Special Guests


Mark Bode

Mark Bode has been working as a professional comic artist since the age of 15 when he was
hired to color Vaughn Bode (his father) black and white strip ZOOKS, for HEAVY METAL
In the comic book field Mark is known for MIAMI MICE, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA
TURTLES and the science fiction graphic novel series COBALT 60.
He is also well known as a mural artist and is invited to paint murals at art festivals around the world. He also works as a tattooist, toy and clothing designer.
Mark is presently working with a team of animators and actors to self-produce an AR
animated COBALT 60 comic book.


Landrey Q. Walker

New York Times bestselling author Landry Q. Walker has been making stories happen for over twenty five years. He has worked on well known properties such as Star Wars, Batman, Supergirl, Frozen, The Incredibles, the Avengers, and many more. He's also the author of the all-ages book series titled Project Terra, and writer of several creator owned comics including  Danger Club and The Last Siege. Landry Q. Walker has worked with DC. Marvel. Image Comics and more. He can be found on Twitter - @landryqwalker


Robert Love

Robert Love formed Gettosake Entertainment with his brothers, Jeremy, and Maurice in 1998, publishing their signature character CHOCOLATE THUNDER. In 2004, Dark Horse published FIERCE, written by Jeremy Love with art by Robert Love, followed by SHADOW ROCK in February of 2007. Co-Writer and Artist on Number 13 published by Dark Horse Comics in 2012.  In 2013 he was the artist on Never Ending, another 3 issue miniseries from Dark Horse Coimcs.  His other credits include, Alpha Girl(Image Comics), The Blind Monkey Stlye (POPGUN, Image Comics), the Mad Mauler (POPGUN, Image Comics), Outside of comics, he sold the rights to a movie to 20th Century Fox called THE ADVENTURES OF VENUS KINCAID, Optioned FIERCE to Zucker Productions as well as NUMBER 13 with Legendary Pictures. 


Michael Aushenker

Founder and lead writer/artist of Cartoon Flophouse humor comics.

A member of Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS) since 1993, when one of his favorite cartoonists (and club co-founder) Sergio Aragaones endorsed him on the strength of his cartooning in HEAVY METAL magazine.

Michael has also created comics for Fantagraphics ("Duplex Planet Illustrated"), Bongo Comics ("Bart Simpson") and Gumby Comics ("Gumby's Gang Starring Pokey").

Aushenker is among the alternative cartoonists (along with Russ Heath and Dean Yeagle) appearing in a comic book convention-themed episode of the hit CBS series NUMB3RS. The episode's original air date: November 23, 2007.

In early 2014, Aushenker wrote biographical comics based on a roster of metal and punk groups, including Slayer, Judas Priest, Exodus, Testament, NOFX, GWAR and Rob Zombie / White Zombie. The first of these comics were released in comic book shops in 2015: Slayer (March 25) and Exodus (Dec.).

In August 2014 at StocktonCon, Aushenker debuted two issues of Go, Genius, Go!, a three-issue series he created/wrote under his CartoonFlophouse imprint, with artist Marcus Collar drawing and inking. A trade paperback collection of all three issues is in the works for 2016.

In 2015, Aushenker is releasing Trolls, a comic book about Edward and Wayward, two slackers working as air traffic controllers who, in the middle of a double-shift, throw a party at work while the boss is away and then promptly fall asleep as bedlam ensues. Originally meant as an Those Unstoppable Rogues book, the new comic is set to debut at Long Beach Comic-Con in September 2015.

Aushenker recently returned to screenwriting, working on an independent movie, currently in development.

Michael lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his cats, Pippi and Fifi. 


Dom Davi

Dominic Miguel Davi is a musician, illustrator, podcast host, author, and photographer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Primarily known for his work as the bassist for the punk band TSUNAMI BOMB and as the host of the podcast 3 GIGS. 

