Mark Waid

Mark Waid is a New York Times-bestselling author whose work has appeared in countless languages across the globe. Over the course of his almost four decades in the comic book industry, Mark has developed characters and stories for Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, Archie, Star Wars, the Incredibles, and almost every other franchise currently enjoying success across all media platforms. Kingdom Come, which he created with artist Alex Ross for DC Comics, has become one of the highest-selling graphic novels in history. Many of the storylines and characters he wrote and created in his eight-year run on The Flash comic books can be seen every week on the current hit television show. He has written and edited over 2,000 comic titles and has received every major award in the industry. Since March of 2020, he has also been the U.S. Publisher of Humanoids, the European publishing house responsible for the Incal and dozens of other international graphic novels.  We are truly honored to welcome Mark to Big Lick Comic Con on August 6-7 2022 in Roanoke, VA presented by Bank of Botetourt!
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Billy West

Best known for his work on “Futurama” and “Ren & Stimpy”, Billy West has a career in radio and television that began in the 1980’s when he did comedic impersonations for Charles Laquidara’s “Big Mattress Morning Show” on Boston’s WBNC FM radio network. By the mid-90s, he had moved to doing impersonations of Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott on “The Howard Stern Show”, giving him greater exposure. From there, West became involved with the Nickelodeon shows “Doug” and “Ren & Stimpy”. Portraying the title characters on both shows, Billy West saw his voiceover work reach an even larger, yet younger audience. This led to Warner Bros. hiring him for the film Space Jam in 1996. Featuring Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and the cast of Looney Tunes, West voiced Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, two characters whom he has sporadically voiced throughout the next decade. He is also known for his portrayal of Philip J. Fry and several other characters on the cartoon “Futurama”, which began in 1999 and has continued on through a number of changes through 2012 and currently airs on Comedy Central. In addition he is also known for a lot of commercial work including the voices of the iconic Red M&M as well as Buzz The Bee in the Honey Nut Cheerios commercials. Billy will be available both days of Big Lick Comic Con! To purchase an official photo op, click the image of Billy.

Ming Chen

Ming Chen is an actor, podcaster, reality television personality, and webmaster. Ming Chen’s road to Kevin's Smith's The Stash all began in 1995 when the college student, video store employee and avid Kevin Smith follower, developed a fan website based on the movie Clerks. Smith, who appreciated Chen’s work, reached out and asked him to create a website for his production company, View Askew Productions. Now not only does Chen continue to work on all of Smith’s online projects, but has also ventured into several other areas within the Kevin Smith empire, most recently hosting a weekly podcast called “I Sell Comics” and Ming & Mike Show podcasts with Mike Zapcic and also starred in the AMC reality series Comic Book Men. Ming will be a guest at Big Lick Comic Con on August 6-7 2022 in Roanoke, VA presented by Bank of Botetourt! To purchase an official photo op, click the image of Ming.

Walter Emanuel Jones

Walter Jones Walter Emanuel Jones is an American actor, martial artist and dancer, known for playing the role of Zack Taylor, the original Black Ranger on the hit television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also appeared in successful television shows including Family Matters, Step by Step, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Moesha, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Early Edition, NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Off Centre and The Shield. He played in movies including Backyard Dogs (2000), House of the Dead 2 (2005), and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. He gave his voice talent to animated movies including Open Season 2 (2008) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013). Walter will be a guest at Big Lick Comic Con on August 6-7 2022 in Roanoke, VA presented by Bank of Botetourt! To purchase an official photo op, click the image of Walter.

Karyn Parsons

Karyn Parsons starred as Hilary Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. She co-created, co-produced, co-wrote, and co-starred on the Fox sitcom Lush Life in 1996. In 2001, she starred in the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series The Job with Denis Leary. Besides television, Parsons has starred in several films including Class Act (1992), Major Payne (1995), Mixing Nia (1998), The Ladies Man (2000), and 13 Moons (2002). Parsons is the founder of Sweet Blackberry, a non-profit organization that creates animated films about unsung black heroes. The first in the series is about Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom." Karyn will be attending Big Lick Comic Con - Roanoke August 6-7th at the Berglund Center presented by Bank of Botetourt! To purchase an official photo op, click the image of Karyn.

