Guests

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/

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

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.

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

Jake "The Snake" Roberts

Menacing, intimidating and totally hypnotic in the ring, Jake “The Snake” Roberts was a Superstar capable of taking you down physically as well as psychologically. Slithering to the ring with a monstrous python concealed in a burlap sack, Jake used fear as a weapon as deftly as he used pain. His DDT finishing move is still one of the most brutal finishers ever unleashed on a Superstar. The son of noted grappler Grizzly Smith, Roberts was born into a sports-entertainment family. Eager to follow in his father’s footsteps, Roberts began competing in the early ’70s, making a name for himself in promotions throughout the South. In 1983, he tasted success for the first time, winning the NWA World Television Championship while wrestling with Georgia Championship Wrestling. Autographs(signed 8x10 photo), photo ops, tshirts, and autographed person items are available for $20 each. JakeTheSnakeRoberts.com WWE Profile

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

Offering professional wrestling fans a ringside seat into his adventurous life, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jim Duggan recounts for the first time key moments and legendary bouts both inside and outside the ring. Known to millions of enthusiasts as a charismatic patriot—with an American flag in his right hand and his signature two-by-four in his left—Duggan here reflects on his early life as a student-athlete on the Southern Methodist University football squad. Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, Duggan shares how an injury-plagued rookie season curtailed his football ambitions and paved the way for a brighter career in professional wrestling. Rising to fame in the Cold War–era 1980s, Duggan immediately put himself at odds with anti-American “heels” and engaged in legendary feuds with some of the most legendary names in the sport, including the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, and Andre the Giant. In this who’s who of top-tier wrestling, Duggan reveals not only the high points of championship bouts but also the low points that occurred far away from the TV cameras and screaming fans, including his fight against kidney cancer during the prime of his career. With each page peppered with Duggan’s charming wit, fans will find much to enjoy and discover about the man they once knew only as “Hacksaw.”

Sam Jones

For a generation of moviegoers, Sam J. Jones is better known as Flash Gordon. Sam’s engaging portrayal of the quintessential comic strip space adventurer won over the hearts of millions around the world. In an acting career that now spans over thirty years, Jones has endured in Hollywood – with close to a hundred appearances on the big screen and television – due to the versatility and enthusiasm that he brings to each and every role.

Born in Chicago, Jones grew up in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida, where he basked on the beaches while surfing and scuba diving in his youth. After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps as a mere teenager, Sam found himself without any long-term plans and working all sorts of odd jobs, from selling shoes to playing semi-pro football. Having had some success as a model (and a little encouragement from his friends), he decided that the time was right to give acting a try and relocated to Los Angeles on the condition that in six months he would hopefully find some steady work. Soon his all-American good looks and ambition would earn him auditions and minor roles on television and local theatre before eventually landing a solid movie part in Blake Edwards’ classic 10 as the beau of Bo Derek.

Since the Sunday newspaper strip debut in 1934 courtesy of the vision and artistry from creator Alex Raymond, the characters from Flash Gordon and their exploits on Mongo quickly ingrained themselves into the heights of popular culture in everything from radio dramas, pulp novels, comic books, cartoons, television and the ultimate celluloid serial series featuring the legendary Buster Crabbe. So finding an actor to play the larger than life qualities of Flash Gordon for a major motion picture was a quite troublesome ordeal for mega producer Dino De Laurentiis. In true Hollywood fashion, the casting of Sam Jones was purely accidental luck with a dash of good timing. At the behest of De Laurentiis’ mother-in-law, upon seeing the young actor as a potential suitor on an episode of The Dating Game, the producer brought in Jones for a series of auditions that eventually won him the principal role of a lifetime in a major big budget theatrical picture.

Upon earning the role and a multi-picture deal for potential Gordon sequels, Sam totally invested every ounce of himself, physically and emotionally, into giving the film and the character his all. The actor always understood that it wasn’t enough that he was the living embodiment of the classic character but that he had to portray Flash as an earnest man that rises to the occasion as a natural born hero and friend to all, selfless in the face of any evil. Amongst an all-star international cast, Sam’s hard work would help him stand out and succeed in making him the definitive Flash Gordon in the eyes of many.

