Sam Jones

Sam Jones made his screen debut in Blake Edwards' comedy film 10 (1979). In 1980, he was cast in the iconic role of Flash Gordon in the cult classic of the same name, Flash Gordon (1980). A solid acting career in mostly television roles followed. Jones made cameo as a version of himself in the comedy film Ted (2012).

Sam Jones' appearance is sponsored by Idaho Pizza Company

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Kathy Garver

Fondly remembered as “Firestar ” in  Spiderman and His Amazing Friends, TV’s Family Affair star, Kathy Garver, has garnered critical acclaim in movies, stage, radio, voice-over animation, video gaming and audio book narration. She is an award winning voice actress, with over 60 audio books and  5 animated series to her credit, including creating Storm in  The X Men Adventures and Ms America in  Spider-Man: The Animated Series.  She created the voice of Enyah for Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventures as well as the school girls in the series and has lent her voice and talent to many video games including Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, Inherit the Earth, Alcatraz and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego.

Stephen Costantino

Stephen Costantino is an actor best-known for portraying one of Jabba's Gamorrean Guards in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Stephen is also a musician and singer-songwriter. He has played guitar on sessions with Crazy Town, New Edition, Bel Biv Devoe, and the Black Eyed Peas, working with resident music producer Brett "Epic" Mazur at Scotti Brothers Records.

Stephen Costantino's appearance is sponsored by Strategist Pest Control


Rick Hoberg

Rick Hoberg began his career in the mid-1970's, working for Russ Manning on Tarzan comic books for overseas distribution (1975–1976).


Shortly afterward, Hoberg began freelancing for Marvel Comics via Roy Thomas. This included penciling on Kull The Destroyer, Savage Sword Of Conan, What If...?, and Star Wars. Hoberg mainly drew for such DC Comics in the 1980's working on titles such as All-Star Squadron, Batman, Brave And The Bold, Captain Carrot, Checkmate, DC Challenge, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, New Gods, and Justice League Annuals. He later co-created and penciled Eternity Smith at Hero Comics. Rick also contributed to Roger Rabbit at Disney’s short lived comics line.


In the 1990s, Hoberg co-created The Strangers with Steve Englehart for Malibu’s Ultraverse line. He drew The Strangers until the Ultraverse line was shut down upon being acquired by Marvel.


In 2002–2003, Hoberg worked with Stefano Gaudiano on the art for the Batman Family series for DC Comics.


Besides his comics work, Hoberg has been active in animation since 1978 as a storyboard artist, model designer, and layout man for Hanna Barbera, Ruby-Spears, Filmation, Marvel Productions and Marvel Films, DIC, Universal Animtion, Walt Disney, Cartoon Network, Film Roman, Warner Bros, and many others. Among the many animated series Hoberg has contributed to are Godzilla, Super Friends, Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, GI Joe, Defenders Of The Earth, Jem, Spider-Man The Animated Series, Justice League, X-Men, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hoberg also served as a director/producer for Marvel Productions, where he co-created the first X-Men cartoon, Pryde Of The X-Men. More recent animation work includes Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, War Of The Worlds: Goliath, Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H., Transformers:Robots In Disguise, and The Swan Princess DTVs.


Hoberg has done some live action film work as well on movies such as Cyborg and the TV miniseries Stephen King’s IT.


In addition, Hoberg has drawn line artwork for the official Star Wars style guide for Lucasfilm over the years. He was also the Lead Cinematic Storyboard Artist at 343 Industries for Halo 4 and Halo 5.


Hoberg has received an Inkpot Award, as well as Toonie Awards for his work.

Jorge Pacheco

Jorge Pacheco has been an artist since age 2, but a professional illustrator/comic book artist/cartoonist/children's book illustrator for 32 years, and a caricature artist for the past 15 years.

After graduating from the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey in 1987, he has worked for most major Comic Book companies such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Archie Comics, Tokyopop, Warner Bros., IDW, and American Mythology, just to name a few.

He was Staff & Lead Artist for Harvey Entertainment & Comics and worked there from 1990 to 1995 where he illustrated characters such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Baby Huey, Richie Rich, and many others. In his career, he worked on other famous licensed characters including Bullwinkle & Rocky, The Flintstones, Archie & Jughead & Jonny Quest, Laurel & Hardy, The Pink Panther, and many more.

In addition, he was employed as Lead Artist at JUNCO/Flamehead Clothing from 2002 to 2003. Other accomplishments include working briefly for Jim "Garfield" Davis, also teaching Basic Cartooning at UCLA for 2 semesters, and had his own syndicated strip, CEO Dad which ran in 12 major newspapers.I

Matt Brundage

Matt Brundage is a respected Art Instructor, illustrator, animator, sculptor and comic book artist which has seen him produce work for many of the major Western publishers including Marvel DC, Dark Horse Comics. He has illustrated iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, Star Wars, Judge Dredd Ren and Stimpy and the Simpsons amongst others. In addition, he works as an illustrator in book, record and magazine publishing and undertakes design and storyboarding work for multimedia and the entertainment industry and illustrated for movies like Chasing Amy, Astroesque, and Eyes to Heaven.


Matt also teaches in schools and colleges around the country. He works with charitable organizations and local authorities producing  Illustrations spotlighting issues such as children’s rights, drug abuse, homelessness, safe sex and even proper foot care!

Peter Secosh

Peter Secosh is an American graphic artist. He has worked on posters, board game logos, tattoos and storyboards. He has also worked on various comic books over the years including The Bod, Doll and Creature, Elvira, Nocturnals: Troll Bridge, Vampirella, Soul Searchers, The Software that Held The Developer Captive, Out with a Bang,  Sucker. Peter also co-created Gem Star, Gem State Comic Con's mascot and Idaho's own superhero.

Jay "TOOFLESS" O'Leary

Jay "TOOFLESS" O'Leary is a Boise-based artist drawing sketchcards for Topps. A Garbage Pail Kids artist making masterpiece sketch cards for series Oh, The Horror-ibles, Return of the Horror-ibles, I Hate the 90's, Scratch and Stink, Late for School. Jay has also done Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Topps. He has self- published his own comics and sell his fine art. Jay has also come up with 5 series of his own cards. Come down and have Jay draw you into a 80's style bubble gum card and meet a local trying to become a gpk base card artist some day.

Gem Star

Holly Call aka Gem Star is a licensed makeup artist, goofball, self-professed "beauty nerd," and daydream believer from Nampa, Idaho. She found that her passion for makeup artistry expanded into the magical and creative world of cosplay. She discovered that with a little imagination and a lot of love, you can transform into anyone you wish to become.

In her spare time she enjoys fun and silly moments with her family, reading anything she can get her eyes on, listening to music (especially EDM), watching Anime, playing tag with her cat Tiki, singing shanties with her parrots, snuggling her bunnies, taking long nature walks, and making an assortment of pretty things.

Superhero Cars

Iron Man Tesla

Captain America Car

All guests are subject to change. 

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Gem State Comic Con

April 10th, 2021

10 am - 5 pm

Expo Idaho

5610 N Glenwood St

Boise, ID 83714

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