Meet the Exhibitors: Let’s get ready to rumble (Artistically, of course)

May 21st is almost here…it’s over there, sitting at that bus stop, staring ominously at us!  What does it want!  WHAT!!!  Oh, that’s right, May 21st is the first annual NERDS OF MASS DISTRACTION FAN FEST!!! Yes, I need that in all caps with three, count ’em three exclamation points.  If you don’t know what the NERDS OF MASS DISTRACTION FAN FEST is, then….well, there’s just no hope for you.  Go, go and check yourself into that nice cozy asylum right now.  You know the one, it has those comfy velvet straight jackets and that friendly fella who thinks he’s Napoleon.  Go there and let the rest of us talk about the amazing events of May 21st.

From 12PM to 6PM TouchPoint Church (6100 Florence Ave. Bell Gardens, CA)  will be host to some amazing comic book artists and exhibitors.  There will be giveaways, contests, a movie screening and even a game show.  You know you want to be there, even if you are locked up in Arkham Asylum.

To get prepped, I’d like you all to meet some more amazing artists that will be attending this exciting event.    Russell Nohelty, Javier Hernandez and Daniel Ramirez A.K.A Bad Apple.


Russell Nohelty gallery

Russell Nohelty is the publisher and founder of Wannabe Press. He decides to stop waiting for other people to validate him and build his own brand. His stuff is weird and entertaining, it’s thought provoking and fast paced. His stuff is not for everybody, and he knows that. He just hopes the people that dig his stuff love it 100andcrazy percent…because that’s how much he loves his work. He also runs The Business of Art podcast, which helps creatives builds better businesses through interviews and short lessons.  Wannabe Press creates weird books for weird people. They specialize in comics, novels, and kid’s books for rebellious weirdos that like to think. Their work is often uncomfortable and deals with the darkest depths of the human psyche. However, it’s also incredibly entertaining for the right people. If it seems like a dichotomy, it really is…but so is life.  Bio Prepared by Russell Nohelty

RYAN’S RANT:  Take a stroll (A digital stroll, you won’t have to move around, unless you want to, then use a tablet for this…) over to  and check out Russell’s riveting word candy.  Mr. Nohelty one hell of a writer who works with some amazingly talented artists.  KATRINA HATES THE DEAD is flat out hilarious while also being gorgeously illustrated.  If you are feeling like horror humor is very much a dying (pun intended) art form, then KATRINA HATES THE DEAD will give you new hope.  The whole idea of survivors trying to live normal, wage slave lives right after the Rapture and the rise of creatures from hell is priceless.  Visit Russell at the NERDS OF MASS DISTRACTION FAN FEST!!! on May 21st.  If you don’t you might as well be a brainless zombie, and you know what the kick ass Katrina thinks of those brain munching slobs.


Javier Hernandez is a comic book creator and art instructor.  His creations include ‘El Muerto’,  ‘Maniac Priest’, ‘Weapon Tex-Mex’ and others which he publishes under his own imprint Los Comex. He’s also contributed to ‘The New Adventures of the Human Fly’, ‘The Charlton Arrow’ and ‘Hey Kids, Comics!’.  He’s been the subject of such books as ‘Your Brain on Latino Comics’ and ‘Graphic Borders: Latino Comics Past, Present & Future’. His comic ‘El Muerto’ was adapted as an award winning live-action feature film starring Wilmer Valderrama, for which Javier served as Associate Producer. Since 2003 he’s been teaching cartooning and comic book workshops throughout Southern California. In 2011 he co-founded the Latino Comics Expo, the nation’s premiere convention dedicated to showcasing the work of Latino comic creators.Visit him at and  Bio Prepared by Javier Hernandez

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RYAN’S RANT:   The phrase “The House of Ideas” was coined back in Marvel’s hay day when Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were the hyper kinetic wonder twins of bold ideas and breathtaking art.  Mr. Hernandez is a one man house of ideas.  Who in a million years could have imagined that a comic book series about a young man who was sacrificed by Aztec Gods and returned to the land of the living as a weapon of vengeance would be such a fun read?  With his LOS COMEX imprint, Mr. Hernandez has crafted an awesome comic book universe full of fun and lively characters.  Where else can you find Felinus, a Pink Were-Panther who fights crime?  Nowhere!  Come on over to the NERDS OF MASS DISTRACTION FAN FEST on MAY 21st and meet him (Javier Hernandez, not Felinus!)  We guarantee that no one will be sacrificed to the Aztec Gods…unless you really have it coming…I’m talking to you, jerks who spoil Game of Thrones on Facebook!



