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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
Amy K. Nichols was born in Germany (back before the wall came down), but spent her formative years in the suburbs of Phoenix, AZ. From early on, she was a voracious reader. In fifth grade she read her favorite book, The Outsiders, thirteen times. (She really loved that book.) It was only later in life she realized there were authors behind the books she enjoyed, real people who told stories for a living. After earning her M.A. in English Literature and working as a tech writer, Amy decided to make a career out of her love of storytelling. She published a number of short stories before taking a stab at novels, and soon discovered a deep passion for writing for young adults. Amy is an avid Doctor Who and Sherlock fan, a lover of all things quirky and offbeat, and has a penchant for learning new things. She married a viking, and lives with him and their two children on the edge of the desert in Peoria, AZ.
Amy's first novel, ANOTHER HERE, ANOTHER NOW, (Knopf, Fall 2014) is a he-said/she-said sci-fi thriller told in the alternating voices of Danny, a street-smart graffiti artist who is jolted into a parallel world, and Eevee, the quietly alluring science geek he kissed once in his world, and finds himself falling for in this one. Together they must figure out what caused Danny's jump before another jolt in the space-time continuum leaves them back at square one. Book II (Spring 2015) flips this story on its head, mirroring ANOTHER HERE, ANOTHER NOW by telling the tale of the alternate Danny and the alternate Eevee.
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.
Aprilynne Pike is an internationally best-selling American author best known for her debut novel Wings, which was released in English on May 5, 2009. Her first novel debuted as a New York Times best-seller and reached the #1 spot on the Children's Best Seller list, making Pike the best-selling non-celebrity children's author to debut in 2009. Her second novel likewise debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. When her debut series reached three books and was moved to the New York Times best-selling Children's Series list, it became a best-selling series. Illusions and Destined also debuted on the USA Today Bestseller list, which combines books across all genres.
Austin graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a degree in Wildlife (seriously…Wildlife Biology). Later that year he successfully appealed his only parking ticket. David Copperfield once made him dissappear in front of 2,000 people at Caesar’s Palace, but he found his way back. He has appeared in two movies: The Getaway with Alec Baldwin and The Postman with Kevin Costner (Huzzah!). Starting in 2001, he served a three-year stint in the Peace Corps in Honduras. While saving the world, he freaked out way too much about colorful birds and made lots of hideous tortillas. Upon returning to the States in 2004, he served as the campaign manager for a U.S. Congressional bid.
From 2004 – 2011 Austin worked as a professional community organizer in Sacramento, California. He spearheaded several comprehensive strategies to reduce youth violence in the Sacramento region. He met with important people all the time and always got what he wanted by headbutting them. Out of many worthwhile accomplishments, he is particularly proud of a successful campaign to remove the name of a sordid Sacramento eugenicist from a county park and a middle school (the school was renamed Rosa Parks). Once his wife completed her PhD in Ecology at UC Davis, they quickly vacated to the Hawaiian Islands, where they set up shop for a year in the rainy town of Hilo on the Big Island.
In Hawaii, it was his turn to go back to school while his wife earned the paycheck. He completed his Master’s degree in Tropical Conservation Biology in the spring of 2013. In the spring of 2012, Austin won a competitive and prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship for his work on rare Hawaiian plants and their non-native bird pollinators.
Meanwhile, Austin and his wife have been successfully raising two awesome kids that seem to have been given to us as gifts for something they must have done really well in past lives.
For the past ten years Austin has been constantly writing. Novels, screenplays, picture books, short stories, essays (and a thesis, urgh!). He writes because he has to, but he has long dreamed of seeing his own published works on the shelves of bookstores and libraries.
While in Hawaii, Austin wrote a YA disaster/survival novel with sci-fi elements cover to cover in less than three months, knowing that something was very different about this particular manuscript. (He had always thought his writing was the real deal–but trust him–something really felt different this time.) He sat on the rough draft for a while and then polished the book to a nice glossy sheen over the spring and summer of 2012. Less than two months after starting the query process for “The Islands at the End of the World,” he landed a great agent at one of the best literary agencies in the world.
Then came 12.12.12. The day he got “the call.” ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, sold, to Wendy Lamb of Random House, in a two book deal.
The journey was tough. He knows how heartbreaking the quest for publication is, and in addition to promoting his works, one of his principal aims is to be a guiding light for other prospective authors out there. He made a lot of mistakes that unnecessarily lengthened his time in the wilderness, and he learned so much along the way. He hopes he can pay this knowledge forward as he enters this exciting new phase of his writing career.
