Guests

Richard Case has been illustrating comics for more than 30 years. His run on Doom Patrol with writer Grant Morrison inspired much of the TV series for DC Universe, and he has also worked on Sandman, Preacher, Hunter: Age of Magic, Shade the Changing Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and Batman ‘66.

Bob Camp is a world-renowned comic book illustrator, working on such iconic titles as G.I. Joe, Conan the Barbarian, and The ‘Nam, as well as being the co-founder and creative director for the cult classic cartoon, The Ren & Stimpy Show! Come get your 90’s on at Oak City Comicon!

Chris Claremont is the legendary comic book writer & novelist, known for his iconic runs on both the Uncanny X-Men and New Mutants, as well as introducing complex literary themes into superhero narratives, turning once underachieving comics into some of Marvel’s most popular series.

Chris Giarrusso is the Harvey award-nominated artist and writer best known for creating, writing, and drawing the well-loved G-Man series. Chris’s work has been published by Scholastic, Marvel, Image, IDW, Lion Forge, Valiant, Ahoy Comics, and includes books such as Hashtag: Danger, Encounter, and Mini Marvels.

As seen on Marvel’s Hero Project and The Kelly Clarkson Show, Elijah Lee is an amazing 12-year-old from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, known as the Incredible Elijah! He works as a true “modern day superhero” to put an end to child abuse by leading marches and raising awareness for abuse prevention.

Danny McBride is an American writer, filmmaker best known for being the co-creator of the Underworld franchise and writer of the first three installments. He has worked as a screenwriter for the likes of MGM, Sony/Screen Gems, HBO, AMC, Fox, Imagine Entertainment and Disney.
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Scott McElroy is an American stunt coordinator/actor and weapons expert, best known for the role of Soren, the Death Dealer, in the Underworld franchise. He has appeared in scores of films, including Reservoir Dogs, The Mask, Batman Forever and U.S. Marshalls, as wells as a long list of television series, including Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Brockton McKinney is a writer and the property of the McKinney Girls Corp. He writes childishly thoughtful gags for Mad Magazine, sensitive and gory films for Full Moon Features, and an assortment of entertainment projects for both Baby Giant Studios and Picture It Productions.

Joe Meno is founder and editor of the LEGO fan magazine BrickJournal, the first magazine about the LEGO hobby. He has worked with LEGO on several occasions, from set design to beta testing.

Rico Renzi is the much sought-after and highly stylized color artist for Spider-Gwen and Sea of Stars, among many other high profile projects. He is also the co-creator of Spider-Gwen, a character featured in the Oscar-winning film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Afua Richardson is an American illustrator best known for her work on the Eisner winning series Black Panther World of Wakanda. She’s done cover work for both Marvel and DC Comics, has been featured on the Lifetime Network’s HERstories, and is an accomplished songwriter & musician.

Budd Root is the cartoonist & creator of the successful comic book Cavewoman, and has had his work published by Caliber Press, Avatar Press, & Basement Comics. Root is considered to be one of the premiere contemporary “good girl” artists in the world.

William Stout is a legendary fantasy artist & illustrator, who has done storyboard art and production design for such films as The Return of the Living Dead, Masters of the Universe, Men in Black, Pan’s Labyrinth, Stephen King’s The Mist, and so many more!

Best selling author Robert Venditti‘s work has been adapted to film and television. He has written X-O Manowar for Valiant Entertainment, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern, and The Flash for DC Comics. His current projects include Justice League, Hawkman, Freedom Fighters, and the Vertigo graphic novel Six Days.

Bruce White, aka “Velvet Geek”, has been tattooing for 20 years and painting on black velvet since 2009. His sought-after, highly realistic pieces have been featured at Gallery1988, Mondo Gallery, Spoke Art, Shades of Grey, Wootini, Gauntlet Gallery, & Hero Complex Gallery.

Karen Whitfield is the author of Batdriven West, the never-before-told story of her adventures as the Detective Comics Bronze Age Batgirl, who traveled with TV’s Caped Crusaders, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) from 1978 to 1984.

Jeremy Whitley is a writer known for his work on Marvel Comics’  The Unstoppable Wasp and Future Foundation. He is also the creator of the series Princeless, and fan favorite scribe of such diverse books as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Vampirella.

A long time lover of video games, comic art, and all things animated, Marcus Williams is an illustrator, comic artist/writer and character designer dedicated to creating new perspectives and worlds.

Aeron Alfrey creates unique imagery inspired by the macabre, grotesque and monstrous. His art has been published in numerous books and shown in galleries around the world.

Steve Beach is the artist for IDW’s The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen, Shed, and a new limited series, Graven. His short work has been published in the Vertigo Anthology the Witching Hour and in the 2016 Millarworld anthology with writer Cliff Bumgardner.

Cap Blackard is a writer, illustrator and podcaster. She’s best known for her award-winning audio drama, The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program, and as the “Mother Brain” of Omniverse – her production house for radical stories. She is currently working on Lightning Dogs, a forthcoming animated series inspired by classic 80s cartoons.

