Founder of Valiant and Defiant Comic,
Comic Book legend Jim did his first professional comics work at the age of thirteen, selling a Legion of Super-Heroes story to DC Comics and going on to write Superboy, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman and other titles. In 1978, he accepted the position of Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics under the condition that he would be allowed to improve things for Marvel’s creators. He introduced royalties and a spectrum of other incentives, rights and benefits, attracting a Who’s Who of talent. Later, he founded VALIANT, DEFIANT and Broadway Comics and was the principal creator of their characters and universes. Today, he's the Editor in Chief of Illustrated Media, a custom comics company.
Voice Arts Award winner Pokemon, Tinkerbell,
Sarah Natochenny is a Voice Arts® Award-winning actor best known for her ongoing work in the role of Ash Ketchum on Pokémon since 2006. Since then, she's been the go-to actor for protagonists in many animated series airing all over the world, reprising roles like Marian in Robin Hood and Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, and originating many roles in other long running series.
Her latest work can be heard on Marvel's Black Widow: Bad Blood, as the narrator and voice of every character, on Funny or Die/Spotify's The Last Degree of Kevin Bacon, in which she plays 10 characters, and on Audible in Hannukah Haunting as Devorah.
She hits the stage on occasion in NYC, doing improv, storytelling and sketch comedy, and did several plays before deciding to travel to do convention appearances and be on location, editing and directing.
Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Amanda and Jimmy, what a team!
Amanda Conner is a multi-award winning, New York Times best selling illustrator that has worked on many of the top titles in comics for over 30 years. Currently she is known for being responsible for making her 100 plus issue run on HARLEY QUINN one of the top best-selling female titles for DC comics. Her modifications to the character and costume have made HARLEY QUINN one of the biggest licensed character for Warner and had led to the Suicide Squad movie, an animated series and the Birds of Prey feature.
Her past work includes WONDER WOMAN, BEFORE WATCHMEN-SILK SPECTRE, POWERGIRL, LOIS LANE, and BIRDS OF PREY for DC Comics. At Marvel, she has on X-MEN, SECRET WARS, AVENGERS, WOLVERINE, SHE HULK, and many more titles.
Amanda is partnered (in art and life) with Jimmy Palmiotti, multi-award winning intellectual property creator and world building architect with a wide range of experience and background in advertising, production, editorial, screen writing, film production, media presentation, and video game development. Just a few of his clients include Nike, Disney, Marvel Studios, Warner Brothers, Lion’s Gate, Fox, Paramount, Dream Works, Lotus entertainment, New Line, 2KGames and THQ Nordic.
Jimmy is co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, and the imprint Marvel Knights-a division of Marvel Comics that launched marvel films and TV properties including the supervision of the titles Black Panther, Punisher, The Inhumans and Daredevil- which all became blockbuster properties. For Warner Brothers, he wrote Jonah Hex, Powergirl, Batman and Superman.
Web of Spider-Man, Harlem Hellfighters
Keith Williams, comic book inker, enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1976 to 1980. Majored in Media Arts and studied under Will Eisner, the creator of the Spirit comic strip. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art. With the help of Marvel comic book artist and mentor Don Perlin, Keith started working for Marvel Comics in 1982 as a background inker. He worked for inkers including Joe Sinnott and Mike Esposito. At Marvel, he became the first John Romita Raider, an art correction group. Keith later became an assistant editor under Jim Owlsley (Christopher Priest) on the Spider-Man group of books. The two became the first all black editorial team in Marvel's history. He later became John Byrne's background artist on Alpha Flight, The Hulk, Superman and Action Comics.
Keith began inking regularly with the Web of Spider-Man, which lasted for four years. In between that time and after he worked on many other books at Marvel. Some of which were The Silver Surfer, She-Hulk with John Byrne, Warlock, Quasar with Greg Capullo, Star Trek and the X-men. At Dark Horse Comics, The Mask and Walter with artist Doug Manke and Star Wars Droids. At DC Comics, Superman, and the Lobo/ Mask graphic novel with Doug Manke. For Valiant, he worked on Quantum and Woody and the covers of X-O Man. At Moonstone Comics, The Kolchak Night Stalker Chronicles, Buckaroo Banzai and Domino Lady. For ten years he had worked on The Phantom for King Features Syndicate. And at Avatar Press he inked Lady Death and Crossed covers. A Crossed webisode comic, "Wish You Were Here" and the cover and interiors of the comic book Uber. He has also inked Avatar Press' published graphic novel Max Brook's Harlem Hellfighters. And has recently inked over Ron Frenz pencils for Marvel's Thor the Worthy one shot book.
