Keith Pollard is an American comic book artist. Originally from the Detroit area, Pollard is best known for his simultaneous work on the Marvel Comics titles Fantastic Four, Thor, and The Amazing Spider-Man in the late 1970s-early 1980s.
Pollard made his professional comics debut in 1974 with stints on such titles as Master of Kung Fu, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Astonishing Tales, and Black Goliath. He was the regular penciller of The Amazing Spider-Man from issue #186 (November 1978) through issue #205 (June 1980) and pencilled the backup feature in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981). With writer Marv Wolfman, Pollard co-created the Black Cat in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979).
Pollard was also the regular penciler of Thor issues #286-#317 (some material reprinted in the trade paperbacks Thor: The Eternals Saga, volumes one and two).
During the 1980s, Pollard, penciled The Vigilante issues #1- #3 and The Green Lantern for DC Comics, as well as doing a variety of titles for Milestone Comics, Atlas Comics, and many others.
In the early 1990s he drew all the character profiles for the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition. In addition to working on Daredevil, Nick Fury Agent of Shield , Spider-Man 2099 and The Silver Surfer: The Enslavers graphic novel which he wrote and penciled with Stan Lee scripting.
Pollard left comics in 1994 to pursue other interests, though he occasionally makes appearances at comic book conventions.
Larry F. Houston
Larry F. Houston is the Emmy-nominated Producer/Director of The X-Men Animated series, the phenomenally successful 1990s series that was part of the foundation that helped launch Marvel’s multi-billion-dollar franchises.Hired by Filmation as the FIRST African American Saturday Morning Storyboard Artist, he storyborded and directed some of the favorite 80s and 90s classic shows such as Thundarr, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, GI Joe, GI Joe The Movie Intro, Mr.T, Batman, Jonny Quest, Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Planet, The Fantastic Four, Mighty Orbots, Bionic Six, ExoSquad, Bucky O’Hare, Jem, Galtar, C.O.P.S., Spawn, Ultimate Avengers II, Community and Kid N’ Play. He pencilled the He-Man Mini-Comics that accompanied the toy figures, worked as an inker on DC’s All-Star Squadron, Captain Carrot and pencilled a TANK story for the DNAgents and FLARE story for Heroic Comics. He drew the Animated Series Intros to THE X-MEN, the GI JOE MOVIE, ROBOCOP: ALPHA COMMANDO, and THE KARATE KID. Reading Jack Kirby/Stan Lee comics in his youth and then working with them both as a professional was the ultimate peak of his career. Including the intangible quality of fun and action he read in his youth is what he has included into all his shows and his first priority always.
Check out his website at https://www.larryhouston.com/
Rick Catizone has worked for over 50 years professionally in the animation industry with some of the following credits:
COMMERCIALS AND INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS
Rick has directed and animated hundreds of commercials and special venues for clients such as : Mr. Yuk (Childrens Hospital Poison Center), Gimbals, Kaufmanns, PNC Bank, Union National Bank, Starkist, Pitt Panthers,Pittsburgh Pirates(a decade of Pirate/Parrot shenanigans), Pittsburgh Penguins, Arthur (Children’s book character), AT&T, Joseph Horne Company, Alcoa, Tom Petty, US Steel, Consol Energy, PPG, many of the local and regional radio and television stations, and more.
FEATURE ANIMATION CREDITS
CREEPSHOW 2: Designed, directed, and produced 11 minutes of cel animation; personally animated 7 1/2 minutes.
CREEPSHOW: Designed, animated, and produced opening and closing animation, as well as linking segments.
EVIL DEAD 2: sculptor/armatures designer and builder/animator…..Animated stop-motion crawling hand sequences; Animated neck grow and face transformation, combining replacement head transformation sculptures with fully articulated stop-motion puppet. Animated the full figure puppet of Henrietta; Shots were composited with live action plates via single-frame rear-screen projection.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (original): Photographed the end sequence via single-frame animated camera moves on the Oxberry animation stand
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS- Animation of the background flying and battling dragons
FEATURE FILM SPECIAL EFFECTS
DARK HALF: Assisted In Designing Effects, Fabricated foam rubber lamps, typewriters, devised self-shattering vase, etc.
