Upstate POP Expo is Greenville, SC newest comics and culture convention!
We will be adding guests right up until the show on October 12th & 13th!
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2019 Guest List
Updated: August 28th
- Dollar Bin – Podcast and Production Company
- Roper Mountain Science Center – Educational Center
- 501st Group – Star Wars Cosplay
Vic Carrabotta is a comic book artist who worked for a wide range of publishers. He is most associated with the 1950’s Atlas titles like Adventures into Terror, Journey into Mystery, and Strange Tales. Atlas comics would prove to be a gestational period for what would become Marvel Comics of the 1960’s silver age. Carrabotta transitioned from the pre-code publishing environment into the early embattled era of code censorship. His pencils grace such titles as Journey Into Unknown Worlds, Marvel Tales, Battle Action and even Kid Colt.
Alex Saviuk studied sequential art with Will Eisner at the School of Visual Arts(NY) in the mid 1970s and started his career in 1977 at DC Comics drawing such books as Green Lantern, The Flash and Superman, among others. In 1986, he moved on to Marvel where he established himself as a true arachnophile with his 7-year run on Web of Spiderman (#35-116), as well as two and a half years on Spider-Man Adventures and The Adventures of Spider-Man.
A one-year stint at Topps Comics followed with The X-Files (#30-41). Since 1997, he has drawn The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday newspaper comic strip, written by Stan Lee. Besides comics, Alex does storyboards for advertising agencies and, occasionally, film and animation studios.
Christopher Lockwood entered the local comic book scene in 2012 with his contribution of several pages to the indie comic Solestar, a not for profit book benefiting brain aneurism research. Since then he has appeared at many shows held at Richard Comics as well as local conventions. Grummdle is Christopher’s first comic book and it can be found on webtoons.
Bitter Tea Media
Bitter Tea Media was created by Derek and Nikki Davis to compile their creative endeavors in one central location. Bitter Tea Media is a new inclusive name for the variety of prolific components of their efforts. Previously the company was Bitter TEA Studios that was created in 2004 to assemble TEA, The Ered Adventures, The Dead Ringer, and Skinny Skelley all together.
In 2017 Derek and Nikki changed the name of Bitter TEA Studios to Bitter Tea Media to accommodate the addition of several YouTube channels. These channels are Art Teacher For LIfe, Autocorrect Primer, A GLOP of Truth, and Bitter Tea Remedies.
Mel Rivera comes from a rich background of artistic talent. His Grandfather was sculptor and minister and his father was a photographer and oil painter. Each of his siblings has the wonderful gift of art, and has passed it on to his son as well. He has written and produced comic books, comic strips and editorial cartoons for over 25 years! Mel has founded the “Upstate Comic Artists” group, a fellowship of comic book artists. Serves as Artist in Residence over at Simpsonville Elementary School teaching basic drawing to 3rd-5th graders. Mel has now opened a studio/ gallery /classroom where he teaches adults 16 and up basic portrait drawing.
Joey Weiser is the Eisner Award-nominated author of Ghost Hog and the Mermin graphic novel series from Oni Press. His comics work ranges from writing and drawing for SpongeBob Comics to coloring the Jedi Academy: A New Class series. His first graphic novel, The Ride Home, was published in 2007 by AdHouse Books. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design and currently lives in Athens, Georgia.
Gregbo Watson is a digital artist and illustrator with a twisted imagination and dark sense of humor. Both of which are mirrored in his art and illustration style. His work is heavily influenced by the many ghostly legends and southern folktales he was raised on during his childhood. Spooky stories filled with offbeat characters, wicked witches, ghosts and goblins fascinated his imagination.
Tracy Yardley! has worked on the various ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ comic book series both with Archie Comics and now with IDW Publishing since 2015 and produced two volumes of the graphic novel series ‘Riding Shotgun’ from Tokyopop. He recently completed two miniseries; the 5 issue ‘Cosmo’ from Archie Comics and the 3 issue ‘Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl’ from indie imprint Young Legends.
