Fred Van Lente
The Silencers, Action Philosophers
Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer of comics like Archer & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Action Philosophers! (American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and Cowboys & Aliens (with Andrew Foley), the basis for the feature film.
His many other titles include Weird Detective, The Comic Book History of Comics, The Incredible Hercules (with Greg Pak), Taskmaster, Marvel Zombies and The Amazing Spider-Man.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the playwright Crystal Skillman, and some mostly ungrateful cats.
Fred loves hearing from readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cartoonist and Illustrator
RICK & MORTY
Cartoonist and illustrator Tom Fowler has worked in comics, advertising, and film and game design for a variety of clients including Disney, Simon & Schuster, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, MAD, Valiant, Marvel, and DC Comics. His best known comics include the MAD Magazine feature “Monroe”,”Venom”, “Hulk Season One”, “Quantum & Woody”, the critically acclaimed “Mysterius the Unfathomable”, and the all-ages series HOWTOONS:[re]IGNITION. Most recently, Tom wrote, and occasionally drew, the popular RICK & MORTY comics series.
Cary Nord is the award-winning artist of comic books and graphic novels such as Daredevil, Conan The Barbarian and most recently X-O Manowar . Throughout his career Cary has drawn virtually every major character in comics, having worked on Superman, Wolverine, Mutant-X, JLA, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Thor, and Star Wars.
He is currently working as a cover artist for DC Comics and Valiant Entertainment.
In 2004, Cary was awarded the industry’s top honour for his work on Conan The Barbarian, taking home the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Single Issue.
Born in Calgary, Cary spent most of his youth drawing, and after attending the Alberta College of Art and Design he began to submit his work to Marvel and DC Comics. Diligence and hard work paid off, and work on single issues grew into longer fan-favourite stories with beloved characters.
Cary Nord doesn’t have time for hobbies, but lives vicariously through those who do.
DC/IDW Cover Art, Spidey
Nick Bradshaw is an Atlantic Canadian artist that has worked in various fields as a graphics illustrator. He has done turns at major publishers such as Marvel comics, DC comics, IDW, Dynamic forces and more. He is best known for his work on Marvels Xmen,Guardians of the Galaxy and Spiderman. Currently he is designing cover work for numerous publishers including soon to be announced creator owned projects in 2017
Comic Book Writer
Thieves & Kings, Stardrop
In addition to his appearance at the Expo, ECCE will be presenting Mark Oakley for a tour of regional schools, presenting comic book writing and comic creating workshops in the week leading up to the show. A great opportunity for students in the area!
Once Mark launched I Box Publishing, his own comic book company, he’s since published dozens of comic books and graphic novels. “Thieves & Kings” was his first big title and “Stardrop” was the next -now running for 10 years! The third Stardrop graphic novel is just about to come out. Mark has also just launched a third series: “Jenny Mysterious” -Set in the Stardrop universe, it’s all about high school in the 80’s, conspiracy theory, time travel, kung-fu and fighting aliens!
Chapterhouse Comics, publishers of Captain Canuck and more, will have Tony White, Rossi Gifford and Kalman Andrasofszky visiting with us at The East Coast Comic Expo.
Tony is a Dad of two lovely geek girls, the husband of the most patient woman he knows and a Halifax-based Editor for Canada’s largest comic book publisher, Chapterhouse Comics. During his time with the publisher, he has helmed some of the company’s most popular titles, like Captain Canuck, All New Classic Captain Canuck, Northguard, the Chapterhouse 2016 Summer Special & Die Kitty Die with involvement in new, recently released titles, Freelance and Agents of PACT. His latest editorial endeavours are in the May 2017 Free Comic Book Day issue of Captain Canuck also featuring Die Kitty Die and anthology series, True Patriot Presents.
Currently, Tony has moved into the role of Managing Editor for Chapterhouse Comics with responsibilities including popular titles like Spirit Leaves, the Fourth Planet, the Pitiful Human-Lizard, Life Death and Sorcery, True Patriot Presents as well as Die Kitty Die. In addition to that, he is helping to launch the paperback publishing division of the company with new authors from across Canada. He is always eager to find new projects by talented creators wherever he goes.
