Speakers and Moderators

Allen Stewart: Allen Stewart is the curator of The Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. Hall of Heroes is the only Comic Book and Super Hero Museum in the country. Hall of Heroes covers the 75+ year history of Super Heroes in Comics, Toys, Film and Animation. The Museum displays over 60,000 comics from the Golden Age Era to present including every Marvel Comic and a complete collection of all Super Hero Comics from 1956-present. Allen has also appeared on several television shows including “The Toy Hunter” series from The Travel Channel this past spring, “Stan Lee’s Super Fans” series in 2012, and the F/X “Collectible Show” in 1995. In addition, he was also one of the five finalists to play Robin in Batman Forever before losing the role to actor Chris O Donnell. Allen will be handling panels on comic characters and publications.

Randy Zimmerman: Randy has been producing alternative comics, mostly self published, for the last three decades.  After having created such titles as Tales From the Aniverse, War Of the Worlds, The Fool, and Spank The Monkey among others for the direct market, and published under the Arrow and Massive Comics banners, Randy began looking for other outlets to produce and distribute comics.  In 2009 Randy co-founded and edited Flint Comix and Entertainment, a free to readers, advertisement supported,  comics and entertainment newspaper he produced and distributed in the Flint area.  For the last decade Randy has also taught cartooning to students during and after school via the United Way’s Bridges To The Future and YouthQuest programs as well as through the VSA arts program (teaching the arts to challenged students throughout America). Randy is a regular contributor to Indie Volt radio and has relaunched his publishing company Arrow Comics.

Varian Grant: Varian is a comic book enthusiast that has donned many hats in the industry. Varian is the founder and main host for Indie Volt radio, an international podcast listened to by up to 100,000 people worldwide. Varian is also the owner and operator of Liberty Distribution, a comic book distribution company that gets independent titles into stores all over America. He has also self-published through Last call Comics and is currently assisting his wife Krysta into her own foray into comics with her indie adult title Lure.

Derek Padula: Derek has written multiple books on the Dragon Ball universe and is nationally considered an expert on that franchise and anime in general.

Roger Scholz: Roger is a local artist and horror movie afficiando who currently is instrumental in Frankenfest, a celebration of all things Frankenstein and Universal Monsters. Roger is also an accomplished artist who has designed the Grand Rapids Comic-Con badges in the past as well as the logo for our Frankenstein museum back in 2019. Roger will be handling our horror panels.

Joel Paauwe: Joel is the voice of the “LMB Pre-Game Show” for Grand Valley State University football and their marching band. Joel also is the host of “Sequel Men”, a podcast that centers attention on nerd culture and movie sequels, and hosts a trivia night at Bob’s Sports Bar in Grand Rapids.