Beth Cato's debut steampunk novel THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER will be released by HarperCollins Voyager on . Her stories can be found in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Nature, and many other magazines. She's originally from Hanford, California, but now resides in Arizona with her husband and son. Her short fiction, poetry, and tasty cookie recipes can be found at http://www.bethcato.com.
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.
CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother’s pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children’s books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft. Her first book with her pen name is called Slayers, a book all about dragons.
Charlaine Harris is the author of several series of mysteries, but is best known for the Sookie Stackhouse series of books that inspired the cable TV series True Blood. A 1973 graduate of Southwestern (now Rhodes) College in Memphis, Tennessee, Harris published her first book in 1981, the mystery novel Sweet and Deadly. She went on to crank out genre books at an impressive pace, starting with the Aurora Teagarden novels about a feisty librarian. That series began with Real Murders in 1990.
Charlaine Harris then moved on to what are known as her Shakespeare books, mysteries featuring the character Lily Bard that began with 1997's Shakespeare's Landlord. Harris's biggest success came with the Sookie Stackhouse series, a modern-day soap opera about a telepathic Louisiana waitress who's in love with a Southern-gentleman vampire named Bill.
2001's Dead Until Dark, the first Sookie Stackhouse novel, was a little slow to catch on but eventually hit the right chord in the book market, blurring the lines between young adult themes -- humorously macabre supernatural adventures -- and very adult violence and sex.
Over the next decade, Harris published one Sookie Sackhouse novel a year. Her popularity skyrocketed with the success of the True Blood cable series that began in 2008 (starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin and developed by Oscar winner Alan Ball), and several of her Stackhouse novels turned into bestsellers. In order, the novels are: Dead Until Dark (2001);Living Dead in Dallas (2002); Club Dead (2003); Dead to the World (2004); Dead as a Doornail (2005); Definitely Dead (2006); All Together Dead (2007); From Dead to Worse (2008); Dead and Gone (2009); Dead in the Family (2010); and Dead Reckoning (2011).
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.
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.
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He is the author of the novels BLACKBIRDS, MOCKINGBIRD, THE BLUE BLAZES, THE CORMORANT and UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY. He is an alumni of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and is the coauthor of the Emmynominated digital narrative COLLAPSUS. He lives in Pennsyltucky with wife, son, and two dopey dogs. You can find him on Twitter @ChuckWendig and at his website, terribleminds.com, where he frequently dispenses dubious and very NSFW advice on writing, publishing, and life in general.
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.
Dawn Ritz is a stylist/costume designer who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas.
Dawn has made a name for herself doing fashion and styling in music videos including “My Heart Is Broken” by Evanescense and Panic At The Disco’s “Ready To Go” and “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa’s Smile” as well their short film “The Overture”.
Dawn has done costuming for Slipknot’s Mayhem Tour and Marilyn Manson’s Twins of Evil tour as well as styling Manson for the cover of Revolver Magazine.
A member of the Local 892 Costume Designer’s Guild, Dawn has worked with various artists including costume designing for the 2012 Grammy performance of country legend Glen Campbell and his family.
Some of her most recognized work was as costume designer for the 2012 experimental film The Devil’s Carnival, directed by Darren Lynn Bausman (Saw II and Saw III).
Dawn has also worked on television shows such as The X Factor, The Voice, Ellen, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson as well as commercials for Nintendo, Wipe Out, Sims 3, LG Nitro and Nintendo King.
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the steampunk paranormal Blud series for Pocket, the upcoming paranormal YA Servants of the Storm and the Delinquent series for Simon Pulse, and a variety of short stories and comics, including a short story in the Carniepunk anthology and a novelization of Valiant's Shadowman.
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.
Developed by the Israeli Defense Forces during violent and tumultuous times, Krav Maga in Tempe is an easy-to-learn combat system that EVERY man, woman and child could deploy. It’s currently used by civilians, as well as law enforcement agencies, Military and S.W.A.T. teams around the world.
Over the last 22 years Eliza Dushku has starred in numerous well-known film and television projects. She has maintained a cult-like following for her role as Faith, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spinoff show Angel, both from creator Joss Whedon, as well as rebel cheerleader, Missy, in the hit cheerleading film Bring It On.
