Please note that with the ongoing pandemic, all guests must be considered tentative. We are listing only guests who have said they plan to attend, with the understanding that it is impossible to predict the exact situation in April.

Featured Guests

Comics editor and writer Will Dennis

Dennis is a graduate of Ithaca High School and the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. He was an editor at Vertigo/DC Entertainment for more than fifteen years, specializing in genre fiction comics and graphic novels. His award-winning titles include 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man, Scalped, DMZ, Joker and many more. Since then, he has worked as a freelance editor for Image Comics, comiXology, and DC Entertainment. He was the editor for the book Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas. He also wrote The Art of Jock for Insight Editions.

Comics artist and writer Don Simpson

Don Simpson is best known as the creator of the satirical superhero series Megaton Man for Kitchen Sink Press and Image Comics, the science fiction saga Border Worlds (collected by Dover in 2017), and Marvel’s one-shot CRAZY! reboot (2019). A veteran of the 80s-90s indy movement, Don worked for every major comic book imprint in the late twentieth century including Mirage Studios (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Image Comics (Splitting Image, The Savage Dragon vs. Megaton Man, 1963), Fantagraphics (King Kong), and DC (Wasteland, Flash Annual, Secret Origins, Action Comics Weekly). Under his Fiasco Comics imprint, Don self-published 17 issues of Bizarre Heroes, a universe of characters surrounding the cast of Megaton Man. More recently, Don has been authoring his weekly prose novel, The Ms. Megaton Man Maxi-Series, a sober but wry sci-fi take on his imaginative universe. Most recently, Don teamed up with William Messner Loebs, Jason Moore, and Tom Orzechowski on Victory Folks—The Golden Age Public Domain Supergroup in the newly-released YEET! Presents #50 in 2022. Don is excited to be a guest at Ithacon for the very first time this year!

Comics editor and writer Mike Gold

Gold co-founded First Comics in 1983, serving as president and editing several of their titles. He later became a senior editor and Director of Editorial Development at DC Comics. In 2006, he co-founded Comic Mix and published columns there for 11 years. He currently is a columnist at Pop Culture Squad. Outside of comics, Gold co-founded The National Runaway Switchboard and has worked for many social causes involving drug education, sex education and youth. In 2011, Mike was awarded the Hero Initiative’s first Humanitarian Award at the Baltimore Comic-Con’s Harvey Award Ceremony. This is his first appearance at ITHACON!

Featured Publisher: AHOY Comics

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AHOY! Comics publisher Hart Seely
Hart Seely has written numerous books, including The Juju Rules: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) and Mrs. Goose Goes To Washington (Simon & Schuster, 2007) He also edited several books of “found poetry,” including O Holy Cow: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto (ECCO/Harpers, 1993) and Pieces Of Intelligence, the Existential Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld (Simon & Schuster, 2003). His works have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and on National Pubic Radio. He is publisher and co-founder of AHOY Comics, which has been making great comics since 2019.

Cartoonist and AHOY Comics Chief Creative Officer Frank Cammuso
The creator/artist/writer of the Max Hamm: Fairy Tale Detective series, and of Knights of the Lunch Table, Frank is also a political cartoonist.

Frank and Hart’s short humor and satire 2007-Eleven And Other American Comedies was published by Random House in 1999.


AHOY Comics' Hart Seely, Tom Peyer, Frank Cammuso, and Jamal Igle

Featured Cosplay Guests: Garrison Excelsior

Garrison Excelsior is part of the 501st Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers, a professional costuming group that takes great joy out of constructing movie accurate costumes from the Star Wars Universe. Ithacon attendees have been amazed by their incredible costumes and droids for several years.
Be careful if you see a Jawa - they’re not to be trusted!

Star Trek guests

Actor and writer J. G. Hertzler

Best known for his portrayal of the Klingon officer General Martok from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hertzler has appeared as several different characters in various Star Trek series and provided voices for multiple Star Trek computer games. He has also co-written two Star Trek novels, The Left Hand of Destiny: Book 1 and Book 2. In addition to his Star Trek-related work, he appeared in 38 episodes of the 1991 Zorro TV series as Alcalde Ignacio de Soto, and in many other TV series.

Guests

Artist and inker Bill Anderson
Bill has inked many titles and characters for Comico, DC, and Marvel Comics, including the Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Venom, and the X-Men. His latest project, Crimson Storm #1 is due out in May.

Artist Isaac Bidwell
Isaac is a Syracuse artist who has participated in over 50 art exhibitions in the last decade. He has also collaborated with SNL, Walking Dead, Stephen King, Wes Anderson, and more. In addition, he runs his own company, Pickled Punks, where he sells merchandise featuring his art.

Cartoonist Jim Brenneman
Jim is a Syracuse cartoonist, illustrator, painter and teaching artist who has created illustrations for books, promotional items, character design, and much more. He has worked as a freelance artist, contributed cartoons to CNN, and taught art to children.

