#DCCC2017 Media Guest Announcement - Michael Eklund

Wynonna Earp's Big Bad will be joining us at Derby City Comic Con!

Michael Eklund is known for disappearing into every role and radically transforming his look for each new character.

Recent pivotal and leading roles in film for Michael include Into the Forest, Zoom, Mr. Right, The Call, Errors of the Human Body and Eadweard to name just a few. Past notable performances in film include The Divide, The Day, The Making of Plus One and Walk All Over Me.

Michaels work in these films have garnered him a host of accolades and awards for his riveting performances.
Television appearances include guest starring or recurring roles on Altered Carbon, Wynonna Earp, Gotham, Bates Motel Season 2, Continuum, Almost Human, Alcatraz, Fringe,
Intelligence, Battlestar Galactica.

Awaiting theatrical release are Stegman is Dead, The Sound with Rose McGowan and Chokeslam with Chris Marquette and Amanda Crew.

Michael can currently be seen on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency with Elijah Wood penned by the mighty Max Landis for BBC America.

#DCCC2017 Creator Guest Announcement - Stephen Green

Artist Stephen Green will be joining us at Derby City Comic Con!

Stephen is an artist residing in Savannah, Georgia. Despite various rumors, he did not attend school there. His work has been featured in HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D., and LOBSTER JOHNSON. He is currently working on a creator-owned project with a some talented writers who may or may not work at Marvel. 

#DCCC2017 Guest Cancelation - Tim Rozon

Media Guest Tim Rozon has had to cancel his appearance..

We are saddened to have to bring you this news but it seems that Tim Rozon has a filming schedule conflict and will now be unable to attend Derby City this year. We wish Tim all the best and hope that we can get a do-over on this appearance in the near future! We will be replacing Tim in the lineup this year with another awesome Wynonna Earp guest! Stay Tuned!

#DCCC2017 Creator Guest Announcement - Mike Grell

Legendary creator Mike Grell will be joining us at Derby City Comic Con!

Mike Grell is a storyteller. Since his comics debut in 1973, he’s brought his own creations and their worlds to life with a cinematic style of visual storytelling. Some of his more famed work includes:


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 FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMIC ART. His own SHAMAN’S TEARS has garnered widespread acclaim in the Native American community as a celebration of Indian traditions and lore. He’s been voted to WIZARD MAGAZINE’S TOP TEN LIST OF COMICS WRITERS. In 1999, he published his first novel, SABLE.

Current projects include: THE WARLORD, a return to his first comic creation, writing and painting covers for a new series celebrating the 35th anniversary of DC Comics #1 fantasy adventure; THE PILGRIM, currently being published by IDW, a collaboration with his good friend MARK RYAN, the noted British stage and television actor who currently provides the voice for Bumblee and Jetfire in the TRANSFORMERS movies and video games 


 Born in the Midwest in 1947 he grew up in Florence WI. He was an illustrator in the U.S. Air Force, where he was re-introduced to comics by a fellow illustrator who came to Saigon with a stack of his prized comics. That’s what started his on my career path. He took the FAMOUS ARTISTS SCHOOLS correspondence course in cartooning and later attended the CHICAGO ACADEMY OF FINE ART, while working as an advertising illustrator and assisting DALE MESSICK on her comic strip BRENDA STARR.

In 1973, inspired by a meeting with ALLEN ASHERMAN and IRV NOVICK, he showed his portfolio to DC editor JULIE SCHWARTZ and JOE ORLANDO, who gave him my first break in comics. His first regular assignment was SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES.

#DCCC2017 Press Registration is now open!

We are now accepting applications for "Press" badges at Derby City Comic Con!

If you are an employee of a traditional media outlet such as a Newspaper, Radio Station, Television Station or are a reporter for a known entertainment or comic related website, feel free to apply for press credintials now!

Apply Here!

#DCCC2017 Media Guest Announcement - Kel Mitchell

Kel Mitchell from "All That", "Keanan & Kel" & Nickelodeon's "Game Shakers" will be joining us at Derby City Comic Con on SATURDAY ONLY!