Eliza was discovered by casting agents in Boston, MA, at the early age of 10, for the lead role of Alice in the Warner Brothers film That Night. Immediately following, she landed the role of Pearl alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in This Boy’s Life, a role that caught the attention of many in the industry. The following year, she starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in James Cameron's True Lies.
Most recently she starred and produced for Fox’s Dollhouse, also created by Joss Whedon. She is currently producing a biopic of famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as a documentary about her father's homeland, Dear Albania, through her Boston Diva Productions company. Eliza is currently starring in the upcoming television reboot of the Roger Moore international-espionage classic, The Saint, as the feisty Patricia Holm.
Dushku is deeply involved in a number of charities, including THRIVE-GULU (www.thrivegulu.org) a Trauma, Healing and Reflection Center for former child soldiers and victims of the war in Northern Uganda, founded by her mother Judy in 2009, as well as Camp Hale (www.camphalealumni.org), a camp for inner-city Boston kids. Traditionally an all-boys camp, Camp Hale established an all-girls program in 2012 to provide inner-city girls with the chance to experience the unique opportunities that Camp Hale has to offer.
With over 1.3 million Twitter followers @ElizaDushku, Eliza has a strong voice and provides advocacy in areas such as LGBT, women's and civil rights.
FANGORIA sliced its way onto the scene in 1979, becoming the only national publication devoted to the modern horror genre. Three and a half decades later, FANGORIA is still the number one authority on all things scary! FANGORIA provides the best in horror entertainment and news coverage including the website, magazine, film production and distribution divisions, convention circuit, and Dreadtime Stories series hosted by Malcolm McDowell. FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT: We know what scares you!
Rebekah McKendry is the Director of Marketing for FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT as well as a staff writer. She has been with FANGORIA since 2004, and began as a research assistant working for FANGORIA RADIO on Sirius XM. Additionally, she is a college professor teaching classes focused on film history and horror films. She has Bachelors degrees in Film and English, a MA in Media Education, a MFA in Film Production, and she is currently completing her PhD in Film Theory focused on horror and exploitation cinema. She also co-hosts a weekly podcast on GeekNation called KILLER POV.
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.
Gareth Von Kallenbach is a syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site “Skewed and Reviewed” as well as Skewed and Reviewed: The Magazine. Gareth has worked in the video game industry and has written three books of reviews and interviews and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit.
Gareth has appeared in movies including the video game based films “Postal” and “Far Cry” and voiced a character in the Postal 3 video game and is a regular guest on the top rated Seattle morning show BJ Shea's Morning Experience and BJ Shea's Geek Nation which is syndicated via KISW FM to a world wide audience.
Gareth and his wife returned to Phoenix in 2011 to open a second office for Skewed and Reviewed and in 2012 launched the beta version of his second Skewed and Reviewed site, Skewednet and will have a new project with KISW FM in 2013.
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/
Gini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. She also writes under a variety of pen names (including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to rock music 24/7, and is a proud comics geek-girl willing to discuss at any time why Wolverine is the best superhero ever (even if Deadpool does get all the best lines). She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She can be reached through her website at www.ginikoch.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.
Greg van Eekhout is the author of CALIFORNIA BONES (Tor Books), the first volume in a contemporary fantasy about wizards who gain their powers by eating the remains of extinct magical creatures. His other books include the urban fantasy NORSE CODE, and middlegrade novels KID VS. SQUID and THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD. His work has been nominated for the Nebula, Andre Norton, and Locus awards. He lives in San Diego. For more information, visit www.writingandsnacks.com or @gregvaneekhout on Twitter.
Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons and devoured every book in sight.
She hasn’t changed much.
Today, Heather can be found wandering cemeteries, lounging on her coffin couch, devouring every book in sight, and attending renaissance faire in costume (and in character).
When Heather's not writing, dressing up, or reading, she's hanging out with her Minions, whom she adores right down to their lil black hearts.
Heather is the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, The Slayer Chronicles, and The Legacy of Tril series. She's penned several short stories, consumes entirely too much caffeine, and will not stop until she has achieved world domination in the name of her Minion Horde.
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.
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."
For information on bookings and commissions, contact Eva Ink Artist Group at: firstname.lastname@example.org
After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, Jamie Wyman fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. (However, she can eat/spin fire, tell you a lot about auditioning to be a Blue Man, and read/write in Circular Gallifreyan.) As an author, Jamie’s favorite playgrounds are urban fantasy, horror and creepy carnival settings. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. She is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog.
