“The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate.” West Virginia’s Squad Corellia will be on hand in costume with two large movie quality props for fans to take pictures with. If you want to check them out or see about joining their ranks, check out their WEBSITE.
Action Lab Entertainment
ALE was founded in 2010 by a group of independent comic creators with the sole intent to bring the world the most action packed, thought-provoking, entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating, yet being control of the Action Lab. Check them out on COMIXOLOGY and on their WEBSITE.
Assailant Comics is an independent publisher based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded by writer/creator Chris Charlton, their goal is to release quality books for comic fans who prefer smarter stories with a darker tone. You can check out their WEBSITE and follow them on TWITTER.
Bad Place Productions
Bad Place Productions is an independent publisher based in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Founded in 2007 by Huntington native Jonathan Hodges, as Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Hodges has dedicated his efforts to producing a wide range of titles and styles. You can see their work on their FACEBOOK.
While still in high school, Todd self-published Eye of the Probe, a comic anthology. While in college, Todd wrote and illustrated Lost Souls, that was published by Hunter Productions in Lyceum, a comic book anthology, and distributed nationally. Todd illustrates the weekly webcomic Yuri: The Awakening. You can follow him on TWITTER and FACEBOOK.
Black Cat Comics- Defective Comics
Black Cat Comics is a product of W.T. Echard and Jeremy Creecy. These West Virginia natives bring their comic, Black Cats: Paranormal Exterminators, to their home state for the first time. The story takes place in Parkersburg, West Virginia, BC:PE is about three girls who run a franchise ghost-busting business. Get more info on their WEBSITE.
A Doctor Who fanatic from Kentucky, Tressina has been making her rounds to conventions to show off her artistic ability. She is extremely versatile in styles, from cartooning to realistic, she is sure to make ripples in the art arena. You can check out her webcomic, HATEINK, or any of her other pieces on her WEBSITE.
Daniel Boyd is an acclaimed filmmaker with dozens of films, including Chillers, Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers, and Paradise Park (aka, Heroes of the Heart) to his credit. A media studies professor at West Virginia State University since 1983, Boyd has also taught around the world as a three-time Fulbright scholar. To see more visit his WEBSITE.
Broken Icon Comics
Founded in 2009 by two West Virginia natives, BIC has stormed into the Independent market with a series of great titles. Reviewers have raved about Nightmare Unknown, HunterPrey and Chosen, which will be in trade for the first time ever this year. Check out their WEBSITE for more on them and their books.
Tyrell is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been creating comics for over 10 years including Gary, a three part graphic novel based on the life of the Green River serial killer. He’s also created artwork for video games like Steam’s Dino D-Day, and film projects. Check out his WEBSITE and BLOG. Tyrell will be with IN THIS ISSUE at Tricon!
Dustin Carson, creator of No Gods returns to Tricon with three new projects: The Occultists, Standard Issue, and what’s been referred to as “the most anticipated small press book of the year”, Halfbreed. No matter what your taste in comics, Dustin is sure that have something that will blow your mind.
A Louisville based artist who specializes in pen and ink. He is currently working on starting a company and publishing a graphic novel. His work focuses on mythology, philosophy, and the martial arts. Aside from comics he’s studied film and story boarding to help perfect his storytelling abilities for comics. Check out his WEBSITE.
Writer of The Samaritan, The Trouble w/Love, the Origins Unknown series and the anthology novel, 8 Mins, Victor Dandridge is a leading, new voice for innovation and production within the self-publishing market. He’s found acclaim with his own imprint, Vantage:Inhouse Productions, spearheading the release of more than 10 projects, both in print and digital.
Drunken Cat Comics
We at Drunken Cat Comics take our work seriously. We have high standards that work towards our overall goal. A goal that far exceeds any other that we may have, keeping our priorities clearly aligned. With great products like Ruffians and La Poubelle to their name there is something for everyone. To learn more about Drunken Cat’s work check out their WEBSITE.
Rob is a professional comic book artist from the Buffalo, New York area. At the age of 17 he became a caricature artist at a theme park while dipping into comics. Rob has illustrated Nightmare Unknown, Chosen and Forsaken #0 for Broken Icon as well as Robyn Hood #3 for Zenescope. Rob is the Art Director for BIC. You can check out his WEBSITE and Broken Icon PROFILE.
Rodney is a writer, artist, inker and colorist based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. His current projects include his comic book Peanut, Puddin’ n’ Jelly and his Webcomic Hard and Soft Taco. He has two new titles to be released in Spring 2012 under Hazzum Productions with he co-founded in 2010 with Tina McElhinney. Be sure to check out his WEBSITE for all things Hazzum!
