BAKERSFIELD COMIC-CON Comic Book and Fantasy shows  




9th Annual BAKERSFIELD COMIC-CON
NOVEMBER 12th & 13th, 2016
KERN COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS
Buildings 3 & 4

1142 So. P st., Bakersfield, CA.
Bakersfields ONLY 2 Day COMIC-CON!
Sat. 10:00am TO 7:00pm
Su, 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Adults 15 and UP - $8.00 Sat. & Sun. and $15.00 for 2 Days.
KID 8-14 - $5.00 A Day, $8.00 for 2 Days (Children under 8yrs are Free)
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THANK YOU BAKERSFIELD COMIC-CON FANS FOR AN AMAZING 2015 SHOW! WE BROKE OUR ATTENDANCE RECORS BY 1000 FANS! WE CANNOT THANK YOU ALL FOR THE LOVE & SUPPORT. NOW ONTO 2016...2 DAYS, 2 BUILDINGS, DOUBLE THE GUESTS, DOUBLE THE EXHIBITORS, DOUBLE THE PROGRAMMING...DOUBLE THE FUN! The Biggest Complaint for 2105 show was "It Was Too Crowded" So we have layed out floors with wider isles and will go to 2 Bulidings, and we will have more programming (inside and outside) to give more people places to go and things to do. We try our Best to Listen to the fans to make this an Amazing Experience!

2016 SPECIAL GUEST'S
BERNIE WRIGHTSON

Legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has been creating horror art for over 45 years. Bernie “Berni” Wrightson (born October 27, 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books. He received training in art from reading comics, particularly those of EC, as well as through a correspondence course from the Famous Artists School. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. The following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, he was inspired to produce his own stories. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Wrightson began spelling his name “Berni” in his professional work to distinguish himself from an Olympic diver named Bernie Wrightson, but later restored the final E to his name.
His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. By 1974 he had left DC to work at Warren Publishing, for whose black-and-white horror-comics magazines he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. In 1975, Wrightson joined with fellow artists Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith to form “The Studio,” a shared loft in Manhattan where the group would pursue creative products outside the constraints of comic book commercialism. Though
he continued to produce sequential art, Wrightson at this time began producing artwork for numerous posters, prints, calendars, and even coloring books. Wrightson spent seven years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. Wrightson drew the poster for the Stephen King-penned horror film Creepshow, as well as illustrating the comic book adaptation of the film. This led to several other collaborations with King, including illustrations for the novella “Cycle of the Werewolf,” the restored edition of King’s apocalyptic horror epic, “The Stand,” and art for the hardcover editions of “From a Buick 8” and “Dark Tower V.” Wrightson has contributed album covers for a number of bands, including Meat Loaf. The “Captain Sternn” segment of the animated film Heavy Metal is based on the character created by Wrightson for his award-winning short comic series of the same name.
He’s worked on Spiderman, Batman and The Punisher, and provided painted covers for the DC comics Nevermore and Toe Tags, among many others. Recent works include Frankenstein Alive Alive, Dead She Said , the Ghoul and Doc Macabre (IDW Publishing) all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles. As a conceptual artist, Bernie has worked on many movies, particularly in the horror genre: well-known films include Ghostbusters, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spiderman, and George Romero’s Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont’s Stephen King film The Mist. Today, Bernie resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Liz, two corgis, and several fat hens. He’s working on film designs, and his own pet projects, including comic books and creepy drawings just for fun!