“Well, I always feel that it’s very hard to cast Flash Gordon,” said Brian Blessed, the highly regarded British actor and Sam’s Flash Gordon co-star. “You can find Vultans, you can find Prince Barins, you can find Ming the Merciless. Seven or eight people can play it in their own way. But it’s very hard to find a Flash Gordon and Dale. And, I mean, for instance, you could take Tom Cruise, who’s got a wonderful face and a lovely smile, it’s the perfect smile Tom Cruise has. But you can put a camera on him in certain angles and he will look sinister. But you could put a camera on Sam Jones from any angle and he looked pure, so that when he walked into a room, he was pure. When he suddenly said to Ming, “My name’s Flash Gordon, quarterback, New York Jets.’ I think Sam is the Flash Gordon because he is so pure.”

The 1980 film remains a charming picture that is full of adventure, humor, sexual innuendo and good old fashion fun. Never was there a cast that so closely resembled their comic strip personas in a picture like this one. The endearing self-confidence of Flash and Dale in the face of Ming the Merciless and the unknown dangers of Mongo make for a lovely comment on good old American cockiness and spunk. It’s one of the films where every single element is crucial to its viewing experience: the lively acting approach from Sam and the rest of the cast, Queen’s explosive music, Lorenzo Semple’s breezy dialogue, Mike Hodges’ light- hearted vision and direction, the creative special effects and the colorful production values of Danilo Donati. In a world full of big screen comic book film adaptations, Flash Gordon remains a timeless gem that’s loaded with heart and pure enjoyment.

Although the film became a cult favorite in United States and its sequels never materialized, Flash Gordon was a box office sensation around the rest of the world. The enduring popularity of the film was the start of an extremely successful career for Sam that led to starring roles in many action features, leads in various television projects and countless guest-star appearances on many memorable shows on the tube. When not in front of a camera, Sam keeps himself employed as a security professional and consultant, working for a prestigious risk management company protecting VIP’s traveling to high-risk environments throughout the world.

During the last forty years, Sam has always been very active volunteering and donating his time nationwide – from coaching local youth sports to motivational speaking and personal appearances. For his efforts in hundreds of charitable events and selflessness, Sam was presented with the Outstanding Courageous Citizen of The Year Award and The Star Sapphire Halo Award, provided by The Southern California Motion Picture Council, The California State Senate, The Los Angeles City Mayor's Office, The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and The North Hollywood Police Department. Sam’s 2017 film projects (for release) include Axcellerator, Enter The Fist and the Golden Fleece, Head Games and Life After Flash, The Documentary.


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. bobhallcomics

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

Santiago Cirilo

US Army Infantry Veteran, Writer, Actor, and Northern Ohio's own Santiago Cirilo from hit films and tv shows on Life time, Investigation Discovery, USA Network, TNT, Hallmark Mysteries, Oxygen, Fox, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, CMT, and AMC. Currently catch Santiago on the new season of CMT NASHVILLE, season 4 of THE WALKING DEAD, and the upcoming horror film ENUATTII. Along with film and television, Santiago and award winning writer Kindra Sowder just released ZOMBIFIED book 1 a new look and a new Zombie Apocalypse.

Ron Wilson

Ron Wilson, 2017 San Diego Comic Con Inkpot Award winning, bronze age Marvel comic book artist. He's known for his prolific work in the 70's and 80's on some of the most popular titles in comics. He has also drawn a host of other titles including the Hulk magazine which coincided with the Lou Ferrigno television series, creator of Wolfpack, the American Eagle and the renowned graphic novel titled Super Boxers released in 1984. His other credits include What If?, Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, Marvel Two-In-One, The Thing, Masters of the Universe (Star Comics), Captain Britain, World Championship Wrestling, Arion the Immortal among many others as well as covers.

Michael T. Gilbert

Michael’s stories have been featured in Heavy Metal, Slow Death, American Splendor, Star*Reach, Quack!, Batman, The Spirit and Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories. Since beginning his career in 1971, Michael has written or drawn comics starring Superman, Batman, Dr. Strange, Elric, The Simpsons, SpongeBob, Donald Duck and other Disney characters. But Michael’s signature creation remains his fearless creature-fighting superhero, Doc Stearn … Mr. Monster! Mr. Monster celebrated his 30th birthday in 2014. New Mr. Monster stories are currently appearing in Dark Horse Presents. For almost two decades Michael has also written “Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt,” a column exploring comic book history for Roy Thomas's Alter Ego magazine. He’s also designed t-shirts, TV graphics and gruesome tattoos. In 2014, Michael received the coveted Inkpot award from the San Diego ComiCon. His wife Janet is also in comics, having been scripting Disney comics for over a quarter of a century!

