KC Anderson, creator of Egghead comics, Wafflecus, Champion of breakfast, and co-creator of Vikings V.S. Unicorns. He studied Illustration at CCAD (Columbus College of Art and Design) with a BFA (Bachelors in Fine Arts). His goal is to entertain, inspire and create epic and hilarious works of Historical fiction. With his love of food, gladiators and humor, Wafflecus was born.
Check out more on his TUMBLR.
Rob E. Boley
Rob E. Boley grew up in Enon, Ohio, a little town with a big Indian mound. He later earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
He’s the author of THE SCARY TALES series of dark fantasy novels published by StoneGate Ink featuring mash-ups of classic fairy tale characters and horror monsters. His fiction has appeared in several markets, including A cappella Zoo, Pseudopod, Clackamas Literary Review, and Best New Werewolf Tales. His stories have won Best in Show in the Sinclair Community College Creative Writing Contest and the Dayton Daily News/Antioch Writers’ Workshop Short Story Contest.
He lives with his daughter in Dayton, where he works for his alma mater. Each morning and most nights, he enjoys making blank pages darker. You can get to know him better by visiting his WEBSITE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK and GOODREADS.
Tressina is a Kentucky born self taught artist who excels in creating vibrant work with Copic markers, color pencils and watercolors. She’s worked for Topps and Upperdeck trading cards on sets for Star Wars and Marvel.
Todd Beistel is an accomplished Ohio based artist. After working on his own title, Yuri: The Gypsy Hunter, Todd started working with Broken Icon Comics. Todd’s first book with Broken Icon, The Horror Show, gained critical acclaim all over the country. His impressive use of inks and tones has taken his art to the next level and brought a well earned admiration for his title. For Tricon 2016, Todd will have an exclusive blank sketch variant of his new book, Frank, a story about a ghost following his zombie self around.
Edward S. Brenwalt
Edward S. Brenwalt, West Virginian born and raised, always had a love for the fantasy genre. One day, when he was a teenager, he wrote a story called “Chronicles of a Hero,” which then was rewritten into “Path of a Hero.” A story of epic proportions, the book follows the character of Cyankazu Omondi (Cyan for short) as he completes his “Hero’s Journey,” accompanied by his wise-cracking magical animal companion, Magus. At the end of his first book, Edward S. Brenwalt decided to take his characters on new adventures, starting with the five-part series known as “The Five Year Pilgrimage.” Action, adventure and a tad bit of heart-wrenching stories is what this author is about, and he is more than happy to share with anyone.
Broken Icon Comics
Broken Icon Comics started in 2009 and in seven years has put out some pretty amazing independent titles. Our mission was simple: bring books that break every barrier, take no prisoners and make you question whether you should actually print that. We are all about gripping and edgy work that sparks creative thought into anyone who reads them.
We have a niche with horror titles with deep characters and rad beasties from cover to cover. But we have recently seen an increase in science fiction, crime noir and supernaturalesque titles. Check out all our titles this year including The Cowboy Gauntlet, The Dead, The Horror Show, Showdown and Traitors Grace.
Edward is a Louisville based writer/artist whose specializes in black/white crosshatch technique. He’s currently working on self publishing a graphic novel focusing on mythology, philosophy, and martial arts.
You can check out more on his FACEBOOK.
Artist/Writer/Creator out of Lexington, KY best known for his fantasy/adventure comic Araura. Ray is currently hard at work on projects that will be debuting in 2016.
Alyssa Dyer is an 18 year old artist from Warfield, KY. She is currently a senior in high school. This is her second year attending TriCon as a vendor. Alyssa is skilled in many art media, but specializes primarily in digital media and charcoal. She enjoys playing video games, watching Youtube and television, and listening to music in her spare time. Alyssa will be attending college this fall as a freshman at the University of Kentucky with an Art Studio major in order to pursue a future career in graphic design.
ElectroMagnetic Press (EMP) is a comic book publishing company based in West Virginia and New York. After tinkering with the slacker comic The Fairmont Five in the nineties, head writer Larry Morgan and illustrator Shane Moore decided to work together again under the EMP banner. EMP’s flagship titles, The Believer and The Omens, as well as the standalone Empire Comics, have been received exceptionally well. Two issues of each of the flagship titles are currently available and number threes are due this summer!
