GACC Hosts Harvey Award Winner, Adds Guests to July 16th Show

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GACC HOSTS HARVEY AWARD WINNER, ADDS MULTIPLE GUESTS TO JULY 16th SHOW LINEUP

Harvey Award Winner Bryan JL Glass, as well as Wrestling/Media Superstar Brimstone, and Artists - Chris Grillo, Nick Mockoviak, Paul Benincasa, Amy Chance, and Darrel Goza – Join The GACC July Show Lineup

Allentown PA, June 27th – Top creators and award winners have announced plans to attend the July 2011 edition of the Lehigh Valley’s largest pop culture extravaganza – The Great Allentown Comic Con!

“The participation of local independent artists, as well as bringing recognized award winners and media guests, are part of what makes this such a unique show.” – Christopher D. Wertz, Show Founder and Promoter. “Where else can you find such a diverse group of talents, from the self-publishing fresh new faces, to long time industry favorites such as Bryan JL Glass or Brimstone.  At the same time, we are always working hard to keep the show as fun and family-friendly as possible.  It’s one of the reasons why we don’t charge for kids to come to the show.”

Unlike larger shows that charge $25 or more regardless of age, the GACC remains committed to fan-focused entertainment, with free entry to all 12 and under (with attending parent/guardian).  Door prizes are also a staple of many shows, and the GACC doesn’t disappoint with Busts, key comics and toys as frequent prizes all day.  For the July 16th show there is even a special prize – a CGC edition signed copy of Batman #232, the first appearance of Ra’s Al Ghul, by Neal Adams (Ra’s Al Ghul is to be featured again in the upcoming Christopher Nolan Batman movie, played by Josh Pence).  Fans interested in possibly winning this book can sign up online for free atwww.allentowncomiccon.com

Bryan J.L. Glass Bryan J.L. Glass is the two-time Harvey Award winning co-creator/writer of the The Mice Templar, the acclaimed Image Comics’ series. His Marvel Comics credentials thus far are Valkyrie and Thor: First Thunder, as well as the adaptation of the Riftwar Saga. Most recently he produced Thor: Son of Asgard for the iPhone, Burger King’s Kids Club Thor, and a special one-shot that teamed The New Avengers with the FDNY!
Bryan’s first work in the comic industry was in the role of photographer, providing photo covers and interiors to such 80s series as Bill Willingham’s The Elementals, Matt Wagner’s Mage, and Eliot R. Brown’s Punisher Armory. Bryan first collaborated with Mike Oeming in the ’90s on Spandex Tights and Ship of Fools. After a brief absence from the industry, Bryan returned in 2003 with his first Mice Templar short stories, and then again in 2005 with Quixote: A Novel and 86 Voltz: The Dead Girl. He is currently developing several new series in various genres.

Brimstone
one of Americas top professional wrestler, actor, author, philanthropist and comic book / animated hero, in a nutshell, Brimstone has had a successful and rewarding career spanning well over two decades encompassing everything “entertainment.” As the co-founder and CEO of Hound Comics, Inc. — Brimstone and his team of creators launched his comic book series, “Brimstone and The Borderhounds” (in which he appears as the lead character) onOctober 31st, 2010 at Borders Books and as of January 11th, 2011 went nationwide and worldwide via Barnes & NobleBook World and Amazon. The title will also be featured in Diamond Distribution’s Previews starting in July 2011, making the Borderhounds available to every comic book shop around the world!
Brimstone
Currently, there is a “Brimstone and The Borderhounds” video game in production through SGN Games for the Xbox LIVE and the Playstation Network as well as the iProducts game called, “Forza Infernis.” Shocker Toys announced plans to release the ‘Brimstone‘ action figure in 2011 to Toys R’ Us as a part of their Indie Spotlight (Super Heroes) Series; while Floating Pear Productions has developed the much anticipated, “Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series.” For the younger demographic, a line of Brimstone based children’s books will be released under Hound Comics, Inc. – Hound Kids Division under the title, Border-Pups.
Brimstone’s career in professional wrestling has spanned over fourteen years and he has made countless appearances worldwide for the leaders in sports entertainment and throughout the Independents. As a trainer, he is responsible for an enormous amount of talent including a handful of students who have made their mark in the business on WWE andTNA. Brimstone’s hard work and dedication to the industry has garnered high honors, appreciation and the recognition of his peers including a 2008 Award from the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Memorable television credits include Sesame StreetRomper RoomWWF SuperstarsThe Ricki Lake Show,MTV’s Total Request Live and BET’s 106 & Park. Since his semi-retirement from the wrestling industry, Brimstone has pursued a career on the silver screen; making cameos and acting in multiple films, music videos and television pilots; and is under contract with Dick Clark Productions to produce his own series.

