Guest announcement: Todd Beistel

todd_beistel_profileTodd is the artist of the critically acclaimed Horror Show written by James Maddox now available on Comixology and collected as a trade paperback; as well as co-creator and artist of Yuri: The Awakening. On the side Todd is known for his multi-colored motivational posters of beloved comic and pulp cultural icons. On several occasions, he has contributed illustrations to accompany columnists such as Dave Barry and Click and Clack. In addition, Todd fulfills freelance design commissions as well.

Guest announcement: Ted Sikora

ted updateTed Sikora is the creator, co-writer, colorist and letterer of the series Apama – The Undiscovered Animal. Apama tells the story of Cleveland’s own resident superhero in which a Hungarian ice cream truck driver discovers the spirit force of the most savage creature mankind has never known. The series won ‘2014 Breakout Book of the Year’ on Comic Nerds Unite, and Comics Bulletin called it ‘Insane, brilliant and wonderful.’

As a filmmaker Ted’s feature film directorial debut Hero Tomorrow debuted at Comic Con International, and was featured on IFC, Attack of the Show and Films In Review.

Guest announcement: Robert Picardo!

24047570b62b9aa5b5896d4f9dcd1bcf12e295a1Born 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.

Guest announcements

Please welcome:

Jeremy O’Ryan

jeremyJeremy 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 and




Rodney Fyke

2014-11-09 RodneyRodney 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:

Events update: Le Femme Mystique Burlesque

543994_10151316175522156_1287233192_nThe 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!

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Guest announcement: Mark Kidwell

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWriter/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 for the KINDLE now.

Guest announcement: Andy Smith!

Andy Smith Head ShotAndy 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.