Fantasy & Horror author C.W. Briar

Writer Caytlyn Brooke
whose YA novel Dark Flowers is available from BHC Press. Caytlyn has been writing stories since she was young, imagining beautiful fairy tales and grand adventures. Yet as she grew up, she turned typical innocent creatures into lethal beings, shedding light on their darker tendencies. A graduate of U. Albany, she holds a degree in Psychology and studied how fear affects the mind and body. Living in Elmira, NY with her husband, two children, and an overweight tabby cat, she currently runs a daycare by day and writes dark fantasy/horror stories by night. She promises there are no kids buried in the backyard.

Artist and graphic designer Pete Carlsson
Pete studied with Joe Kubert at the the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art and stuck around to work closely with him on PS Magazine for the U.S. Army and other projects as Senior Art Director of Tell-A-Graphics until Kubert's death in 2012. Now residing in Ithaca, Pete continues to work as a graphic designer; among his recent projects, he designed the forthcoming IDW Captain Action Classic Collection, on sale May 22nd.

Manga writer Maegan Cook
Maegan has worked as an artist and writer on a series of projects. She wrote the graphic novel A Plus B and novella Secret Gold, as well as provided artwork for children’s book Bug Band Jamboree. In addition, she has worked on multiple collaborative projects, such as What Pina Drew, Here Comes a Thought: A Steven Universe Self-care Fanzine, and Robot Dreams: A Comic Anthology.

Artist Storn Cook
Storn is an artist, art teacher, and fantasy illustrator. Clients include AEG, Hero Games, and Wizards of the Coast.

Caricature artist and cartoonist from Cortland NY Jim "8ball" Coon

Publisher and cartoonist Kevin Delgado
Kevin works as a conceptual illustrator and graphic designer, creating comic books such as ongoing series Tuff Stuff and Volantis. In addition, he has illustrated many covers for other comics, as well as album covers.

Comic book artist Randy Elliott
Randy has been creating artwork professionally since 1988. Initially a comic book inker, over the years he has branched out into illustration and comic book penciling as well. He has worked for DC Comics (including Justice League, Bionicle and Dragonlance), Marvel Comics (including Spider-Woman and Excalibur), Archie Comics, Wizards of The Coast, Battlefront Miniatures, AEG and other comic and game publishers. Among his better-known comic projects have been Bionicle for DC/LEGO and Turok for Valiant. He has the distinction of being the artist that created the MTG cards, “The Cheese Stands Alone” and “Paladin en-Vec.” He ism also an art educator and has been teaching college level course work since 2002.

Comic book artist and fantasy illustrator Steve Ellis
Steve, as an artist and story developer, has worked with companies such as Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Wizards of the Coast, and Blizzard Entertainment. He has worked on two award-winning graphic novel series, High Moon and The Only Living Boy, with an upcoming follow-up series The Only Living Girl in the works. Steve has also been teaching in the illustration department at Syracuse University for over ten years.

Comics writer and actor Mark Fenton
Born and raised in Ithaca, Mark has written multiple comic books, including the mini-series SpaceCooler, The Accursed, and Adrift. Mark has also appeared as an actor in many different productions, such as Better Call Saul, The Night Shift, Black Panther, Stranger Things, and Breaking Bad.

Artist Andy Finkle
Andy has a public access show that features a puppet that draws pictures. The puppet's name is E. L. Fink and he'll be there on Sunday to draw pictures.

Writer Glenn Hauman
Glenn has written for many popular franchises, including work with the Star Trek and X-Men franchises. He has also worked with DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. In addition, Glenn is one of the co-founders of Crazy Eight Press, an electronic ebook publisher.

Comics editor and writer Tyler Jennes
A 2021 graduate of Ithaca College, Tyler Jennes is an assistant editor, working with Will Dennis for the past two years on comic titles by creators such as Jeff Lemire, Rick Remender, Brian Azzarello, Jason Aaron, and Scott Snyder. You can check out what he's currently working on at Snyder's Substack newsletter, Our Best Jackett. The Most Important Comic Book on Earth, an environmental benefit anthology featuring his first written works, was released internationally in late 2021.

Comics creator Aaron Lee
Aaron is an artist who has had a wide range of experience, working both traditionally and digitally by doing illustration, graphic design, and package design. He has also written several comic series, including Prizza’s Pizza: Son of a Prizzaman, Wesley the Robot, and The Creep of the Crop.

Horror author Kevin Lucia
Author of the Clifton Heights series set in the Adirondacks. Kevin's 2020 novel Mystery Road is available from Cemetery Dance Publications

Illustrator Joe Orsak
Joe is a Syracuse comic book artist and graphic designer. In addition to doing illustrations for AHOY Comics, he is noted as the creator of Captain 'Cuse, a comic strip in local newspapers in the 1980s. In 2008 Joe teamed up with Doug Brode to create a new comic strip Salt City in the Syracuse New Times. The duo teamed up again to create graphic novels for McFarland & Company: Yellow Rose Of Texas, The Myth of Emily Morgan, and Virgin Vampires, or Once Upon a Time in Transylvania.

