2019 SPECIAL GUESTS

CARL POTTS

CARL POTTS

Punisher War Journal, Venom, Prowler, Shadowmasters, Alien Legion

For most of his 13 years at Marvel Comics, Carl Potts was an Executive Editor, overseeing 1/3 of Marvel’s publications. When he should have been sleeping, Carl wrote and drew comics, covers and posters for Marvel. Among Carl’s projects was a celebrated run as writer/layout artist on Punisher War Journal and authoring Venom, Prowler and Shadowmasters. He created Alien Legion and was creator/artist on the Last of the Dragons graphic novel. The Alien Legion screeplay Carl wrote was bought by Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney. Top comics creators Carl discovered and mentored include Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, Art Adams, Laarry Stroman, Jon Bogdanove and Terry Shoemaker. His Mentoring also helped launch the careers of June Brigman and Mike Mignola. DC/Watson-Guptill (Random House) published Carl’s book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling. Carl has given his seminar on the principles and techniques of sequential visual storytelling at Princeton Univ., Syracuse Univ., Google NY, The Society of Illustrators, Blizzard Entertainment, Blue Sky Studios, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), SUNY Purchase, NYU, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico City), Comics Uncovered (Birmingham, England) Story Summit (Banff, Canada), Armageddon (Wellington, New Zealand) Ogilvy & Mather and Psyop. He teaches in NYC at School of Visual Arts and online for Academy of Art University. Carl’s teamed up with Bill Reinhold on his current graphic novel project, The Flying Column. It is based, in part, on his family’s experiences in the Philippines during WWII. It will be published by the Naval Institute Press.

JAMES SILVANI

JAMES SILVANI

James Silvani is a comic book writer and artist who has provided artwork for Disney comic books. He has been working as a freelance artist since 1994. Silvani is perhaps best known to Disney fans for having illustrated every issue of Boom! Studios’ Darkwing Duck comic book.

KEITH TUCKER

KEITH TUCKER

Keith Tucker is a top animation storyboard artist for studios including Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, and Marvel. Having worked on a host of Emmy-winning shows such as Pinky & the Brain, Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, X-Men and Spiderman to name just a few, Keith is now turning his attention to the world of weekly comics.

With residences in Hawaii and LA for the past 20 years and a history that includes living on all four main Hawaiian Islands, Keith is uniquely qualified to share his island vision and humor with the rest of the planet.