Nolan North

Nolan North has been described as “the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man.” He is most well known for his voice work as Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed video game series, and Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series! North eventually relocated to Hollywood and was cast in the General Hospital spin-off series, Port Charles, playing Dr. Chris Ramsey during the show’s run from 1997 to 2003. He married fellow Port Charles actress Jill Murray in 1999 and has two children. During Port Charles’ run, he worked on a few video games as a voice actor and began to focus on voice acting following Port Charles’ cancelation. One of his most notable roles came in 2007 when he voiced and motion capped the character Nathan Drake for the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Since then, he has continued to portray the character Drake in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (released in 2009) and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (released in 2011). In an interview with The Guardian, North reflects on his time as Drake as requiring “a lot of imagination. Motion capture is basically theatre in Spandex; there’s minimal props, and you need a willingness to make an ass of yourself.” North as Drake has been twice nominated at the Spike Video Game Awards in the “Best Performance by a Human Male” category. In May 2012 it was revealed that North would have a role in Star Trek into Darkness, sequel to 2009’s acclaimed live-action movie Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams cited North’s performance as Drake for the casting, he and his son being fans of the Uncharted series. Other notable video game voice work includes roles as the Prince in Prince of Persia, The Penguin in Batman: Arkham City, Shun in Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica, Vossler in Final Fantasy XII, Desmond Miles in the Assassin’s Creed series, Eradan in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Doctor Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Brawl in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Ghost Rider in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Shadow Demon, Lycanthrope, Lone Druid, Brewmaster, Gyrocopter, Ogre Magi, Meepo and the Keeper of the Light in Dota 2, and Deadpool in Hulk Vs. and Marvel vs Capcom 3 and recently as Captain Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line. He also voiced the personality spheres and defective turrets in Portal 2 and voiced Merasmus and the Bombinomicon in Team Fortress 2. North is well known in his animation roles such as Cyclops in Wolverine and the X-Men, Snow Job in G.I. Joe: Renegades, Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and both Superman and Superboy in Young Justice. We are so excited to welcome Nolan to Roanoke, VA August 6-7th for Big Lick Comic Con presented by Bank of Botetourt!

Ron Marz

Ron Marz has been writing comics for three decades, starting his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel. Since then, he has worked for virtually every major publisher and compiled a long list of credits, including stints on Thor for Marvel, Green Lantern and Superboy for DC, Star Wars for Dark Horse, and the historic Marvel vs. DC crossover. Among Marz’s numerous credits is his acclaimed run on Witchblade for Top Cow/Image, the Skylanders series for IDW, Turok and John Carter: Warlord of Mars for Dynamite, and Fathom for Aspen. He is the Editor-in-Chief and Lead Writer for the revived Ominous Press, penning Dread Gods, Demi-God, Beasts of the Black Hand, and Harken’s Raiders. Recent projects include the Justice League: Endless Winter crossover of DC, and Swamp God and World Traveler, two new series for Metal Metal magazine. Marz’s creator-owned series include the all-ages tale Dragon Prince at Top Cow; the historical adventure Samurai: Heaven and Earth at Dark Horse; and the vampire tale Shinku at Image. Marz has also written for video games, including multiple Skylanders titles, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Spider-Man 2, and more.

Femi Taylor

Femi portrayed the dancer Oola in 1983's Star Wars Return of the Jedi, the last film of the original trilogy. She reprised the part fourteen years later, filming new scenes for the 1997 Special Edition release, and was the only performer from the original to do so. We are so honored to welcome this Star Wars legend!

