while attending the International Academy of Design and Technology. After earning her degree in Film and Animation, she traveled to Kyoto, Japan where she presented her work in a gallery showcase called, “Out Of Sequence”. After returning to the States, her work from her comics were included in the “Black Comix” compilation table top book published by Magnetic Press, which was used in college courses at various universities internationally.
For the next few years, she worked in freelance and continued selling her work at comic conventions and various shows. January 2015, she met Amandla Stenberg and Stranger Comics at a convention; six months later, she began working on “NIOBE: She Is Life” which went on to sell tens of thousands of copies leading in the movement of representation in comics and also inspired many cosplays.
While working on “NIOBE” in 2016, Ashley also provided a variant cover for “BLACK” with Black Mask Studio, which sold out during it’s release. In addition, she also provided the cover for “BLACK COMIX II” which will be released by Magnetic Press / Lion Forge Comics. In early 2017, Ashley worked with writer, Delilah S. Dawson (“Star Wars”, “Wicked As They Come”), on “LADY CASTLE” for BOOM! Studios. In August 2017, Ashley released more work, this time with writer Paul Allor (G.I. Joe, TMNT), for his epic anthology “Past The Last Mountain”.
Ashley’s next projects include “Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade” for Dark Horse Comics and Crystal Dynamics as well as the eighth book in her long running independent action-fantasy series, “Millennia War”.
When Ashley isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, playing video games and studying Japanese.
Tyler has been a valued illustrator in the entertainment industry since the year 2000. His clients include Marvel Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, Marvel/Lionsgate, DC Comics, Blizzard, Wizards of the Coast, Paizo’s Pathfinder, IDW, and Dynamite Entertainment, among many others.
His most widely seen work can be found almost anywhere in the form of licensed character images created directly for Marvel Studios. He has illustrated iconic images for every Marvel Studios movie since 2013, including: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.
Kerrigan Mahan is three generations Hollywood. As an actor, he’s appeared in numerous television shows, commercials, and movies. He produced and directed the critically acclaimed one-man show, “Matty, an Evening with Christy Mathewson,” with well received runs at The Two Roads Theater in Studio City and The Lambs, off-Broadway.
Mahan recently directed the travel show, “California Highway 1 Discovery Route On the Road with Jo,” which can be viewed on You Tube.
Mahan has two feature length screenplays in development, an original coming-of-age racing drama, “Chasing Valentino,” and a Depression era family film, “Screenland,” adapted from the book, The Boy Who Looked Like Shirley Temple, by his late father, Bill Mahan. He has also created and written an original series, entitled “The Bangors.”
Mahan’s on-camera career includes dozens of television shows and movies, most recently playing the EVANGELIST in the film, “Angels in Stardust,” starring Alicia Silverstone, Billy Burke and AJ Michalka.
As a voice over performer, Mahan has been heard on hundreds of radio and television commercials and has narrated numerous television shows, industrials, and documentaries. He has voiced dozens of promos and trailers, and had a lucrative career in ADR, looping over a thousand TV shows and movies. He’s been the Mafioso on the phone, the voice replacement for the hardened cop, the menacing heavy breather, and the nut case in the asylum. He’s been strangled, chased, trampled, slugged, stabbed, shot, and set on fire… and that’s all before lunch.
In live action, his most famous and sustaining role to date was the ever popular and fearsome, original evil space alien, GOLDAR, of the hugely-famed, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series, and “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.” He also voiced the dark and tortured anti-hero, MAGNA DEFENDER, in “Power Rangers, Lost Galaxy.” He also voiced JEB, the talking dog on the series, “VR Troopers.”
He was the GREMLIN in the TV series “Seven Days,” the FUNWORLD PATROLMAN and SECURITY GUARD in the movie, “Bebe’s Kids,” the desperate and dying, TROY LARSON in “Supernova” and the GAY PENGUIN in Dr. Doolittle. He was the gruff, no nonsense voice of the black Ford 150 pick-up truck, ATTACK BEAST on the television series, “Team Knight Rider,” and the out-spoken political radio shock jock, P.J. HAWKS, in “The District.”
In the animation world, Mahan recurred as the calculating, evil powerhouse, EDWIN ALVA, on the series, “Static Shock,” and played multiple characters on the home video release, “Ultimate Avengers.” He has guest starred on “Family Guy,” “Scooby Doo,” “Batman Beyond,” “Fantastic 4,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “As Told By Ginger,” “I Am Weasel,” “The Angry Beavers,” “Dilbert,” and “God, the Devil and Bob.”
Mahan was one of the pioneers with the resurgence of anime in the mid-80s, voicing the incorrigible flirt, PRIVATE SEAN PHILLIPS, in the series, “Robotech,” the ever intimidating, REI GINSEI, in “Vampire Hunter D,” the scrubbed and wholesome do-gooder, KIMBALL KINNISON, in “The Lensman,” the relaxed and self-assured, RINGO, in ”Technoman,” the frightfully menacing PABLO in “The Professional,” and the coolest of cool, BUNTA, in the series, “Initial D” in stores on DVD.
Mahan currently lives in Morro Bay, California with his wife, Melanie, their tuxedo cat, Presley, their wild, zany-smart blond wolf dog, Keogh, and that crazier than crazy character Great Dane, Mia. When not walking these wildebeests, he can be found spending most of his time these days, writing, directing and doing VO jobs out of his home studio.