Walter Simonson was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, grew up in College Park, Maryland, and went to the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. As an Illustration major, he wrote, penciled, lettered, and inked a 50-page SF comic entitled the Star Slammers as his degree project. After graduation, he took the Slammers portfolio to New York City to try to become a professional artist in the mainstream comic book industry.That worked out okay, and after a few years, he began writing comics as well as drawing them.Over the years, Walter has written and/or drawn a lot of comics for various companies including the NY Times bestselling Alien: the Illustrated Story graphic novel, Manhunter, the Metal Men, Superman, Batman, Thor, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, RoboCop vs. the Terminator, X-Men vs. the Teen Titans, Orion, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, and Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer, the last written by Michael Moorcock.On August 28, 2010, Walter received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harvey Awards ceremony held at the Baltimore Comic-Con. He hopes this doesn’t mean he’s retired and nobody told him.In 2011, IDW, in conjunction with Marvel, published Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition, a facsimile edition of the pages from seven of the issues he drew during his run on the title in the 1980s. The volume won an Eagle Award, an Eisner Award, and two Harvey Awards.In 2012, Titan Books published Alien: the Illustrated Story (Original Art Edition), a facsimile edition of the art from the 1979 graphic novel adaptation of the Ridley Scott film.Walter’s most recent graphic novel, The Judas Coin, was published by DC Comics in September, 2012.
PAUL'S ARTWORK CAN BEEN SEEN IN MANY WELL KNOW BOOKS AND TITLES SUCH AS THE AVENGERS,THE AVENGERS WEST COAST,FANTASTIC FOUR, IRON MAN,SQUADRON SUPREME,THE ETERNALS,CO CREATOR OF DP7 AND RAVAGE 2099 ALONG WITH STAN LEE.PAUL ALSO DID WORK ON THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN,SUPERMAN,THE FLASH AND BATMAN.HE IS CURRENTLY THE MAN BEHIND THE PHANTOM COMICS.
BOB IS KNOWN FOR SUCH COMIC GREATS AS THE INCREDIBLE HULK,CONAN THE BARBARIAN,THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES,
DETECTIVE COMICS,WOMDER WOMAN AND THE NEW TITANS
AS WELL AS PENCILLING FOR SPIDERMAN AND STAR WARS.HIS ART CAN ALSO BE SEEN IN THE UNCANNY XMEN AND WOLVERINE.BOB IS THE CO CREATOR OF THE NEW MUTANTS.
Will Murray has written Doc Savage in novels and on radio, The Destroyer for novels and Marvel comic books, as well as a host of culturally-significant characters ranging from Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Iron Man, Batman, the Green Hornet, the Spider, the Phantom, The Avenger, Sky Captain, Cthulhu, The Executioner, Honey West and the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, whom he created with Steve Ditko. As a trained Remote Viewer, he possesses powers none of the above-mentioned can touch. He currently consults for Sanctum Books on reprints of Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Avenger and other heroes of the pulp era. For Altus Press. he writes the Wild Adventurers of Doc Savage novel series. And for Radioarchives.com, he produces the Will Murray Pulp Classics audio and ebook series.
Ryder Windham is the author of over 50 Star Wars books, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars—Strange Allies for Dark Horse Comics, and the bestselling Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide for DK Publishing. A former graphic designer and comic book editor, his comics credits include numerous Star Wars scripts as well as Godzilla, The Matrix, and Trouble Magnet: The Adventures of Witlock the Robot. He is an instructor and the Certificate Advisor for the Comic and Sequential Art Program at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, and an honorary member of the 501st Legion.
JAMAL HAS BECOME ONE OF THE HOTTEST NAMES IN COMICS OVER RECENT TIMES AND HIS ARTWORK CAN BE SEEN IN SUCH BOOKS AS NEW WARRIORS,
GREEN LANTERN, GI JOE,MARTIAN MANHUNTER,SUPERGIRL,IRON FIST/WOLVERINE.JAMAL IS ALSO THE ARTIST OF RAY IN DC'S NEW 52 LAUNCH
BOB IS A SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE FICTION,FANTASY AND LANDSCAPE ARTIST.WINNER OF 9 HUGO AWARDS,12 CHESLEY AWARDS,THE 1999 SKYLARK AWARD AND 2 LOCUS AWARDS.HIS ART CAN BE SEEN ON MANY MAGAZINES AND BOOKS.HIS ILLUSTRATED BOOKS:THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON BY HG WELLS.DRAGONHENGE AND THE STARDRAGONS AND THE BOOK OF SEA MONSTERS,ALIEN HORIZONS(1995) GREETINGS FROM EARTH(2000)(Hugo Winner, 2001) (Paper Tiger)and PRIMAL DARKNESS BOB HAS ALSO WORKED AS CONCEPTUAL ARTIST ON FILMS SUCH AS JIMMY NEUTRON AND STAR TREK THE EXPERIENCE THE RIDE
Bob Almond is an American comic book artist and has contributed to many of Marvel Comics greatest titles such as Warlock and the Infinity Watch, Black Panther, Annihilation: Conquest- Quasar and Heroes For Hire.Bob is also the Founder and Director of the Inkwell Awards, an incredible foundation to the comic book industry.