Jim Shooter

Jim Shooter achieved his first professional comics work at the age of thirteen, selling a Legion of Super-Heroes story to DC Comics and going on to write Superboy, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman and other titles. In 1978, he accepted the position of Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics under the condition that he would be allowed to improve things for Marvel’s creators. Jim introduced royalties and a spectrum of other incentives, rights and benefits, attracting a Who’s Who of talent. Later, he founded VALIANT, DEFIANT and Broadway Comics and was the principal creator of their characters and universes. Today, he's the Editor in Chief of Illustrated Media, a custom comics company.

Cesar Garcia

Cesar Garcia is a Mexican-American actor/producer/writer best known for his break out roles in Fast & Furious as Juvenal, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul as No-Doze. Cesar has also starred in many other tv series such as “On My Block, Criminal Minds, Marvel’s The Runaways, NCIS Los Angeles, True Detective, Lopez, Weeds and The Shield”. To date, with over 60 credits to his name. He also performed his own stunts in 2009 in the fourth installment of Fast & Furious alongside the late Paul Walker. From starting out as an extra to now having lead and supporting roles in blockbuster films and hit television shows, the rest is history. Cesar is now one of the most sought out Latino actors in Hollywood.

Arn Anderson

Arn Anderson is an American professional wrestling road agent, author, and retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as a manager. Although he is widely regarded as one of the finest tag team wrestlers in history, he also had a successful singles career and became a four-time NWA/WCW World Television Champion, which he often called his "World Title". Anderson's career has been highlighted by his alliances with Ric Flair and various members of the wrestling stable The Four Horsemen in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). After his retirement, he worked as a producer for WWE until 2019, when he joined AEW. On March 31, 2012, Anderson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Four Horsemen. We are so excited to welcome this legend to Big Lick Comic Con!

Brock Anderson

Brock Anderson is an American professional wrestler signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson. We are so excited to welcome this rising star to Big Lick Comic Con!

Julia Hart

Julia Hart is an American professional wrestler signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and member of the House of Black! We are so excited to welcome Julia to Big Lick Comic Con!

Michael Watkins

Michael Watkins is the CEO and Editor In Chief of Highburn Studios. Michael has worked professionally in comics and illustration for over 20 years. He's the creator of the series GUARDIANS, published by Highburn Studios, the publishing company he founded in 2000. From there, he broke into mainline comics with work on FEMME-NOIR, and proceeded to work on projects for Marvel, DC, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse, and Upper Deck. You've seen his work on titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers, Iron Man, Avengers Assemble, Pantha, Villains Supreme, and other promotional work for Star Wars, Ironman 2, Suicide Squad, Transformers, and more. In addition to comics, Michael is a Voice Actor having voiced roles for Marvel and Disney through the characters of Venom, Scorpion, Mole Man, and Magneto. Michael has also been an avid martial artist for 38 years. He is a master instructor in the Hak Dari Shon Hap Ki Do and Kenpo martial arts, and holds high degree black belts in several other styles. Representation for D. Michael Watkins by Renee Witterstatter.

Andy Smith

Andy Smith has been working as a professional artist since 1991. Mostly working in the field of comic books for major publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, Acclaim and, Cross Gen Ent. Not content with just comic book projects Andy has also done a variety of commercial jobs for clients such as Athlita Entertainment/ Chicago Bears, The Idaho Potato Commission, and Disney to name a few. Andy is also the best selling author of “Drawing Dynamic Comics” published by Watson-Guptill in 2000. The book is currently in its seventh printing. Andy’s second book “Drawing American Manga Super-heroes” was published by Watson-Guptill in 2007.