Jamie’s debut novel Wild Card (Entangled Edge, 2013) is available wherever ebooks are sold. You can also find her short story “The Clever One” in the anthology When The Hero Comes Home 2 (Dragon Moon Press, August ’13). Jamie has contributed to the SF Signal’s “Mind Meld” feature as well as the flash fiction contests on Chuck Wendig’s blog.
Janni Lee Simner's post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy is set after the war between the human and faerie realms has destroyed the world, leaving behind a land filled with deadly magic: trees that seek human blood, glowing stones that burn with cold fire, and forests whose shadows can swallow a person whole. The first book, Bones of Faerie, was dubbed, "Pure, stunning, impossible to put down or forget," by World Fantasy Award winner Jane Yolen, School Library Journal describes the second book, Faerie Winter, as “A hauntingly exquisite portrait of a postapocalyptic world."
Janni is also the author of Thief Eyes, a contemporary young adult fantasy based on the Icelandic sagas and called "a captivating modern odyssey" by Publishers Weekly, as well as of four books for younger readers and more than 30 short stories.
Jason M. Hough (pronounced 'Huff') is a former 3D Artist and Game Designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). Writing fiction became a hobby for him in 2007 and quickly turned into an obsession. He started writing THE DARWIN ELEVATOR in 2008 as a Nanowrimo project, and kept refining the manuscript until 2011 when it sold to Del Rey along with a contract for two sequels. The book released on July 30th in the US and reached the New York Times Bestseller list the following week.
The trilogy, collectively called THE DIRE EARTH CYCLE, was released in the summer of 2013. Jason's next book, currently untitled, is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2015.
He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two young sons.
Jason Spisak has been in the Voice Over business for more than 15 years. Starting out on the Nickelodeon series Rocket Power, Jason has created the voices of Kid Flash on Young Justice, Lux on Star Wars:Clone Wars, Razer on Green Lantern the Animated Series, the Voice of the disembodied Silias for Vampire Diaries on CW, as well as many famous game titles, including Vulpes Inculta in Fallout: New Vegas, Marty in Mafia 2, Guild Wars 2, Xenogsa, multiple Final Fantasy titles. and of course Jester in Socom Navy Seals. He has appeared in several films and television series over his career including; Piranha 3D, Everything Must Go, Ingenious, NCIS, Lie to Me, and Locker 13 which is making its Con debut here in Phoenix.
Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.
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 Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.
All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.
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.
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.
John Ratzenberger is best known for playing mail carrier 'Cliff Calvin' on one of the most popular sitcoms of all time "Cheers." He had read for the part of Norm Peterson, but after the audition, he could tell they weren't going to give him the part. Sensing an opportunity, he asked if they had written a “bar know-it-all”, which the producers decided was a great idea. Cliff became known for his outlandish stories of plausible half?truths, irrelevant trivia, and ignorant misinformation, and was known for being an overall pretentious blowhard.
Star Wars fans worldwide know John for his role as ‘Major Derlin’ as seen in “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back” and those same fans will recognize him from another huge franchise; “Superman 1 & 2”! Horror fans remember him from "House II" and "Motel Hell", films which are on the opposite side of the spectrum when it come sto what kids know him for today!
John’s popularity has crossed over from the sitcom, Sci-Fi and fantasy worlds into another huge demographic, being recognized by kids off all ages for his various roles in the Disney/Pixar animated films!
John is the sole actor to have starred in all of Pixar's 11 feature films made to date. His roles include:
· Hamm the Piggy Bank in ALL three “Toy Story” films
· P.T. Flea, the Circus Ring Leader in “A Bug's Life”
· The Abominable Snowman in “Monsters, Inc.”
· School of Moonfish in “Finding Nemo”
· The Underminer in “The Incredibles”
· Mack the truck in “Cars” & “Cars 2”
· Mustafa the Waiter in “Ratatouille”
· John in “WALL?E”
· Tom the construction worker in “Up”
This impressive body of work makes him the 6th most successful actor of all time, as measured by a total box office of over $3,000,000,000!
John produced and hosted “Made in America”, a show for the Travel Channel, which established an unscripted television presence and cemented icon status. John created the show in order to bring viewers the stories of the best products made in the U.S. It honors American men and women who invent and build the goods that are the backbone of our economy. He co-authored “We’ve Got it Made in America: A Common Man’s Salute to an Uncommon Country”, which was published by Time Warner.