JACK BEGAN HIS WORK BOTH PENCILING AND INKING IN VARIOUS INDEPENDENT JOBS VARIETY OF COMPANIES SUCH AS BEST BUY,DISNEY,NJ FIREWORKS AND DIGI MAGAZINE
JACK HAS TAUGHT WORKSHOPS IN SCHOOLS FOR THE LAST 16 YEARS. HE BEGAN FOCUSSING ON INKING AND HAS WORKED ON SUCH AMAZING TITLES AS HEAVY METAL,GOTHAM UNDERGROUND,JSA CLASSIFIED,GOTHAM CITY SIRENS,DETECTIVE COMICS,BIRDS OF PREY,COUNTDOWN,BATGIRL AND MANY MANY OTHER FROM IMAGE AND DC.
CRAIG HAS BEEN WORKING IN THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY FOR WELL OVER A DECADE WORKING FOR DC-IMPULSE,BATMAN BEYOND AND MORE DISNEY-KIM POSSIBLE ADVENTURES BECKETT/IMAGE-KISS AND TELL ,RONIN HOOD AND THE 47 SAMURAIMARVEL-IRON MAN-ARMOR
WARS,CAPTAIN AMERICA-THE KORVAXC SAGA,SPIDER MAN LOVES MARY JANE AND MORE
BESIDES WORKING ON DISNEY'S MARVEL STORY BOOKS HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE LATEST ADVENTURES OF HIS CREATOR OWNED BOOK THE PERHAPANAUTS WITH TODD DEZAGO OF IMAGE COMICS AND KYRRA,ALIEN JUNGLE GIRL WITH CO CREATOR WITH RICH WOODALL ON ARTISTSALLEYCOMICS
James Biggie (co-creator and writer of Robot God Akamatsu) lives with his wife Ann, his son Connor and their cat Priscilla in Salem, MA. James is a graphic designer working full time in the advertising industry in Boston. For the past six years James has designed for brands such as Proctor and Gamble, Bank of America, Dodge Ram and GM. His quirky, retro-inspired design can be seen weekly online series “Transformers: Bots of Honor” andh is online print store at Society6.com. His lettering and finishing skills can be seen this in “Penny Dreadful's Cauldron Of Terror”, published by Comic Book Divas."
Angela Costello lives in Providence, Rhode Island by ways of St. Petersburg, Florida and some New York in between. She likes grapefruit juice and fuzzy kittens. On the weekends, you'll probably find her at a multitude of events between conventions and the Society for Creative Anachronism.A lifelong artist and writer, Angela, who goes by Ang, is on the eve of publishing her first book, "Of Summer and Winter", a novella taking place during the 11th Century in Constantinople, and based on her life and others within the SCA. The second book, titled, "The Decline of Autumn", is already in production. You can catch her at the convention talking way too much about these works and some of her latest historical research.When not drawing, sewing, or writing, Ang is a full-time student at the University of Rhode Island where she is pursuing her graduate studies in historic textiles.
Casey Coller is an artist known for his work on various Transformers titles from IDW Publishing. He's done covers and/or interior art for the Ironhide mini-series, All Hail Megatron, Robots in Disguise, Spotlights Drift, Blurr and Cliffjumper, More Than Meets The Eye, Transformers Ongoing, and Heart of Darkness. He has also done artwork for Hasbro, the Transformers Collector's Club Magazine and Botcon."
