Artist and Guests
Isabella is a comic book writer, editor, artist & critic, known as the creator & writer of Marvel Comics' Black Goliath, DC Comics' first major African-American superhero, Black Lightning, & as a columnist and critic for the Comics Buyer's Guide.
As a writer & editor for Marvel Comics, Isabella has scripted Ghost Rider, Luke Cage in Hero for Hire and Power Man, Tigra, Daredevil, Captain America and more. For DC Comics, Isabella is mainly known for his creation of Black Lightning - A current hit on TV's The CW Channel!
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In his 40 year career illustrating comic books and graphic novels Tom Mandrake has worked with all the major publishers. Some of the titles he has illustrated include BATMAN, THE MARTIAN MANHUNTER, FIRESTORM, SHAZAM and his acclaimed five-year run on THE SPECTRE for DC COMICS. THE NEW MUTANTS, THE PUNISHER, WEAPON X, WOLVERINE and THE HULK UNCHAINED for MARVEL COMICS. GRIMJACK for FIRST COMICS, The X-FILES for IDW, SIDEKICK for JOE'S COMICS, CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER for Titan Comics and many more.
His creator owned projects include TO HELL YOU RIDE with Lance Henriksen and Joe Maddrey through DARK HORSE COMICS, CREEPS with Dan Mishkin through IMAGE COMICS, KROS: HALLOWED GROUND with John Ostrander and SCREAMING MANDRAKE: THE NAILMAN AND OTHER STRANGE TALES, written and illustrated by Tom.
Tom is the co-developer of the HORROR COMICS correspondence course for the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.
Paul is currently drawing DC Comics' Batgirl! He has worked for renowned comics publishers DC Comics and Marvel Comics and his portfolio includes stints as regular artist or guest artist on such series as Darkstars, Flash, Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, Legion of Super-Heroes, Outsiders, Superboy and the Ravers, Superman, Superman: The Man of Steel, Titans, She-Hulk, Fantastic Four, Exiles, Negation and Negation War. On top of that Pelletier has drawn special projects such as the mini-series Green Lantern/ Sentinel: Heart of Darkness or the One-shots Flash: Secret Files, Green Lantern: Secret Files and President Luthor Secret Files. His most recent project is the Marvel Comics miniseries War of Kings and "Fall of the Hulks". Pelletier was one of the regular artists on Aquaman during DC's New 52.
Sumerak is an award-nominated writer & editor who has spent the last two decades writing books, comics, and video games featuring some of the world’s most popular characters.
He recently released two books in time for NEO ComicCon 4.0 - The Serenity Handbook - The Official Crew Member's Guide to the Firefly-Class Series 3 Ship and The Art of Harry Potter.
His work has spanned the Marvel Universe - The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four - As well as Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Firefly, and many more. Sumerak is currently writer for the popular mobile video game, MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT.
Horak is a cartoonist & designer headquartered at EarthQuaker Devices in Akron, Ohio.
Along with providing artwork for EQD pedals & merchandise he is also the current regular artist for Marvel's Spider-Man & Deadpool. Past projects include artist for Marvel's The Punisher, Rob Liefeld's The Covenant from Image, co-creator with Corey Fryia of Dr. Crowe from 215 Ink, and Octo Skull from EarthQuaker Comics, based on EQD's line of effects pedals.
Banks began his comics career working for various independent comic companies such as Innovation & Millennium Publishing, working on titles such as Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, The Wild Wild West & Justice Machine.
In the 90s he started working with DC Comics on Legion of Superheroes & later on Green Lantern, co-creating the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, Parallax, & other characters. His work also includes Captain America & X-Men for Marvel, Tomb Raider: Epiphany from Top Cow, GI Joe Reloaded for Devil's Due Publishing, Johnnie Zombie for Midgard Comics & covers to Moonstone's Phantom series. He also does concept art & toy design for clients including Hawthorne Village collectibles, Hasbro, Filsinger Games, VanBreed Studios & many others.
Simpson is the creator of the satirical superhero Megaton Man, and Border Worlds - 1980s science fiction saga, collected in 2017 with a new conclusion as a lavish 352-page hardcover by Dover Graphic Novels. 2017 also saw the digital remastering of Image Comics’ 25th Anniversary Splitting Image 80-Page Giant - A satirical account of the founding of America’s third-largest comics publisher!
