Brandon Michael Barker

Brandon is an artist and writer living in West Lafayette, Indiana, a fact that he sincerely requests not be counted against his character. He’s a really nice guy. Really. He is owner of ManOrMonster? Studios and the creator of WARLORDS OF WOR. He likes weird toys, bad movies, cool comics and hair metal. He lives contentedly with his wife and his dog in a house with a yard that desperately requires some professional help.

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Gabriel Bautista

Gabriel draws CHARLEY <3′S ROBOTS, which can been seen in several issues of ELEPHANTMEN (Image Comics) and he also draws the webcomic JESUS CHRIST: IN THE NAME OF THE GUN. Additionally, Gabriel is an Eisner award-winning colorist (COMIC BOOK TATTOO, Image Comics); his color work can be seen in Will Eisner’s THE SPIRIT and ALLSTAR WESTERN (DC Comics). Check out his work at his comic-battling site ENTERVOID.COM.

Albert the Alien

Yves “Balak” Bigerel

A 2006 graduate of the Gobelins Animation school in France, cartoonist Yves Bigerel works primarily as a storyboard artist and 2D animator. Currently, his focus is on comic books and digital comics; his groundbreaking About Digital Comics “manifesto” has influenced a generation of web artists and writers and (says Mark Waid) is required reading for anyone interested in digital storytelling. Currently, Bigerel is at work on a ongoing series, LASTMAN, with Bastien Vivès and Michael Sanlaville, to be published online and print in 2013. Visit Balak’s DeviantArt page and his Turbo Media site.

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Christina Blanch

Christina Blanch is an educator who uses comic books as teaching tools. She has taught on college campuses, for online courses such as the “Gender Through Comic Books” SuperMOOC, and in the correctional system (a.k.a. prison). During her prison tenure, she heard many stories and learned many things most non-criminals would never know. Together, she and Chris Carr, a fellow correctional-facility instructor, concocted their first comic — about prison, of course. Christina lives in Indiana with her two children, one boyfriend, one dog, and two cats.

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood

Alex de Campi

Alex de Campi loves explosions and obscure film noir. She hates writing bios. She writes the comics SMOKE/ASHES and GRINDHOUSE for Dark Horse. She has directed a bunch of music videos for indie bands famous and not so famous. Rumours that she was the product of a secret Mi6 programme to create a race of genetically modified super-agents are, alas, entirely without foundation. The rumours that she snuck across the Russian border and spent many louche years in Hong Kong are completely true.

Chris Carr

Chris Carr has taught English composition and literature at three Midwestern universities. He also spent several years teaching inside correctional facilities. This is where he met Christina Blanch, as well as two necrophiliacs, a cannibal, and scores of pimps and murders. He also believes that holding a pipe (not pictured) and looking off into the distance will make him look pensive in photos. Chris lives in a part of rural Indiana that you’ll never visit, with his wife and two daughters.

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood

Chee

Chee is a Malaysian-based artist who has drawn comics like George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Transformers: Bumblebee, G.I. Joe: Cobra, Keith Giffen’s Tag and Steve Niles’ Wake the Dead. He has storyboarded commercials for brands like McDonald’s, KFC, Nestle and MasterChef. You can also find his illustrations in the Malaysian edition of Esquire. Follow his tweets.

Clown Party  |  The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood  |  Clown In The Mirror

Jeremy Colwell

Jeremy Colwell lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two sons. Formally trained as a fine arts painter, he enjoys using those skills in his life-long goal of working in comics. His coloring and inking have been printed by many indie and mainstream publishers including DC (as part of Hi-Fi Studio), Dark Horse, IDW, Image, and Zenescope, as well as included in various gallery shows. He is active in the education system, using art, technology, and graphic literature to foster a love of reading and visual exploration in young people. Visit Jeremy’s website.

City of the Dead

Dennis Culver

Dennis is a professional illustrator and cartoonist based in Oakland, CA. He is the artist of the upcoming graphic novel ODD SCHNOZZ AND THE ODD SQUAD, written by Jeffrey Burandt, and the artist on MonkeyBrain Comics’ EDISON REX. He is currently working on another graphic novel co-written with Chris Sebela, both to be published by Oni Press. Culver has also written and drawn “Timejam” for the Oni anthology JAM! TALES FROM THE WORLD OF ROLLER DERBY. Follow him on twitter @DennisCulver.