Jeremy McHugh is a New Hampshire- based fantasy/sci-fi illustrator and occasional sequential artist who began his career in 2001.His work can be found in numerous collectible tabletop games such as Legend of The Five Rings, War Lord, Dragon Dice, Mage Wars, Shadow Run, and World of Darkness. Jeremy is co-host of The Ninja Mountain Podcast which features 116 episodes of fun panel discussion and interviews about the craft and business of freelance fantasy/sci-fi illustration.www.ninjamountain.blogspot.com)Learn more about the artist at his studio's website www.mchughstudios.com
Rhode Island’s own Jason Mayoh is the writer and artist behind the Tales of Rocky Point Park comic book series, which focuses on the history and urban legends of New England's most infamous amusement park - Rocky Point Park.Jason has worked on numerous feature films produced in New England, most notably - The Town, working alongside Director Ben Affleck, storyboarding the entire filmJason is also the Director of the Rhode Island PBS television show Haunted RI – a documentary series which explores Rhode Island’s most famous haunted legends and ghost stories.
He has been a fixture in comics since 1978 with credits including Marvel, DC, Big Bang, Image, Heavy Metal and more. His film work includes the original “Heavy Metal”, “Spider-Man 2 & 3″, and more recently “Captain America”, the "Avengers", and “The Walking Dead”.Back in 1993, Rusty was working for card producer Clubhouse Diamonds and actually created the first ‘sketch cards’ in the trading card hobby, and to his surprise, it soon took off and became a world-wide phenomenon.In the past few years, Gilligan rejoined the sketch card arena and has provided cards for Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Cult-Stuf, and many others, including producing his own sketch card set for the “Mac and Trouble” comic book he is releasing this year.Currently, "The Adventures of Mac and Trouble" can be seen in comic books, cartoon strip for publications, and soon a online feature.A gallery of his ink work can be seen at www.photobucket.com/albums/q205/mainpublishing/ninja/Also, galleries of this sketch card work: www.photobucket.com/albums/ee472/rustygilligan/This is a perfect time to bring posters or memorabilia from some great films such as the original Heavy Metal. Please see his credits at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0319207
Craig "OLD SCHOOL" Blake has been a proffessional artist for over six years.In the 1990s he worked for various independant comic book companies such as EXPRESS COMICS.From that success,Old School was able to venture out on his own and started his own indie company "High Evolution Studios".After years of convention appearances, Old School discovered he had a knack for highly detailed multi character collages of pop cultures greatest icons.This brought him the moniker "The King Of The Collage".Striving for originality,each art print created by Old School is painstakingly thought out to be unlike any other images previously seen.This year saw the release of his newest comic book "NGT",which stands for Ninjas,Guns,and Tournaments.He has kept a heavy work pace up with five comic books and a new round of original art prints all year long.Old School isnt stopping there either,with animated series in development and a growing nationwide fanbase,2012 is still just the begining.
My love of comic books, superheroes, and the escapism they represent goes back to my youth. I often spent extended periods of time in the car reading comic books while I and my father waited for my mother, who was a registered nurse, to complete her shift.Although I grew up in the 1970’s, the genesis of my major work springs from a hard cover collection of DC’s Action Comics covers from the 1930’s to 1950’s featuring Superman. In fact, the explosion of primary colors throughout my Action Abstraction paintings echoes the palette of the old three-color press. Bold, robust brushstrokes, and gentle criss-crossing painterly drips delve into the essential questions of the use of color, composition, and balance of Abstract Expressionism while deconstructing iconic images of classic comic book characters- primarily DC’s Superman. Simultaneously, I integrate tangible elements of Pop Art from Action Comics covers from the 1930’s-1950’s (including titles, numbers, prices, copyright symbols, etc.). At first, the sole medium of these paintings was acrylic enamel, but soon collages of comic books, art magazines, popular magazines, and advertisements were layered within the paintings. The process changed again when the “under-painting” of these canvases began with a foundation of collage from torn pages and covers of actual comic books and magazines.
Rick Silva has been involved in small press publishing since his college days. He published and edited Kinships magazine. Along with his wife Gynn, Rick is a partner in Dandelion Studios (www.dandelionstudios.com), a small press comic book company. Rick co-writes the Dandelion Studios comics Zephyr & Reginald: Minions for Hire, Stone, Kaeli & Rebecca, Stone, and Perils of Picorna. His prose short stories have been published in anthologies by Apex, Flying Pen Press, and Crossed Genres, and he has been a featured contributor for the fiction webzine The Edge of Propinquity (www.edgeofpropinquity.net). Rick Silva grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Cornell University, and currently teaches chemistry at a high school on Cape Cod, where he resides with his wife and son, and three cats.