STEVE NILES
Steve Niles is a writer, best known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society, Frankenstein Alive Alive, Monster & Madman and Batman: Gotham County Line. He is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence. Steve got his start back in Washington DC through his own Arcane Comix, writing and publishing comics and anthologies since the mid-80's.
Coming from IDW, Steve is writing "The October Faction", a new series of the ongoing adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family. Cal McDonald continues in the Criminal Macabre series "The Third Child", from Dark Horse, and the Criminal Macabre Casebook #1 has also just been released, as well as in stories currently being published by Steve's own Bloody Pulp Books. Steve has just finished with his 12 part run of Ash & the Army of Darkness for Dynamite, the long-awaited sequel to the movie in comic form.
30 Days of Night sparked renewed interest in the horror genre, released in 2007 as a major motion picture. Other comics he has written have been optioned for films, including Criminal Macabre and Freaks of the Heartland. Currently, Steve's "Breath of Bones, The Tale of the Golem" is set to be directed by Andrew Adamson. Recently, Niles' zombie comic, Remains, was released as part of Chiller Network's "Chiller Presents" series.
Steve has just released "Ghosts of Krypton" in the new Adventures of Superman. Niles is also working on Frankenstein Alive! Alive! with the legendary Bernie Wrightson. Wrightson has also illustrated Niles' Doc Macabre, The Ghoul and Dead She Said series, all published by IDW. Just released, Monster and Madman with artist Damien Worm, as well as his anthology series, Edge of Doom, with Kelley Jones.
Steve was raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, developing his interests in music, writing, and making amateur films. He worked in several comic book stores and played in the bands Gray Matter and Three during the heyday of the Washington harDCore punk scene, both of which released records on Dischord Records label.
Steve resides outside of Los Angeles with his wife, Monica, two dogs, five cats and Gil the tortoise. While there's no crawlspace, there is a questionable closet in one corner and no one is quite sure what is hidden in there... but we have an idea.




WALKING DEAD
STAR


VINCENT WARD

Vincent M. Ward, also known as Vincent Ward, is an American actor. He is best known for playing a bodyguard in many television shows, as well as his recurring roles as Bo on The Starter Wife and as Oscar on the hit television show The Walking Dead.





WALKING DEAD
STAR


JERYL PRESCOTT

Prescott was born in Washington, D.C., then adopted and raised in Hartsville, South Carolina. She is best known for her role as Jacqui in Season 1 of the television series The Walking Dead, which premiered on AMC in 2010. Prescott, a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, divides her time between that city and Los Angeles. Prescott was originally cast for just two episodes of the premiere season of The Walking Dead. However, her character, Jacqui, was then written into the series cast of the season as well. Prescott reprises her role as Jacqui in the Season 3 episode "Hounded", as one of the voices that speaks to Rick on the phone.

She also had a small but very Eerie role as Mama Cecile in the classic horror file "The Skeleton Key"also staring Kate Hudson.

Most recently, Prescott recurred as Cherry in Ray Donovan on Showtime. Prescott also appeared as a Judge Delilah Nunes in the Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, which debuted on CBS in 2011. Additionally, Prescott appear as Felicite in the film, Bolden! (2011). She has also cast in a film, produced by Harry Lennix, based on William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1. On television, she also guest-starred on Brothers & Sisters, Southland, Parks and Recreation and Revolution.
TIM BRADSTREET
Over the last twenty years Tim Bradstreet has illustrated everything from trading cards and comic books, to book covers and movie posters. He began illustrating role-playing games with GDW's Twilight 2000 and FASA's Shadowrun. Tim's ground-breaking work on White Wolf's Vampire: The Masquerade established him as a critical and pop-culture favorite, and it wasn't long before he began illustrating for major comic publishers. Tim has since drawn for hundreds of comic and game related projects including Activision’s Vampire: Bloodlines vid game, Dark Horse's Hard Looks, Another Chance to Get It Right (With Author Andrew Vachss), and Star Wars, Clive Barker's Age of Desire, Marvel's The Punisher and Blade, and Vertigo's Gangland, Unknown Soldier, Human Target, and Hellblazer. In 1997 Tim was voted Best Artist By the Horror Writers Guild of America. In 2000 Tim joined director Guillermo Del Toro as a conceptual artist to help visualize the film "Blade 2." In the fall of 2003 Tim began work on a string of movie posters for the Marvel/Lion's Gate film, The Punisher. A rare opportunity to influence the film version of a character he had so deftly impacted in comics. Bradstreet is now realizing a long time dream to work in film as a conceptual artist and designer, counting directors Guillermo Del Toro (Blade 2, Hellboy), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile), Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed), and Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher) among his many admirers. Bradstreet also remains the regular cover artist for two books, Marvel’s The Punisher and Vertigo/DC's Hellblazer. He has contributed over 70 covers for each title in the last half decade and has left an indelible mark on both characters. Bradstreet's run on Hellblazer recently ended but he begins a new chapter with Dark Horse Comics' Criminal Macabre and it's main character Cal Macdonald, as the regular monthly cover artist As of now Tim is hard at work creating more movie posters, doing conceptual art for film and video games, Currently he is inking and illustrating covers for BAD PLANET alongside co-creator's Steve Niles, Thomas Jane, and Lewis Larosa

