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One of the most popular artists working comics today, Ethan Van Sciver is best known for his work on the mini series that brought back Hal Jordan, GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH. He's also penciled SUPERMAN/BATMAN and the special issues introducing readers to the Green Lantern nemesis THE SINESTRO CORPS, and is one of DC's top cover artists. For Marvel Comics, Van Sciver has worked on X-Men!!
Kevin Leen began freelance illustration several years ago. His work has appeared in independent comics, fantasy game publications and collectable card games. He regularly attends comic book conventions across the Midwest. Kevin has produced several original sketch cards for Breygent Marketing's Golden Age Heroes and Villains and Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Movie Posters card sets as well as Chakan:The Hundred Candles:Day of the Dragon, currently available through RAK Graphics.com. His upcoming projects include Issue 4 of Boomtown Scabs and Fantastic Storytyme in collaborations with Brett Pinson.
Douglas Paszkiewicz, is a Eisner award nominated writer and illustrator for Mad Magazine and Arsenic Lullaby.
Dan Nokes is considered by most a fable of indie comic legend. He has for the last decade been spotted and on occasion documented at conventions of shows across the North American continent. When not seen roaming its ancestral feeding grounds of Southern Maryland foraging for high sugar low nutrition food source. He is hard at work at his creator owned projects under the banner of 21st Century Sandshark Studios. To date Dan has released such titles as The Reptile and Mister Amazing (2002), The Paranormals (2003-2008), The Pistoleers (2008-2010), and Adam And Eve: Bizarre Love Triangle in The Zombie Apocalypse (2010-2012). Approach him with extreme caution, requests for commisions and books, and large sums of disposable cash.
Kyle Higgins is a New York Times Best Selling writer whose work includes BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM, SUPREME POWER, and DEATHSTROKE. At present, Kyle is helming NIGHTWING as a part of DC’s The New 52. Higgins will be taking over writing duties on specific chapters beginning with issue #19 of BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED and then with BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #1 which will be debuting the week of WVPopCon!!
Fairmont resident, Larry Morgan is the writer of Electro-Magnetic Press’ two flagship titles The OMENS and the BELIEVER. In addition to writing, Larry also provides the interior art and covers for the BELIEVER. With his partner in Electromagnetic Press, Shane Moore, he co-wrights and co-Illustrates the Fairmont 5, a comic book about West Virginia’s own team of hometown Super Heroes.
Brian Buccellato is currently working on THE FLASH along with Francis Manapul, writing the THE BLACK BAT at Dynamite Entertainment, on his own creator owned series, FOSTER, which is being released under his own label Dog Year.
An illustrator and comic book colorist from Milton, WV, Marc Lewis spends his time honing his craft and working on his creator-owned comic, The Conjurer.
Some of his comic work can be seen in The Unique Tales, HACKoween and Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales Myths & Legends. Marc will be taking commissions and selling prints at the show. If you'd like a pre-show commission contact Marc via his website, www.colorsbymal.com
Frank Mastromauro has worked in the comic book industry for close to fifteen years, starting his career at Top Cow Productions. In 2003, Mastromauro, along with fellow creator and superstar artist Michael Turner and colorist Peter Steigerwald, founded Aspen MLT, Inc. a comic book publishing company focusing on cutting-edge properties of the highest caliber. Following Turner¹s tragic passing in June of 2008, Mastromauro took over as co-owner of Aspen MLT, Inc. along with Steigerwald, and oversees all company matters, including the upcoming Fathom and Soulfire movies, to which he is attached as producer on both films. Mastromauro is also the co-creator, along with Turner, of the critically acclaimed hit action-comedy comic series Shrugged and also the supernatural thriller, Dellec. His comic book creator/writer credits include the comic books Fear Effect, the Fathom Volume One Definitive Edition, Shrugged, Dellec, Michael Turner’s Soulfire series and the upcoming Shrugged volume 2.