In 1999, Laurie was selected as the grand prize winner in an international contest (children's comic strip) and mentored with Guy Gilchrist (Nancy, Muppets Comics). Laurie has had written work selected for publication in KidTime Magazine (Children’s Story, October 2006),Science Scope Magazine (National Science Teachers Association, 2004),an essay was selected for publication in Kay Allenbaugh’s Chocolate for Women, and Stories for Children Magazine. She has also had illustrations published in Amazing Kids, JJ Express, Night Lights and Pillow Fights, Death Decor for Halloween, Today’s Dogg (colorist) and Stories for Children
You might recognize Bill Walko's art from comic-related sites such as Project: Rooftop, ComicsAlliance.com, or CBR's Comics Should Be Good. His lively renditions of classic comic book characters - including the Teen Titans, X-Men and the Wonder Twins - have tickled the fancy of comic fandom. But in the past year, Bill has also focused his talents toward his own comic. Imagine your office, bitten by a radioactive spider. That’s The Hero Business, a comic chronicling the day-to-day adventures of an agency that caters exclusively to super-heroes (and their super-egos). Because with great power comes great marketability.
Well known to all the hipsters, glitterati and bouncers
in town, Brian Codagnone is a cartoonist, writer, historian,
international playboy by day and crime fighter by night. He is
the author of the books Emotional Chaos, The Hartford
Whalers, Hey, America! It's Misfits Time! and co-author of TheBoston Garden and The Bruins in Black and White volumes 1and 2. He is also the creator of the comic strips Misfits, S1019 and In The Zone as well as the humor column EmotionalChaos. His work can be seen at www.corbettfeatures.com.
Barry is a freelance magazine cartoonist and self-published author of three trade paperbacks and 4 webcomics. His panel cartoons have appeared in national publications including Reader's Digest, Barron's, American Legion Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine, True West Magazine, Kid Zones, Medical Economics, First Magazine, The Valley News, The Chicago Loop News, Christianity Today, and The Artist's Magazine.Barry released his first book in 2006. "Embrace the Pun!" is a collection of pun-based panel cartoons. He followed that up in 2010 with the sequel, "Revenge of the Pun!", also available in e-book format."Kitty Nirvana: The First Ginger & Shadow Collection" was released in 2008 and won a Silver Medal at the IPPY Awards, presented by Independent Publisher Magazine. "It's a Cat Thing", the second collection will be premiered at this year's RI ComiCon."Revenge of the Pun" has also won a Bronze Medal at the 2011 IPPY Awards, and has been awarded a Silver Medal for Humor, in ForeWord Magazine's 2010 Book of the Year Awards.A graduate of the Vesper George School of Art in Boston.
Artist for Ray Harryhausen's Jason and the Argonauts series, Red5's DRONE, and Darkbrain's web comics GOD PLAY, and UNDERBELLY series. Randy has worked on numerous trading sketchcards series, to include SHI, and Lady Death, as well as his own creator owned series: RANTZ ANGELS. He is currently working on his creator owned book, entitled STICKS which will be available late 2012 to early 2013. To see more of Randy's work, please visit his deviantart page at: www.rantz.deviantart.com
John Y. is an illustrator and designer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He is best known as the creator of Boots and Pup (www.bootsandpup.com), a webcomic he first began to publish back in 2005. As of 2012 Boots and Pup are starring in their own full-color comic book. The book chronicles the adventures of two alien best friends. In 2013 he will also publish Cat & Pig (www.catandpig.com). This book will follow the adventures of two off-beat heroes who fight giant robots, aliens and even each other! Look also for his artwork to appear in 2013's Return to Rander (www.returntorander.com).
Keith Gleason is the creator of "Hero Envy" the story of 4 geeks and their cosmic adventures. His talent and creativity helped launch the "Hero Envy" webisode series and now the first ever mini-series of comics. He also thinks hes a stand-up comic in his spare time.
Natives of Rhode Island Rhiannon and Peter McCullough are the brother sister team behind McCullough Effect illustration and online graphic novels.
Scott got his start in Comic books as an inker for various indy comic book titles. His most noticeable work is with the book TRAILER PARK of TERROR published by Imperium Comics . Scott started getting jobs as a penciler/inker and Co- creator with a series of detective stories called CRIME WAVE published by 3J Productions. Scotts most recent work has been cover artist for the book AZTECA published by Red Stylo Media.
JASON ROBERT LECLAIR
Author/Illustrator Jason Robert LeClair spends most hours of each day making art. Whether the art is writing, drawing and painting, or defining environments for theatre productions as a technical and artistic director, Jason lives for the ability to create.A profound love for history and art theory has caused him to add the art of writing to his already prolific art-filled life. With a hearty imagination from a very early age, the genre of fantasy is a natural fit for this author. His well honed illustrative style of pencil drawing allows for the expression of his ideas on another level beyond the written word so that the reader can truly see his vision as he intended.
RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON -RI COMIC CON IT'S LOGOS,NAMES AND CONTENT ARE THE PROPERTY OF ALTERED REALITY ENTERTAINMENT
ALL OTHER LOGOS AND PICTURES ARE THE PROPERTY OF THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS
Frank and Sarah Cunniff grew up on opposite ends of Pennsylvania, born five days apart in early 1984. He “played in zines and compiled bands,” and she, “glued things to things.” They met in 2006, went skateboarding, married, and staked their claim on Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill. Their union has blossomed into mosaic installations, a craft beer pub, a supergroupfunk side project, and the first of an upcoming series of comic books, "Atomic Samaritan #0: A Brush With Fame, A Brush With Death."
ENRIQUE "ZEKE" SAVORY
Zeke Savory Jr is a penciler/inker/painter from Brockton Massachusetts. he has been in the industry for six years, In 2008 he was published for the first time, having worked on Jeff Kaufman's "Totem" for Big City Comics for six issues. In 2009, he worked on Andrew Lovoulo's "The Rift"also in 2009 finished a trade paperback for Arcana Comics simply called "3" written by Rob Richardson. In 2010, he was part of an anthology for Enrika Jang based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe. In 2010, he finished a traded for Arcana called "Dead Men Tell No Tales:Decimation" written by Dwight Mcferrson. Presently, he is still doing work for Arcana, and look forward to his own creator- owned project in the future.
Meghan Turbitt is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island. She is a Teaching Artist for the Joan Mitchell Foundation.She began making comics in 2008 while she was assistant teaching a children's Cartooning class at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. "I can make better comics than these 7 year olds," she said to herself. So, she did.
Find her at: MeghanTurbitt.Tumblr.com
Joe Haley and T.J. Dort have been working on their comic, The Underburbs, since 2005. Since the release of the first issue on Halloween 2006, they have been tirelessly attending various conventions around New England and along the East Coast. The book, now thirteen issues and two trade paperbacks deep, has achieved a cult following due to its memorable characters, creepy-cute style, and all-ages humor that is truly for all-ages. Come see what all the fuss is about! And if there is no fuss, please makes one so that others will be compelled to see what it's all about."
"Providing creative services since 2006, Griffin has recently completed illustrating Homeless Comics' series "HEALED". This November he will be releasing his first pinup calendar, and early next year will reveal a children's picture book and the start of a new comic series. Amongst all this, he remains dedicated to making custom artwork affordable and accessible. Excelling at visually translating the ideas of others, his motto is: "You think it, I'll ink it." You can find his work at ShadedAreas.com for your viewing convenience."
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Bill Killen Creator of the "Zombie Horde". The Zombie Horde is a series of original paintings, skateboards, motorcycles, posters and prints. Bill Killen is the founder of Killen Studios Inc. manufacturer of RISD Acrylic Paint in Providence RI.
Dan Capitumini is a Rhode Island based freelance artist working on independent comics,
graphic novels and trading cards for a variety of clients. www.capitumini.com
Tony Figueroa is the creator of WRESTLER ZERO; his comic book love letter to the Mexican wrestling film genre. Tony also contributed art and wrting to "From Parts Unknown", a magazine dedicated to masked wrestlers. Additionally, Tony teaches cartooning classes at a local library a few times a year.
Rich Pellegrino Rich is a Rhode Island native and received his Illustration BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Shortly after graduating he was studied under artist Rick Berry. Rich'swork is nationally exhibited and is collected worldwide with recent works published in magazines, children's books, and on book covers. Recently, he has begun teaching several courses at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Rich currently lives with his fiance in Natick,MA www.richpellegrino.com
Estevan Vega began writing just before middle school and published his first book at the age of 15. Always fascinated by the supernatural and ignited by a passion to create raw, authentic characters, the ARSON trilogy was born. Books one and two are currently available, with book three coming in 2013. Vega is also the author of The Forsaken, a psychological thriller about a soul-stealing serial killer, and Winter Sparrow, an intense, mysterious, and poetic fantasy that is not to be missed. This rad, super-awesome, insanely brilliant, devilishly attractive, and abundantly humble author lives in CT, loves superheroe flicks and mint chocolate chip ice cream equally, and has maniacal plans to blow your freakin' mind with his stories.