2019

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

Beth Holley

Beth Holley at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Beth Holley became involved with the San Diego Comic Convention (now Comic-Con International) in 1989 shortly after moving to California from Norfolk VA. She served as information coordinator 1989-1991, VP of publicity & publications 1991-1993, and the VP of exhibits from 1994-2008.

Credits: 

Former Comic-Con VP, publicity and publications; VP, Exhibits

Gene Henderson

Gene Henderson at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Gene Henderson, a SoCal native, got his first comic at the age of six . . . and he has been collecting them ever since. He was at the first Comic-Con in 1970, and is very proud to be attending the 50th! Gene has been a board member, vice president, director of security, and archivist for Comic-Con. For over three decades he coordinated the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, and co-created the annual Will Eisner Hall of Fame display that’s a yearly part of the Art Show.

Credits: 

Former Comic-Con VP and board member

Lawrence Geeck

Lawrence Geeck at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Lawrence (Lance) Geeck became involved with the San Diego Comic-Con starting around 1977 as a volunteer helping out at the convention. In the following years, he became more active and was voted to be a member of the board of directors. During this time he helped setup agreements with the hotel and convention center in San Diego. Eventually he was voted into the executive vice-president position and then became president the following year.

Credits: 

Former Comic-Con board member, executive VP and president

Roger Freedman

Roger Freedman at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Dr. Roger Freedman teaches physics and astronomy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He’s the co-author of four widely-used physics and astronomy textbooks that include lots of comic book and SF references. He worked on Comic-Con in its formative years in the 1970s and was the leader of Comic-Con’s first “house band,” Dr. Raoul Duke and his All-Human Orchestra. Today he’s on the board of directors of San Diego Comic Fest.

Credits: 

Comic-Con founding committee member

David Clark

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

In 1966-69 David Clark had the good luck to go to high school in San Diego with Greg Bear, Scott Shaw, John Pound, and Roger Freedman. They all shared a love of science fiction, comics, monster movies, and all things weird and wonderful! In 1970 they all became founding members of the first San Diego (Golden State) Comic-Con. Over these many years David has written comics, sold comics as a retailer, and managed to attend most of the 50 Comic-Cons. He now pursues his interest in SF and pulp art with presentations on the classic artists.

Credits: 

Comic-Con founding committee member