John can currently be seen on TV in several series including his re-occurring roles on FX's “Legit”, TNT's “Franklin and Bash”, and Lifetime's “Drop Dead Diva”.
Off screen John is on the boards of Pepperdine and Sacred Heart Universities, and John is actively putting together a foundation to support American manufacturing and is an avid supporter of Made In America brands across the United States. As John has always said "Manufacturing is to America what Spinach is to Popeye."
Iconic British actor John Rhys-Davies, best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits Raiders of the Lost Arc and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, was introduced to a new generation of fans in the blockbuster trilogy The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) in the role of Gimli the dwarf. When not busy with these blockbusters, he was a ubiquitous presence in international television and film, where he portrayed numerous military and professorial types, as well as a wide variety of ethnicities. Rhys-Davies also lent his formidable voice to countless animated efforts and video games, making him one of the more well-rounded and revered entertainers from across the pond, but one who was so chameleon-like in all of his projects that he was able to live a comfortable life of relative anonymity off-screen.
Born May 5, 1944 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, Rhys-Davies spent much of his formative years in his mother's hometown in Ammanford, Wales, while his mechanical engineer father worked in Tanzania. Rhys-Davies and his family later joined his father in Africa, residing there until he was nine, when he was sent back to England for his studies at the Truro School in Cornwall. There, Rhys-Davies saw his first theater shows, and by his teenage years, he was top-billed in school productions of classical plays. After graduating from the University of East Anglia and a brief stint as a schoolteacher, Rhys-Davies decided to devote himself fully to acting, enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1992, he began lending his voice to animated series, starting with Batman, and video games, including the Wing Commander series. He performed in quite a few animated features such as Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Shark Bait, and Tom and Jerry. In 1995, he revived Sallah again in a short feature filmed for the Indiana Jones ride at the Disneyland resorts. That same year, he enlivened the science fiction series Sliders, as blustery science professor Maximillian Arturo, who traveled through time with three younger companions. Rhys-Davies also penned two episodes of the series. He also appeared as a holographic Leonardo Da Vinci in several episodes of Star-Trek: Voyager. Most recently, John is the narrator of The Truth & Life dramatized audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour celebrity-voiced, fully-dramatized version of the New Testament and has appeared on the television series Psych, as well as in the features Sophie, Return to the Hiding PLace, and Concrete Blondes. John spends his time between The Isle Of Man and New Zealand.
Joseph Nassise is an American urban fantasy writer and the author of more than twenty novels. His debut novel, Riverwatch, was nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series (Heretic, A Scream of Angels, A Tear in the Sky and Infernal Games), the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle (Eyes To See, King of the Dead, and Watcher of the Dark), the Great Undead War series (By the Blood of Heroes and On Her Majesty's Behalf), as well as several books for Gold Eagle's Rogue Angel line. His work has been translated into German, Russian, Polish and Italian. Nassise served as the president of the Horror Writers Association from 2002 to 2005 and a Trustee of the same from 2008–2010.
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.
Kevin Hearne is a native of Arizona and really appreciates whoever invented air-conditioning. The author of The Iron Druid Chronicles from Del Rey Books, he graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He has been known to obsess over fonts, frolic unreservedly with dogs, and stop whatever he’s doing in the rare event of rain to commune with the precipitation. He enjoys hiking, the guilty pleasure of comic books, and living with his wife and daughter in a wee, snug cottage.
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
Laini Taylor, a writer-artist-daydreamer-nerd-person, is joining Phoenix Comicon this year! Laini has written the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy for young adults as well as collaborated with her illustrator husband on a richly illustrated graphic novel, Lips Touch: Tree Times. The final book in Laini's Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy will be out April 8, 2014. Just in time for Phoenix Comicon!
Actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber graduated with a Theatre degree and a focus in the Victorian Era. She has published short plays and adapted works of 19th Century literature for the professional stage. Her debut novel, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book) and is currently in development as a musical theatre production. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, hit the American Booksellers Association "Indie Next List" and is a Scholastic edition "highly recommended" title. Leanna's short fiction has been featured in WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY, on Tor.com, in QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS: Tales of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor) among others. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy series with Tor / Macmillan, THE ETERNA FILES, launches in 2014 alongside a reissue of the Strangely Beautiful novels. Her books have been translated into many languages and have been selected for multiple national book club editions. She is a four time Prism Award winner in fantasy and novella categories among other genre awards. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. When not writing or on set, she's telling ghost stories, cavorting at Goth clubs, corset shopping, channeling Narcissa Malfoy, wandering graveyards and adventuring about New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.
