Comic Fest Guest List is Amazzzizazing

Comic Fest Man.  Provided by the Official Comic Fest web site at http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Comic Fest Man. Provided by the Official Comic Fest web site at http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

The Comic Fest San Diego weekend is growing by leaps and bounds, and with it, the guest list. This fun filled interactive family friendly weekend that takes place Oct 17-19 is not only offering an intimate experience of getting to truly socialize with pop culture icons, but also create and share talents. Here is the amazing list of confirmed guests thus far:

Guest of Honor: Neal Adams

Special Jerry Siegel Centennial Guest: Laura Siegel Larson

Science Fiction Guest of Honor: Greg Bear

Fan Guest of Honor: Comic-Con International President John Rogers

Eisner Award winner and winner of the National Cartoonists Society 2014 Reuben Award: Andrew Robinson

Special U.K. Comics Creator and CCO of ground-breaking digital storytelling company Madefire: Liam Sharp

Creators of steampunk favorites Boilerplate; History’s Mechanical Marvel and Frank Reade; Adventures in the Age of Invention, Heartbreakers comics, and much more: Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan

Writer, artist, director: Jon Schnepp

Hosts of The Arkham Sessions: Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward

Showrunner, Producer, Writer, one of Comic Con’s “Most Dangerous Women,” advocate for independent entertainment and art, and founder of The Geekie Awards: Kristen Nedopak

International Comics Guests:

From Mexico City, comic artist and writer (Star Wars Tag & Blink series, Dethklok, Hellcyon): Lucas Marangon

From Mexico City, comic artist, writer,editor and popularizer of manga style in Mexico: Gaby Maya

Special Twilight Zone Tribute Guests:

Rod Serling’s daughter and author of the recently published memoir, AS I KNEW HIM: My Dad, Rod Serling: Anne Serling

Twilight Zone author and screenwriter (“Kick the Can,” “A Game of Pool,” and more): George Clayton Johnson

Science-Fiction Guests:

Award-winning author of fact-based science-fiction (and some great fantasy too): David Brin

Author of Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles,” time-travel classic The Man Who Folded Himself: David Gerrold

Hugo-winning publishers of XERO, author of some seventy genre books, writer of pioneering steampunk graphic novel: Pat and Richard Lupoff

Leaders of successful campaign to save Star Trek, longtime fans and convention producers: John and Bjo Trimble

Hugo Award-winning author and explorer of the “technological singularity”:Vernor Vinge

It’s a Weird Tales of the Ramones reunion! So far our guests who contributed to the Ramones anthology include:

Underground comix writer and artist, political cartoonist: Mary Fleener
Creator, writer, and cartoonist founder of legendary PUNK Magazine:John Holmstrom
Underground cartoonist, creator of Dirty Duck and Cody, who has also worked on the Popeye daily comic strip, animated shows Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls, and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Bobby London
Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator, Disney poster artist, and art director for Bongo Comics and Futurama: Bill Morrison
Painter of art prints, book covers, comic covers, posters, skateboards, trading cards, and hundreds of Topps Garbage Pail Kids stickers: John Pound
Cartoonist, animator and creator of the ever-popular Oddball Comics show: Scott Shaw!

Special Film-Anniversary Guests for Dune (30th Anniversary), Ghostbusters (30th Anniversary), and Ghostbusters II (25th Anniversary):

Effects creator (Avatar, Ghostbusters, Terminator II, X-Men: The Last Stand), Academy Award winner (The Abyss), director (James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D), and longtime collaborator of James Cameron: John Bruno
Dune stillsuit designer, Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man creator and actor, and multi-talented effects creator: Bill Bryan
Four-time Academy Award winner for visual effects in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi, his Boss Films did effects for Ghostbusters and many other top films: Richard Edlund
Academy Award winner for Innerspace and ILM visual-effects creator for Ghostbusters II, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and many more: Bill George
Film producer (Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Heavy Metal, and many more) and art director (National Lampoon legend): Michael C. Gross
Concept artist, concept designer, and storyboard artist whose extensive film work includes Dune and Ghostbusters II: Henry Mayo
Producer of Original Dune Promo Film “Destination Dune,” award-winning author (including Film Noir: The Making of Blade Runner), filmmaker, commentator and photographer:Paul M. Sammon
Ghostbusters II “Slimer” actor: Robin Shelby

Spotlight on Couples Who Create Together:

Emmy-winning writers in youth-oriented and animated television: Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Writers, producers, and showrunners in youth-oriented and animated television: Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald
Manga-influenced artists, writers, and cartoonists, and (Rikki) the voice of Gir on Invader ZIM: Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons and Rikki Simons

Steampunk:

