ITHACON 45 has announced the guest list for the upcoming ITHACON convention. The long-running convention will be live this year April 23 and 24th.
Local hero Will Dennis returns to his alma mater – he is graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communication at Ithaca College. He was an editor at Vertigo/DC Entertainment for more than fifteen years, specializing in genre fiction comics and graphic novels. His award-winning titles include 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man, Scalped, DMZ, Joker and many more. Since then, he has worked as a freelance editor for Image Comics, comiXology, and DC Entertainment. He was the editor for the Eisner nominated Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas. Dennis is currently spearheading Scott Snyder’s ComiXology Originals Clear, Night of the Ghoul and We Have Demons.
AHOY Comics’ publisher, Hart Seely returns to ITHACON this year. As an author, Seely has written numerous books, including THE JUJU RULES: A MEMOIR OF A FAN OBSESSED (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) and MRS. GOOSE GOES TO WASHINGTON (Simon & Schuster, 2007) He also edited several books of “found poetry,” including O HOLY COW: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto (ECCO/Harpers, 1993) and PIECES OF INTELLIGENCE, the Existential Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld (Simon & Schuster, 2003). His works have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and on National Public Radio. He is now publisher and co-founder of AHOY Comics, which has been creating innovative comics since 2019.
Frank Cammuso is the author/illustrator for THE MISADVENTURES OF SALEM HYDE series (Amulet Books, 2013). Cammuso also created the graphic novel series called KNIGHTS OF THE LUNCH TABLE (Graphix/Scholastic, 2009). Frank also wrote and illustrated the Eisner nominated MAX HAMM FAIRYTALE DETECTIVE. Frank Cammuso is a former award-winning political cartoonist for The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y. He has collaborated with Hart Seely in a number of projects. Together, their work appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Slate, and on National Public Radio. Cammuso currently splits his time between creating graphic novels, AHOY Comics and teaching at Syracuse University.
Nick Parisi is the author of the definitive, Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination, Parisi serves as president of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the creative genius’ legacy.
Ithacon is proud to welcome Don Simpson, the creator of the satirical superhero series Megaton Man for Kitchen Sink Press and Image Comics, the science fiction saga Border Worlds (collected by Dover in 2017), and DC’s Wasteland. A veteran of the 80s-90s indie movement, Don worked for every major comic book imprint in the late twentieth century including Mirage Studios (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Image Comics (Splitting Image, The Savage Dragon vs. Megaton Man, 1963), Fantagraphics (King Kong), and DC (Wasteland, Secret Origins, Action Comics Weekly). Under his Fiasco Comics imprint, Don self-published 17 issues of Bizarre Heroes, a universe of characters surrounding the cast of Megaton Man. More recently, Don has been authoring his weekly prose novel, The Ms. Megaton Man Maxi-Series, at msmegatonman.blogspot.com, a sober but wry sci-fi take on his imaginative universe. Most recently, Don teamed up with William Messner Loebs, Jason Moore, and Tom Orzechowski on Victory Folks—The Golden Age Public Domain Supergroup in the newly-released YEET! Presents #50 in 2022.