The Magic City Comic Con from Jan. 16-18 at the Miami Airport Convention Center provided hundreds of events and top celebrity guests from comic books, movies, TV series, cartoons, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, literature, and web based geekdom.
The event offered three days (Jan. 16-18) of fun with celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&As, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, and video gaming.
A self-taught writer, comic book enthusiast and long-time pro wrestling fan, Michael Kingston is the creator of Headlocked, an illustrated pro wrestling cable type drama in comic book form. He Headlocked the Magic City Comic Con.
Kingston has collaborated on Headlocked projects with some talented wrestlers who are also artists, writers and/or comic book fans like Mr. Anderson, Tony Atlas, Sinn Bodhi, Booker T, Caylen Croft, Christopher Daniels, Gregory Shane Hurricane Helms, Michel Mulipola, Beth Phoenix, Samuel Shaw, Rob Van Dam and Jerry The King Lawler.
At Magic City Comic Con, Kingston met comic con goers at his booth which featured Headlocked and some exceptional artwork. During the three-day festivities, he also led a couple of panel discussions, including one with former WCW and WWE superstar Goldberg.
Dick Kulpa, an artist/illustrator with a message, was at the Magic City Comic Con. He is best known for his work with “Cracked” and “Weekly World News” (as the creator of Bat Boy) in the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as on the “Star Trek” and Bruce Lee newspaper strips in the 1980s.
Kulpa, who resides in (South Florida) Delray Beach, served as publisher and editor of the national humor magazine, “Cracked.” His anti-gang comic book classic “Gangbuster” is currently being circulated by police and sheriff departments.
Revenge of Nerd Comics Show
South Florida’s own Lisa Corrao re-birthed the Revenge of the Nerd Comics Comedy Show at Magic City Comic Con. A lot of fun, many laughs as the comics fused comic con with their own thought-provoking brand of humor.
A nerd herself who attended several comic cons as a fan, Corrao blossomed into a talented comedian. Her vision to combine her two passions -- comedy and comic con -- became fruition as she created, developed, performed and produced Revenge of the Nerd Comics Comedy Show.
And that show casts an ensemble of unique comics (men and women), chosen for their smart, creative material.
Corrao and her band of nerdy comics performed each night during the Magic City Comic Con. During the day, she womanned a booth where she met fans and sold T-shirts that read “you’re not groot.” She also pitched the DVD “Labor Days: Season One” which features her and comic friends like Forrest Shaw, who accompanied her at the booth and the show. Shaw recently performed on “Conan.” Very funny.
Originally from New York, Corrao grew up in North Lauderdale, near Fort Lauderdale. A former public school teacher in (South Florida) Broward County, she now travels the country doing stand-up to fight the good fight -- the stupidity of the world.
Recently, she performed in Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival and Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. She also writes, does voice over work, is a spokesperson in commercials, hosts her own comedy radio talk show The Jerk Show and plays Ramona on the Nickelodeon TV series “Every Witch Way.”
Actor Don Pedro Colley participated in the Magic City Comic Con. He is best known for his roles in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” (Ongaro), “THX 1138” (SRT), “Daniel Boone” (Gideon) and of course as Sheriff Little in “The Dukes of Hazard.”
Don Pedro, with a busy career, still finds time for some commuting between a home in the Los Angeles area and another important love — his cabin near the shores of Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon, not far from his birthplace, His hobbies include outdoors recreation, tennis and classic cars.
Tom Kane, who met comic con goers during Magic City Comic Con, is an actor/voice actor best known for his roles as Jedi Master Yoda in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “The New Yoda Chronicles,” “Lego Star Wars” and numerous other Star Wars cartoon and video game projects.
He is the voice of The Chancellor in Tim Burton’s 9; Magneto in Wolverine and the X-Men; Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds; Ultron and Jasper Sitwell in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes; Iron Man and Ultron in Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow; Mr. Herriman, the House Manager in Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends; Lord Monkey Fist on Kim Possible; The Narrator in The Smurfs and Smurfs 2; Oxnard Montalvo in The Angry Beavers; Professor Utonium and Him in The Powerpuff Girls; and Darwin, Eliza’s chimpanzee sidekick in The Wild Thornberrys.
Kane was the announcer for the AFI Life Achievement Award show twice, as well as the 78th, 80th, 83rd, and 84th Academy Awards.
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