Dave Aikins is a children’s book illustrator and Nickelodeon publishing artist, creating over 100 books featuring SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora & Friends, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, The Backyardigans, Ni Hao Kai-Lan, Dinosaur Train, The Cat in the Hat and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He is currently working on books for the new Nickelodeon show Shimmer and Shine. To balance out all of this cuteness, Dave is also the illustrator of Twilight Creations’ popular Zombies!!! board game series (and it’s new addition, the kid-friendly Zombies Jr!). In the world of comics, Dave has worked for Moonstone Books illustrating covers and more on such titles as Kolchak, Buckaroo Banzai, and The Avenger. Also available at conventions this year is the newly self-published book 50 PORTRAITS, a collection of renderings of some of his favorite monsters, heroes, robots, aliens, etc from almost 100 years of pop culture.
You can see more of his work on his WEBSITE.
Darryl is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. Darryl worked on one of the first ever painted comics, Cyberpunk. As a part of Innovation and Millennium publishing he worked on numerous titles including the adaptation of the TV series The Wild Wild West and the comic adaptation of Doc Savage.
In 1993 he started working with DC Comics on Legion of Superheroes and later on Green Lantern. His claim to fame is was co-creating the Kyle Rayner. Darryl also had a hand in redesigning Parallax, Grayven, Fatality, Dr. Polaris and Dr. Light.
Darryl’s body of work also includes Captain America, X-Men, JLA, Superboy, Teen Titans, Tomb Raider: Epiphany, GI Joe Reloaded, Johnnie Zombie and numerous covers for Marvel, DC and other major publishers.
You can follow him on TWITTER.
Ohio native Andy Bennett has been illustrating for books, games and comics since 1995. Titles include Saint Germaine and Ghost Sonata for Caliber Comics/TransFuzion, Vampire The Masquerade, Kolchak the Night Stalker and The Phantom: Generations for Moonstone Books, and other titles from IDW Books, Fulcrum Press and BOOM! Studios. Last year he illustrated the critically-acclaimed “Do You Remember Rock ’N Roll Record Stores” for Nix Comics, and will be releasing a follow-up, “Jim Shepard: Negotiate Nothing”, in 2015.
You can check out more on his WEBSITE.
Ed Brisson is a comic book who first started to garner attention with his self-published crime series MURDER BOOK. He broke into the public spotlight with his 2012 crime/time travel thriller COMEBACK, which marked the beginning of his relationship with Image — who have, in three years, released five series written and co-created by Ed: COMEBACK, SHELTERED, THE FIELD, THE MANTLE and THE VIOLENT. His self-published series MURDER BOOK was collected and released by Dark Horse in early 2015. Ed has also written for BOOM (SONS OF ANARCHY, CLUSTER, THE LAST CONTRACT), Marvel (SECRET AVENGERS, SECRET WARS BATTLEWORLD), DC (BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL), IDW (TMNT/X-FILES CONSPIRACY) and many others. He’s been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award for Best Canadian Writer several times.
He lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter.
Ted Dibiase “The Million Dollar Man”
Ted DiBiase is a WWE Hall Of Fame professional wrestler, best known for his role as the villainous “Million Dollar Man” of the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE). Having been raised by his wrestler father, “Iron” Mike DiBiase, who he admired greatly, Ted chose to follow in his Dad’s footsteps. After receiving honors in high school football and going to West Texas State college on a football scholarship, Ted became a professional wrestler in the summer of 1975. Ted paid his dues in the early years of his wrestling career, traveling thousands of miles by car, spending many nights in less than luxurious hotels, and making little money. His big break came in the spring of 1987 when he headed for New York and the WWF to become the “Million Dollar Man”. It was from here that his career skyrocketed.
Ted literally traveled the world with the WWF, wrestling in some of the biggest venues in the world. Places like Madison Square Garden, The Superdome, The Skydome, The Tokyo Dome, and Wembley Stadium, all became familiar places to Ted. After six years with the WWF, seeing his likeness made into action figures, characters in video games and his face on everything from T-shirts to pin-ball machines, he ended his active career at the end of 1993 due to a neck injury.