Founding TSUNAMI BOMB  in 1999 in Petaluma, CA,the band would  go on to sign to Kung Fu Records and become an internationally touring powerhouse and Warped Tour staple. Dominic served as bassist and songwriter until 2003 when he split with the band and would then form the punk band LOVE EQUALS DEATH, that would sign with Fat Records and tour nationally until he departed the band in 2007.  He would play in various groups, until reforming TSUNAMI BOMB at the end of 2015, and has continued to tour with them since. In 2017, ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE named the TSUNAMI BOMB 2002 album, THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE that Davi co-wrote and recorded, #31 out of the top 50 pop punk albums of all time. 

In the fall of 2006, Davi created a web comic strip called THE ROCK N' ROLL PALACE OF LOVE that was loosely based on his real life adventures with his roommates in a house they all lived in his hometown of Petaluma, CA. The weekly webcomic gathered an extremely loyal cult following and continued for four years, when it was put on hiatus in 2010 when all the roommates moved away from the house. 

In 2010 while living on the east coast, Davi began to design clothing and merchandise under the name THE DINOSAUR FACTORY, which he continues to create under to this day. 

In 2013 Dominic Davi started working as a freelance fashion and fetish photographer, and his work was featured in a number of magazines, including GLAM ROCK and GOTHESQUE.

In 2015 he made his comic book debut illustrating a story by Joe Escalante of The Vandals titled FEAR OF A PUNK PLANET, that was based off an internet series that Escalante had directed in the 90's. The first run sold out immediately and the comic is now in it's second printing. The following year, Davi would self publish his own short story comic, COME FIND ME as a prequel to an upcoming series titled, GREEN TEETH that Davi has written and illustrated slated for a 2018 release.

In 2017, Dominic Davi launched the podcast 3 GIGS, where he interviews different performers as to their first, best, and worst performances of all time, and the show has built a cult following mostly focusing on musicians that Davi knows or tours with. In January 2018, Davi has become co-host of the MONSTER CANDY PODCAST with pro-wrestler/model, Shotzi Blackheart and Screamin' E, vocalist for The Memphis Murder Men, that focuses on horror movies and culture. 

As of the end of 2017, Dominic Davi currently works as the president and general manager of ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES RECORDS and is writing a new album for TSUNAMI BOMB.


Carl Gottlieb

Writer, Director, Actor, Producer best known for being the godfather of Shark movies with his work on Jaws, Jaws 2 and Jaws in 3D. Carl Gottlieb also wrote and directed Caveman starring Ringo Star. He wrote the screenplay for the Jerk. He has also acted in several movies Clueless, Johnny Dangerously, Jaws, the Jerk and so many more. 


Scott Schwartz

Scott Schwartz was born in Sacramento, CA however he grew up in Sommerville & Brigewater, NJ. Attended Professional Children's School in NY, 83-85. Stated in the biz March, 1977 Marion Adler of the Carson/Adler agency was his agent for 10 years. Landed the role in The Toy after 10 auditions & 2 screen tests. Shot "Kidco" in Tuscon, AZ in 8 weeks. His part in "A Christmas Story" was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio & St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada over 6 weeks. Became President of "A Minor Consideration" in mid 2014. AMC as it's called is for the protection of children in the entertainment industry and has passed child labor laws in several states. AMC is a full 501c3 charity started in the late 1980s by Paul Peterson (Donna Reed Show), www.aminorconsideration.org Sept 2016 began shooting his own TV Talk show called "Flashback Fridays". Scott continues to Act to this day. 


Kepi Ghoulie

With a cartoony voice, a love of the Ramones, and inclusive spirit, Kepi (aka Kepi Ghoulie) injects his silly, funny, and friendly music with warm feelings and lots of hooks. Starting out as the leader of the pop-punk monster aficionados the Groovie Ghoulies, Kepi 

also explored country music with the Haints, set out on his own to make albums that were inspired by folk (American Gothic), aimed at kids (Kepi for Kids), and just plain fun rock & roll before digging back into the Ghoulies' archives to curate a series of reissues in the mid-2010s. Whatever the setting or sound, Kepi can be counted on for his positive outlook, fun songs and delightfully innocent approach to life and music.


