Passing along the news release ...
A Star Trek actor and writer, web-comics creators, and local comic book fans-turned-professional artists are among the many guest artists and writers who will appear at the “Cabin Fever” Comic Book Show hosted by the Comic Book Club of Ithaca. The convention takes place on Saturday, February 4, from 10am-4pm, at the Women's Community Building, 100 West Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY (607-272-1247). Admission is $3.00 and the convention is open to pop-culture fans of all ages. Young fans can bring in a non-comics-reading parent for free.
Other guests will include creators from across the comics industry, from Marvel and DC Comics writers and artists, to indie comics creators and fantasy artists. In addition, several comic book vendors will be at the convention to buy, sell, and trade old and new comics, plus related items such as action figures and DVDs.
Sales of selected items donated by our guests will go to benefit Tompkins Learning Partners, Inc. , as will a portion of the admissions proceeds.
Founded in the mid-1970's, the Comic Book Club of Ithaca is the oldest continuously running comic book club in the country, and held its first comic book show way back in 1976.
Guests at the “Cabin Fever” Comic Book Show include actor and writer J. G. Hertzler, who has portrayed 7 different characters within the Star Trek universe, and is best known for his portrayal of the Klingon officer General Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space 9. In an acting career that spans over three decades, he has also had roles on programs as diverse as Six Feet Under, Everybody Loves Raymond, Touched by an Angel, Quantum Leap, and General Hospital. Hertzler has also co-written two Star Trek novels featuring Martok: The Left Hand of Destiny, Books 1 and 2. In 2007, Hertzler joined the faculty at Cornell's Department of Theatre, Film and Dance as a Resident Professional Teaching Associate.
Other guests include:
Fantasy illustrator and art teacher Jime Alena Grabowski, whose work has won Best in Show at the Ithaca Festival. Making Prettylines, a project that was part of her MFA thesis, incorporates work from the Festival.
Mike Raicht, the co-writer of Stuff of Legend, a comic book series from Th3rd World Studios. He has also written issues of G.I. Joe (IDW Publishing) and Army of Darkness (Dynamite Entertainment), and is working on a new creator-owned series, The Pack, which he describes as Friday Night Lights mixed with The Breakfast Club and a werewolf murder mystery.
Local artist Aaron Kuder, who recently wrapped up “In Keeping Secrets of the Silent Earth,” a story arc of the comic book The Armory Wars, a science fiction title whose mythology grew out of the lyrics to songs by the rock group Coheed and Cambria. He is currently working on another comic book project with Coheed and Cambria, Key of Z.
Writer and illustrator Warren Greenwood, a storyboard artist on cartoons such as The Tick, Tiny Toon Adventures, Duck Tales: The Movie, and She-Ra. He is currently working on Grasshopper and Cricket, a graphic novel, and a play, Cartoon Graveyard.
Web-comics creators T.L. Collins (Bullfinch, Superfogeys, Holiday Wars) and Ethan Young (Tails: A Life in Progress).
Cartoonist Jim Brenneman, whose motto is “Cartoons About Politics, Cultural Absurdities, Random Nonsense and the Coming Apocalypse.”
New York Times best-selling author Roger Stern, who has written Spider-Man, Captain America, and The Avengers for Marvel Comics, and Superman for DC. In addition to his comics work, he has written two Superman novels and a Smallville tie-in novel. His most recent comic books include issues of the Amazing Spider-Man, and a mini-series starring five different versions of Captain America.
Illustrator Storn Cook, who specializes in paintings for collectible card sets, including character cards for Legends of the Five Rings and Warlord CCG, and covers and interior art for Hero Games, including Ninja Heroes, Champions, and Fantasy Hero.
Syracuse-based cartoonist and fantasy artist Joe Orsak, the creator of Captain 'Cuse and co-creator of Shirra the She-Wolf. He is the artist of Yellow Rose of Texas, a historical graphic novel about the young African-American woman who was the inspiration for the classic folk song. He is currently working on Virgin Vampires, a historical fantasy that co-stars a teen-age Bram Stoker.
Writer Mark McCracken and artists Jamie Apgar and Andy Sullivan, of the indie comics company Divine Authority Comics.
Colorist Mike Garland, local artists Jon Haeffner, Rob Piecuch, and Mike Cooke, and small-press comics creator Jim Coon.
Several of the guests self-publish their work, and will be happy to explain what is involved in getting one's work out there, in print or on-line. All of the guests will be available to autograph copies of their work, and several of the guest artists plan to do convention sketches and caricatures, so if you ever imagined yourself as a super-hero or villain, or as your favorite RPG character, here is your chance to see your daydreams get put on paper.
The “Cabin Fever” Comic Book Show is sponsored by the Comic Book Club of Ithaca. The CBCI is a registered non-profit organization that runs its conventions on a break-even basis. Club meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00pm at the Tompkins County Public Library, corner of Cayuga and Green Streets. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information -- including links to the guests' websites -- check the Club's website at http://www.comicbookclub.org