MEET THE TUCSON COMIC-CON STAFF!
MIKE & TERESITA OLIVARES
Founders & Co-Owners
Born and raised in Tucson, Mike Olivares founded the Tucson Comic-Con in 2008. Along with the support from his wife Teresita Olivares, both have cultivated along with the help of many passionate volunteers a unique destination for all things comic book and pop culture related in the heart of the Old Pueblo.
Brian Pulido’s professional experience ranges from award-winning comic book writing, publishing and marketing, to screenwriting, film producing, event producing and directing.
Pulido is publisher of Coffin Comics, which has taken Kickstarter, the convention circuit and the comic market by storm (thanks to the legions of “fiends”)! He’s publishing all new Lady Death, launched La Muerta, the new Mexican American femme fatale and Zack the Zombie Exterminator. Coffin Comics has a near 100% on time shipping record.
He is the owner of www.LadyDeathStore.com, an online retailer that is celebrating 9 years of record growth.
In the 90’s, Pulido created the Chaos! Comics universe including Lady Death, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity and dozens of other characters. He has published / written Lady Death, Evil Ernie, A Nightmare on Elm St., Chucky, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Megadeth, ICP, WWE and many more.
He is on The Hero Initiative’s fundraising board and has received the CBLDF Defender of Liberty Award. He’s won 12 international printing awards.
He wrote / produced / directed The Graves starring Tony Todd.
Pulido has read Marvel’s Captain America monthly without fail since July 1974.
He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Francisca and dogs Ember and Max.
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Francisca was Chaos! Comics (classic era) Co-Founder and Vice President. Under her leadership, the company became the number one independent comic publisher of the 1990’s. Today, she charts the path for Coffin Comics and Tucson Comic-Con.
Sarah has been with Tucson Comic-Con for over 3 years. Her goal is to build the wonderful community to the most it can be. She has been a promoter in Tucson for over 20 years and puts together well over 50 events every year. She understands the Tucson community and loves it so much. She is known to work with many charities and is always in the community with a smile and handshake. She does not believe in being a boss but a leader — in that “we” can do more as a team then as an “I. ” As the Tucson Comic-Con Convention Manager, she works hard to make the convention all it can be. Her organizing, understanding of deadlines, schedules, procedures and always having a goal to reach for makes her a great asset. She was born into a geek, science, and art family, so she has a wide range of understanding in the Pop Culture world. She resides in Tucson with her husband of 16 years and two sons. She can’t wait to knock the socks off Tucson with this year’s Tucson Comic-Con.
Tucson Comic-Con Cosplay Coordinator Dustin Dial is a child of the ’80s, growing up in northwest Tucson absorbing the heroics of crusaders, caped or otherwise, through comic books, film and on television with shows such as “Super Friends, Transformers, GiJoe” and more.
He believes the early exposure to fictitious heroes is part of the reason he became an officer with the Tucson Police Department, and has served with TPD for 17 years.
Dustin is one of the founding members of the local chapter of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming club that brings Stormtroopers and other villainous characters from the Star Wars film to life for charitable causes.
He soon realized that Superheroes could also bring attention to causes, and founded the Justice League Arizona here in Tucson, and it has since grown to become the premiere DC Comics themed costume group in the Southwest.
He now attempts to help other organized costume groups grow and flourish as the Tucson Comic-Con Cosplay Coordinator, bringing more organized costume groups to the convention than any other in Arizona!
Dave Hat is part of Tucson Comic-Con to provide a vast array of events that are aimed at growing awareness and participation in the best games that Southern Arizona’s gaming communities have to offer. Ever the community oriented gaming enthusiast, Dave Hat started into the passion of games early in life. After eleven glorious years in gaming retail he has moved on to become a dedicated father and game designer.
As Director of Gaming at the con, he is responsible for the organization and operation of gaming events and information at the show. This means that if it’s in the gaming rooms or looks like a gaming event, he has a hand in it.
Customer Service & Guest Relations
Jenny “Cake” Sweigert has been an avid comic book fan since the days of spinner racks in gas stations. Her adoration for pop culture is what has kept her as a necessary piece to the Tucson Comic-Con scene. In her spare time she day dreams about writing her own book, plays an assortment of video games (MMO’s & MOBA’s are her go-to), complains about the heat but is thankful not to be in the South anymore, and is constantly at the head of ensuring guest satisfaction during Tucson’s biggest pop culture event.
Director of Programming
Will Crabtree is new to Tucson Comic-Con this year, after being a fan and a volunteer. Five years at Pima Community College, six years as an Airman at the 162nd Wing of the Air National Guard, over eighty successful completions of various versions of Diablo, saving the world in six Savage Worlds campaigns, and triumphing in far too many Magic: The Gathering EDH games have left him well-prepared for the challenges of managing programming for the convention.
Logan Naugle is a Tucson born and raised self-published comic creator. He is currently staff writer over at Geeks Rising, and the host of The Paper Robots Podcast. He is a lifelong comic geek working to make his passion his career.
Daniel has been the Official Photographer for TCC for many years now, and can usually be seen rushing through the con floor in his Team Rocket uniform wielding a camera.
With over a decade and a half of experience as a professional photographer, he is always open and willing to answer any questions, and is a helping hand to those looking to further their craft!
Just don’t let him get too close to your Pokemon…
JESSE JAMES CRISCIONE
Comic Book Coordinator
Jesse James Criscione started his comic book career in 1982 at the Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Store as a cashier and stocker and is currently the owner of Jesse James Comics in Glendale, Arizona. He is an Overstreet advisor, and a facilitator and witness for CGC. He spent three years as the Comic Book Programming Manager for Phoenix Comicon. He is a 4-time Eisner award nominee and holds two Guinness World Records for his comic book accomplishments.