Join us on September 30, 2017 for our 2nd Annual Comic Con!
You are invited to meet authors, artists, voice actors, cosplayers, and local comic shop owners for a celebration of comics, anime and pop culture. Activities include Q&A panels, gaming, comic- and manga-related crafts, drawing lessons, face painting, and a cosplay contest for all ages.
Our full schedule will be updated soon, so check back for more details!
Special thanks to the Friends of the Library, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Texas Anime Convention, Spare Time Texas, Cinemark Stone Hill, Brodart, Chaparral on Ice-Anime on Ice!, Go Games 360-Austin, and DC Comics for their support.
RSVP on Facebook to get updates about our schedule and guest list.
View the Cosplay Contest Guidelines.
Confirmed guests include (more guests TBA):
Nick Pitarra is the artist for Image Comics' The Manhattan Projects. Nick is best known for the multi-Eisner nominated THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS. Co-created with writer Jonathan Hickman. Nick's artistic heroes are Moebius, Geof Darrow, Frank Quitely, and Seth Fisher. His style blends all those influences and filters them through a uniquely warped sensibility. Nick has contributed to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and he'll be drawing free Ninja Turtle sketches for kids attending the show while he's at his booth.
Chad Thomas is currently the artist for IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures. He also worked on interiors for Mega Man, Young Salem, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch series for Archie Comics, as well books for Workman Publishing, Boom! Studios, and many more.
Matthew Weldon doodled in his youth (as kids do), but as he aged he just kept on doodling. He has had the privilege of painting murals for businesses as well as designing illustrations and graphics for websites and logo designs. He designs t-shirts, stickers, and decals. He works hard in the field of character design and story-boarding and has labored in Comics since 2005. He has a handful of things published by Image Comics & DC/Vertigo, Capcom/Udon, Overground and others as well as some small self-published projects. He was nominated for two Harvey Awards, and published a graphic novel that was labeled best all ages comic of 2009 by MTV. Some of his works have appeared on the G4 channel. He can even be found in the Guinness book of World Records twice. Born in 1980, he lives in Pflugerville, Texas with his lovely wife and two brilliant children. He is big on teaching and helping others, playing sports, gatherings & socializing, and going out of his way to procure delicious cookies and donuts!
Sam de la Rosa has done art/inks for Marvel, DC, Image, Disney, Dark Horse, and other comic companies since 1982. His Marvel credits include Spider-Man, Venom, Carnage, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Daredevil, Star Wars, Firestorm, and others for DC. In 1989, at Dark Horse Comics, he worked on the first Predator comic book. His art was featured on the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #700, and his name appeared on #700c. He recently did two covers for El Peso Hero, plus a cover for Charmer. Sam continues to be well received due to his work on Venom’s first solo comic, Venom: Lethal Projector #1, especially due to the announcement of a Venom movie. Visit Sam on Facebook and on his website.
Rob Ozborne is the author of comics and graphic novels such as 1000 Steps To World Domination, Sunset City, Old Man, Interlude, and The Nearly Infamous Zango. As an artist, Ozborne's clients include Lucasfilm, Valiant Entertainment, and The American Outlaws. He has also written for video games and drawn editorial cartoons. Ozborne travels to a variety of shows and comic-cons, where he offers pop-inspired collectible prints and original art.
Sean McKeever is an Eisner award-winning writer known for character-driven comics such as Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, Inhumans, X-Men Origins and The Waiting Place. Sean was also a senior writer for BioWare’s acclaimed Star Wars: The Old Republic video game.
Paul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters, Inc., G.I. Joe, and more. His first prose short story appeared in The Protectors anthology. His original manga series Pantheon High was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee. He spends his days as a Senior Writer at Daybreak Games and his nights writing comic strips featuring various Disney princesses for the aptly named comic book series Disney Princess.
Veteran comic book creator Bill Williams has worked for DC Comics, IDW Publishing and Ape Entertainment to name a few. He recently completed an editorial run for 1First Comics including an Ignatz Award nominated issue of Public Relations. He is currently writing two independent comic book series, PUNCHLINE and CHARMER.
