Indy Brick Expo
John Tyler ChristopherPlease welcome Special Guest John Tyler Christopher to the show! John is a Harvey Award-nominated illustrator from Lafayette, Indiana. His work has appeared on the covers of MARVEL’s Avengers Solo: Hawkeye, Star Wars, Figment, New Mutants, Annihilators: Earthfall, Dark Avengers, Spider-man, Venom, and the 50th Anniversary Spider-man Encyclopedia. Other covers include Top Cow’s Witchblade and Artifacts as well as DC’s Voodoo. His art can also be found in both table-top and video games, as well as film and television. A lesser known fact - he creates the side-panel art on the Marvel Legends 6-inch action figures. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and waxing intellectually about the shear awesomeness of the Gorn.
Stuart SaygerStuart Sayger is a professional illustrator who works primarily in the comic book industry. Known for his moody and expressive style, Sayger first broke into the industry as the creator of Shiver in the Dark, producing the comic independently from start to finish.
Stuart also produced artwork for the "Man of Steel" Superman movie, as well as a video game adaptation of Robert Kirkman's Thief of Thieves. Recent comic book projects include 30-Days of Night, Robert Rodriguez's Machete, and Bram Stoker's Death Ship.
Toy fans will remember Stuart's work from a 2-year run drawing the Bionicle comic book based on the popular Lego toy line. The series was distributed internationally boasting the largest circulation of any comic book in the world.
Stuart's clients have included: DC Comics, IDW Comics, Lego, Microsoft, Upper Deck Cards, Warner Brothers, and Wizard Magazine.
Stuart will also be hosting the Midwest Toy Fest 2015 Drink & Draw on Saturday, June 6 after the show floor closes.
Christina BlanchChristina Blanch is an educator who has used comic books to teach in the higher education classroom. She is the force behind the online Super MOOC courses, and produced her first comic series, The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, with co-writer Chris Carr and artist Chee. Her work has been featured in Aw Yeah Comics and she is working on a series titled "Resolute Bay" with artist Ryan Scott Clements. Blanch is also co-owner of Aw Yeah Comics in Muncie, Indiana; is a board member of the Comics Studies Society; and is penning several chapters and comic related books, one which is based on her doctoral dissertation "Searching for the Comic Scholar."
Michael "Knightmage" WilsonPlease welcome special guest Knightmage to the show! Michael “Knightmage” Wilson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Youngstown, Ohio. An active, decorated 16-year veteran Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, Michael has been cosplaying since 2012 — but the love for the comic and video game genre has been in his heart since he was little and it shows when he creates his costumes. Michael has judged cosplay contests and as hosts cosplay panels at conventions showcasing the positive, inspiring and supportive side of cosplay. Having a love for acting and stunt work, Michael has worked on several Hollywood comic book movie productions including The Avengers Movie (2012), The Dark Knight Rises, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and more. Michael was also an alternate for the 2006 reality show “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” hosted by Stan Lee. He has worked on and has been featured in several fan films and productions including “Flash Fall” by Together Brother Productions and the popular YouTube series “MAN AT ARMS: Reforged”. Michael has created costumes for World Wrestling Entertainment superstars. Michael is a spokesmodel for the independent comic companies “Shot In The Dark Comics” and Transgenesis Comic — having his likeness used for upcoming comic book characters. Genuinely loving to entertain, make a positive impact and bring smiles, Michael most often uses his costuming by participating in charitable events, parades, and hospital visits to children. This has led him to becoming a member of esteemed costuming groups such as The League of Heroes, Heroes Alliance (Ohio Branch), East Coast Avengers, Costumers With a Cause (CWC), Superheroes to Kids in Ohio and Heroic Inner Kids. Michael works closely with charity organizations as a sponsor, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Capes4Heroes, Putting Downs First , Angels For Animals and many others. This work led to Michael creating the "Knightmage: Cosplay Against/Awareness Campaign". He has received numerous awards for his charitable deeds including the Outstanding Service Award from Credit Where Credit Is Due and the Presidential Volunteers Award from President Barack Obama and the White House. Follow him on facebook, Twitter (@Knightmage), and Instagram (@Knightmage1). Photo Credits: Spawn © Superhero Photography; Afro Samurai © GG; Hellboy © Leo Photography
Gavin SmithGavin is a freelance artist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the artist for "The Accelerators" for Blue Juice Comics & Books and has recently completed a story for "68" for Image Comics. His other work includes: motion comics for AT&T; "Charge," A prequel comic to the independent cult movie "All Superheroes Must Die"; and cover art for Action Lab Entertainment. He has provided ghosting duties on backgrounds and inks for several other comic books. In 2012 created and self published his own comic book "Human City".
Kayce SuperKayce began her journey into the cosplay world in 2010 after she attended her first Superman Celebration.
She finds that cosplay is the best way for her to share her love of comics, games, art, anime, television, and movies with others. During the last several years she has expanded her costume making skills and has made guest appearances on the convention scene.
She has created nearly a dozen costumes, bringing to life such characters as Stargirl, Dawnstar, Supergirl, Wondergirl, Batgirl, Jayna from the Wondertwins, Ice, Firestar, Stephanie Brown Robin, Ms. Marvel, MegaMa'am and many more!
Circle City Ghostbusters
Steven GriffinA cosplayer from Dayton, Ohio, Steven created his first costume, Red Hood, in 2013. He did his research and reached out to people who could help him. He was blown away by the acceptance and willingness to help that he discovered within the cosplay community. This is when he really fell in love with costuming. He found a community of positive people who always encourage each other and he felt like he fit right in. It was this community that encouraged him to grow his collection of costumes, begin to build things on his own when possible, travel to different conventions, and make new friends along the way. His mission is to help spread the positivity that he found in the cosplay community to others.
Hailey S CosplayWe'd like to welcome Hailey S Cosplay to the show! Hailey started cosplaying in 2011 through her love for modeling. She was always the oddball in her modeling groups, so when she found out that she can be her nerdy self, accepted with open arms in the cosplay community, and still model — she jumped at the chance for some fun and shenanigans! She makes all of her own costumes and props, but is still learning and always loves a good challenge! When she's not cosplaying you can see her modeling for fun, prop makers, clothing designers, wigs, and Samhain Contact Lenses! Most of the time, she just wants to have fun with friends, help others out, and eat all of the delicious food! Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter under @CCC_Hailey.
501st: Bloodfin GarrisonSince 1997, the 501st Legion has been dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the “villainous” characters of the Star Wars galaxy and entertaining Star Wars fans with public appearances. Over the past fifteen years, the 501st has become a leading force in fan-based charity events around the world. Members of the Legion have heightened awareness at promotional events, helped to raise millions of dollars for charity, and spread the magic of Star Wars to fans of all ages.
Rebel Legion: Mos EspaThe mission of The Rebel Legion is threefold. First, they offer costume enthusiasts of the Star Wars hero characters a global community to enjoy, express, and share their costume talents. Secondly, the Legion also promotes the quality and improvement of Star Wars costumes. Thirdly and most importantly, they follow the lead of Lucasfilm Ltd. by giving back to the community through works of charity and volunteerism.
Indiana Star Wars Collecting ClubISWCC promotes collaboration and fellowship between collectors of Star Wars toys and memorabilia throughout the state of Indiana.
Join the official community of Star Wars collectors to meet other collectors, trade tips, and discuss upcoming movies and newly released products. Additional information including membership can be found on their Facebook page.