Ricky Vitus is a special effects makeup artist, creature and character designer, sculptor, and creator of collectible oddities. His work stresses character development, and joy in bringing imagination to reality.
Ricky Vitus was a featured artist and designer on season 9 of the hit Syfy Network show Face Off, and pieces of his work can also be seen in different magazine publications, including Make-Up Artist magazine.
Originally from Upstate New York, his shop is currently located in Long Island- From which he runs the Special FX Department every year for Gateway's Haunted Playhouse- Long Island’s #1 Haunted House. Recent projects include 100 Acres of Hell, starring WWE Superstars Gene Snitsky and The Great Samu, which will be premiering this Fall.
He will also be releasing collectibles from his “Specimen 10 Collection” very soon.

Mark McKenna legendary comic artist will be happy to talk comics and characters, take commissions and sell his artwork. He is a 31 year veteran of the comic book industry. In that time he has worked on Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and more recently on Star Wars, counting over 550 comics in all.
Mark's work can be seen in Legendary Picture Books PACIFIC RIM movie prequel as well as Dark Horse Comic’s Star Wars-The Old Republic: The Lost Suns.
 

Special Guests

Cosplayers Assemble 

Saturday, January 28th at The Hyatt Regency Hotel-Morristown, NJ - 9:30 AM - 7 PM, AFTER-PARTY Starts @ 8PM

Michael Oppenheimer is an animator, an illustrator, a graphic designer and an introvert.

He is the artist on titles such as Iron Age Comics EVERHOUNDS and Inner Station Comics The 29ers.

Michael lives and works in the Hudson Valley area of New York where he makes strawberry pancakes for his wife and daughter every Saturday.

Greg Hildebrandt will be hosting a panel starting at 1:30 PM followed by an short autograph session.  
His panel about Cosplay Modeling and how this art form transcends into his paintings and other works of art. He will be speaking on his own life experiences and how he himself is an avid fan of cosplay.
This is a super rare appearance by the living legend himself.

Greg and his twin brother, Tim, were born in Detroit, Michigan in 1939, Both boys were avid artists and creative thinkers from a young age, and carried their artistic passion with them throughout their childhoods. For years Greg and Tim worked together and apart, receiving international recognition and numerous awards and honors. In 1975, Greg and Tim illustrated the first of a series of The The Lord of the Rings calendars for Ballantine Books. In 1977, Lucas Films hired the Brothers Hildebrandt to create the official movie poster for the first Star Wars film, Star Wars: A New Hope.

In 1999, Greg began to paint a life-long dream. He created his 'American Beauties' series of retro pinup art. There are presently 100 amazing paintings in this series.

Greg has recently done a number of covers for Marvel including Deadpool vs. Thanos, Secret Wars, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Star Wars, Captain America, and Guardians of the Galaxy!