At the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
Mike Perkins is an illustrator for Marvel Comics having worked on Captain America, Thor and The X-Men. After wrapping up the 31 issues adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand he transitioned into illustrating Astonishing X-Men, re-launched Deathlok, Carnage and Iron Fist as well as co-creating Rowans Ruin. He has been nominated numerous times for Eisner and Harvey Awards and, as well as winning the Eagle Award, counts being on the New York Times Bestseller list and being exhibited in Munich, London and Paris amongst his career achievements. Website >>
Chuck Dixon has more than twenty-five years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller has scripted G.I. Joe for IDW, along with many creator-owned projects including Winterworld and Joe Frankenstein which re-unites him with Bane co-creator Graham Nolan. He is also the co-creator of an ambitious line of graphic novels based on the American Civil War available now through Dover books.
The Tampa Bay TARDIS is the official TARDIS of the Florida based fan group, the Whovian Order. It was built by the group’s founder, Leo Martin, who also accompanies it while in full cosplay as the 5th Doctor when attending events. The Tampa Bay TARDIS has appeared at many conventions, festivals and fan gatherings, as well as numerous charitable events throughout central Florida. Website >>
Middleton Robotics is a world championship, competitive robotics program for students grade 8-12. Its four competitive robotics teams compete as part of the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST® Technical Challenge (FTC) and VEX Robotics competition programs. The club roster membership is over 100 students and includes many adult mentors and corporate partners. Our teams have accumulated more than 150 awards and recognitions including 14 World Championship appearances. Over the past two years, Middleton Robotics has completed over 5,000 community outreach hours impacting over 34,000 people. Based at Middleton High School, the robotics club and teams are open to all youth and adults in the Tampa Bay area.
At the SouthShore Regional Library
Nicola “Nick” Cuti worked as editor, artist and writer for such distinguished comic book companies as DC, Marvel, Charlton and Warren. He is a two-time winner of the Ray Bradbury Award for writing excellence and a 2009 Inkpot Award winner for his work in Comic Book Art. He spent 16 years as a background designer working on such projects as 101 Dalmatians, Gargoyles, Conan the Adventurer, The Mighty Ducks, and Defenders of the Earth. He filmed his first live-action movie in California. Moving to Florida he wrote, produced and directed indie movies such as Shock House, Tagged! and The Lady Without Substance. His most recent creation is “Starflake.”
"Art is life and life is art" is something you might hear Michael White say in one of his many workshops around the US. At the Ringling College of Art Where he’s been instructing for over 20 years you might also hear him say, "If you aren’t having fun you’re doing it wrong." He teaches art, freelances, and draws caricatures at events while also working on his original comics and painting landscapes inspired from his Travels. His Comic Book Workshop: Xtreme Comic Arts with Michael White is a two hour, high-paced whirlwind introducing participants to the art of creating characters, comics and graphic novels.
Lennard Robotics was founded in 2012 by a group of likeminded students. They beat USF Mechanical Grad students in a head-to-head open robotic combat competition four times and came in 2nd place in the NASA Egg Drop Challenge. Since that time Lennard Robotics has finished 1st or 2nd in every event they have competed in. This year’s team is led by two seniors and the rest of the team is freshmen, which means that Lennard robotics has a very bright future. The group will have live robotic demonstrations to show off their skills.