He then went on to be a ringside manager and commentator with the WWF from 1994 to the fall of 1996. During that time he managed such wrestling superstars as “Stone” Cold Steve Austin and Bam Bam Bigelow. Ted finished his career working for Ted Turner owned World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from the Fall of 1996 to the Fall of 1999, spending a total of twenty-five years in the industry. As he was ending his wrestling career, Ted was already turning his talents elsewhere and looking to the future.
Today, after authoring a book about his life entitled Every Man Has His Price, Ted is a full time evangelist and motivational speaker. Officially ordained into the ministry, he is speaking to church congregations, youth groups, men’s meetings, corporate businesses, and in public schools and universities all over the world. In the past six years he has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people, young and old alike. In addition, Ted is also a spokesperson for and board member of The Sunshine Foundation. This organization grants wishes to terminally ill and handicapped children.
The character of the Million Dollar Man was fulfilled by wealth and power and controlled by greed. In contrast, the real Ted DiBiase is fulfilled by his relationship with Jesus Christ and his family, and a controlling desire to do Gods will in his life. Ted is married to his lovely wife Melanie of 31 years and they have three sons: Michael, Ted Jr. and Brett.
Eryk Donovan is a comic illustrator and storyteller best known for his work on MEMETIC, COGNETIC, BRAVEST WARRIORS: HOLOJOHN TALES, and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA for BOOM! Studios. His work can also be found in IDW’s Eisner & Harvey Nominated IN THE DARK: A HORROR ANTHOLOGY, and Thrillbent Entertainment’s THE HOUSE IN THE WALL, as well as numerous others.
Long a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, Eryk picked up the pen at a young age and never looked back. From all ages tales and cartooning to bloodthirsty horror, Eryk brings his own brand of energy to the comics medium, striving to create work that is vibrant, thrilling, and terrifying with the strokes of his brush.
Check out his WEBSITE.
Rob is the artist on the Daniel Way (Deadpool, Astonishing X-Men) and Soska twins (Secret Wars: Journal) book Kill-Crazy Nympos Attack! set to come out 2016. He’s also a part of the ’68 (Image) tenth anniversary issue also coming out soon. He’s the creator/artist of Eccentrix for Broken Icon Comics for whom he also serves as art director. He’s has also contributed art on Robyn Hood (Zenescope), The Gutters (Blind Ferret), and Nightmare Unknown (Broken Icon). Rob will be open for commissions all weekend as well as pre-show commissions if you want to have something done and ready for when you show up instead of waiting!
David Finch began his comics career at Top Cow Productions in 1995, where he assisted creator/artist Marc Silvestri on Cyberforce before graduating to full-time penciller on the title in 1996. After co-creating the title Ascension and penciling the first four issues of Aphrodite IX for Image Comics, Finch moved to Marvel Comics where he went on to illustrate acclaimed runs of Ultimate X-Men, The New Avengers, Moon Knight and Ultimatum.
In 2010, he was lured to DC Comics by the siren call of the Caped Crusader and began his career there with contributions to the landmark BATMAN #700 and then as penciler of BATMAN: THE RETURN. He then began writing and drawing the ongoing series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT.
Finch has also illustrated JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and FOREVER EVIL. Currently he works on WONDER WOMAN with his wife Meredith.
With an Honors degree in Ecology and a Bachelor of Education, Meredith Finch might seem like an unlikely choice to take on the title of writer for one of DC Comics most iconic characters. That is until you learn that she is married to international, best selling comic artist David Finch. A mother of three boys, Meredith has been steeped in the world of comics since meeting Finch in November 2009.
In February of 2014, Meredith segued from comic wife to writer when Tales from Oz: The Cowardly Lion was published by Zenescope Comics. She continues to write for Zenescope with such credits as the 2014 Grimes Fairy Tales: Swimsuit Edition and Tales of Terror: Issues 3 and 5 and most recently the Little Mermaid mini-series.
November 2014 saw Meredith team up with her acclaimed husband David to become the new creative team on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman. Her humanistic take on Wonder Woman, in combination with David’s dynamic art makes this book a must read for comic fans young and old.
