Jim Shooter (Writer / Marvel Editor-in-Chief)

Jim Shooter (Writer / Marvel Editor-In-Chief)
Jim Shooter (Writer / Marvel Editor-In-Chief)

Jim Shooter started writing Superman and other titles for DC Comics at the age of 13 in 1965.  He worked his way through high school writing stories, laying out pages and designing covers.

He was hired by Marvel Comics in 1976 as associate editor and in 1978 became Editor in Chief.  He introduced benefits, royalties and other incentives for creators that attracted a legion of phenomenal talents who, under his oversight, authored a decade of brilliant creativity and unparalleled success.

Marvel's Secret Wars - Written by Jim Shooter
Marvel’s Secret Wars – Written by Jim Shooter

Jim wrote several notable series including the Avengers and Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars. He also headed up the creative teams that developed G.I. Joe and Transformers.

Jim went on to found Voyager Communications in 1989, where he was the CEO and President.  He also served as Editor in Chief, principal creator, head writer and occasional artist for the highly acclaimed comics published under the VALIANT imprint, which included Magnus Robot Fighter, Solar Man of the Atom, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, UNITY and more.

Buy your tickets now to see Jim at Capital City Comic Con on September 21st in Lansing, Michigan!

Larry Hama (Writer / Artist / Actor)

Larry Hama (Writer / Artist / Actor)
Larry Hama (Writer / Artist / Actor)

Larry Hama is a writer/editor/cartoonist/illustrator/actor/musician who 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 ‘eighties, and as the writer of Marvel’s “Wolverine” in the ‘nineties. 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, “Call of Duty Black Ops” for Dark Horse. Recent art credits: breakdowns for DC Comics’ “Deathstroke,” “Damage.” and “Michael Cray.” His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in National Lampoon, Esquire, New York and Rolling Stone.  His comics have been translated in ten languages around the world. He has appeared on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures” and on TV in MASH, SNL and “Another World.” He lives in New York City.

Tony Miello (Artist / Founder, Rocket Ink Studios)

Tony Miello (Artist / Founder, Rocket Ink Studios)
Tony Miello (Artist / Founder, Rocket Ink Studios)

Tony is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist who has been working as a professional artist for over twenty years. He is the creator of the comic strip GAPO the Clown, which has been published on the web since 2004 and is currently published by Caliber Comics. He has worked on comics based on the popular cable television shows “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” and “Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In” and has provided art for licensed properties from Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics and LucasFilm. Tony has recently received notoriety in the fine art community for his paintings and the gallery exhibits he has helped curate. Tony is the co-founder and publisher of Rocket Ink Studios.

Tony’s horror anthology Odd Tales From the Curio Shop sucessfuly funded on Kickstarter, and includes work by past Capital City Comic Con guests Dirk Manning and Jay Jacot, among others.

Buy your tickets now to see Tony at Capital City Comic Con on September 21st in Lansing, Michigan!

Alexis Noriega (Costumer / Designer / Cosplayer)

Alexis Noriega Fairy Cosplay
Alexis Noriega Fairy Cosplay

Mechanical wing-maker Alexis Noriega returns to #capcitycomiccon as a Special Guest for #capcity2019!

Alexis Noriega is a self-taught costume maker and wing specialist. She started cosplaying in high school and quickly fell in love with creating and designing elaborate costumes. Once she made her first set of wings for a costume, she was hooked. Her work has been showcased in several viral videos in the last few years, and has even made appearances on the The Science Channel and Adam Savage’s new “Tested” VR show. She has been fortunate enough to create wings for fans all over the world through her cosplay business The Crooked Feather as a full time profession. Her favorite cosplay materials are feathers (duh!), foam, aluminum and chiffon. She loves exploring new high tech ways to make fantasy a reality! She hopes to inspire young people to go into STEM fields with her creative mechanical wings.

Buy your tickets now to see Alexis’ newest cosplay at Capital City Comic Con on September 21st in Lansing, Michigan!

Jason Howard (Artist / Writer)

Jason Howard (Artist / Writer)
Jason Howard (Artist / Writer)

Jason Howard is a comic book creator and artist who has collaborated with some of the top talent in comics. He co-created and drew SUPER DINOSAUR and THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN with writer Robert Kirkman, published by Image Comics/Skybound. Jason has just completed drawing CEMETERY BEACH, an action series from Image that he co-created with writer Warren Ellis. He and Warren previously collaborated on the acclaimed science fiction series TREES, and the webcomic SCATTERLANDS both from from Image Comics. While best known for his creator owned work, Jason has also worked on projects for IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

Season One of the SUPER DINOSAUR cartoon has been released in Canada, and a U.S. release date is expected soon! It has also been turned into a game for Android and iPhone, and has been released on a tri

Buy your tickets now to see Jason at Capital City Comic Con on September 21st in Lansing, Michigan!

