Comic-Con® 2018 Special Guests

Mark your calendars!  The second annual Orange Public Library Comic-Con® will be on September 22, 2018,  Check this page often as we will be adding more special guests and exciting events.

Scheduled Guests include:

Marv Wolfman

Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have segued from comic books to TV and movies than any other comics writer except Stan Lee. Marv was also Founding Editor of Disney Adventures magazine, Senior Editor at DC Comics and Editor-In-Chief of Marvel Comics. At Marvel, Marv created Blade (3 movies and a TV show); Bullseye (the main villain in the Daredevil movie); Black Cat (soon to be starring in Silver and Black from Sony and Marvel Films); The Nova Corps (appearing in the first Guardians of the Galaxy), and others. At DC, Marv created dozens of characters who have been seen in animation as well as live action, including: The Teen Titans (two animated series and will soon be starring in their own live action series on Warner Bros. and Deathstroke (two seasons plus on the CW’s Arrow TV show).

Dr. Janina Scarlet

Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She currently works at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego. Dr. Scarlet’s books include: Superhero Therapy, Harry Potter Therapy, Therapy Quest, as well as numerous contributions to the Psych Geeks books series.

Benjamin Harper

Benjamin Harper was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida where he spent his time obsessing over insects, dinosaurs, space travel, and kaiju attacks. He went to Warren Wilson College in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and then moved to New York where he started working in children’s publishing. He’s been involved in children’s books ever since, as both an editor and author. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles, California where he works on super hero stories and lives with his cat Edith Bouvier Beale, III. Benjamin is the author of the Bug Girl series and Obsessed With Star Wars.

Adam Jay Epstein

Adam Jay Epstein spent his childhood in Great Neck, New York, when he wasn't aboard his father's sailboat. He spent many days sitting in the neighborhood park, traveling to fantasy lands in his head (occasionally when he was supposed to be doing his homework). In college, he circled the world on a ship and studied film at Wesleyan University. He is the co-author of the internationally bestselling middle grade fantasy series The Familiars, the middle-grade sci-fi series Starbounders, and the middle grade fantasy series Snared. He has written film and television projects for Disney, Sony, Fox, MGM, Paramount, MTV, HULU, SYFY, and the Disney Channel.

John August

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John August earned a degree in journalism from Drake University and an MFA in film from USC. As a screenwriter, his credits include Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. His books include Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire. In addition to his film career, he hosts a popular weekly podcast, Scriptnotes, with Craig Mazin. He also created the Writer Emergency Pack, an educational storytelling tool that was distributed to over 2,000 classrooms in partnership with non-profit literacy groups like 826LA and NaNoWriMo.

Melina Chavarria

Melina Chavarria is a Xicana / Latinx writer. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, currently residing in South Central Los Angeles. She is the co-creator of the comic book series, The Magic Glasses. Melina is passionate about writing about the empowerment of young women of color. Her writing focuses on using Magical Realism to tell stories about the real challenges the people in our community are facing.

Sarah Arakaki

Sarah Arakaki is a background designer at Warner Brothers Animation. She is currently working on Netflix’s Green Eggs and Ham. Prior, she was a storyboard artist on Be Cool, Scooby Doo, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout, and Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood. You can find Sarah’s personal work at, and follow her on Instagram and Tumblr @saraharakaki.

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez is a cartoonist, creator of comic books such as El Muerto and Weapon Tex-Mex, which he publishes under his own imprint Los Comex. He was the Associate Producer of the award-winning film adaptation of El Muerto. In 2011 he co-founded the Latino Comics Expo, the nation's first convention dedicated to showcasing the work of Latino comic creators. He teaches comic book workshops and lectures on Latino comics through libraries, schools and museums.

James Krenzke

James Krenzke has always been interested in art, from creating his own comic books and flip books as a child, to learning the fundamentals of hand drawn character animation in his high school’s art programs. After graduating from Burbank High, he went straight to work for startup company XOW! Inc., where he did stop motion and Adobe Flash animation. From there, he joined animation studio Six Point Harness, where he was able to hone his skills and land his first major directing job on Film Roman’s Dan Vs. After that, he moved to Warner Bros. Animation, where he was a director on Be Cool Scooby Doo, and is currently a director on Teen Titans Go!

Ernie Keen

Ernie Keen grew up in a small town in south Texas in a big family with three sisters and two brothers. He started in animation in 1985 working on commercials and industrial films in Texas and Iowa. He came to Los Angeles in 1990 to pursue a career in the animation industry working on TV and feature films. In his 30+ years in animation, he has worked for major studios such as Disney, Warner Bros. Universal, etc. on such movies and TV shows as Lion King, Iron Giant, The Simpsons, and Futurama. He is currently working for Warner Bros. on Scooby Doo and Guess Who as a storyboard revisionist.