Two-time Emmy Award-nominated Kel Mitchell stars as Double G, an impulsive and unpredictable billionaire rapper. He becomes a business partner in Babe and Kenzie’s gaming company and with their help rediscovers his love for games.

Hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, Ill., Mitchell began his acting career at a young age and won several awards for his career for the Nickelodeon breakout hits “All That” and “Kenan and Kel.” Recently, Mitchell began doing standup comedy, and is on a nationwide tour preparing for his one-hour special. Mitchell’s voiceover credits include voicing “Jay Jay” on the Nicktoon’s series Wild Grinders, and “Tiny Pea” on the cartoon series VeggieTales. Other acting credits include TRU TV’s Friends of the People, Cartoon Network’s Loiter Squad, TV One’s Love That Girl Disney’s Liv & Maddie and the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat and The Thundermans. Mitchell has written and directed a faith-based anti-bullying film, and has also directed several music videos.

When he is not acting, writing or directing, Mitchell speaks to youth across the country encouraging them to follow their dreams. He and his wife, Asia Lee-Mitchell, were recently honored with an award from the “Carson Black Chambers of Commerce” for providing a safe program for kids to show off their creative talents in their dance variety live show, The Back House Party. Mitchell is also the spokesperson for “The Black College Expo,” which provides numerous scholarships for students throughout the year.


#DCCC2017 Star Wars Guest Announcement - Ingvild Deila

Princess Leia from "Star Wars Rogue One" will be joining us at Derby City Comic Con!

Ingvild Deila is a Norwegian actress based in the UK since 2012. In her late teens she studied acting for the stage for three years in Norway. She then pursued other interests like fine art, philosophy and history while living in Bergen, Norway, Switzerland and France. In 2012 she moved to the UK to do a MA in Media for Development and Social Change, but after graduating she started acting again, this time focusing on film. She has since played the lead role in several feature films, short films, plays, music videos and commercials.

She is most notable for playing the part of a young Princess Leia in the latest Star Wars installment "Rogue One"

#DCCC2017 Guest of Honor Announced - Jim Steranko

Comic LEGEND Jim Steranko will be joining us at Derby City this year!

JIM STERANKO is one of the most controversial figures in contemporary culture, with a dozen successful careers to his credit. From theatrical entertainer to creative entrepreneur, he has applied his vision to a multitude of mediums and formats, including films, graphic novels, role-playing games, magazines, comic books, animated TV series, trading cards, movie adaptations, historic documentaries, and electronic formats.
His two volumes of THE HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more than 100,000 copies each and are still the definitive resource of the four-color chronology. As an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon whom the protagonist of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & KLAY was based. His mastery of visual storytelling led to a motion-picture collaboration with famed French director Alain Resnais, made a longtime friend of filmmaker Federico Fellini, and connected him at Paramount Pictures with animation giants Shamus Culhane and Ralph Bakshi.
When Marvel Comics' Stan Lee assigned him to write and illustrate NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D., CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, and THE X-MEN (for which he created the classic title logo), he rocked the comics world with a revolutionary narrative approach, generating more than 150 original storytelling innovations that changed the direction of the medium. WIZARD magazine credited Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Comics Artist in the history of the form.
He soon began painting for science fiction, heroic fantasy, and adventure books - in addition to a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and magazine illustrations - and set what might be a world's record for visualizing more classic fictional heroic characters than any other artist, from Luke Skywalker to The Shadow, for which he painted 30 book covers. As a publisher, he created the international newsstand entertainment magazine PREVUE - with its impressive 25-year run - and, as its editor-designer, explored a multitude of on-set Hollywood productions, conducted hundreds of superstar interviews, and penned more than three million words for the periodical.
He collaborated with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to create the initial production illustrations for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the look of Indiana Jones. He was hired by Francis Ford Coppola as the Project Conceptualist on DRACULA, and has also worked with other filmmakers, including Oliver Stone and Tim Burton.
Along the way, he has been a rock musician, photographer, male model, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, typographer, publisher...the list goes on. From magic to comic art to commercial design, he has won numerous awards in every field of endeavor, in both Europe and America. He has frequently lectured on popular culture and has exhibited his work at more than 250 international exhibitions, including the Louvre in Paris. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel's two-hour documentary COMIC-BOOK SUPERHEROES - UNMASKED, received the prestigious Julie Award for his Lifetime Contribution to the Fantastic Arts, and was inducted into the 2006 Eisner Hall of Fame.
His recent forays on Twitter, where he’s used the 140-character limitation to relate epic tales of his switchblade youth using what he calls TNT (Twitter Narrative Technique), has transformed the soundbite social medium into a Sunday night cultural slugfest.
And he's still the best-dressed man in comics.

