Gregbo Watson is a professional artist and comic illustrator with a twisted imagination and darksense 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. Gregbo does commissions and works on freelance projects from his studio in Easley, SC. He has worked on projects for Marvel Comics, Zenescope Entertainment, Upper Deck, among others. Some of his credits include: “Alice In Wonderland” 10th Anniversary One-Shot, “Death” 10th Anniversary One-Shot, “Wonderland : Down The Rabbit Hole” (mini-series), “Grimm Fairy Tales” Holiday Special, “Van Helsing Vs. Dracula” (Cover), “Grimm Tales of Terror” (Cover).
Egyptian Goddess Piece Gregbo did for a Fantasy Book
Mark Texeira is a professional fine art painter and comic illustrator with quite an impressive resume in the world of Comic Books. He was born and raised in New York City where he eventually attended High School of Art & Design in the 70's & went on to attend School of Visual Arts in the 70's - 80's. Mark studied Oil Painting under David Laffel for 2 years in the Art Students League Mark started his professional career with DC Comics in 1981 while working on Swamp Thing Annual (Movie Adaptation). He also continued "Warlord" after Mike Grell moved on and other such titles as "Hex","Batman" & "He-Man" for Matel. In 1985 he started working for Marvel on "Buckaroo Banzai", "Psi Force" & "Spider-Man". In 1988 he worked with Continuity, pencils on "Megalith" as well as advertisement art. In 1990's Mark started working on "Punisher" (pen & ink), "Ghost Rider", "Sabretooth", "Wolverine" and many others. Currently Mark is also working on his own graphic series, "Pscythe" which will debut in the next year or so.
Wolverine & Ghost Rider
James Christopher Hill is a local artist from Charleston, South Carolina. He is a man of many talents. His art ranges from traditional American realism and contemporary romanticism of landscapes and skyscapes to traditional portraits and figures to Illustrative works of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Gothic/Horror genre. James alternates between traditional techniques in oil painting of Glazing and Layering to Alla Prima while he captures the essence of the exact moment in time while achieving optical glow lighting effects in his paintings that fool the human eye. He also is highly skilled in digital painting and creation for Illustration, Concept Design and even what is now considered Fine Art. Digital painting can be just as if nor more challenging as any new medium to learn and create dynamic story-telling paintings which are becoming more sought after every year as the bar of artistic talent exponentially escalates each year from various digital artists. We are proud to welcome James to his 3rd year at our Florence Comic Con. Be sure and stop by his table to see his amazing art.
John Hairston Jr. has been an artist for as long as he can remember. A North Carolina native, he created art before he could read or write. Throughout his grade school years, he spent the majority of his time drawing superheroes and listening to any old soul or Hip Hop records he could get his hands on. Little did he know that his love for all things spandex-clad and funky would play such a major role in his development as an artist. Under the guidance of his high school mentors and college professors, he learned to tap into these components to create a style of artwork that seamlessly blends political satire, social commentary and obscure pop-culture references. Hairston graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and began his career as a professional artist illustrating storyboards for a string of independent films and several television ads. He has done commissioned pieces for numerous art collectors and various non-profit organizations. Hairston's work is currently on display in various art galleries all over the East Coast and Charlotte, NC.
As an result of severe climate change, Ernie Suggs long left the life of a wild and rarely photographed mountain yeti to peruse a simple existince as a guy who draws stuff for fun and dabbles in photography. With few accomplishments under his belt in either field, he still holds many pancake and pie eating championships throughout the northeast and performed worldwide under a mask as famed luchador "El Diablo DePaco Rodriguez." He enjoys being a part of the Florence Comic Con because it gives him the opportunity to "interact with the normies without provocation from the wildlife association." He runs on the finest high octane coolocity, kicks more butt on accident than most do on purpose, and is not above charging money for hugs. He is your favorite guy with a penchant for doodles and drawings that he hopes you'll buy. He is Ernie Suggs. But you already know. He is Ernie Suggs. And he'd like to say hello.
