We are very excited to welcome Sean Lewis to Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2018! His comic work has been seen in the critically acclaimed creator owned series’ SAINTS (w/Ben Mackey), THE FEW (w/Hayden Sherman) and COYOTES (w/Caitlin Yarsky).
Sean Lewis is an Award Winning Playwright and Theatre Director. He has also been heard on NPR’S This American Life.
We’re excited to welcome Eric Gapstur to the lineup of guests at Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2017!
Eric has been creating comics professionally since 2011, most notably inking Phil Hester on titles such as The Flash: Season Zero, Adventures of Superman, Legends of the Dark Knight, and Batman Beyond 2.0 for DC Comics. He is currently working on Shipwreck from Aftershock Comics. He lives in Eastern Iowa with his wife, Michelle, and son, Liam.
He is currently working as an artist on Animosity: Evolution and as an inker on Shipwreck, both from Aftershock Comics.
We are excited to announce that Phil Hester is returning to Cedar Rapids Comic Con in 2018.
Phillip Hester has been making comics for over three decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. He broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. He also wrote and drew the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch. Phil drew Kevin Smith’s revival of DC’s Green Arrow. He wrote the original graphic novels The Coffin and Deep Sleeper with artist Mike Huddleston. At Image Comics, he created Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn.
His work includes runs on such title as The Darkness, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Nightwing, Invincible Universe, Batman Beyond, The Flash: Season Zero, Deathstroke, and Mythic. His current projects include Shipwreck with Warren Ellis for Aftershock. He currently writes Blood Blister for Aftershock and Future Quest Presents: Birdman for DC. He currently draws Batman Beyond for DC and Shipwreck for Aftershock.
Baroness Von T is a cosplayer based out of Kansas City. Originally born and raised in New Market, Iowa, she moved to the city to pursue her dreams of Cosplay and Special Effects Makeup. She is currently employed full time doing FX Makeup and also owns an Etsy store selling Pokeball and nerdy terrariums!
The Baroness has been cosplaying since 2013 but has always been an extreme Halloween enthusiast, making her own Halloween costumes since the age of 6. Her favorite part about cosplay is teaching and encouraging others so that they can enjoy the hobby as well!
She is not a shy person by nature and would love for you to stop by, say hello, get some photos and chat!
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BaronessVonTCosplay/
Sophii is a cosplayer out of Kansas and has been cosplaying since 2009. Since taking the jump to a more professional role in 2014, she’s had the pleasure of earning spots as cosplay guest, contest judge, correspondent and more at conventions and events across the country.
Meet Victori Belle… it’s a play on her real name (Victoria) and her favorite Disney Princess, Belle. Her name also means Beauty and that is what she tries to get out of every costume she creates. Her cosplays always bring out the beauty of cosplaying. I love this art and I hope you learn to love it too!
Each of her costumed is handmade by her. Her cosplay has not unnoticed… she was recognized at Wizard World Chicago Best Female Villain Cosplay in 2014 (as Maleficent). Her more recent creations include an original take on Swamp Thing.
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.