Kepi began his musical career by forming the Groovie Ghoulies in Sacramento, California in the late '80s. Comprising Kepi, his wife Roach, and a parade of drummers, the band's horror movie-meets-bubblegum sound evolved over the course of numerous singles and nine LPs, mostly released by Lookout Records; other labels took over when Lookout began crumbling in the early 2000s. Around that time, Kepi and the rest of the Ghoulies formed the Haints, a country-rock band that released two albums. The group disbanded in 2007, soon after Kepi and Roach's marriage dissolved.

Kepi jumped right back into music, starting a solo project known as Kepi the Band and quickly hooking up with Asian Man Records. The first release under the new name was 2008's Hanging Out, which was very Ghoulies-sounding; he quickly followed up with another album, the acoustic American Gothic. It was released under the name Kepi and Friendsand included appearances by the Muffs' Kim Shattuck and power popper Anton Barbeau. Kepi was a constant presence on the road, playing shows and spreading positivity. He was also a frequent visitor to the recording studio, the result being two albums in 2009 (Life Sentence and The New Dark Ages, a collaboration with Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers). After a live album in 2010, he released I Bleed Rock and Roll in 2011, then switched gears to make a kids record, Kepi for Kids, in 2012. He also started an annual tradition of releasing a new single every Valentine's Day.

Along with touring and working on paintings, he next partnered with Eccentric Pop to reissue Groovie Ghoulies albums, starting with Flying Saucer Rock-n-Roll! and Appetite for Adrenochrome in 2014. That same year he released an album of country-influenced songs, appropriately titled Kepi Goes Country, and a re-recording of the Ghoulies album Fun in the Dark, backed by Dutch punk band the Accelerators. More Ghoulies reissues followed in 2016 with the re-release of 1994's Born in the Basement. Kepi released his eighth album, Lost and Lovin' It! in 2017, a collection of songs that merged the strains of punk, Americana, and country that have always run through his music.


Alan Fernandes

Alan Fernades was an elephant trainer at Vallejo’s Marine World Park, and during the original filming of Star Wars, the production needed an elephant to play the Bantha creatures in the movie. Being the elephant Mardji’s trainer, Fernandes was asked to play a Tusken Raider on set. Decades pass and he learns that there is actually a huge fandom that actually cares about that space movie he did so long ago.


 C Andrew Nelson

He spent six years at LucasArts Entertainment Company where he was a VFX supervisor and senior artist. Nelson's credits at LucasArts include Star Wars: Dark ForcesStar Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden EmpireStar Wars: Shadows of the EmpireStar Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Curse of Monkey Island, Star Wars: Masters of Teräs KäsiStar Wars: Rogue Squadron, and Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine.

Nelson left LucasArts in 1998 to join the effects team at ILM where he was a compositor, rotoscoper, matte painter, and texture artist. His work at ILM includes Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Perfect Storm, Jurassic Park III, The Time Machine, and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. After the completion of Episode II, Nelson joined the full-time faculty of the Academy of Art University and served as the school's Visual Effects Director from 2002 to 2004. He currently consults for various leading effects and animation studios. He is a member of the Visual Effects Society.

Nelson is most notable for having played the role of Darth Vader for Lucasfilm since 1994. His appearances as Vader include LucasArts' Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire games, the Special Edition of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, commercials, print ads, TV shows, and magazine covers. When artists at LucasArts had difficulty animating Vader's movements for the cutscenes in Dark Forces, Nelson was filmed as Vader. The artists then performed touch-up painting and processing to the footage to make it match the earlier hand-animated shots in the game.