In the Pi of the Beholder

Sean Dove

Sean Dove is a illustrator/designer living in Chicago, Illinois. In 2003 he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then spent several years working as the Art Director at Devil’s Due Publishing. In 2009 Sean began freelancing full-time and started his one-man design studio, And Thank You For Flying. He writes and illustrates the comic ‘Fried Rice’, and also screenprints posters and other goods.

He shares a work space with the other members of 4 Star Studios, where they produce the iPad app Double Feature Comics. He enjoys walking to work, the middle seat at the theater, and plaid shirts.

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Sean Forney

Sean is a professional illustrator/comic book artist whose work includes WARLORDS OF WOR mini-comic (ManOrMonster? Studios), New-Gen New Dawn #4 (APNG Entertainment), Lego, Inc, Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Issue, Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 (Zenescope). His pinup work can be seen in Moonstone’s Voltron: United and Drawn, Image’s Hack Slash: My First Maniac, and DC’s Transmetropolitan Art Book. He created Star Wars promotional material for LucasFilm/Disney/Blue Planet Gear for the 2009 and 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios and used to spend his days coloring Bakugan illustrations for the national toy line. See more of Sean’s work and request commissions at smcomics.com and on his Facebook page.

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Geoffo

Geoffo was in the “Best of IGN 2012″ Selection and won the Reader’s Choice Award at the Stumptown Comicfest (Portland) for his work on Vic Boone (215 Ink). He also graduated from an animation school, LISAA, for which he notably directed a short movie called Black Sun. His artistic formation helped him to develop an eclectic style which he will adapt according to the project he is working on. Sometimes it means to animate a triangle and a circle, most of the time things more figurative (hopefully).

With the turbomedia, Geoffo extends once again his graphic range and developw new ways of working and drawing. Visit Geoffo’s website.

The Pandas Show  |  PAX ARENA

Tim Gibson

Tim spent his formative years working in Animation and Design at WETA, before packing his Wacom pen and convincing a New Zealand government arts funder (Creative New Zealand) to help him launch Moth City. He combines 3D sculpting, animation and graphic design in an attempt to hide his badly drawn feet. He lives on a windswept hill in Wellington with neither pets nor children and is is active on both twitter and facebook.

Moth City

Cory Hamscher

Cory is an American comic artist from Indiana. He has worked on titles such as The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Avengers Academy, Powerpack and X-Men Forever for Marvel, as well as G.I.JOE for Devil’s Due Publishing and Deathstroke for DC Comics. As a fan of all things cool, Cory jumped at the chance to work for ManOrMonster? Studios on their mini comic featuring Bog-Nar, The Mutant Muck Menace!

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Todd Harris

Storyboards, graphic design, concept paintings, comic book art — Todd Harris has worked on many of the most popular films, games, and commercials of the last decade. His credits include: X Men Origins: Wolverine, God of War II & III, In Time, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and the upcoming After Earth.

Prodigal  |  Arcanum

Clint Hilinski

Clint Hilinski has worked as an artist in comics for 17 years. In that time he has worked for DC, Dark Horse, Image, Devils Due, Avatar, and many others, on projects like the Justice League, Voltron, GI Joe, Lady Death, Xena, Youngblood, Kiss, and the Greatest American Hero. He is currently finishing his second creator owned project: The Pirate Queen.

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Karl Kesel

Karl Kesel loves his job far more than he has any right to. Over the past 25 years he has written, inked, and occasionally penciled most of the major comics publishers’ major characters — including Superman, Superboy, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Captain America — although he has an inexplicable fondness for minor, obscure characters no one else remembers except Mark Waid. In fact, it was Waid who gave Karl his first chance to write and draw a complete story, so in a way you can blame Waid for everything Karl’s done since. In 2011 Karl launched madgeniuscomics.com to showcase his creator-owned ideas, starting with Johnny Zombie Christmas. Karl has always loved zombies and plans to produce a new Johnny Zombie story every Halloween until he dies. And maybe a little after. Karl lives in Portland, Oregon with his amazing wife Myrna and their joyful son Isaac. He really can’t complain about much.

City of the Dead

Scott Kolins

Scott Kolins is a lifelong fan of comic books and has been a professional comics artist for many years. He is best known for his critically acclaimed work on THE FLASH, as well as THE AVENGERS, GREEN LANTERN, MARVEL TEAM –UP, ROGUES’ REVENGE, BEYOND, SUPERMAN-BATMAN, OMEGA FLIGHT, THE JSA, THOR, WONDER WOMAN and HAWKEYE.

