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.

Rob DenBleyker

Rob DenBleyker

Appearing Thurs-Sun

ROB DENBLEYKER

Rob DenBleyker is a cartoonist who currently writes comics at Cyanide and Happiness, with co-cartoonists Kris Wilson and Dave McElfatrick.

Rob’s comics are usually based around two people talking to each other, and the first panels set up the punchline, which is usually in the last panel.

Josh Blaylock

Josh Blaylock

JOSH BLAYLOCK

Josh Blaylock is a writer, artist, and the commander-in-chief of indie powerhouse Devil’s Due Comics. In addition to his own recent comics Mercy Sparx, Igloo Barbecue, and The Bitcoin Comic Handbook, Josh publishes several creator-owned titles from a diverse line of creators with Devil’s Due. His non-fiction book How to Self-Publish Comics: Not Just Create Them is required reading at Savannah College of Art & Design. He’s also known as the man who kickstarted the ’80s retro boom in comics with the release of G.I. Joe and Voltron comics in the early 2000s, the impact of which is still seen in the market today.

    Rick Magyar

    Rick Magyar

    RICK MAGYAR

    Rick Magyar began his professional comics career in 1981 as a background inker at Marvel Comics. Since then he has been an inker for several publishers on titles that include Wonder Woman, Vigilante, The Question, Hawkman, The Maze Agency, Predator: Dark River, Star Wars: Darth Maul, The X-Files, Dracula vs. Zorro, the Zorro newspaper strip, Swamp Thing, Crux, Great Lakes Avengers, She-Hulk, Exiles, Fantastic Four, Captain America, Seekers of the Weird, Annihilation: Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy and New Avengers, among others.

      Tom Raney

      Tom Raney

      TOM RANEY

      Tom Raney, over the past 20 years has spent his time predominantly at Marvel and DC, he’s drawn a bit of everything, from X-Men to Batman. Superman to the Hulk. Notably, he’s revamped Stormwatch with Warren Ellis, the Outsiders with Judd Winick, co-created Threshold with Keith Giffen, and co-created Mutant X. While still producing work for Marvel and DC he’s currently drawing Dread Gods, for Ominous Press.

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