Artists Announced for 2023
NEO ComicCon welcomes Steven Butler, who is known for his work as an artist with Marvel Comics (Spider-Man, Silver Sable, Scarlet Spider) and Archie Comics (Sonic the Hedgehog).
Steven will be doing sketches, selling prints and original art, as well as signing autographs.
Be sure to follow him on Facebook where he also accepts commission requests. Check out the pics below to examples of his iconic covers and amazing commissions.
TONY ISABELLA *****Celebrating 50 years of Comic Excellence!
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 known for his creation of Black Lightning - A show on TV's The CW Channel!
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Jay Fife is a pin-up and portrait artist from the upper Ohio Valley. His work is mostly full rendered pencil drawings of characters from all aspects of horror, fantasy, sci-fi and comics. Specializing in customized pinups realistically depicting famous characters or compositions of favorite personalities from TV and movies, Jay brings personality to his images. Jay recently has his art featured in the Harvey Award winning Image comic Mice Templar Destiny and has been the subject of an artist spotlight along with a pin-up featured in Hustler Magazine. Jay’s art was also featured in Echo Immortalus Magazine and has been the cover of two issues of the Horror anthology The Willows. Jay did a cover for Heske Horror’s Cold Blooded Chillers, had art featured in Pin-Up Magazine, The Serial Squad from Bad Place Productions, Eve-Vampire Diva from Arcana Comics and is the cover artist for the upcoming Dare #2 for Pickle Press Comics. Jays pin-ups are well known for featuring some of the most beautiful pin-up models including April Hunter and Jamie Eason.
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.
Canada Bear started out as an animation idea by Paul Farris. He was a senior project. You can find the original short on our Patreon page that we have linked in the bio/shop button. Sean Wilson came on board a few years later to write the first issue with Paul. Sean is currently writing issue number 4 while Paul is starting the initial artwork for issue number 2.
Canada Bear is a super hero grizzly who was really content with eating fish at the local zoo. Then one day an accident happens and he is gifted with these amazing powers. Will he use them for good or evil?
Ted Sikora is a comic book writer and filmmaker. He is the president of Hero Tomorrow Comics, and the creator/writer of Tap Dance Killer. Punchline & the Vaude-Villians, Bloom, and co-creator/co-writer of Apama the Undiscovered Animal. The entire Hero Tomorrow Comics universe is set in Cleveland! He also directed the dark comedy indie feature Hero Tomorrow, and wrote the libretto, the principal music and lyrics to the horror show musical, Nothing Like Vaudeville.
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. www.archermonster.com
For over 20 years artist Dave Nestler has enjoyed success as one of the most recognized names in Contemporary Pinup Art. Dave’s work has appeared in 5 published art books and graced countless magazines here and abroad. A regular on the convention circuit, He has appeared at over 350 conventions in North America and Canada.
10 years ago Dave was invited to contribute to George Lucas’ personal art book project: “Star Wars: Visions”. His inclusion caught the eye of Acme Archives Direct, one of the largest producers of officially licensed original art and fine art reproductions for the entertainment industry. Dave soon began producing art for franchises such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Kung Fu Panda, plus The Big Lebowski, and music brands: Iron Maiden and The Beach Boys.
In 2016 Acme turned to Dave to begin producing original character art for their Disney gallery partners in Asia.
Since then, Dave has traveled twice to Japan to do appearances, print signings, and live painting demonstrations in Tokyo, Osaka and 6 other major cities. In a short 3 year period, he has built up a big following among the Disney art crowd, and has produced, and sold over 130 pieces of original art.
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.
I am an artist. I love to draw weird stuff that comes straight from my mind. Often times I don’t think about what I am going to draw, it just kinda happens. Even the smartest people I know can’t seem to figure out how I do it. I can’t even figure out how I do it.
I love to buy new sketch books and drawing pens before even using up the ones I’ve bought previously. Sometimes I like to go to public events just to sit on the ground and draw.
I have ADHD, anxiety, and am on the Autistic spectrum. I also struggle with self-esteem issues at times. But I cope with it with stupid humor, the kind of humor where things just come to my mind, and I say it and people laugh.
I love to go to antique stores and purchase the freakiest, dirtiest, most terrifying looking baby dolls and take them home and name them. They sleep on my bed with me. Most people think it’s weird but I love it. Same with my collection of animal bones and wet specimens.
I love to watch bad movies. Like, the worst movies ever made. Especially ones with monsters. The worse, the better. I can laugh at them all day.
I love goth clothes. I love trying different hair and makeup styles. Black is my signature color, even my hair and my lipstick are black. Sometimes I get weird looks from others when I’m out, or even get laughed at. But I would rather have that than be someone I’m not.
I am Emily. I am super weird and goofy, but I also do my best to be a great business woman, a loving daughter/sister/friend, and all around just the best person I can be. I love being Emily, Emily is me.
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.
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.
Jason Christner, an artist for Cryptozoic Entertainment and Upper Deck, 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.
