Dozens of artists will be at the show including these wonderful, VERY SPECIAL Guests!
WELCOME MARK SPARACIO!
Successful illustrator, Mark Sparacio studied sequential art for three years under the legendary Will Eisner —recognized as the creator of the Graphic Novel—at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where he earned a B.F.A. in Illustration and Sequential Art.
While still in school, Sparacio received his first professional assignment to create a painting for the movie poster for the United Artist International film, The Draughtsman’s Contract. This opportunity resulted in a long run as a freelance illustrator in the advertising industry.
After working for both Marvel and D.C. Comics and creating covers for Comics Buyer's Guide and The Overstreet Price Guide, creating paintings for card sets for UpperDeck/DC Comics and for Topps’ Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids, Sparacio developed his second Creator-Owned Graphic Novel Series, CHELSEA DAGGER, this one totally conceived, written and drawn by Sparacio and with the help of Chris Summers as interior digital painter and Marshall Dillon as letterer/assistant editor. Constantly developing new ideas, story lines and creating the corresponding artwork, Sparacio lives in Boynton Beach, Florida. For more information, please visit Mark Sparacio’s Facebook and Instagram pages as well as the chelseadaggercomics.com website!
WELCOME ARTIST STEVE GEIGER TO ROCCON!
Steve Geiger is a professional Comic Book artist who has worked with several Major Comic Book companies such as Marvel, DC, Valiant/Acclaim, Neal Adams’ Continuity, Penthouse Comix, and many others. After graduating from Buffalo State University with a dual major in Illustration and Advertising Design, Steve began his Comic Book career at the young age of 22 when he was hired on as the 3rd Romita Raider. Romita’s Raiders were a small, select group of art apprentices hand picked by the legendary Marvel artist and Art Director, John Romita Sr. Under his direct guidance, Steve learned the ins and outs of the comic book business.
His summer as an apprentice landed Steve his first published work on Power Man/Iron Fist. This led to a professional relationship with editor Denny O’Neil, and his first regular work on the toy-centric comic book, Sectaurs. As Sectaurs moved toward the end of its run, Steve was offered the penciling duties on The Incredible Hulk and began a comic book career that has spanned several decades.
After successful stints on Hulk and Web of Spiderman, Steve branched out and did work for DC (two historic Batman covers, featuring the first appearance of Jason Todd as Robin) and Continuity Comics where he worked with his idol and second mentor, Neal Adams on the comic Samuree.
In college and throughout his early time in NYC, Steve also did a great deal of storyboard and ad comp illustration for Advertising agencies (Grey, Geers Gross, Cato Johnson, Benton and Bowles, TBWA) as well as his work in Comics. During his time at Continuity he was able to work in both fields simultaneously. Besides his penciling duties on Samaree, Steve also worked on some of the biggest clients on Neal Adams’ Advertising roster, including some of the first animated storyboards in the industry.
Steve left Continuity to work on staff as an Illustrator and Art Director for the TBWA advertising agency, but two years into the job, Marvel and Comics beckoned once again.
In May of 1990, Steve was hired on staff at Marvel Comics as Managing Art Director. Working directly under Senior Art Director John Romita, his duties included: Final approval of all cover art; design and final approval of all merchandise featuring Marvel characters;
Throughout his career Steve has served as a regular artist on such comics as Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk , Bloodshot, Scion, Lorelei, and Samuree. Steve has also illustrated many covers and single issues (“One Shots”) for such titles as The X-men, Punisher: War Journal, The Fantastic Four, Batman, and countless others.
Steve has won numerous Newspaper Design and Illustration awards for his work on the groundbreaking Superhero/Cyberjournalist Comicstrip, Chip Tracer, for New York Newsday.
In addition to his illustration and advertising work, Steve and his wife, Kristy run The EvilGeiger Empire, an entertainment development company devoted to the creation, implementation, and production of original content and creator-owned concepts and characters.
Current projects include: Old Man of the Mountain and Aurora for T3 Comics, Bender, Haunted Tales of Bachelors Grove for Silver Phoenix Comics, Gabriel Damascus; Cutter, and Plowboy in the Cornmeal Universe with Hollywood Animation.
Steve lives in Sunset Bay, USA with his wife Kristy and their children, Steven III and Scarlett Evelyn.
Have Steve do a commission just for you at RocCon!!!
Joe Orsak, from Syracuse, New York, grew up traveling around the globe. He finished high school in Rome, Italy before attending Syracuse University. Joe graduated from SU's Newhouse School of Public Communications.
After working in Advertising as an illustrator and art director, he started his own business, Mastergraphics Studio, in 1980.
In 1982 Joe created a weekly comic strip THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN 'CUSE, which ran in Syracuse newspapers until 1990.
Joe illustrated several comic books for Magnum Comics, MICKEY MANTLE #1 AND #2, wrote and illustrated BROOKS ROBINSON #1 and DUKE SNIDER #1. He also wrote and illustrated SHAQUILLE ONEAL #1 for Stellar Comics. Also in the 1990s, he created several custom comic books for museums in Rochester, NY, Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY.
In 2008 Joe teamed up with writer Douglas Brode to return to a weekly newspaper strip, SALT CITY, in the Syracuse New Times.
They were noticed by McFarland and Company, publishers, who were interested in starting their own line of graphic novels. Joe and Doug were invited to launch the line with YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS, THE MYTH OF EMILY MORGAN, published in May, 2010.
Their second graphic novel, VIRGIN VAMPIRES was released on October 8th, 2012, also from McFarland and Company.
Joe is now working on his third novel with Douglas Brode, DILLINGER, THE UNTOLD STORY. Come visit with our Logo Designer Joe Orsak at RocCon!
WELCOME LOCAL ARTIST GUEST OF HONOR SAL OTERO!
WELCOME AUTHOR ALEC FRAZIER TO ROCCON!
WELCOME FILM-MAKER (ANIMATION) GUEST OF HONOR CURT MARKHAM!
Curt Markham spent two years making the hour-long adventure epic "The Search for Silverspear" from 1987 to 1989 while in his early teens. A digitally reconstructed version of this film won Best Animated Short Feature at the 2015 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, was screened at the Gen Con Film Festival in 2016 and 2017, and was included in the 2017 Rochester Fringe Festival. Curt also wrote and directed the live-action independent feature "Saberfrog", co-produced the award-winning drama "Bury My Heart with Tonawanda", was a cameraman on the documentary "Greetings from Tromaville!" and contributed animated sequences to the recent low-budget comedy "Lonely Bananas". Curt has also worked as a writer, videographer and video editor for Eastman Kodak, WXXI-TV, and Xerox, and as a content developer and instructional designer for online learning companies in Rochester, New York.
We will be showing the G-rated "Search For Silverspear" at the con on Saturday with a Film - making with introduction by Curt and Q&A with Curt afterwards.
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