K.J. Kaminski (Writer / Publisher)

K.J. Kaminski
K.J. Kaminski – Writer / Publisher

K.J. Kaminski is the co-creator/writer/letterer/publisher of the sci-fi action-adventure series THE RESISTANTS, HYPER-ACTION, and SOPHIA SATURN from Big Blue Comics. Growing up in the 80’s & 90’s in Michigan, K.J.’s passion for comics blossomed at a young age. In his teens he began buying and selling collectible toys and comics at local conventions, while creating comics of his own with a group of friends.

Not much has changed, as he continues to publish comics in Southern California, while promoting and selling online and at conventions around the country. His popular high-action series THE RESISTANTS & HYPER-ACTION features alien refugees, human outlaws, and bounty hunters 100 years in the future with explosive artwork by Jason Johnson (Wildcats, Knight Rider).

Cover of issue number one of Sophia Saturn from Big Blue Comics and K.J. Kaminski
Cover of issue number one of Sophia Saturn from Big Blue Comics and K.J. Kaminski

His latest series, SOPHIA SATURN is a teen space adventure with stunning artwork by Ben Herrera (X-Men Adventures). K.J. continues to expand outside of his own series by providing lettering and production for Rapid City: Below Zero from Monolith and contributing a story to the wildly successful anthology, Cthulhu Is Hard To Spell from Wannabe Press & Charon Comics.

Big Blue Comics will start releasing a series of limited edition books and variants this fall featuring their greatest artists and characters. These books will only be available at select conventions and through our Kickstarter campaigns. The debut of the initial releases will be at the Capital City Comic Con in Lansing, MI September 21st.

The Codebreakers Artist Spotlight features the work of creator Jason Howard (Cemetery Beach, Super-Dinosaur), also a special guest at Capital City Comic Con. This limited artist’s edition presents Jason Howard’s work for Big Blue Comics in glorious black & white. Includes Codebreakers: Kona Vs. Chun (originally published in color in HYPER-ACTION #1) plus more of Jason’s line-art with a special black & white cover. Limited to 50 copies.

The Resistants Black and White exclusive G.I. Joe homage cover
The Resistants Black and White exclusive G.I. Joe homage cover

THE RESISTANTS: Special Edition #1 features a limited variant homage cover to G.I. Joe #1 from 1982. Drawn by series artist Jason Johnson (Gen 13, Knight Rider), this black & white version features the characters of THE RESISTANTS in the classic poses of the 80’s strike force. Includes the first chapter of THE RESISTANTS: The Broadcast Offensive by K.J Kaminski, Jason Johnson, & Ross A. Campbell. Limited to 25 copies.

The first place you’ll be able to get both books is at the Big Blue Comics/K.J. Kaminski table at the Capital City Comic Con in Lansing, MI September 21st.

Don’t miss out on your chance to pick-up these limited collectibles before they’re gone!

Ryan Claytor (Writer / Artist)

Ryan Claytor - Writer / Artist
Ryan Claytor – Writer / Artist

Ryan Claytor is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University where he teaches Comics Studio courses and spearheaded the development of the Comics Art and Graphic Novel interdisciplinary minor between the Art and English departments. In 2007, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis in multimedia, researching autobiography in comics. 

Claytor’s achievements have included four S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) Prizes for his work in comics, a Cartoonist in Residence position at the Cartoon Art Museum, visiting lectureships at the Dallas Museum of Art , The Center for Cartoon Studies, and The Savannah College of Art and Design, an internship with Marvel Comics, and judging the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award.  In 2009, Claytor had a featured exhibition of his work in San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum and Claytor began teaching the first “Comics and Visual Narrative” course in Michigan State University‘s history. He has also served as the Director of the Michigan State University Comics Forum, an event for scholars, creators and fans, since 2009, as well as Host and Producer of the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast since 2016.

As a creator, Claytor is most widely known for his self-published, autobiographical, comic book series And Then One Day. Although the series has undergone several format changes and incarnations since its inception in 2004, And Then One Day readers are consistently treated with Claytor’s thoughtful and entertaining approach to autobiographical comics immaculately packaged with a designer’s eye for production detail.

Ryan Claytor Coin-Op Carnival cover
Ryan Claytor Coin-Op Carnival cover

Coin-Op Carnival, a new 64-page print publication, is the only source for full-color, completely illustrated content documenting the history and stories surrounding electro-mechanical coin-operated amusement devices (pinball and pre-video arcade games manufactured prior to 1978). Each issue includes an interview with a game designer, in-depth game reviews, E.M. tech explained, product spotlights, comics, and more. The book is available at www.elephanteater.com/comics, www.coinopcarnival.com, and Hollow Mountain Comics in East Lansing, MI. You can find their nationwide summer/fall tour schedule here

Rob Miller (Sculptor / Make-up & Special Effects Artist )

Rob Miller - Sculptor, Make-up and Special Effects Artist
Rob Miller – Sculptor, Make-up and Special Effects Artist

Rob Miller has been involved in the artistic field for most of his life. His work can often be seen in convention arenas around his home state of Michigan. 