In his spare time he complains about having too many pets and enjoys microblogging about craft beers.
Follow him on Twitter @CanuckTony and Chapterhouse Publishing on twitter @chapterhouseca or on Facebook at: facebook.com/chapterhousecomics
Rossi Gifford is the creator of the critically acclaimed fantasy series “Spirit Leaves” from Chapterhouse Comics, as well as being an in-demand illustrator and character designer.
In addition to her comics and freelance assignments, she’s currently under contract as a concept artist for the upcoming Nickelodeon show, “Welcome to the Wayne.”
Recently arriving in Canada from Scotland, where she graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone of Art and Design, Rossi continues to produce artwork for clients overseas as well as in North America.
Kalman Andrasofszky got his start producing massive amounts of art for roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars, and Vampire: The Masquerade among others.
In 2003 Kalman co-created and illustrated the comic book series iCandy for DC, since then he has gone on to freelance extensively for comic book publishers including Marvel, DC, Valiant and BOOM! Studios. He’s produced art and covers for such titles as Spider-man, X-men, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Dazzler, NYX, X-23, Tomb of Dracula, and GI Joe.
Kalman is responsible for designing the new Captain Canuck and his universe with a more modern take. Currently, he is writing the new Captain Canuck comic series, co-writing Agents of PACT with Blake Northcott and co-writing Captain Canuck Year One with Jay Baruchel (which begins in this year’s Free Comic Book Day issue). Recently, Kalman became Editor in Chief for Chapterhouse Publishing and is responsible for the direction of the all new Chapterverse!
Tony is a small-town guy from Kentucky, raised by a pack of wild televisions. He’s been a fan of comics since before he could read, and has seldom in life dreamed of becoming anything other than a cartoonist.
Tony has been in the business since 1999, when he started work on his maiden voyage, Battle Pope. Since then, he’s lent his hand to books such as Masters of the Universe, Brit, the Eisner Award-nominated series The Walking Dead, and his creator-owned books Fear Agent and The Exterminators. In recent years at Marvel, he’s had the pleasure of getting to put his stamp on some wild runs on Ghost Rider, Punisher, Venom and Deadpool.
Michael de Adder
Michael de Adder was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. He studied art at Mount Allison University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting.
After freelancing for a few years, he landed his first full time cartooning job at the Halifax Daily News.
After the Daily News folded in 2008, de Adder became the full time cartoonist at New Brunswick Publishing. He now freelances for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, the Toronto Star and Ottawa Hill Times. His work is syndicated throughout North America by Artizans.com.
de Adder reaches millions of readers per week, making him one of the most read cartoonists in Canada.
My Little Pony
Brenda Hickey is a comic artist from Prince Edward Island best known for her work on IDW’s My Little Pony series. Currently she is launching the new My Little Pony: Legends of Magic series coming out in April 2017. Upcoming work includes Top Shelf graphic novel Ward’s Valley (2018) as well as some dabbling in the self-publishing world with her mini series Tatian in Halls of the Turnip King.
Spookman, Men In Black
Carruthers first started working in comics at Malibu Graphics and worked on many black and white titles. His biggest success was The Men in Black (comic) (Lowell Cunningham, creator/writer), which he illustrated. The comic later becoming a film, Men in Black. He also worked on Captain Canuck. He worked as the Editorial Cartoonist for the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper. He published a book of his editorial cartoons entitled Sh-It Happened.
Scott Hamilton is a caricature/portrait artist from Massachusetts. He specializes in drawing people as their favorite character. Over the past 24 years Scott has drawn thousands of convention goers.
Captain Canuck, Animosity
Mike – a Canadian freelance art mercenary working professionally since the late 1990s, Mike Rooth has recently been illustrating comics and covers and pinups for titles such as Captain Canuck (Chapter House), Animosity (Aftershock Comics), Red Sonja /Conan (Dynamite/Dark Horse) and numerous other small press and independent comic publishers. This will be Mike’s 1st appearance at ECCE and he’ll have comics, sketchbooks, prints and original art available for the great folks in Moncton NB!
More guest coming.