Highlights from Don’s 30-plus year career as author & cartoonist include the underground classics Wendy Whitebread, Undercover Slut and Forbidden Frankenstein, as well as freelance work for nearly every major publisher - DC Comics’ Wasteland, Archie’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Marvel’s She-Hulk, and Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor.
Simpson taught cartooning for many years in the Pittsburgh area, along the way earning a PhD in art and architectural history in 2013.
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Sikora has worked in film, documentaries, theater, commercials & comics. Along with longtime friend, Milo Miller, he produced the comic book series, Tapdance Killer & Apama – The Undiscovered Animal, whose adventures take place all over Cleveland. He made his directorial feature film debut with Hero Tomorrow & is the producer, co-writer & art director of the film version of Apama. After a successful campaign, Apama – The Undiscovered Animal Vol. 2 is a go!
Born and raised in the Cleveland area, Rick has been producing professional comic book illustrations and commission artwork since 2008. His work with independent publishers includes Mask & Cape Comics’ American Knight series and HB Comics’ upcoming series Landslide. Rick is a featured artist for Akron Comicon and has appeared at comic conventions in San Diego, Philadelphia, and New York. Whether it’s professional, promotional, or freelance illustration, Rick’s art always reflects his unique talent and passion for the business. ricklozanoart.com
Aaron Archer is an American illustrator and creative professional who spent over 18 years at Hasbro, designing for toy brands like Transformers, G.I. Joe, and others. Aaron worked on the Transformers brand for over 13 years, collaborating with Takara on hundreds of toys. Aaron acted as the Creative Lead for all Transformers partnerships including four feature films, four video games, five animated series, theme park rides, and countless publishing projects. In 2013, Aaron retired from Hasbro in order to pursue independent projects.
Wes Locher has written comic books for myriad publishers including Alterna Comics (UNIT 44, 2019), Titan Comics (ADRIFT, 2015), Markosia Enterprises (THE UNDOUBTABLES, 2014), Arcana Studios (CHAMBERS, 2013), Primary Target Press (HIPSTERS VS. REDNECKS, EDISON, THE TEMPORAL, MAINTENANCE, 2015-2017), and have contributed short comics to anthologies too countless to name. weslocher.com
One of the most recognized names in contemporary pinup art today. Dave blends a slick photorealistic touch with elements of pop culture and iconic imagery to produce paintings that stand apart from the classic Glamour/Cheesecake style. His work has been featured in countless magazines here and abroad. A regular on the convention circuit, Dave’s work has been displayed in numerous group gallery exhibitions, along with his participation in many compilation art book projects such as George Lucas’ Star Wars “Vision” project. With 5 published personal art books to his credit, Dave is currently a contributor to Acme Archives Direct creating entertainment art for movie and television properties such as Disney, Lucasfilm ( Star Wars, Indiana Jones ), 20th Century Fox, Universal, Sony, among others. davenestler.com
An artist & illustrator from Cleveland – Marks’ art ranges from his favorite classic heroes & villains to Disney & My Little Pony. He is working on a web comic, Evolution Prime & a comic book for Underground Comixx. Also in the works is a project with Eric Cooper, creator of Knightseeker.
Hello, crazies! Welcome to The Asylum! Emily Szalkowski is an artist waiting to be noticed. You can check out her gallery, make requests (It will cost money, just a heads up) or just simply enjoy her work. Don't be afraid. We're all insane, here.
Gary Dumm is an illustrator and a life-long Cleveland resident who worked with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor since Pekar began self-publishing that comic 35 years ago. He has shown his artwork in exhibitions nationally from Cleveland to San Francisco and internationally from Canada to Germany. His cartoons have been shown in Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, the VillageVoice and France's le Monde and in Cleveland Scene, Free Times and Plain Dealer.http://www.dummart.com/
Dan is a trained Medical Illustrator with his BFA in Medical Illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art (1999). Dan began working as a Sketch Card Artist in 2010 and has since worked on over 150 Licensed trading card sets that include but are not limited to Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Alien, The Lord of the Rings and AMC's The Walking Dead. In 2012, Dan began his career as a Comic Book Penciler and has been published by Dark Horse, AC Comics, Empire Comics Lab and Source Point Press. In 2015 Dan launched a weekly Internet Radio Show about Comics and Pop Culture called "The Altered Realm" which he co-hosts on krmaradio.com every saturday night from 8pm-midnight. Dan is a member in good standing of The National Cartoonists Society and contributes cartoons to his local home town paper, The Akron Devil Strip Magazine. You can see more of Dan's work at dangormanart.com and be sure to follow him @GdanArtist on Twitter.
