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Guest announcement: Mark Pennington

MARKBIOPICBorn in Cleveland, Ohio in 1959, drawing came naturally to Mark by the age of 5. After being honorary discharged from the Army in 1980, Mark worked several miscellaneous jobs before making the decision that he wanted to attend art school. Soon after, he applied and got accepted into The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art and attended for three years. Shortly after leaving school, it was suggested to Mark and a few others from the Joe Kubert School that they should apply to Hasbro to work as designers. Mark was hired by Hasbro in 1985 and worked primarily on the G.I.Joe brand until 1989 when he left to become a freelance artist. After leaving Hasbro, Mark started working in the comic industry and has done and continues to do work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, and Athleta Comics. Although he has worked as an Illustrator and a Penciler for several comics, he is best known as a premier Inker. Some of the titles he has worked on include “X­Men”, “Batman”, “Spawn”, and more recently “The Protectors”, Batgirl , X­O and the X men. Outside of traditional comics, Mark has also worked as an Illustrator on a children’s book series called “Short Tales Native American Myths” and on The Walking Dead Comic Book Trading Cards. *Mark currently resides in Florida with his family and is a devoted Cleveland Browns fan! penningtonart

Cleveland Comic Con Film Showcase

New for 2017, we present to you: The Cleveland Comic Con Film Showcase! The Cleveland Comic Con Film Showcase is a one night celebration of horror, adventure, and science fiction. We plan to showcase independent films, shorts, and animations from Northeast Ohio creators, and beyond! For more information about the film festival, you can view our listing by clicking on the link below: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/cccfilmshowcase To enter a submission, click the button below to submit to our festival on filmFreeway:

Guest announcement: Chris Violette

Chris Violette is a Canadian born TV and Film Actor. He is Best known as The Power Ranger S.P.D Blue Sky Ranger and Gordo Thorsen from Diary of the Dead. He has appeared on numerous television shows such as "Flashpoint", "Lost Girl", "Saving Hope", "Bitten", "Fear The Walking Dead" and "Degrassi: The Next Generation". Chris has recently expanded his passion for film and its industry by continuing with editing, directing, writing and producing. His full bio is available at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1733621/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Guest announcement: Bob Hall

bobhallBob Hall had a long association with Marvel Comics, where at one time or another he drew most of the major books and characters such as The Champions, Spiderman, Dr. Doom, Conan, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Submariner, Captain America, PSI Force, The Avengers and The New Mutants. He was the artist for the West Coast Avengers mini-series and was the primary artist on the original Squadron Supreme. He drew movie adaptations of Willow, Dark Man and Captain America as well as the graphic novel, Emperor Doom. Bob was an editor at Marvel in 1979. For Valiant he wrote and penciled the monthly series Shadowman, wrote Timewalker and then created Armed and Dangerous, a black and white “comicbook-noir” series. For DC he wrote and drew the Batman graphic novel projects, Batman DOA, I Joker and It’s Jokertime. He is currently creating an educational/fantasy about the measles virus. Bob is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, Actors Equity Association and the Society for Directors and Choreographers. His work can be seen at www.bobhall.com. Commissions and original art are available through www.catskillcomics.com. He can be messaged on Facebook.

Guest announcement: Azim Rizk

Azim Rizk was born on September 4, 1990 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He is known for his work on Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Los Angeles Overnight, and as Jake Holling the Black & Green Power Ranger from Power Rangers Megaforce and Power Rangers Super Megaforce. He will be appearing in the upcoming short Zombie 360 and the film The Order. Please check out his full bio at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3459558/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Guest announcement: Sean Forney

ForneySean Forney - is a fifteen year professional illustrator/comic book artist currently working on colors for Lord of Gore (Devil’s Due) and Black Flame (1First). His recent work includes Zen: Intergalactic Ninja (Devil’s Due/1First) and Cyberines #3 (Red Anvil). His recent color cover work can be seen on Bloodstrike (Image), TMNT (IDW), Badger (1First), Back to the Future (IDW), and Wonderland Year One (Zenescope). Cover and interior work can also be seen in Deadpooh (Comi-Kazi), Cyberines #1 (Red Anvil), Notti & Nyce and Do You Pooh? (Counterpoint), Blindside #2 (Contraband), Clint Hilinski’s Pirate Queen and Superiors, Ben Miller’s Judges, Our Super Mom (Scottcomics), and The Adventures of Mighty Moose (Hanging Chad). His pencil and ink work can be seen in Cut the Rope from Titan Publishing. Sean has also worked on Superbeasts (Fifth World), Warlords of Wor (ManOrMonster?), New-Gen New Dawn #4 (APNG), Lego, Inc., Mice Templar Vol. 3: A Midwinter’s Night Dream trade (Image), Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Issue, Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 (Zenescope). He also completed color work on My Adventures with Spider-Man (Marvel/Identity Direct) and the Bakugan toy line for Spin Master. His pinup work can be seen in Moonstone’s Voltron: United and Drawn, Image’s Hack Slash: My First Maniac, DC’s Transmetropolitan Art Book, and many more. Sean co-created and illustrated Scarlet Huntress #1, Scarlet Huntress #2, Scarlet’s Guide to Cryptids, and the newest anthology book, Scarlet Huntress: Tales Through Time. He recently released his newest book, Geeky Goddesses: The Pin-up Art of Sean Forney. See more of Sean’s work on the web and request commissions at www.SeanForney.com and www.facebook.com/SeanForneyIllustration

Announcing our first guests for 2017: James Madio, and Sean Cw Johnson

James Madio

jamesmadioBorn and raised in the Bronx, New York, James made his first appearance on November 22, 1975 for parents Gerard and Nancee. He is one of seven children. At the age of thirteen with his very first audition, James landed a role in the Steven Spielberg family adventure, Hook (1991) and never looked back. On the set of Hook, Dustin Hoffman was impressed enough with Madio's talent to suggest him for the role of his son in the film Hero (1992) The same year, he appeared as the younger version of the title character in the Independent film Mac (1992) starring John Turturro (in his directorial debut). Madio's big break as a young actor then came when he co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg in the highly acclaimed film, The Basketball Diaries (1995) After a number of independent roles, Madio found himself once again, on another Spielberg set, this time as a lead cast member in the Emmy Award-Winning HBO series, Band of Brothers (2001). Portraying WWII hero Sgt. Frank Perconte, Madio worked for over a year alongside an entire cast of highly notable and successful film actors. This would become a turning point in his career, putting him in the national and international spotlight in a timeless piece that continues to air today. Madio's career has extended to behind the camera, having acted, produced and written several award-winning independent projects (both features and shorts) http://jamesmadio.com/portfolio-item/hook/

Sean Cw Johnson

unnamedSean Cw Johnson is a film, television and stage actor who is best known for his role as Carter Grayson, the Red Ranger, in the hit television series Power Rangers. He first appeared as Carter in Lightspeed Rescue, then reprised his role in subsequent seasons, including Time Force, Wild Force and Super Megaforce. In addition to Power Rangers, Sean has appeared in numerous films and television shows.
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