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.
Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is the author of The Shard Axe series, the only official novels that tie into the popular MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online. She also had two collections published in 2013 (Tales of Sand and Sorcery and Bridges of Longing and Other Strange Passageways), and is currently hard at work on the second book in a trilogy based on an exciting comic book property created by one of the biggest names in fantasy today. You can find out more here: http://www.marsheilarockwell.com/
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.
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.
Along with being the former Managing Editor of the Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine, Michael Damian Thomas co-edited Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press) with Sigrid Ellis, Flying Higher: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry (Meatball Trouble Productions) with Shira Lipkin, and Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. He also has worked as an Associate Editor on numerous books at Mad Norwegian Press, including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea) and Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis).
Michael lives in DeKalb with his wife Lynne, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael works as her primary caregiver.
Michael has also worked as an advocate for children with disabilities. He was chair of the City of DeKalb Advisory Commission on Disabilities, co-chair of the DeKalb County Local Interagency Networking Council, and on the convention planning committee for the Aicardi Syndrome Family Conference.
Michael is an active volunteer in SF/F fandom. He was head of programming for Capricon 32, Hugo Voter Packet Administrator for Chicon 7 (Worldcon), and has contributed to the Enlightenment, Hugo Award-nominated Argentus , and Hugo Award-winning SF Signal fanzines.
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
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.
Phoenix Comicon welcomes award-winning author Myke Cole! Best known for writing the Shadow Ops series, Myke’s career outside of being a novelist has encompassed everything from counterterrorism to cyber warfare and federal law enforcement, as well as three tours in Iraq. But, don’t let his tough exterior fool you. He has a huge soft spot for fantasy novels, comic books and late night games of Dungeons and Dragons.
Myke recently celebrated the publication of Breach Zone, the third book in the Shadow Ops series, and has already begun drafting the much-anticipated sequel, Gemini Cell. Learn more at http://mykecole.com/
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.
Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and poetry to teach himself what not to do.
Patrick matriculated at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, initially studying chemical engineering which led to a revelation that chemical engineering is boring. He then spent the next nine years jumping from major to major, taking semesters off, enjoying semesters at part-time, and generally rocking the college student experience before being kindly asked to graduate already. Surprisingly enough, he had enough credits to graduate with an English major, and he did so grudgingly.
Patrick then went to grad school. He’d rather not talk about it.
All this time Patrick was working on “The Book,” as he and his friends lovingly titled it. When he returned to Stevens Point he began teaching half-time while trying to sell The Book to publishers. In the process, he disguised a chapter of The Book as a short story and won the Writers of the Future competition in 2002. This put him into contact with all the right people, and after deciding to split The Book into three installments, DAW agreed to publish it. In March 2007, The Name of the Wind was published to great acclaim, winning the Quill Award and making the New York Times Bestseller list.
All this success was wonderful. Patrick eventually had to stop teaching in order to focus on writing, though he screwed that up by having an adorable baby with his adorable girlfriend. He started a charity fundraiser called Worldbuilders and published a not-for-children children’s book called The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle in July of 2010 through Subterranean Press, which was adorable, and seriously isn’t for children.
After a great deal of work and a few cleared throats and raised eyebrows from his patient editor, Wise Man’s Fear came out in March 2011 to even more acclaim, making #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Life continues to rock for him, and he’s working hard on writing the final installment of the series.
Paul Bradford is a member of Ghost Hunters International! Born and raised in Britain, Paul’s interests in the Paranormal unlike many didn’t come from any personal experiences but, in fact, from his love of Science Fiction, such shows as ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Stargate’ and ‘The X- Files’ have lead to some of Paul’s own ghostly inventions, inventions that he has spent the past 6 years bringing to the paranormal community. Paul passion for the paranormal has lead him to develop and create a number of different tools used now by paranormal groups all over the world. In his own words, Paul says, “my aim is to bring affordable equipment to the paranormal community”.
When not hunting ghosts, Paul spends as much time as possible with his family and has a keen interest in Art, Photography and Engineering. He is the author of ‘Wish You Were Here’ and 'Here, There and Back again...', both published visual journals of his travels all over the world.
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.