#DCCC2017 Guest Creator Announcement - Beau Smith

The creator of Wynonna Earp is coming to Derby City!

Beau Smith is the writer and creator of the current hit TV Series Wynonna Earp on the SyFy Channel as well as the critically acclaimed and current hit comic book series, Wynonna Earp.

Beau has written comic books, screenplays, video games, business, entertainment and opinion columns for 30 years. He has worked for such publishers as DC Comics, Eclipse Comics, Image Comics, Moonstone Publishing, IDW Publishing, Crusade Fine Arts, Capcom Video Games, Wizard Magazine, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Entertainment Retailing, Comic Book Business, Busted Knuckles and Impact-The Global Entertainment Magazine. He has written such comic books as 24: Cold Warriors, Wolverine vs. Shi, Star Wars, Wynonna Earp, The Black Terror, Spawn, Parts Unknown, Cobb: Off The Leash, Batman, Catwoman, Wildcat, Guy Gardner: Warrior, Green Lantern, The Undertaker for WWE, 9/11, Wonder Woman, B’Wana Beast and more.

Beau has created and owns such properties as Wynonna Earp (New TV Series on SyFy Channel April 2016) Parts Unknown (Has been optioned for a feature film), Cobb: Off The Leash, (Optioned for TV) The Black Terror, The BadLander, Primate: The Sword Of Darwin, Maximum Jack, Lost & Found, Werewolves: Dead Moon Rising and has just released No Guts, No Glory: How To Market Yourself In Comics.

Beau is a regular writer of columns on pop culture and comic books for Impact: The Global Action Entertainment Magazine, The Comics Buyer’s Guide, Wizard Magazine, Sketch Magazine, Busted Knuckles, Westfield Comics and Comic Book Retailer

#DCCC2017 Creator Guest Announcement - Ed Luce

Indy Creator Ed Luce will be joining us at Derby City Comic Con!

Ed Luce is the San Francisco-based creator of Wuvable Oaf, a two-time Ignatz nominated series of comics and winner of the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Graphic Novel. The first seven years of Oaf comics have been collected into two volumes by Fantagraphics Books. Ed has also created covers, comics and illustrations for VICE, Image Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, Slate, Oni Press, IDW, Dark Horse, Decibel Magazine and the Eisner-nominated No Straight Lines Anthology.

#DCCC2017 Voice Actor Guest Announcement - Carey Means

The voice of Frylock from "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" will be joining us at Derby City Comic Con!

Carey Means was born on December 4, 1966 in the USA as Carey S. Means. He is an actor and composer, known for Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000), Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007) and The Brak Show (2000).

Booth Space is SOLD OUT!

Booth Space for 2017 is sold out!

If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for space please email jarrod@derbycitycomiccon.com!

#DCCC2017 Guest Creator Announcement - Peter David

Famed writer, Peter David is joing us for Derby City Comic Con!

Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them.

In the literary field, Peter has had over fifty novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List. His novels include Sir Apropos of Nothing (A “fast, fun, heroic fantasy satire” — Publishers Weekly) and the sequel The Woad to Wuin, Knight Life, Howling Mad, and the Psi-Man adventure series. He is the co-creator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books, and has also written such Trek novels as Q-Squared, The Siege, Q-in-Law, Vendetta, I, Q (with John deLancie), A Rock and a Hard Place and Imzadi. He produced the three Babylon 5 Centauri Prime novels, and has also had his short fiction published in such collections as Shock Rock, Shock Rock II, and Otherwere: Stories of Transformation, as well as Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens, and many others. He has also written comic book related novels, such as The Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast, and co-edited The Ultimate Hulk short story collection. Furthermore, his opinion column But I Digress… has been running in the industry trade newspaper The Comic Buyers’s Guide for nearly a decade, and in that time has been the paper’s consistently most popular feature and was also collected into a trade paperback edition.