Peter Steigerwald began his career working for Top Cow Productions and is currently the VP and Co-Owner of Aspen Comics and a superstar colorist and artist. He has worked on countless covers for Aspen and Michael Turner¹s Fathom and Soulfire, in addition to work on Fallen Son and Civil War for Marvel Comics and Identity Crisis, Justice League of America, and Green Lantern: Rebirth, and ann/Thanagar War for DC Comics. Steigerwald has also worked on the webcomics for the NBC show Heroes. He is currently working on Aspen, Marvel, and DC Comics top titles.
Josh Floquet is tattoo artist, shop manager, and freelance artist from New Jersey currently living in Clarksburg, WV. Josh will be performing tattoos on site at WVPop as well as scheduling future sessions.
J.T. Krul is a comic book writer best known for his work on Aspen Comics' Fathom comic series. Krul is currently writing Aspen's JIRNI and SOULFIRE titles. Krul's first comic book work was writing X-Men Unlimited and Spider-Man Unlimited for Marvel. He subsequently went to work for Michael Turner's Aspen Comics writing Fathom and Soulfire. He then launched a creator-owned comic book there called Mindfield, which debuted in 2010. Other books he has written for include Teen Titans, Titans, Blackest Night: Titans, Justice League: The Rise and Fall, and Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal, Green Arrow for DC Comics. As part of DC Comics' The New 52 relaunch JT wrote GI Combat, Green Arrow and Captain Atom.
Mild mannered writer by day, main eventing masked wrestler by night, William Bitner is a lifelong lover of graphic fiction (ancient sod that he is, he still remembers when they were called comic books). In addition to CHILLERS, he also collaborated with Daniel Boyd on Death Falcon Zero Vs The Zombie Sluglords, arguably the best title of all time, and is the author of numerous horror/science fiction short stories, many of which are collected in M is for Monster, T is for Thing, and N is for Nightmare.
Tommy broke into the comic scene with his artistic renderings in titles such as Farscape for Boom! Studios and the movie adaptation The Warriors for Dynamite Entertainment. Also, his artwork can be seen in Tales From Wonderland the White Knight, Red Rose and Stingers from Zenescope Entertainment. After bouncing around and honing his craft, he has landed with Dynamite Entertainment and is making a splash with The Game of Thrones by RR Martin.
U Cre-8 Comics:The U Cre-8 Comics line is an innovative approach to combining comics and the classroom. With a mix of both literary and visual arts instruction, the U Cre-8 line builds an appreciation for creative expression as well as an interest in reading. The Character Crafter Workbook has students use an application process to make their own comic creations from the ground up, much in the same characters are created in the comic book industry.
Ben Shaw loved comics from a very young age, but it wasn't until he got his hands on Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns that he started to see them in a different light; from that day forward he knew he was meant to be a comic book artist. Ben fostered this passion by attending and graduating from The Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art.
Jerry has been a working artist for over 10 years and would never dream of doing anything else. With the support of his wonderful wife, he looks forward to seeing what is in store for the next 10. Jerry's work can bee seen monthly in the pages of Fanboys Vs. Zombies from BOOM! Studios.
John Michael Barone is an artist from the beautiful state of West Virginia. He has his BFA in printmaking and 6 years formal training in oil painting. John Michael Barone has won several national and international awards. He also has several paintings and lithographs on permanent display in government buildings and galleries. His work also hangs in many other galleries and residential homes all over the world. John Michael has been featured in countless shows/publications and has done a great deal of work for concert tours, professional musical artists, and businesses.
John Michael’s ability to combine Lowbrow Pop Art Surrealism with classically trained techniques has given his work a style all it’s own and has been dubbed as “traditional technical lowbrow”.
Chad Cicconi is a comic book and sketch card artist living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since his debut in 2008, he has worked as a penciler, inker, and sometimes colorist and letter for various independent comic projects, including “Baby Boomers” from Orang Utan Comics and AAM Markosia, “Mercury & the Murd” from PKD media, “FRACTURE,” “GlobWorld,” and most recently the "NFL Rush Zone" from Action Lab Entertainment.