Gwendolyn Tennille is a full-time super hero which includes duties such as motherhood, grandmother spoiling, artistry, illustrating, and writing. She lives in Florence, SC and owns and operates GreenWitch Designs which she uses to house the art, illustrations, children's books that she has written and illustrated, as well as book cover art. Gwendolyn is an established illustrator in the OZ universe, having done art for authors such as Ron Baxley, Jr., James Wallace II, Amanda Wallace, and even taken a couple of turns doing her own books. She has also participated in the "Play Me, I'm Yours" International Art Installation. This installation has been all over the world and in 2015, it came to Florence, South Carolina. Gwendolyn has been involved in homeschool groups, comic book appearances, book store and festival appearances. Her OZ work includes Illustrations for “Of Cabbages, Kings, and Even Odd Queens”, “The Slippers of Oz”, “The Talking City of Oz”, as well as author and illustrator duties for the books “Scraps New Shoes” and “Tik Tok & the Timekeeper’s Clock”. She also has written non-Oz novels, such as mystery/psychothriller, “In the Dark”. Gwendolyn donated her original art pieces to the All Things Oz Museum in 2015, and became part of a permanent collection in June 2016 at the birthplace of OZ, L. Frank Baum’s hometown, Chittenango, NY.
Larry Mainland is best known as a Featured & Promotional Zombie from "The Walking Dead". His image was the first to be released from the set before the show aired and has been used extensively for advertising in more than 140 countries. He has been on the cover of numerous magazines, such as "Entertainment Weekly" in the US and "SFX", the #1 Sci-Fi magazine in the United Kingdom, twice and almost countless articles worldwide. He can be seen on t-shirts, mugs, buttons and virtually anything you can put an image on, including board games and even on "Xbox Live".
As a Ghoul in the movie, "Goosebumps", Larry can be seen on board games, in many books, and on various merchandize.
Recently, Larry was fortunate to appear as an Obnoxious Zombie on TBS, in the new TV game show, "Separation Anxiety". He has also appeared this season on TruTV’s "The Carbonaro Effect", as Sir James Oglethorpe.
Other Film and TV credits include such notables as: "The Three Stooges", "Contagion", "Sick People", "Level Up", the movie
"Remnant" and "Home" ...just to name a few.
You can see all of Larry’s credits on http://www.imdb.me/LarryMainland
He’s also been photo featured by "I Am Me Magazine" and interviewed countless times, most recently by "Stiff Magazine", "Zombie Nation Magazine" and on the new, web-based talk show, "Two Irish Girls Unfiltered".
You can find Larry on:
His new website - http://www.LarryMainland.com
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LarryMainlandFanPage
Twitter at http://twitter.com/LarryMainland
Instagram at http://instagram.com/LarryMainland
Sonya & Larry hi-res half
Sonya Thompson has played roles from detective to zombie, not only in film but also prime time TV. Although, she has done many roles, what she is known for has been her main zombie roles in the film "Zombieland" and the hit AMC TV show "The Walking Dead"(Season 1 & 2). Her modeling experience came in handy as a promo zombie for the TV show "The Walking Dead" and those photos are some of the most seen in the world for advertisement. She has been featured on many magazine covers as well as utilized on posters, tee shirts, bill boards, DVD/Blu Ray covers, trading cards and was also featured in the Walking Dead Comic book issue #75, along side the main cast. This will be Sonya's 2nd time joining us for the Florence Comic Con.
Misty Yates burst onto the convention scene by accompanying her boyfriend (Gregbo Watson) to cons where she began cosplaying at his booth just for fun. Through her creative costumes, eye for detail, and love of comic fandom, it didn’t take Misty long to quickly become well known as a fan-favorite in her own right. She has won competitions and awards throughout the Southeast, including “Best of Show” at Florence Comicon. Now, when not competing, Misty brings a wealth of cosplay knowledge and experience to many competitions as a judge. In 2017, Misty will be joining the Florence Comic Con committee & taking on the role of Cosplay Director. Welcome aboard Misty.