Comics
Guests are listed in alphabetical order by first name.
 
Aaron Sparrow broke into the comics industry as a copy editor for Tokyopop, eventually moving on to write English adaptations of manga titles such as Devil May Cry 3, Hyper Police, Dragon Head, as well as the story "Family Values" for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft: Legends anthology. In 2009, Aaron became the Lead Editor on Disney/Pixar/Muppets titles, developing their all-ages line and masterminding the triumphant return of Disney's Darkwing Duck with artist James Silvani. Aaron has also worked on comic books with DreamWorks Animation and Sesame Workshop. The collection of his Darkwing Duck work was published this year in Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition by Joe Books.
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One of the most sought-after writers of animation and comics of the last decade, Adam Beechen serves as Producer and head writer for the Hub’s Transformers: Robots In Disguise, set to premiere in 2015.  Previously, Adam was Executive Producer for the Hub’s hit pre-school series, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, Adam has worked as Story Editor on such animated series as The Pink Panther and Pals, Edgar and Ellen and Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi.  Adam has also written multiple episodes for such acclaimed series as The Littlest Pet Shop, Ben Ten, Ben Ten: Alien Force, Teen Titans, Secret Saturdays, The Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Batman (for which he received an Emmy nomination), Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, X-Men: Evolution, Little Bill, Jackie Chan Adventures, Static Shock and Mucha Lucha, as well as the live-action kids’ series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Out There, and The Famous Jett Jackson.  

In comics, Adam worked as writer of the New York Times Best-Selling DC Comic Batman Beyond, and he has also been the regular writer on such popular titles as Teen Titans, Robin, Batgirl, W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S., Justice League Unlimited, Countdown to Adventure, his creator-owned Killapalooza miniseries,and DC’s major “event” comic, Countdown to Final Crisis.  Adam’s original graphic novel Hench garnered rave reviews by Entertainment Weekly, Publisher’s Weekly and Variety, and he is the author of another graphic novel, Dugout. Adam has written more than twenty children’s books for Simon and Schuster, as well as an original young adult novel, What I Did On My Hypergalactic Interstellar Summer Vacation.  Adam has branched into the field of video-game writing, plotting scripting the highly successful Batman: Arkham Origin Blackgate game, developing the stories for and scripting both Monster Labs, a Wii-Platform game, and Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi: Kaz-Napped for the Nintendo DS.  Adam is also an award-winning playwright, with stagings of his one-act and short plays in both New York and Los Angeles.

Adam lives in a state of arrested adolescence in Los Angeles with his wife and their two dogs.

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Adam Yeater is the artist and publisher of the underground comic book called One Last Day. He creates prints, custom toys, and many other items related to this ongoing series. He is also known for his "cute monster" paintings. He is currently living in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and two children.

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Amy Mebberson is an Australian comic artist and illustrator who has spent most of her career with the Walt Disney Company. She has worked as a comic artist, fine artist and illustrator on various Disney, Pixar & Muppet properties for IDW, Acme Archives, Little Brown & Co., Disney Wonderground Gallery, Disney Interactive & Walt Disney Studios.

Amy is also a freelance toy designer with Hasbro and is also the creator of internet fan-comic 'Pocket Princesses' .

Amy lives in Southern California and spends too much time at Disneyland.

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Andy Runton is the creator of the graphic novel series Owly, first published in 2005 by Top Shelf. Before he worked on Owly he was a graphic designer. His artwork is a reflection of his affection for wildlife. Andy currently resides in Atlanta, GA. In 2005, Runton won the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. His work was also nominated for "Best Publication for a Younger Audience" in Eisner Awards the same year, which he won in 2006.

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An enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Arigon Starr is a multi-talented and multi-award winning musician, actor, playwright and artist based in Los Angeles. “Super Indian” was originally produced as a radio comedy series for the Native Radio Theater Project and Native Voices at the Autry. Utilizing her radio scripts, she wrote, penciled, inked and colored a webcomic version of “Super Indian” that debuted in April 2011. In May 2012, she compiled her online work into a graphic novel, “Super Indian Volume One.” Starr is a founder of the Indigenous Narratives Collective (INC), a non-profit group of Native American comic book writers and artists. INC released their first compilation comic book project, “INC’s Universe #0” in September 2012.

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Founded to provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the Arizona Avengers is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.

The Arizona Avengers is a Marvel Comics fan club dedicated to celebrating the Marvel Universe through costuming. The Avengers is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Arizona Avengers seeks to promote interest in reading Marvel Comics through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Marvel Comics-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

The Arizona  Avengers recognizes it holds no claim over the costumes and characters it portrays. The members of the Arizona Avengers acknowledge and accept that while in costume, we represent the Marvel Entertainment brand and will do so professionally and responsibly at all times. 

Website: http://www.arizonaavengers.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arizonaavengers

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArizonaAvengers

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Comic book illustrator Armand Villavert Jr. and I'm a comic book illustrator whose published works include three children's manga from Tokyopop entitled ZAPT! and a story in the Princess Ai anthology, which he both wrote and illustrated. Currently, Armand is working on the Image Comics project Gladstones's School for World Conquerors with writer Mark Smith. He also works on webcomics and video game illustrations.

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Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan favorite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985 Longshot mini-series. His decades-spanning career has included cover and interior work on such titles as Batman, Superman, Avengers, Spider-man, X-Men, New Mutants, Gen 13, Godzilla, The Authority, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Ultimate X, and Hulk, just to name a few.

He is also the creator, writer and artist on Monkeyman and O'Brien. More recently, in addition to covers to many of Marvels top books, Adams illustrated Guardians of the Galaxy Team Up #1 for Marvel.

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Autumn Ivy grew from a young caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly discovered by her mix of poetry and short story samples posted online. She now writes and co-creates with long time friend and mentor Raven Gregory. Their forthcoming series, "Widow's Web," will be published in 2015. Currently, she resides in Tucson, AZ with her three dogs, two cats, two snakes, one gecko and a completely unhealthy obsession with all things Cosplay and video games alike. Now please for the love of all that is holy, help her get somewhere less hot.

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Benjamin Truman is a writer for comics and video games. He has written for IDW Publishing and Dark Horse Comics, and has contributed many stories to FUBAR, the New York Times Bestselling anthology. As an independent game developer, Truman has worked as story lead for the critically acclaimed Black Mesa. He is currently working on the comic adaptation of Ingress, Google's hit mobile gaming app.

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Beth Sotelo got her start in 2001 as a colorist for Top Cow Productions (Magdalena Vol 2, Witchblade/Wolverine). Since then she has colored comics for Marvel (New X-Men Vol 1, Wolverine: Killing Made Simple Vol 1), DC (Brightest Day Vol 1, Supergirl Vol 5), and Aspen Comics (Fathom Vol 4, Soulfire Vol 2) Currently, Beth is writing and drawing her creator-owned book titled “Grump” which was successfully funded through Kickstarter.

www.BethSotelo.com

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William (Billy) Tucci is the award-winning creator, writer and artist of the graphic novel series Shi. Through Billy’s own company, Crusade Fine Arts, the multi-Eisner Award nominated Shi has been printed in four languages and has sold more than 4 million comic books.
 