Rob’s special effects makeup and fabrication skills caught the attention of one of the top rated shows on the SyFy network; FaceOff.  Rob was a competitor for Face Off Season 8 – Return of the Champions. Miller made it through 9 of the 15 episodes and was asked to return to compete as part of one of three teams for the finale.  Finalist Darla Edin chose Rob, Stephanie Masco, Daniel Prado and Anthony Reyes, and together their team won the finale. 

Groot and Rocket Statue by sculptor Rob Miller
Groot and Rocket Statue by sculptor Rob Miller

Rob’s work has also been featured in magazines such as Fangoria, and Amazing Figure Modeler and has also been seen on the nationally syndicated television program “Strange Universe”.  He is an award winning master sculptor, creature designer and has also won awards for special effects makeup, set design and costume fabrication.

Rob’s statue of Rocket and Groot (from Guardians of the Galaxy) will be available for posing with for photographs (do not touch the model).

Jim Benton (Writer / Artist / Cartoonist)

Jim Benton - Writer, Artist, Cartoonist
Jim Benton – Writer, Artist, Cartoonist

Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants says: “Jim Benton is a comic genius and a brilliant cartoonist.” And beloved MAD Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragonés says: “Humor in print has many forms, what is amazing is that Jim Benton excels in all of them!”

Jim is the creator of the brand It’s Happy Bunny®, which has sold over three-quarters of a billion dollars at retail. It’s won five top awards from the licensing industry, a NCS divisional award for greeting cards, and The American Librarians Association designated It’s Happy Bunny books as Top Picks for teen readers.

His book series, Dear Dumb Diary–is a New York Times Best-seller, and is published 15 languages. The series has over ten million books in print, and was made into a musical Made-For-TV movie, which Jim co-wrote and produced. The movie aired on Hallmark and is currently trending on Netflix.

His series, Franny K. Stein, is the winner of an Eleanor Cameron Award for kid’s science fiction, and the first book from the series is in its 27th printing.

His cartoon collection, Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats. was nominated for an Eisner Award. The sequel, Man, I Hate Cursive from Andrews McMeel was also nominated for an Eisner Award the following year.

His picture book, The End won a Gold Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards.

School Library Journal says that Clyde “…will draw in both robust and emerging readers, and frequent action scenes will compel all readers to keep turning pages…they will cheer when Clyde saves the day…recommended for most public and elementary school libraries.” And Kirkus Reviews says that Catwad is “…sketch-comedy nonsense, but preteens will be onboard immediately and asking for the next volume at the close of this short collection.”

Jim regularly posts new comics to GoComics and Reddit and has published 4 new titles in 2019.

George Lowe (Voice Actor)

Beginning his career in radio, George moved from station to station for years before receiving an offer to audition for an “Animated Late Night Talk Show”. George accepted and won the role, becoming the late night host we all know and love… SPACE GHOST!

George provided the voice of Space Ghost for 10 seasons on Cartoon Network, and since has often been referred to as “The Godfather of Adult Swim”.

After Space Ghost Coast To Coast ended its lengthy run, George went on to voice many other characters among several Adult Swim shows such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, Squidbillies, and of course Robot Chicken, which he is still part of today!

Lora Root (Writer / Artist / 2019 Capital City Comic Con Art Scholarship Winner)

Capital City Comic Con is pleased to name Lora Root as the recipient of the annual $1,000 Capital City Comic Con Original Art Scholarship in Comic Studies. 

Lora Root is a student and comic artist born and raised in Michigan, currently studying arts and humanities at Michigan State University. Also a part of the Graphic Novel minor at MSU, she has completed two comics thus far–People Going Places, a minicomic, and Hamlet is Okay, the first volume of a modern adaptation of various Shakespeare plays combined that she is still working on even now, hoping to complete the next portion of it by December 2019. Alongside her love of Shakespeare, she enjoys working with bold colors and exploring themes of life, loss and existing as you are. More information on her past and current projects can be found on her website, over at www.lemonbrows.com.

As part of the scholarship, Lora has crafted official artwork for the 2019 Capital City Comic Con convention book. The artwork is inspired by Capital City Comic Con’s commitment to providing the best exhibition of Comics, Collectibles, and Creators, while also supporting our Community through scholarship and charity. 

Capital City Comic Con established this scholarship in 2016 to encourage the study of comic art and is currently offered exclusively to current students at Michigan State University. 

Lora’s art will be featured at the 2019 Capital City Comic Con on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. where Lora will have an artist’s space. Prints of the official artwork will be available for purchase at Capital City Comic Con. Lora will also be officially recognized as the scholarship recipient during a presentation on the Main Stage. 

Advance tickets for Capital City Comic Con 2019 are on sale now at www.capcitycomiccon.com.