Guests: Industry Guests

Steve Geiger

Steve Geiger

For the past Twenty years Steve Geiger has served as a professional artist in the advertising and comic book fields. After graduating from Buffalo State University, he began his career as an apprentice to the legendary comic book artist John Romita Sr. He was soon hired on staff, and eventually was named Managing Art Director for The Marvel Entertainment Group.

Throughout his career he has served as a regular artist on such comics as Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk , Bloodshot, Scion, Lorelei, and Samuree. Steve has also illustrated many covers and single issues (“One Shots”) for such titles as The X-men, Punisher: War Journal, The Fantastic Four, Batman, and countless others.

He is now launching his own enterprise, The Evilgeiger Empire, an entertainment development company devoted to the creation, implementation, and production of original content and creator-owned concepts and characters.

Current projects include: The Henchman with Devin Hylton, Gabriel Damascus; Cutter, and Plowboy in the Cornmeal Universe with Hollywood Animation.

Steve lives in Williamsville, NY with his wife Kristy and their son, Steven III.

Adam Paquette

Adam Paquette

Adam is a freelance illustrator, writer, and painter and the development director of Legendeer. He is at home on the road and teaches embedded drawing and sketchbook development as a way to see the world differently. He is an advocate of the digital nomad lifestyle, and can often be seen in airports lugging a Wacom tablet and pochade box under each arm. His work for Magic began in 2009, working on early concepts for Innistrad - and he has worked on every set since then, both concepting and creating card art and other illustrations. Some of his notable Magic works include the five “Tango Lands” from Battle for Zendikar, and Expedition lands from Oath of the Gatewatch

Jay Little

Jay Little

Jay Little is an award­winning game designer and hobby game industry veteran. He has worked with small and large publishers alike to produce a wide range of board games and roleplaying games, including designing games for Star Wars, Major League Baseball, Warhammer Fantasy, and other licenses. Jay enjoys sharing his experience through workshops and podcasts and by teaching Game Design courses and Board Game Production & Processes at University Wisconsin ­ Stout. He pretty much loves everything about gaming; the hobby and the industry, the community around it, the people in it, and the design of it.

Jess Harnell

Jess Harnell

Named by the entertainment industry’s Variety magazine as one of the top ten voice actors in the business, the Emmy-nominated Jess Harnell is truly one of the best and busiest. “If I wasn’t getting paid for this, I’d be doing it for free in a parking lot somewhere.” Born on the east coast and moving to California when he was ten, Jess always knew he’d end up as a performer- though not necessarily as a cartoon!

 

Jess has appeared on practically every animated series on TV from “The Simpsons” to “Fairly Odd Parents” to” Phineas & Ferb.” In addition, he has dozens of  starring roles, including “Captain Hero” on Comedy Central’s “Drawn Together”, Chilly and The Wicked King on “Doc McStuffins”, “Cedric” on “Sofia The First” and “Wakko” on Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs”, winner of multiple Emmy awards including Best Animated Series and the prestigious Peabody Award.

 

Jess’s voice has been heard on countless popular prime time television series from “The Practice” to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Chuck” and announcing shows such as “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and E! TV’s hit series “Celebrities Uncensored,” which Jess essentially hosted. Jess has an extensive background as a rock singer winning numerous Best Singer awards and doing literally thousands of gigs as a studio vocalist and sound-alike, impersonating many famous vocalists flawlessly. In fact, Jess is currently the lead singer in the acclaimed 80’s metal/pop mash-up band “Rock Sugar”, sharing stages with such rock legends as AC/DC, Slash and Aerosmith.

 

Just a few of Jess’s film credits include “Finding Nemo,” “The Country Bears,” the “Toy Story” franchise, and “Up” as well as being the only voice actor to voice two major characters in the “Transformers” films. Additionally, Jess has voiced thousands of promos and has many national commercial credits for clients such as Disney, McDonalds, Diet Coke, Fox, Kellogg’s and a series of spots for Sea World as the voices of both Shamu and Shamu Jr. Jess is the first to admit that he has an unusual and very interesting career, “I knew that I had a weird occupation when my mom asked me what I did one particular day at work and I told her I’d been playing a ‘devil dog from hell.’ She replied, ‘Well, that’s nice. How’s everything else going?’”

 

One of the top celebrity voice matches in the business, Jess perfectly mimics over 150 celebrities- both speaking and singing- from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Ozzy Osbourne, Elvis Presley to all four Beatles, Albert Brooks To Christopher Walken, Steve Perry to Willie Nelson and Pee Wee Herman to Rodney Dangerfield. “If it’s related at all to the voice, I’d like to believe I can do it. And if I can’t, I’ll work on it until I figure out a way that I can.”

Rusty Gilligan

Rusty Gilligan

He has been a fixture in comics since 1978 with credits including Marvel, DC, Big Bang, Image, Heavy Metal and more. His film work includes the original “Heavy Metal”, “Spider-Man 2 & 3″, and more recently “Captain America”, the "Avengers", and “The Walking Dead”... as well as followup artwork for "Night of the Living Dead", "Alien", "Firefly", "Star Wars" and many others. Currently, he is providing production art on 2 new horror films set to debut this year: "100 Acres of Hell" and "Succubus".

You can see some of his film credits here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0319207/

In recent years, Gilligan rejoined the trading card arena and has provided cards for Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Cult-Stuf, and many others.

Rusty is the creator of a wildly popular called "The Adventures of Mac and Trouble" www.macandtrouble.com.  Mac and Trouble have their own comic series as well as a newspaper strip. Recently, they've headlined a new series called "Amazing Tails". In 2018, they will be the stars of their own motion picture.

Currently, he's provided illustrations for a Dr Who card set and guide... sketch cards for the Upper Deck "Alien" licensed card set... a new Mac and Trouble comic book... and is about to work on a new film project license to be released in 2016.

Look for the 6foot tall "Mac" who accompanies Rusty at his appearance, who gives away free photos and prizes ! And grab one of Rusty's exclusive promo cards and show art prints !
 

Neo Edmund

Neo Edmund

Neo Edmund (Writers Guild of America) is an American writer who has worked in the entertainment industry for a decade as a Screenwriter, Animation Writer, Comic Book Writer, Film Development Executive, Novelist, Blogger, and Public Speaker. He is the co-creator of Clan of the Vein, a Techno Vampire comic to film project being produced by Reverse Engineering Studios. As a staff writer, he wrote 6 episodes of the Hasbro television series Kaijudo Clash of the Duel Masters, and is now writing multiple scripts for two UAE animated television series. WordFire Press recently published his debut novel A Tale of Red Riding Rise of the Alpha Huntress Neo has written for companies including: Disney Interactive, Jim Henson Studios, Hub Network, Cartoon Network, Spike TV, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, JumpStart Interactive, Platinum Studios, Genetic Entertainment, Zenescope, and Silver Dragon Books. Six of his graphic novels are listed among tittles that meet the United States Common Core Standards for English Education. He majored in Screenwriting, Film Production, and English Creative Writing at UCLA. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.