Jonathan Glapion began his comics career in 1998 at Image, where he contributed inks to such titles as Curse of the Spawn, Sam and Twitch and Universe. After spending several years at Marvel inking Elektra: The Hand, Gravity and Ultimate X-Men, he shifted his focus to their distinguished competition. Since 2007, he has worked on a wide variety of DC titles, including Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Legion of Super-Heroes, Final Crisis: Revelations and Batman and Robin. His most recent work includes The New 52 Batman, Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Robin Rises: Alpha and Omega, Batman and Superman, as well as, Green Arrow. He also has received awards such as, the Inkwell Awards 2010 The Props Award and 2013 The Most-Adaptable Inker Award, as well as, being nominated for the 2013 Harvey Awards for Best Inker. Currently, Jonathan is working on Wonder Woman with David Finch.
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Chad Lambert is a two-time Harvey Award winning writer for his work in Dark Horse Presents and small press comics, including Possum At Large, Kill the Revisionist, and Return to Point Pleasant. Ray Bradbury referred to Return to Point Pleasant as “superb and frightening! Bravo!”
Chad also appeared in the feature-length documentary Eyes of the Mothman, which explores the Appalachian folklore of paranormal activity in West Virginia.
Chad was also one of the writers of the Megamind and Kung Fu Panda comics from Ape Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation, as well as BloodRayne for Digital Webbing Press. Chad is also the editor of COMICS, a new biography series that focuses on stand-up comedians, television sitcom stars and other influential funny people from the past 50 years. Titles so far include George Carlin, Lucille Ball, The Three Stooges, Saturday Night Live, WKRP in Cincinnati and Redd Foxx. Chad took home the 2012 Shel Dorf Award for Editor of the Year for his work on this series.
Jay Leisten started his career in Comics as an intern at Top Cow. After 2 years in L.A. working on titles like, Tombraider, Witchblade, Darkness & Inferno, he re-located to Florida to work at Crossgen with long time friend Greg Land on Sojourn. When Crossgen closed its doors he began working for Marvel & DC on covers for several titles. Within a few months he was working on titles like Thor, Legion, & Black Panther.
In the past few years Jay recently finished working on a 3 year run with Greg Land on Uncanny X-men, 1 year on Iron Man, Moon Knight with Jerome Opena, Nightwing with Don Kramer, Outsiders with Fernando Pasarin, Captain Britain & Dark X-men with Leonard Kirk, Death of Wolverine, Uncanny Inhumans, Uncanny Avengers and Captain America with Steve McNiven, as well as several other Marvel projects. Currently Jay is working on Uncanny X-Men, & Batman/Superman.
You can follow him on TWITTER.
Brian is known as co-creator/artist of Image comics’ THE MANTLE and Challenger Comics THE BROTHERS JAMES. He’s also worked on Constantine for DC Comics and multiple projects for Dark Horse Comics. Additionally he has worked on Lazarus and other projects from Image Comics, Quantum & Woody and other titles from Valiant Entertainment, We Can Never Go Home and others for Black Mask Studios, Ghostface Killah among others.
You can keep up with his projects on TWITTER.
Nate Lovett has worked on a variety of projects from Paw Patrol for Random House/ Nickelodeon to Redakai and Monsuno for Viz Media. He’s supplied inks on Ray Height’s Midnight Tiger from Action Lab, colors on Actionverse #0 and Actionverse: Midnight Tiger, The Perhapanauts, Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Skyward, and Hack/Slash as well as concept art for Hasbro on projects ranging from Star Wars, and GIJoe, to My Little Pony and done game art for AEG/Fun to 11’s EPIC:PVP card game.
Drew Moss is a comic book artist who has drawn for Image Comics (Outlaw Territory), Dark Horse Comics (Creepy), IDW(the Colonized, The Crow:Pestilence) Darby Pop (City), and Oni Press (Blood Feud, Letter 44). Drew lives in Hampton, VA with his wife, 2 sons and Shar pei Mowgli.
Tommy Patterson is a Kentucky native who has used his impressive skills to draw some of the greatest fantasy and science fiction comics on the market.
Tommy’s credits include the series Citizen Jack from Image, many film and television adaptations like The Warriors, science fiction icon Farscape and the hit novel/HBO series Game of Thrones. Other comics include Irredeemable and Tales from Wonderland.