                    Born and raised in Boyle Heights up until the age of 9 where we then moved to Bell until freshman year of high school. I ended up finishing high school in Sacramento and eventually moved back to the place I love calling home….Los Angeles where I am trying to build my comic book presence known as BadApple.  I had been creating art since Middle School but it wasn’t until a 10 year hiatus from 95’ to 05’ that I decided to pursue my dream of being a professional artist and returned to school where I got my bachelor in Media Arts and Animation at The Art Institute-Los Angeles. After graduating, I started to work as a concept artist for a small studio for a couple of years but it was then that I realized that my passion for comics was where my heart is at.
                       T.R.I.B.E. Studio Comics publisher and owner Scott Shehi gave me a break into the comic world in 08’ where I was the penciler for The Comic Bug #1 but due to my school schedule, I was unable to to meet my deadlines and #2 was never completed. I continued to help with marketing and making Con appearances with T.R.I.B.E. for next few year and once I graduated, I got the chance to get my creator owned comic book titled, Repo: Thief For Hire published through T.R.I.B.E.  I still work as a freelance artist and will continue to do studio work as a concept artist but my love for comics will always be in the forefront of my goals of being one of the best. Bio prepared by Daniel Ramirez 


RYAN’S RANTS:  Whether they are novelists, illustrators, graphic artists or film makers, most people working in the creative arts find themselves comfortably in a niche or stuck in a rut.  No one would ever expect AC/DC to produce an opera or for Quentin Tarantino to direct a Shrek Prequel and if these artists did step out of their comfort zones, there’s a good chance the results wouldn’t be very promising.  DANIEL RAMIREZ shatters boundaries by being an amazingly versatile artist.  Daniel’s art is proof that he is among those rare artists who can tackle many styles and genres and still maintain the superb quality that they’ve always displayed.  Just take a look of that Mum Ra tribute he did!  As a Thundercats fan, I immediately wept a tear of joy when I saw that!     Take a bite of the BAD APPLE and visit his awesome site   to see his amazing work in animation, concept design and the eye throttlingly cool book REPO:  THIEF FOR HIRE.  Daniel and his art alter ego BAD APPLE will be appearing at the NERDS OF MASS DISTRACTION FAN FEST!!! Come on by on May 21st and say hello!


Meet the Exhibitors Part 1: The Bell Gardens Trio

We are just a few weeks away from the first annual Nerds of Mass Distraction Fan fest!  To get you all prepped for the big day, May 21st, 2016 I’d like you to meet the artists and exhibitors coming to the event. (The event will be held at TouchPoint Church 6100 Florence Ave. Bell Gardens, CA from 12pm-6pm)

For this first round of exhibitors, I’d like you to meet three Bell Garden’s Natives; Artists Ruben Gerard, Rafael Navarro and Jose Guillen.  These three gentlemen are truly gifted artists and the good people of Bell Gardens should be proud.  In the immortal words of Lavar Burton from Reading Rainbow (And more importantly Star Trek: The Next Generation)….But you don’t have to take my word for it.  Let their eye bulgingly astonishing art speak for itself.  (Caution:  Your eyes may be so enamored by the glorious art that you’ll require five gallons of Visine to switch back to normal…)


Ruben Gerard Gallery

Ruben Gerard was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the United States when he was 3, growing up in Bell Gardens, CA.  Ruben’s loves were (and still are) Rock and Roll, Classic comedians such as Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and Lucille Ball and Comic Books, especially the works of the legendary Jack Kirby.  All of these inspirations are seamlessly woven into his art, specifically his two comic strips Penny Strikes and Whatly.  Gerard currently lives in Fullerton where he also shares office/studio space with Max Espinosa, his long-time business and creative associate in the arts.  Max and his other creative soul brother (fellow Bell Gardens alumni and creator of Somnambulo), Rafael Navarro can often be seen sketching and enjoying cervesas at the Bell Gardens American Legion Hall, home of The Cochran Club, an events organization co-founded by Ruben, his brother Robert, and Rafael to honor the famous Rock N’ Roll legend, Eddie Cochran, a past Bell Gardens resident as well. In September of this year, Ruben will be going to The Cochran Club to wed Eileen Burgess, a social worker, devoted mother, and Buddhist, who shares with Ruben a love for art, music, and laughter.  Adapted from a Bio prepared by Max Espinosa

