First Annual Frank & Son Collectibles Show
Mystic Dragon Festival of Books
Date: August 15, 2015Location:Frank & Son Collectibles Show
19649 E. San Jose Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91748

Authors & Artists

Geo Brawn IV

Born in the City of Angels (and Demons), California in 1975, Geo (even at an early age), discovered his need for creating art. Graduating from West Covina High School with a scholarship in illustration, he attended the Pasadena Art Center of Design, even further developing his style in the craft. Then following, Geo studied graphic art in Long Beach. He began developing ways on just how to bring his ideas and stories into a particular medium. Ways to bring his creations to life.

In 2002, Geo found that medium in one of his first artistic loves, comic books. Starting with his first character and from there, the formation of an entire universe of characters had begun. The stories and creations Geo had were now forming in this perfect art form.

Now Geo has collected a series of those stories in comic book form. With his passion for horror and fantasy, the stories he can and will tell are unbound as indy-comic books and graphic novels done his way.

http://brawngraphix.com

Dominic R. Daniels

Born Dominic Rocky Daniels, in the city of Anaheim, California in 1984, raised in San Gabriel, CA. At a young age his passion has always been in movies, animation, and storytelling. He attended Mission Renaissance Fine School of Arts starting at the age of 10 for 8 years and trained through various video production and art programs in high school. After graduation from Gabrielinio High School in San Gabriel, CA with a small scholarship, he attended The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles in Santa Monica CA, even further developing his craft. Later he fell into film crew work as a production assistant where he interned for a couple of months on Seth Green's first season of the Emmy award winning animated show "Robot Chicken" and Dino Stamatopoulosís stop-motion animated series "Morel Orel" based at Shadow Machine Films in Los Angeles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Animation, he would work privately for a music video director he met at a summer party in 2007 in music videos & TV pilots as a grip and dolly grip.

Born Dominic Rocky Daniels, in the city of Anaheim, California in 1984, raised in San Gabriel, CA. At a young age his passion has always been in movies, animation, and storytelling. He attended Mission Renaissance Fine School of Arts starting at the age of 10 for 8 years and trained through various video production and art programs in high school. After graduation from Gabrielinio High School in San Gabriel, CA with a small scholarship, he attended The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles in Santa Monica CA, even further developing his craft. Later he fell into film crew work as a production assistant where he interned for a couple of months on Seth Green's first season of the Emmy award winning animated show "Robot Chicken" and Dino Stamatopoulosís stop-motion animated series "Morel Orel" based at Shadow Machine Films in Los Angeles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Animation, he would work privately for a music video director he met at a summer party in 2007 in music videos & TV pilots as a grip and dolly grip.

He also worked as a background actor on eight episodes on the final season of ďERĒ at Warner Bros in 2008. He currently works in sales on the side. In his spare time, he writes as a novelist and produces and arranges electronic dance music under his Electronic Dance Music, NEGA BLAST X brand. He is also a third cousin to legendary film actress and vaudeville star Bebe Daniels who starred in the 1933 feature film "42nd Street". He currently lives in Burbank, CA.

http://dominicrdaniels.com/

Alesha Escobar

Hi! Iím Alesha, and Iím married to Luis Escobar. After earning my Master of Science in Education and working in the teaching field, I decided to fully pursue my life-long love of writing. Iím an Amazon bestselling author of The Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed fantasy series set in an alternate 1940s, where magic meets espionage. I also have a short story published with HDWP Books in their NEW MYTHS anthology. I love networking with other creative minds, and I consider myself a life-long learner. You can find me blogging weekly over at  http://aleshaescobar.com


Luis Escobar

Iím a storyboard artist on The Simpsons TV show and also did storyboards on The Simpsons Movie (among other things). I live in California with my wife and children whom I love very much. You can find me blogging at  http://www.luisescobarblog.com where youíll find an abundance of geekery and a window into the daily life of a Simpsons artist. See what itís like work on a hit TV show! I update my blog once a week, on Thursdays and (sometimes) Fridays.


Claire Gager

Claire is the author of The Last Prophet series. Storyteller, dream weaver, and hopeless romantic are a few of the words Claire Gager has used to describe herself as an author. Each story Claire writes is a glimpse into her faith, her hopes and dreams, and her love for her family and friends.

http://starofsolitude.wix.com/authorclairegager

Mari Hamill

"Werewolf Nights" is the first novel for author Mari Hamill, who has an English degree from Harvard, comparative literature degree from the Sorbonne Nouvelle and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. The world traveler - she's lived in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; Boston; Montreal; Paris; Venice; and Lausanne, Switzerland - speaks French, Spanish, German and some Italian. She now lives in Venice, Calif. Hamill's love of fantasy was sparked by Metro Comics, her family's comic book store, in Guaynabo.

http://www.werewolfnightsbook.com/

George Hernandez

George Hernandez of Darkroom Comics will be present at this year's bookfair. Darkroom Comics is an independent comic book company, bringing several different comic artists together.

https://www.facebook.com/DarkroomComics

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez is a cartoonist and comic book art instructor. His comics include such titles as EL MUERTO, THE COMA & MANIAC PRIEST, as well as his recent art book, SON OF THE COMIC POP SKETCHBOOK. He's contributed to such works as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE HUMAN FLY, DITKOMANIA and HEY KIDS, COMICS!

