Celebrity Guests for the Big Apple Christmas Con on Saturday December 14th
Gotham, Girls, Bosom Buddies
A TV favorite for over 40 years, New York native Peter Scolari is best known for his starring role in BOSOM BUDDIES, his Emmy-nominated performances in NEWHART, his Emmy win for HBO’s GIRLS, and as the lead in HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS: THE TV SHOW. His many appearances include: FOSSE/VERDON, MADOFF, MURPHY BROWN, HAPPY DAYS, FAMILY TIES, THE LOVE BOAT, THE NANNY, etc. Peter is well known to Genre fans for his live action roles in THE TWILIGHT ZONE, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, and as the corrupt Commissioner Loeb in GOTHAM. He has voiced roles in dozens of cartoons such as: BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, AMERICAN DAD!, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY DOO?, ANIMANIACS, PINKY AND THE BRAIN, THE POLAR EXPRESS, GARGOYLES, HEY ARNOLD!, DUCKMAN, and as The Atom in BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD.
Sam J. Jones
Flash Gordon, The Spirit, Stargate SG-1
Sam has over 60 films and hundreds of TV shows to his credit. In 1980 he became famous worldwide as the Classic Sci-Fi Superhero in the blockbuster film FLASH GORDON. This iconic role has recently been celebrated as Sam played himself in Seth MacFarlane’s films TED and TED 2 and the documentary LIFE AFTER FLASH. Genre TV fans know him as THE SPIRIT (1987), as the series lead in THE HIGHWAYMAN, and as bounty hunter Aris Boch in STARGATE SG-1. Sam’s current films include: FURY OF THE FIST AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE, AXCELLERATOR, ONE OF THE GOOD ONES, and the upcoming releases EDGAR ALLEN POE’S DECAPITARIUM 3D and THE SILENT NATURAL. As a former Marine and security professional, Sam brings a rare and unique quality to the film industry, and has received many entertainment, civic and humanitarian titles and awards.
Comic Creator Guests
S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, X-Men
As an author, illustrator, musician, art director, magician, designer, escape artist, filmmaker, pop-culture lecturer, and publisher, Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts. More than 150 innovations he created as artist-writer on Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., CAPTAIN AMERICA, and X-MEN revolutionized the comics form and, as an illustrator, he painted a multitude of book covers, including 30 SHADOW paperbacks.
Photo Courtesy Luigi Novi
MAD Magazine, Groo the Wanderer
Sergio Aragonés is said to be the world’s fastest cartoonist and is certainly the most honored, having won every major award including the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award, and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award. Born in Spain in 1937, his family soon relocated to Mexico and at age 17 he began selling professionally to many local publications. In 1962 he moved to New York City and did odd jobs until he earned his way into the top humor magazine MAD.
Sergio's first contribution appeared in #76, and he’s since been in virtually every issue and produced 16 best-selling original MAD paperbacks. In the Seventies Sergio was a regular contributor to DC’s top-notch humor title PLOP!, and in the Eighties he teamed with wordsmith Mark Evanier to bring forth the adventures of Groo the Wanderer, which quickly became one of the funniest and longest-running creator-owned comic books.
'Mazing Man, The Secret History of AA Comics
Bob Rozakis is a veteran of the Bronze Age of Comics and beyond, working at DC Comics from 1973 until 1998. During that time, Bob was DC's Answer Man, using his vast knowledge of the company's history and characters to respond to all sorts of readers' questions, first in print and later online. As a writer, Bob is perhaps best known as the co-creator of ‘MAZING MAN, but his credits include more than four hundred stories featuring Superman, Batman and virtually every other DC character. He is also the creator or co-creator of the Calculator, Bumblebee, Hero Hotline and Duela Dent (The Joker’s Daughter), among many others. He is the author of THE SECRET HISTORY OF AA COMICS (an alternate history of the comic book business) and THE ANSWER MAN’S BOOK OF TRIVIA QUIZZES.