Nate is an illustrator specializing in comic characters. Nate earned an Associate’s degree in Media Arts and Animation and a Bachelor’s degree in Game Art and Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Although markers are his favorite medium, Nate also enjoys pencils and digital work. He is available for a range of commissions from quick sketches to sketch covers to larger commissions. Nate is also open to collaborations for books as well. Appearing at many conventions, Nate recently was the featured artist at Free Comic Book Day at New Dimension Comics –Cranberry.
Chris Yambar is an internationally celebrated pop artist and an award winning comic book creator who has worked on such beloved character titles as Bart Simpson Comics, Popeye Picnic, Spongebob Squarepants, I Dream of Jeannie, Mister Magoo, Radioactive Man, Treehouse of Horror (co-written with Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons), Edison's Frankenstein 1910 and Professor Frink (3-D). As an indie-creator, Chris is world famous for Mr. Beat and oddball mix of El Mucho Grande, Suckulina: Vampire Temp, Spells, Life Maxx, Fire-Breathing Pope, Twerp & Blue Baboon, Suicide Blonde (voted Best Science Fiction Comic Writing of 2003 by Cinescape magazine). Chris is dangerously hilarious and is a popular speaker on the lecture circuit on the topics of progressive art, time management, and practical theology.
Morgantown High School Art Department is ecstatic to partner with the 2nd Annual West Virginia Popular Culture Convention & Comic Paradise Plus. Last year was the first year of the event that attracted over 1,000 popular culture enthusiasts its first day. The conference features many West Virginia and national artists, writers, producers, game designers, and film makers who have found their way into the comic book and entertainment industry. This event offers an outstanding opportunity for local young artists to explore possible future career opportunities.
After an unillustrious print journalism career in southwestern Pennsylvania, Rich moved to West Virginia at the age of 32 to pursue a career in technical writing. He spends his free time visiting and hiking at the many state parks in the Mountain State, which is also where he develops the concepts for his novels.
Rich is the author of a trilogy of WV-themed “humorrorotica” whose novels include Lumberjacked, Hellhole West Virginia, and The Manacled.
Born to a choir of off-key angels in 1973, Mikey Wood has been wandering the Earth like Dr. David Banner until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him or something like that. He also draws pretty pictures from time-to-time.
He is the co-writer and artist of HATE YOUR FRIENDS with Kristin Blank, writer/artist of LOVE IN A TIME OF SUPER-VILLAINS, THE GOLDEN SCARAB, and LOVERBOY: TALES OF AWKWARD, CLUMSY LOVE, and writer/creator of BOBBY CARTER: CREEPHUNTER with Barry Linck (http://olddyingkitty.com/Phinmagic/?cat=12)
Dave has been creating comics since childhood, but his career as an adult began in 2004 when he and writer Jim Clark teamed up for their critically acclaimed self published series Scar Tissue. Following that success, they again collaborated on the epic Western webcomic The Guns of Shadow Valley, which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and a Harvey Award for Best Online Work. His work for larger comic publishers began in 2010 with Robert Bloch's That Hellbound Train (penned by Joe and John Lansdale), for IDW Publishing. Dave's work as a guest artist can also been seen in their Godzilla series, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Jason Lenox is an illustrator who specializes in pencil artwork, india ink rendering and sequential artwork.
Jason recently completed his second full length anthology comic book project "Ugli Studios Presents #2" in 2013 with his 22 page western story "The Painted Ladies of San Quentin" with writer Kevin Truglio. Fellow artists Joseph Freistuhler and Brian Allen each contributed their own self contained short stories to Ugli Studios Presents #2, as a team they work together under their own banner "Ugli Studios".
Fairmont native and Morgantown resident, Robert Tinnell is a motion picture screenwriter, director, and producer. He is also the author of several comic books and graphic novels, notably with a horror slant.