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/SeanForneyIllustrationwww.SeanForney.com and www.facebook.com/SeanForneyIllustration seanforneycomics

Ted Sikora

Ted 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 unlocks the spirit force of the most savage creature mankind has never known. Two Apama spin-off projects are in the works: Bloom – a graphic novel that reveals the origin of Apama’s nemesis Regina; and an ongoing series titled Tap Dance Killer. As a filmmaker Ted directed and co-wrote the indie feature film Hero Tomorrow. tedsikoracomics

Chris Ehnot

Chris Ehnot is an award-winning graphic designer and freelance illustrator based out of Cleveland, Ohio. His professional designs and artwork are featured in graphic novels, illustration magazines, design annuals and advertising publications. You can find his recent artwork on: Zenescope Entertainment's Dark Queen, Wonderland, Robyn Hood, Grimm Fairy Tales, and Grimm Tales of Terror; AZ Publishing’s Reckless Ambitions; Horror Hound Records vinyl label designs; Vanbreed Studios’ 8 Percent; Aspen Comics' Fathom, Overtaken, and Soulfire; C Comics Studios’ Fallen; Larry Blamire’s Steam Wars; Laser Lady Publishing's Laser Lady. He also is working on character concepts and statue designs for Chibi Essence. Chris has published work in Peter Holland's Sound Waves, Savage Mind Comic Studio's Scarlet Huntress Extended Edition and Scarlet's Field Guide to Cryptids, Image Comics' Lady Pendragon, Rob Liefeild's Avengelyne, and [C] Comics Studio's 52. enotart

Jamie Snell

JamieSnell-EnergySwordJamie is a freelance illustrator who can do just about anything you need. He as worked on various sketch card sets from Topps, Brygent, UpperDeck and Rittenhouse. From Marvel, Transformers to Star Wars. He also has done a couple of posters for LFL and Acme Archives: Celebrations V and the 30th Anniversary of ESB. He has also worked for IDW publishing doing various covers for IDW's Godzilla #1 and various characters for the Transformers Beastwars Source book. jamiesnellcomics

Joe Dragunas

BioPicJ.M. Dragunas is a self taught illustrator from Northeast Ohio. He specializes in antiquated illustrations, and spends the majority of his time on his creator -owned series ‘The Sires of Time’. Whichfollows the misadventures of four Arthurian knights.

Uko Smith

From his work in the sketch card arena to his comics art as in the graphic novel FX-The Lost Land from IDW, where he both pencilled and inked the interior art. The Art of Uko Smith is awesome by his use of line, design and color. He has been teaching The Comic Book Illustration class for ten years and has also instructed Continuing Education courses at The Columbus College of Art & Design. Having worked with well known companies as Hasbro, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Lucasfilm, Upper Deck and others, his goals are still at aiming high. His commissioned art pieces have been getting global attention in the world of art and comics. Uko is getting some traction in doing cover work for smaller Independent publishers in the industry and has also produced quite a bit of work for gaming companies such as White Wolf and Green Ronin. Uko also does awesome concept art! And currently, Uko is hard at work on his creator owned comics and currently working and producing art and sketchbooks out of his studio.

Michael Watson

Michael Watson is a comic book artist, writer, and creator for Freestyle Komics hailing from Cleveland, Oh. He has been working in the comic field since 2005 beginning with his own publishing house Freestyle Komics and a short stint with Legacy Rising Publications. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts issued to him from The Columbus College of Art and Design. Michael has been known on the comic con circuit for his vast amounts of enthusiasm that is also displayed in the classroom as an after school art teacher. Residing in Columbus, Oh, Michael is now leading over production of four titles, three webcomics, teaching art classes, the artist for Zulu the webcomic featured on Afropunk.com, and traveling the comic convention trail.

Ms. Procrastination

Cosplay is my passion and the one place I have always found friends and support. Please join me. Featured panels: Cosplay and Disabilities, Budget Cosplay Method. facebook.com/missprocrastinationpage

Morgan Ziva

Morgan is a Independent actress based out of Cleveland. She has appeared in several low budget films 'Get Cash', 'Meeting Place' and the upcoming 'Hello Au Revoir' from Jcp\Zelica Films and the ultra low budget comedy 'Moon Shine Vixens' from R.A.K. Films. As if she isn't busy enough, Morgan is also a teacher and models on the side. IMDB

Dakota Skye

Dakota is a multi talented actress based in northeast Ohio. Dakota is a trained story board artist, musician, photographer and model. Since Dakota loves to be busy, she also finds time to write or co-write short films for R.A.K. Films. Comedy films are her forte' and she has been in plenty. Check out 'Kill Them Right!', 'RAK Force' and of course the upcoming super low budget comedy 'Moon Shine Vixens'. IMDB