Jason David Frank
Power Rangers. World Karate Hall of Fame
Jason David Frank played Tommy Oliver in the long-running television show POWER RANGERS. He appeared in the most episodes as the most different rangers (MMPR Green Ranger, MMPR White Ranger, Red Zeo, Red Turbo, Black Dino Thunder) in the show's 26-year history. He’s a highly accomplished martial artist with an 8th degree black belt in Karate, purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Master of Muay Thai, and inductee of the World Karate Hall of Fame. He created his own martial arts system, "Toso Kune Do" and owns Rising Sun Karate with two schools in Texas and one in California. He became the first to portray the superhero Bloodshot, a former soldier that can regenerate, in the digital series NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE for Valiant Entertainment. The JDF Spoken Truth series on his YouTube channel features poetry written and recorded by him including visuals to match his spoken words.
Origin of Play
The History of Video Games Free play all day
Take a trip through the history of our favorite couch sport, video games with Origin of Play Games genres from classic arcade to the new Esports titles and virtual reality. Different game types from original Mario all the way to Fortnite.
Deadpool, Cable & Deadpool, Amazing Spider-Man
Reilly Brown is an American comic book artist and writer for Marvel Comics. He has drawn various comics for Marvel Comics including The Amazing Spider-Man, New Warriors, and Incredible Hercules, as well as the digital comic AvX. He's best known for his work as an artist and writer on Cable & Deadpool and Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet. He also co-created the digital comic Power Play with writer Kurt Christenson in 2011 and drew Saint George for Dark Horse Comics in 2013. In 2015 Brown pencilled Lobo for DC Comics as part of the company's New 52 branding. Brown is a founding member of TenTonStudios.com, which is an online collective of artists and creators.
Anime Award Winner, Star Trek Continues
Vic Mignogna is a voice actor known for his voice-over work in the English dubs of Japanese anime shows, such as Edward Elric from the Fullmetal Alchemist series, which he earned the American Anime Award for Best Actor in 2007. Other animation roles include Broly from the Dragon Ball films, Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club, Fai D. Flowright in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Dark in D.N.Angel, Kurz Weber in the Full Metal Panic! series, Zero and Ichiru Kiryu in the Vampire Knight series, Christopher Aonuma in Digimon Fusion, Nagato and Obito Uchiha in Naruto Shippuden, Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach, Qrow Branwen in RWBY, and Matt Ishida in Digimon Adventure tri.
In video games, he is the voice of E-123 Omega in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and Junpei Iori from Persona 3. In live-action work, he has participated in several Star Trek fan productions, including Star Trek Continues, where he plays Captain James T. Kirk. Mignogna has an official fanclub called Risembool Rangers.
Shi, Sgt. Rock, A Child Is Born
Billy Tucci is an award-winning cartoonist best known for his modern-day samurai fable, “Shi”. Through Billy’s Crusade Fine Arts, the multi-Eisner Award-nominated Shi has been printed in five languages sold more than 3 million comic books. He has also worked on a litany of projects for DC Comics’ including “Sgt. Rock”, “Harley Quinn”, “Flash Vs. Superman,” and “Batman.”
The 2019 Inkpot Award recipient’s earnest retelling of the Christmas story, “A Child Is Born” has quietly turned into a international blockbuster after winning the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.
2021 celebrates Billy’s 27th Anniversary in comics with the release of the Shi: Return of the Warrior, Shi: Haikyo, and the Shi: Omnibus Vol. 1. He also illustrated “Wonder Woman ” for DC Comics and is writing for the comics return of June Tarpe’ Mills’ golden age icon, Miss Fury for Dynamite Entertainment.