G.I. Joe, Wolverine, Avengers
Writer/editor/cartoonist/illustrator/actor/musician Larry Hama has worked in comics, tv and film. In comics, he has written, edited or drawn for AVENGERS, BLAZE, NTH MAN, THE ‘NAM, CONAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, BIZARRE ADVENTURES, X-MEN, SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL, and dozens more. He is best known as the writer of Marvel’s GI JOE comics in the ‘80s, and as the writer of Marvel’s WOLVERINE in the ‘90s. Recent script credits include BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT and WONDER WOMAN for DC CONVERGENCE, GI ORIGINS AND GI JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO for IDW, and CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS for Dark Horse. Recent art credits: breakdowns for DC’s DEATHSTROKE, DAMAGE, and WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in NATIONAL LAMPOON, ESQUIRE, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, and ROLLING STONE. His comics have been translated in ten languages worldwide. He has appeared on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s PACIFIC OVERTURES and on TV in M*A*S*H, SNL and ANOTHER WORLD. He lives in NYC.
The Doom Patrol, Life With Archie
Paul Kupperberg is a writer of novels, short stories, comic books, and nonfiction, including THE SAME OLD STORY and IN MY SHORTS: HITLER'S BELLHOP AND OTHER STORIES (both from Crazy8Press.com). He has written over 1,000 comic books, including SUPERMAN, SUPERGIRL, and THE DOOM PATROL, and is the author of the GLAAD Media Award nominated and 2014 IAMTW Scribe Award-winning young adult novel, KEVIN (Grosset & Dunlap), as well as the Harvey and Eisner Awards nominated LIFE WITH ARCHIE series (including the controversial “Death of Archie” story line) for Archie Comics. Paul is the executive editor and writer for Charlton Neo Comics (http://morttodd.com/charlton.html). You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter (@PaulKupperberg), and at PaulKupperberg.com. For information about Paul’s small press Buffalo Avenue Comics, contact him at Pkupps55@yahoo.com.
The Comic Reader, Batman, executive at DC Comics
Paul Levitz is a comic fan (THE COMIC READER), editor (BATMAN), writer (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (WILL EISNER: CHAMPION OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL)) and educator (Columbia, Pace, Manhattanville). He received two consecutive Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro, the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative, and has been inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame. His 75 YEARS OF DC COMICS won the Eisner Award, Eagle Award and Peng Pris, and has been released in multiple formats. His over 500 comics have been collected in over 20 graphic novels. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and Boom! Studios.
Spy vs. Spy, The New Yorker
Peter Kuper is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and MAD magazine, where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY every issue since 1997. He has produced over two dozen books including The System, Diario de Oaxaca, Ruins (winner of the 2016 Eisner Award) and adaptations of many of Franz Kafka's works into comics including The Metamorphosis and Kafkaesque. His latest graphic novel is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Michael Jan Friedman
Hollywood Hulk Hogan, DC's Star Trek: The Next Generation
Michael Jan Friedman is the author of 78 books of fiction and non-fiction, about half of them set in the STAR TREK universe. Eleven of his titles, including the autobiography HOLLYWOOD HULK HOGAN and GHOST HUNTING (written with SciFi’s Ghost Hunters), have appeared on the New York Times primary bestseller list. Mike has also worked in network and cable television, radio, and magazine publishing. His involvement in comic books includes a seven-year run on DC's STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and the creation of DC's cosmic superhero title DARKSTARS. He co-wrote the story for the acclaimed second-season STAR TREK: VOYAGER episode “Resistance,” which guest-starred Joel Grey. Mike's most recent work is the graphic novel EMPTY SPACE, a deep-space mystery saga. His website is MichaelJanFriedman.net. As always, Mike advises readers that no matter how many Friedmans they know, he is probably not related to any of them.
Henchgirl, Making Friends
Kristen Gudsnuk is a comics writer and illustrator. She got her start with the comic HENCHGIRL, which was published by Scout Comics in single issue and Dark Horse Comics as a collection. Her newest works include the middle grade graphic novels MAKING FRIENDS and MAKING FRIENDS: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD, from Scholastic Books, and MODERN FANTASY, a miniseries from Dark Horse written by Rafer Roberts and illustrated by Gudsnuk.