TONE RODRIGUEZ
Tone Rodriguez the comic book creator was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. And now resides in the Vally of the Sun Phoenix, Arizona. He Started drawing comics at the tender age of 6, however most of those graphic novels were considered too horrific for consumption at the time. He Started his art career starting first with painting... Painting fences. His Fences have graced the cover of Better Homes and Gardens "fences of this century" issue, However that fence was destroyed in the lawnmower fire of 09' a drastic set back in his early work, lost but not forgotten. Preparing to move on from fences to car ports Tones talents were discovered whilst doodling on a napkin at a local Pup n' Taco stand. No longer was he to paint fences for minimum wage but on to drawing comic books for far far less than minimum wage. VIOLENT MESSIAHS, SNAKE PLISSKIN, The COVENANT, SHADOWHAWK, MAYHEM! & DEAD VENGENCE all were released to rave reviews (the word "rave" is being used in place of the words good, bad or horrific, reminiscent of his early work) he has also produced art for THE SIMPSONS & FUTURAMA comics and has also done a butt-load of work for television shows like DOG WITH A BLOG, LIV & MADDIE, PAIR OF KINGS & Showtimes series DEXTER creating the DARK DEFENDER as well as appearing on the show acting like a killer. (Note: any similarity to any actually ongoing murder investigations is totally coincidental) he's also produced THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY HALPERT comic book seen in NBC's THE OFFICE. He's brought way too much stuff to this show and lord knows he's got bookies and loan sharks to pay back, so please stop by his table help lessen the blow.
WRESTELING LEGEND...
MVP


MVP is a professional wrestler known most for his tenure with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He has also worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Half-man, half-amazing. That's the boast former United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter cribbed from hip-hop mastermind Nas to describe his particular talent in the ring. Indeed, at his best, the hottest free agent in WWE history seemed to posses abilities that were superhuman. But the onetime convict who fought his way out of a turbulent life of crime was as real as it gets.
First introduced on the Aug. 4, 2006, edition of SmackDown, the cocky newcomer displayed the same bravado and bluster as NFL egomaniacs like Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson. That shameless self-promotion led WWE officials to sign MVP to the most lucrative contract in the history of the blue brand - a big money deal that inundated the Superstar's early WWE tenure with questions of: "Is he worth it?"
Although his unproven arrogance - not to mention the bizarre bodysuit he competed in - did little to endear him to the WWE Universe, MVP proved himself by surviving a vicious series of matches against the demonic Kane and grabbing the United States Championship within months of his debut - a title he held for an astounding 343 days.
An ensuing rivalry with Matt Hardy became MVP's claim to fame as the two Superstars competed in arm wrestling matches and pizza eating contests in a never-ending game of one-upmanship. While at odds, the foes unexpectedly won the WWE Tag Team Titles, putting two championships in the hands of MVP simultaneously.
After losing his U.S. Title to Hardy, the so-called "ballin' " Superstar's career hit a snag with an embarrassing losing streak that lasted from summer 2008 through April of the following year. The disappointing run did little for MVP's reputation, but the humbling reality of his win-loss record allowed a more truthful side of his persona to shine through. Stepping out from behind his designer sunglasses and shiny platinum chains, the braggadocios competitor revealed himself to be an inspiring figure who turned his life around after serving time in prison as a young man.
MVP was cheered on by WWE fans during his final years with the company as he enjoyed another reign as United States Champion and formed an impressive tag team with the mighty Mark Henry. Parting ways with WWE in 2010, he went on to compete in the smashmouth rings of Japan, further proving that there was serious skill behind MVP's swagger.


