Master of many characters, Neil Kaplan, IS Optimus Prime! And let’s not forget Emperor Zarkon on the new Netflix Voltron series, and the dragon Arurelion Sol in League of Legends!
But his creations give life to numerous other hot properties as well, including: “Star Wars,” “Power Rangers,” Marvel Heroes, “Avatar,” “Gears of War”… The list goes ON! In fact, his chorus of resonating heroes and villains touches many a childhood and demographic the world over.
Mr. Kaplan’s credits include Optimus Prime “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (VG), Diabolico – “Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue” (TV), Gluto – “Power Rangers: Time Force” (TV), “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” (TV & movie), “Power Rangers Lost Galaxy” (TV), Skadge – “Star Wars the Old Republic” (VG), Governor Adlehard – “Star Wars: Uprising” (VG), Bendak Starkiller – “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” (VG), Boss Ganne – “Star Wars: Battlegrounds” (VG), Kinnect “Star Wars” (VG), Green Goblin & Norman Osborne – “Spider-Man: Battle for New York” (VG), Venom & Sabretooth – “Marvel Heroes” (VG), Gorilla Grodd – “Justice League Heroes” (VG), Marvel Anime: “Iron Man” (TV), Marvel Anime: “Blade” (TV), “Spider-Man Unlimited” (VG), Hawkmon – “Digimon” (TV & movie), Tychus Findlay – “StarCraft II” and “Heroes of the Storm” (Blizzard Entertainment – video games), Madara Uchiha – “Naruto Shippuden” (Anime – TV, movie and VG), Albus Dumbledore & Leader of the G.I. Joe EXTREME – “Robot Chicken”, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (VG), “Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth” – Rise of the Witch King (VG), “Conan” (VG), “Rango” (VG), “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” (VG), “EverQuest II” (VG), Kinnect “Disneyland Adventures” (VG), “Avatar: The Game” (VG), “Final Fantasy XIII” (VG), “Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution” (VG), “Gears of War 3” (VG), “God of War: Ascension” (VG).
Samantha Glow is a comic writer and artist. Samantha graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art. A Philadelphia native, Samantha Glow is the co-author of WELCOME TO SHOWSIDE (Z2 Comics), is a comic convention manager and an occasional cosplayer. Sammie is a true animal lover, but thinks hermit crabs need to grow up and get a job.
You can follow her on TWITTER.
Though he has lived on many coasts, Jason Lewis is a professional comic book colorist originally from the Mid-Ohio Valley. He has credits at all the major comic publishers, but has recently been known for coloring Star Trek, Drive and Mars Attacks at IDW. He will have prints and comics to sell and may do a sketch or two if you ask him nicely.
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.
Ian McGinty is an American artist, writer, and designer. He is the creator of Welcome to Showside!, the animated series (Modern Prometheus Productions), as well as the Welcome to Showside! comic books series (Z2 Comics). Ian is currently lead artist on Boom Studios’ Adventure Time line and co-creator of Frederator Books’, Roberto Roboto, and series regular on Steven Universe & Fionna and Cake (Penguin Random House) and contributor for PowerPuff Girls (IDW/PRH) and Invader Zim (Oni). He is also a frequent guest artist for the Steve Jackson Games’ Munchkin card and comic book line.
Ian has previously worked on Rick and Morty (Oni), Bravest Warriors, Bee & Puppycat and Steven Universe (kaBoom!), as well as the Eisner Nominated Hello Kitty series and Uglydoll (Viz Media), Lil’ Bionic Kids (Dynamite), Rocket Raccoon (Marvel), and Bartkira (Various).
If any single word can be used to describe the career of Chris Yambar, it would be WOW! Since his personal creation in 1961, no surface has been safe from his addiction to the creative process. Painting, writing, publishing, recording, lecturing, and other words ending in “ing” are just a few of the things that occupy his daily life as an artist. In addition to his efforts as a celebrated pop art painter Chris has enjoyed a rewarding career as a mainstream writer for some of the world’s most beloved comic characters, including Bart Simpson, Radioactive Man, Spongebob Squarepants, Popeye, I Dream of Jeannie, Elfquest and Mister Magoo. His own award-winning indie stable of characters, which includes Mr. Beat, El Mucho Grande–Wrestler for Hire, The Fire-Breathing Pope, Twerp & Blue Baboon, Spells, Meow Wow! and Suckulina–Vampire Temp, has gained him a reputation as one of the most original creators in comics as well as one of the most diverse. In 2003 his graphic novel Suicide Blonde won him the award for Best Science Fiction Writer in Comics by Cinescape Magazine. That same year, his graphic novel adaptation of Thomas Edison’s lost 1910 horror film “Edison’s Frankenstein” won him the acclaim of horror historians and critics alike. Chris is the only creator in comics to have had three stories included in the coveted Simpsons Tree House of Horror annual, two of which he wrote with rock stars Alice Cooper and KISS bassist Gene Simmons. New projects include a children’s book series entitled Midnight Nursery. Without a doubt, Chris Yambar is one of the most delightfully dangerous artists on the planet.
You can check out his WEBSITE.