Zombie Grimm

Written by Cherry City Comic Con. Posted in Cosplay, Special Guests

Known as ZombieGrimm from Salem Geek Speak Podcast with Svengali and UnDeadKat geeks in the geeky know on the GEEK of Salem. After a short Navy career, this Kentucky boy transplanted to Oregon in 2004 and has been making “cosplay” ever since. Costume builder, prop maker and geek at the plasmacore. He’s a jack of all trades. Zombie uses the method of Papercura to create costumes out of paper, glue and patience. Zombie has also been expanding his skills into the realm of 3-D Printing under the name Shadow of a Zombie Inc.

Andrew Shayde

Written by Cherry City Comic Con. Posted in Actor, Special Guests, Writer

Andrew grew up in Kentucky and is a former National Champion Cheerleader featured twice on ESPN. Later, Andrew appeared on the Emmy Award Winning series The Amazing Race and several independent films and stage plays. Currently, Andrew can be heard around Oregon and online through his radio segment and podcast. His first comic book series, he wrote and created, is available called Monsters Among Us.

Darren Davis

Written by Cherry City Comic Con. Posted in Artist Alley, Special Guests, Writer

The award-winning creator and developer of more than 100 titles, Darren G. Davis is one of the leading lights of independent comic-book and graphic novel publishers. He has masterminded several very successful comic book ventures including 10th Muse, Legend of Isis and Insane Jane. The latter is currently in production as a major television program.

Davis, as the president of TidalWave Productions (formerly BlueWater Productions), has developed several iconic titles over the past nearly 20 years including The 10th Muse for Image Comics. In that time, he has carved out a successful niche in the fiction world with successful collaborations with iconic genre heroes including William Shatner (Star Trek), Adam West (Batman), Vincent Price, Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, Sinbad), William Nolan (Logan’s Run), Roger Corman and many others. These projects including Wrath of the Titans, Logan’s Run Last Day, TekWar Chronicles and Vincent Price Presents have, in their own right, become part of the canon of each property.

As popular as his fiction books, Davis is singularly responsible for the resurgence of the non-fiction comic book. With his partnership through libraries, school systems and other learning centers, Davis has dramatically expanded readership with his collection of biographies. These biographies, ranging from US Presidents and other political leaders to entertainment personalities to notable business leaders, helped redefine and reenergize a once-forgotten genre of comic books. His titles including Female Force, the national mainstream media has embraced Political Power, Tribute and Orbit. Davis has appeared in many news features including CNN, Fox News, The View, The Tonight Show, Vanity Fair, New York Times, and even TMZ!

Davis has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry. Starting as a sales person at E! Entertainment, he went on to work for DC Comics, Image, and Wizard before forming his own production company. His very first independent creation, The 10th Muse, became the 6th highest grossing book of 2001. This is significant considering competition from well-known and well- established titles. In 2015, Davis started TidalWave Publishing in order to expand his professional experience into other media including television, podcasts and other multi-media ventures. Insane Jane is currently in production with Dollhouse alum Laurie Miracle attached to star in the eponymous role. Davis’ 10th Muse and Legend of Isis has also been optioned and in development. Davis created Wrath of the Titans was produced by Warner Bros. in 2012. Several of Davis’s other titles including Vincent Price Presents, Sinbad Rogue of Mars, Ray Harryhausen’s The Elementals and Logan’s Run have been adapted as radio dramas broadcast by Colonial Radio Theater over their SiriusXM channel.

Davis even has had his own comic book as a question on Jeopardy!

Jeff Johnson

Written by Cherry City Comic Con. Posted in Artist, Artist Alley, Special Guests, Writer

Jeff began his career as an artist at a very early age. His first professional job was a post apocalyptic adventure comic strip he drew for a local newspaper at the tender age of 17.

From there Jeff moved on to draw many different stories and characters for many different companies. His comic work ranges from Wonder Man, The X-Men and Spider-Man at Marvel to Green Lantern, Jonah Hex and Supergirl at DC Comics and he even helped create a kung fu comedy, Way of the Rat for Crossgen. When not drawing comics, Jeff was lucky enough to work on many animated shows and movies. He designed a surprising amount of your favorite characters on the Boondocks, did a stint storyboarding Young Justice and often found himself drawing either Batman, Superman or the Transformers beating up on a villain.

When not sitting at the table, Jeff likes make up ridiculous voices for his pets and have them debate the meaning of life.

Clyde Lewis

Written by Cherry City Comic Con. Posted in Actor, Speaker, Special Guests, Writer

Clyde is a powerful voice in parapolitical and paranormal news and commentary. With a diverse background in news, acting, writing and radio, he entertains and captivates audiences across multiple platforms. Lewis’ career in radio began in Utah in 1982 and he created Ground Zero in 1995 in Salt Lake City. Lewis has produced Ground Zero programs online, on radio and on television. The program (which takes its name from the scientific definition of the term) joined FM News 101 KXL in Portland, OR in 2011 and consistently ranks #1 in the market.

Ground Zero is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks and broadcasting on close to 300 radio stations across the country.

Lewis has appeared in a SHOWTIME special with magicians Penn & Teller, as well as the television programs, Sightings, Strange Universe, The Conspiracy Channel and the Discovery Channel special, Return to the Bermuda Triangle. He has been published in Paranoia Magazine, UFO Magazine and Unknown Magazine, and has been featured in Rolling Stone. Lewis is the model for characters in such books as Safe House by Andrew Vachss, Supernatural Law by Batton Lash and Alien Invasion by Michael Tresca. His three published books are Riding The Shockwave, Disclosure: UFOS, and Resist The Darkness.

A fan of B-horror and science-fiction movies, comic books and mythology, Lewis has also published his own fanzines and co-written scripts for television and radio. He appeared in the movies Nightfall, which he co-wrote with director Kevin Delullo; Cage in Box Elder; and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV, in which he provided the voice of the title character.

Website: www.groundzeromedia.org