Todd McFarlane

Todd McFarlane

Appearing Sunday Only

TODD MCFARLANE

A risk-taker with an unerring instinct for success, Todd McFarlane has made a multi-million dollar empire with his unerring creative instincts. And long the way, has been a winner of hundreds of national and international awards, including Emmy, Grammy and MTV Music Awards.

The Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director McFarlane became a true comic book superstar from his record-setting work on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise.  McFarlane co-created Venom, one of Marvel’s top villains and a Spider-Man fixture since he was introduced in 1988. In July 2017, Todd McFarlane announced that and his entertainment division (McFarlane Films) is partnering with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, the producing force behind recent hits Get Out and Split and The Purge franchise, to develop a feature film around the Spawn comic character created by McFarlane.  McFarlane has written the first draft of the screenplay and is set to make his directorial debut in this dark exploration of one of comics’ most popular characters.

McFarlane is the Co-Creator of Marvel’s Superhero Venom. The character made his big-screen debut in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” where he was portrayed by Topher Grace. This fall, Venom, the Sony Picture feature film starring Tom Hardy as Venom hits theatres Oct 5.  In 1994, McFarlane founded the international award-winning McFarlane Toys – now one of North America’s top action figure manufacturer. A whirlwind of expansion in McFarlane’s companies followed: more comics, action figures, and award-winning entertainment projects which boast over 150 licenses and is still growing.  McFarlane co-founded Image Comics, third largest comic publisher on the planet, and serves as the president.

McFarlane’s first issue of Spawn sold an unprecedented 1.7 million copies at the time it was released. Since its debut, Spawn has continued to be a fan favorite title around the world. Spawn is published in 10 languages and sold in 35 countries. McFarlane’s original cover art from ‘Amazing Spider-man’ issue 328 sold for a record-smashing $657,250.  The comic became an Emmy Award-Winning animated series on HBO and a New Line Cinema feature film that grossed more than $100 million. McFarlane went on to direct and produce award-winning and critically acclaimed projects for Warner Brother, Epic Records, Korn, Pearl Jam, Jodi Foster, Disturbed and Nelly Furtado.

A 2018 marquee figure and construction lines including some of the hottest entertainment properties including Netflix’ Stranger Things, Destiny, Call of Duty, Hello Neighbor, Star Trek: Discovery and iconic classic Star Trek TV series,  Borderlands, South Park, Rick and Morty, Five Nights at Freddy’s, AMC’s The Walking Dead TV Series, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, EA Madden, as well as the officially licensed teams of the NFL and NBA. For complete information on all things McFarlane, visit www.McFarlane.com.

Glenn Rane

Glenn Rane

Appearing Thurs-Sun

GLENN RANE

Glenn is an artist and art director who has worked in the video game industry for over 15 years. If you are familiar with Blizzard Entertainment, you’ve probably seen Glenn’s artwork and art direction representing all of their games on magazines, book covers, game box covers, web banners, logos, concept art, merchandise, loading screens, at conventions, and in other high profile places. Glenn is most well known for his work on the World of Warcraft and Hearthstone franchises.

Junkers Cosplay

Junkers Cosplay

JUNKERS COSPLAY

Johnny is a Navy veteran turned engineer and cosplayer. Currently working as a full-time engineer, he creates costumes as a hobby for both fun and profit. Starting cosplay in 2011 with few tools and resources he was given the chance to work on a team to create a promotional piece for Bioware’s Mass Effect 2. From there he started working professionally as a prop maker and model while attending college. His list of professional credits include pieces made for Riot Games, Rooster Teeth, and KOG Studios. Even with a large background in video game costuming he still works closest with Crunchyroll.com as a Cosplay Ambassador, creating promotional pieces for their streaming anime. He has been featured prominently as the season 1 winner of MYX TV’s “Call to Cosplay” as well as returning in the second and third seasons as a judge. His hope is not for fame or fortune from cosplay, but to share his trade and teach cosplayers how to make props and armor so that they can share the same joy he has.
You can find his work on junkerscosplay.blogspot.com or across social media.

3:00PM - PVC Armor and Props - North 225AB

10:30AM - Cosplay Fitness - North 225AB

Jaze Cosplay

Jaze Cosplay

JAZE COSPLAY

Aime and Lance Jaze are the owners and creators of Jaze Cosplay Studios. They are the WOW couple with a passionate love of all things in entertainment. Both Aime and Lance have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment and acting industry including film and television, music, theatre, and modeling, so bringing characters to life is a specialty of theirs! Understanding the value in respectfully portraying characters, they build the majority of their costumes from scratch. In addition to their own cosplays, they also design and build custom costumes and props for production studios.

On a more personal note, both Aime and Lance love binge watching their favorite shows on Netflix and Hulu (who doesn’t right?!), and with two gaming systems at home they spend their “QT” together playing Star Wars BattleFront, Shadows of Mordor, WWE 2017, Red Dead Redemption, Overwatch, Marvel vs Capcom, Batman: Arkham, Call of Duty, God of War, Disney Infinity and so much more!

For the past 4 years they’ve been featured as Special Cosplay Guests at a number of conventions throughout the West Coast, but their one and only true love has always been and will always be their homeland Phoenix Comic Fest and Phoenix Fan Fest, and are deeply honored to once again be guesting this year and sharing their character magic with the fans and attendees! They have judged a multitude of costume contests and masquerades and have hosted many panels on cosplaying, filming, costume design and fabrication, and entertainment and character building. Their creativity is endless when it comes to designing and building movie-quality costumes and props, in-house photography/videography, and custom digital artwork for themselves as well as celebrity clientele. They also write, direct, and produce promotional videos, and are slated to launch their new web series Keeping Up with the Jazes and Late Night with Skeletor & Friends coming soon.

Victoria V.E. Schwab

Victoria V.E. Schwab

VICTORIA V.E. SCHWAB

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”

To learn more about Victoria and her works, please visit: http://www.veschwab.com/

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