In 2005 he served as the Associate Producer for the live-action film adaptation of EL MUERTO (starring Wilmer Valderrama). He's been teaching comic book workshops throughout California for over 10 years, at libraries, schools and comic book conventions.

In 2011, he co-founded the Latino Comics Expo, the nation's premiere event spotlighting Latino comic books and creators.

http://javzilla.com/

Jessica Johnson

I am an artist. My business, Jessie J Inspirations, showcases my artwork from greeting cards to prints to originals and everything in between. I started in August 2013 making greeting cards. My business grew to encompass my original artwork and I have loved every step of the way.

My Cover Art / Illustration Work:
I started in October 2014 for my friend Barb Lieberman. Her 2nd book, To Miss the Stars, was my first cover to work on. It was so much fun and she loved the work I did. From me doing her book, I got more authors asking me to do their books. I am currently working on cover art for 3 different authors. Home to all things Pinup, Fantasy, and Animals!

http://www.jessiejinspirations.com

C.R. King

C. R. 'Randy' King has worked in the Broadcast industry most of his adult life. His interest in history, started at a young age, researching all aspects of American history. He has honed in on the 'Wild West'. This has led to his first book, "A Fraternity of Gunslingers: True Stories of Wild West Gunmen"

http://www.historicalbooksandothers.com/

Barbara Austin Lieberman

A New Jersey native, transplanted to beautiful Southern California to start over. That new life has included digging out stories I wrote years ago and breathing new life into them, having them published to share with the world. A mother of two, the owner of a handmade business, and a rabid gardener, I am also one of the organizers of Handmade in South Bay, a group dedicated to promoting and supporting creative entrepreneurs.

The Treasure of Ravenwood: A Fairy Tale is the first book I published, a fairy tale written for my daughter when she was four years old. To Miss the Stars, my second book, is a novelette that is the story of John Worthington, a man who knows his place in the world and keeps to it. That is, until a letter he writes is misdirected. A simple and thoughtful reply begins a correspondence that will turn that well-ordered life upside down. Message on the Wind is my latest release and my first novel. A young woman must leave all she knows behind and start a new life. She'll change the lives of all she meets along the way.

http://www.keyboardmusings.com/

Ellie Lieberman

A New Jersey transplant, Ellie Lieberman lives now in sunny Southern California. She works with the fairies on her handmade business, Acorn Tops, when not writing. An avid reader with a bedroom that looks like a mini library, Ellie is a lover of all things purple, basset hound, squirrel, and milk chocolate, with a slight fried rice obsession.

Societyís Foundlings is her first book, published June 2015.

Society's Foundlings blurb:
"Life's hard and it doesn't get any easier. That's something you don't have to tell Clem, Carver, Sampson, and Math. As they struggle with growing up, they also struggle with feeling abandoned, not only by the society around them but also by each other. Will they find their way back to one another?"

http://www.acorntops.weebly.com

Roman Martes de Oca

Roman Martes de Oca of USMZ will be present at this year's bookfair.

http://www.zombie0311.com

Lucien Van Oosten

Lucien F.A. van Oosten was born on the island of Java, Indonesia of Dutch parents. During the Socialist uprising in Indonesia, at the age of two, his parents were forced to leave the Islands and move to The Netherlands. After living in The Netherlands for five years, they immigrated to America in 1957.

During his childhood, he went on his many hikes through the San Gabriel Mountains augmented by visits to local zoos, aquariums and nature centers, where his keen fascination with natureís splendor was established. This fascination is expressed by the depiction of the various animals throughout his artwork.

His book, K-bridge: A Story About Discovery, introduces the main characters of a flock of pigeons, the K-bridge flock, so named because their home is beneath a great bridge, the K-bridge, in a rail yard. Watch the K Bridge trailer

http://www.mijnimages.com/

Grasiela Rodriguez

Grasiela Rodriguez is a graphic artist, illustrator, independent animator and publisher of Not Your Friend Comic Books, creating comic book art about people and places in Pomona. Drawing from life experiences, people and their romantic feelings are a central theme throughout the books.

http://www.notyourfriendcomics.com/

Dave Shelton

Dave, an award winning film and television writer, cartoonist, author, musician, and voice actor, has had his writing compared to the likes of Ray Bradbury, David Lynch, and Stephen King; and his cartoon work to that of Charles Schultz, one of Dave's idols. As senior writer and head of cartoons at National Lampoon, he put out two best-selling cartoon collections as well as handling writing and cartooning for the flagship magazine. He was also involved with Comic relief. Some of his early work includeds art for Tim Allen and Robert Wuhl's HBO specials and, as a cartoonist and writer for Tiger Beat's Superteen Magazine, created the cartoon Toon Groupies to be included in his upcoming kids television series Snuggy Bear and the T-Shirt Kids.

http://www.snuggybear.com, which has already acheived worldwide attention and mulitple brands of merchandise. A line of Snuggy Bear children's eyewear, licensed by Crystal Clear Vision Group, sold out worldwide after a highly successful premiere in New York City at the International Vision Expo. Dave is also the creator of the popular Hackidu characters for Everybody Loves Raymond.

