GUESTS

Darryl Banks
Darryl Banks is from Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree. He
began his comics career in 1989, working for various independent comic companies such as Innovation and Millennium Publishing. Darryl worked on titles such as Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, The Wild Wild West and Justice Machine.

In 1993 he started working with DC Comics on Legion of Superheroes and later on Green Lantern. Co-creating the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, Parallax, and other characters. In addition to various other projects for DC, his work also includes Captain America and X-Men for Marvel, Tomb Raider: Epiphany from Top Cow, GI Joe Reloaded for Devil’s Due Publishing, and covers to Moonstone’s Phantom series. Currently Darryl is working on Harken’s Raiders which is a Kickstarter project with Ominous Press.

Darryl also does concept art and toy design. Clients include Hawthorne Village collectibles, Filsinger Games, Hasbro, and many others.

You can follow him on TWITTER.

Morgan Beem
Morgan Beem is a freelance comic artist and illustrator who works predominantly with ink and watercolor. Her work includes The Family Trade, Wolfsbane, Adventure time, Planet of the Apes, and a number of anthologies. She is also a donut and whiskey enthusiast.

Tressina Bowling
Tressina Bowling is a Kentucky born self taught artist who excels in creating vibrant work with Copic markers, color pencils and watercolors. Her latest published work can be found in the book Kentucky Kaiju as well as the upcoming new CASH + CARRIE Book 2.

You can follow her on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM and check out her PATREON.

Jorge Corona
Jorge Corona is a Venezuelan sequential artist, winner of the 2015 Russ Manning Award. Writer and Illustrator, his work includes We are… Robin, Nightwing, and The Flash for DC Comics; Big Trouble in Little China, Adventure Time, Jim Henson’s Storyteller, among others for BOOM! Entertainment; as well as co-creator of Goners and Number One With a Bullet (Nominated for the 2018 Eisner Awards for Best Cover Artist) alongside Jacob Semahn for Image Comics, and creator of Feathers, his all-ages dark fantasy, for Archaia Entertainment.

Daxiong
Daxiong is a comic book artist, editor and publisher. He is currently one of the most successful artists in Chinese and European comics. He has received a great deal of recognition for his work in the industry, including first place at the Shanghai Animation & Comic Competition,Golden Monkey King Award at China international Cartoon and Animation Festival,top honors at the 33rd annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, and Viewer’s Choice Award on ICON 29.

You can follow him on INSTAGRAM and check out his WEBSITE.

Justin Birch
Born in the hills of West Virginia and raised on a diet of pepperoni rolls and Ecto Cooler Hi-C, Justin surprised everyone by surviving to adulthood. Now he letters comics for some pretty awesome people. Justin still lives in West Virginia, only now it’s with his loving wife and their dog. When he’s not stressing over a deadline, Justin enjoy’s burritos, minor league hockey, and beer. Justin is a mainstay as the top guy for BIC titles while working for various titles from other publishers like Action Lab, AndWorld Design, DMC Comics, IDW, Rising Sun Comics and Source Point Press.

You can follow him on TWITTER and check out his WEBSITE.

Rob Dumo.
Rob is the artist behind Tricon’s mascot, Larry. Besides that he’s also the penciler for Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack!, written by Daniel Way (Deadpool, Astonishing X-men) and the Soska twins (Secret Wars Journal, Guardians of Infinity), slated for release this summer. Rob has also provided pencils for Robyn Hood (Zenescope), The Gutters (Blind Ferret), Colonial Comics (Fulcrum), and Eccentrix (Broken Icon) among others. When he’s not drawing, Rob also serves as Art Director for Broken Icon Comics.

Mark Kidwell
Mark Kidwell is an author and illustrator of dozens of comic books and graphic novels. Primarily working in the horror genre, Mark is the creator of the ongoing Vietnam/Zombie epic ’68, Frank Frazetta’s Dark Kingdom and the critically acclaimed horror comic BUMP. BUMP has now been expanded and released as a full prose novel. In addition to his graphic work, Mark has designed creature special effects for such industry luminaries as Robert Kurtzman (KNB and Precinct 13 Entertainment), penned original screenplays and provided illustration for numerous fantasy gaming books. The expansion of Bump from comic book mini-series to full prose novel is his first literary release. He is currently hard at work on more.

You can check out his WEBSITE.

Jay Leisten

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, Monsters Unleashed, Astonishing X-Men and more. Moon Knight with Jerome Opena, Nightwing with Don Kramer, Outsiders with Fernando Pasarin, Captain Britain & Dark X-men with Leonard Kirk, Death of Wolverine, Secret Empire, Monsters Unleashed and more with Steve Mcniven,as well as several other Marvel projects. Currently Jay is working on a Spiderman project, Return of Wolverine, & a creator owned project. You can visit Jay on Twitter @jaylestein or click HERE!

Tommy Patterson
Tommy is a veteran artist hailing from Kentucky. Tommy’s art has graced some legendeary titles like Game of Thrones, Farscape and Irredemable. Tommy has also worked on covers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Robyn Hood, No Tomorrow and various others. He is currently working on a new project with Broken Icon Comics.

You can follow him on TWITTER!

Ryback
Ryback is an American professional wrestler who performs as The Big Guy or Ryback. He is best known for his time in WWE and now wrestles on the international independent circuit.