CARTOONIST LEGEND...
SERGIO ARAGONES

Sergio Aragones is said to be the fastest cartoonist in the world today. He is certainly the most honored, having won every major award in the field, including the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award, and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.
He was born in 1937 in Castellon, Spain but his family soon relocated to Mexico during the Spanish Civil War. In Mexico, Sergio received his education, eventually studying Architecture at the University of Mexico, and also learning pantomime under the direction of Alexandro Jodorowsky. But his heart was always in cartooning, a craft he discovered in the third grade, to the delight of his classmates and the annoyance of his instructors. He contributed to school newspapers and anywhere else he could get his sketches printed and, at age 17, began selling professionally to a wide array of Mexican publications. He maintained a weekly spot for over ten years in Manana Magazine.
In 1962, he decided to try his luck in America, and arrived in New York with only twenty dollars and a folder bulging with his cartoon work. At first, work was slow in coming and what he did sell didn't pay very well, forcing him to work as a singer/poet in Greenwich Village restaurants and to pick up other odd jobs. Things changed when he mustered the courage to approach the top market for silly pictures, Mad Magazine. Embarrassed by his halting English, he went to their office and asked for Antonio Prohias, the Cuban refugee who drew their popular "Spy Vs. Spy" feature. Sergio figured that Prohias could translate for him, but he figured wrong: Prohias, though thrilled to meet a fellow Hispanic cartoonist, spoke even less English than Sergio. He did, however, introduce his new "brother" about, and the Mad editors liked what they saw.
Sergio’s first contribution — "A Mad Look at the U.S. Space Effor" — appeared in Mad #76, cover-dated January of 1963. For that same issue, he also contributed the cover gag (the first of many) and his first "Marginal Thinking" cartoons to be printed in the magazine's margins. He has since appeared in every issue of Mad except for one (the post office screwed up) and has done thousands of his unique pantomime cartoons. He also produced 16 best-selling original Mad paperback books.
In the early eighties, Sergio teamed with wordsmith Mark Evanier to bring forth the adventures of Groo the Wanderer. Groo quickly became one of the longest-running "creator-owned" comic book properties, outlasting many of the companies that published it. Together, Sergio and Mark have also produced other comics, including Fanboy, Boogeyman, Magnor, Blair Witch? and an acclaimed series in which together, they trash famous characters: Sergio Aragones Massacres Marvel, Sergio Aragones Destroys DC, and Sergio Aragones Stomps Star Wars. For their comic book work, they have received multiple Eisner awards. Sergio has also "soloed" with two all-pantomime series, Actions Speak and Louder Than Words and on his new comic from Bongo, Sergio Aragones Funnies.
Sergio has appeared as an actor-performer on television (on, among others, Laugh-In and Speak Up, America) and motion pictures (in, among others, Norman, Is That You? and To Kill A Stranger). His artwork has appeared on hundreds of advertisements and editorial features, and his animation has been featured on numerous TV shows, including The Shirley MacLaine Special, The Cher Special, The Half-Hour Comedy Hour and Dick Clark's TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes.
He lives and works in Ojai, California.
MIKE KAZALEH

Mike Kazaleh has had a long career working in comic books and animated cartoons. He began by producing low budget commercials and sales films out of his tiny studio in Detroit, Michigan. Mike soon moved to Los Angeles, California and since then he has worked for most of the major cartoon studios and comic book companies. He has worked with such characters as The Simpsons, Futurama, The Flintstones, Mighty Mouse, Krypto the Superdog, Ren and Stimpy, Cow and Chicken, Annoying Orange, Breadwinners, and Bugs Bunny, as well as creating his own independent comics like The Adventures of Captain Jack. Before all that, Mike was a television repairman.
NATE WATSON
Nate Watson has illustrated comic books featuring well-known properties including Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Toy Story and The Croods. In 2010 he joined Lucasfilm Animation as a Visual Development artist on Star Wars Detours, and realized a lifelong dream of working in the field of animation. He is currently illustrating the digital-first comic series The Incapeables for Thrillbent, various Coloring Books for Dreamworks Consumer Products, and his creator-owned series Runner, which will be published sometime in 2014.
DEREK FRIDOLFS

