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.

Roger Scholz: Roger is a local artist and horror movie aficionado 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 Paauwe is best known as “The Voice of the Laker Marching Band” at GVSU, where you’ll hear him announce the pregame and halftime shows at football games. Joel is also “The Voice” and co-host of SequelMen: The Podcast, a show that talks about your favorite (or not so favorite) film franchises! Grand Rapids Comic Con 2022 is Joel’s fourth show as a Stage Host & Panel Moderator, and he has previously lent his voiceover talents for the online commercials for Grand Rapids Comic Con. 

Shane Bower: Shane is a podcaster/streamer/musician/vlogger out of Muskegon MI. He and his hosts run a podcast called “The Geekly Gab & Nerdical Nonsense Show.” The podcast has covered Grand Rapids Comic Con since 2016 and is a huge fan of the convention. Shane vlogs and edits video for the YouTube Channel “Half5end” and also makes intro/outro song commissions for streamers occasionally. He is a fanatic of anything MMPR, TMNT, Dragonball, and/or Kevin Smith.

Ken Johnson: Ken Johnson is a Grand Rapids local who has been in The Michigan comics scene For several years and has been involved in Grand Rapids Comic Con since year one.  His main specialty is his work in the History and merit of the Saturday morning cartoon genre.

Randy Zimmerman: Randy has been working in comics, in one way or another, for most of his life. An award winning commercial and graphic artist, Randy began his professional comics career with the publication Tales From The Aniverse for Arrow Comics. After that he spent decades in the alternative and independent comics market, freelancing and self-publishing, creating such properties as War Of The Worlds: Infestation, The Fool, Spank the Monkey and The Unforgiven.

Biff Tannen: Biff has been a nerd since birth, enjoying everything from sci-fi to anime, horror & everything in between. Biff has enjoyed featuring his nerdom and content on Twitch where he is partnered.  While he no longer continues to stream full time, he does enjoy streaming monthly when new games or comics come out. Biff is formerly part of the Court of Nerds and is excited to continue panels at Grand Rapids Comic-Con independently.

Eric Mockerman: Eric Mockerman has been a nerd his whole life — spanning back to his love of G.I. Joe and Voltron. When he’s not spending time with his family, you can find him reading comic books and playing video games. This is Eric’s first year as a moderator for Grand Rapids Comic-Con but he brings with him a knowledge and passion for all things nerdy!