Dave has illustrated several popular children's books including Bellaboo, the Purple Princess written by General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn and the Lemming Shepherds, distributed throughout China and being adapted into a feature film. He illustrated and helped edit the book Full Frontal Tenudity from famed comedienne Judy Tneuta now available in stores and online. Dave's own book, Brain Explosion, a best-selling collection of his cartoons and writing from his National Lampoon days, is now available on Amazon.com from Bear Manor Media Publishing and is being adapted into a sketch comedy TV show.

Dave currently has several high concept film and TV projects in the works. His kids show, Professor Creepy's Scream Party, had huge premieres at the 2013 Phoenix Comic Con and Son of Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, CA. Professor Creepy has been receiving rave reviews and was written up in the iconic Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine (April, 2013). It won the Bronze trophy at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards and was an official selection in the 2014 R.I.P. Horror Film Festival. Dave's documentary, From Cheesecaketo Cheesecake: The Joy Harmon Story (WGAw), about the life of 1960's film/TV icon Joy Harmon, won the 2013 Hollywood & Vine Film Festibal and was a top five finalists in the prestigious 2014 Taste Awards and won the Silver Trophy at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards. He recently wrapped the first season as a celebrity judge on ICN TV, China's top rated talent competition show, American Stars, and is a regular on the hit NBC radio morning show Controlled Chaos with Gary Garver. Dave is also Director of Development for Kaleidoscope Kids TV.

Daveís sitcom pilot Against Type, starring Roland Kickinger (Son of the Beach, See Arnold Run, Terminator Salvation), Stephen Furst (Animal House) and ICarly's Jennette McCurdy, aired domestically in over forty US markets and was picked up for international distribution by the Global Broadcasting Company in Spring, 2010 and CETV (Chinese Entertainment Television) and The Dish Network's Simply Kids channel in 2011. Against Type is also a finalist in the 2015 Taste Awards. Dave is also a successful infomercial writer/director in China. His voice work can be heard on the Sci-Fi Channel films Path of Destruction and Lake Placid 5 and in the animated series Alien House, co-starring Kim Possibleís Christie Carlson Romano. Dave just signed with legendary film company Shoreline Entertainment and has a deal for his kids snacks Eye Crusties© and Snot Logs© with Axiom Neutraceuticals.

Other credits: Wrote theme song for Special Olympics, which named several of their teams after Snuggy Bear©. His cartoon work is part of the Charles M. Schulz (Snoopy) museum in Santa Rosa, California and the Haig Museum of Cartoons in New York. Former song writing partner of the late Albert Hague (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas). A direct descendent of Vlad the Impaler (inspiration for Dracula). An avid golfer, Dave is sponsored by Roger Dunn Golf Shops. National charity spokesperson for Angels in Fur Dog Rescue and is on the board of the prestigious Environment of People Foundation.


James Steffes

I was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Always amoured by the sea and adventure, I joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, serving aboard several ships and shore commands totaling 26 years service. Continuing a second career as an HVAC Mechanic.


Storytime Personalized Books

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Stanley S. Thornton

Stanley S. Thornton became a poet at the age of 12, but he did not write his first book, a non-fiction, until 2010. Since 2013, he's been busy with his fantasy series about dragons, He Walks with Dragons, the saga. The first three books being 'He Walks with Dragons', 'The Staff and the Orb', and 'The Crown and the Dragon'. He is currently working on book 4 in the series.

http://www.stanleythorntonbooks.com

Krista Wagner

A mother of three and wife of TJ, Krista has been writing since she was seven. She started out writing songs and plays and then graduated to poetry during her teen years. In high school, she was on the staff of her literary magazine, co-authored her own zine, and began to write numerous short stories, mostly dealing with dramatic instances like murder or kidnapping. Krista Wagner is an MFA graduate of National University and recently completed the screenplay version of her novel. She is also an English Instructor at two private Christian colleges as well as a public community college.


The fair before the authors showed up.

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Disclaimer: No sharks were fed in the making of this video.


Pictures from the Fair

Luis and Alesha Escobar

Luis Escobar Drawing

George Hernandez
Darkroom Comics

Darkroom Comics

Darkroom Comics & USMZ

Stanley S. Thornton

Dave Shelton
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Stanley S. Thornton