A graduate of the New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, the former paratrooper has also created and published the properties ATOMIKA, Gremlin Effect, Victoria Cross, The Burning Blue and The Undaunted. His work has been featured in The New York Times, NY Daily News, Newsday, Elle and Playboy. In 2006 he pencilled Marvel's Heroes for Hire title, and in 2008 he commenced working on DC Comic's Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion. Tucci has also been working on animation and film projects. Shi has been featured on FOX, NBC, and E! television. You can find more info on Billy Tucci at his company’s website, www.crusadefinearts.com
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Orphan(0) : Billy Tucci (guest_id=13) : categories=Comics;
 

After discovering punk rock in his teenage years, Brad Dwyer played in a variety of loud, obnoxious bands before eventually applying the same D.I.Y energy and aesthetic to self-publishing autobiographical mini-comics (in addition to occasional stories of fiction). 

His weekly, music-themed comic strip, "Record Heat", ran for over a year in the Phoenix New Times paper, archives of which can be found online. He has also contributed to a variety of comic anthologies, including "Unite and Take Over, Vol. 2: A Smiths Comic Anthology", and the first two volumes of Mitch Clem’s award winning “As You Were”, a punk rock-themed comics compilation. Additionally, he has had comics published by Razorcake fanzine, and is involved with designing art for bands, music events, and ‘zines. Brad's art and comics can currently be viewed online in the award winning web-comic, "Epic Tales of the Mundane", as well as on various social media platforms.

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After cartooning for a local newspaper, Blevins became a professional comic book artist in the early 1980s. During that time, Blevins drew Marvel Comics adaptations of films such as The Dark Crystal, Krull, andThe Last Starfighter. Blevins was a guest artist on a number of titles before becoming the regular artist of The Bozz Chronicles, which was published under Marvel's creator-owned Epic Comics imprint.

Blevins first regular job on a superhero comic was on the 1987 revival of Strange Tales. Strange Tales was an anthology that featured two ongoing features produced by two different creative teams — Cloak and Dagger drawn by Blevins, and Doctor Strange.

That same year, Blevins became the regular penciler on New Mutants. Blevins drew the majority of issues from #55 to #83. Blevins later became the regular artist on Sleepwalker.

Blevins then began to work primarily on comic books produced by DC Comics, especially Batman comics.

In 1996, Blevins moved into the field of television animation. He primarily drew storyboards for Warner Brothers-produced cartoons such as Superman, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, andthe Justice League. In 1996, Blevins won two Emmy Awards for his storyboard contributions to some of those shows.

Blevins stopped regularly drawing storyboards in 2005. He now does gallery art, primarily oil paintings, and boosts his income with freelance storyboard work.

Blevins's freelance work has appeared in Disney Magazine as well.

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Orphan(0) : Bret Blevins (guest_id=857) : categories=Comics;
 

Brett currently works for DC Comics drawing The Flash. Some of his past works include art for Teen Titans, Justice League of America, The Larfleeze Christmas Special, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, Backlash, Fantastic Four: Heroes Reborn, Thundercats Dogs of War and various others. He also, when the mood strikes, works as a paleoaritst, with artwork appearing on BBC news, Fox News and scientific papers. He currently resides in the Desert southwest, with his wife Jess and his dogs.

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Orphan(0) : Brett Booth (guest_id=567) : categories=Comics;
 

Brett Smith is a professional color artist for Marvel & DC Entertainment. His recent projects include Batman Eternal, Harley Quinn, Wolverines and Guardians Team Up.

Brett was born in Phoenix and raised there as well as parts of Colorado. He studied Fine Art at Scottsdale Community College and in September of 2001 graduated from the Art Institute of Phoenix earning a BFA in Animation. Brett made made his start in the comic industry in 1995 when he was hired on as an in-house color artist for Chaos Comics and then again in 2001 when he was hired on as an in-house color artist for Hi-Fi Color Design. Since then he has have had the good fortune of over 20 years working with the industry's major publishers and artists; as well as contributing to multiple premier properties & licenses. To see his work and learn more please visit, www.brs76.com.

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Brian Augustyn is an award-winning comic book editor and writer. His most notable works are The Flash from 1989 to 2000, The Justice League franchise from 1992 to 1996 and Impulse from 1995 to 1996. Brian also wrote DC's first-ever "Elseworlds" graphic novel, 'Batman: Gotham by Gaslight' in 1989; this was followed by a sequel in 1991. He has written (or cowritten) many comics and graphic novels over a 28 year career. JLA Year One, Crimson, Out there, The Imperial Guard, BPRD, Go-Boy 7, and hundreds more.

In 1993, Brian was honored with a GLAD special award for the Flash, and in 1994, was recognized for his work with the Wizard Fan Award for Favorite Editor. Augustyn is a freelance writer and editor and lives in the Phoenix area.

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BRIAN BUCCELLATO
 
New York Times Best Selling writer, Brian Buccellato began his comics career in as a colorist in 1994 and has worked for most of the industry's major publishers including Marvel, DC and Image.
 
In 2011 he began co-writing THE FLASH with Francis Manapul. They shepherded Barry Allen into the New52 Universe, before taking over DETECTIVE COMICS as of issue #30. Buccellato is the current writer of INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US. He is best known for The Flash, Rogues Rebellion, The Black Bat (Dynamite) and the self-published book, FOSTER.
 
He is recently finished a transmedia kickstarter-funded short film for his new ongoing IMAGE comic called, SONS OF THE DEVIL, with art by Toni Infante.
 
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Brian Pulido's words and creations have been infecting the world of comics and beyond, creating a legacy of edgy characters and stories with a dark, sensibility that has influenced pop culture and made underground images mainstream.

Pulido's experience ranges from award-winning comic book writing and publishing, to screenwriting, producing and directing. He founded Chaos! Comics and has published and written hundreds of comics including "Lady Death," "Evil Ernie" and licensed comics including "A Nightmare on Elm St.," "Chucky," "Friday The 13th" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

He is on The Hero Initiative's fundraising board, has received the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Defender of Liberty Award and is the Chief Creative Officer for Mischief Maker Studios.

Pulido wrote and directed the feature film "The Graves," starring Tony Todd (Candy Man) distributed by Syfy, Lionsgate, Netflix and Fear.net.

He is the co-writer of "Lady Death," a monthly series from Boundless Comics and the owner of Coffin Comics Shop, crafters of authentically limited Lady Death editions.

For more info, visit:

www.BrianPulidoDirector.com
www.BrianPulido.com
www.MischiefMakerStudios.com
www.KillerGnome.com
www.TheGravesMovie.com
www.TheresSomethingOutThere.com
www.LadyDeathUniverse.com
www.CoffinComicsShop.com

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Chris Gore is a comedian and writer who was a regular on G4TV's Attack of the Show. He is the founder of Film Threat, the author of several movie books, writer/producer of the feature comedy My Big Fat Independent Movie and his podcast is PodCRASH with That Chris Gore.
Chris currently co-hosts Geektime with Ralph Cirella on SiriusXM Howard 101. There he provides news and commentary from the world of geekdom.
Chris' latest project is a comedy album/book titled "Celebrities Poop." 
Get more at ChrisGore.com or follow Chris @ThatChrisGore on Twitter.

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After completing his service in the United States Navy as a cryptologist, and then in the video game industry for companies including Midway and Sega, Chris made his way into comics and has been with IDW Publishing for nearly nine years as a Senior Graphic Artist. He has also written a number of titles for them during that time. His first project, Transformers: The Reign of Starscream, helped pave the way for more Transformers-related books such as the two prequel miniseries Transformers: Alliance, Transformers: Defiance (both appearing on the New York Times best-seller list), as well as contributing three issues to the Transformers: Tales of the Fallen series.

Growing up a fan of dinosaurs and monsters, Chris is currently living out his dream by writing what is soon to be the longest-running Godzilla series in comic history, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. He also has written an issue for the Godzilla: Legends miniseries and helps out as a Creative Consultant for IDW’s Godzilla titles.

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Orphan(0) : Chris Mowry (guest_id=1258) : categories=Comics;
 

Chrissie Zullo is a comic book artist whose notable works include the covers for Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love. She works on pencils and traditional media and colors her work in Photoshop. She names James Jean as among her influences, and her work has also been compared to that of Tara McPherson.

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Christian Zanier is an illustrator known for illustrating Hydraxon's Tale in BIONICLE 6: The Underwater City and also The Exile's Tale & Fall and Rise of the Skrall in BIONICLE 8: Legends of Bara Magna. He is also known for illustrating several comics titles and three omnibus like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Ghost for Dark Horse Comics.

http://bionicle.wikia.com/wiki/Christian_Zanier

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Christopher Uminga is a freelance illustrator whose work focuses on everything superheroes, monsters and creeps to designing album covers and concert posters. Chris is currently working on projects for Disney's Wonderground Gallery. He is a fan favorite at conventions and in the past he has worked for the DC Comics team at Warner Brothers, IDW, Marvel Comics, Topps, and Mezco Toys.

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Dan Wickline is a published writer and photographer. He has written for Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Humanoids Publishing, Zenescope Entertainment, Avatar Press, Top Cow and Dynamite Entertainment. Dan has also written for the Metal Hurlant Chronicles television series and has penned two novels featuring his character Lucius Fogg – Deadly Creatures and Malicious Intent. His next project to be released is Artemis IX for Top Cow.

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Darick Robertson is the artist and co creator of Transmetropolitan, The Boys, Happy!, Ballistic and OLIVER. He has been drawing mainstream and indie comics for over 25 years with credits that include Spider-man, Superman, Batman, Wolverine, Justice League, The Hulk and The Punisher.

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David Baron is currently working with Valiant Comics on Bloodshot: Reborn and Divinity. Past projects with Valiant include Archer & Armstrong, Dr. Mirage, and with DC Comics on Multiversity with Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke.

A 20 year vet of comics, with first published work being done at the age of 15 for Image Comics while working at InColor. He has been a top colour artist for DC Comics for the last 15 years with highlights including 52, Planetary, The Authority, JLA, Detective Comics, Batman Beyond, and Green Lantern just to name a few.

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DIY Comic Artist - Creator of Cousin Harold, the world's greatest rat detective webcomic. Other creations include Jenny Spookawski, Lollygaggin' Adventures and Get That Chicken. Dennmann has been making mini-comics since the mid-90's and is a trend setter when it comes to creating original self-made/self-published books.

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Well known in American comics fandom since the 1960’s for his vast comic book collection and fanzine writing & cartooning, Rosa became internationally famous starting in 1987 when he began writing and drawing “Uncle $crooge” and “Donald Duck” comics for various licensed publishers in Europe.  Just as they once were in America, Donald Duck comics (based on Carl Barks’ work) continue to be the best selling comic books in Europe and South America where the *weekly* Duck comics have been read by hundreds of millions of fans for over 60 years. This makes Rosa one of the world’s best known and most popular cartoonists, but still very easy to visit with at American shows where he can relax in “relative obscurity”. American comics fans are mostly familiar with his most famous and oft-reprinted work, the Eisner Award winning “Life and Times of $crooge McDuck” series.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Rosa for more.

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Eric Basaldua is a mainstay of the Top Cow universe. He started working at Top Cow in 2000 under the direct tutelage of Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri. He has since become one of the Top Guns at Top Cow. A self-professed thong lover, Eric is known for his depictions of beautiful women and sexy artwork. Eric has worked on many fan favorite comic series, including Hunter-Killer, Witchblade, Tomb Raider, Freshman, The Magdalena, Blood Legacy: The Young Ones, The Darkness, Battle of the Planets, the Darkness/Vampirella crossover, and the Witchblade/Wolverine crossover. In 2006, Top Cow published a sketchbook of Eric's fabulous artwork. In 2008, Eric did the artwork for the first ever Virgin Comics/Top Cow crossover, Devi/Witchblade #1. Recently, he has provided various covers for Top Cow and Zenescope, as well as contributing to the recently released Witchblade Annual #1.
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Orphan(0) : Eric 'Ebas' Basaldua (guest_id=125) : categories=Comics;
 

Eric Mengel is the writer/artist/publisher of OCHO. OCHO is an alien missionary sent to make Earth a better place.

Eric and OCHO have been staples of the Arizona comic book scene since 1995.  Eric has been referred to "the godfather of the mini comics movement in Arizona" as well as "a legend," while OCHO has been referred to as "the longest running local indy comic" and "the greatest comic character in Arizona."

OCHO is Eric's life's work with regard to comics and has dedicated himself to making OCHO the best comic book he can.

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Comic artist and writer Fábio Moon hails from Brazil where he often collaborates with his twin brother Gabriel Bá. With work published internationally in the United States, Brazil, France, Italy and Spain, Fábio's first comic mini-series was Sunflower and the Moon.

Fábio's notoriety in the US started with the 1999 publication of Roland: Days of Wrath, which he worked on with Gabriel. They went on to work with Image Comics on ROCK'n'ROLL and De:TALES through Dark Horse.

In 2007, Fábio took over the art on Casanova from Gabriel and continues to work on the title. Recently he has been working on titles including Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64, Chrononauts, The Borgias, and Vertigo Quarterly CMYK.

Keep up with Gabriel and Fábio at their blog fabioandgabriel.blogspot.com and on Twitter.

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In 2003, creator Frank Mastromauro, along with fellow creator Michael Turner, founded Aspen Comics—a comic book publishing company focusing on cutting-edge properties of the highest caliber. As company President, Mastromauro oversees all company matters and is also the co-creator, along with Turner, of the critically acclaimed hit action-comedy comic series SHRUGGED and co-creator and writer of the action-adventure series DELLEC and in 2013 created and wrote the all new Aspen series, OVERTAKEN. His previous writing credits include the re-mastered FATHOM: VOLUME ONE as well as the FEAR EFFECT comic book.

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Orphan(0) : Frank Mastromauro (guest_id=680) : categories=Comics;
 

Gabriel Bá has been writing and illustrating comics for almost 15 years. Born in Brazil, his work has also been published internationally in the United States, France, Italy, and Spain. His career started with the mini-series Sunflower and the Moon which he worked on with his twin brother, Fábio Moon.

His first US publication was in 1999 with the mini-series Roland: Days of Wrath. Gabriel and Fábio released the comic book ROCK'n'ROLL in 2005 through Image Comics, then published the Eisner-nominated De:TALES through Dark Horse in 2006.

Gabriel went on to work on The Umbrella Academy with writer Gerard Way, Casanova, PIXU, and Daytripper with Fábio Moon.

Keep up with Gabriel and Fábio at their blog fabioandgabriel.blogspot.com and on Twitter.

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Heath Corson is a WGA award-winning writer who has swiftly become the go-to guy for all things superhero at Warner Brothers Animation. Heath rebooted the entire DC animated universe with his critically acclaimed adaptation of JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR, setting the tone for all other subsequent animated films and is the writer of the upcoming BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM, set in the world of the Arkham video games, due out this summer.
 
Additionally, it has been confirmed he is writing  two other top secret projects for them. Heath also has worked on Tom & Jerry and Scooby Doo projects and has been deemed an “Official DC Comics Historian” by DC Entertainment. 
 
Heath executive produced, co-wrote and co-created the digital project "Aim High,"produced by Warner Brothers and McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision. The series, starring Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone and Friday Night Light’s Aimee Teegarden, was Facebook’s first original series and aired to overwhelming acclaim. For his efforts, 
 
Heath was rewarded with the 2012 Writers Guild of America’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media and the 2012 NAPTE Digital Luminary award. 
 
Currently, Heath is developing FIASCO!, a one-hour action drama with MarK Gordon Productions with feature film director Joe Carnahan (The Grey, A-Team) attached to direct. 
 
Additionally, Heath is executive producing and writing his next digital series The Hunters about a mother/daughter bounty hunter team in Texas as well as writing The Pathetic Princess a feature for Paramount’s new Animation division as well as having sold the animated feature Raj Reddy: Palace Peacock to Warner Bros. Pictures. 
 
He is a co-host of the NERDIST WRITERS PANEL: COMICS EDITION and has a blast chatting with other genre writers about writing (or NOT writing as the case may be.) 
 
Heath was fixture in Chicago Theatre, when he was approached by Mainframe Entertainment to adapt his stage play Scary Godmother (based on the Jill Thompson comic of the same name) for television. The result, the animated holiday special "Scary Godmother’s Halloween Spook-tacular" still runs every year on Cartoon Network and has become a holiday staple. 
 
From this success, Heath realized all roads lead west and he moved to Los Angeles. 
 
Then movers stole all of his stuff. It’s a good story. Ask him to tell you it. 
 
After that, it’s a lot of blah blah blah until, he co-wrote Hooked, a short film that premiered at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in 2006 and caught the eye of television executives. This led to both a blind script deal with FOX 21 for the project "Chicago Post" and a pilot at 20th  Century Fox Television that he produced and co-wrote called "Living with Abandon." 
 
Heath holds a BA in Literature and a minor in Jewish Studies from Northwestern University. He is open to suggestions on how to best use either. 
 
He has since bought new stuff. 
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Ian Snyder is is a comic book artist in Tucson, Arizona. In 2011, looking for feedback and critiques, he unexpectedly broke into the comic industry while attending the Tucson Comic Con. His credits include Big Dog Ink's "Ursa Minor," "Shahrazad," "Oz," and "Critter." Ian is part of the creative team behind the forthcoming "Widow's Web" series to be published in 2015. When he is not drawing comics or working the day job, his time is spent with his wife and two children. He and his wife occasionally get some sleep.

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A 1996 Graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Burrows has become known for his unique style of intricate linework which reflects a blend of American, Japanese, and European influences.

Burrows entered comics professionally as Scott Clark's background assistant on a number of Wildstorm projects, and subsequently worked on indy projects such as King Zombie for Caliber and Skid Roze for London Night Studios. Jacen has also worked in the game industry on properties such as Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons.

At Avatar Press, Burrows has provided artwork on Cimmerian (written by Tom Sniegoski), the Ravening, Quantum Mechanics, and Razor among others. His best known Avatar works have been for Warren Ellis Avatar projects Bad World, Dark Blue, and Scars, Alan Moore projects The Courtyard and Yuggoth Cultures, and Garth Ennis project 303.

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Jae Lee is a Korean-American comic book artist, known for his dark and elegant style. In 1990, he became one of the youngest artists ever to work for a major publisher. He is an Eisner Award-winner for his work on Marvel's The Inhumans.

The art from his collaboration with writer Grant Morrison on Fantastic Four: 1234, was featured in an exhibition at The Society of Illustrators in New York City. In 2007, Lee was hand picked by Stephen King for a six year collaboration on the Dark Tower comics and novels.

Lee's recent projects include Before Watchmen: Ozymandias and Batman/Superman.

To arrange preshow commissions, visit: jaeleeart.com.

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Owen self-published the black-and-white fantasy series Starchild under his Taliesin Press imprint in the 1990s. He then changed his self-publishing to Coppervale Press for Starchild: Crossroads, then went to Image Comics for the start of Starchild: Mythopolis, before returning to self-publishing. After the turn of the century Owen reinvented himself as a novelist - creating a fantasy series titled Mythworld that met with much success in Germany - and magazine editor. In 2003 Coppervale Press relaunched two classic newsstand magazines, the fine arts-oriented International Studio and the fiction periodical Argosy.

In 2006 Owen published Here, There Be Dragons, the first book in The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. Filming rights were immediately bought by Warner Brothers, which contributed to the book's success. The second book, The Search for the Red Dragon, was released in early 2008, closely followed by the third novel, The Indigo King in Fall of 2008. The fourth novel in this series, entitled The Shadow Dragons, was released on October 27, 2009. The fifth novel, The Dragon's Apprentice, was released on October 19, 2010.

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James Silvani is the artist on Disney’s Darkwing Duck comic book series as well as a cover artist for IDW’s line of Disney comics and TMNT. He also does Star Wars, Disney and Dreamworks fine art for Acme Archives. James’ newest book is Draw-A-Saurus: Everything You Need To Know To Draw Your Favorite Dinosaurs from Watson Guptil/Random House.

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Javier Hernandez is a cartoonist and art instructor. He's the writer and artist of such titles as El Muerto, Weapon Tex-Mex, The Coma and Maniac Priest, published under his own imprint, Los Comex, founded in 1998. In 2007 a live action film based on El Muerto and starring Wilmer Valderrama was released, with Javier serving as Associate Producer. The film won Best Feature at the 2008 Whittier Independent Film Festival, having screened at numerous festivals from San Diego to New York, including Cannes. His work has also featured in such publications as The New Adventures of the Human Fly, Ditkomania, The Charlton Arrow, "Hey Kids, Comics!" and the web comics site Pix-C.

In 2003 Javier began teaching comic book and cartooning workshops throughout  Southern California. In 2011 he co-founded The Latino Comics Expo, the country's first comic book convention dedicated to spotlighting the work of Latino creators in comics as well as in other related visual arts. Visit him online at www.javzilla.com

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Jay Fotos has worked on hundreds of projects for more than a decade. To name a few, Spawn, Godzilla, Transformers, Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judge Dredd, 30 Days of Night to the #1 New York Times Best Seller series Locke & Key. Co-creating '68, Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer and spearheading the Frazetta Comics line through Image Comics.

Jay is also currently working on Joe Hill's Wraith and the highly acclaimed IDW Publishing series V-wars.

For all things '68 please visit www.68zombie.com and also join the '68 ZOMBIE COMIC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/68zombie

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Jenevieve Broomall is currently working as a freelance Cover Illustrator for clientele such as Big Dog Ink, Bluerainbow Online and Zenescope Entertainment. Her character design work has been primarily for Big Dog Ink's Legend of Oz Series.

Jenevieve has also worked with several independent companies such as Louisville local comic book creators Astounding Tales comics, the Louisville Cartoonist Society, and Derby City Comic Con.

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Jim Hanna is an Artist/Writer based in Mesa, Arizona. He has provided art for Arcana Studio, Upper Deck, Red 5 Comics, Cryptozoic Entertainment and Marvel/The Hero Initiative. Jim’s newest project is the creator-owned title, Jack Rabbit, part of Contraband Comics’ initial wave of titles. Follow Jim on Twitter: @jimhanna

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Jim Steranko is one of the most controversial figures in pop culture, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, illustrator, magician, designer, musician, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics, for which he generated 150 original storytelling innovations that changed the direction of the medium. Wizard Magazine credited Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Artist in Comics' History.

He has painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and book covers; and in 1975, created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. As the editor-publisher of the international newsstand entertainment magazine Prevue, he conducted hundreds of superstar interviews and penned more than three million words. His two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies each. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas—for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones — and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He has shown his work at more than 300 exhibitions worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris. His Shield TV reviews for The Hollywood Reporter occasionally elicited more hits than any other feature; he shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique; and is currently prepping An Evening with Steranko for live theatrical venues across the country.

Over the past several decades, he has amassed more than 100 highly-commercial Intellectual Properties — his Theatre of Concepts — which range from children's interactive-learning entertainments to high-action adult digital gaming, from science fiction to superheroes. His vision is to shape, structure, and synthesize character-driven projects with state-of-the-art technology for the World of Tomorrow. And he's still the best-dressed man in comics.

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In 2005, Joe teamed with long-time friend and occasional writing partner, Ralph Tedesco, to form Zenescope Entertainment. In the six plus years since its inception, Zenescope has grown exponentially and is recognized today as one of the premier independent comic labels in the world. While serving as Zenescope’s President and handling the company’s day-to-day business, Brusha has written and co-created several books, including Grimm Fairy Tales, Se7en, Straw Men, Neverland, and many others. Joe currently resides in Abington, Pennsylvania with his wife and five children.

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Joel got his start at Top Cow Productions as a background artist on titles such as Witchblade, The Darkness, and Tomb Raider before working at Aspen Comics assisting on Soulfire and Iron and The Maiden. He was then hired as a staff artist at Wildstorm Productions where he worked on Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wetworks, and Lost Boys. Joel has also worked on Authority: The Lost Year, Rift:The Telara Chronicles, Reverse Flash and Detective Comics.

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Comic book writer and letterer, John Layman currently writes the comic series Chew. Layman started writing comics full-time in 2002, mainly for Marvel Comics. He's also been an editor for the DC Comics branch Wildstorm.

Previously he has worked on many pre-existing licensed comic books for the series Xena: Warrior Princess, ThunderCats, Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness and Army of Darkness/Xena: Why Not?

In addition to working on comics, Layman started working for video game studio Cryptic Studios in 2007.

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John Stinsman has been working in comics and animation for over 20 years. He began his career as the artist of Vampirella, then moving over to Image Comics working on Bloodstrike and Team Youngblood before starting his three year run as the artist for Avengelyne. He then followed that up as the regular artist on Lady Pendragon" and the writer/artist on his own creator-owned series Scarlet Crush.
 
In recent years, John illustrated the independent comic Stormbringers and currently works as a independent contractor and character designer. He is working on his return to comics with his second creator-owner comic series Alandria Rising.
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John Timms, born and resides in Costa Rica, studied animation in Venezuela and worked as 2D animator for a long time working for commercials, TV series and a short movie. He's an animator and partner of Martestudio. The most prolific studio in Costa Rica. But Comic Books were always his first love, so breaking in recently was a dream come true! Working on Harley Quinn, Deadpool, Nova and now The Inhumans: Attilan Rising has been a great roller coaster ride.

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Josh Blaylock is a comic book writer and artist based in Chicago, IL. With nealry 100 comic books published to date, Mercy Sparx and Operation Nemesis: A Story of Genocide & Revenge are his most recent books. He is the leading force behind Devil’s Due Entertainment. Blaylock specializes in a comprehensive approach to publishing that embraces both traditional store distribution with modern crowd funding and digital technologies to elevate his collective creator network together.

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Joyce Chin has been working in comics since 1995 when she pencilled several issues of Guy Gardener: Warrior for DC. Since then, she's has gone on to work on several titles, interiors and some covers, on titles including Hulk, Green Lantern, Vampirella, Xena, Spiderman, Superman, and Witchblade, with a variety of publishers. She is currently providing the art on a number of covers for Dynamite including Red Sonja, Alice Cooper, Vampirella, and Lady Rawhide/Lady Zorro.

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The Justice League Arizona is a DC Universe fan club dedicated to celebrating the DC Universe through costuming; specifically the costumes and characters of the heroes, villains and denizens. The JLAz is an all-volunteer club formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity to promote interest in DC Comics and properties through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

Website: http://justiceleaguehq.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeLeagueArizona
 

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Kevin was the cover artist on the last run for She-Hulk by Charles Soule and can be seen next taking over cover work for Catwoman.  He's also contributed variant covers for X-men, Sleepy Hollow, Teen Titans, Edward Scissorhands, Wicked and the Divine, Hawkeye, and many others.

Art credit to Jake Wyatt.

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Kris Anka is a Los Angeles-born artist whose work for Marvel Comics can be seen on titles such as Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Factor, Wolverines, and Ms. Marvel.

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Livio draws and paint things for various studios, but mostly IDW Publishing. He is currently working on "Transformers: Monstrosity" with legendary Transformers writer Flint Dille and Blizzard creative director Chris Metzen! Livio’s other credits include the series "Transformers: Autocracy", "Transformers: Chaos", and various other covers for IDW.

Livio previously worked at WildStorm Productions for nearly 4 years, working as a concept artist on "DC Universe Online" and "Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters".

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Marat Mychaels has had a long and successful career in both comic books and freelance graphic design. He has been artist for Marvel Comics on such titles such as "X-Force: Shatterstar" and "Deadpool Corp," and has been the artist for a number of DC Comics' 52 titles including "Hawk and Dove" and "Grifter." Marat currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he freelances as a graphic designer and comic book illustrator. Marat is currently working on his creator owned projects "Blindside" published by Contraband Comics, "Notti & Nyce" published by Counterpoint Entertainment, as well as a new and original series of "Zen the Intergalactic Ninja" for 1First Comics.

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Writer/Artist Mark Kidwell is the co-creator/writer of the sold-out, ongoing Vietnam/zombie epic “’68” from Image comics. His newest work can be seen in the third story arc, “’68: JUNGLE JIM: HELLHOLE”, the current arc, ’68: RULE OF WAR and the sold-out one-shot comic, “’68 HALLOWED GROUND”.

Mark is also the writer/illustrator/creator of the critically acclaimed splatterpunk horror mini-series BUMP, Image/Frazetta Comics’ DARK KINGDOM and the sold-out Monsterverse comic one-shot: WILDER, with artist Andrew Mangum. Mark has designed creature and makeup effects for Robert Kurtzman’s CREATUR CORPS FX studio on such projects as Dee Snider’s STRANGELAND 2, the Baliwood production HISS, Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN, the cult hit JOHN DIES AT THE END by Don Coscarelli and Kevin Smith’s upcoming TUSK.

Outside of the comics realm, Mark has produced a full-length novel based on his BUMP series and his two newest prose projects, the short novels: YELLOW and MAXIE’S MIRACLE are available on Amazon.com for the KINDLE now.

Please join Mark Kidwell at the “‘68 Experience” booth along with Co-creator Jay Fotos as they bring the world of ‘68 Comics to life in this fan favorite booth experience! For all things '68 please visit www.68zombie.com and also join the '68 ZOMBIE COMIC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/68zombie

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Max Brooks is the bestselling author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide and its graphic companion, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. He has also written the comic book and graphic novel series G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds, The Extinction Parade, Shadow Walk, and The Harlem Hellfighters.

Brooks has a number of other creative credits. As an actor, he has been seen in Roseanne, To Be or Not to Be, Pacific Blue, and 7th Heaven. He also has a career voicing animation; his voice has been featured in the animated shows Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Justice League and All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series. During the start of the 3rd season of Lost Tapes, he was cast as himself in the zombie episode, telling the audience about how zombies come to be. He also appeared on Spike TV series Deadliest Warrior, in which he represented the zombie team in the "Vampires vs Zombies" episode, as one of the Zombie experts along with Matt Mogk the Founder of the Zombie Research Society. He also appeared on the Discovery Channel's Sons of Guns in a zombie gun build off.

Max Brooks appears courtesy of Avatar Press.

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A New York Times Bestselling author, Michael A. Stackpole is best known for his work as a science fiction and fantasy author and game designer. He is also an advocate for digital publishing.

Originally from Vermont, where we was awarded a BA in History at the University of Vermont, Stackpole now resides in Scottsdale.

Stackpole has written numerous Star Wars novels, including books in the X-Wing and The New Jedi Order series. He's also worked on the BattleTech series for over 20 years.

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Michael is the Co-Creator and Co-Writer of Blood & Dust: The Life and Undeath of Judd Glenny, published by NightShade Comics, and is also the writer of Nightlight! A children’s book that will be published by NightShade Comics later this year.

An Oklahoma native and longtime Arizona resident, Mike loves to incorporate the rich history of both places into Blood & Dust and takes advantage being an Independent Comic Creator to bring to life stories and ideas not often found in mainstream comics.

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Mike S. Miller is a New York Times best selling illustrator whose career has spanned 22 years primarily in comics and video games. After a decade working for Marvel and DC on top titles such as "X-Men," "Wolverine," "Adventures of Superman" and "JLA" among others, Mike took a turn toward the independent, assuming the role of art director at start-up publisher, DBPro, and helmed titles such as George R.R. Martin’s prequel to A Game of Thrones: "The Hedge Knight" and "The Sworn Sword" as well as Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time prequel: "New Spring," among others. In 2004, after developing several of his own properties, Mike joined with magazine publisher Brett Burner and formed Alias Comics; later optioning one of his titles, "Deal with the Devil" to Lionsgate films. From Alias, Mike took the position of comic book representative for Wowio.com, bringing the fledgling site to an audience of over 200,000 daily unique users with his unique knowledge of the comics and webcomics audience. Mike recently returned to mainstream comics working regularly for DC comics on the popular "DC Universe Online: Legends" series, "Batman: Arkham" digital comics, and is the regular cover artist for Dynamite/Del Rey's Goerge R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones comic book adaptation, as well as being a regular Zenoscope cover artist. Mike is currently also a main interior artist on the #1 digital comic in the world: "Injustice Gods Among Us: Year 3" and is working on the third installment of "The Hedge Knight" series, "The Mystery Knight" for Random House Publishing.
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Powerhouse artist Mike Zeck, renowned illustrator and storyteller, is making a rare and select series of appearances in 2015.

A heavy-hitter in the comics industry, and influencing generations of artists, one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or which is embossed most deeply in our pop culture.

Zeck’s epic six part story Kraven’s Last Hunt, with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod, springs immediately to mind. This groundbreaking series took the Spider-man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the "Greatest Spider-Man story of all time," in recent polls.

Considered one of "the" Punisher artists, Zeck’s work with writer Steven Grant on the character--collected as Circle of Blood--sets the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled him to flagship character status at Marvel. In fact, along with air-brush artist Phil Zimmelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher ever made.

The Limited Series Secret Wars, set the comic book readership on their ears, and brought a new black-and-white costume design for Spider-man (designed by Zeck) which is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-man wore the costume temporarily, and it still lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.

In short, when you stop and think of the t-shirts sporting Zeck images, the homages to his covers, the lineage of his storytelling, you need a long sheet of paper to start writing them down.

Michael J. Zeck it seems, always knew he would work in the arts. Born in Pennsylvania and growing up in South Florida, he later attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, his eye always on working in the sequential art field. He began that career at Charlton Comics with their animation-related line of comics leading to horror titles, later moving on to Marvel Comics. Some of his first work at Marvel included Master of Kung Fu and Captain America, with many more titles, at numerous companies, to follow from there.

Zeck’s work has graced the pages and covers of Aquaman, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Lobo, Deathstroke The Terminator, The Eliminator, and too many titles to mention here.

Zeck will be promoting his new art book Raw Fury: The Art of Michael J. Zeck at each of his appearances.

For more information on this appearance and Michael J. Zeck contact Eva Ink Artist Group at: evaink@aol.com.

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Nei Ruffino is a cover artist, colorist, and creator of the fantasy comic "The Secret Life of Crows,". She is also a colorist to the stars of the industry such as J Scott Campbell, Eric 'e.Bas' Basaldua and Frank Cho to name a few. She has worked and is working on projects for DC and Marvel such as "Spider-Man," "Green Lantern," "Batman," "Superman," and too many more to mention! Nei is also part of the creative team behind the forthcoming "Widow's Web" series to be published in 2015.

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Norm Rapmund is an inker who made a name for himself during the early years of Image Comics on such titles as "Brigade," "Supreme" and "Bloodstrike." From there, Norm moved to Marvel where he worked on several titles including "Wolverine," "Fantastic Four," and "Rogue." He later became known for his work with penciller Ian Churchill on "Coven," "Lionheart," "Superman/Batman," "Supergirl," and "Titans."

Norm has continued to make his mark on a variety of DC titles including, 3-year run doing Finishes over Dan Jurgens on "Booster Gold," "Time Masters: Vanishing Point," "DC Comics: The New 52," "Teen Titans," "The Ravagers," "Nightwing," and "Batman/Superman." Currently Norm is doing the inking on DC's "New 52: The Flash."

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Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics and TV. He's written Doctor Who for the BBC, Batman and Robin for DC and Wolverine for Marvel. His two Shadow Police urban fantasy novels, London Falling and The Severed Streets, will be joined by a third this year. 2015 will see a number of exciting new projects, many of them creator-owned.

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Peter Steigerwald began his career in comics working for Top Cow Productions and is currently the co-owner and Vice President of Aspen Comics and a superstar colorist and artist. He has worked on countless covers for Aspen Comics such as Michael Turner’s FATHOM, SOULFIRE and LADY MECHANIKA in addition to work on Marvel’s FALLEN SON and CIVIL WAR, as well as the critically-acclaimed IDENTITY CRISIS event, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, and GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH for DC Comics. Steigerwald has also worked on the webcomics for the NBC hit show Heroes.

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Rafael Albuquerque was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1981. He began his career in advertising. He started working on comic books in 2002 with AK Comics. In 2005, he published his creator-owned graphic novel Rumble in la Rambla, which was later published by Image Comics as Crimeland in the United States.

Albuquerque went on to work with Boom! Studios on titles including Pirate Tales and Saveage Brothers. With Image Comics he worked on Wonderlost, and contributed to the anthology 24Seven. Albuquerque began to work with DC Comics in 2007 on Blue Beetle, Batman, Batwoman, Batman Eternal, and Superman/Batman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, and the Eisner award winning series American Vampire.

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Raven Gregory is a comic writer and editor who has yet to win a single award to show off to his mom but is responsible for the creation of some of the hottest independent comics on the stands today. With over two-hundred stories published he also served as the Executive Editor and Staff Writer of Zenescope Entertainment before moving on to pursue producing his own line of creator owned books. His past works include "The Gift," "The Waking," "Fly," "Irresistible," "The Threater," "The Wonderland Trilogy," "The Dream Eater Saga," "The Secret Life of Crows," "No Tomorrow," and the upcoming "Widow's Web." He currently resides in Glendale, Arizona with his four kids, and two dogs. "Widow's Web" will be his very first Kickstarter!

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Writer, editor, and color-artist Renee Witterstaetter is the author of Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War, Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira, the children's book Kerry and the Scary Things, Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan, and Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash among many others.

Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Guardians of the Galaxy, Superman, Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian, The Punisher special projects, and Conan Saga, then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of She-Hulk, at Marvel as well, as part of that legendary run.

She then moved to Topps Comics where she was the editor on X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena and Hercules and is the co-creator—with Jackie Chan and artist Michael Golden-- of the successful series, Spartan X which will be made into a trade paperback featuring new material in 2015.

She is also the colorist on hundreds of comics from The Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America to Jurassic Park, among many, many others. "I must have colored a thousand pages of comic books," she says.

Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Rush Hour Two, Red Dragon , To ease the lose, and Swimming With The Virgin, among others.

In addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Eva Ink Artist Group, which represents artists and writers in comics, storyboards, fine art painting and more (www.evainkartistgroup.com). Renee is also one of the producers of the Creator Chronicles DVD series with Woodcrest Productions, featuring interviews with major industry creators such as George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Joe Jusko, Matt Wagner, Joe Sinnott and many more.

Current projects also include new books Michael Golden, Dangerous Curves, Santa Confidential with Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne, Mark Texeira: Tempest, James O'Barr: Uncoffined, and the soon to be released James O'Barr: Tears in the Rain.

Renee will be available to autograph the thousands of comics she has worked on in her career, film DVD's and her newest books available at all the shows.

In her not so abundant free time, she lectures on storytelling, most recently in China and Russia, fishes, dances, travels and is also curating several major art exhibits featuring U.S. and European talent.

For more information on Renee Witterstaetter and her projects, contact: www.evainkpublishing.com.

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Richard Kadrey is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus ten novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, Metrophage and Butcher Bird. His Wired magazine cover story, Carbon Copy, was made into one of the worst movies of 2001. It starred Bridget Fonda. Sorry, Bridget.

He has been immortalized as an action figure. "Kadray [sic]: The Invincible Wizard" was a villain in an episode of the Blackstar animated TV series.

Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics mini-series Accelerate, which was illustrated by the Pander Brothers. He plans to do more comic work in the near future.

He has written and spoken about art, culture and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW and Wired For Sex on the G4 cable network.

Richard has no qualifications for anything he does.

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Romero Entertainment is a Tucson based comic book company run by Ernest and Beatriz Romero. Ernest Romero has worked for BlueWater Productions, SpazDog Press, Mermaid Press, and the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona. He self publishes the comic book series, Breed, The Soft Machine, and Silver. Beatriz Romero has worked for SpazDog Press and the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona.

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Ryan Ottley is an American comic book artist who broke into comics professionally in 2004 with The Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman on the Eisner-nominated Best New Series Invincible for Image Comics. 10 years later, Ottley still producing incredible art on Invincible and loving it.

Ottley penciled issues 1-5 of Haunt with Todd McFarlane on inks, Superman/Batman Annual #1 for DC Comics, and one-shots Death Grub, Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark. He also created one of the variant covers for The Walking Dead #100 for Kirkman and penciled a short story for issue 75.

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Copic Certified artist Samantha Gorel, who’s already made a name for herself stateside as illustrator and writer of Once Upon a Titan and Flower in the anthology Flower.Picture.Mask, as well as illustrating Danger Line (all Doujinshi), will soon have a following overseas when her new tutorial book, Manga: The Mega Guide, is published by England's SEARCH Press in 2016.

Before catching the eye of a traditional publisher, Gorel, who specializes in Copic marker and traditional artworks, developed a large fan base with her self-published works. If she looks familiar, you’ve probably seen her at Artist Alley or one of the many Comicons she’s either exhibited at or attended as a featured panelist. Knowing how difficult it was for her to go from unknown to fan favorite, Gorel takes special interest in beginner artists by offering free online tutorials, which can be seen at http://mireielle.deviantart.com.

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If you love indie comic books as much as we do, then you'll be stoked that Scott Shehi, owner of T.R.I.B.E. Studio Comics, will be at Phoenix Comicon 2015! Scott is a self-taught artist and an Arizona native, so he’s like a rare desert unicorn. We’re very excited to have him!

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Shannon Eric Denton is a veteran storyteller and artist with credits at Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Jerry Bruckheimer Films, NBC, Disney, Sony, ToyBiz, Marvel Entertainment, FoxKids, Paramount, CBS, Dimension Films, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon.

He was a storyboard artist on the Oscar Nominated feature "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" and directed the original commercial animations for the movie. He has written for Cartoon Network and worked in live action on shows like Las Vegas, and his projects have been featured in Entertainment Weekly and Publishers Weekly.

Shannon is featured in a section of the book Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning and contributed to the cover art. In 2001, he won Comic Shop News's Readers Choice Red Kryptonite Award for Favorite New Creator.

Shannon is co-founder of the online website Komikwerks, which has partnered with AOL and comics legend Stan Lee. Komikwerks has also launched a new line of illustrated children's action books under the Actionopolis imprint.

https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/RnNZfQn2o2xpggJQqefCOervMbPIci5mujDPJnvl43kv6Rtxjyh5gHN_JKVzeU-aaGz3pePFgxfoAAtZJZNx8mveVTc-11j98EfuAJVcumUenA=s0-d-e1-ft#https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifIn addition to having worked for publishers Marvel, DC Comics, Tokyopop, Desperado Publishing, AiT/Planet Lar, IDW, BOOM Studios, Dynamite and Image Comics, Shannon is the Editor-In-Chief for Lion Forge Comics.

Shannon was also nominated for the 27th, 28th, & 29th Annual ComicBuyersGuide Fan Awards for Favorite Editor.

His book Graveslinger was nominated for a 2010 Harvey Award. Shannon won the 2011 Shel Dorf Award for Editor Of The Year and was again nominated in 2012.

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Stephan Franck is an award-nominated animator/writer/director/comic book creator. He was a supervising animator on the cult classic THE IRON GIANT, and contributed story to DESPICABLE ME. He co-created the animated TV series CORNEIL & BERNIE (Nicktoons - Hub Network), and received an Annie Award nomination for Best Director In a TV Program for the special SMURFS: THE LEGEND OF SMURFY HOLLOW, which presented the Smurf for the first time in 2D animation at a feature-animation level of quality. Stephan’s graphic novel debut, SILVER Volume 1 earned him a nomination for the prestigious Russ Manning Award at San Diego Comic Con 2014, and landed on ComiXology Submit’s ESSENTIAL READS list.

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Stuart Sayger is best known for his moody and expressive style, inks, gouache, chalk and oil pastels are standard when creating his comic book pages. He first broke into the industry as the creator of SHIVER IN THE DARK, producing the comic independently from start to finish.

Currently Sayger is producing artwork for this summer's "Man of Steel" Superman movie, as well as a video game adaption of Robert Kirkman's "Thief of Thieves"

Recent comic book projects include producing art for various IDW projects including: "30-Days of Night",  "Robert Rodriguez's Machete", and "Bram Stoker's Death Ship".

Toy fans may remember Stuart's work from a 2-year run drawing the "Bionicle" comic book based on the popular Lego toy line of the same name. The series was translated to 8 different languages and distributed internationally boasting the largest circulation of any comic book in the world.

Gamers will know Stuart's work from various sets of collectible card game, "VS"  from Upperdeck as well as "Vampire the Eternal Struggle" from White Wolf Games.

Stuart is often drawing during conventions, so please stop by and see his inky fingers at work!

S T U A R T S A Y G E R http://www.stuartsayger.com

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Tim Vigil is a comic book artist, mostly working in the horror/adult genre. His main graphic novel Faust was adapted by Brian Yuzna as the movie Faust: Love of the Damned (2001). The followup Faust: Book of M was nominated for the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative.

Tim is responsible for creating the "DynaPop" style of art and was a key member of the Rebel Studios crew. He has done art for the comics anthology Caliber Presents at Caliber Comics; for the title Morella at Verotik (the comic book label of The Misfits leader Glenn Danzig); for Broken Halos Studios, such as Broken Halo, Gunfighters in Hell (featuring art by his brother Joe Vigil); and the artbooks Dark Utopia and Gothic Nights. Tim also created the titles: EO and Webwitch at Avatar Press.

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Todd Nauck is the artist of the Marvel Comics series, Nightcrawler with legendary X-Men writer, Chris Claremont. Nauck is also the artist of the series Invincible Universe and Guarding the Globe for Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman's Skybound imprint at Image Comics.

Todd Nauck is a well known artist of the comic book industry and works regularly for Marvel, DC, and ImageComics with credits including Amazing Spider-Man, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Teen Titans Go, and Young Justice, as well as countless others. Nauck is the artist of the best selling comic book, Amazing Spider-Man #583: the Spider-Man/Barack Obama Team-Up.

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Best known for his work in the Star Wars Universe, Tom has worked on various franchises such as HALO, Transformers, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and The Simpsons. in 2012, Tom also provided the art for a 40 page graphic novel for the legendary prog-rock band and 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, RUSH.

Tom is currently working on a Graphic Novel, "Mind of Mirrors" with the band "Dan & Leland" (due spring 2014) and is looking to expand on his body of work in the comics industry in 2014.

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Orphan(0) : Tom Hodges (guest_id=99) : categories=Comics;
 

Tony Parker is an Eisner nominated artist, illustrator and college professor. He has worked for nearly every major US comic company (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, BOOM!, IDW, and Aspen), as well as Nike, Games Workshop, and private corporate clients. He has done comic work for Mass Effect, Godzilla, Conan, and Warhammer (Fantasy and 40K). He dislikes talking about himself in the third person, but if he put it in the first person, it would make it look like the book or website did all these things. You can find out more about his work, as well as see more of his art, at www.tonyparkerart.com

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Travis Hanson is an Eisner-nominated, fantasy illustrator with a huge imagination. For the last 15 years he has worked in comics, children's art, RPG fantasy, and games; and fans from conventions also know him for his simple fun illustrations that encourage the basic human need for creativity. 

Travis loves to create and tell stories. His goal with his artwork is fill people with a sense of adventure, wonder, imagination and especially hope. His works tell their own stories and if you let them they will take you places. So if you are ever feeling blue or need a recharge, come and hang out in his imagination, because he knows that if he can bring someone else up and add a sense of wonder, excitement and a drive to be creative then he is on the right track. 

Travis created the long running comic series the Bean and has also published an art book, Adventures for a Lazy Afternoon. Last fall he released the book Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone. Most recently completed The Bean vol 4: The Dark Road. 

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Van Jensen is a former newspaper crime reporter and magazine editor who broke into comics as the writer of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, which was named one of YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. He also has written The Leg: The Remarkable Reappearance of Santa Anna’s Disembodied Limb, and Green Lantern Corps and The Flash for DC Comics. A native of western Nebraska, Jensen now lives in Atlanta.

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Vince Hernandez is Editor-In-Chief and a writer for Aspen Comics. His writing credits include creating and writing CHARISMAGIC, co-creating the supernatural series DELLEC along with Frank Mastromauro. Hernandez is currently writing the Aspen event book FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS as well as previous series such as two volumes of FATHOM: KIANI, SOULFIRE: SHADOW MAGIC, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: LOTUS, ASPEN SHOWCASE: GRACE, and the re-mastered FATHOM: VOLUME ONE.

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Weston Ochse is the author of twenty books, most recently two SEAL Team 666 books, which the New York Post called 'required reading' and USA Today placed on their 'New and Notable List of 2012.' His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, as well as been multiple finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. His work has appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. He is a military veteran with 29 years of military service and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

www.westonochse.com
Twitter: @westonochse

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