RYAN’S RANT:  If you’re a fan of retro art that transports you back to a time when Chuck Berry was blasting on the radio and Jack Kirby was molding the Marvel Universe one character at a time, then you’ll love Ruben Gerard’s work.  As you can see from the samples, Ruben is an amazingly versatile artist who can tackle multiple genres.  Come on down to the Nerds of Mass Distraction Fan Fest on May 21st and say hi!



Jose Guillen gallery

Bell Gardens Native Jose Guillen is an incredible artist with  an impressive body of work stretching from comic books to working on major big-budget Hollywood Projects.  Jose has worked as a storyboard and concept artist for various film studios.  Beyond film, Jose has worked for many of the major publishers including MARVEL, IMAGE COMICS and TOP COW.  Jose has worked iconic projects such as DEADPOOL, THE DARKNESS, and WEAPON ZERO.   While many of the film projects Jose is working on are still in development and under wraps, Jose’s comic work can be seen on both his blog  and his deviant art page

RYAN’S RANT:  While on his blog Jose goes under the nom de plume Scribble Monkey, it would be more fitting if he called himself Scribble Monkey a.k.a Jedi Master of art.  Jose’s pencils are exquisite, rendering some amazing images that are more than just great comic art, they’re universally awesome.  His work on The Darkness (My Favorite of the Top Cow characters) is stellar.  Come and gaze at Jose at work at the Nerds of Mass Distraction Fan Fest on May 21st.  (Don’t gaze too long or you’ll be dubbed “That weirdo who keeps gazing”)


Rafael Navarro Art Samples

Classically trained in illustration and fine art, Rafael works as an animation storyboard artist for various major studios, earning him a daytime Emmy.  His work can be seen on shows such as THE BATMAN, SCOOBY DOO, RUGRATS, MUCHA LUCHA, JUSTICE LEAGUE, TUTENSTEIN, STRIPPERELLA and MARVEL SUPER SQUAD, Lego’s HERO FACTORY, and WACKY RACES just to name a few, and still manages to make time for his first love: COMICS! His Xeric Award Winning  cult classic SONAMBULO is still going strong after 20 years, being published in various other languages including Spanish, French and Croatian. His latest book, GUNS A’ BLAZIN’ co-created with Mike Wellman, a science fiction western, is slowly becoming a revered classic. Check him out at and on Instagram: rafael_navarro007   Bio Prepared by Rafael Navarro

RYAN’S RANT:  Guns A’Blazin!  That title alone is all I really need to say to give you a peek into the fun, masterfully crafted world of Bell Gardens Native Rafael Navarro.  However, with Rafael there is so much more to experience.  Rafael has an extensive body of work and as you can imagine everything he touches is made extra special because of him.  Just look at that Batman drawing, it truly captures the raw, unfiltered edginess of the early Batman strips while still remaining polished, sleek and modern.  Come on down to Bell Gardens on May 21st and hang out with Rafael.  (Warning:  Excessive hanging out will result in the issuance of a restraining order)

Well there you have it, our first batch of exhibitors at the 1st annual Nerds of Mass Distraction Fan Fest, the Bell Gardens Trio.  I hope that you can make it down on the big day and visit with these extraordinary artists.  It’s sure to be a blast!

Stay tuned to meet more of the amazing people who will be attending the show!!!

Stay Nerdy, my friends.




Announcing the Nerds of Mass Distraction Fan Fest!

Hello, interwebs!  Okay, it’s been a long, long time since we last spoke and I’m really sorry about that.  Really I am.  I had a lot on my plate, what with life being what it is and not a whole lot of time was given to this blog and for that, I apologize.  To make up for all that lost time I thought the only sensible thing would be to start a comic fan fest.

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So, if you’re in the area of 6100 Florence Ave. In Bell Gardens, CA on May 21st, Please stop by!  There will be a lot of amazing comic creators there and chances to win prizes, watch a fun movie, buy food and comics!  Watch this space for more info on the event and for more Nerds of Mass Distraction Goodness.