Landon Franklin is an artist based out of Massillon, Ohio. As a child, Landon started drawing dinosaurs because he thought they were cool and eventually moved on to drawing other cooler things, like robots. Years later he stumbled into a convenience store and discovered Chris Claremont and Jim Lee’s X-men. That inspired him to draw comics, and for some reason he’s still doing it. Back in 2010 he started drawing the webcomic Zokusho, because he likes to draw zombie hitmen, magic gunslingers, and parkour gnomes. Landon recently finished up his work on Traitor’s Grace and will begin his second title with BIC shortly.
SAHD/husband. Writer. Co- founder of Loophole Comics. Cleaner of various messes. Bob’s smash hit, all ages romp “Monty the Dinosaur” will be released in August 2016 by Action Lab Entertainment.
A little over 3 years ago, I had no real “pieces” of art. I visualized a castle full of ideas that posed theories of inspiration. I could clearly see so much, but at that time it hadn’t come out yet. I began, mostly the first year, coming out of a long term recovery center with a full heart and an empty pocket. I would draw people, some not even that well…I wanted to make others smile; how infectious it began.
Eventually after hundreds of doodles passing around, I wanted to start figuring out how I could make pieces that I would be proud of; things I haven’t even thought up fully. How to create like great artists should? I wanted that so much. I watched and studied and still do and am still learning each and every day. How to become better? I look back at this and I remember reopening the box of art and never looking back. To this day I still imagine things that leave you speechless and hopefully, one day, I will make that happen. Sometimes life beckons so much from us. We must find those special moments that are so simple yet so complex and spread that into everyone we meet. We find that our purpose here is to be the reminder of how beautiful life can be.
Check out more on his WEBSITE.
Tim Fuller began self-publishing his cartoons in Hooha Comics in 1978. He contributed the series “The Blue Beagle,” to Fantagraphics’ Critters and “Cap’n Catnip” to Charlton Bullseye. Tim created countless strips and cartoons for various fanzines, mini comics and magazines, including The Comic Buyers Guide and Starlog. In 2006, after a self-imposed exile from making comics, Tim began actively creating and publishing his cartoons again. He collected his various “Blue Beagle” stories into a book. In 2009 he edited a Cincinnati-based anthology, deliciously titled “Twelve-Way with Cheese.” Tim’s ongoing projects include The New Adventures of Cap’n Catnip, SHAM Comics, his rewritten golden age stories, and “Zombie Marge,” a webcomic, which won second place at S.P.A.C.E. in 2014 and a Larry arward for Best Comic 2015 at Tricon in Huntington, WVa .
Check out more on his WEBSITE.
Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, HeadShrinker’s Press is a small, independent label with a global footprint. Their tribe of writers, artists and colorists are throughout the United States as well as various countries around the world. They’ve been shrinking heads and blowing minds with their print books and web comics for numerous years. HeadShrinker’s Press is a growing label with long term goals.
Check out their WEBSITE.
Travis was born in Springfield, Ohio, and discovered comic books at the age of six. Since then, the course of his life has been shaped by his love of comics, theater and classical history. In addition to being a writer, he has been an actor, a director, a produced playwright, and occasionally, all three at once.
After writing the first draft of Amiculus as a ten-page play in college, he began adapting it as a comic in 2007, intending it to be a short 32-page project to test the waters for a longer series. Nine years and nearly 200 pages later, it has become an epic unto itself.
Volume I of the series, Roma Aeterna, debuted in January 2015 and has been hailed by critics as “a yarn of intrigue, betrayal and violence that is quite gripping” (Games Fiends), and compared to Game of Thrones in its tone and execution (Project-Nerd). Volume II of the series, Flagellum Dei, was released in April, 2016.
To see more check out his WEBSITE.
Tristan Kelly is an English physicist and magician (described in his own day as a “natural philosopher”) who is widely recognised as one of the most influential narcissists of all time and a key figure in the Pacific Rim revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Nachois (“Nacho Principles of Natural Philosophy”), first published in 1687, laid the foundations for classical punk rock. Kelly made seminal contributions to Cybertron, and he shares credit with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz for the development of calculus.