Matt Brady is a high school science teacher and writer of sciency things, including The Science of Rick and Morty, which looks at the weird, possible and totally fictional science of the animated series. He is also the co-founder of Newsarama.com and thescienceof.org.

Cliff Bumgardner is a writer, filmmaker, podcaster, and professional creative weirdo. He is a winner of the first-ever Millarworld Talent Search Competition and the director of the Emmy-nominated docu-series This is Human Trafficking.

Jason Flowers is the artist and author of Caliber Comics’ A.A.I. Wars.

Andrew Herman is a writer and comic book artist from Houston, TX. He illustrated covers for Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, Amalgama: Space Zombie, and Infinite 7.  Andrew wrote the 2011 comedy feature film Lloyd the Conqueror.

Erik Klaus is the writer and artist of Ninjas and Robots and cover artist on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The D Ward.

Andrea Lorenzo Molinari is co-author of The Shepherd graphic novels series.

Roberto Xavier Molinari is co-author of The Shepherd graphic novels series.

Micah Myers is a comic book letterer who has worked on books from many of the top companies in comics. He is the letterer of Olympia (Image) and WYRD (Dark Horse) and later this year Chained to the Grave (IDW) and Agent Moose (Macmillan).

Billy Parker is the writer, inker, letterer and colorist for The D Ward and Junior High Horrors.

Rob Potchak is the writer, editor and cover artist for Junior High Horrors, Immortal, X-Liefelds and Dead Sonja.

Evan Pozios is author of Time Grunts, Volumes 1-2, and the soon to be published, Johnny Phantasm.

Johndell Snead is the artist responsible for the indie hit REZ. A member of Tsunami Studios, Johndell is a powerhouse penciler on such books as Grimm FairyTale and is the cover artist for Back to the Future.

Chad Strohl is author of Infinity: A Tale of the Inferno.

BiracialAngel92 is a friendly face around the Raleigh convention scene, he brings an eye for detail and a love for the characters he portrays to every event he attends. When he’s not donning capes you’ll find him working on his podcast Forgotten Nerd with Canary Cry Cosplay and Mom of Pitbulls Cosplay!

Elizabeth Caddy is the Owner of Caddy’s Custom Goods and the Head of Textile Surgery and Repair for the Cosplay Hospital. She is a professional costumer with over 10 years experience in making and maintaining costumes. She offers these free repairs as a gift to the Cosplay Community, so come take advantage!

Canary Cry Cosplay has been cosplaying since 2016. She specializes in foam crafting and prop making, and several of her cosplays are full armor sets. More recently, she has gotten into incorporating technological elements such as animated LEDs and smoke machines into her cosplays. She always loves learning new foam crafting techniques and learning how to use different mediums when building her cosplays. Canary is very excited to be attending Oak City Comicon!

Ria Parker is a Cosplayer, Social Media Influencer, Business Entrepreneur, 3D Printing Enthusiast, as well as Foamsmith! For over 7+ years she’s been showcasing her skills through cosplay, as well as her armor builds! Her favorite part about cosplaying comes from the excitement of transforming into her favorite character and bringing them to life.

Jenna Say What?!? has been a cosplayer for 5 years and has roughly 200 cosplays. She loves dipping into various levels of the cosplay world including foam smithing, sewing, 3d printing, molding and casting, wig work, and body painting. She now owns a successful Etsy store where she sells cosplays, wigs, and props!

Make Lovely Cosplay has been creating for over a decade, specializing in all things fancy and fun! Her speciality is sewing, and she loves sharing tips and tricks to give your cosplay some extra polish.

Make Smith Forge is an NC based cosplayer who started cosplaying in 2016 and foamsmithing in 2017. He specializes in armor and prop weapons (especially those based off comics and video games). His current cosplay projects are centered around adding robotics to his armor!

Mooty Vision started with constructing costumes for his children, and moved into making his own at the second Grand Rapids Comic-Con . The costumes started as Thrift Store and Duct Tape work, but in 2017 he taught himself how to work with foam. Since his cosplay journey began he’s made a point to teach himself a new skill with each new cosplay. Since then he’s made more than 2 dozen cosplays for himself, family, and friends.

Raleigh local cosplayer, SkylarVerse attended his first comic con in 2017 and was inspired by the amazing costumes he saw. Spider-Man has always been a beloved character to Skylar but it only increased when he did his first official Spidey cosplay as an adult. He’s connected with fellow Spider-man fans and the cosplay community through his social media and regularly reconnects with the community at Oak City Comicon, his first convention and birthday con!

The 501st Legion is an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate cosplays of your favorite Star Wars characters!

Mandalorian Mercs is a unique cosplay organization that encourages membership applicants to focus on adding their personal and distinctive creative individuality to these popular Star Wars characters.

The Rebel Legion is a Star Wars based costuming fan club. The Rebel Legion’s members create and wear costumes of the hero characters from the Star Wars saga, which includes but is not limited to the films, comics, books, games, and television shows based on the Star Wars saga.