Our Steampunk Programming Coordinator, the “Weird Val” of Dark Cabaret herself: Veronique Chevalier
Steampunk film presenters: Hal and Dee Astell
San Diego Comic Fest “Spirit of Steampunk Spotlight” Presents: Dr. Brassy
TV, feature film and comic book writer, creator of steampunk comics Boston Metaphysical Society and Steampunk Rat: Madeleine Holly-Rosing
Acclaimed author of the Gothic steampunk series The Dark Victorian, The Elle Black Penny Dreads, and the creator/artist of the indie comics series Charm School: Elizabeth Watasin
Animator and VFX pixel monkey turned independent filmmaker: Steve Ziolkowski

Analog and Digital Effects:

Effects artist, filmmaker, co-author of forthcoming book Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend, and staff writer for Cinefex magazine since 2001: Joe Fordham
Effects creator for Life of Pi (Effects Lead), The Golden Compass (Digital Effects Supervisor), X-Men 2 (Lead Effects Animator), and many more: Mike O’Neal
VP of Creative Development at Tippett Studio and formerly effects creator at Industrial Light and Magic and The Orphanage: Corey Rosen
Founder and publisher of Cinefex, recipient of Visual Effects Society’s Board of Directors Award: Don Shay

Animation:

Character designer for Invader Zim and Avatar: The Last Airbender, creator of Serenity Rose comic: Aaron Alexovich
Animation historian and cartoon producer who will be paying tribute to the great Tex Avery: Jerry Beck
Disney Legend: Floyd Norman

The Science of Science Fiction:

Leader of the supernova group at the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network and science-fiction movie reviewer for Ain’t It Cool News: Andy Howell
JPL Lead Project Element Manager on projects spanning from missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, to Earth Orbit on both Space Shuttle and free-flying spacecraft: David Rosing

More Special Guests:

Aaron Alexovich
Ricardo Delgado
Jackie Estrada
Chris Gore
Batton Lash
Jim MacQuarrie
Eric Shanower
Phil Yeh

Special Program Participants from the San Diego State University Faculty:

Ajani Brown, SDSU Africana Studies Lecturer, will moderate panels on Ethno-Gothic Horror and Afrofuturism.
Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, who teaches graduate classes in the teacher education programs at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and the University of Pittsburgh, will moderate a panel on Graphic Novels in the K-12 Classroom.
Linda Salem, librarian for the Edward Gorey Personal Library at SDSU, will speak on Edward Gorey and his influences.

Live Art Performances and Demonstrations

Jason Hite will conduct a teaching demo on sculpting.
Billy Martinez will be painting live during the Fest.
Dave Stephens: On Friday at the Fest, San Diego’s master caricaturist Dave Stephens will draw attendees as part of our tribute to the centennial of Jerry Siegels birth. Last year’s attendees who were drawn as aliens from Larry Niven’s Draco Tavern stories know this really is something to look forward to.

Musical Performers

Digital Lizards of Doom

- More at: http://www.sdcomicfest.org/special-guests/#sthash.ZIOkOjSA.dpuf

As we rejoice in our 100th Anniversary Tribute to The Twilight Zone, this weekend is going to be filled with so much artistic revelry for the senses to enjoy that visitors are going to need a vacation from the vacation that is made up of this one of a kind Festival.

Game of Thrones joins Comikaze

Comikaze Logo

Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2014 will now be hosting Theon Greyjoy, John Wick, Gwendoline Christie and Alfie Allen for an exclusive panel to “discuss all things Thrones,” according to the official Comikaze web site. In honor of these special guests, the event is offering a G.O.T. VIP Package deal for admission to the Oct 31-Nov 2 event in Los Angeles. Visit https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/95a358?s=6-6+E-mail for discounted pricing. If you already have your Comikaze passes there is no need to repurchase. You are already included in the fun.  Tickets to gain exclusive access to have an autograph experience with Alfie Allen or Gwendoline Christie range from $50-$100.  The passes guarantee an unforgettable fan experience that includes photo ops and autographed pictures.

Balancing Time

I’ve been working hard with multiple jobs on my plate the past few days. So far, I’ve been contracted to create stock photos for a promotional web site that features an author friend of mine that is currently a hard working journalist and best selling author, Ms. Katlin Sweeney.

Katlin Sweeney Promotional Images

While creating portraits of her around San Diego and Riverside County, I’ve caught a couple candid’s of my spoiled and well loved dog, Chica.

Chica Dog Love Always

What’s even more exciting and slightly tiresome is learning about all the legal rights for photographers so that I am well versed and educated enough to protect myself from copyright issues when I wander the streets for landscapes to backdrop my Halloween series that features Mybelin Hernandez, a beautiful and talented model/actress, along with her older brother and younger actress sister, Emily Hernandez.  Actively helping with the Public Relations Club at California State University, San Marcos, I have been soliciting for rights to use photography from other talented individuals within the industry so that we may use iconic faces to represent the strong role models in society that help to support cultural awareness and equal rights for all.