It is a common misunderstanding on part of the media that during Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire production Vader was played by David Prowse reprising his legendary role. As Nelson says, he feels it's a great honor that some mistook him for Prowse. In many appearances that C. Andrew Nelson made as Darth Vader, his voice was dubbed over by voice-actor Scott Lawrence who plays Vader as a voice-actor in a dozen Star Wars video games. Nelson also voiced Luke Skywalker for a cutscene of the Star Wars: X-Wing expansion pack, being the first actor to have ever officially played both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

He continues to act in feature films, television, commercials, and voice-over.

Sandy Helberg

Sandy Helberg was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He moved to New York where he studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute with John and Lee Strasberg and the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner. Sandy then went on to co-create the improvisational group, The Downtown Express, that played the Bitter End, the Improv, and had a home theater in Greenwich Village, where they did performed almost every night. When arriving in Los Angeles, Sandy became one of the original member of the Groundlings.

You have seen him in Spaceballs, Spinal Tap, Up the Creek, Mortal Combat, High Anxiety and so much more. This is his first convention so come on out and say hello. 


Adam Haris

Adam Harris or getatom lives in Turlock California, he along with members of the Turlock Toon Skwad created the poster art for Graffiti-Con and along with all the poster art for NorCal Cosies. Adam also is Upper Deck and Topps SketchCard Artist(Marvel Masterpieces/Star Wars Galatic Files/Star Wars/Black Panther/Dare Devil) – Storyboard Artist.


Haro George

Haro George is a comic artist and for the past 5 years, he has ventured to create his own comic book with some of the characters he created as a kid. He got together with some of his old drawing buddies to start off with the creation of The Show Comic’s first issue. Through self-web-publishing, he was able to connect with Tony DiGerloamo and become the illustrator for his webcomic “I Hate My Kids” as well as land some storyboarding gigs here and there.  Haro also had the privilege to work on 3 issues of Fleischer and The Group as a penciler. Haro is also a member of the Turlock Toon Skwad.


Omar Salinas

Omar Salinas is an Art Teacher and an Art Maker and one third of the Turlock Toon Skwad. Omar also draws SketchCard Artists for Topps including Star Wars Galactic Files and Solo.  For commissions or questions, contact: omarsalinasart@gmail.com


Ryan Oksenberg

We are thrilled to announce special guest Ryan Oksenberg. We will also be screening his newest film “Together”! “Together” also includes local actress Autumn Shea.

Ryan Oksenberg is a writer, director and editor from Toronto, Ontario. He graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in (2008).

Oksenberg got started in documentaries. His series "Life Line Booth" aired on Participant Media's TV network, Pivot. He also made "Cease to Exist," a "cult favorite" documentary exploring the music motive to the Manson murders. 
His short film Night Light is available now to watch on Amazon Prime



R. Litfin 

Having been born into a family of nerds from a slice of The Shire in Northern California, Rachel Litfin cultivated a love of all things fantasy from a very young age. Inspired by dressing up with her family at renaissance faires, to losing herself in Tolkien, to playing World of Warcraft into the wee hours of the morning, Rachel created the very beginnings of The Chronicles of Royal High in her freshman English class. You can find her today in the realm of Southern California, often adventuring her way through Disneyland, reading by the firelight, swimming in the ocean like a mermaid, and, of course, writing about the many stories that exist within Edenarth.


Steve Gonzales

Hi! I’m Steve Gonzales

I’m a college professor in my day to day life, but on weekends I’m a cosplayer!

I am best known for my Russell from the Pixar movie Up! I have won many costume contests for My cosplays. I have been honored to be awarded Nor Cal Cosie for 30 and over in 2017 and a Cosie for Craftsmanship in 2018. I was also selected for Best Hero at Long Beach Comic Con 2017 and Audience Favorite at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018.

I am an EVA foamsmith and love building armor costumes and sharing my techniques and skill set in panels.

I have been a panelist and a presenter of panels on Cospositivity and how to get started in cosplay at any age. I have also been a costume contest judge.

I also make trading cards for my fellow cosplayers from their cosplay pictures.