Phil Plait is an astronomer, blogger, author, lecturer, and TV science documentary host. His blog, Bad Astronomy, is hosted by Slate Magazine, and his TV show, "Phil Plait's Bad Universe" aired on the Discovery Channel.
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.
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:
Sam Sykes is the author of The Aeons’ Gate trilogy, a vast and sprawling story of adventure, demons, madness and carnage. Suspected by many to be at least tangentially related to most causes of human suffering, Sam Sykes is also a force to be reckoned with beyond literature.
At 25, Sykes is one of the younger authors to have arrived on the stage of literary fantasy. Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo are currently published in nine countries. He currently resides in the United States and is probably watching you read this right now.
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.
Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.
Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.
In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.
Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her three cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.
Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.
Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.
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.
Shannon is currently writing and producing on the animated series WORLD OF QUEST for Warner Bros. as well as working for publishers TOKYOPOP, Desperado Publishing, AiT/Planet Lar, IDW, BOOM Studios, and Image Comics on his creator owned titles.
Shannon was also nominated for the 27th as well as 28th Annual ComicBuyersGuide Fan Awards for Best Editor.
His book GRAVESLINGER was nominated for a 2010 Harvey Award.
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked. Her next novel is The Treatment, due out in April of 2014. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter at @Suzanne_Young, and visit Suzanne-Young.blogspot.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.
The DREAD Fleet is comprised of five ships, each specializing in a spectrum of pirate talents; belly dancing, sword fighting, living chess matches, stage shows, contra dancing, and all manner of pirate history! Our ships sail Arizona executing educational and entertaining performances. If ye think us merely a sailor’s grog induced ramblings, we beg you visit when we make port at Phoenix Comic Con. Our adventures promise to amuse and may entice the wayward free-booter!
Todd Nauck is a well known artist of the comic book industry and works regularly for Marvel and DC Comics 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 of the last decade, Amazing Spider-Man #583: the Spider-Man/Barack Obama Team-Up. His art has also been prominently featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition as well as on episodes of ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown and SportsCenter.
Todd Nauck is currently the artist of Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman's series, Invincible Universe and Guarding the Globe for his Skybound imprint at Image Comics.
Tom is the author of four young adult novels: SICK (a YA zombie novel), PARTY, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL, and ZERO (an ALA/YALSA Best Young Adult Novel for 2013). His fifth book, RANDOM, will be released in August. Tom brings 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and director to both his writing and classes on writing and publishing. He is available for school visits, classes, and other presentations, having been a teacher, panelist, and/or lecturer for Phoenix ComiCon, the Tucson Festival of Books, ASU, RWA, SCBWI, Kennesaw State University, Western New Mexico University, NCTE, ALAN, and many more. He can be reached via his website at www.tomleveen.com.
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).
Ty Franck has spent most of his life in the West and Southwest. He developed the world of the Expanse series as the setting for a role-playing game. He has broken rocks at a quarry, built masts for sailboats, sold newspaper and radio ads, worked as a reporter, renovated high-rises, served as director of operations for Northgate Computers, and co-founded a financial software consulting firm. For the past several years he has been George R.R. Martin’s personal assistant. Franck began publishing SF with the story ‘‘Audience’’ in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (2006), which qualified him to join professional writing group Critical Mass, where he met Daniel Abraham, which he co-writes The Expanse series with under the name James S. A. Corey. He also has contributed several stories to the recent Wild Cards series created by George R. R. Martin Franck lives in New Mexico with his wife Jayné.
James S.A. Corey is the pseudonym for collaborators Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck. Together they write the Expanse SF series: Hugo Award finalist Leviathan Wakes (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), and Abaddon’s Gate, with a further three books to follow and an option for a television series in development. They are also a Star Wars novel about Han Solo,Honor Among Thieves, coming out in March.
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.
Hi! I'm Zack, a 33-year-old writer from Northern Arizona.
My first novel, No Return, is a science fiction/fantasy tale filled with sex, violence, looming middle-age angst, and people in weird skintight costumes (including one capricious god). It came out in March of 2013 from Night Shade Books, and has been reviewed in a lot of cool places by people much cooler than me.
The sequel, Shower of Stones, is forthcoming n 2015.
My short fiction has appeared in a variety of places, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and Escape Pod. I've been nominated for the Pushcart a couple times and shortlisted once for the Spectrum Award. I released my first collection, The Bottom Of The Sea, independently at the end of 2013 to generous reviews.