Luis Escobar

Luis Escobar is a storyboard artist on the The Simpsons TV show and the The Simpsons Movie. Luis has worked for the The Simpsons for 25 years and drew The Simpsons comics, on the side, for Bongo Comics for 12 years as well. Author of The Art of Draw Fu: Beginners Level, he teaches drawing, through his website:, and his Patreon page at: He's also the creator of The Black Terror Kid comics found at:

Alesha Escobar

Alesha Escobar writes fantasy to support her chocolate habit. She enjoys reading everything from Tolkien and the Dresden Files, to the Hellblazer comics and classic literature. She’s the author of the bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed supernatural thriller set in an alternate World War II. The trilogy hit the bestsellers lists at Amazon (Top 60 in the entire Kindle store), as well as iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble online, and Amazon UK. Besides being a loving warrior mom to her six children, she enjoys crafts, consuming more coffee than is necessary, and spending time with her husband Luis, a 20-year art veteran for the The Simpsons television show.

Aimee Steinberger

Aimee Steinberger is an animation storyboard artist. She has worked on The Simpsons, Futurama,Phineas and Ferb, Descendants, and Disenchantment. She is the author of Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan. She enjoys drawing folklore and cute animals in her free time and make enamel pins and coloring books.

Samantha Arnett

Samantha Arnett - Sam has been storyboarding in the animation industry for the last 5 years. She's spent some time scribbling at Disney TV Animation, Warner Bros Animation, BentoBox Ent, Rough Draft Studios and Six Point Harness. She is currently boarding on Disney's Elena of Avalor.

Bill Vallely

Bill Vallely was the Advertising Art Director for Marvel Comics, until he accidentally started selling scripts for Spider-Man and Captain America. He then was hired by Valiant Comics to write for Super Mario Brothers. He then moved onto Harvey Comics, where he wrote and drew for Yogi Bear, Crash Test Dummies, The Jetsons, and others. From there he helped turn Omni Magazine into comic books. He was hired as their Humor Editor. He also wrote scripts for such television shows as Star Trek: Voyager and My Wife and Kids and created pilots for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

Corinna Bechko

Corinna Bechko is a writer of both comics and prose. Her comics work can be seen from publishers including Marvel, DC, Dynamite, Dark Horse, Image, and Sideshow on titles such as Heathentown, Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk, Green Lantern: Earth One, Once Upon A Time, Femme Magnifique, and Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld. Her creator-owned series, Invisible Republic, co-written with Gabriel Hardman, was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2016. Her background is in zoology and it usually shows. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a small menagerie, where she prepares fossils in her free time.

Shelly Bond

Shelly Bond is the Editor/Curator of Black Crown, IDW's creator-owned imprint featuring the titles Kid Lobotomy, Assassinistas, Punks Not Dead, Euthanauts, House Amok, Lodger and Femme Magnifique: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World. Her name appears in over 950 comic books and graphic novels, from Neil Gaiman's award-winning Sandman series to masterworks by Grant Morrison, Bill Willingham, and Michael Allred. Bond lives in Los Angeles with her favorite comic book artist/husband Philip and their son Spencer. She wields red pens and tap shoes with equal aplomb.

Philip Bond

Philip Bond is a comic book artist and illustrator, and serves as publication designer and general dogsbody for Black Crown. His notable comics collaborations include Kill Your Boyfriend and The Invisibles with Grant Morrison, Red Herring with David Tischman and various works for DC, Marvel, Femme Magnifique, and Deadline magazine. Bond lives in Los Angeles with his favorite comic book editor/wife Shelly and their son Spencer.

Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci is the award winning NY Times Best Selling author of books and graphic novels for young adults including, Shade the Changing Girl/Woman, Soupy Leaves Home, Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, and the Eisner nominated Odd Duck. In 2015 she co-authored Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. Her short stories and short comics have been published in Femme Magnifique, Strange Horizons,, Womanthology, Star Trek: Waypoint and Vertigo SFX: Slam! She is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two time Macdowell Fellow and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Christina Rice

Christina Rice is a librarian, archivist, writer, wife and mother. She began collecting memorabilia relating to actress Ann Dvorak in the late 1990s which eventually lead her to document Dvorak's life and launch While working on the biography, she obtained an MLIS from San Jose State University and now oversees the photo collection at the Los Angeles Public Library. She writes My Little Pony for IDW and contributed to the Femme Magnifique anthology. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, their daughter, and cat Smokey.

The Orange Public Library & History Center thanks the following partners and sponsors of the 2nd Annual Orange Public Library Comic-Con: