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Beechen has written scripts for various cartoons, such as Teen Titans, The Wild Thornberrys, Rugrats, Pink Panther and Pals, The Batman, Edgar and Ellen and the Ben 10 franchise. He was also the story editor on Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi for Cartoon Network. He was an executive producer on The Adventures of Chuck and Friends.
Beechen has written for the Nickelodeon live-action series, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, and for the short-lived drama Savannah.
Beechen wrote several Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and Rocket Power comic strips for Nickelodeon Magazine.
Beechen's first credited published work was a graphic novel named Hench, with artist Manny Bello, was published by AiT/Planet Lar in 2004. He's also written scripts for Teen Titans Go! and Justice League Unlimited for DC Comics.
Currently, Beechen is under contract with DC. He wrote issues of DC's weekly mini-series Countdown to Final Crisis  and the mini-series Countdown to Adventure, featuring Animal Man, Starfire and Adam Strange, for DC. He is currently writing a Batgirl mini-series.
His follow up original graphic novel with Bello, Dugout, was released by AiT/Planet Lar in 2008. At the New York Comic Con, Wildstorm announced he would be writing a new series, Killapalooza, with Trevor Hairsine on art duties. Also at Wildstorm he took over writing Wildcats during the World's End storyline.
Agnes has worked with many of the major comic book publishers, most recently illustrating titles for "My Little Pony" (IDW) and "Lil' Vampi" (Dynamite). She has also done cover art for "Powerpuff Girls" (IDW) "Samurai Jack"(IDW), "Red Sonja" (Dynamite), "Soulfire" (Aspen), and "Unity" (Valiant). Agnes has worked with Marvel Comics, providing artwork for "Girl Comics" and "Spider-Ham", and is the creator of "You, Me, and Zombie" - an all ages zombie tale. You can read that story and see more of Agnes' work at her website http://www.agnesgarbowska.com
Andy Kubert graduated from The Kubert School, founded by his father, Joe Kubert. He began his drawing career at DC Comics then went on to Marvel Comics popular X-Men. He later returned to DC comics. Along with his teaching and other duties at the Kubert School, Andy is currently an exclusive contract artist to DC comics. He has been named to Wizard Magazine’s Top Ten Artists list on numerous occasions over the course of his career.
Clients: DC, Marvel
Characters: Batman, The Flash, Captain America, X-Men, Thor, Ka-Zar, Wolverine (Origin), Marvel 1602, The Punisher, Ghost Rider.
Also associated with: Flashpoint, Before Watchmen/NiteOwl, DC Legacies, Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader and Damian/Son of Batman
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.
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.
Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director.
He is currently working at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like The Age of Ultron, AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men.
Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum
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.
Brett currently works for DC Comics drawing Teen Titans. Some of his past works include art for 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.
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 andTexas 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 & 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.
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Bryan Q. Miller is an American television and comic writer most notable for his work on the CW’s television series Smallville and DC’s comic book Batgirl.
Miller began work on Smallville as an unpaid intern during Season Five, a job he held for two seasons before being hired as a Writers’ Assistant in Season Seven. After completing the WB Writers’ Workshop, he was promoted to Staff Writer for Season Eight. Before the show ended, he served as the show’s Executive Story Editor.
Through his work on Smallville, Miller met acclaimed comic writer Geoff Johns, who introduced Miller to editors at DC Comics. Through these meetings, Miller landed a three-book arc for Teen Titans in 2009.
From October 2009 to July 2011, he wrote the re-launched Batgirl book, featuring Stephanie Brown as the cowl-wearing superhero. The series met critical acclaim. He went on to write the Smallville Season 11 comic book series.
He is among the authors contributing to Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Chanties, a graphic novel anthology that will serve as a prequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It was expected to be published on April 19, 2011, though was held back due to the production not being satisfied with the final product. Its current fate is currently unknown.
Miller is currently writing a Kickstarter-funded graphic novel, titled Earthward, with Marcio Takara producing the artwork.
Writer Chris Claremont has encountered more success than most writers ever dream of. His stories have achieved best-seller status, won numerous awards, and are trend-setters for the industry. Although best known for his work on Marvel Comic’s X-Men series, he has written other seminal characters such as Batman and Superman; originated several creator-owned series; is published throughout the world in many different languages; authored nine novels. His papers are in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University, in New York. His work has touched millions.
His initial unbroken 17 year run on Marvel Comics The Uncanny X-Men is the stuff of industry legend. During that tenure he took a lackluster title and transformed it into the dominant, best-selling title in the industry. His run culminated with the launch of the new title, X-Men, whose first issue sold over 7.6 million copies. No one has yet come close to breaking this record. It is a conservative estimate that Chris has sold in excess of 500,000,000 comics, world wide.
Chris’s work on the X-Men has brought resounding creative success as well as outstanding sales. The story arc “Dark Phoenix,” with its radical treatment of the story’s central character, paved the way for the reinterpretation of superhero mythos throughout the comics industry. That story still resonates throughout the X-men canon.
Chris is well known for his progressive treatment of women in a genre that oftentimes relies on stereotype. Active, intelligent, courageous women characters such as Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, Rogue, and Storm have made Chris’s X-Men as popular with women readers as men.
The Summer of 2000 saw the release of the feature film, X-Men, based largely on material created by Chris. The sequel, X-2, contains characters and key story elements from Chris’s best-selling graphic novel, God Loves, Man Kills. X-Men: The Last Stand, released in May 2006, is grounded in the Dark Phoenix saga. X-Men: First Class used Chris’s origin of Magneto, and included many of Chris’s character creations, such as Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost (The White Queen), Moira MacTaggart, and Mystique. The forthcoming second Wolverine movie is based largely on the graphic novel, Wolverine, by Chris and Frank Miller.
Chris is especially proud of his creator-owed work, which includes Sovereign 7, a unique, otherworldly young adult comic series whose three-year run was published by DC Cmics; and the historic fantasies The Black Dragon and Marada, the She-Wolf (artist: John Bolton) and Wanderers: The Winter King (artist: Phillip Briones). Chris’s prose novels include the science fiction High Frontier Series (First Flight, Grounded!, Sundowner), the fantasy series Shadow Moon, Shadow Dawn, Shadow Star and the dark fantasy Dragon Moon.
Chris has just completed work on a dark fantasy prose novel, Wild Blood, and is beginning work on Silk Road, a thriller set on that fabled route.
Chris Roberson’s writings include the novels Here, There & Everywhere, The Voyage of Night Shining White, Paragaea: A Planetary Romance, X-Men: The Return, Set the Seas on Fire, The Dragon’s Nine Sons, End of the Century, Iron Jaw and Hummingbird, Three Unbroken, and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II, and the comic book series Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love and I, Zombie. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as Asimov’s, Interzone, Postscripts, and Subterranean, and in anthologies such as Live Without a Net, FutureShocks, and Forbidden Planets.
Along with his business partner and spouse Allison Baker, he is the publisher of MonkeyBrain Books, an independent publishing house specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies, and he is the editor of anthology Adventure Vol. 1. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times—once each for writing and editing, and twice for publishing—twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and four times for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History (winning the Short Form in 2004 with his story “O One” and the Long Form in 2008 with his novel The Dragon’s Nine Sons). Chris and Allison live in Austin, Texas with their daughter Georgia.
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.
Christian Beranek is a writer, producer, musician and consultant. She has worked in comics with such companies as Zenescope, Markosia, Image, and IDW. From 2000 - 2008 she co-ran Silent Devil with her family. In 2008 she signed a producer deal with Disney to launch Kingdom Comics. In 2010 she helped launch the successful website The Webcomic Factory. Currently Beranek is focusing her time on creating her own graphic novels.
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London.
A lifelong fan of the "team-up," Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. In addition to his recent work with Tim Lebbon, he co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of multiple novels, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent and The Sisterhood, both currently in development as feature films. With Amber Benson, Golden co-created the online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name.
As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead and British Invasion, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson) and a network television pilot.
The author is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others.
Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him atwww.christophergolden.com
Christopher Herndon has been feeding himself by way of the funnybook industry for over a decade. He is the co-creator of the acclaimed series Living With Zombies but has professionally drawn everything from extinct animals, to grotesque monsters, to sassy ladies, to gun toatin’ cowpokes, to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Most recently he has undertaken the gargantuan task of illustrating the Terra Tempo series. This has given him the great opportunity call on his love of science to educate and entertain those young and old about the real life monsters living in our Earth’s past. Smilodons, Mammoths, and Dinosaurs. Oh MY! His work may be found in numerous comic books, album covers, games, magazines, and natural history museums.
Chuck BB is the Eisner award winning artist & Co-Creator of the Black Metal graphic novel series published by Oni Press. He is also the creator of the comic strip Stone Cold Lazy published monthly in the pages of Decibel Magazine (Americas premiere and ONLY dedicated extreme music publication). He has been published by the likes of Marvel Comics & IDW Publishing. His only vices are brutal extreme metal and kitty cats.
Having written or drawn most every major title published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, Dan Jurgens is recognized by fans everywhere as a major creative force.
Jurgens began his career with DC Comics as artist on THE WARLORD. Shortly after, he created, wrote and drew BOOSTER GOLD for DC. He continued with stints on FLASH GORDON, GREEN ARROW, and THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Most notably, he logged a ten-year run as writer/artist on SUPERMAN, including the best-selling Death of Superman for which he won the National Cartoonists Society Award for Best in Comic Book Division. Jurgens followed up with the mega-hit crossover ZERO HOUR, which redefined the DC Universe.
He moved to Marvel Comics and launched a new Spider-Man series, THE SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN. Jurgens then logged seven years writing THE MIGHTY THOR and also wrote and drew CAPTAIN AMERICA.
In 2005 Jurgens moved into the world of book publishing to write and illustrate You Can Draw Marvel Characters for Dorling Kindersley Publishing.
Jurgens has since returned to DC Comics where he helped relaunch, write and draw BOOSTER GOLD, which he first created in 1985. He moved on to write and draw TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT and revisit the Death of Superman in DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES. In 2011, Dan returned to writing and drawing BOOSTER GOLD in order to make it part of a very special storyline involving the entire universe of DC characters.
As part of DC Comics' major NEW 52 launch, Dan was heavily involved in two projects. He started with JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, which focused on a team of global heroes serving as earth's protectors. The team was lead by Dan's creation, Booster Gold. In addition, Dan drew the newly launched GREEN ARROW series, featuring a dramatic new vision of DC's Emerald Archer. Dan followed that up with a return to the SUPERMAN and FIRESTORM titles, which he wrote and drew.
In 2014, Dan will be one of the artists and writers on DC Comics' dynamic new weekly series, NEW 52: FUTURES END, which explores both the present and future of the DC Universe of stars. Dan also launches a new series for DC called AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS, featuring Aquaman and the enigmatic new group of heroes simply known as The Others.
Dan Parsons started out in comics in the late 1990s working part-time writing and illustrating his creator-owned series Savage Planet and Harpy while employed as a research scientist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. In 2002, he began working steadily for Dark Horse Comics, penciling and primarily inking titles such as Star Wars: Republic, King Kong and Star Wars: Jedi. More recently, Parsons has been part of the creative team that introduced the acclaimed Star Wars: Legacy series and has been a regular inker on Knights of the Old Republic, Clone Wars and other Star Wars titles.
Dan Wickline is a published writer and photographer. Born in Norwalk, California, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Debbie, dog Artemis and three cats: Tiger, Panther, and Crash. Dan has written for Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Humanoids Publishing, Zenescope Entertainment, Avatar Press, Cellar Door Publishing and Moonstone Books. Recently Dan has written the re-launch of ShadowHawk for Image Comics and the Sleepy Hollow and Lovecraft/Wonderland mini-series for Zenescope. He also has written the screenplay for Shelter Me, an episode of the Metal Hurlant Chronicles starring James Marsters and Michelle Ryan. If you would like more information about Dan Wickline, his work, or wish to contact him, please visit www.danwickline.com.
Daniel James Abraham (born November 1969) is a prolific American science fiction / fantasy author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. His collaboration with Ty Franck under the name James S. A. Corey,Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Hisnovelette "Flat Diane" was nominated for the Nebula Award. His novelette "The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairytale of Economics" was nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award.
Daniel has contributed to George R. R. Martin's Wild Card series, as well as having written the Wild Cards: Hard Call comic for Dynamite Entertainment. He has also adapted several George R. R. Martin works for comics including A Game of Thrones, Skin Trade, and Fevre Dream. He also writes urban fantasy under the name M. L. N. Hanover.
Abraham is a graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop 1998.
Started his inking career at Marvel in the early 90's as Art Thibert's inking assistant. Joined Image comics under Rob Liefeld Extreme Studios banner in 1993. Danny Miki started inking Youngblood comics in 1993. After finding his style at Extreme Studios, Danny’s tremendous inking talents have since led him to the pages of Supreme, Bloodstrike, Brigade, Team YoungBlood, Spawn, The Darkness, Moonknight, The New Avenger, Ultimate Six...etc. Danny also, held down a freelance job with Mattel, designing toys.
Dennis Calero is the award winning and internationally recognized artist of Alex Ross: Masks, X-Men: Noir and Legion of Superheroes. He has also leant his talents to CCG Properties such as Magic andLegend of the Five Rings, as well as Dungeons & Dragons. His work includes X-Men: Mark of Cain, X-Factor, 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, Cowboys and Aliens, Dark Tower, Fallen Angel, Hawkgirl, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Supergirl , Magic The Gathering, Countdown to Final Crisis, Wolverine: First Class and JSA Classified. During his tenure on X-Factor the title was nominated for the Harvey Award for Best New Series .
Calero has also provided illustrations for role-playing games, beginning in 1996 for White Wolf. He has done interior artwork for Dungeons & Dragons books for the Forgotten Realms setting, such as Silver Marches,Faiths and Pantheons, and Races of Faer. Calero also co-founded Atomic Paintbrush, one of the first computer-coloring companies working in the comic-book field.
Currently, Dennis is the penciler and inker on "Army of Darkness" with writer Steve Niles, as well as a cover artist on numerous titles.
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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.
Francis Manapul is an artist currently working for DC comics. In 2011 he was awarded the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist. He is best known for his work on Top Crow comic's Witchblade and Necromancer. Since then he has gone on to work on titles like Adventure Comics, and Superman Batman. Manapul is currently the writer/artist for the New 52's revamp of The Flash.
Comic book writer and artist Freddie Williams II is notable for working almost entirely in a digital format. Starting in 2005, Williams worked on the DC series Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle. He's continued his work with DC Comics on many titles including Robin, Flash, Countdown, 52, Blue Beetle, Aquaman, Final Crisis Aftermath: Run and JSA Classified.
Williams is active in the online comic book world and has contributed to comic book podcasts like Comic Geek Speak, Raging Bullets and Fanboy Radio. He also shares digital drawing technique tutorials on YouTube and has written a book on digital artwork: The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics.
Gene Ha has worked since 1992 on books like Fables, Action Comics, Justice League, The Shade, and his upcoming book Mae. He is most celebrated for his collaboration with Alan Moore and Zander Cannon on Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners. The books won three Eisner Awards, the highest honor in comics, and have been reprinted in countries such as Poland, France, Brazil and Japan. Phoenix Comicon 2014 will be his first trip to Arizona, a land he's wanted to visit since seeing Raising Arizona in high school. He lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife Lisa and their rescue dog Fina. Find him online at http://www.geneha.com/
Greg Horn is currently the lead artist on Disney's MARVEL: WAR OF HEROES, a Top Ten mobile game app designed for APPLE IPHONE and NDROID. Horn was brought on to this high-profile DISNEY project to create 30 unique MARVEL COMICS character illustrations, most of which are highly sought-after rare cards. The game ranks in Apple iTunes store's top 5 apps for nearly a year straight, with more than 20 million downloads in just the past 3 months! Greg's other current work includes variant covers for two of Marvel Comic's best selling titles: AVENGERS #1 and THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1! While best known in the comic world for his unforgettable visions of Marvel's female leads such as EMMA FROST, MS MARVEL, ELEKTRA, and SHE-HULK, he has also been assigned as variant cover artist on iconic event books such as DC COMICS' BLACKEST NIGHT.
One of the most prolific artists in the world, Horn has worked on 20 major advertising campaigns across the globe, and has illustrated covers for nearly 70 magazines. His video game work for industry heavy-hitters like EA SPORTS, CAPCOM, SONY, ROCKSTAR, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, BLIZZARD, 2K GAMES, DIGITAL EXTREMES, 3D REALMS and HIP GAMES can all be viewed in his art galleries at www.greghornart.com.
Herbert "Herb" Trimpe is an American comic-book artist and occasional writer, best remembered for his work on The Incredible Hulk and credited with the co-creation of the X-Men's Wolverine in the early 1970s.
Trimpe joined Marvel Comics in 1967 and stayed until 1996. He was laid off when Marvel went bankrupt, went back to school for his master's degree, and taught art at a rural middle/high school for two years. He occasionally takes on comic-book projects.
Recognition for his work includes a nomination for the Shazam Award for Best Inker (Humor Division) in 1973, as well as Humanitarian of the Year Award at the San Diego comic convention in 2002, for his work as a chaplain at the World Trade Center site after 9/11. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Herb Trimpe has participated in an upcoming documentary film called Adventures Into Digital Comics. The film discusses, among other things, the crash of the comic book industry in the 90s and the emergence of webcomics.
Brian and Kristy Miller are no strangers to the Phoenix Comicon. As co-owners of Hi-Fi Colour Design that are an important part Arizona comic culture and the comic book industry as a whole. Employing artists who do work for many different publishers including DC, Marvel, Disney, Wizard, and Lucasfilm (Star Wars). Brian was a colorist working under several different pen names till 1998, when he started Hi-Fi Colour. The pair now run Hi-Fi together and continue to help comic book artists grow. With their first two books Hi-Fi Color for Comics and Master Digital Color they share some of what they have learned over the years with aspiring comic book artists.
Jon Samuel Lewis is an American writer best known for the acclaimed Grey Griffins series published by Scholastic’s Orchard Books. After selling nearly a million copies in the original trilogy, Lewis and his writing partner, Derek Benz teamed with Little Brown to produce the Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles .
He is also the author of CHAOS Novels , a young adult adventure series that combines supernatural, science fiction, and urban fantasy to create an exciting hybrid of non-stop adventure.
He currently resides in Arizona with his wife and children.
Jake Parker is an illustrator based in Utah. For the last 15 years he has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. He has lived in six states, working at the best studios with the most amazing and talented people in the country. Now he freelances out of his home studio.
James O’Barr, is the award-winning creator of "The Crow," and writer of two hit series currently from IDW Publishing, entitled "Curare" and "Skinning the Wolves."
He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing.
When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since.
While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70's he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiancé at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it ("too gloomy, too confusing...”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989.
It is currently the best-selling independent graphic novel of all time at over 1 million copies sold.
In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children's charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent 3 sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that goes into production in 2014.
He has worked for every major publisher. In Italy, 1995, he won the Academy Award of comics, the Yellow Kid award for best storyteller.
Recently returned from a record breaking signing tour for the Italian Edition of "The Crow," his most recent book is a the new sketchbook from Eva Ink Publishing "James O'Barr: Unconfined."
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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.
Jim Cheung is a comic book artist best known for his work on series such as Scion from 2000 to 2004, New Avengers: Illuminati from 2005 to 2006 and Avengers: The Children's Crusade from 2010 to present. In 2005, he was named one of Marvel Comics “Young Guns” for his potential to be “a future superstar pencillier.” Cheung currently illustrates for the miniseries Avengers: The Children's Crusade.
Jim Di Bartolo is a mixed media illustrator, painter, and visual storyteller. In his freelance career he has illustrated novels, comic books, role-playing games and done paintings for private commissions. His upcoming collaborative novel with New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White entitled IN THE SHADOWS will be released from Scholastic on April 29th, 2014.
He and his wife, (also a New York Times bestselling author) Laini Taylor, have collaborated on several books, and their most recent joint effort, LIPS TOUCH, was a National Book Award finalist. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their daughter.
Chances are, he probably could use more sleep.
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
Joe Corroney has been providing Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997. Other comic books he's illustrated include Star Trek, GI Joe, Fallen Angel, 24: Nightfall, Doctor WHO, Angel and Spike Vs. Dracula for IDW Publishing, Buckaroo Banzai, Kolchak The Night Stalkerand The Phantom for Moonstone Books and Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics. Currently, he's providing cover art for IDW's new True Blood series and BOOM! Studios' Farscape comic books, developing his creator owned comic book series, Death Avenger and continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm.
Some of the other licenses and professional publishers he has illustrated for are DC Comics, Hasbro, The Lord of the Rings, Heroes, Wizards of the Coast, XBox, Dragon Magazine, Sony Picture's Men In Black, Xena: Warrior Princess,ThunderBirds: The Movie, IDG Entertainment, Rittenhouse Archives, Paizo Publishing, White Wolf Publishing, Cinemagraphix, Last Unicorn Games, West End Games, Image Comics, Blue Line Pro, and Microsoft's Age of Empirescollectible card game.
He was also the instructor for the Comic Book Illustration Course at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio (from 1998 - 2008) and has also taught the Ohio State University's Summer Comic Book Workshop.
Joe Harris is the creator and writer of myriad comics and graphic novels such as the hit Image Comics environmental sci-fi series, Great Pacific, and the fan-favorite, monthly paranormal investigations of Agents Mulder and Scully in The X-Files: Season 10 for IDW.
As a young creator at Marvel Comics, Joe launched the cult-classic Spider-Man spinoff, Slingers and the Bishop: The Last X-Man series. He has written for just about all major comics publishers and characters including DC Comics, Dark Horse and others.
Harris conceived, and co-wrote the screenplay for, the hit Sony Pictures horror film, Darkness Falls after his short film, Tooth Fairy was acquired by Revolution Studios and developed into a feature. He went on the co-write the politically-themed slasher movie and Fox release, The Tripper with David Arquette before returning to comics with a focus on creating original, creator-owned titles such as the Hitchcockian portrait of spontaneous human combustion, Spontaneous and the fantasy graphic novel, Wars In Toyland for Oni Press.
His supernatural thriller, Ghost Projekt was also published by Oni. Lauded by Ain’t It Cool News as “one of the finest” miniseries of the year, the tense tale of ghosts, gambits and Cold War secrets is currently being developed for television.
A native New Yorker, he lives in Manhattan.
Jon Goff is a Writer/Artist/Toy Designer from Tempe, AZ.
Companies: The McFarlane Companies (Todd McFarlane Productions, McFarlane Toys, Todd McFarlane Entertainment), 343 industries (Microsoft Games Studio).
Credits (Comics): SPAWN (200-present), The Adventures of SPAWN Online, The Adventures of SPAWN: Director’s Cut, The Adventures of SPAWN #2
Credits (Novels): Halo Evolutions -- “Headhunters” (short story), “Beyond” (poem), “Acheron-VII” (poem), “ICON,” “Connectivity” (poem).
Credits (Action Figures*): HALO (McFarlane Toys), LOST (McFarlane Toys), SPAWN, The Adventures of SPAWN, Movie Maniacs, McFarlane’s Dragons, McFarlane’s Twisted Christmas, McFarlane’s Monsters, more. * - All action figure development done in conjunction with Todd McFarlane and the McFarlane Toys Design Group.
Jon’s current projects include plotting and providing scripting assistance on Todd McFarlane’s monthly SPAWN comic book. He is also developing a handful of creator-owned comics including BIG HITTERS (with Travis Sengaus) and JACK RABBIT (with Jim Hanna), as well as a series of episodic science-fiction/noir novels.
This June, Jon’s fan-favorite short story, “Headhunters,” set within the expanded Halo universe, will be adapted into a special three-part motion comic premiering on Halo Waypoint on XBOX Live. More information can be found at www.halowaypoint.com.
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.
Katie Cook is a comic book artist and writer that lives somewhere in that state that looks like a mitten. Her writing for the pop-culture phenomenon comic tie-in to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is gaining her headlines this year... But it's her work for Star Wars, Marvel, the Jim Henson Company and more that have made her a popular name. Her weekly webcomic, Gronk: A Monster's Story, was nominated for the Harvey award for Best Online Comic last year. You can see more of Katie's work at www.katiecandraw.com and www.gronkcomic.com.
Kelci Crawford is an independent comic artist best known for the webcomics "Validation" (co-created with Christian Beranek) and "Johnson & Sir." She currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. You can see more of her work at www.kelcidcrawford.com
Kristensen received an MFA in 2008 from Columbia University Film School. While still in film school he was selected to both the Sundance and IFP labs, and worked as an associate producer under Gary Winick (CHARLOTTE’S WEB) and Mark Waters (MEAN GIRLS).
After graduating, he won the prestigious Academy Award Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and was a finalist for the Disney Feature Fellowship. On the heels of that he was hired by Pulitzer-prize winner Michael Chabon to write a graphic novel spinoff of The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which will be published by Dark Horse Comics.
A rabid comic book geek, Ken co-created the critical and commercial hit Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth — an Image Comics (The Walking Dead) series. The series is one of many projects Ken has in development with his longtime creative partner, Eisner-nominated comic book artist M.K. Perker.
In 2014 Ken was hired to take over the writing chores on INDESTRUCTIBLE, a monthly super-hero comic book series published by IDW/Darby Pop Publishing. The series was created by Jeff Kline (Transformers Prime).
Ken served as Producer on four seasons of JAIL (Spike), two seasons of INSIDE AMERICAN JAIL (TruTV), and the TV special ROAD WARRIORS (Spike). He has also produced pilots for Fox, Spike, and Discovery.
Ken recently sold his pitch PRISON BUS to A&E. He’s currently serving as Executive Producer on the one-hour pilot.
The sci fi anthology series FUTURESTATES (PBS), which Ken produced, had its Season 3 premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival before rolling out on multiple PBS platforms.
His work and life have been written about in publications as varied as The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, and National Geographic Adventure.
Ken’s current projects in development include a feature with writer/producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (DIARY OF A WIMPY KID), TV series with Ryan Seacrest Productions and Discovery Studios, and comic book series with Image Comics (THE WALKING DEAD) and Dark Horse Comics (Hellboy).
Ken is represented by ICM Partners and Heroes and Villains Entertainment.
Kevin Coulston is an accomplished Web Comic Author, Illustrator, Website Designer and Digital Art Director. Kevin broke into the Web Comics scene back in 2009 with his Pop Culture Parody Comic, StaleBacon. His other works include the Time Travel Comedy Teenage Paradox and more recently Dylan McVillain - A Super Villain with the Best Intentions.
His first book StaleBacon: Stomach Caterpillars was released in 2012, a second StaleBacon collection is slated for this year and the first Dylan McVillain book is set to be released May 2013.
In 1987, Maguire was the artist on the re-launch of Justice League written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis. The two writers and Maguire reunited in 2003 for the Formerly Known as the Justice League miniseries and its 2005 sequel, "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League" published in JLA Classified. Maguire's collaborations with Giffen and DeMatteis also include Defenders and Metal Men back-ups in the latest volume of Doom Patrol.
Maguire has frequently collaborated with writer Fabian Nicieza on series such as Adventures of Captain America, X-Men, andBatman Confidential. In 2007, he was the subject of Modern Masters #10 from TwoMorrows Publishing.
Maguire and George Pérez are alternating as artist of a revival of the Worlds' Finest series, which is written by Paul Levitz.
Konstantin Komardin is an award-winning Russian sequential artist, graphic artist and animator currently living in Moscow. This marks his first appearances in the United States, providing a rare opportunity to see some amazing originals never before offered in the US. Konstantin was born in Ekaterinburg, where he fell in love with sequential art as a child, and went on to attend the Academy of Book Design. And has worked with numerous publishing houses on book covers and interior illustrations, while also working with anthology magazines in the role of graphic artist.
Some of his published work includes the BD magazines "Veles," "Hacker," "Max Cooler," "Moulin Rouge," "Timof" which published his story "Siberian Dreams," and the renowned comics "Agent Z," "Sit-o-city," "Gate of Alice," and "Mechanics of Senses." Other works include the upcoming Judge Dredd project, and the Russian/Polish project "City Stories." Konstantin was awarded the Grand Prize for "The Site of Polis" at the Moscow Comics Festival in 2003.
A talented illustrator for print, Konstantin is also an award-winning animator as mentioned. His works include the concept designs on "Elka," "Man with the Wind in his Head" which appeared in the Suzdal Film Festival in 2008, "Tram," "Spindel" which was honored at the Moscow Short Film Festival in 2010, and "The Man in Penze Nez," which screened at both the Suzdal Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival in 2010.
Several shorts by Konstantin will he aired at the convention, so check your programming for time and place. Konstantin will be in artist alley sketching throughout the show.
For more information on Konstantin and his work be sure to visit him at his table in artist alley. For information on ordering sketches before the show, contact Renee at email@example.com
Wein's first professional comics story was "Eye of the Beholder" in DC's Teen Titans #18 (Dec. 1968), where with co-writer and fellow future-pro Marv Wolfman he introduced the male character Starfire who was eventually renamed Red Star. Late the following year, Wein was publishing anthological mystery stories for DC's The House of Secrets and Marvel's Tower of Shadows and Chamber of Darkness. He additionally began writing for DC's romance comic Secret Hearts and the company's toy-line tie-in Hot Wheels; Skywald Publications' horror-comics magazines Nightmare and Psycho and its short-lived Western comic books; and Gold Key's Mod Wheels, Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery, the toyline tie-in Microbots, and the TV-series tie-ins Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.
Marat grew up in Los Angeles CA, where he first fell in love with comics working as a store clerk at the Golden Apple comic book store. At 13 while at a local comic book convention he met another aspiring young artist Rob Liefeld (16 at the time) the two struck up a friendship and kept in touch. Years later as Rob Liefeld was working on Marvel Comic’s New Mutants he hired on a fresh out of high school Marat as his assistant. It didn’t take long before Rob realized Marat was ready to step up and start penciling his own book…thus he offered Marat Brigade. Marat has had a long and successful career in both comic books and freelance graphic design. He has worked at Marvel Comics on titles such as X-Force:Shatterstar and Deadpool Corp, and a number of DC 52 titles including Hawk and Dove and Grifter. He currently resides in Brea, CA where he freelances as a graphic designer and comicbook illustrator. Marat is currently working on his creator owned projects Blindside and Notti & Nyce published by Contraband Comics.
Marc Bernardin has been a managing editor of Starlog magazine, a consulting editor for Fangoria magazine and a senior editor for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com. He just wrapped up his first season as a television writer, for Syfy’s Alphas and is currently an editor for The Hollywood Reporter as well as a blogger for sites like GQ.com, io9.com, Vulture.com, and Blastr.com. He’s also a comic book writer, having authored or co-authored Static Shock (DC), X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, Wolverine (Marvel), The Authority (WildStorm), The Highwaymen (WildStorm), GENIUS (Top Cow), Hero Complex (Kickstart), and Monster Attack Network (AiT/Planetlar). Some of those books are being adapted for the screen, while others are quite content to look quite handsome on a shelf. All of the following are true: He has sat in James T. Kirk’s chair, gotten drunk with Mal Reynolds, and been flipped off by Xena.
Mark Bagley was born to a military family in Frankfurt, Germany. He had always wanted to break into the comic book business. At age 18, he joined the military so that he could qualify for the G.I. Bill and go to art school.
After his work in the military and art school, he continued trying to break into the comic industry but ended up working for Lockheed Martin making technical drawings.
Later in life, he fathered a child, a daughter named Angela, who is a teacher.
In 1983, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter created the Marvel Try-out Book to draw new talent into the comic book industry. The contest involved a deconstructed comic book in which contestants could complete the comic and submit it to Marvel. The winner would be awarded a professional assignment with Marvel.
At 27 years old, Mark Bagley entered the contest and won first place for penciling. This led to a series of low profile penciling jobs including jobs for Marvel's New Universe line and backup stories in Captain America. A majority of his work during this time was for the first series of Marvel Universe Trading cards.
In 1990, Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz created a team of teenage superheroes called the New Warriors. Given the positive fan reaction, Marvel created a new series based on these heroes and assigned Bagley and Fabian Nicieza to the title.
Though not an instant success, the title rose in fame to become one of Marvel’s more successful titles in the 1990s.
A couple of years into the New Warriors run, New Warriors editor Danny Fingeroth became responsible for the Spider-Man line of titles. At the same time, Erik Larsen vacated his spot as penciler on Spider-Man’s flagship title Spider-Man illustrated by Mark BagleyThe Amazing Spider-Man.
Fingeroth decided to take a chance on Bagley, who was a relatively inexperienced artist to be assigned what is arguably Marvel’s flagship title. After a rough start, Bagley hit his stride on The Amazing Spider-Man and eventually grew to be considered the definitive Venom illustrated by Mark BagleySpider-Man artist of the mid-1990s. His artwork was used extensively for licensed material, appearing on everything from plates and cups to credit cards.
Bagley also holds the distinction of being the artist on Marvel’s first web-based comic book, featuring Spider-Man, which appeared on Marvel’s official website.
After working on Spider-Man for several years, Bagley began to feel burnt out on Spider-Man. Needing a change, he next collaborated with writer Kurt Busiek on a new team of superheroes, the Thunderbolts. The concept behind the Thunderbolts was that of a team of super villains who posed as superheroes in order to gain the public’s trust. As the title progressed, some of the villains began to realize they enjoyed the role of a hero and no longer wanted to be villains.
The title enjoyed modest success and though its sales did decline over time, the decline was so slow and the fan base was so dedicated that the title continued to be published even after Bagley left the title in 2001 (at issue #50).
Bill Jemas, publisher at Marvel in the year 2000, was looking to relaunch Marvel’s primary franchises in a way that would make them accessible to younger readers. Designed as a six-issue mini series, Ultimate Spider-Man would be a title that began the Spider-Man mythos from the beginning set in modern times. Marvel wanted Bagley on the title from the beginning, but, still being burnt out from his earlier run, he resisted.
Eventually though, he (reluctantly) agreed and was assigned Ultimate Spider-Man with writer Brian Michael Bendis. The title was an instant hit and soon turned from a limited series to an ongoing series by Bendis and Bagley.
They went on to enjoy the longest continuous run of any creative team on a mainstream Marvel superhero comic beating the record set by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby with Ultimate Spider-Man #103 (published in December 2006). He eventually left the title after #111 was published in July 2007.
Bagley collaborated again with Bendis on the latter's second story arc of Mighty Avengers. That was his last work for Marvel before he becomes exclusive to DC Comics.
It was reported in January 2011, that starting with issue 156 of Ultimate Spider-Man, Bagley will reunite with longtime collaborator and writer Brian Michael Bendis for an eight issue story arc entitled 'Death of Spider-Man' which will prelude in February and kicks in with the actual storyline in March and will conclude in July 2011.
Born 3/2/52 in Santa Monica, California. Mark is one of those people who made the long, hard struggle to Hollywood all the way from West Los Angeles. "Evanier" (pronounced ev-uh-near) is not French; it was probably made up by some Immigration Officer at Ellis Island one day who said, "Hey, here come some more Jews! Let's give them real stupid last names!" He prefers being on a first name basis with everyone if only because "Mark" is easier to spell.
His father had the worst job in the world: He worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Hated it. As a result, he urged his only kid to do whatever he wanted to in life, as long as he loved it. At about age eight, Mark decided he would love to be a professional writer and that, by God, was that. He has never had a "Plan B" since. His decision was only reinforced when The Dick Van Dyke Show debuted and he jumped to the conclusion, sadly erroneous, that all writers get to sleep with women who look like Laura Petrie.
Mark started reading 'n' collecting comic books shortly after he got out of the womb but didn't figure on them for a career since the business, he thought, was wholly in New York and didn't cotton to outta-towners. It turned out that was only partly true — and would become even less true as the years went by. He graduated high school in '69, became a professional writer about a week later when he sold a mess of articles to a couple of local magazines, and have never been without work since.
The week after his first sale, Mark met Jack Kirby, one of the true geniuses of his lifetime. Soon after, Jack asked Steve Sherman and Mark if they would like to become his assistants. They thought it over for, oh, about three seconds before agreeing. There was never any money in the job, but to "apprentice" like that was invaluable, for reasons he is still coming to understand. You may too if you read a book Mark wrote, Kirby: King of Comics, which came out in 2008.
About the same time he started working for Jack, Mark started writing foreign comics for Disney Studios — that is, stories of Donald Duck and Goofy that were published overseas. This led to his writing stories for the American Disney comics, which were then published by Western Publishing Company, aka Gold Key Comics. This, in turn, led to Mark working on other Gold Key Comics — primarily the Warner Brothers characters (Bugs, Daffy, Porky, et al) but also Woody Woodpecker, Scooby Doo and others. It was on Scooby Doo that he was first teamed with one of his favorite artists, Dan Spiegle. Dan and Mark worked together for over a quarter of a century after that.
Around '74, Mark spent a year running an overseas comic book division for the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, writing comics of Tarzan and Korak (the latter drawn by Mr. Spiegle) and he also met a very fine writer from Pittsburgh named Dennis Palumbo, who'd moved to L.A. to try his hand at TV work. As young comedy writers tend to come in pairs, they decided to team up and try to get work. They wrote for The Nancy Walker Show (it was cancelled in 13 weeks), they wrote for The McLean Stevenson Show (it was cancelled in 6), they sold a series to CBS (it never got on) and then they got hired as story editors for Welcome Back, Kotter and wrote a few other things that did okay.
After Kotter, Dennis and Mark decided to go their separate ways, parting as friends. He began writing for (and eventually running) the Hanna-Barbera comic book division, where he again did — among other books — Scooby Doo, drawn by Dan Spiegle. He also began writing TV shows either on his own or in tandem with a clever lady named Marion C. Freeman.
Eventually, Mark somehow became typed as a variety show writer and wrote many a special or series in that dying genre, thereby hastening its demise. Most of them were for the legendary Sid and Marty Krofft and included the infamous Pink Lady and Jeff, which toplined two Japanese ladies who spoke almost no English, and a series with the Bay City Rollers, who spoke English but were no more intelligible.
He also started writing cartoon shows: Scooby Doo, Plastic Man, Thundarr the Barbarian, The Trollkins, ABC Weekend Special, CBS Storybreak, Rickety Rocket, Superman: The Animated Series and many others. Mark story-edited Richie Rich for a couple of years, wrote the pilots for Dungeons & Dragons, The Wuzzles and a few series from which he removed my name. Somewhere in there, he wrote That's Incredible! for three years and a whole lotta material for stand-up comedians.
