Ted Sikora is the creator, co-writer, colorist and letterer of the comic book series Apama The Undiscovered Animal which tells the offbeat story of Cleveland’s own resident superhero. As a filmmaker his directorial debut, Hero Tomorrow, was featured on IFC, Attack of the show and Films In Review, and he recently debuted a documentary feature on Cleveland’s Near West Theatre titled Move On!
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Picardo (“Bob”) graduated from the William Penn Charter School. He entered Yale University as a pre-med student, not knowing that he would someday portray doctors in three separate productions: first as Dr. Dick Richard on the ABC series “China Beach, “then as Dr. McCaskill in the theater production “In The Waiting Room” at the Mark Taper Forum, and now as The Doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager.”
While at Yale, Bob landed a role in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass,” a musical theater piece originally commissioned for the 1972 opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1974, armed with a B.A. in Drama from Yale, he enrolled at the Circle in the Square Professional Theater Workshop (fellow alumni include Kevin Bacon and Ken Olin). He waited tables for a couple of years, and then his theatrical work prospered (in 1976) when he appeared in the David Mamet play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” and with Diane Keaton in “The Primary English Class.”
In 1977, Bob made his Broadway debut in the leading role in the comedy hit “Gemini” with Danny Aiello (picture from “Gemini”). He went on to co-star with Jack Lemmon (picture of Bob and Jack Lemmon) in Bernard Slade’s”Tribute” in 1978 on Broadway (picture of Bob and Catherine Hicks in “Tribute”) and in a west coast run which brought him to Los Angeles, where he decided to try out film and TV. Dr. Dick RichardHis work in theater also includes “Beyond Therapy” and “Geniuses” at the Los Angeles Public Theater, “The Normal Heart” at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award (picture of Bob and James Carpenter), “A Class Act” at the Pasadena Playhouse (picture of Bob and director Lonny Price), and “On the Twentieth Century,” for which Bob was nominated for an Ovation Award (picture of Bob and co-star Dan Butler).
The awards and recognition continued as Bob became involved in television. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on the ABC series “The Wonder Years.” Furthermore, Bob was awarded the Viewers For Quality Television Founder’s Award for his outstanding performances in “The Wonder Years” and as military surgeon Dr. Dick Richard on “China Beach.”
Bob’s extensive television work has included a starring role opposite Helena Bonham-Carter in NBC’s movie-of-the-week “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald,” the HBO movie “White Mile,” and the NBC mini-series “Deadly Matrimony.”Mr. Ed CutlipHe has had recurring roles on “Stargate SG-1,” “The Lyon’s Den,” “Home Improvement,” “L.A. Law,” and “Alice,” and he has guest-starred in such series as “The Dead Zone,” “The Practice,” “Frasier,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Seven Days,” “Ally McBeal,” “Outer Limits,” “Early Edition,” “ER,” “Tales From The Crypt,” “Amazing Stories,” “Benson,” and “Taxi.” Bob recently appeared in the feature films “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” and “Small Soldiers,” and he starred in the feature film “Wagons East.” For a listing of his many other film and television appearances, go to his filmography.
Be sure to stop by and say hi at Off the Wagon located in Kent OH on free comic book day! We’ll be there handing out fliers so hope to see you there!
Off the Wagon
152 E Main St
Jeremy O’Ryan (aka Skare-kro Art) is formerly from Houston, Texas, but currently resides in Florence, Kentucky (Cincinnati area). While his artistic background is in architecture, he decided to take a chance and delve into the world of his true love, comic book art, in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. Jeremy draws his artistic inspiration from Humberto Ramos, Scottie Young, and Sam Keith to name a few. See more of Jeremy’s work at https://www.facebook.com/skare.kro.art and http://skarekroart74.deviantart.com/
Rodney is a professional writer and artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently working on his 6th issue of his all ages comic Peanut, Puddin’ n’ Jelly which he self-publishes through Hazzum Productions. Rodney is a versatile artist whose art style ranges anywhere from graphic cartoony to detailed illustration pieces. You can see more of his work at the following:
The Longest running NE Ohio Burlesque show is happy to announce their involvement with the official Nerdlesque Show of Cleveland Comic Con. 11 year veterans and proudly professed comic book reading nerdets offer up a show with a bit of everything! 18 and over!
Le Femme Mystique Burlesque www.clevelandburlesque.com /Instagram @clevelandburlesque /Twitter @lefemmemystique /Facebook Le Femme Mystique Burlesque
Writer/Artist Mark Kidwell is the co-creator/writer of the sold-out, ongoing Vietnam/zombie epic “’68” from Image comics. His newest work can be seen in the fifth story arc, “’68: HOMEFRONT” and the upcoming one-shot comics, “’68 Jungle Jim: GUTS N GLORY” and “’68: BAD SIGN”. Mark is also the writer/illustrator/creator of the critically acclaimed splatterpunk horror mini-series BUMP, Image/Frazetta Comics’ DARK KINGDOM and the sold-out Monsterverse comic one-shot: WILDER, with artist Andrew Mangum. Mark has designed creature and makeup effects for Robert Kurtzman’s CREATURE CORPS FX studio on such film projects as Kevin Smith’s TUSK and YOGA HOSERS, Dee Snider’s STRANGELAND 2, the Baliwood production HISS, Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN and the cult hit JOHN DIES AT THE END by Don Coscarelli.
Outside of the comics realm, Mark has produced a full-length novel based on his BUMP series and his two newest prose projects, the short novels: YELLOW and MAXIE’S MIRACLE, along with BUMP, are available on Amazon.com for the KINDLE now.
Andy Smith has been working as a professional artist since 1991, mostly working in the field of comic books for major publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, Acclaim and Cross Gen Ent. Most recently Andy worked for DC penciling one of its best-selling titles Earth 2 and inking Thanos vs. Hulk over Jim Starlin for Marvel. He just finished inking the second Thanos Graphic Novel over Jim Starlin. Andy is also the best-selling author of “Drawing Dynamic Comics” published by Watson-Guptill in 2000. The book is currently in its seventh printing. Andy’s second book “Drawing American Manga Super-heroes” was published by Watson-Gutptill in 2007. Andy has done work for Harper-Collins children’s book division featuring DC Heroes as well as Spider-man licensing work for Disney/Marvel where the work has been used in coloring books and sticker/activity books. This past spring The Amazing Spider-man 2 children’s books featuring Andy’s art were released nation-wide, and in stores now is the Thanos Graphic Novel Andy inked over Jim Starlin.
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Information for our third year is forthcoming! We look forward to seeing all of you again!