School is swiftly drawing myself and many others back to our various houses of learning.  I am very excited for the new year and swiftly completing my educational goals.  The search for a career home has begun and the networking is never ending.  Life is good.

Donner Engagement Session June 2014

Donner Engagement Photo Session

Finally finished the engagement photos for this wonderful couple.  So many great images and so much to work with for creative directing.  Just wanted to share a couple of the collage images I put together.  The images above were taken at the Welk Resort in Escondido, California.  The triptic below was taken at the beach in Carlsbad, CA, lit by candlelight as we left as sunset had ended.

Donner Engagement Photo Session

 

Spike and Mike Haunt Comikaze 2014

Comikaze Halloween Spike and Mike Poster provided by Mellow Manor Productions, Inc.

Comikaze Halloween Spike and Mike Poster provided by Mellow Manor Productions, Inc.

Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation has been invading the nation since 1977. This year it is coming directly to Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2014.

This gloriously funny, sometimes hideously dramatic, and more often innovative collection of animated shorts features artistic works from well known, independent, experimental and up and coming artisans from all over the world that happily contribute their work to Spike’s touring exhibition of animation.

Comikaze Classic Poster provided by Mellow Manor Productions, Inc.

Comikaze Classic Poster provided by Mellow Manor Productions, Inc.

Originated by Mike Gribble and Craig ‘Spike’ Decker, Mellow Manor Productions, Inc. has created this event to help share the artistic advances and adaptations that have evolved through animated short films. The festival has already hit Las Vegas earlier this year and continues. Additional scheduled showings can be viewed at http://www.spikeandmike.com/site/.

There is a family friendly compilation of work that continuously impresses any crowd. Spike also provides the mature version, Sick and Twisted Animation, for the adult viewers out there that look for more edge.

Comikaze Logo character banner small

Stan Lee’s Comikaze will be at the Los Angeles Expo Center Oct 31 – Nov 2. The event has been growing strong since it’s first debut Nov 2011. Tickets may be purchased at

https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/95a358?s=6-6+E-mail

along with tickets to the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation and the Human Tetris Game. Discounts are available for a limited time. The animation festival takes over at 6 pm on Nov 1. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

 

Hate Crime Towards Soldiers Loved One

Soldier_Letter

http://www.wtoc.com/story/25971032/military-themed-sticker-draws-criticism-angry-letter?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10346112

 

This Savannah, Georgia hate crime spreading all over the web keeps emphasizing the trauma that this poor young lady had to face as she returned to her car from shopping at Target. Residing in a strongly populated military community, the stickers that say “I love my soldier” are often seen.
People often take into consideration the turmoil and distress the individual sharing their dedication must be feeling having to be apart from the one they love for countless occasions and for longer periods of time than most would ever have to endure in a lifetime.
This letter ignorantly places blame and hate against this poor GA woman and her Soldier. You would think he/she would be grateful that military members, like myself, helped to prevent a draft due to the longest American war carried out in our country’s history.

Everyday we sacrificed our freedoms to do what we felt was right to protect and defend the people we love; along with that, the strangers that we’ve never met and the people beside us that become like family as we experience things that no average individual will ever have to experience outside of the world controlled by military obedience and procedure.

Soldiers and sailors sacrifice their lives and their identities to do what other are not willing to do.  We (in most cases) are not doing our jobs to help the politician or the wealthy man pulling the strings.

We do our job to make a difference in the world and protect the people.  Us, above all else, are TAKING A STAND and working to try and help create change.  Or protect the ignorant from the reality of survival that most do not care to realize.

May that tortured soul find piece of mind.  Placing the blame on the lonely soldier and the people that love them does nothing to help improve the state of our country or the world.  Ignoring the need to take action towards our governments misdeeds is the greatest of sins.  This is one far to many human beings refuse to respond to.

The soldier is doing his best and giving up so much.  What can the civilian do?  With freedoms still in tact, I would think there could be so much.  Yet, as time passes we allow our government to give it away and do nothing to fight back.  No military member should ever be blamed for that.

 

Epilepsy Education Conference

Epilepsy

 

The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County is once again hosting its Annual Epilepsy Education Conference on July 19, at the University of San Diego’s Institute for Peace & Justice. This conference is intended to educate, motivate and inspire people who have a link to epilepsy in some way.

Individuals most encouraged to attend include people with epilepsy, friends and family of those with epilepsy, educators, mentors, people within the health profession, individuals that will encounter other with epilepsy within their field of work, etc.

This notice was provided to me by the Epilepsy Foundation through email on June 20, 2014.

To register please visit:

https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/ECReg.asp?ievent=1113419&en=4nKxGFPfF3IGKPOiH2IDKLPsHeJBKINkFaKEKQPzGeIALNOqEdKKIPOoGdKILSNEH

The agenda can be found at: http://www.kintera.org/htmlcontent.asp?cid=655261