Peter is the co-creator, with popular science fiction icon Bill Mumy (of Lost in Spaceand Babylon 5 fame) of the Cable Ace Award-nominated science fiction series Space Cases, which ran for two seasons on Nickelodeon. He has written several scripts for the Hugo Award winning TV series Babylon 5, and the sequel series, Crusade. He has also written several films for Full Moon Entertainment and co-produced two of them, including two installments in the popular Trancers series, Trancers 4: Jack of Swords and Trancers 5: Sudden Deth, as well as the science fiction western spoof Oblivion, which won the Gold Award at the 1994 Houston International Film Festival for best Theatrical Feature Film, Fantasy/Horror category, and the sequel Backlash: Oblivion 2.

Peter's awards and citations include: the Haxtur Award 1996 (Spain), Best Comic script; OZCon 1995 award (Australia), Favorite International Writer; Comic Buyers Guide 1995 Fan Awards, Favorite writer; Wizard Fan Award Winner 1993; Golden Duck Award for Young Adult Series (Starfleet Academy: #1: Worf's First Adventure), 1994; UK Comic Art Award, 1993; Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, 1993. He lives in New York with his wife, Kathleen, and his children, Shana, Gwen, Ariel, and a player to be named later. And even though this may not be the best year to admit it, he’s a Mets fan.

#DCCC2017 Guest Creator Announcement - Kyle Starks

Rick & Morty Writer and Sexcastle Creator, Kyle Starks is coming to the Derby City!

"Kyle Starks is a comic book creator hailing from Southern Indiana. He is best known as the creator of Image Comics SEXCASTLE and is currently writing and doing covers for ONI Books INVADER ZIM. He wrote the only dedicated D-Man story in Marvel history in Secret Wars Too. He drew a very small Galactus for Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. He's contributed comics and pin-ups from Monkeybrain to Dark Horse, along with several successful self published books like The Legend Of Ricky Thunder. He's been called a "Critically acclaimed comedy cartoonist!" Whoa!" Kyle is currently working on Rick & Morty for Oni Press & Rock Candy Mountain for Image.

#DCCC2017 Guest Creator Announcement - Bob McLeod

Bob McLeod is bringing the New Mutants to Louisville!

Bob McLeod is best known for co-creating and illustrating The New Mutants for Marvel Comics. He began his career with Marvel’s Crazy magazine, penciling and inking movie and tv satires and the Teen Hulk strip. He quickly became a top inker and has pencilled or inked all the major characters for Marvel and DC, including Spider-Man, The X-Men, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, GI Joe, Star Wars, and many more. Bob also wrote and illustrated Superhero ABC, published by HarperCollins, which received starred reviews. He edited Twomorrows' Rough Stuff magazine and teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

#DCCC2017 Media Guest Announcement - Jim Cornette

Professional Wrestling Legend Jim Cornette will be with us at Derby City Comic Con!

If you've ever seen a professional wrestling event live or on television, chances are you've seen Jim Cornette. Wrestling's "Louisville Slugger" is known to fans of the 80's wrestling boom as the tennis racket-wielding manager of perennial tag team champions the Midnight Express on SuperStation TBS--to 90's fans he's recognized as the manager of World Champions Yokozuna, the British Bulldog, Owen Hart and more in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), also appearing as a color commentator on countless pay-per-view events and telecasts of RAW on the USA Network--and for fans of the 2000's he spent several years as the on-air matchmaker and authority figure for TNA Wrestling on Spike TV.

Jim will be appearing at DCCC due to his wrestling notoriety, but as a lifelong collector of comics, entertainment, pro wrestling and pop culture items, he will be as excited to be there as the fans in attendance, and will probably have a few rare comic-related items amongst the wrestling memorabilia at his booth for some wheeling and dealing to acquire things he needs or clear space in his collections for more!

