Georgia Ball

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Georgia Ball has been writing since 2004 when she launched a webcomic with her artist husband, Scott Ball. Scooter and Ferret ran until 2010 and landed her a gig with Ape Entertainment writing Strawberry Shortcake. Since then she’s written for a variety of licensed properties including Transformers, Scooby Doo, Disney and Evil Dead 2.

Current projects include the Frozen comic series from Joe Books, Dark Lily from Space Goat Publishing and two graphic novels for Scholastic.  

Art Thibert

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

While Art Thibert is a comic book artist who is primarily known as an inker, he also has a substantial resume as a penciler, writer, and creator.  He owns and operates an art studio, Hack Shack Studios, where he trains aspiring inkers and also creates properties for comics and film.  Thibert broke into the comics industry in the mid-1980s.  At that time, he started working for Marvel Comics as an inker and DC Comics as a penciler.  His big break came when he was hired to do finishes over Dan Jurgens on The Adventures of Superman.  He also had a long run penciling Action Comics covers.  After that, Thibert inked almost exclusively for Marvel Comics, with many of those years spent on the X-Men titles inking over such talents as Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, and Rob Liefeld.  He also penciled various issues of X-Men and helped launch a new Cable series with writer, Fabian Nicieza.

During the early 1990s, Thibert joined forces with an up-start new company called Image Comics, where he worked on such flagship titles as Spawn (with Greg Capullo), WildC.A.T.S. and CyberForce.  He then settled in at Rob Liefield’s Extreme Studios where he worked most notably on Troll, Cybrid and also penciled various covers for Supreme.   In 1994, Image and Extreme Studios published a mini-series of Art’s creator-owned book, Black and White.

Art later went back to Marvel Comics where he helped launch their Ultimate line working with Mark Bagley, Adam Kubert and Dave Finch (Ultimate Spiderman and Ultimate X-Men).   He has worked exclusively for DC Comics for the past 13 years.  Before the DC reboot, Art penciled and inked fill-in interior pages, and also the covers for several issues of The Flash.  During the New 52 run, he once again got to work with his friend, Rob Liefield on Deathstroke and Savage Hawkman and now is working on Action Comics and Superwoman for the Rebirth Series.

In his spare time, Art is in the process of bringing his Image published, Chrono Mechanics comics to PBS as an animated series.

Gary Martin

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

Gary’s career as a freelance comic book inker and writer spans over twenty years. He’s worked for all the major companies, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Disney, and Archie (on such titles as Spider-Man, Batman, Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, and Mega Man).

Gary is best known for his popular how-to books entitled, The Art Of Comic Book Inking. Gary has also partnered with Steve Rude on Nexus and The Moth, and authored an eight volume graphic novel series he created called, Son of Samson, published by Zondervan.

Currently, Gary is writing and inking a two-issue Mighty Crusaders project for Archie Comics.

Dr. Richard Alan Miller

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

Dr. Richard Alan Miller is a pioneer in the annals of metaphysical and paranormal exploration. Miller began working in the “X-Files” world of Navy Intel (Seal Corp. and then MRU) in the late 60s. His public collaborations and research continue.

As an original black ops team-member, Miller’s research in the field of paranormal began as a graduate physicist working 11 years with Navy Intel (Anesthesiology). During this period numerous foundational papers, including “A Holographic Concept of Reality” and “Embryonic Holography” were written.

His past and current writings and presentations reveal a depth of knowledge and practical experience in three major fields; Alternative Agriculture, New Age Physics, and Metaphysics.

Miller now writes for Nexus magazine and is a preferred guest on internet radio. He is re-emerging at a critical time in humanities evolution where metaphysics and practical survival converge.

Kimberly J. Brown

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

Award Winning Actress Kimberly J. Brown began acting at age 5.

On Broadway, she appeared in a history-making three shows by the age of nine: John Guare’s Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, Les Miserables (singing solo as Young Cosette) and the Tony winning revival of Showboat. She earned an Emmy nomination for her role of Marah Lewis, on TV’s longest running daytime drama, Guiding Light, which she played from 1993-1998 and in 2006.

Brown is best known to the tween set for her highly rated Disney Channel movies including Halloweentown I, II and III (Halloweentown High), where she stars with the legendary Debbie Reynolds as Marnie, a teenage witch who discovers she has magical powers. She starred Quints for the channel as well.

Brown’s additional television credits include starring in Stephen King’s mini-series Rose Red as an autistic and gifted telekinetic; and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s My Sister’s Keeper, as a manic-depressive schizophrenic acting opposite Lynn Redgrave. She’s appeared in skits for the Late Show w/David Letterman, Saturday Night Live and has been seen on such shows as Law & Order:  SVU, Touched By An Angel, Two of a Kind, Unhappily Ever After, and more.

On the feature film side, Kimberly played John Travolta & Uma Thurman’s assistant in Be Cool, (the sequel to Get Shorty), Bringing Down the House w/Steven Martin & Queen Latifah (playing his daughter), Friendship! for Sony and Universal’s horror feature Big Bad Wolf. The New York Times labeled Brown’s coming of age role in the Indie film Tumbleweeds: “…the child performance of the year,” where she appeared with Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee, Janet McTeer. Brown later went on to win the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance.

Uttering the immortal “Silly Rabbit, Trix are for Kids,” Brown has lent her voice to many of General Mills animated commercials, and Disney’s animated feature, A Bug’s Life. She also voices the animated character’s “Miyu” in Miyu: The Vampire Princess and “Lena” in WB’s Little Polar Bear. It is also Brown narrating (with a North Carolinian accent) Dancing in the Cadillac Light, a book on tape by Kimberly Willis Holt.

Most recently, Brown was seen in the recurring role of “Shana Taylor” throughout the first season of AMC’s drama series “Low Winter Sun,” starring Mark Strong. When she’s not working, Kimberly loves to write, produce and perform in her own improv comedy sketches for her YouTube Channel. She’s an alumni of the Second City Improv Conservatory program, and currently trains and performs at Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB). She is also developing a couple of films, including co-producing the award-winning screenplay Slot King, in which she will also act in a supporting role. The ever versatile actress/producer can now add author to her resume with her new children’s book called “Poppins Pumpkin Patch Parade.”

Kimberly’s Website

Kimberly’s IMDB

Tom Hutchison

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

Tom Hutchison is the co-founder of Big Dog Ink as well as the writer and creator of Critter, Penny for Your Soul, Ursa Minor and the Legend of Oz: The Wicked West. He also serves as the art director for the company’s many titles. Tom has taken part in virtually every portion of the industry at one time or another, starting as a reader and collector, then managing a local comic book shop before moving on and owning his own store. Tom has now been writing and creating comics though Big Dog Ink for the past seven years, and BDI is now an integrated imprint of Aspen Comics as of 2015.

Tom’s Website