Keith Williams

Keith Williams enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1976 to 1980. Keith received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Media Arts and studied under Will Eisner, the creator of The Spirit comic strip. With the help of Marvel comic book artist and mentor Don Perlin, Keith started working for Marvel Comics in 1982 as a background inker. He worked for inkers including Joe Sinnott and Mike Esposito. At Marvel, he became the first John Romita Raider, an art correction group. Keith later became an assistant editor under Jim Owlsley (Christopher Priest) on the Spider-Man group of books. The two became the first all-black editorial team in Marvel’s history. He later became John Byrne’s background artist on Alpha Flight, The Hulk, Superman, and Action Comics. Keith began inking regularly on Web of Spider-Man, which lasted for four years. In between that time and after, he worked on many other books at Marvel, including Silver Surfer, She-Hulk with John Byrne, Warlock, Quasar with Greg Capullo, Star Trek, and the X-Men. At Dark Horse Comics, he worked on The Mask and Walter with artist Doug Manke, and Star Wars Droids. At DC Comics, he was on Superman, and the Lobo/Mask graphic novel with Doug Manke. For Valiant, he worked on Quantum and Woody and the covers of X-O Manowar. At Moonstone Comics, he was on The Kolchak Night Stalker Chronicles, Buckaroo Banzai, and Domino Lady. For ten years, he had worked on The Phantom for King Features Syndicate. And at Avatar Press, he inked Lady Death and Crossed covers, a Crossed webisode comic, “Wish You Were Here”, and the cover and interiors of the comic book Uber. He has also inked Avatar Press’ published graphic novel Max Brooks’ Harlem Hellfighters. And recently, he has inked over Ron Frenz pencils for Marvel’s Thor the Worthy one-shot book.

BrazenMonkey Battlecats

BrazenMonkey by John Marks has been a professional artist for over 25 years, specializing in special effects, costume design, and sculpting. In the last five years, John has turned his attention to building larger than life props. Most notably, he has built popular characters such as the Hulk, The Iron Giant and most recently the dragons, Toothless and Light Fury. He continues to try and bring his imagination to life for the young and young at heart with his newest props based on the cult classic He-Man the Masters of The Universe. The large cats, “Battlecat” and “Panthor” based on the long running tv show/toy line, “He-Man and Masters of the Universe”, are highly realistic, full-scale, and "rideable". These creatures, along with an assortment of props, are available for photo ops in a fully immersive experience to delight everyone. All are welcome to take pictures, and every cat "rider" will receive a special commemorative rider coin or sticker (while supplies last) (Partial proceeds go to Make-A-Wish foundation.)

Official Photo Ops & Autographs

We do not charge a fee to "meet" any of guests. Guests are available throughout the event at their respective booths aside from Q&A panel sessions, photo ops, breaks as needed and all guests unless otherwise noted will be on site Saturday AND Sunday for our celebration.

Please note Official Photo Ops do NOT include entry to Big Lick Comic Con. Entry must be purchased separately. Photo Ops do NOT include autographs. Autographs are not sold in advance. They will be available for purchase from any of our guests are their respective tables during the event. Prices for autographs vary based on guest. Most guests accept cash or credit. We have an ATM on site. We recommend purchasing official photo ops in advance as they can sell out and are a wonderful keepsake for your experience at Big Lick Comic Con!

Stage Schedule

Saturday: 12pm-12:30pm: Cosplay & Costuming 101 with Mera Rose 1pm-1:30pm: We Love the 90’s - Karyn Parsons Q&A 2pm-2:30pm: Ming Chen’s Comic Deep Dive Q&A with Mark Waid 3pm-3:30pm: Billy West Q&A 3:30pm-4:30pm: Jim Shooter & Michael Watkins - From the Crowd to a Comic - Build a Comic Page from Scratch with crowd participation - 5pm: Arn Anderson - Brock Anderson - Julia Hart - Wrestling Past & Present Q&A hosted by Logan Sherrill Sunday: 12pm: We Love the 90’s - Walter E Jones Q&A 1pm: Return of the Jedi Q&A featuring Femi Taylor 1:30pm: Nolan North Q&A 3pm: Big Lick Comic Con Premiere Cosplay & Costume Content