BIg River comic convention (TM) October 2-3-4, 2020

 BIG RIVER COMIC CONVENTION (TM) is produced locally with a focus on creating a fun and friendly family event for everyone!

While our primary focus is that of comics, comic creators, and the creative process, Big River Comic Convention also provides its attendees with access to gaming, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, fantasy, and everything in between. 

Our goal is to provide you with a rewarding, fun, and family-friendly event experience.

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Ming Chen

AMC reality series Comic Book Men

 Television personality Ming Chen starred on the AMC reality series Comic Book Men for seven seasons and 96 episodes. Filmmaker Kevin Smith had created the show around his comic book store Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash featuring Chen.

Ming Chen is one of the many faces of Comic Book Men, and runs an international pod cast keeping fans connected to the industry of entertainment. 

Ming, will be signing Autographs Friday Saturday and Sunday as well as a Q&A Panel.

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His IMDB can be found here: 


Tom Cook


Due to a schedule change and current availability....we are feeling BLESSED! Please pass this ALONG.....

Tom began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he worked as an assistant animator on Challenge of the "SuperFriends", "Godzilla", "Scooby Doo", "Smurfs", "Pacman" and the "Flintstones".


A short stop at Ruby-Spears had him working on "Thundarr the Barbarian", "Heathcliff", "Fang Face" and "Plastic Man". Freelancing at Film Roman he worked on the Emmy Award Winning Garfield Special "Babes and Bullets" and for Bill Melendez on the Peanuts Special "This is America Charlie Brown".

Moving to Filmation Studios in 1980, which at this point had become the only animation studio doing animation in the United States, and worked on "Tarzan", "Flash Gordon", "Blackstar", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The Brown Hornet", "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe", "She-Ra Princess of Power", "Ghostbusters", "Lone Ranger", "Zorro", "The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam" (Captain Marvel), "Hero High" and the futuristic Western "Bravestarr". He was also involved with many TV commercials such as The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, the 7 Up Spot campaign and the Paula Abdul video for "Opposites Attract" featuring MC Skat Kat.

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He then directed many episodes of these favorite TV cartoons: "Road Rovers", Disney's "Mighty Ducks", "PB & J Otter", "Duckman", "King of the Hill", "Savage Dragon", HBO's "Happily Ever After Fairy Tales", "Extreme Ghostbusters", "Extreme Dinosaurs", " The Simpsons" and many more.

He also animated or was the Key Clean-up artist on a number of motion pictures such as Walt Disney's "Prince and the Pauper" starring Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit in "Tummy Trouble", "The Jetson's Movie", "Rover Dangerfield", "Stay Tuned", "Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night", Steven Spielberg's "Were Back", and Don Bluth's "Thumbelina".




 4 time Emmy Award winning Animation Director / Storyboard Artist Michael Swanigan is a veteran artist with over 30 years of hands-on experience in all areas of animation. Producing, Directing, animating, layouts, storyboarding, development and writing, Michael has done it all.

He was director/storyboards for on the emmy-award winning CGI animated series Voltron (26 eps.), and Horrible Histories (26 eps.) for Mike Young Prods. He has worked as the senior board artist on Saban's Captain America and Silver Surfer and DIC's Pocket Dragons, he also worked on Sony's Men in Black, Extreme Ghost Busters and he served as award-winning producer/director of Film Roman's The Mask series seen nation wide and worked on the Simpsons, produced the animated series the Blues Brothers syndicated series for New Line. Swanigan has worked on Disney's first and only action/adventure series, Gargoyles, as well as for almost every animation studio in town, including Walt Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, DIC, Warner Bros., Bluth, Sony, Marvel, Ruby-Spears and even did some live-action storyboards for Landmark Ent.

His animation credits include Ben 10 Alien Force (2009) as well as the Spider-Man (the 90s series, as as well as the '80's series), The Fantastic Four, Iron Man,The X-Men, He-Man, G.I. Joe. Some of his many comedy series are Tiny Toon Adventures, Fat Albert, Sonic the Hedgehog, Hammer Man, Garfield and Friends, as well as two Flip Wilson prime-time specials and many more. He was storyboard supervisor on Mighty Max, for Film Roman as well as Dennis the Menace, Double Dragon, Sonic and other DIC and Hanna-Barbera series, just to name a few. There are many more to name.

Swanigan is a 30-year veteran of animated film production. He divides his time as a professional animator/storyboard artist and adjunct professor of animation. He has a body of creative work in animation: drawn, cutout, or traditional. With teaching experience, and is comfortable teaching drawing; idea development. Able to teach traditional film techniques.

Other Pertinent Information: Producer - the Mask series (26 eps. / Emmy Award) Director / storyboards - Voltron (26 eps./Emmy Award)  Horrible Histories (26 eps.) TOON Magazine- Publisher, editor, writer, art director, magazine layout and cover designer. Seminar/Workshop - A Presentation on Animation Careers at Westwood College Hanna-Barbera World of Super Adventurer - Writer Animation by Filmation - Writer Storyboard Artist/Layouts - The Simpsons (Emmy Award) Tutensatein (Emmy Award)  

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Carey Means


Carey Means (Frylock) is coming to Big River Comic Convention 2020!

Carey is an American voice artist and actor best known for playing Frylock in the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force as well as other productions from Adult Swim, such as Thundercleese in The Brak Show. His many talents include acting, voice overs, singing, and dancing.

Carey is also a classically trained Shakespearean actor who has performed with Theatre of the Stars in such productions as South Pacific and with Actors Express in It's a Wonderful Town.

Carey Means will be at BRCC 2020, will you?

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Means is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri with a degree for B.S. Fine Arts/Vocal Music. He is trained in many dialects, including Australian, British, German, Italian, Jamaican, Hispanic, South African, Southern Drawl, New York, Asian, French, and West Indian.

His career includes having been in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Atlanta Opera Chorus, performing on stage at the Georgia Renaissance festival as Sir Richard Do Good.


Mark Dodson

 Big River Comic Convention Guest announcement #3 

 Mark Dodson is the voice talent that provided the voice for Salacious Crumb in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. For Gremlins he is the voice of many of the Gremlins and mischievous Mogwais. For Gremlins 2, he is the voice actor for Daffy, George, and Lenny, along with miscellaneous gremlins/mogwai. 

He continues to voice for films, commercials, video games, and narrate TV shows.

Mark will be bringing Salacious Crumb & Gremlins with him to Big River Comic Convention 2020!

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Check out all of Mark's work here.

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6400 Co Rd 445, Hannibal, MO 63401


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