 Jim and wife Stacey, his partner in crime, are noted for always having the "fun booth" at conventions and fanfests and we are thrilled to have them coming back to Derby City!

#DCCC2017 Guest Creator Announcement - Stuart Sayger

Stuart Sayger is coming to the Derby City!

Stuart Sayger has produced art for the "Superman Man of Steel" movie and "The Walking Dead".  Recent published projects include: "Rom" and "Micronauts" for IDW, Graphic novels of the movies "Krampus" and "Trick R Treat".  Other IDW comics I drew include:  "The X-Files", "30-Days of Night," "Robert Rodriguez's Machete," and "Bram Stoker's Death Ship."  Plus  a two- year run drawing "Lego Bionicle" for DC comics. Sayger has even produced promotional art for the Portland Trailblazers!

#DCCC2017 Guest Creator Announcement - Justin Stewart

Come meet the Official DCCC Designer, Justin Stewart at #DCCC2017!

Justin Stewart is a graphic designer and illustrator whose style is both immediately recognizable and an art fan-favorite on the convention circuit.
Justin has done work for Disney, Marvel, Sony, Image Comics, and Graphitti Designs. Justin's latest work, 'Kentucky Kaiju', can be purchased from Apex Book Company. Justin has worked with artist Jim Mahfood for over 10 years, coloring his art most recently on 'Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks' from Image Comics. He also worked with Jim on IDW's 'Miami Vice: Remix', Marvel's 'Howard the Human', and Image Comics 'Marijuanaman' with musician Ziggy Marley. See more at justin3000.com!

#DCCC2017 Guest Creator Announcement - Mark Rudolph

Master of Extreme Metal Cartoons, Mark Rudolph is coming to the Derby City!

Mark Rudolph draws stuff for bands, magazines and books. He does comics about heavy metal, sci-fi and horror as well as beer labels and portraits (basically he draws anything). His work can be seen monthly in Decibel and Metal Hammer magazines. He lives in Detroit with his wife and a bunch of animals.

#DCCC2017 Cosplay Guest Announcement - Mary Stephens

MPoppins herself, Mary Stephens will be rocking out with us at Derby City!

Mary Stephens has been competing in cosplay for 4 years and has won numerous awards including best needlework, category firsts, and best in shows.  She is best known for her Duchess Satine Kryze cosplay but enjoys creating costumes from many fandoms including Star Wars, movies, comics, Disney, and TV shows.  She does cosplay appearances locally and has recently expanded to being a cosplay guest and judge at local competitions. She’s passionate about cosplay being open to everyone. She’s an administrator of the Cincinnati Ohio area chapter of ORCS, (Ohio River Valley Cosplayers), a Facebook group that networks local cosplayers together to support and help each other with their cosplays. She also helped found a cosplay club in the Cincinnati area that organizes cosplayers to meet up, network, and learn new skills together.  Her favorite character to cosplay of course, is Mary Poppins.


Our 2017 booth space sales have begun!

The date for this years convention is October 28-29th and we will be relocated out to the Kentucky Expo Center at the fairgrounds in Expo Hall A&B. This is a smaller space than in previous years but our only option while the KICC is beng remodeled. That said, booth space is very limited this year. Be sure and sign up early to avoid having to be wait listed.

We will also be vetting the floor this year so please note that simply because you are able to purchase the booth through the website does not mean that you are guaranteed space. We do not allow vendors or exhibitors who are not directly related to geek culture. If you sign up and are later deemed to be imappropriate for our event your payment will be refunded.

Last - This goes without saying but if you are selling prints at the convention, the artwork should be your own. No rips or computer manipulated images of other artists works will be allowed on our floor.


2017 Date Announced!

We are pleased to announce that our 2017 contracts are signed and that the date is now firm! Derby City Comic Con will be in East Hall A&B at the Kentucky Expo Center on October 28th and 29th, 2017! Keep an eye on this site over the coming months to stay informed about some of the awesome things we will be doing with DCCC moving forward! 2017 booth space will go on sale on April 15th, 2017 and tickets will go on sale on August 1st, 2017!