One of the eight finalists on Tough Enough 4, Reeves later signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and wrestled in its developmental territories Deep South Wrestling (DSW), Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He participated in the first season of NXT in early 2010 under the ring name Skip Sheffield, and joined the WWE main roster later that year as part of The Nexus before being sidelined due to injury. Following his return as Ryback, Reeves headlined several pay-per-view events for WWE (sometimes competing for the WWE Championship) and became a one-time Intercontinental Champion before his departure from the company in 2016.

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Cory Smith
Cory Smith is a New York-based illustrator and comic artist who has worked for most major publishers since breaking into the business in 2012. He is known for his work on IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and various Marvel titles such as Nova, X-Men Blue, Amazing Spider-Man, Thanos, Weapon H, and Star Wars.

You can follow him on TWITTER.

Beau Smith
Beau Smith is a native of Huntington, WV. Currently secluded in his bunker in Ceredo, WV. Attended Marshall University where he majored in Villainy. Has been making up stuff since 3 rd grade, but only in the last 30 years has he becomes cunning enough to get people to pay him for it. “Own your own likeness, and then make others it too.” –Beau Smith

Writer and creator of Wynonna Earp, the IDW Publishing comic book, the graphic novel and the hit TV series on The SyFy Channel. Beau has also released Wynonna Earp: Season Zero from IDW Publishing. Beau has also created and written Cobb (IDW Publishing) which has been optioned and is in fast track development for Television.

Beau has also created and written: Lost And Found (IDW Publishing), Parts Unknown (Image Comics), 200 People To Kill (Dark Horse Comics), Primate: The Sword Of Darwin (Image Comics), The Black Terror (Eclipse Comics), The BadLander (Dark Horse Comics).

Beau has written and worked for every major comic book publisher and written such books and characters as:Batman/Wildcat (DC Comics), Catwoman/Wildcat (DC Comics), Guy Gardner Warrior (DC Comics), Wolverine vs. Shi (Marvel Comics/Crusade Comics), Star Wars (Dark Horse Comics), The Undertaker (Chaos/WWE Comics), 24 (IDW Publishing), Mars Attacks (IDW Publishing), Spawn Image Comics), The Tenth (Image Comics), Legion Of Super Heroes (DC Comics), Young Justice (DC Comics), B’Wana Beast (DC Comics), Boof And The Bruise Crew (Image Comics), Curse Of Spawn (Image Comics), Angela (Image Comics), 9/11 (DC Comics), Buckaroo Betty (AC Comics), Dead Moon Rising (Moonstone Books)

Beau has also served as Vice President Of Marketing and Publishing for Eclipse Comics, Image Comics, Todd McFarlane Productions, McFarlane Toys, IDW Publishing, JUN Planning Toys, and currently for The Library Of American Comics and EuroComics.

Beau currently writes the monthly column Beauology 101 for Westfield Comics.

You can follow him on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.

Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith is a freelance artist and sometimes writer who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the co-creator and artist for Dead Legends (A Wave Blue World), and the artist for “The Accelerators” for Blue Juice Comics, Ghost in the Shell for Kodansha Comics/Penguin Random House, and Gregory Graves for Starburns Industries. He recently completed a story for “68” for Image Comics. He also worked on motion comics for AT&T, A horror adaptation of “Pop Goes the Weasel” and “This Old Man” for Line Webtoon, “Charge” A prequel comic to the independent cult movie “All Superheroes Must Die”, cover artist for “Action Lab Entertainment, pin up work for Deadly Class (Image Comics) and Strayed (Dark Horse Comics), and and has provided ghosting duties on backgrounds and inks for several other comic books. In 2012 created and self published his own comic book “Human City”. He is also a 2011 graduate of the Joe Kubert School.

Justin Stewart 
Justin Stewart is an illustrator and graphic designer who’s done work for Disney, Marvel, Sony, Image Comics, and Graphitti Designs. Justin’s latest book, ‘Bleed Leaders’ was successfully funded via Kickstarter and was released in December of 2018. His previous book, ‘Kentucky Kaiju’, published by Apex Book Company, is an illustrated field guide to giant monsters that roam the Bluegrass state. Justin has worked with artist Jim Mahfood for over 10 years, coloring his art most recently on ‘Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks’ from Image Comics. He also worked with Jim on IDW’s ‘Miami Vice: Remix’, Marvel’s ‘Howard the Human’, and Image Comics ‘Marijuanaman’ with musician Ziggy Marley.

You can follow him on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM and check out his WEBSITE.

Nick Wentland
Nick Wentland is a comic book artist and writer from Des Moines, IA. He has a growing number of published credits with various independent companies, leading to his recent work on titles such as Spread (Image), Army of Darkness: Furious Road (Dynamite), TMNT (IDW) and GI Joe (IDW). As Broken Icon Comics’ go to colorist he has colored greats like Kim Jacinto (Venom, Thundersbolts), Darryl Banks (Green Lantern), Tommy Patterson (Game of Thrones) and Mark Kidwell (Rising Rebels, 68). A multi-faceted artist, his credits cover almost the entire gamut of comic creation from lines and colors to writing, editing, and publishing. In 2017 he was part of over a dozen published releases including the release of his first novel, Draeburn, co-written with fellow Iowan, Thomas Clough.

You can follow him on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.

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