Dawn M. Bennett is a Dallas-based voice actress that has worked with FUNimation, Rooster Teeth, ScrewAttack, and GalaxyTrail. Dawn can be heard in shows such as Fairy Tail (Frosch), RWBY (An Ren), Yuri!!! on Ice (Isabella Yang), Noragami Aragoto (Yama), KanColle (Hiei), Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru (Hotarumaru), Show By Rock!! (A), Dance with Devils (Ritsuka Tachibana), Bikini Warriors (Dark Elf), Puzzle & Dragons X (Haru), Seven Mortal Sins (Satan), Brave Witches (Sadako Shimohara), ēlDLIVE (Misuzu Sonokata), Attack on Titan: Junior High (Frieda Reiss), Sky Wizards Academy (Rico Flamel), Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas (Phoena), Three Leaves, Three Colors (Asako Kondō) and Hyōka (Shoko Yuasa). You can follow Dawn's works on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Daman Mills is a voice actor who’s spread his work from New York to Texas, lending his voice to a variety of anime and video game titles. His well-known works include Dragon Ball Super (Monaka), NANBAKA (Jyugo), Yuri!!! on Ice (Yakov), One Piece Film: Gold (Tanaka), Mobile Suit Gundam: SEED (Yzak Joule), The Royal Tutor (Prince Kai), Saga of Tanya the Evil (Lt. Weiss), elDLIVE (Laine Brick), Attack on Titan (Goggles), Pokémon (Team Flare Grunt), Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru (Honebami), Chain Chronicle The Light of Haecceitas (Velnar), ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. (Prince Schwann), Tsukigakirei (Hira), Hyouka(Haba), All Out!! (Kibi) and many more! Daman has also provided voice work for video games such as SMITE, YIIK: A Post Modern RPG, and Regalia: Of Men & Monarchs.
To find out more about Daman, visit his website: http://www.damanmillsvo.com/
Elisa Wikey's portfolio includes web comics, prints, assemblage, and graphic design. Her work is influenced by picture books, Lowbrow, Americana, any culture with a bad attitude, and has been most often described as “HA! That’s funny!” Her artwork also been said to flirt with a dangerous sense of humor and is fun to look at by children aged 1 to 67.2, the average life expectancy in the world today.
E.K. Weaver is an artist living in Austin, Texas. Her debut graphic novel, The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, was nominated for the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Reprint Graphic Novel, and won the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Graphic Novel and the 2016 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Novel - Reprint. EK has also contributed to various anthologies and is proud to be published by Iron Circus Comics.
Jeffery Stevenson is an Austin-area writer and editor whose works include writing/lettering the webcomic Brat-halla (seven years of comics about the Norse gods in their school days), writing/lettering the webcomic Spook'd (two years of comics featuring movie monsters spoofing reality TV shows), writing for Jim Valentino's Task Force One series at Shadowline (Image Comics), editing/co-writing the game-to-comic adaptation BloodRayne: Skies Afire, and contributing as writer/editor/co-founder to the former writer resource website Scryptic Studios (once listed in Writer's Digest as one of their "101 Best Websites for Writers").
Lora Merriman is an Austin-area webcomic artist (as well as full-time grackle enthusiast). She is currently drawing the science-fiction drama webcomic The Otherknown, a story about time travel and found family, as well as many smaller projects!
One half of the duo sE7eN swell cosplay, Adriana Akiyama is no stranger to everything nerdy! As a second generation cosplayer, and a native of the Austin area, she loves watching her local geek community grow as time goes on. She specializes in costume sewing and fabrication, and has won several awards over the years for both her craftsmanship and stage performance. Over time, her family has traveled all over the United States to attend conventions, and she has picked up a great deal of knowledge along the way. She is happy to be a part of Pflugerville Comic Con and is looking forward to meeting members of the community who attend!