Paul is currently working as a freelance traditional artist, mainly doing
pencil portraits. His upcoming projects include two comic books "Spooky
Abigal" and "The Rise of Redmoon". Paul's work has also been featured as an
affiliated artist by Artisan Direct, LTD, in "The Artist Showcase"
Magazine. You can see his work online at http://paulmichaels.deviantart.com
Gary Lee Vincent was born October 8, 1974, in Clarksburg, WV, USA and is an accomplished author, musician, and entrepreneur. He is also Co-editor of The Big Book of Bizarro, a ground-breaking collection of 57 bizarro-genre short stories by various authors. In 2010, his horror novel Darkened Hills was selected as 2010 Book of the Year WINNER by Foreword Reviews Magazine. Darkened Hills also became the pilot novel for DARKENED – THE WEST VIRGINIA VAMPIRE SERIES. Follow-up novels to Darkened Hills by the author include Darkened Hollows (Book II) and Darkened Waters (Book III). Series blog: www.DarkenedHills.com.
As a youth Ren learned of the awesomeness of Comics and animation and the power that the art held on him has never loosened it's hold on him. Learning that he had a small talent he coupled that with an undying thirst for artistic knowledge and began to strive for ultimate illustrative creativity. Beginning mostly as a portrait artist, Ren carries that into his comic book work, and pin ups, and continues to try new techniques to better himself..
Ron Frenz is an artist known for his work for Marvel Comics. He is well known for his 1980s work on Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Girl (who he co-created with writer Tom DeFalco). Frenz also co-created the New Warriors in the pages of The Mighty Thor. Frenz's other work includes such titles as The Mighty Thor, Ka-Zar the Savage, The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Marvel Saga, Thunderstrike and Superman.
Garrett Free is a comic book writer from Uniontown, PA. He attends Penn State majoring in Software Engineering. He learned from a young age by attending art school at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. After reading the Watchmen, Garrett began pursuing writing comic books as a new creative output. He finds that his biggest influences in his writing come from his own past experiences and music, but he also draws a lot of influence from old movies and video games. Garrett is debuting Arcadian Knights Volume 1 and Arcadian Knights #4: When We Were Young at the show.
Daniel Boyd (www.danielboyd.com) is an acclaimed filmmaker with dozens of films, including Chillers, Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers, and Paradise Park (aka, Heroes of the Heart) to his credit. A media studies professor at West Virginia State University since 1983, Boyd has also taught around the world including in Tanzania as a three-time Fulbright scholar.
Marcel Lamont (M.L.) Walker is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, having focused his studies on illustration and graphic design. From 1993 to 1999, Walker was instructor to hundreds of students in a series of comic-book production classes at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. He continues to teach occasional workshops at Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum, The Museum of Cartoon Art, for whom he has also contributed artwork for their NORTH and OAKLAND anthology comic-books.
Bill McKay is from the suburbs of Washington, DC. He worked extensively as a freelance illustrator before getting into comics. His clients included Snickers, Domino’s, the NFL and the ACC. His first published comic work appeared in 2010′s Zombies vs Cheerleaders, a book to which he still contributes. His art has also been published in the pages of The Spider, Lady Death and Hack/Slash. His latest project is the comedy/romance/horror Night of the 80′s Undead with writer Jason Martin for Action Lab’s new mature imprint Danger Zone. It will be released in three issues beginning in June 2013. Sketch card credits include Josie and the Pussycats, Wonderland, Grimm Fairy Tales, Sheena, Lady Death, Hack/Slash, King Kong, Bombshells Women of War and Superman: The Legend.
American writer and entrepreneur, and creative director. Omar Spahi has worked in comic books since 2011. The creator of Xenoglyphs, Omar now runs his own toy and publishing company. He is currently producing an animated series and app game for Xenoglyphs.
Xenoglyphs is an action adventure comic that follows Steven James as he tries to stop the Xenoglyphs from falling into the wrong hands.
Ken Krekeler is the artist and writer for "The Colodin Project" and "Dry Spell." He is 30 years old and currently resides in Birmingham, Michigan. His new title, "Westward," is a new bi-monthly steampunk series due out this summer from Kinetic Press.
Christopher Maverick is an artist, author and photographer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the writer (and colorist) for Cosmic Hellcat Adventures as well as the writer and artist on the various spin-off projects, Rodentech, Starfox Fire, TEDD:IJAµ and Rodentech. His comics are an eclectic mixture of satire, manga, science-fiction and super heroics, combined in with anthropomorphic animals and glamour photography of cosplay models portraying the characters from the books (Mav is also the official Cosmic Hellcats photographer).