Peter Krause

Peter Krause, artist of the Eisner Award-nominated IRREDEEMABLE, comes to the drawing board with over twenty years of experience as a comics illustrator. Some of his past credits include POWER OF SHAZAM! and METROPOLIS: SPECIAL CRIMES UNIT for DC Comics. Peter has also worked as a storyboard artist for the past fifteen years. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Peter lives in Minneapolis with his wife Lisa and their three sons Timothy, David and Nicholas. Visit Pete’s website.

Insufferable

Jonathan Larsen

Jonathan Larsen is a journalist and TV news producer. He has worked as a writer/producer on ABC’s “World News Now,” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” At MSNBC he led the creation and launch of “Up w/ Chris Hayes” and continues to serve as executive producer of “Up w/ Steve Kornacki.” He also helped launch Air America Radio as executive producer of “Morning Sedition.” His previous comics work includes JG Jones’s series, “Rant,” and two Batman stories for DC’s “Legends of the Dark Knight.” Jonathan blogs about comics at pettylarseny.com and lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Jeremy.

The Endling

Christine Larsen

Bio coming soon!

Cecilia Latella

Cecilia Latella was born and lives in Italy. She has been drawing since her childhood. Thanks to the English translation of her graphic novel The Boar, in 2010 Cecilia was selected by Craig Thompson as an associate artist for a residency about graphic novels held at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida. After that, she realized various short comics for independent North American writers: Daddy (by Justin Heggs); By the Slice (by Giulie Speziani); Hexed (by Matt O’Keefe); a twenty-page preview of the graphic novel Community Service (by Dino Caruso); and more recently, Dr. Muscles # 5 (by Austin Tinius). She continues also to write her own stories, like In Absentia. Cecilia blogs at cecilialart.blogspot.com, and can be found on deviantArt as cabepfir.

The Endling

Kyle Latino

Kyle Latino has been drawing comics since 2009. His first self-published work was GIDEON’S TRIP, which embraced the then new digital format of the iPhone and iPod Touch with a unique scrolling format. You can find his printed work in OUTLAW TERRITORY Vol. 3. Kyle also runs various web comics on his web site, wwwktino.com, such as SINKTOWN SLINK and DOWN IN THE HOLE.

Kyle lives with his wife in Louisville, Kentucky, right off of Route Zero.

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Eric Scot Lemons

Eric comes from a long line of men who curse the heavens for their ill fate. He is a writer from Washington State where he resides with his lovely wife and two radical sons, Bennett and Colson. Eric is currently co-writing WARLORDS OF WOR with Brandon Michael Barker. You can find him on Twitter waxing moronic at @ericscotlemons.

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Brian Level

Brian is a man-child from Cincinnati who barely crawled out of bed this morning. He only did it to hang out with his family and draw.

Brian’s worked on projects from Image Comics, Valiant Entertainment, and Black Mask Studios among others. He’s currently assisting Michael Lark on Image’s hit-series Lazarus and tackling art duties on Challenger Comics’ The Brothers James. He will be doing much more really soon. You can keep up with his projects on Twitter where he goes by the imaginative name of @brian_level.

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Pat Lewis

Pat N. Lewis is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Pittsburgh, PA. His work has appeared in anthologies from BOOM! Studios (Zombie Tales), Fulcrum Books (Trickster), and Top Shelf Comics (Awesome 2: Awesomer). His first solo book, The Claws Come Out, was published by IDW Publishing. Currently, Pat is serializing his webcomic “Muscles Diablo in: Where Terror Lurks!” at patnlewis.tumblr.com. To see more of his work, please visit www.patnlewis.com.

If You’re So Smart

Erik Lundy

Erik Lundy is a cartoonist, writer and comedian who has produced animation for the guys from Jackass and worked alongside folks from The Simpsons and Ren & Stimpy. As a standup, he’s performed at the Hollywood Improv, Ice House, Comedy Store, and various bowling alleys. He was once described as the bastard child of Woody Allen and Mark Twain. More of his goofiness can be found at www.eriklundy.com.

Recipe for Disaster

Jenn Manley Lee

Jenn Manley Lee resides in Portland Oregon with her husband Kip Manley and daughter Taran in a house full of books, art, cats and music, all of which she manages to trip over now and again. She appreciates good coffee, good wine, good food, good stories and good company, none of which seems in short supply, thankfully. She has spent time in Amherst, Massachusetts; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a childhood in Long Branch, New Jersey, all of which have had varying influence on how she views and interpret the world. Even bigger influences are her various cultural heroes, Trina Schart Hyman, Tom Waits, Pamela Coleman Smith, Fritz Eichenberg, Boris Artzybasheff, Octavia Butler and Marina Warner to name a shifting few. You can find her work at JennManleyLee.com and Dicebox.net.