EVIL DEAD 2: Sculpted and cast facial transformations, machined armatures for crawling hand and Henrietta puppets, cast foam puppets for animation
MONKEYSHINES: Designed and constructed cable-controlled internal mechanisms for monkey puppet for dangerous scenes.
CREEPSHOW: Sculpted hands, feet, and chest for creature in THE CRATE, tenderly known as “Fluffy”. Sculpted hands and arms for FATHER’S DAY. Sculpted shriveled face for SOMETHING TO TIDE YOU OVER.
OTHER ANIMATION CREDITS
RUNNIN DOWN A DREAM -Tom Petty Music Video
IN LOVE WITH A CAPITAL U – Joe Diffie Music Video STAR FOR JEREMY (8 min)
TOM’S LIFE- 10 min. pilot for Fox Animation TV series
XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS- (one episode) Animated skeleton battles
ROUGHNECKS:STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES- one episode) Animated main characters and giant robot
MONEY FOR NOTHING (TOM SIGEL)
CEMETERY CLUB (BILL DUKE)
LORENZO’S OIL (GEORGE MILLER)
DARK HALF (GEORGE ROMERO)
CREEPSHOW 2 (MIKE GORNICK) -Thumbnail roughs and scene timings
TV Series: Kid N Play, Widget
We are happy to announce that Ohio’s own Mark Pennington will be joining us again this year at The Cleveland Comic Con!
Bio in Mark’s own words:
Hello my name is Mark Pennington and I was born and raised in northern Ohio, my love for comics, sci fi and fantasy started early as a child. Buying Batman comics for twelve cents off the racks in old dirty corner stores around Cleveland!
After high school I joined the Army for three years got married and went to the Joe Kubert school of Cartoon and Graphic art.
After graduation I got a call from Hasbro, they needed a new concept artist for the G.I. Joe action figures. I was a perfect fit, having played with Joe’s my whole life, was in the military and had worked in a “plastic injection molding factory” when I was sixteen.
After two and a half years at Hasbro I started my freelance art career, was slow at first but things really picked up after one year. I broke in at DC as an inker and spent the next 30 years working for DC, Marvel, DarkHorse, IDW and many others.
During this time, I also illustrated various card art, designed toys and children’s books.
The last few years I have been moving away from comics and concentrating on portrait, landscapes and fine art. I still do an occasional cover or short story, comics and sci fi are in my blood, the nerd in me won’t let it go!
Mark Pennington “wanted to be Tarzan, had to settle for artist”
Alan was a typical Cleveland child of the 60’s, raised on a steady diet of Universal horror movies hosted by the likes of Ghoulardi, Big Chuck and Houlihan, and Super Host. His favorites were the occasional film with “real” dinosaurs, dragons, giants and sword swinging skeletons. He learned, through the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland, about Ray Harryhausen and the stop motion magic he created, and wanted to do that for the rest of his life. So, at the age of 12, he took the money he had earned washing dogs and delivering newspapers, and bought a used 8mm camera, projector, and editing setup, and started creating clay animated dinosaur movies in his basement. His interest in stop motion and trying to learn the mystery of the elusive foam latex lead him to seek books about makeup, which filled in gaps about sculpting and mold making. For the next decade and a half, Alan threw himself into learning everything he could about the art and technology of makeup, animation and film making until he knew he could carry himself in the cutthroat world of Hollywood. In 1990, Alan and his wife packed up the house and moved to L.A. where, even as a newcomer on the scene, the advanced skill set he had taught himself in his garage in Lakewood made him easily in demand in all the big FX shops, working on films like “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, “The Relic”, and “The Ghost and the Darkness” with Stan Winston, “Planet of the Apes” and “Men in Black II” with Rick Baker, and “From Dusk ’til Dawn”, “The Faculty” and “Thir13en Ghosts” at KNB Effects. Over 14 years in California, Alan worked on well over 100 films and TV shows.
