JOE RUBINSTEIN, the popular Marvel Comics artist of WOLVERINE comic books will be the main guest at this year’s Empire Comic Fest. Joe has literally been involved in the creation of more than 2,500 comic books including Marvel and DC comics during his amazing career.
Joe’s remarkable story began in the early 1970s as a teenager. Primarily working as an inker, he first entered the industry as an office assistant to legendary comic artist Neal Adams. In 1982, Rubinstein inked the acclaimed WOLVERINE limited series.Following that, one of his most important works was inking The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Series which is a Guinness World Record for inking more comic book artist/pencilers than any other inker in history.
Joe's other inking credits includes working with Michael Golden on Micronauts, Jim Starlin's Warlock and Aquaman with Don Newton. Later assignments included a mini-series for Dark Horse Comics called Archenemies, and co-inked issues of Green Arrow/Black Canary. In 2016 he was inducted into the Joe Sinnott Inkwell Hall of Fame.
Mike DeCarlo - Attending Fri & Sat
MIKE DECARLO is a 4 decade veteran of the Comic Industry. Trained by the legendary Dick Giordano, he has worked as a penciler, artist and inker for Marvel, DC, The Simpsons, Disney, BOOM Studios, Warner Communications and Archie. His best attribute is the ability to draw ANY property in any style, period or genre.
After graduating Notre Dame High School and studying art for 2 years at Southern CT ST College, he began his professional career as sports cartoonist for The New Haven Register. He left that position to begin that apprenticeship with Giordano and after 18 months branched off to begin a solo career in the comic book industry. Over the next dozen years, he worked primarily as an ink artist on such titles as Batman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Thor, Iron Man and Conan the Barbarian. In the mid-nineties, his focus changed to the cartoon/animation genre and worked as an artist on Looney Tunes, Powerpuff Girls, Ben-10, Scooby-Doo and Pinky the Brain among others.
In the last decade, in addition to the work he now does for The Simpsons comic company Bongo Entertainment, he works for Disney Worldwide Publishing on Phineas & Ferb, Marvel Superheroes Magazine and Spider-Man Magazine. Mike also has extended his repertoire into the digital field, becoming accomplished at digital inking in Illustrator and coloring in Photoshop.
Mr. E Guest - Attending Friday & Saturday
Mr. E Guest is best known for their work on something. What is that something? Stay tuned as we finalize more guests and make their announcements here and on social media.