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Dave Aikins
Dave Aikins is a children’s book illustrator, creating over 100 books featuring SpongeBob Squarepants, 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 Dora and Friends, as well as the new SpongeBob movie. To balance out all of this cuteness, Dave is also the illustrator of Twilight Creations’ popular Zombies!!! board game series, as well as the upcoming Zombies Jr!!! game for kids. In the world of comics, Dave has worked for Moonstone Books on such titles as Kolchak, Buckaroo Banzai, and The Avenger. You can see more of his work on his WEBSITE.

Paul Allor

Paul Allor
Paul Allor has written Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and GI Joe for IDW publishing, in addition to creator-owned books such as Orc Girl for Challenger Comics, and Strange Nation for Monkeybrain. He was recently named the writer on

He is also an alumni of several Comics Experience classes, and is now on staff at Comics Experience, where he offers professional script critiques to workshop members. Paul started reading comics at the age of 28, but has done his best to make up for lost time.

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

Darryl Banks

Darryl Banks
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.

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Rachel Deering
Rachel Deering is a twisted old witch who wanders the Appalachian forests with her theater of shadow puppets and an antique gramophone. She has written for entertainment companies including Blizzard, DC/Vertigo, Dark Horse, IDW, Titan and others. In 2014, she published the massive horror anthology, In the Dark, through her Tiny Behemoth Press imprint.

You can follow her on TWITTER and check out her work on DEVIANT.

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Meredith Finch
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.

You can follow her on TWITTER or FACEBOOK.

Mitch Gerads

Mitch Gerads
Mitch Gerads is currently the artist on Marvel Now’s The Punisher and co-creator of The Activity from Image Comics. Gerads has also worked on such comic properties as Doctor Who, Stan Lee’s Starborn, Bandette, Planet of the Apes, and Johnny Recon.

Gerads is also an accomplished illustrator in the commercial art field having worked for such companies as General Mills, Adult Swim, Nabisco, and many others. He lives in Minneapolis MN, with his wife Lauren, and his cat Numchucks. When not drawing comics he obsesses over the perfect sidecar.

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

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Jonathan Glapion
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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Justin Jordan
Justin Jordan is the co-creator of Luther Strode, Dead Body Road, Spread, and Deep State. He’s written for Image, Marvel, DC, Valiant and BOOM  Studios. He lives in the wilds of Pennsylvania and he is very, very tired.

You can follow him on TWITTER and check out Luther Strode’s WEBSITE.

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Mark Kidwell
Mark Kidwell is the author/illustrator of dozens of comic books representing genres from horror to western to sword and sorcery heroic fantasy. His work has been published by Image Comics, Fangoria Magazine, Cryptic Magazine, IDW and others. He has written multiple screenplays including BUMP, based on his splatterpunk comic series from Fangoria Comics. BUMP is in pre-production as a motion picture, and his full prose novel based on the story will be published in 2010.

In 2009, Mark began designing special FX makeup and creatures for Robert Kurtzman’s Precinct 13 Entertainment group, working on projects from such horror luminaries as Stuart Gordon, Dee Snider and Don Coscarelli. Mark considers his collaboration with co-creators Nat Jones and Jay Fotos on ’68 a high water mark in a career of producing dark, intelligent horror fiction.

You can check out 68’s WEBSITE and follow them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

Jay-Leisten

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, Tomb Raider, 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, Uncanny Avengers and Captain America with Steve McNiven, as well as several other Marvel projects.

Currently Jay is working on Mighty Avengers, Death of Wolverine and a creator owned project.

You can follow him on TWITTER.

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Chris Sprouse
Chris Sprouse’s career spans over two decades in the comics industry. The artist first garnered attention as the penciller for DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes spinoff, Legionnaires, but he’s probably most well known for his work on Wildstorm/DC Comics’ Tom Strong series, which he co-created with acclaimed writer Alan Moore.

Sprouse has drawn numerous other titles for nearly every publisher in the industry, from Batman and Justice League books for DC, X-Men and Spider-Man comics for Marvel, and an adaptation of the Star Wars novel Splinter of the Mind’s Eye for Dark Horse Comics.

In 2004, Sprouse teamed up with fan-favorite writer Warren Ellis to work on the creator-owned graphic novel Ocean (published by Wildstorm/DC Comics). In the last few years, Sprouse’s work has appeared in the Number of the Beast mini-series and the first issue of Grant Morrison’s Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, a new Tom Strong min-series (Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom). In addition, Sprouse has pencilled numerous covers for various series (Legion of Super-Heroes, Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, WildC.A.T.S., The Authority, End of Nations) as well as some short stories for DC’s Human Target TV series tie-in and IDW’s Rocketeer Adventures 2 mini-series.

Upcoming work includes another new Tom Strong mini-series, Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril, plus a three-part story for DC Digital’s Legends of the Dark Knight series. Chris was also slated to work on Marvel’s Thors with Jason Aaron.

Check out his WEBSITE.

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Kyle Strahm
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.

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Fred Van Lente
Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer of comics like Archer & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Continuing or Limited Series), Action Philosophers! (American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and Cowboys & Aliens (with Andrew Foley), the basis for the feature film.

His many other titles include Resurrectionist, The Comic Book History of Comics, The Incredible Hercules (with Greg Pak), Taskmaster, Marvel Zombies and The Amazing Spider-Man.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the playwright Crystal Skillman and some mostly ungrateful cats.

Make sure you check out his WEBSITE and follow him on TWITTER.

Robert Venditti

Robert Venditti
Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel series The Surrogates, the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames.

He currently writes the ongoing monthly comic book series X-O Manowar, Green Lantern, and The Flash. His debut children’s novel, Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde, is due from Simon & Schuster in June 2015.

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

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Andy Bennett
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.

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Sean Forney
Sean Forney is a thirteen year professional illustrator/comic book artist currently working on issue #5 of Zen: Intergalactic Ninja for Devil’s Due/1First Comics and Cyberines #3 (Red Anvil Comics).

His recent color work can be seen on the cover of Bloodstrike (Image Comics). Cover and interior work can also be seen in Archaea (Devil’s Due/1First Comics), Deadpooh (Comi-Kazi), Cyberines #1 (Red Anvil Comics), Notti & Nyce and Do You Pooh? (Counterpoint Entertainment), Blindside #2 (Contraband Comics), Clint Hilinski’s Pirate Queen and Superiors, and Ben Miller’s Judges.

His pencil and ink work can be seen in Cut the Rope from Titan Publishing. Sean has also worked on Superbeasts (Fifth World Studios), Warlords of Wor (ManOrMonster? Studios), New-Gen New Dawn #4 (APNG Entertainment), Lego, Inc., Mice Templar Vol. 3: A Midwinter’s Night Dream trade (Image), Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Issue, Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 (Zenescope). He also completed color work on My Adventures with Spider-Man (Marvel/Identity Direct) and the Bakugan toy line for Spin Master.

His pinup work can be seen in Moonstone’s Voltron: United and Drawn, Image’s Hack Slash: My First Maniac, Approbation’s Chaos Campus and DC’s Transmetropolitan Art Book. Sean co-created and illustrated Scarlet Huntress #1, Scarlet Huntress #2, Scarlet’s Guide to Cryptids, and the newest anthology book, Scarlet Huntress: Tales Through Time.

Check out his WEBSITE and FACEBOOK.

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Uko Smith
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).

Check out his WEBSITE, BLOG and DEVIANT.

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Justin Stewart
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.

Check out his WEBSITE and TWITTER.

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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.

Check out his DEVIANT, FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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