David Spencer has made his staple creating visual adventures for children and adults alike. David specializes in making fun illustrations featuring monsters superheroes and weird robots. David recently finished illustrating "The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick" written by the best selling author of "The Day the Crayons Quit", Drew Daywalt. The new book, coming in October, promises to be David Spencer's super fun breakout romp. Follow David on his own epic adventure at Mischief-Factory.com. Get into it!
Hypersurface Studios is a publishing company focusing on creator-owned projects such as comics and graphic novels.
Jason Christner, a local artist from Alliance, is a lifetime comic and pop culture fan. A father of two daughters, who are fans in their own right. As well as a wife that keeps pushing him to keep pushing himself.
He specializes in detailed sketches of all sorts of pop culture icons. Movies, comics, even sports.
A self taught artist who influences include many great artists like Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, Jim Lee among many others.
Broken Icon Comics, LLC is an independent comic publisher based in Marietta, Ohio. The mission statement from our founders is simple: bring gripping comics thatare visually appetizing and have edge to the market.
BIC specializes in horror, supernatural and noir titles and that sets this company apart from every other one in comics. BIC also has numerous creator owned titles that begin distribution in 2014.
You can find our titles on our website as well as Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and numerous other stores and websites in the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia.
Nightmare Unknown, HunterPrey, Chosen & Forsaken, The Horror Show, Grocery Assassin, Night of the Living Tricon, The Cowboy Gauntlet, The Man in the Kitty Coat,Alone, Stuck, The Calamitous Black Devils, Sevara, G-Raver and The Incredibly Odd and Eerie Tales of Two Gun Thomas Coe.
The Blessed Circle, Among the Willows, Pete, Iron and Stone, Icabod, Rigel Raine and many more!
We do what we want. This creator owned publishing company allows its artists to be themselves. No matter how, nice, perverted, offensive, or cuddly. From children's books to dark comedies. We do what we want, when we want, so take that Grandma!
We want unique stories and concepts. Obviously everything is derivative nowadays, but let's push the boundaries and see where we land.
A Fuzzy Tale about Two Furry Girls growing up in a Hairy Human World! Welcome to the wild furventures of PINK & NANOOK!
In this cartoon fantasy comic, created by illustrator Henry Pope III Pink & Nanook are a pair of outsiders coming of age in our society. While the world views thier kind as strange, dangerous abominations. They simply have the same feelings, passions and desires that we do. This is thier story of where they come from, how our girls meet and eventually become great heroines! Please join the ANIMAL NATION!
His early works include inking The Realm and the Realm/DeadWorld crossover title Realm of the Dead for Caliber Press, among a number of other projects including: Evil Ernie: Destroyer, Halloween II and Halloween III for Chaos! Comics, Leatherface for NorthStar; many titles for Malibu Comics/Ultraverse such as Rune, Mantra, Codename: FireArm, The Exiles and many more. The comic adaption of the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film Sleepy Hollow, Batman: Haunted Gotham, and The Crusades… all of which were published by DC/Vertigo Comics. Also, Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal and other titles for Marvel Comics.
Long before The Walking Dead and Zombie craze that is everywhere these days, Jason was the penciller/inker for the early 1990s Arrow Comics title The Dead which was featured in Fangoria Magazine and was banned in Canada and the United Kingdom!
Jason was the artist on a children’s book that was written by legendary Hall of Fame boxing Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler and co-written by Dustin Warburton.
He also created the movie poster artwork for the upcoming documentary Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Jason was also the inker over legendary penciller Mike Zeck on a special variant cover edition of G.I. Joe.
The Mischief Factory - David Spencer
Hypersurface Studios - Kevin L.. Kuder
Broken Icon Comics
Henry Pope - Pink & Nanook
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