Twilight Zone expert Nick Parisi
The author of the definitive book on Rod Serling, Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination, Parisi serves as president of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Rod Serling’s legacy. He is a former staff writer and editor for Good Times magazine in Long Island. He is also a musician and vocalist. In 2010, his former band, Arioch, released a CD with the Serling-inspired title Between Light and Shadow on Retrospect Records.

Author Megan J. Parker
Megan J. Parker lives in upstate New York and is normally found lounging in the writing office with her husband and fellow author, Nathan Squiers. Since the debut of her first novel, Scarlet Night, Megan has gained international recognition and has been a bestseller in paranormal romance and dark fantasy. Scarlet Night was a runner up for 2013’s Best New Series Award on the blog Paranormal Craving. She is a three time USA Today bestselling author for her works Riding on Fumes, New Moon, and Gilded Revenge. In her down time, she likes reading and designing new logos and videos. Her passion for telling stories is portrayed in all her work and when there’s a story to tell, you can be sure she’ll tell it to its full extent. Along with her literary career, she is finally fulfilling her dream of owning a design company at EmCat Designs.

Fantasy artist Alan Pollack
whose work is seen in Magic: The Gathering as well as on
book covers, with recent titles including Cruel Zinc Melodies, The Two Worlds, and Miles and Metallurgy.

Watercolorist Regan Ralston
Regan, also known as the Witch of Whimsey, is an Ithaca watercolorist who creates whimsical art inspired by witchcraft and magic. One popular series of her works is the “Witch Aesthetic” series, which focuses on how witches get by in the world.

Game designers Harold Sipe and Meg Stivison
Harold and Meg designed and developed games such as Takeout: The Card Game and The Caption Action Card Game, under their indie game design studio Small Monsters Games. In addition, Harold Sipe has worked as a designer and manager with companies such as GoComics, Paramount Pictures, National Geographic, and Merscom. Meg Stivison has also worked as a writer, providing freelance journalism and contributing her writing to Indie Game Magazine.

Author Paul D. Smith
Best known for his self-published series Jason and the Draconauts, Paul is currently developing a brand-new science fiction series.

Author Nathan Squiers
USA Today bestselling author Nathan Squiers resides in upsate New York with his loving wife and fellow author Megan J. Parker, two incredibly demanding demons wearing cat-suits, and a pair of “fur baby” huskies. When he isn’t dividing his time between writing or “nerding out” over comics, anime, or movie marathons, he’s chasing dreams of amateur body building. If he can’t be found in a movie theater, comic shop, or gym, chances are “the itch” has driven him into the chair at a piercing/tattoo shop... or he’s been “kidnapped” by loving family or friends and forced to engage in an alien task called “fun.” His Crimson Shadow series has gained international recognition and has been a bestseller in urban fantasy and dark fantasy. His novel Curtain Call won best Occult & Paranormal Thriller in the 2013 Blogger Book Fair Awards.

Artist Emily Swann
Emily is an artist currently focusing on logo and avatar illustration. In addition, she hosts Twitch streams with a focus on art, which features several series such as Doodle Crew and Sketching Shakespeare. Emily’s art has also been featured in published works, including Red Stylo Media’s 27 Club Anthology and THE STRIP, A Twisted Vegas Comic Anthology.

Artist Burton Taylor
Burton has exhibited his art at ITHACON before, this year he is joined by his daughter Nikara Taylor, representative of Shamans Crossing. At thirteen years old she has learned the ancient art of making chainmaille and placed a modern twist on it using her own designs and modern materials.Stop by the table and check out the items!

Ithaqa comic writer Michael Watson
Michael writes the comic series Ithaqa, which is set in Ithaca during the roaring 20’s. Readers with an attention for historical detail will appreciate the faithful recreations of the Wharton Silent Film Studios, Cornell University, and underground speakeasies of Ithaca, NY, all used as backdrops for a story that takes place at the beginning of Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage.

Artist Ken Wheaton
Ken has worked on many TV tie-in comics such as the official adaptation of Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, and Simpsons comics, contributing to Bart Simpson's Manual of Mischief, vol.2 in the "Vault of Simpsonology" series. He drew several issues of IDW's Popeye series, and is currently working on a creator-owned project, The Doomsday Brigade.

Artist Brandon Whipple
Brandon, often seen under the monicker of Illustronics, is a traditional and digital illustrator. Developing a unique style through decades of freelance illustration and comic art creation, Brandon brings numerous characters from various geekdoms to life with his own twist. Never content to rest on his laurels, Brandon is constantly developing and growing his art style through exploration of new tools and techniques. In addition to his story and art contributions, Brandon also acted as assistant editor and contributing cover artist for the anthologies of Robots and Monster Carnival.

Science fiction and Fantasy author J. Scot Witty

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Last updated April 20, 2022