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Paul Allor
Paul Allor is a comic-book writer, editor and letterer based in Indiana. He has worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, GI Joe and Uncanny Inhumans, as well as creator-owned comics such as Tet, Strange Nation and Past the Last Mountain. He is currently writing Clue for IDW Publishing and Secret Empire: Brave New World for Marvel.

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

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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 was a great honor and challenge for Darryl’s costume design skills. 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, Johnnie Zombie for Midgard Comics and covers to Moonstone’s Phantom series.

In August 2011, Darryl Banks, Ron Marz and Terry Austin were reunited for the Green Lantern Retroactive 1990s issue for DC Comics.
Darryl also does concept art and toy design. Clients include Hawthorne Village collectibles, Hasbro, Filsinger Games, VanBreed Studios and many others.

You can follow him on TWITTER.

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Boogeyman
The Boogeyman started his career on the 4th season of Tough Enough before debuting in the ring on Smackdown in 2005. His creepy antics have become a staple in WWE over the last 12 years in and out of the ring; the WWE featured him in Halloween pranks in 2013 and 2014. He competed in the Royal Rumble in 2015 and on WWE Networks Swerved in the same year.

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Eryk Donovan

Eryk lives and works in Savannah, GA. A recipient of the Mike Wieringo Scholarship during his time at Savannah College of Art and Design, he has since gone on to draw critically acclaimed books such as Memetic, and Quantum Teens Are Go, and is also known for his work on Constantine: The Hellblazer.

You can follow him on TWITTER.

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Neil Kaplan
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).

You can follow him on TWITTER.

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Samantha Glow
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.

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Jason Lewis
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.

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

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Drew Moss
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.

You can follow him on TWITTER.

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Ian McGinty
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 WarriorsBee & 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).

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

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Rico Renzi
Rico Renzi is an artist and designer from Washington D.C.. His work has appeared in WIRED and Fast Company Magazines, and various publications from D.C., Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Scholastic, Boom Studios, Oni Press and IDW. He currently colors Spider-Gwen and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl every month and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

You check out his WEBSITE.

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Rusty Shackles
Rusty Shackles is a Dayton OH based illustrator who has done work for 1up, Hardcore Gaming 101, GameSpy and ComicsAlliance, as well as being published in comics from Oni Press, Monkeybrain, Action Lab and more. He is currently the cover artist for Hardcore Gaming 101’s line of books, and runs Insert-Quarter Bin, featuring new versions of famous comic book covers mixed with iconic video games.

You can follow him on TWITTER and FACEBOOK.

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Tim Shinn
Tim Shinn was born and raised in Elkview, WV and is looking forward to being in his home state for TriCon. He is a graduate of The Art Institute Of Pittsburgh and started his professional art career in NYC in 1996.

Tim now works as a freelance illustrator with over 20 years experience creating artwork for the advertising, film and comic book industries. He’s created storyboards and design work for clients including, Hasbro, Mattel, Topps, and Disney. His comic book work includes DC Comics (colorist on Green Arrow Rebirth, Batman Rebirth, Kamandi Challenge and Deadman), Dark Horse (Sakai Project, Neal Adams’ Blood), IDW (G.I. Joe, Batman/TMNT), Alterna (IF Anthology) and Dynamite (Grumpy Cat, Mighty Mouse and The Shadow). Tim is also a sketch card artist for Upper Deck.

If you would like to pre-order a commission for pick up at TriCon, feel free to contact Tim through any of the links below.

You can check out his WEBSITE, TWITTER, DEVIANT and INSTAGRAM.

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Matt Slay
Born in St. Michaels, Maryland and having grown up in Easton, Maryland… Matt learned early that the best way to eat anything is with a mallet. Chesapeake folks understand this.

His approaches to Art are not that far behind. Utilizing, not only brushes, but quills, sponges, sandpaper, salt, razor blades, his fingernails, the souls of his enemies, and empty Tic-Tac boxes… Matt has a wonderful time sparing the general populace by working from his studio home somewhere on a mountain top in Virginia where he occasionally screams out of the third story window that he “was right” and that “nobody listened”

Matt Slay has been in production art for the better part of a decade having generated images for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Image Comics, The CBLDF, Upper Deck’s “Marvel Premiere”, “Marvel Beginnings series 2”, and others; as well as Cryptozoic’s Tarzan 100th Anniversary sets. He has also worked on “Charnel House” with Wes Huffor and Broken Voice Comics and produced countless designs for Record/Album covers, Logos, Book jackets as well as posters, patches and T-shirts for any number of companies. From time to time, he’s been known to dabble in video game character design for companies such as Flamero on projects such “Naystar: The Beginning” and “Journey Through Naystar”

Matt recently Illustrated “Time Traveled Tales Vol. 1” with Timothy Zahn, Aaron Alston, Michael Stackpole, Jean Rabe, Janine Spendlove, and many others. He’s finished volume 2 and the graphic novel “Icarus” by Greg Wilson. He’s provided covers for “Equilibrium” and is currently working on Marvel Premier 2017 and “3 Story Dungeon”

Matt studied Illustration and Design at VCU, The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, and completed his Bachelor’s in Illustration at Radford University and later completed his Masters with endorsements in Art History and Art Psychology. He now puts that experience to use as a freelance illustrator bouncing back and forth between comics/comic books, advertising and marketing.

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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 beginning it’s second season on The SyFy Channel (June 9 , 2017) as well as on Netflix. (Now) This Summer Beau will be releasing 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.

Check out his WEBSITE, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.

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Chris Yambar
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.

ALSO APPEARING:
Mark Kidwell, Jay Leisten, Brian Level, Eryk Donovan, Uko Smith, Rob Dumo, Justin Stewart and Nicholas Wentland.

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