The Endling

Scott Massino

Scott Massino is a lifelong comic book fan, die-hard literati and cinephile. He has written sketch comedy and done voiceover work for popular radio morning shows in Illinois. His scripting skills were honed by author Kay Johnson, former P.A. to legendary director Stanley Kubrick.

Mast

Mast has been working on the web since he was a little 16-year-old punk (recently on “Watchmen 3″, French webcomics “L’Affaire DSK”, “Gonzoo” and “La Synthèse des Auteurs BD”). He’s also one of the organizers of the Lille Comics Festival, the best comics convention in the whole universe. Visit Mast’s website.

The Pandas Show  |  PAX ARENA

Michael Moreci

Michael Moreci is the co-creator and writer of the critically acclaimed Image Comics series Hoax Hunters, along with Steve Seeley. He also writes Skybreaker from Monkeybrain, Curse from Boom! Studios, and the self-published ReincarNATE. He lives in Chicago with his wife, son and dog. You can find him on Twitter at @michaelmoreci, or his website, michaelmoreci.com.

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Paul Mounts

Paul Mounts is a Harvey Award-nominated comic book colorist who’s worked for almost every major comic publisher in his over 20-year career. Past projects include Marvel’s The Ultimates, Supergirl in Wednesday Comics and an acclaimed run on Power Girl for DC, and Tellos for Image. He is currently working on Avengers Assembled and a 106+ Chapter run on Fantastic Four for Marvel, Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch’s America’s Got Powers for Image, and Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre for DC.

Trevor Mueller

Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. He is the creator of several award-winning webcomic series (visit www.trevoramueller.com), and regularly reviews movies, video games, and comics.

Trevor has also self-published several other works including the all-ages stories ALBERT THE ALIEN and JUNKYARD CHASE, and has contributed stories to several anthologies, including HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE from Ronin Studios and READING WITH PICTURES from the non-profit of the same name.

Albert the Alien

Troy Peteri

Bitten by a radioactive drifter, Troy Peteri (spelled Peter-eye, pronounced like Petri Dish, stupid ancestors) was gifted with the proportional speed and strength of a freelancer who sits at his desk approximately 33 hours daily. Since that fateful day he has lettered many comics, and written a few. He hopes to rearrange the last part of that sentence in the very near future. He has worked on everything from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN to WITCHBLADE, and surely something obscure that started with X, Y, or Z, but that’s neither here nor there. He should probably have his own website one of these days. And do more sit-ups.

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Tom Peyer

Tom Peyer, best known for DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes and Hourman, has written nearly every major comic book character for nearly every major publisher. He lives in Syracuse, NY.

Clown Party  |  Clown In The Mirror

Ron Randall

Ron Randall has been drawing comic books and graphic novels for over twenty-five years. He has worked for all the major comics publishers in the United States, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image and Dark Horse on properties as varied as Spider-Man, Supergirl, and Star Wars. Trekker is his own creation and labor of love, which he is currently returning to by posting all the existing stories and continuing with all-new tales at trekkercomic.com. Ron is a founding member of Periscope Studio, the largest collective of professional cartoonists in the country.

City of the Dead

Jeremy Rock

Jeremy is an illustrator who began his professional career at Avatar Press, where he worked on such titles as NARCOPOLIS, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and THRESHOLD. He then worked for BOOM! Studios, where he drew short stories for ZOMBIE TALES, and illustrated COLD SPACE. Visit Jeremy’s DeviantArt page.

The Eighth Seal  |  Luther

John Rogers

John Rogers’ 16-year career is built on successes in numerous media. He’s written and produced a wide range of television series including COSBY and JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES; most recently he co-created the hit caper series LEVERAGE for TNT. His film work includes over twenty scripts and rewrites including THE CORE and TRANSFORMERS. John has also worked in role-playing games and comics; his relaunch of BLUE BEETLE with Keith Giffen was critically acclaimed and a fan favorite. He’s currently running the fifth season of LEVERAGE and is developing several online projects. In case the entertainment business falls through, John has a Physics degree to fall back on. Visit John’s blog.

