Legends of MAD: Icons of America's Longest-Lived Humor Magazine!
At EC Comics, Al Feldstein created, wrote, illustrated and edited a popular line of titles which are now collectors' items. These included horror, such as Tales from the Crypt (which was adapted for TV by HBO), sci-fi, and suspense. In 1955, he became editor of MAD Magazine, one of EC's titles. He took the magazine's circulation from 375,000 to a high of almost 3 million by gathering a staff of talented artist and writers: supervising every phase of operation, editing and re-writing every word, designing layouts, and creating the format that led to MAD's success, including adopting and christening its trademark Alfred E. Neuman.
Paul Coker Jr.
After a successful stint as an illustrator for Hallmark, Paul Coker Jr. moved to New York City and began contributing to MAD, Esquire, Playboy, and other magazines. Coker's first appearance in MAD was 1961. He has since gone on to illustrate over 400 articles for the magazine. His drawings encompass a wide range of characters, expression, and forms. And although they may appear simple, they reflect considerable sophistication and talent. Coker's proudest accomplishments for MAD have been "Horrifying Cliches" and the MAD Pet Book.
In 1955, Al Jaffee received his fisrt assignment for MAD. Since then Jaffee has become MAD's reseident artist for elaborate gimmicks and gadgets, including the popular MAD inside back cover fold-ins and the feature "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions." Jaffee is a true artist who's led an amazing life. He remains a regular in the magazine after 55 years and is its longest running contributor.
Soon after he moved from Mexico to the United States in 1962, the "World's Fastest Cartoonist" started contributing to MAD with his special brand of non-verbal gags, which often appeared in the margins of the magazine. He quickly became one of MAD's featured artists. He also created several books and co-created the humorous magazine Plop for DC comics. During the early 1980's he created Groo the Wanderer with Mark Evanier.
Brian Azzarello is the Eisner Award winning writer of 100 Bullets. The New York Times best seller's other notable DC Comics work include Joker, Luthor, Hellblazer, Filthy Rich, Doctor 13, Superman: For Tomorrow, Batman: Broken City, Knight of Vengeance, and the upcoming series Spaceman to be published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics New 52, Azzarello is writing Wonder Woman.
Jeremy Bastian burst on the scene with his creator-owned project, Cursed Pirate Girl. His exquisitely detailed art has turned the title into an indie comix darling.
Joe Benitez is an artist who has worked on JLA, Superman / Batman, Detective Comics, Supergirl, Titans, and The Darkness for Image Comics. Joe is currently working on a new creator-owned book Lady Mechanika with Aspen Comics.
Simon Bisley is one the British masters of comics starting out in the lauded title 2000AD with ABC Warriors and Slaine the Horned God. His painting have graced the covers and pages of title including Judge Dredd, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hellblazer, and many more. Boston Comic Con is psyched to bring Bisley to Boston for a rare US appearance.
Talent Caldwell began his career at Aspen Studios taking on their premier title Fathom before going on to tackle other iconic properties such as Gen 13, Wildcats, Superman, and Spectacular Spider-Man.
Greg Capullo is an American illustrator and the newly appointed artist on DC's relaunch of Batman. The quintessential penciller of Todd McFarlane's Spawn, he's recently finished work on Robert Kirkman's Haunt. Other credits include Marvel's X-Force, Quasar his own creation, The Creech and many other titles.
Originally hailing from the UK, Jim Cheung now resides in Florida, while penciling exclusively for Marvel Comics. He is currently working on Avengers: Children's Crusade with Allan Heinberg. Past projects include Iron Man, X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, Illuminati, and New Avengers.
Cliff Chiang's artwork has been hailed for its "fluid and confident storytelling" and "sweeping linework and nuanced style." Currently drawing the critically-acclaimed Wonder Woman title for DC Comics new 52, he has also worked on Green Arrow, Detective Comics, and an adaptation of Neil Young's Greendale.
Amanda Conner started out in comics working on small projects for Marvel and Archie and has become one of the most prominent artists in the industry. Her work on the Power Girl story in Wednesday Comics led to a lengthy run on PG's solo title. She just recently was announced to be one of the artists on Nike's superhero-themed ad campagin.
Katie Cook is best known for her licensing work in the Star Wars and Marvel Universe. She's also been making Henson fans happy with her work drawing and writing for the Fraggle Rock comic. She has a weekly webcomic, Gronk: A Monster's Story, that folks have been enjoying and "squee"-ing over.