Bob Frantz is creative mind, great friend, amazing father, loving husband, and all around good guy. Did I mention modest? No? Okay. Bob is the creator/writer of the post-apocalyptic/western comic book 41. When he isn’t creating his own little comic book world, Bob is working on the wildly popular podcast BOB’S BONEYARD and Dork Trek. Check out his WEBSITE.
Gears and Glass
Purveyor of Steampunk Accouterments like necklaces, bracelets, pins and other oddities. Guaranteed to be constructed from the detritus of the inter-webbed Aether. Steampunkers and comic fans alike are welcome to check their STORE and TWITTER for more.
Known for his sketch cards, Dan’s fantastic work has been featured in Marvel/Upperdeck’s Thor, Captain America and Avengers: Kree/Skull War. He is now in the process of working on Marvel/Upperdeck’s Marvel: Beginning Series 2 and Avengers: The Movie sets. Be sure to check out all his work on his WEBSITE; and follow him on TWITTER.
Craig Halloran is the author and creator of the epic fantasy series called, The Darkslayer. A USAF veteran and West Virginia University graduate, Halloran has had a successful career in business, but writing is his passion. He still lives in his home town, Charleston, West Virginia, with his wife, son, two dogs and two cats. For more info check out his WEBSITE or FACEBOOK.
Terence Hanley has been drawing as long as he can remember but since 2009, he has been writing, drawing, and publishing my own books, including two coloring books, Mothman, Aliens, and Flying Saucers and Monsters and Aliens of America. His comic titles include Lucky Girl and Five Star Comics. You can check out his WEBSITE for more information.
James “RonkyTonk” Harris
James Harris is a West Virginia based illustrator. He has a long history in local arts and music, representing bands and music venues, as well as comic strips for newspapers and zines. He likes to use his art as a voice for the region. He goes by the surname, RonkyTonk, and his style is influenced by underground and mainstream comics, film, and punk music. Check out his WORK.
Andrew Heath is a graphic designer and illustrator located in Lexington, KY. In 2012, he received his Bachelors of Arts at the University of Kentucky.. He is currently a designer at Wall Street Greetings, LLC. Other than design, Andrew enjoys cheeseburgers, Ghostbusters and good design. Check out his WEBSITE, TWITTER OR FACEBOOK.
Stephen Hines was spawned, and currently lives, in Ohio. When he’s not infiltrating the system by teaching high school English, he’s holed up in his basement writing novels and recording music. Over the years he has played bass in multiple bands yet somehow his Ramones-obsessed wife and three feline daughters manage to tolerate him.
In This Issue
Justin Fah is a Comic obsessed, aspiring filmmaker turned podcasting fanatic. To scratch his creative itch he transformed his long time friend Brad into a Co-Host and the two began recording their ramblings and they can now be heard under the title “In This Issue”. Check out their WEBSITE.
OFFICIAL TRICON SPONSOR AND PODCAST
From the great state of Kansas, Tristan Kelly, is bring his love for comics to Broken Icon. While he’s still new to business, he has great potential to increase his great skills at penciling, inking and coloring. Tristan will start his BIC career on a series of short stories. You can check out his art of his FAN PAGE.
Fantastic Storytime: Kevin Leen
Kevin Leen began freelance illustration several years ago. His work has appeared in independent comics, fantasy game publications and collectable card games. His upcoming projects include Issue 4 of Boomtown Scabs and Fantastic Storytyme in collaborations with Brett Pinson. Check out his WEBSITE for more info and work.
Marc Lewis is a colorist and illustrator from Milton, WV. Some of his work includes HACKoween, Unique Tales and The Legend of Red. Marc has been coloring and illustrating various pinups, covers and short stories for the past seven years. He is currently working his own title, The Conjurer. You can check his work out on his WEBSITE and THE CONJURER.
Brent lives in a small town Ohio with his wife and two kids. He’s worked with various skateboard companies, licensed Nintendo products, Marvel/Upperdeck. He is working on a Image title with Geoff Johns and worked on “Outlaw Territory” Vol. 3 due to come out from Image early this year, and is currently working on projects with several companies. Check out his DEVIANT.
Mourning Daily Publishing
Mourning Daily Publishing is a husband and wife operation. They both use the name Mourning Daily as the author. MDP currently has five graphic novels: Suburban Fighters: Vol 1: Deliverer Of The Year, Vol 2: Old Vs New, Vol 3: Halloween, Super Zero High: First Day Of Fools and Mythical Magick: Lemuria The Land Of Light And Dark. Check out their WEBSITE for more information.
Old World Comics
Old World Comics was founded on New Year’s Day 2010 by writer and creator Todd Goodman. Since then he has used incredible artistic talent to compliment his writing. He also opened Catacombs, a sister publishing comic for more underground style stories. You can check out his WEBSITE or follow them on TWITTER.
Mike Maydak is an amazing artist and painter. He has been an illustrator on comics such as Blackbeard Legacy and his personal title 1782: The Year of Blood. Mike also puts his talent to use creating amazingly colorful paintings. You can view Mike’s work on his WEBSITE.
