TERRIFICON has given fans the guests they have longed to see in the New England area! We are honoring that tradition with a new batch of writers and artists that have created some of comicdom’s greatest tales! In addition, to previously announced guests Jim Steranko, George Perez, Chris Claremont, Tim Truman, Alan Davis, and J. Michael Straczynski we are adding these terrific talents: Brian Azzarello, Dan Brereton, Tom Grummett, Jae Lee, Tim Truman, and Val Mayerik. And we are starting to announce our guests from TV and movies starting with the man behind the voice of so many beloved characters Maurice LaMarche!
Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of SPACEMAN, Batman: BROKEN CITY and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. The New York Times best-selling author’s other work for DC Comics includes the titles HELLBLAZER and LOVELESS (both with Marcelo Frusin), SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW (with Jim Lee), JOKER, LUTHOR and RORSCHACH (with Lee Bermejo), COMEDIAN (with J.G. Jones), SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE (with Joe Kubert), WONDER WOMAN (with Cliff Chiang) and most recently the ongoing series Batman: Damned. Azzarello lives in Chicago with his wife, artist Jill Thompson, and twitters @brianazzarello only when he has something to say.
Five-time Eisner nominee and Inkpot winner Dan Brereton has garnered critical praise and a loyal fan base over the last 25 years for his vibrant painted comics, illustrations and stories. He considers comics a perfect medium, and is fond of talking about his obsession with monsters , history, pulp and crime fiction and a general love of stories. His creator-owned comics work includes NOCTURNALS , GIANTKILLER, THE PSYCHO (with James Hudnall) and THE LAST BATTLE (with Tito Faraci). He is currently prepping a new graphic novel, NOCTURNALS: THE SINISTER PATH.
Tom Grummett is a Canadian comic book artist who’s been a mainstay of the industry since the late 1980s. He is best known for his work on such DC Comics titles as Superman, Superboy, Robin, Teen Titans, and Power Company. Grummett’s action-packed pencils have also been seen on the pages of Marvel Comics Avengers /Thunderbolts, Generation X, Silver Surfer, X-Men Unlimited, New Thunderbolts and Spider-Man.
As a writer and artist, Timothy played a key role in the independent comics movement. His work on First Comics GRIMJACK was on the leading edge of the “grim and gritty” comics of the 1980’s. In 1985, Truman continued his tear through the indy scene with SCOUT and SCOUT: WAR SHAMAN, the near-future saga set against the background of a ravaged United States. Other projects have included Star Wars, THE SPIDER, TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER , THE PROWLER, Justice League: GATEKEEPER, two new GRIMJACK epics (KILLER INSTINCT and THE MANX CAT) and an award winning, 10-year tenure as the leading writer for the Dark Horse Comics’ CONAN titles. In 2011, Timothy teamed up with his son, comics and computer game writer Benjamin Truman to produce the horror-western graphic novel A MAN NAMED HAWKEN for IDW Publishing.
Legendary artist and co-creator of Howard the Duck – Val Mayerik appears at this year’s Terrificon. Mayerik became the regular artist of the swamp-monster feature “Man-Thing” in Fear #13 (April 1973). Six issues later, he and writer Steve Gerber introduced Howard the Duck. Initially a minor supporting character intended only for an issue or two, the anthropomorphic waterfowl — bedecked in suit and tie as a parody of funny animal ducks, except for his cigar-smoking and his angry, ascerbic wit — Howard eventually became a star character with his own satiric series, penciled first by Frank Brunner and then Gene Colan. The character shortly afterward became a mainstream pop-culture figure.
Jae Lee is a Korean-American comic book artist who has worked on such titles as Namor the Sub-Mariner, Hellshock, The Inhumans, The Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, and Superman/Batman.
Voice Actor Maurice LaMarche is best known as Brain on Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Futurama, Kids Next Door, My Little Pony, The Real Ghostbusters, and many more cartoons. Maurice is also often heard in the commercial world as the voice of Toucan Sam (spokesbird of Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal, a part he’s played since 1987), and he is especially proud to have been chosen, beginning in the summer of 2009, to be the current signature Voice of Lexus.
Just some of the All-Star line-up of guests TERRIFICON will be bringing to Mohegan Sun this August 9, 10 & 11! Keep checking the website for weekly updates: www.terrificon.com