Derek is the Eisner nominated writer of Batman: Lil Gotham. He has also written and illustrated a lot of comics for DC (Arkham City: Endgame, Arkham Unhinged, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Looney Tunes), IDW (Dexters Laboratory, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The New Animated Adventures), and for BOOM (Adventure Time, Regular Show, Clarence).
LONNIE MILLSAP
Cartoonist/Author Lonnie Millsap, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He began to draw at an early age and lists Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine) and Johnny Hart (Wizard of Id) as his earliest influences. Millsap's later influences include Gary Panter (Jimbo), Matt Groening (Simpsons, Life in Hell), John Callahan and Gahan Wilson. He released his first book of single panel cartoons in 2010, titled ‘My Washcloth Stinks!’, which was promptly ordered by Barnes and Noble. In 2011 he released his second collection of cartoons titled ‘I Hate My Job!’. He followed up with ‘I Stepped On A Duck!’ in 2012 and ‘My Pickle Tastes Funny!’ in January 2014. Millsap's cartoon currently appears three times weekly at www.lonniemillsap.com and his work has been endorsed by such noteworthy cartoonists as Sergio Aragones, Keith Knight, Gary Panter, Scott Shaw, Johnny Ryan and 'Bizarro' cartoonist Dan Piraro. His highly anticipated collection of cartoons titled ‘I Asked For A Fork!’ was released in June 2015.
GEORGE "The GIANT" McARTHUR

George The Giant is not a larger than life performer because of his size, though he stands an impressive seven foot three inches in height. It might be because it has been mentioned; George is one of the most complete sideshow performers today, by performers and audiences alike.
The giant appeared as Colossus in Tim Burtons movie "Big Fish", and some not so known movies like "Tough Luck", "Firecracker", or "Relative Strangers" his television appearances, include "The Tonight Show," "Touch By An Angel", "Americas Got Talent", and most recently "Big Giant Swords" and many others, not to mention his appearances on CNN, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, and The Travel Channel.
George The Giant was born and raised in a small city near Los Angels called Bakersfield. When at the age of twelve he was taken to the county fair where he witnessed a sword swallower and fire-eater perform on the bally stage. George could barely believe what the human body could accomplish. We would love to say at that instant GEORGE THE GIANT was released upon the world, but that was not the case, it did start his love of the sideshow though. It wasn't till George was twenty-one before he started to learn the sideshow art. That path was started when a family tragedy caused him to have a fear of fire. He decided he would over come his fear the same way he over came his fear of heights... head on. In the case of his fear of heights he bungee jumped, for this of fire, he would learn fire eating. While researching fire eating he discovered descriptions of other sideshow stunts and started learning them also.
George has had the opportunities to travel around the world performing his brand of entertainment in all types of venues from nightclubs to libraries. He has also been in publications ranging from "The National Enquirer" to "Vogue" George The Giant is your all around performer.

STEPHANIE LESNIAK
Stephanie Lesniak has managed and designed for some of the most successful animated television shows and comic books to date. As a talented designer, she single handedly pencils, inks, and colors all of SCRAP PICTURES art content.
She has worked with many animation studios that have included CARTOON NETWORK and KLASKY CSUPO INC. Some of the most recent TV film credits she has are for work done on SQUIRREL BOY, THE MARVELOUS MISADVENTURES OF FLAPJACK, and REGULAR SHOW.
Before she was in the animation Biz she was in the comic business serving as a Graphic Designer at TOP COW PRODUCTIONS INC. She was responsible for developing and creating book layouts, logo designs, and ad designs for such titles as WITCHBLADE, TOMB RAIDER, BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, WANTED, and THE DARKNESS, among others.
Stephanie has also inked, drawn, and colored for many independent graphic novels and has made a few appearances in various film documentaries involving how to break into the comic book industry.
Stephanie is an illustration graduate of Art Center College of Design.

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