Meanwhile, on the home front, Alan and Terry had started a family, so in 2004 they relocated back to
Lakewood to raise the children, and Alan started working with Robert Kurtzman (The “K” from KNB Effects, who had also relocated back to Ohio) at Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps. Over the next dozen years, Alan served as shop foreman and makeup effects supervisor on things like “It Follows”, “Dog Eat Dog”, “Tusk” and “You’re Next”. In between movies, Alan found time to instruct the future generations of makeup artists at the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects Program at the Douglas Education Center, at The Kurtzman Institute of Art, as well as other various short term workshops across the country.
After the studio closed, Alan continues his free lance career, lending his talents to projects like “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”, “White Boy Rick”, “Them That Follow” and “I See You”, even taking time out of his schedule to take time to compete on “Face Off: Divide and Conquer” last season. By the time of this convention, his new shop space will have been completed, and he will be working on his next slate of projects.
Tim Shockey & The Green Goblin
Tim Shockey will be bringing Maximum Overdrive’s Green Goblin Head to The Cleveland Comic Con!
In 1987 Tim Shockey purchased the Green Goblin head in Wilmington North Carolina. He brought it back to southern Ohio where it sat on display in his video store (Uncle Jim’s Videoland). After he sold the video store it was put in his back yard where it sat for many years. His wife didn’t like it. She tried to give it away… even ran into it with a riding mower (by accident) and knocked off it’s left ear. About 8 years ago Tim moved it into his garage where i was finally out of the awful weather and away from riding mowers! In 2011 Tim started restoring it. He worked night and weekends for 2 years restoring it and finally on March 16, 2013 it was painted! A week later it made it’s first public appearance in almost 30 years. Tim travels across the USA and Canada to horror & comic cons sharing it with fans!
The Manly Battleships®
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! From the “stay fun” academic to over-the-top panels; high quality times are to be had under the Fleet’s banner. No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships® event that’s right for you!
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.
Chris is an award-winning graphic designer and freelance illustrator based out of Northeast Ohio. His professional designs and artwork are featured in graphic novels, illustration magazines, design annuals and advertising publications. Some of the projects he has worked on include HBO’s Game of Thrones; Coffin Comics’ Lady Death; Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm Tales of Terror, Helsing, Wonderland, Robyn Hood, and Dark Queen; Larry Blamire’s Steam Wars; Aspen Comics’ All New Fathom, Overtaken, and Michael Turner’s Soulfire. Double Take’s Ultimate Night of the Living Dead; Funimation’s Ghost in the Shell; UDON Entertainment’s Capcom Fighting Tribute; TOPPS Star Wars Trading Cards; and John Paul Reid’s Medford Family Chronicles novel series. Other licenses and professional publishers he has worked for include Lucasfilm, LEGO, Overnight Productions, No Gravity Studios, Laser Lady Publishing, Arizona Publishing, Octopus Park, and Chibi Essence.
From his work in the sketch card arena to his sequential art in the graphic novel FX-The Lost Land published by 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. Uko has worked with companies such as Lucasfilm, UpperDeck, Hasbro, Heavy Metal, Marvel and DC Comics He has been teaching The Comic Book Illustration classes and Drawing for Entertainment and Design classes at The Columbus College of Art & Design. Uko’s professional history and knowledge in the field of comics and art along with his creativity has been partly responsible for Columbus College of Art & Design to install Comics as a Major at the Institution and his teachings has started a CORE learning class for incoming freshmen.
Having worked with well known companies as Hasbro, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Lucasfilm, Upper Deck and others, his goals are still at aiming high. Known for illustrating women with his work, his commissioned art pieces have been getting global attention in the world of art and comics. Uko is getting attention in doing cover work for Independent publishers in the industry and has also produced quite a bit of work for gaming companies such as White Wolf and Green Ronin.
You can also find Uko doing drawing workshops at various comic conventions and has been a guest lecturer to students from other art schools. His artwork has appeared in many galleries across the country and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Currently, Uko is hard at work on his creator owned property titled “1500” and also working and producing art and sketchbooks out of his studio.
Howlin Mad Harvey
Howlin’ Mad Harvey is a human statue and KISS impersonator. His acts include “Carved Perfection” an old world stone carver, “The Slugger” a vintage baseball player. “Norco” the alien, “Bott” a throwback to vintange 1960’s era cinematic robots, and Lyle the Nutcracker as well as the KISS stage personas.