On a comic note, Tristan was the artist of the popular comic, The Grocery Assassin. He has also recently started his newest project, The Incredibly Odd and Sometimes Eerie Tales of Two Gun Thomas Coe, which will have an exclusive sketch cover available at Tricon 2016.
Check out more of his work on his FANPAGE.
Russ Lippitt, inspired by Punk Rock and Anarchist theories, began writing his first novel, Lion’s Share at The Academy of Arts College in San Francisco. Lion’s Share has been reviewed globally and has been quoted as, “The next Outsiders!” Mark L. Lester, director of Commando and Stephen King’s Fire Starter, requested to option Lion’s Share the screenplay. Most recently, Russ has written two Mixed Martial Arts screenplays, Lyon’s Pride (Desert Moon Pictures) and The Brooklyn Rose (Iron Bound Entertainment), and a Biker script, All My Friends are Dead (Water Buffalo Pictures), loosely based off of his life. Russ is founder of Left Brain Writings. His forthcoming novel F.T.W: The complete tome of the Anarchy March, will be released in summer 2016. Tricon 2016 will be the debut of his stellar graphic novel, The Showdown.
Jesse Marks is an artist and illustrator from Cleveland, Ohio. His art ranges from his favorite classic heroes and villains to Disney and My Little Pony. He is currently working on a web comic called Evolution Prime and a new comic book for Underground Comixx. Also in the works is a project with Eric Cooper, creator of Knightseeker.
E.E. Martin is a Kentucky author of multiple series including the Gift of Saturn series, the Ember series, and the Warped Ones series. With 11 books and more on the way, Martin writes in multiple genres including fantasy, literary, sci-fi, fairytales, and more.
Michael Mayne spends too much of his time fretting over how he should best be spending his time drawing. Since publication of his collaborative project Bonnie Lass back in 2011, he has focused much of his attention on illustrating comics for the online game Heroes of Newerth. Plenty more projects lie ahead, if only he could just find the time to work on them between all the pizza and burritos!
KJ Mendenhall likes to think of himself as a highly functioning Sociopath. In reality he is not highly functioning. He just watches way to many movies and TV shows as well as reads way to many comics. KJ is a veteran writer who has created numerous titles under Broken Icon’s banner. HunterPrey and Tricon 2013 exclusive Night of the Living Tricon. In 2015 KJ released two new comics, Tepes and Alone, stories about Vlad Tepes and the Legend of the Pied Piper. Currently he is working on a full length graphic novel, Knight of Horror as well as a follow up origin story to his acclaimed graphic novel, HunterPrey.
To see more of KJ’s work check out his Broken Icon PAGE.
Shawn Padraic Murphy is the writer of the new fantasy webcomic series, Mechanaflux. He has written a 5 issue mini-series about how different people deal with the coming end of the world (The End), an experimental diary comic (Displacement), and a satirical superhero tale (Strength).
He also has a nostalgic internet show on Cast Wave Studios.
Odd Todd’s Intergalactic Leather Emporium
Odd Todd’s Intergalactic Leather Emporium rose from the ashes in 2014 and went live in 2015. The name itself was derived from Todd’s personality, his roots in the lightsaber world, his leathercraft and of course the fact he offers multiple products and services. He prides himself on the superior quality of work his belts, the functionality of his hand-stitched pouches and the customization options he allows for all accessories he offers.
Odd Todd got his start In 2005, when he became a co-owner of Ultra Sabers LLC. The company was only a year old, was primarily an eBay-based business and only consisted of the original owner and Todd himself. While with Ultra Sabers, Todd was responsible for the original design of iconic Ultra Sabers’ Bane lightsaber and the self-contained modular LED system that has become a staple for many LED-based lightsaber builders.
Between 2008-2009, Todd began making leather costume belts for Star Wars cosplayers. Originally, the idea was to create a custom branch of Ultra Sabers that dealt with costumes and custom lightsaber commissions. Due to personal reasons, Todd left all of it behind and basically fell off the cosplay map until 2014, when he dusted off the leather tools and set out to resume the custom leather belt and accessory business.
From the Star Wars fan who just wants a screen-accurate costume belt to the cosplayer who prefers a more custom appearance, Odd Todd’s Intergalactic Leather Emporium can provide the highest quality leather products at working man prices. He has also been known to perform lightsaber repair from time to time.