Aside from interiors, Tommy has wowed fans with his cover work on The Jungle Book and Robyn Hood from Zenescope. Tommy is also responsible for exclusive variants for Tricon.
Mark A. Robinson
Mark A. Robinson draws stuff. Sometimes cartoons, Sometimes comics…Sometimes both.
Over the past decade or so he has contributed to several publications including Weapon X, GI Joe: Storm Shadow, Ghostrider, Spiderman/Ms. Marvel, Dragon Age and Image’s I Love Trouble.
He is currently developing serialized art content for Project Nerd as an independent Comic creator.
Creator and writer of Wynonna Earp Comic book series published by IDW Publishing TV Series on SyFy. Creator and Writer of Cobb: Off The Leash. Comic book series published by IDW Publishing in development for new TV series.
Creator and Writer of: Parts Unknown (AfterBurn), Primate (Image Comics), Maximum Jack, 200 People To Kill (Dark Horse Comics) , Warshaw: The Machinist. (Image Comics), The BadLander (Dark Horse Comics)
Writer of: Batman/Wildcat, Catwoman/Wildcat, Guy Gardner Warrior, Star Wars, Spawn, Wolverine/Shi, The Tenth, The Berzerkers, Legion of Super-Heroes, B’Wana Beast, Mars Attacks, 24, The Black Terror, and Young Justice.
30 years as marketing VP for Library Of American Comics, IDW Publishing, McFarlane Toys, Image Comics, Todd McFarlane Productions and Eclipse Comics.
From his work in the sketch card arena (Marvel, DC, Topps Inc., Upper Deck, etc.) to his comics art as in the graphic novel FX-The Lost Land from IDW,The Art of Uko Smith is awesome by his use of line, design and color. He also teaches The Comic Book Illustration class and Continuing Education courses at The Columbus College of Art & Design. His commissioned pieces are getting global attention in the world of art and comics. And he draws awesome women! Uko is currently working on three creator owned projects, appropriately titled, 1500, ECO and Salem Erotica scheduled to be available summer 2015 (-Bill Nichols, Editor, Sketch Magazine).
Justin Stewart can do whatever it takes to get a comic book done; pencilling, inking, coloring, lettering, layout, logos and design. Justin began his professional comics career in 2005 coloring a Jim Mahfood-drawn story in Speakeasy’s Beowulf #7. That pairing would spark a collaboration that lasts to this day, most recently the Marvel Comics one-shot Howard the Human.
Justin has done artwork for Disney, Image Comics, Archaia, Boom! Studios, Zenescope Entertainment and is lead graphic designer for publisher Apex Book Company.
Kyle Strahm draws the action horror book Spread from Image Comics, which he created with writer Justin Jordan. He’s drawn covers and interiors for DC, Image, IDW and Dyanamite for various titles including Green Lantern: New Guardians, Haunt, Judge Dredd, Evil Ernie, Purgatori and Five Ghosts. In 2015 look for the anthology series Trauma Socket, written and created by Kyle and featuring his covers.
Nicholas “Iowa” Wentland
Pre-World War II, Nicholas spent much of his time traveling with carnivals and other such amusements, often playing Banjo with his tongue, or sketching pictures for the pompous wealth of the region while swearing profusely under his breath.
When the Great War came, he fought on both fronts…at the same time. And eventually traveled to Canada to fight wild bears and moose who killed his imaginary family of the Canadian wilderness. His bloodlust finally subsided and Nicholas returned to the United States.
By this time the 60s rolled around and there wasn’t much left for Nicholas so he donated himself to science. Much of the 60’s and 70’s was spent in drug-fueled hazes, being a guinea pig for experimental drugs on top of all the other drugs he was already doing. When he finally cleared out, he moved to Iowa, to be closer to his real family.
He found a niche as he toured the world as a musician, and shared the stage with rock-stars before finally settling down and coming back to his roots: oral banjo and hate filled ranting art.
When Broken Icon Comics saw Nicholas’s promising work they just had to have him. Since then Nicholas’ artwork and hips have kept the masses both happy and oddly entranced. These skills have led to projects with professional wrestler, Brandon Graver, a massively successful Kickstarter project, TMNT exclusive book for Tricon WV and has colored work of Game of Thrones artist, Tommy Patterson.