A quartet of top-shelf comic book talent will be on hand for the debut of BoroughCon. Grandmaster Marv Wolfman will headline the programming track alongside Mark McKenna, Tony Bedard and Mike Grell.
Wolfman, a Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award winner, has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. He is the writer-creator of Blade, Bullseye, Deathstroke, Vigilante and many of the characters on the CW’s Arrow and Supergirl. His New Teen Titans was also adapted into two hit shows on Cartoon Network. Some of the BoroughCon grandmaster’s other creations have been seen in Man Of Steel, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice. Wolfman’s work on Epic Mickey 2 was nominated for a WGA writing award for Outstanding Video Game Script. He has also written the video games for Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Superman Returns, DCU-MMO, Flash and Dark Knight. In the animation field, he has story-edited such shows as Transformers, Adventures of Superman and Monster Force. His novelizations have also earned him critical acclaim and his first nonfiction book, Homeland: The Illustrated History of The State of Israel, won the National Jewish Book Award .
McKenna, a 31-year-veteran of the comic book industry, has worked on more than 550 comics including Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Star Wars. His work can be seen in Legendary Picture Books’ Pacific Rim movie prequel as well as Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars-The Old Republic: The Lost Suns. In 2012 his work on the online web comic Star Wars: Blood of the Empire was collected into an 84-page trade paperback which served as the lynchpin for the 2012 released BioWare online video game The Old Republic. DC and Marvel have collected Mark’s work in multitudes of titles such as Doom Patrol, Deadpool Classic and Exiles. His children’s book series Banana Tail and Friends is a labor of love that he created when his daughter was four and his son was an infant. McKenna has also created, written, inked and published the sci-fi/horror Combat Jacks miniseries.
Writer of Supergirl, Green Lantern: New Guardians and Teen Titans for DC Comics, Bedard has been a nonstop fount of creativity for more than 20 years. Known for such top-tier superhero comics as Green Lantern Corps and Exiles, he also wrote critical darlings like Great Ten, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the animated feature Turok, Son of Stone. The science-fiction epics Negation and R.E.B.E.L.S. are also to Bedard’s credit, as are Route 666, Rogue and Birds of Prey, which feature strong, young female protagonists.
Since his comics debut in 1973, Grell has brought his own creations and their worlds to life with a cinematic style of visual storytelling. Some of his more famed work includes The Warlord, Starslayer, Jon Sable, Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister and Maggie the Cat. These, along with
successful runs on such features as Batman, Iron Man, Green Arrow, James Bond: Permission to Die, the Tarzan Sunday comic strip and the internationally acclaimed Longbow Hunters, have won him the comic industry’s coveted Inkpot Award. He’s been voted to Wizard magazine’s Top 10 list of comic writers. In 1999, he published his first novel, Sable. Grell has also done design and illustration work for film production companies and book publishers. Prior to his career in comics, Grell was an illustrator in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam.
BoroughCon will be held Memorial Day Weekend 2017 at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, from Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29. A host of top-shelf voice actors, live-action stars, influential comic book artists, professional cosplayers and highly-ranked e-sports athletes will be on hand for the debut of this pop culture expo.
Artist or vendor tables are still available through BoroughCon.com/.