The Panel




The Comic Book Club of Ithaca
PO Box 701
Ithaca, NY 14851

is proud to present

Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 2019
Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM

Emerson Suites • Ithaca College • 953 Danby Rd. • Ithaca, NY

Guest information is being posted as we confirm it.

Featured Guests

Comics artist and writer Walt Simonson
Walt returns to ITHACON for his first appearance since ITHACON 23 in 1998!
Walt's early work on DC Comics' Manhunter won Shazam Awards in 1973 and 1974. He went on to draw and write many titles for DC and Marvel, including his run on Thor which he both drew and wrote from 1983-1986 and continued to write until 1987. During this run, he created the character Malekith the Dark Elf who was featured in the movie Thor: The Dark World. Walt received an Inkpot Award in 1985. He is currently writing and drawing Ragnarök for IDW.

Comics writer Louise Simonson
"Weezie" returns to ITHACON for her first appearance since ITHACON 16 in 1991!
Louise has written many titles for Marvel and DC, including X-Factor, New Mutants, Superman: The Man of Steel, and Power Pack which she created in 1984. Louise received an Inkpot Award in 1985. She is currently adapting Wonder Woman: Warbringer to a graphic novel format for DC, writing a new Power Pack story for Marvel, and completing a science-fiction miniseries for Stormking.

Fantasy author Tamora Pierce
In addition to all the mundane stuff like her books spending weeks on the NY Times bestseller lists, Tamora is the recipient of 2013's Margaret A. Edwards Award for the Song of the Lioness and Protector of the Small Quartets, which "honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature."

Featured Publisher: AHOY comics

represented by comics creators

Writer and AHOY Comics editor Tom Peyer
Best known for his revamp of the DC Comics' character Hourman, Peyer is currently writing The Wrong Earth and High Heaven for AHOY Comics.

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.

Inkpot Award-winning artist and writer Jamal Igle
Jamal is the artist on AHOY Comics' The Wrong Earth, and is also the creator, artist, and writer of Molly Danger published by Action Lab Entertainment. He received the Inkpot Award for outstanding achievement in comic art in 2011.

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.

Star Trek guests

Star Trek Actor Tim McCormack
(Sunday only) Tim appeared in 51 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Actor and writer J. G. Hertzler
best known for his portrayal of the Klingon officer General Martok from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He has also co-written two Star Trek novels, The Left Hand of Destiny: Book 1, and Book 2.

SF writer David Gerrold
The author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes, David Gerrold is a classic sci-fi writer that will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre. TV credits include episodes from the original Star Trek (“The Trouble With Tribbles” and “The Cloud Minders”), Star Trek Animated (“More Tribbles, More Troubles” and “Bem”), Babylon 5 (“Believers”), Twilight Zone (“A Day In Beaumont” and “A Saucer Of Loneliness”), Land Of The Lost (“Cha-Ka,” “The Sleestak God,” “Hurricane,” “Possession,” and “Circle”), Tales From The Darkside (“Levitation” and “If The Shoes Fit”), Logan’s Run (“Man Out Of Time”), and others. Novels include When HARLIE Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself, The War Against The Chtorr septology, The Star Wolf trilogy, The Dingilliad young adult trilogy, the Trackers duology, and many more sci-fi classics. Additionally, the autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, The Martian Child, won the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette of the Year and was the basis for the 2007 movie, Martian Child, starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack.

Other special guests

Artist and inker Bill Anderson
Bill has inked many titles for Comico, DC, and Marvel Comics, including The Silver Surfer.

Writer and publisher John Brhel
co-founder of Cemetery Gates Media, a publisher of fantasy and supernatural fiction.

Fantasy & Horror author C.W. Briar

Writer Caytlyn Brooke
whose YA novel Dark Flowers is available from BHC Press.

Crafter Diana Carver

Cosplay accessories crafter Kirsten Clinton

Manga writer Maegan Cook

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

Previously-announced guest Jim8ball had to cancel due to illness.

Crafters Professionally Unprofessional Nerdcrafters
(sisters Amanda and Erica DiVergilio)

Comic book artist and fantasy illustrator Steve Ellis

Graphic designer Myles Eggert

Previously-announced guest Mark Fenton had to cancel because of travel issues.

Superman comic strips expert Sid Friedfertig

Author Alec Frazier
A disability rights advocate since he was eight years old, Alec is the Director of his own firm, Autistic Reality, and is the copyrighted author of two books, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero and Veni! Vidi! Autism!.

Crafter Sharon Gates

Artist and animator Warren Greenwood
Care Bears (2007), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2005-06), Duck Tales: The Movie, and Grasshopper and Cricket

Artist and Club member turned pro Jon Haeffner
Haeffner is an artist on Alien Dawn, a series for Nicktoons, and the creator of the web-comic Phantom Hurricane.

Artist Joe Holley

Fantasy writer John Koloski
whose debut novel EMPYRES: Bloodblind was published by Northampton House

Photographer and clay and wood artist Gabrielle Krogstad

Fan artist Anne LaClair

Horror author Kevin Lucia
whose latest book Mystery Road is forthcoming from Cemetery Dance Publications

Twilight Zone expert Nick Parisi
author of Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination

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.

Fan artist Liz Pritchard
autistic comic book artist of PaperBag Comic.

Artist Diggory Reep

Artist/writer William Rodriguez

Previously-announced guest Bill Schanes had to cancel because of a car accident.

Fan artist Joseph Schichtel

Game designers Harold Sipe and Meg Stivison

Jason and the Draconauts series writer Paul Smith

Marvel Comics writer Roger Stern
Online, Roger hangs out at http://sterntalk.yuku.com and at http://www.imwan.com
His Spider-Man Omnibus reprints his entire first run on Spider-Man.

Artist Emily Swann

Artist Ken Wheaton
Ken has worked on many TV tie-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

Writer and publisher Craig Yoe
Inkpot Award winner Yoe has worked as a designer on Cabbage Patch Kids and My Little Pony, has been the creative director and general manager of the Muppets, has written multiple books on comics history, and is currently running Yoe! Books, whose recent publishing line-up includes The Unknown Anti-War Comics, We Spoke Out: Comicbooks and the Holocaust, and Jungle Girls.

Please note that we're still busy confirming guests. Check this site again for more updates!

Admission is FREE. Bring everyone you know!

Last updated March 22, 2019