JUNE 18, 2017 GUESTS:
Andy Poon is an art director and concept designer living
in Vancouver BC, involved in both the animation and live action
world. Currently freelancing as a character concept illustrator
for Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow making sure the
Heroes are fighting in style on screen while making sure comic
fans like himself are satisfied.
Andy has also been
focusing on art direction and visual development in animation/toy
properties such as Stormhawks, Hotwheels, Slugterra, Monster High,
Maxsteel, Blaze and the Monster Machines for the last decade.
Never a moment goes by in which Andy is not imagining,drawing and
Azim Venksta is a local born and raised
independent Transformers specialty artist and designer. He is best
known for his brand of Renderform Customs - hand made accessories
and parts to augment your favorite modern Transformers action
figures. Azim has also been working with various toy companies
over the past 10 years, creating and designing action figures,
animation, and comics. Being an artist at heart, Azim creates
various artworks using 3D CGI as his main medium and sculptures of
his favourite robotic heroes. You can find prints, samples of his
current Renderform Customs, and sculptures on display at this
~OUR IN-HOUSE GUEST~
Diana Greenhalgh is a professional
illustrator, graphic artist and designer in comics, trading cards,
film and television.
You can find her work in many places,
from props in DC's Legends Of Tomorrow season 1, to movie
posters for Twentieth Century Fox's Deadpool and
X-Men: Apocalypse, illustrations in more than 30 licensed
trading card sets including DC, Marvel, and Dynamite properties,
and inks on numerous independent and mainstream comic titles,
including Taran Killam's The Illegitimates, X-Men Legacy, and
Diana has recently completed work for Upper Deck on
their Marvel Premier and Spider-Man: Homecoming
trading card sets, and is currently working as editor and inker
for a new production company.
As an illustrator, she also
specializes in pinup art, illustrating sexy femme fatales and
other fun characters. She produces her own original illustrations,
prints, trading cards, and other collectibles.
Verne grew up during the dawn of the
television era with its wacky worlds of Beatlemania and Bugs
Bunny. While he dabbled in music and drawing, it wasn't until he
met the crew from Captain Canuck Comics at a high school "career
day" that he found his calling. He quickly became the studio pest,
dropping by weekly to show off his latest. During this period he
created the "Captain Cannabis" character and comic book, the first
of many to come.
His career took off with his first paid
job - cel painting on "Blowhard," a National Film Board animated
short, followed by animation assignments for Hanna Barbera's
Saturday morning line-up. He continued in comics illustrating
stories for Phantacea, doing ink and colour on Captain Canuck,
cover art for Charleton and inking for Marvel.
Nelvana's "Rock & Rule" animated feature Verne bridged old with
new - on the one hand he was privileged to work alongside masters
Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson, two of Walt Disney's 9 wise men,
while at the same time he was designing leading-edge
computer-controlled visual effects with Industrial Light and
Verne then turned his focus to advertising and
marketing in Toronto and Vancouver. He provided the creative
behind a number of high-tech success stories including 'Simply
Accounting,' one of the best selling small business accounting
brands, and the successful Pigtronix musical instrument effects.
As CEO of Virtual Access he produced a range of content for web
and broadcast, including the highly successful "Kid's Club" TV
spots for Swedish furniture retailer, IKEA.
Today Verne is
using his advanced skills on the release of his Captain Cannabis
comic book and film series. Combined with current relaxation of
cannabis attitudes, it is destined to become Verne's Ultimate Hit!
Michael Kluckner was a cartoonist and
illustrator for the Vancouver and Victoria dailies in the late
1970s, then spent 30 years creating illustrated books such as
Vanishing Vancouver before returning to the medium of the graphic
novel with "Toshiko," a Romeo-and-Juliet story set in BC during
the Second World War. His murder mystery "2050," set in the ruins
of a future Vancouver, is a "cli-fi" speculation on life under a
dictatorship determined to heal the planet after an environmental
disaster and pandemic. He is currently working on a graphic
biography of a novelist-feminist from the early years of British
Jim McPherson has been writing stories featuring the PHANTACEA Mythos for most of his teenage and adult life. Usually as Phantacea Publications (James H McPherson, Publisher), he has been publishing a PHANTACEA imprint since 1977. These include comic books, three graphic novels, a number of web-only serials, three mini-novels, e-books and five full-length novels.
Jim's latest novel in the PHANTCEA
series, "Decimation Damnation" was published in 2016.
Details regarding PHANTACEA Mythos print publications are linked from here: www.phantacea.com/DotComMenu.htm#publications.
TOY TRADERS TO MATCH GIFT CARDS $ FOR $
Vancouver Comic & Toy Show will be
handing out the following gift cards during the show: Three $20 gift cards for use anywhere at the show to be randomly handed out at the door! There will also be two $50.00 Gift Cards given out during the day. An additional two $100 gift cards will be given out at 3:00 & 4:00!
In addition to the multiple Vancouver Comic & Toy Show Gift Cards - Matthew Purdy, owner of Toy Traders has graciously matched Toy Trader Bucks $ for $ on the $50 & $100 cards, to be used on any merchandise at his tables!