Geof Darrow, co-creator and artist of the mini-series Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot with writer/artist Frank Miller, is returning to Boston Comic Con! His insanely detailed work has been featured as part of The Matrix series, and on his creator-owned series Shaolin Cowboy.
Renae De Liz
Renae De Liz is known for Rogue Angel, her adaptation of The Last Unicorn, and currently is working on Anne Rice's Servant of the Bones. The founder of the Womanthology project, an anthology hightlighting the female creators in the comic book industry, became one the most successful Kickstarters in history.
Steve Epting started his career with First Comics before thrilling Marvel fans with a fifty issue run on Avengers in the mid 90s. Today he continues that tradition penciling long runs on Captain America, The Marvels Project, and Fantastic Four.
Michael Golden’s realistic style and dynamic designs have influenced a generation of artists who grew up idolizing his work on Micronauts, G.I. Joe, Dr. Strange, The ‘Nam, Howard the Duck, and more. He has also worked extensively in commercial illustration and animation. After a long hiatus from comic books, Michael has returned to the industry to great acclaim from fans and peers alike.
Jamal Igle has worked his way up the ranks from a 17 year-old intern at DC Comics to become a successful penciler. With titles including Supergirl, Firestorm, Nightwing, and Teen Titans on his resume, it was recently announced he will be the artist on the new 52 book, The Ray.
Phil Jimenez is an Wizard, Diamond, and Inkpot Award -winning writer and artist who has worked for DC and Marvel Comics for the past two decades. Best known for his work on New-X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, Otherworld, and the Amazing Spider-Man. Jimenez has also worked in film, television, and print media.
Ken Kelly is a fantasy painter whose work is beloved by fans worldwide. After studying under Frank Frazetta, Ken took the commercial art world by storm with covers to Vampirella, Conan, and numerous album covers, including two for the band KISS.
Bob Layton is one of the comics industry's true visionaries whose long run on Iron Man has defined the character ever since and strongly influenced the wildly popular film versions. Bob also revived the original X-Men characters at Marvel with his groundbreaking hit series X-Factor. Bob returned to Marvel this year (as co-plotter and inker) on his four-issue mini-series Iron Man Forever.
Clay Mann is a comic book artist currently working for Marvel Comics. His artwork has graced the pages of X-Men, Thor, and Iron Fist.
Alex Maleev is an acclaimed artist known for his work with writer Brian Michael Bendis on Daredevil, Scarlet, and Moon Knight. Born in 1971 in Sofia, Bulgaria, he has won the Russ Manning award in 1996 for Most Promising Newcomer and the Eisner Award for best ongoing series in 2003.
Ed McGuinness is a Massachusetts native who broke into comic books with his a wildly popular run on Deadpool. Since then he's worked on some of the most iconic characters including Superman / Batman, Thundercats, and the Incredible Hulk.
Phil Noto began his career in animation at Walt Disney Feature Animation working on such films as Lion King, Pocahontas, and Lilo and Stitch. He moved to the comic industry in 2001 and has drawn titles including Danger Girl, Batgirl, Avengers, X-23, and Wolverine/Jubilee.
Jimmy Palmiotti is a multi award-winning character creator with independent projects like Ash, Painkiler Jane, and more. In addition to his artwork, Jim is also widely known as a writer on titles including Power Girl, Jonah Hex, and most recently All-Star Westerns in DC Comics' new 52 lineup.
Jason Pearson is a fan-favorite cartoonist best known for his creator owned series Body Bags. He has also done long runs on covers for Deadpool, Avengers, Spider-Man, and many more!
David Petersen became an indie comics sensation with the release of his epic Mouse Guard. Since then his award-winning series has garnered popular and critical acclaim as one of the best kid-friendly publication on the market.
Joe Prado began his comic career working in the Brazilian market of comics and has thrilled American audiences. Joe has worked on some of the most popular titles in comics today, such as Superman, Teen Titans, Birds of Prey, Rann / Thanagar War, and now the new Aquaman for DC Comics.
Joe Quinones is a Boston local artist who is on the rise in comics. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he worked on Teen Titans Go! before being hand-picked to draw the Green Lantern strip in Wednesday Comics. Recently his covers have graced titles for all the major companies including Hack/Slash, Star Wars: Knight Errant, and Amazing Spider-Man.
Khary Randolph is a Boston native and has worked for a number of clients in the animation, advertising, and comic book industries and left his mark on many properties, such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Hellboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Boondocks, and Teen Titans. He is currently employed by 4Kids Entertainment as Lead Character Illustrator on the cartoon and online card game Chaotic.