Brimstone makes frequent appearances for the military, as well as speaking engagements at elementary schools for theGet-A-Voice Foundation. He donates a large portion of his time to supporting numerous charities and foundations including but not limited to The Arthritis FoundationDee Snider’s Biker’s for BabiesWrestler’s RescueMichael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s FoundationRonald McDonald HouseMake-A-Wish, and Toys For Tots. He is a celebrity spokesperson for Paul McCartney’s RADD (Rockers Actors and Athletes Against Driving Drunk) and was recently asked to be the National Spokesperson for the Jamie Isaacs Foundation For Anti-Bullying.

Chris Grillo is the writer and artist for the webcomic “Ninjas Don’t Knit,” which tells (extremely exaggerated) tales of the daily antics of Chris and his friends. The comic started in 2007, and, after a two-year hiatus, has returned triumphantly and is now published weekly. Chris will be selling original prints, each design limited to 100 copies. T-shirts are also available on his website. To read the comic and find out more information, visit www.ninjasdontknit.com.

Nick Mockoviak
is a freelance illustrator. His talents have been put to good use as an artist on the “Night of the Living Dead: Re-Animated” project as well as being featured in the Drawgasmic Underground Artists Art Show. Currently he is developing a comic book that will see the light of day at the end of 2011.

Paul Benincasa
is a freelance artist living in Woodmere, New York.   He grew up in Queens, New York where his first exposure to art came from copying drawings from comic books. ” I believe my love of the figure came from the highly stylized drawings of my favorite comic artists.” I got older and became more aware of Illustrators working in comics which opened more avenues to fine art.” His anthology comic Transient Tales was self-published in 2010. Transient Tales contains 4 stories and encompasses Sci-fi, action-adventure, fantasy and superhero parody. Stop by his table and pick up a preview of his new series SPINE which debuts in Fall 2011.

Amy Chace
is a mixed-media artist as well as cartoonist. She is currently promoting her new comic, Foot Fetish: A Love Story. She also does single Panel artwork and collage work as well as photography.

Darrell “The Nightray” Goza
During Darrells career he has done pencils behind Howard Simpson on Young All-Stars #14 for DC; background inks for Art Nichols on The American #4 for Dark Horse and The Ray #6 limited series for DC. Pencilled a “Scarlet Scorpion” story for Americomics. He has also inked backgrounds for Hero Comic’s Icicle book and penciling for Valiant’s Captain N., as well as Neal Adams’ Crazyman #1 and Ms. Mystic series. Penciled Danse #1 for Blackthorne. Designed “Few Survive the Mission” #1, coloring the cover and designed and inked “Few Survive the Mission” #2 and Ceiss Voyage #1 for Beatnik Productions. In addition he colored on Valiant’s Magnus #15 and Puppet Terrors Press’s Puppet Terror #1 and wrote and penciled “Silver Surf Mouse” (a parody) for ScriptGraphics.  

About The Great Allentown Comic Con! – The Largest Pop-Culture Comic Convention in the Lehigh Valley. Founded in 2010, by Riverside Comics; The GACC is already one of the fastest growing Fan-focused events in the comics industry, with plans for a 2-day Mega show in November of 2011.  Located in the 10,000 sq ft Showroom of the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown PA, it is dedicated to producing celebrations of comics and popular culture by providing unique access to talented artists and a family-friendly experience for fans.

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