Arcanum

Brent Schoonover

Hailing from the epicenter of culture known as South Beloit, Il, Brent was on a one-way trip to normalcy until the fateful day he laid eyes upon his first comic book. He immediately grabbed hold of a pencil and never let go, dedicating himself to creating scores of characters and scenarios with a zeal that would make lesser men quake in dread. Now located in Minnesota, he draws upon a fertile imagination marinated in comics, old cartoons, classic horror movies, pro wrestling and face-melting metal. Previous comic projects include Hoax Hunters and The Activity for Image Comics, the critically acclaimed original graphic novel, Mr. Murder is Dead from Archaia, and the sci-fi noir tale, Integer City from Dark Horse Comics.

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Tom Scioli

Tom Scioli is the creator of American Barbarian, Satan’s Soldier, Final Frontier, Mystery Object, and the Xeric-winning Myth of 8-Opus. He’s the co-creator of the Eisner-nominated series, Godland. He is currently co-writing and drawing Transformers vs. G.I.Joe. He’s done artwork for Captain America, X-Men, Deadpool, Planet of the Apes, The Incredibles, Elephantmen, Freedom Force, and The Fantastic Four.

Steve Seeley

Steve Seeley is an artist and a comic book writer. He currently co-writes Hoax Hunters with Moreci for Image Comics. He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend Jenny and their two cats, Demon Warrior and Ookla. When he’s not painting or writing stuff, he’s most likely buying things on eBay.

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Robt Snyder

Robt was born in Dallas, Texas. Met his wife at South Garland High School, they had two daughters and moved to Rochester, New York. When he’s not working, he’s in his season seats at Frontier Field, visiting neighboring zoos or searching for authentic Mexican restaurants. Visit Robt’s DeviantArt page and his Google+ page.

Luther

Michael Spicer

After giving up on art for several years, Mike was asked by a friend if he could color a comic cover. Not having any idea how to do that, he said sure! After watching a DVD he’d bought a few years previously, he did the cover, the regular colorist dropped out, and Mike took over the book. Since then he hasn’t stopped working.

Since 2007 Mike has worked on several indie titles. He has colored for publishers like Zenescope, Titan, Image, 215ink, and a few uncredited things for IDW and Marvel. Mike is currently working on four graphic novels to be released in early 2014, and excited to have a new opportunity with Thrillbent!

The Eighth Seal

Geoffrey Thorne

Novelist, screen and comics writer, Geoff Thorne has written professionally in every literary arena except opera. His television credits include: Law & Order: CI, Leverage, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Ben 10: Omniverse. GENRE 19 is his partnership with artist Todd Harris; PRODIGAL: EGG OF FIRST LIGHT is their first tale under that banner.

Prodigal

Paul Tucker

Paul Tucker works for an advertising agency by day, and as a comic book artist by… earlier in the day. Each morning at 5am, Paul exercises his demons with graphite and ink before ‘taking a break’ to go to his day job. His work can be found at paultuckerart.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paul_tucker

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James Tynion IV

James Tynion IV got his start in the pages of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s acclaimed run on Batman at DC Comics in early 2012, where he co-wrote the backup stories for the best-selling Court of Owls and Death of the Family storylines. He has since written stories for Detective Comics, as well as writing the ongoing series Talon, and Red Hood and the Outlaws. He lives and writes in New York City, and is consistently amazed that people are actually letting him work on comic books professionally. He alternates between taking in the most grisly horror media he can get his hands on, and trying not to get choked up while listening to musical theater soundtracks. You can find him on Twitter @JamesTheFourth, or on his Tumblr.

The Eighth Seal

Mark Waid

A New York Times bestselling author, Mark has written thousands of comic books and graphic novels in his 28-year career. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling comics collections of all time. Currently, he writes DAREDEVIL for Marvel Comics, IRREDEEMABLE for BOOM! Studios, and ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM for IDW. Mark maintains a process blog at markwaid.com that is full of advice and discussion for experienced print-comics professionals and aspiring digital-comics creators.

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Nolan Woodard

In 2006 Nolan gave up a lucrative career as a retoucher for Nike, Starbucks, and EA to teach at SCAD-Atlanta in their Sequential Art department. Over the past two years he has also cultivated a career as a colorist working for BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, and Oni Press. If two simultaneous careers don’t keep him busy enough, doing sketch cards for TOPPS’ STAR WARS lines and being a husband and new dad surely does. Nolan might be a shade nuts. Credited works include IRREDEEMABLE, INCORRUPTIBLE, PLANET OF THE APES, FARSCAPE: SCORPIUS, LADY DEADPOOL, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES, and 28 DAYS LATER. Visit Nolan’s website.

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