Michael Mayne is a lifelong visual storyteller. With his own co-produced series Bonnie Lass having been published in 2011, he is diligently working on a volume two for 2012. He has also illustrated VSS vs. Gearz and the webcomic Possessed, among other titles. You can check out his WEBSITE, ARTWORK or follow him on TWITTER.
Ansley is a varied artist who is primarily self-taught. She works in traditional, digital and mixed mediums in a style mostly influenced by fantasy and surrealism, though she occasionally dabbles in realistic subject matter. She’s been an artist all her life, but is new to the convention scene. Check out more of her work on her WEBSITE.
Chris is currently working on Zero’s Heroes from New Haven. He has also created his own studio, Junk Drawer Studio, to showcase the work from his various projects. He’s co-created and published series such as Ninja Garden; and contributed for sketch card series The Bettie Page Private Collection and Dynamo 5. Check out his WEBSITE.
Kenn Minter is a Lexington based creator who has been producing illustrations and comics professionally for 20 plus years including Comic Related every Friday. So far, he has published his books, Tales of the Emerald Yeti, I’m Not From Here, The Experts, Fez and Super World. Tales of the Emerald Yeti #2 will be debuting at Tricon. Check out his WEBSITE for more information.
An avid writer, Shawn switched his college major from business to writing. Writing eventually led to film and he has a blast creating everything from comedy shorts, interviews, independent films, reviews and anything in between. Shawn is also the creator of comic titles Chances, Displacement, Mechanaflux, Strength and The End. Be sure to check his WEBSITE.
Franklin is a recent Marshall graduate with a BFA in graphic design. Ever since he could pick up a pencil he’s been drawing and comics has been the focal point of his influence. Poster design has been a recent passion of mine. I like to think that I’m the next A.M. Cassandre, but for comic posters. Check out his WEBSITE for more of his art and design work.
Danny Pettry is a resident of West Virginia who works as a Recreational Therapist for children. He loves coffee and conversation. He also loves reading dystopian novels. His favorite food is cookies which is why his nephew calls him “Uncle Cookie.”
Fantastic Storytime: Brett Pinson
Brett R. Pinson is the owner of Boomtown Press. His work includes: Boomtown Scabs and the Adventures of Carl, Fat Momma from SYFY’s Who Wants to be a Superhero, The Expendables, Socrates Popadopolis and Western Outlaw. Brett is currently collaborating with Kevin Leen on numerous work. Check out his WEBSITE for more work.
L. Jason Queen
L. Jason Queen is a graduate of Marshall University with a MA in painting and illustration in 2004. For the past few years he has created artwork under the name of RogueWolf. Its a fitting name as I once was a wolf among the art industry pack but now I am alone for the most part and exist as a rogue wolf. You can check out his WORK and his WEBSITE.
Rusty Shackles is an artist known for his work on Great Comics That Never Happened, he also illustrated the original 17 and web comic Sven Straatveit. RS has published work with Antarctic Press, Beta 3 comics, Action Age Comics and Oni Press. You can check out his work at his WEBSITE and follow him on TWITTER.
Since his days of drawing ninja turtles in grade school, Kevin has known he wanted to be an artist. A Nossi College graduate, Kevin had tried his hands at self-publishing before jumping on with Broken Icon. Kevin illustrated this years exclusive comic, Night of the Living Tricon. Check out more of his work on his WEBSITE.
Justin has worked numerous times with Jim Mahfood on stories such as Speakeasy’s Beowulf #7, Web of Spider-Man #7, Kick Drum Comix and the OGN Marijuanaman by Ziggy Marley and veteran writer Joe Casey. He’s also worked for Disney, Image, Archaia, Boom!, Viper, Zenoscope Studio and is lead designer for Apex. Follow him of TWITTER or check his WEBSITE.
Support Group Presented By OVAL
Support Group is a gathering of folks whose origins haven’t turned out like they’re supposed to in the comics. Their adventures, or lack thereof, are brought to you weekly at their WEBSITE. Written by Marshall graduate, Evan Bevins, and drawn by Nathan S. Arnold, both members of Ohio Valley Artist League (OVAL).
Tim is new to the world of creating comics. After a bouncing back and forth between Art and English for Undergrad and Grad-school, he ended up with a Masters in English and wrote his first graphic novel as his thesis. He currently teaches both Graphics and Composition at ITT while working on several comics projects at once. Check out his WEBSITE.
Evan Thomas is a freelance illustrator/comics/concept artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. After a lifetime of drawing dinosaurs, monsters, creatures, and aliens, Evan has begun to pursue comic art working for independent publishers like G2 Comics. He is also rapidly making a name for himself in the fields of freelance illustration and concept art. For more check out his DEVIANT.