Chris McKay (Spiderdoode) is a cosplayer, an entertainer and a gamer. A humble info tech by day and a vigilante by night, Chris’ work has been featured in Men vs Cosplay, on news stations and in cosplay magazines. When Chris is not donning the mantle of the Dark Side as Darth Deceptus, or crushing House Baratheon as Rhaegar Targaryen, he can be found swinging from buildings or high-fiving kids as Spider-Man. Chris loves to meet new people (there's a reason they call him the Friendly, Neighborhood Spiderdoode), so swing by, take pictures, chat about games and cosplay, etc. etc. etc. Go Web Go!
Azucena (Vanir Cosplay) is a local Austin artist best known for her Black Widow cosplays. When not dressed as the redhead Russian assassin, she can be found crafting new outfits for characters such as Scarlet Witch and Daenerys Targaryen. Her favorite aspects of cosplay include learning new skills and creating outfits on low budgets. She is constantly striving to improve her craft and loves sharing it with others.
Shannon Brewer is an Austin based cosplayer, Young Adult fiction writer, and the only female non-profit comic bookstore owner in the world! What started out as a way to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie led Shannon down a rabbit hole to a much grander adventure. Now she works as a cosplay figure model for various video game companies, participates in movie openings for the Alamo Drafthouse, appears at charity gigs and schools, teaches classes for kids and teens on how to get started in making costumes, and of course, represents Hops & Heroes Comics...the only 501(c)(3) comic bookstore in the world! Shannon's love of cosplay comes from the fact that it's a great way to express the love you have for your fandom and make new friends, and she wants to make that passion and excitement accessible to everyone!
Jim Conditt was first introduced to costuming in the ‘70s when he was inducted into the Boy Scouts of America’s Order of the Arrow (OA). From there he began to participate in organizations and activities to showcase the costuming; Renaissance Faires, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), Buckskinners, Steampunk, Live Action Role Play (LARP), and comic con cosplays.
Bradley Spears is a cosplayer from Mississippi, but he has called Austin his new cosplay home for the last 2 years. He has adapted a range of styles from video characters to TV shows. He's a fan of all things cosplay and gaming and he loves trying new techniques. Bradley has won several awards from SXSW all the way to DragonCon. He's gone viral with his Frozone videos, and when he's not cosplaying, he's enjoying a nice weekend in his super suit!
Saber Guild is the LucasFilm Limited (LFL) preferred costumed lightsaber choreography group. Jakku Temple is the local central Texas Temple of Saber Guild. Saber Guild was founded on the principle of charity work. Through our performances and appearances, we share the magic of Star Wars by raising awareness and donations for a variety of different local and national causes, including Make-A-Wish America, The Ronald McDonald House, children’s hospitals and educational programs. Their focus is on serving their communities through the Star Wars fandom. Visit them on Facebook.
Rogue's Gallery has been the source for comics and games in the Round Rock/Williamson County area since 2001. They offer a wide variety of comics, graphic novels, board games, card games, roleplaying games, comic-themed t-shirts, and more. They will be giving a presentation on great graphic novels that you should be reading.
The Austin Toy Museum is a non-profit organization and brain child of Caleb Zammit, a life long toy collector and retired special needs teacher. The museum houses approximately 20,000 different toys and is a safe space for special needs students to develop social and job skills. Shannon Brewer, the Austin Toy Museum, will host a demo table, in addition to joining our cosplay panel and giving a presentation on toy making.
Hops & Heroes Comics is the only non-profit, 501(c)(3) comic bookstore and it's located right here in East Austin! Based on the principles of Comics. Community. Charity, Hops & Heroes Comics has worked to create a community center type feel to their store. And the best part is every purchase gives back to the community! With sales benefiting their Comics for College Scholarship Program or going to support programs like the Comics for Kids Literacy Campaign, Hops & Heroes Comics is working to bring about change through something we all love! Check them out on their website or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at: @comicsaustin
Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy® Austin sells comics, graphic novels, board games, RPGs, CCGs, TCGs, Miniatures and many other great products! They run events every day of the week ranging from boardgame open play to D&D meet-ups, Friday Night Magic and more! Look through their Events section for all the information you need to play!
Our booths and panel slots are full for this year! If you are a local author, artist, or comic store owner who would like to be considered for next year's event, please contact Bette McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.org