Born in Portland, Maine in 1962 Kevin Eastman began drawing at a very young age copying children’s books and reading comics. Inspired by master storyteller Jack Kirby, and later by self publishing creators Richard Corben, Vaughn Bode, and Dave Sim, all of his early work focused more on Science Fiction influences than traditional Superhero style comics.
In 1982, while trying to sell some of his illustrations to local fanzines, he met Peter Laird in Northampton, Massachusetts and the partnership studio; Mirage Studios was formed. Less than a year later in the middle of a late night drawing session, Eastman doodled a new character he dubbed a “Ninja Turtle” to make Laird laugh—several sillier sketches and a final drawing of four characters later “Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” had officially entered the universe!
Self published in May of 1984 the first issue sold out of its 3000 copies overnight and quickly became a fan favorite. Catching the eye of Merchandising Agents and Hollywood Producers, Eastman and Laird maintained full control of their creations while guiding them through Toy Licensing, TV Series adaptation, as well as Feature Film exploitation, and by 1989 the TMNT’s were number one in all three categories.
Thanks to “THE BEST FANS ON THE ENTIRE PLANET!” according to Eastman, after 32 amazing years the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles STILL continue to find their way into the hearts and imaginations of kids, large and small.
Currently under an exclusive creator contract with IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment, when not having way to much fun drawing the TMNT’s, he also launched three new series in 2015/16; Fistful of Blood, Lost Angeles, and Underwhere.
Kevin Eastman resides in San Diego with wife, Courtney (aka First Lady of the Turtles), son Shane, as well as three insane Dachshunds, and two bad kitties.
Fan favorite artist Tony Fleecs is currently hard at work writing and drawing MY LITTLE PONY comics for IDW Publishing. He's a prolific cover artist on everything from Ponies to Turtles, Grumpy Cats to samurai, the world's cutest dog, warrior princesses, vampires, Batmen, Wasps, Santa Clauses and almost everything in between. He lives and works in North Hollywood, CA. His mother says he is handsome."
Jay Fotos, a multi award-winning comics veteran who is currently working professionally in comics industry for nearly two decades on hundreds of projects. To name a few, from Spawn, Sam and Twitch, Godzilla, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mars Attacks, 30 Days of Night to the #1 New York Times Best Seller series Locke & Key(soon to be a Hulu TV series). Co-creating the ongoing zombie Vietnam series ’68, Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer and also spearheading the Frazetta Comics line through Image Comics. Fotos is currently working on Godzilla: Rage Across Time, Wynonna Earp(also a SYFY Channel TV series) and Diablo House with IDW publishing and also the much-anticipated RISING REBELS horror series to be released mid ‘18.
Ambrose Quintanilla is a Southern California based writer/cartoonist and creator of comic strips and comic books published by Gopher-it Comics. His work can be found at Facebook.com/Gopherit and GopheritComics.com. His newest comic book, “The Complete Me & The Kid” is out now and available for purchase at his table along with some of his previous comic books. In addition to creating comic strips and comic books, Ambrose has created album covers, DVD art, book covers, T-shirts and character designs for some of the country’s top Stand Up Comedians and is the Official cartoonist of the national stand up comedy competition, The World Series of Comedy. Make sure to like the Gopher-it Comics fan page on Facebook and receive a free Jumbo Sketch card at the show.
Eddie deAngelini is a Los Angeles based cartoonist and a long time comic book fan and collector. His love of comics began at a young age and continues to this day and his webcomic Collectors is loosely based on his own life, marriage and comic collecting obsession. The comic can be found at CollectorsComic.com as well as in three collected print volumes.
Besides being a long time comic book fan and collector, Eddie isalso the co-owner and manager of the historic comic book shop Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, California. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kristen, where they plan together for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Zoom CW Cosplay is a professional cosplayer and actor that sped onto the cosplay scene in 2016. His accuracy and dedication to portraying the Zoom and Black Flash characters on the convention circuit have even caught the eye of the CW Flash cast and crew. Zoom CW Cosplay can also currently be seen on the successful Nerdbot Youtube Series “Reverse Flash Origins” Episode 2 and 3. Despite his character’s frightening appearance he loves meeting and taking pictures with his fans.
Caanan White has been illustrating professionally since 2004 on projects for Avatar Press, Zenescope Entertainment, 1First Comics/Devils Due, Dabel Brothers Pro/Marvel Comics, Broadway Books and Image Comics. While with 1First Comics/Devils Due: He won the Red Ridding Hood Talent search, - a contest based on one of 1First's titles). Which he is currently working on. He's excited about the new opportunities that yet await.
The Yuan Twins, best known for their roles in "Observe and Report", "Arrested Development", and "Raising Hope", are also lifelong comic book and movie fans. So in addition to acting, they also write screenplays and write, illustrate, and publish their own comic book series "Declan and Chang." Their other accomplishments include running an RPG campaign that has gone on for the past twelve years, painting plastic and lead miniatures with some degree of not-sucking, and learning how to not shoot their mouths off on a daily basis. They are represented by Genesis Entertainment Partners.
Stephen L. Stern is the creator/writer of the independent comic-book Zen Intergalactic Ninja, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. He has written over 100 comic-books and graphic novels, including Beowulf, A Christmas Carol and War of the Worlds, as well as the official comic-book adaptation of the animated classic, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. Stern is also the author of Alien Hero, a collection of novellas and short stories about Zen. Among his other creations are Shygirl, Frickin’ Butt-Kickin’ Zombie Ants, and with the Yuan Twins, Serving Supes. In 2017, 1First Comics will publish his Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic Novel. He lives in Los Angeles.
Jamie is an artist that's been working the the comic book and movie poster field for quite some time. He's done commission work for high profile signings like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee and William Shatner (just to name a few.)
He's also done design work for companies like Disney, Marvel and IDW Publishing. Whether it's comic book covers, widely popular blank sketch covers or one of his original limited edition convention prints...there's always something new and creative coming from his imagination.