Throughout all this, Mark dabbled in and out of comic books, including Blackhawk, which he wrote (and later edited) for DC and which featured spectacular artwork by Dan Spiegle. But he also started doing a lot of what we call "creator-owned" comic books. F'rinstance, his longtime pal Sergio Aragonés asked him to become his co-conspirator on Groo the Wanderer, which has become one of the longest-running comic books of those owned by creators and not companies. And him and his pal Will Meugniot created (Mark wrote, he drew at first) a super-hero book called The DNAgents. That led to a spin-off called Crossfire, which was drawn by Dan Spiegle and which is probably my favorite of all the non-comical comic books he has written.
Mark's favorite animation project is Garfield and Friends, which was the top-rated Saturday morn show on CBS for most of its seven year run. A close contender would be Mother Goose & Grimm, based on Mike Peters' brilliant newspaper strip. He has also written for Pryor's Place, Bob (the series wherein Mr. Newhart played a comic book artist), The Half-Hour Comedy Hour, a couple of specials with Dick Clark, a script for Cheers which they bought but didn't film, a number of shows he wished they hadn't filmed, and a number of stand-up comedians. Until she finally won one, he told people he was becoming "The Susan Lucci of the writing Emmys," being oft-nominated but never a bride. Since 2009, Mark has been Supervising Producer on The Garfield Show, which is seen in darn near every country on the planet and in every language. He has no idea what a Supervising Producer is supposed to do but he writes, story-edits and directs the voices.
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.
He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival. with gallery shows of his work in Spain, New York, Maryland and Moscow.
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Mike Baron broke into comics with an illustrated text piece in the 1974 debut issue of Marvel Comics's Comix Book. In 1981, he published his first formal comics script with Nexus, the science fiction title he co-created with illustrator Steve Rude; the series garnered numerous honors, including Eisners for both creators. A prolific creator, Baron is responsible for The Badger, Ginger Fox, Spyke, Feud, and many other comic book titles.
Baron has also written numerous mainstream characters, most notably DC's The Flash and Batman, Marvel's The Punisher, and several Star Wars adaptations for Dark Horse. He has been nominated for Best Writer in the Kirby, Harvey and Eisner Awards, and has won two Eisners for his work on Nexus
Mike Grell is a legendary artist who has worked on many titles including Legion of Super-heroes, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Warlord, and his own Jon Sable. Mike has also just completed the New Jon Sable Freelance "Bloodtrail" Mini-series in 2006. Mike is now accepting commission art requests. You can view a few samples of Mike's work at the bottom of this page.
British born comic book artist Mike McKone is perhaps best known for his work on Teen Titans and Fantastic Four. Interested in comics from an early age, particularly Fantastic Four, McKone got his start in the industry after showing his portfolio to an editor for DC in London in 1988.
This launched his career with DC and he worked on many notable titles including Justice League of America, Justice League International, Green Lantern and Superman. He's also completed art for Marvel titles Amazing Spider-Man, Punisher: War Zone, Thor, and X-Men. Currently, McKone is working on the Avengers Academy series.
NEN is a concept artist, illustrator, and low brow artist who occasionally dabbles in comics. Specializing in integrating violence, gore, and horror with the beautiful and the surreal, NEN pulls a rarely spoken vision of the human condition from the fluidity of water, the subtlety of second glances, and her ability to pair painstaking attention to detail with the freedom of frenzied motion.
Currently, NEN works as a character/costume designer and promotional illustrator for various clients. Her characters are uniquely charismatic and her figures twist and twine in rare and unseemly ways. NEN may be a painter and a designer, but her talent lies in making characters breathe.
NEN has worked on the card game SHINOBI CLANS by POSTHUMAN STUDIOS, Project Paradigm by Eschaton Media, and has published pinups and covers in many collections, anthologies, and comics. NEN is working on a graphic novel called ISCARIOT, various paintings for publication in books slated for release in 2014, and paintings for a low brow showing in the works.
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 & 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 52, INFINITE CRISIS, a 3-year run on BOOSTER GOLD and TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT. Currently, you'll find Norm on 2 titles of DC's New 52. TEEN TITANS and THE FURY OF FIRESTORM.
Paige Braddock knew at the age of 7 that she wanted to be a cartoonist. Early in her career she worked as an illustrator for several newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Constitution. In 1991, she began crafting her long-standing comic, "Jane's World," the first gay-themed work to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate. She launched her own publishing company, Girl Twirl Comics, in 2001 to make the strip available in comic shops and bookstores.
In 2006, “Jane’s World” received an Eisner Award nomination for best humor book. Now distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, daily installments of “Jane’s World” appear on GoComics website. There are currently 10 volumes of “Jane’s World” in print.
Paige also co-created the graphic novel series The Martian Confederacy with writer Jason McNamara. Paige’s other comic features include “Stinky Cecil” and “Rabbit Stew.”
By day she is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. She has illustrated several Peanuts-themed children's books, including a pop-up book released by Simon and Schuster, and several books featuring the Peanuts characters published by Running Press.
Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for over two decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. He established himself in the world of indie comics with the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch, and broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. He also drew Kevin Smith’s revival of Green Arrow with long time inker Ande Parks, also for DC. He wrote The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston which was optioned by James Cameron, and Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning television feature for Cartoon Network.
His work, as both artist and writer, has been featured in hundreds of publications from nearly every major American publisher. Phil currently writes Invincible Universe for Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment, and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for IDW. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his wife and two children.
Get ready to read this summer with the Phoenix Public Library! Make a button, and other fun activites! Find them in the South Building near the Art Room.
Rachel Autumn Deering was born and raised in the backwoods of Kentucky, far from the influence of pop culture. She cites her love of Hammer horror films and monster magazines from the 70s as the biggest influences on her writing. She has written comics and prose for such companies as Blizzard Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and many more.
Ray Fawkes is a Toronto-based fine artist and writer of comics, graphic novels, prose fiction, and games. Ray's work ranges in styles from introspective, dreamscape narrative to bombastic slapstick. He is an Eisner, Harvey, and three-time Shuster Award nominee, and a YALSA award winner for "Possessions Book One: Unclean Getaway". His recent book, "One Soul", debuted in July 2011 to critical acclaim, including a starred booklist review, and was nominated for the 2012 Eisner award and 2012 Harvey award.
Renee Witterstaetter is the author of "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," "Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira," the critically acclaimed "Nick Cardy: The Artist at War," "Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan," "Kerry and the Scary Things," "Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash," and much more.
Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Superman at DC Comics and Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian and Conan Saga at Marvel, then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel to boot. She then moved over to Topps Comics where she was the editor on X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena and Hercules and the co-creator—with artist Michael Golden-- of the successful series, Spartan X.
Her newest books include "Santa Confidential," by Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne and the sketchbook "James O'Barr: Uncoffined."
In addition, Renee has also been the colorist on hundreds of comics from the Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America among many, many more. 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 Crime Story, Rush Hour Two, Red Dragon , and To ease the lose, among others.
A member of the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan, in addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Little Eva Ink Toys. Renee is also currently working in artist management via Eva Ink Artist Group, and is the co-producer of the DVD series highlighting creative in many fields.
In her not so abundant free time, she fishes, dances and is also curating several major art exhibits in the United States and in Europe, and lectured in places as diverse as Spain, China and Russia.
For more information on Renee Witterstaetter and her work, check out one of the following sites:
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.
In addition to having worked for publishers TOKYOPOP, Desperado Publishing, AiT/Planet Lar, IDW, BOOM Studios, Dynamite and Image Comics, Shannon is the Senior Editor 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.
Most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragonball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Sonny Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.
As a voice actor, Sonny is considered to be one of the most recognized voice actors in the business. Besides Dragonball Z’s Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist, Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.
As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics. Sonny is considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history.
In 2007 Sonny wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.
Recently, Sonny has reprised his roles in both the new Dragonball Z Kai and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood series and plays the title role in the Xbox game S’plosion Man. Sonny also began illustrating Marvel Comic’s sketch cards recently for Rittenhouse and fetches ebay prices up to $800 per card for his depictions of Marvel’s superheroes.
His current ventures are being contracted to write a biography called “Line of Beauty; The Art of Wendy Pini.”and performing in the the band, White Girl.
Stan "The Man" Lee, whose legendary comic book career has spanned over 60 years, is the creative mind behind many of the biggest names in the comic book universe, including co-creating Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor and numerous others, and his body of work is far and away the most extensive in the history of comic books. At 91 years of age, Stan Lee is more active than ever with an unmatched career as a Writer, Editor, Publisher, Producer, and Actor.
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
Ted McKeever's first published work appeared in 1986, when Vortex Comics published the first 5 parts of his unfinished series Transit, establishing his trademark style. This was followed in 1987-1988 by his 12-part series Eddy Current (Mad Dog Graphics), a 12-hour book centering on an escapee from an asylum -- obsessed with the exploits of the superhero "The Amazing Broccoli." Eddy Current was nominated for the Eisner Awards for Best Single-Issue (#1), Best Black-and-White Series, Best New Series, and Best Artist (for McKeever) for 1988.
These seminal works are quintessential McKeever: darkly humorous, showing an "ordinary" person caught up in extra-ordinary events.
His 5-parter Plastic Forks (Epic 1990) explored the world of animal experimentation, albeit in a surreal and comical way.
Metropol (Epic 1991-1992) is an epic story of the fight between angels and demons, but set in a modern industrial landscape. An apocalyptic work in which non-entity Jasper Notochord becomes involved in a surreal fight between the forces of good and evil.
McKeever then followed with a number of works exploring alternative realities within the world of DC Comics. He produced an Elseworlds trilogy: Superman's Metropolis, Batman: Nosferatu and Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon, with Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier,
Though his artistic style is darkly distorted and far less clean than many of his contemporaries, he went on to produce alternate interpretations of some of Marvel's most popular characters, such as Spider-Man, Wolverine and Dr. Strange.
As well as with Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, McKeever has collaborated with an array of renowned creators such as Peter Milligan, Dave Gibbons and writer/singer Lydia Lunch.
His most recent works, META 4 (2011), Mondo (2012) and his most successful and acclaimed series since Metropol, Miniature Jesus (2013), have been released exclusively from Image/Shadow-line. Who will also be publishing his forthcoming 6-Issue series The Superannuated Man out in June 2014.
Todd Nauck is the artist of the newly announced 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.
Tony Moore is an American comic book artist, whose work consists mainly of genre pieces, most notably in horror and science fiction, with titles such as The Walking Dead, Fear Agent, and The Exterminators.
Moore was born in Lexington, Kentucky and was raised in the small town of Cynthiana, Kentucky. His single mother raised him and his younger brother with a good deal of help from her parents, who nurtured his love of drawing from a very early age.
In 7th grade History class, Moore met Robert Kirkman, who would later become a long-time partner in creating comics. Together, Moore and Kirkman launched the Funk-O-Tron small press publishing label in 2000, and its flagship title, Battle Pope. Moore studied drawing, painting, and printmaking at the University of Louisville while working on Battle Pope, though he left his studies before obtaining his degree to pursue his career as a comic book illustrator, when he and Kirkman were asked to produce work for the Mattel-licensed Masters of the Universe property. Shortly afterward, they launched Brit and The Walking Dead at Image Comics. Although Moore ceased regular interior artist duties onThe Walking Dead with #6, he continued to contribute to the title as cover artist through issue #24, and also illustrated the covers for the first four collected volumes of the series. Moore was nominated for two Eisner Awards for his work on The Walking Dead, (2004: "Best New Series", and 2005: Best Cover Artist.
Moore has since moved on to his own co-created properties, The Exterminators with Simon Oliver at DC/Vertigo, and Fear Agent with Rick Remender at Dark Horse Comics, and has contributed covers to numerous titles, including Claudio Sanchez's The Amory Wars and Rob Zombie's Spookshow International. He has also contributed to Marvel Comics' titles Ghost Rider (with Jason Aaron), and Punisher (with Rick Remender).
Van Jensen is the writer of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and Green Lantern Corps and The Flash for DC Comics. As a journalist, he has served as a magazine editor and newspaper crime reporter, and still writes the occasional freelance piece. He grew up outside a village in western Nebraska but now lives in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife and dog.
Wendy Pini is the co-creator, writer, artist and colorist for America's longest-running fantasy graphic novel series "Elfquest." She has worked for every major comics company, has written and painted two "Beauty and the Beast" graphic novels based on the original TV series, and has birthed a critically acclaimed 400-page dark, futuristic reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death," currently in development as a Broadway-style musical thriller.
Richard Pini is the co-creator, sometimes-writer, and full-time editor for "Elfquest." He has also published books on the art of Alex Schomburg ("Chroma") and Wendy Pini ("Law and Chaos" and the upcoming "Line of Beauty"). A graduate of MIT in astronomy, and a planetarium writer, lecturer, and teacher, he has written outside of comics on the wonders of the heavens and on the challenges of running a successful two-person company for over 35 years.
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. His work as 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