Old World Comics
Old World Comics was founded by head writer, creator and founder Todd Goodman. Old World Comics hosts such diverse comics as the comedic superhero title, The Powers that Be! with artist Cory Butler, the supernatural thriller Empty Skull with Marcelo Briseno, and the slice of life graphic novel, The Book on Me with Briana Higgins. In January of 2016, Old World Comics opened a subsidiary, Killer Serials, which features prose serialized stories such as the best-selling All Hallows Eve with illustrator Andrew Henry, The October Stories and POE: Between Reality, Imagination and Madness.
PopStitch is a mother/daughter team from Huntington and Hurricane, WV. Hannah creates pop culture cross stitch, including buttons and portraits. Nikki specializes in crochet dolls depicting popular superhero characters. This is their second year at Tricon as exhibitors.
You can check out what they have and what they’re up to on FACEBOOK.
This is truly Amanda’s worst nightmare: talking about herself. Normally extremely quiet, she found from an early age that she was more expressive with weird little scribbles that she’d eventually call her art than she was with words when she actually talked. So she decided to pursue art for a career, and did the whole nine-yards of going to art school for Illustration and Fine Art, only to land a full-time job as a graphic designer. As a way to vent from the creative restrictions of her graphic design work, she started abstract painting and picking up a crapton of freelance opportunities to feed her true creative and expressive side. She’s often lost in thought when she’s not drawing and often drawing her thoughts when she gets a chance to hold a pencil or a paintbrush. On those occasions when she’s coherently doing something and not lost in thought, she can be found out in the field with her horse and her dogs.
Check out more of her art on her WEBSITE.
Lauren Sparks has most recently illustrated issue #2 of Open Tree, Linus and the Fluke of Love by Chris Charlton for Assailant Comics. She also writes and draws the silly webcomic Cats Talking Words, and wrote and illustrated a short story for the Kickstarter-funded Transitions Anthology. She works both digitally and in watercolor, and enjoys drawing humans, cats and Pokemon.
Matt Sparks illustrated the last two issues of Hardcase by Scott Bachmann for Scott Comics and recently published issue #1 of the independent comic book Viridis, written by himself and Brenna Mudge. He usually works with traditional media in pencil, ink and marker, and enjoys drawing heroic characters like Spiderman and Batman.
Check out his FACEBOOK.
The Standard Nerds are a local group of gamers, movie goers, and comic book lovers. They simply started off with a YouTube channel with various “let’s play” styled gaming videos and then ventured into the world of podcasting. Aside from entertaining, the group’s main focus is raising money for charity. One of them being Extra Life, an organization that benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all over the country and is starting to spread worldwide.
Kevin Steward is a Tennessee based artist, inker, colorist and graphic designer. After a career of ninja turtle doodles on his homework, Kevin decided to enrolled in Nossi College of Art in 08. Kevin dabbled with small time projects before catching on and working on his first professional comic with Broken Icon Comics. His first published comic was Night of the Living Tricon, an exclusive comic about a zombie invasion at the Tri-State Comic Con. Kevin recently finished art on his first full length graphic novel, The Man in the Kitty Coat, which debuts at Tricon 2016.
More of Kevin’s work can be seen on his BLOG.
Jimbo Valentine is a West Virginian freelance artist that is currently residing in the wild and wonderful city of Huntingon. In 1979 he was imbued with the power cosmic, and has been surfing the spaceways ever since, known as the …umm wait, wrong origin story. Let’s try this again. Since 2007 Jimbo has created a steady stream of gigposters, album layouts, merch design, screenprints, art prints, as well as painting murals around the region. He has taken in part in several solo and group art exhibits and is the art director for the Huntington Music & Arts. After releasing 5 issues of his zine “Pipe (BOMB) Dreams”, he is now dipping his toes into the waters of comic books with his anthology of time and space “Coordinates Unknown.”
Check out more of his work on his TUMBLR.
Glenn Williams is currently finishing up his senior year at Columbus College of Art & Design as an illustration major. His focus is comics & concept art, primarily using Copic markers. Winner of the Marvel/Audi Iron Man: A Cold Run art submission.