2019

Mike Towry

Mike Towry at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Major events for San Diegans in 1969 included the Apollo 11 moon landing and the bicentennial of their city’s founding. Another event, at the time not recognized as significant, was the founding of Comic-Con. That year, Mike Towry, at the age of 14, joined with other fans to start what has become, much to his delight, the world’s premier pop culture event. Attending the ever-wonderful Comic-Con continues to be a highlight of his year. More recently, in 2011, he founded the San Diego Comic Fest for fans who were missing the smaller, more-casual cons from days of yore.

Credits: 

Comic-Con founding committee member, 1972 co-chair

Janet Tait

Janet Tait at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

A former VP of Events for Comic-Con, Janet Tait ran films and programming in the 1980s and created Comic-Con’s first website in the early ‘90s. In 1989, she won an Inkpot Award for her contributions to comics fandom. She was also a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards in 1992.

Janet was married to longtime Comic-Con President John Rogers, who passed away from brain cancer in 2018.

Credits: 

Former VP, Events

Brinke Stevens

Brinke Stevens at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Then known as Charlene Brinkman, Brinke Stevens got involved with Comic-Con in 1973.  For many years she ran the Masquerade, while presenting elaborately choreographed dance numbers during intermission. For a decade, she modeled for her artist husband Dave Stevens as “Bettie” in The Rocketeer comics. Brinke later wrote and published her own comic book series, Brinke of Destruction, and a sci-fi novel, Dangerous Toys. She’s starred in 194 films to date, mostly fantasy, sci-fi and horror.

Credits: 

Comic-Con volunteer; actress, author, director, Brinke of Destruction

Mark Stadler

Mark Stadler at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Mark Stadler has been involved with comic books as a fan, a Comic-Con organizer and a published writer. He has been a comic book fan for more than 50 years. He discovered the San Diego Comic-Con in 1972, and has attended all but one Comic-Con since. Mark joined the Comic-Con Committee in 1979 and was a member for 15 years, serving as board secretary, films coordinator and a vice president, among other positions. He wrote comics for two publishers in the 1980s.

Credits: 

Comic-Con former VP

Barry Short

Barry Short at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Barry Short attended his first San Diego Comic-Con in 1974, and he's been at every one since. In 1976, at the urging of Gene Henderson, he began volunteering, working first in security and running projectors. He directed the Masquerade in 1980, and then served as program director from 1981 to 1986. In 1983 and 1984 he served as assistant executive VP. He was also auctioneer for the Art Auction for close to 15 years in the ‘90s and beyond.

Credits: 

Former Comic-Con assistant executive VP

Scott Shaw!

Scott Shaw! at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

For forty-eight years, Scott Shaw! has written and drawn underground comix (Fear and Laughter, Gory Stories Quarterly), kids’ comic books (Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic the Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics), comic strips (Bugs Bunny, Woodsy Owl), graphic novels (Shrek, Annoying Orange), TV cartoons (Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, Camp Candy), toys (McFarlane Toys’ line of Hanna-Barbera and Simpsons action figu

Credits: 

Cartoonist, comic historian, Captain Carrot, Oddball Comics

David Scroggy

David Scroggy at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

David Scroggy has been involved with the comics business since he moved to California from his hometown of Akron, OH in 1975. There, he began a long association with the San Diego Comic Convention (now Comic-Con International), wrote a regular column for Comics Buyer’s Guide, and began working for Pacific Comics, an early comics retailer. When Pacific began publishing comic books in 1981, he served as editorial director.

Credits: 

Former Comic Book Expo director; head of product development at Dark Horse Comics

John Pound

John Pound at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

John Pound helped start the San Diego Comic-Con. Avoiding a real job, he drew underground comix and painted fantasy art prints, book covers, and comic covers. He loved humor art.

John moved to Northern California when he met Karen, his future wife.

Art Spiegelman invited him to paint Topps' "Garbage Pail Kids" stickers, a big hit and he painted hundreds. He also had art in BLAB, MAD, and JUXTAPOZ magazines.

Credits: 

Comic-Con founding committee member; artist, Garbage Pail Kids

MIke Pasqua

Mike Pasqua at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Mike Pasqua, like others, began his Comic-Con experience as a volunteer in 1976. In 1980, he became one of the program coordinators, a position that he held until 1984 when he became executive vice president of the organization until his departure in 1989. Mike spent time in the corporate world in the field of legal affairs and contracts management.  He is currently an instructor in international politics.

Credits: 

Former Comic-Con program coordinator and executive VP

William R. Lund

William R. Lund at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

William R. Lund was born in Spokane, WA, joined the Navy and eventually became a founding member of Comic-Con. He has written for Comicscene and Fangoria and primarily acted on stage. He was also a recipient of the Inkpot Award.

Credits: 

Comic-Con founding committee member