Joseph McCabe is a reporter and critic for the Nerdist and Total Film. He is also the West Coast editor of SFX magazine. His book Hanging Out with the Dream King was nominated for the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. Joseph will be signing copies of his latest book 100 Things Superman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.
Kenneth Dunn, 27, is the head of Lotus Night Entertainment- a networking brand used for his and his associates' creative endeavors in search of their dreams and to expose their artistic points of views from cosplaying to modeling, designing, and more.
Having learned to draw at an early age from looking at his comics (they weren’t called graphic novels back then, folks), it’s not surprising that Trevor uses their imagery as subject matter for his more painterly expressions. He enjoys exploring the memories of his childhood and the iconic representation of the characters.
Trevor’s work has appeared in “The Margaret Mitchell Story,” an NBC television movie; on the set of “Radio T.B.S.” at Habersham Community Theatre in Clarkesville; and is on permanent display at Pittypat’s Porch restaurant in downtown Atlanta. His sci-fi and cartoon-based artwork has been sold at DragonCon, America’s largest popular arts convention.
Trevor’s art is currently on display in several venues around the Southeast (including the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga., Oglethorpe Power Corp. Tucker, Ga., and the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum in Marietta, Ga.) as well as in private art collections around the country.
Frequently donating art to charitable fundraising events, Trevor’s work has helped raise funds for worthy organizations such as Earth Share of Georgia, Relay for Life, and the Atlanta Press Club, among others.
He is also the “official fine arts guy” on the Galaxy Man project at Galactic Quest Comics.
Peter Melonas began his long artistic career in screen printing and graphic design.
This commercial artist’s popularity began with creating an imagery of characters from mystery genre. Time after time, his name comes up quite often in search of a particular detective wearing a deerstalker cap. He has made his profession through the pursuit of his love of art. Peter has participated in many art exhibitions and juried show events.
In 1978, he went into business for himself as a retail entrepreneur. After retiring and no longer occupied with one’s customary business, Peter Melonas became a full-time illustrator working out of his home studio. Nowadays he is focused on a new and challenging role to play as a freelance artist.
You may find examples of Peter Melonas’ works of art on the following website: http://artistslink.org/members/peter-melonas
BRIAN K. MORRIS knew he wanted to be a writer since seventh grade. Since then, he's written for magazines such as BACK ISSUE Magazine, Hogan's Alley, Knights of the Dinner Table, The Jack Kirby Collector, WHOtopia, and many more too obscure to mention.
Since 2012, Brian has been a prolific short story writer (With Great Power, Malicious Mysteries, and the latest entry in the Paranormals series), comic book scripter and novelist. In the field of action/adventure and contemporary fantasy, he's written BLOODSHOT: The Coldest Warrior (based on the Valiant Comics character), Conflict: A Study In Heroic Contrasts, VULCANA: Rebirth of the Champion, as well as the horror parody SANTASTEIN: The Post-Holiday Prometheus. The latter two titles feature cover paintings by Trevor Erick Hawkins, a Celebration mainstay.
Currently, in addition to writing sequels to his Bloodshot, Santastein, and Vulcana books, Brian is also a writer and editor for Silver Phoenix Entertainment on the upcoming horror anthology, Tales of Bachelor's Grove, based on a real-life haunted cemetery in the Chicago suburbs. He's also writing adventure stories featuring illusionist Master Ron Fitzgerald and Kadrolsha Ona, The Queen of the Paranormal as well as a supernatural western mini-series.
Brian's also contributed to Sean Dulaney's Celebration Comics with new stories of Nature Boy and The Purple Claw with more to come. He's also helping with a revival of Ron Frantz's ACE Comics, writing new adventures of The Original Skyman, The Face, Judo Joe, and Spencer Spook.
In addition to being a public speaker, popular convention guest, and an "award winning" playwright, Brian is also an actor on both stage and screen and written audio plays for Audio Movies, LLC. From 2008-2015, Brian was a part of The Metro Players who present the skits that open and close the Superman Celebration.
As if that wasn't enough, Brian is involved in the Superman Radio Show Re-enactment on Friday and will be presenting his annual Saturday talk on comic book history featuring the top cosplayers in Metropolis. He'll be at Artists Alley all weekend and will gladly sell you books with his name in them with no charge for his autograph (but NOT signing them will cost you $20).
Brian has attended the Superman Celebration every year since 1999. He currently lives in central Indiana with his patient wife Cookie, no kids, no pets, and too many comic books. Brian can be found online at his Freelance Words or Vulcana pages on Facebook as well as his Amazon sales page. Enjoy the Celebration!
Dr. Alan Perry has loved to draw and paint ever since high school, and has loved comics (especially DC comics) for even longer than that. He had no formal art training, except for one class in college, and developed his techniques and styles through studying and emulating the works of others and through trial and error. An educator with a doctorate in school improvement, Alan taught English literature and journalism in Georgia for 30 years until retiring in 2009 and moving back to his hometown, Etowah, TN.
While he was teaching, he had little time for painting and only did it sporadically, every few years, looking forward to the day he could retire, so that he would have plenty of time to devote to his favorite pastime. But soon after he retired, he received a job offer from his college alma mater, Tennessee Wesleyan College, so now he is a part-time professor. He also enjoys acting in his hometown’s community theater, the Gem Players.
Alan’s favorite subjects to paint are comic book characters, especially superheroes and villains, and in particular Superman and Batman and the characters associated with those comics. He also enjoys painting cartoon characters and those from movies and television, pop culture, and his favorite works of literature. He started selling his works in arts and crafts shows and on Ebay a few years ago, and began appearing at comic book conventions with Professor Perry’s Emporium of Painted Personalities. One of Alan’s recent projects has been doing the artwork on an 8-page story done in the style of an old EC horror comic for an upcoming Silver Phoenix Comic.
This is Alan’s second year to be a guest artist at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. To see Alan’s works of art, visit his Facebook page here.
Film historian Bruce Scivally is Vice President of New Dimension Media in Chicago. Previously, he taught classes in scriptwriting, film history, media theory and pre-production at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Columbia College, Facets Multimedia and Flashpoint Academy.
Scivally has written articles for Filmfax, Variety, High Life and British Esquire. His latest book, Dracula FAQ, explores all facets of both the historical and literary Dracula. His prior books include Billion Dollar Batman, a comprehensive history of the Dark Knight from 10 cent comic book to global icon, and Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway, which celebrates 70 years of Superman in popular culture. He co-edited The Special Effects and Stunts Guide (Lone Eagle, 1989) and co-authored James Bond: The Legacy (Abrams, 2002).
Before relocating to Chicago, Scivally was a documentary producer, director and writer. His credits include Special Edition DVD releases of the James Bond films, the Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto series, The Pink Panther, The Great Escape,Legally Blonde, A Fish Called Wanda, A Bridge Too Far,Doris Day and Alice Faye films, and many others. He also worked on the 2001 Academy Awards broadcast, the PBS special The Great American Songbook, and wrote an episode of A&E's Biography series. He earned his BA at the University of Southern California and an MA in playwriting and scriptwriting from Regents University, London. He currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.