The Mischief Factory - David Spencer
UNDER CONSTRUCTION BELOW
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, out now, promises to be David Spencer's super fun breakout romp. Follow David on his own epic adventure at From the head of David Spencer to your lives, we create visual adventure for people who love fun, playing in the mud, using their big imaginations, colorful art that doesn't take itself too seriously, high fives, and obviously scissor kicks! So look around & GET INTO IT. Get into it!
http://www.mischief-factory.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/mischieffactory
Rob Kraus - RAK Graphics
RAK Graphics was founded in the early 1980s by RAK, (Robert A. Kraus).
The following is a brief break down of my skills and things that I do:
professional artist 30+ years
created CHAKAN the FOREVER MAN Video Game & GRAPHIC NOVELLA series
designed DRAGON WARr, COIN CREATURES & other game systems
artist of the "EVERYMAN" visual poetry series
grandmaster of the "WAY of the WINGED LION" kung fu style
star of many instructional dvds, seminars, & guest apperances
SUPERFREEK super-hero spoof series
2010 & beyond - bringing several multi-media & film projects to fans all around the world
Artist Justin Roberts mixes Surrealism, Realism, and Abstract art to create his own unique style of paintings and drawings. He is best known for his Live Painting shows, where he creates epic pieces in less than an hours time on stage with a band, feeding off of the live music and illustrating the sounds as they perform. Born and raised in Kent, Ohio, growing up he learned many tricks of the trade by watching his parents who are both versatile artists, especially his father Gerald Roberts, founder of Kustom Art & Signs. Justin studied fine arts at the Columbus College of Art & Design, following in his parents footsteps who also attended the art school. Justin is consistently working on commissions, live painting gigs, murals, and expanding his own personal portfolio.
Justin Roberts Fan Club Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/210687252277280/
Web Store: https://tinyurl.com/5fama8mh
Johnny K. Wu / MDIFILMS
Johnny K. Wu was born on June 8, 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Johnny Kai-Tsen Wu. He is a producer and director, known for Wu Lin - The Society, Immortal Combat: The Code (2019), Innerself (2018) and T.R.A.C.E.: A Doctor Who Fan Film (2014).
David K. Photgraphy
Entertainment personality David K is a modern renaissance man , in the best sense of the word . An award winning music industry & glamour photographer, his published work has graced the covers of magazines & has even been featured in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as well . His love of comics and movies led to him shooting the comic book cover for Thomas F. Zahler and IDW's Time and Vine - Cards Comics Collectibles variant as well as still photos of a few horror movies as well. A pop culture enthusiast, his love of Raiders of the Lost Ark eventually led him to learn the art of whip cracking and eventually teaching actress Jessica Cameron how to properly use the a whip for movie/tv roles. In addition he has been a radio host,journalist and is currently working on his YouTube channel DavidKPhoto as he tackles 2021 with a renewed vigor.
Come meet him at NEO Comic Con
Alex Abood is an independent author from the Akron, Ohio area. Abood wrote the first draft of The Wizard at the age of fourteen, and self-published it during her senior year of high school. The Chronicles of Novun series is her first published work of fantasy, but certainly not the last.
Abood lives in Mogadore, Ohio with her parents, three sisters, three dogs, cat, and bearded dragon. She is currently pursuing an English degree, as well as her dream of being an author.
Caleb started his writing career as a filmmaker in Chicago. Over the past 6 years, Caleb has run 16 successful crowdfunding campaigns to create numerous comics, graphic novels, and children’s books that are not only entertaining but thought-provoking and timely.
His children's comic series, Supercats is part of Scout Comics all-ages imprint, Scoot. The Supercats characters also appear in a quality the quarterly magazine, Frontiers which features original all-ages comic strips and activities. His WWII ghost story Nook has recently been acquired by Source Point Press and will be hitting comic store shelves as a monthly limited series this summer! His new series, The Neverland is a modern Stand-Alone sequel to the original Peter Pan novel by J.M. Barrie set during the pandemic. Issue #1 was funded on Kickstarter in March with issue 2 planned to hit the platform later this year. He now lives in Hudson Ohio with his wife, son, two cats, and a daughter due in July!
Claude Raymond Design
I’ve always been known as a bit of a juxtaposition. Deep, insightful, and emotional with a wide streak of wit and quirky humor. You’ll find the same range within my photography. I see such profound beauty in the spaces that others have abandoned. Where “man” begins to decay and nature accepts it as one of its own. I also enjoy capturing “pearls of wisdom” graffiti. Be it blatant profanity, oddly encouraging advice or eyebrow raising verbiage….it all appeals to my vision as an artist.!
Claude Raymond Design was started by Steve in 2013 after he picked up his tools from a long hiatus . Throughout his time on the Orb called Earth I have been a model maker and sculptor.
I create life like fantasy creatures pulled from some strange bent place in my mind. Some are inspired by 80’s fantasy games, and others are my take on mythological/historical creatures from our past. You will also find creations that are original concepts that pop into our world as my fingers do what they are told by that bent place in his mind.
AHURA's Creations - Stacie Johnson
Cuddle Porcupine - Elisha Reyes
Fandom Collective - Darlene Abilay
Live Dream Crate - Krystal Tomlinson
Madeline & Phil Casella
Mason Moon - Bailey Mooney
Merch Guy Merch with Justin Roberts - Vince Lombardi
Spaz Tastic Studios
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