Bradd Parton is an all-ages author, illustrator, and educator based in South Carolina. He is best known for inventing the Alpha-Sketch technique where he draws using only the letters of the alphabet. Every line in an Alpha-Sketch is a letter of the alphabet. There are no omissions, repetitions, or extra lines. A nationally-certified teacher with over 17 years of experience, Bradd enjoys presenting his lively Alpha-Sketch programs and readings at schools and conferences throughout the southeast.
John Burgin is a comic book artist and writer from Charlotte, NC. He is the creator of Frogboy, and is working on a project with Todd Dezago that will debut in 2020.
John’s comic style is energetic and fun and he is always open for commissions.
An artist and illustrator for over 30 years. His work is equal parts Gary Larson, George Herriman, and vintage Walt Disney with a dose of Daniel Clowes, 1940s horror, and B-movie science fiction thrown in for spice. Immediately recognizable, his art has appeared in multiple comic anthologies including his handmade mini-comics, original art prints, stickers, and t-shirts. Currently, he is crafting Dungeons and Dragons inspired pottery pieces that will blow your mind and make you reevaluate your life goals.
Bo Hampton has worked for all major companies over the last 30 years. Viking Glory [DC] Batman: Other Realms[DC]
Moon Knight #34-38 [Marvel] Sleepy Hollow [Image] and most recent Once and Future Tarzan [Dark Horse].
Upcoming: Collected illustrations for a Princess of Mars/Barsoom art book.
Jacob Holo has been a recreational geek since childhood, when he discovered Star Wars and Star Trek, and a professional geek since college, when he graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Electrical and Controls Engineering. He started writing when his parents bought that “new” IBM 286 desktop, and over the years, those powers combined to push him to the next level of nerddom: a sci-fi author who designs intricate worlds and tech systems…and promptly blows them up in a string of nonstop action.
He is the author of seven books, including national bestseller The Gordian Protocol (with David Weber), The Dragons of Jupiter, Time Reavers (a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2014), and the Seraphim Revival trilogy(Bane of the Dead, Throne of the Dead, Disciple of the Dead); and The Wizard’s Way (with H.P. Holo).
H.P. Holo grew up in a family where it was dangerous to profess boredom. She’s also an incorrigible smart aleck. So when her parents told her to read a dictionary, she did. And then she began writing novels they needed that dictionary to understand.
Her first published ode to smart aleckery was YA fantasy The Wizard’s Way (with Jacob Holo), which readers have called everything from “a veritable love letter to steampunk fans” to “2 stars. A book.”
When not writing, H.P. enjoys procrastinating, planning cosplays she’ll never finish, cooking weird meals out of random leftovers, saying nice things to her kitchen garden (especially the blueberries; they’re always a little sad), and arguing that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the most perfect movie ever made.
David Weber is a recognized Science Fiction author of many great Novels. I was introduced to his Honor Harrington Series when Top Cow adapted ‘On Basilisk Station’ to comics. David appeared at a store signing and after listening to him I was hooked. I have read all of the novels in the Honorverse since and many of his other great books, such as the Safehold series. David has worked with many other great writers such as Timothy Zahn, Eric Flint and Linda Evans just to mention a few.
Be sure to drop by his table to see some of his great books and talk to him about them. I promise you if Sci-Fi or Fantasy books interests you then you are bound to be hooked just like I was!
J Chris Campbell
J Chris Campbell makes robots to battle the monsters under your bed. He is an illustrator, graphic designer, and the most allergic citizen in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. His work has been featured in Zig Zag and lot of comic anthologies. As the publisher at Wide Awake Press he has published over 100 mini-comics, over 25 were authored by him including “It’s the Attic Bugs.” When he’s not toiling away in his electronic workspace he is goofing off with the entire Campbell Clan.
Wes Brooks is a professional illustrator, graphic designer, & all around art rat living and working in Greenville, SC. He is the founder, creator, & sole artist behind Undead Speed Equipment. The “Skulls & Bats Fueled” dark art & apparel company that serves as the outlet for his most brutal & gnarly work.
Yes! We will be adding more soon.
TRMN Store – David Weber Books/Merchandise