Tom Raney has a long list of titles he's worked over the course of his career including X-Men, Thor, Outsiders, and Stormwatch. Most recently he's been the penciller of Avengers Academy for Marvel.
Ivan Reis comes to Boston all the way from Brazil for a rare US appearance! A frequent collaborator of writer Geoff Johns, Ivan has gained widespread acclaim for his work on Green Lantern, Superman, and Blackest Night. He is currently drawing Aquaman in the new 52 relaunch.
Paolo Rivera, a Marvel-exclusive artist, has been working professionally since 2002. Although he began his career painting in oil, he has since moved on to penciling, inking, and coloring. Rivera's best known work is Mythos, a series of six richly-painted origin stories written by Paul Jenkins. Currently his work can be seen in Daredevil.
Craig Rousseau began his career at DC Comics on such titles as Impulse, Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond, and Gotham Adventures. He is currently working on Iron Man: Armor Wars after a successful run on Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. Craig is also the co-creator of the indie comic hit The Perhapanauts.
Tim Sale is the penciller and inker of many stories with the mighty Jeph Loeb, including Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman for All Seasons, Spiderman Blue, and Captain America: White. He also created the art used on the NBC television show Heroes.
Comic artist Steve Scott's work can currently be seen on Batman: Pieces, Batman Confidential, the X-Men Forever series with writer Chris Claremont, and recent Green Lantern and JLA special projects at DC Comics. Recent and current projects include working with industry legends Louise Simonson and Chris Claremont on the titles Magik and Exiles, the Marvel Adventures line, and She-Hulk.
Bill Sienkiewicz is Emmy nominated and Eisner award winning artist, best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward, most notably with on Elektra Assassin, Moon Knight, New Mutants, and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters. A classically trained painter, Bill's renderings incorporate abstract and expressionist influences and any combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media collage and mimeograph; previously unheard of in comics.
Ben Templesmith is a New York Times best selling artist and writer most widely known for 30 Days of Night (which spawned a major motion picture), and Fell. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford and Singularity 7, all of which he also wrote.
Fine art painter and comic illustrator Mark Texeira has long been associated with a conflagration of characters ranging from Ghost Rider to Black Panther to Wolverine to Sabertooth to Moon Knight to Punisher and on. His work has been explored and highlighted on the DVD of the Ghost Rider movie, the look of which he influenced. Mark was also tapped to do the movie tie-in for Wolverine Origins, which also seemed to be a natural fit!
Jill Thompson is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist and Reuben and Eisner award winning cartoonist known for her creator owned titles Scary Godmother and Beats of Burden. Additionally, she has worked for DC Comics on Sandman, Swamp Thing, The Invisibles, and Wonder Woman.
Herb Trimpe joined Marvel Comics in 1967 and worked on major titles including Captain America, Fantastic Four, GI Joe, and Transformers. During his eight-year run on Incredible Hulk, Herb had the distinction of co-creating fan favorite character Wolverine in the highly sought after issue #181.
Billy Tucci is an illustrator, writer and filmmaker best known for his modern-day samurai fable Shi. Recently he has worked for Marvel and Dc Comics doing titles like Heroes for Hire and Sgt. Rock.
Writer, editor, producer, publisher and color artist, Renee Witterstaetter began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Superman at DC Comics and Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian and Conan Saga at Marvel, then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel to boot. She then moved over to Topps Comics where she was the editor on X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena and Hercules and the co-creator with artist Michael Golden of the successful series Spartan X.
Boston Comic Con is delighted to welcome back horror legend Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of Swamp Thing! A member of the heralded Studio in the 70s, Bernie is well-known for his epic adaptation of Frankenstein as well as his collaborations with author Stephen King on Creepshow, The Stand, and The Dark Tower. As a conceptual artist, Bernie has worked on many movies, particularly in the horror genre: well-known films include Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, Spider-Man, and George Romero's Land of the Dead. Most recently he has worked with writer Steve Niles on Dead, She Said, City of Others and The Ghoul.
Skottie Young cut his teeth doing the art for New Warriors, Human Torch, and New X-Men. His current project, a faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, has garnered him widespread critical acclaim and several awards. His work can also be seen on the Skottie/Scott blog, a collaboration with artist Scott Morse.
Chrissie Zullo is a SCAD graduate who's quickly gained attention for her covers on the Fables spinoff Cinderella for Vertigo Comics. She has also contributed to Madame Xanadu and the Womanthology project