Chris Ehnot is an award-winning graphic designer and freelance pinup based out of Cleveland, Ohio. He is the co-creator and artist for Fallen, a science fiction adventure comic chronicling a mercenary's journey as she becomes entangled in the ultimate conflict over control of Mars. His professional designs and artwork are featured in graphic novels, illustration magazines, design annuals and advertising publications. More recently, you can find his pinup and cover work in Aspen Comics' Fathom and Overtaken WV Pop Con Exclusive covers, Peter Holland's Sound Waves, Savage Mind Comic Studio's Scarlet Huntress Extended Edition and Scarlet's Field Guide to Cryptids, and Panels on Pages 2012 Fangirl of the Month Calendar.
From his work in the sketch card arena 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!
Editor, Sketch Magazine
Gary is an artist living in Pittsburgh, Pa. Comic Books, fantasy and horror genres are his main concentration, but appreciates most forms of creativity. Check out his website: www.gmorganart.com.
Gary is available before and during the convention for commissions.
Scott Hedlund is a comic book maker from Pittsburgh, PA. Scott has contributed pencils, inks, colors, covers, and letters to a few books including: Weirdlings, Fairhaven, Chaos Punks, Super Haters, WZWA, World of Orenda, and his newest book, In No Way Memorable. Scott is also the co-host of the Comic Book Pitt Podcast (www.comicbookpitt.com), Pittsburgh's premiere comic book review podcast.
See Scott's work at www.weirdlings.com or swing by the table for the real deal.
You will find in the pages...Wild Sci Fi Adventures with unique characters assembled from Across Time & Space. Pick up a copy at the show and visit www.crossworldsnexus.com for more details.
David Newbold is a comic book inker. Newbold's first work was in 2004, where he inked an issue of Marvel Comics series Marvel Age Fantastic Four. Newbold later became publicly known for his brief tenure on the Marvel Comics' award-winning series, Runaways along with writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona. Newbold also inked the Weapon X series. Newbold was born in Leesburg, Virginia in 1976, and was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, graduating from Morgantown High School in 1994. He attended West Virginia University, and then enrolled in Joe Kubert's Art School in Dover, New Jersey, graduating in 1999. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Tugba (née Ergat), daughter Defne and son Daren.
Primo Cardinalli is usually referred to as "That Retro Guy" because his artwork often portrays subjects from classic film, television and literature. His palette is bold and bright reminiscent of the Pulp 'zines of yore even though the characters presented are usually darker in nature. Primo claims he "just paints monsters and robots" but is as adept with a pencil as he is with a brush. His wry sense of humor is often evident in his artwork giving his clients a good chuckle along with a visual treat. Primo has worked with HB Comics, FEP Publishing, HIM Publishing, Scare Tactix Graphix and Forgotten Playgrounds among others.
Penelope is Mr. Jerry Gaylord's better half and even better inker on Fanboys Vs. Zombies from BOOM! Studios.
Lucien Knights is an artist and aspiring comic creator, originally from Massachusetts, now resides locally in WV. With a great passion for all art, he is always honing his skills by sketching his favorite comic book characters, as well as sketching out ideas for his own comic book creation. With multiple art degrees from FSU, Lucien has worked on various projects over the past few years. Some of these projects include opinion cartoons for FSU newspaper and for the Times West Virginian, multiple logo and t-shirt designs for local organizations, and most recently the artwork for Broken Icon’s graphic novel “Isolation”.
Tristan Kelly is a self styled, self taught artist from Liberal, Kansas, now residing in Fairmont, West Virgina, who primarily works with pencils in the comic book medium, but has also worked with inking and coloring.
Michael Anthony Carroll is the creator of Asthma Attack, R.A.In.B.o.W, Death Takes on Holidays and Chibi Ninja Epic. He published his first mini-comic in 1987 and almost never looked back. He's consistently produced comics since age 10, using mediums ranging from crayon to vector. His approaches to character and dialogue have brought him a growing and enthusiastic following of people who really aren't related to him. .
Brett R. Pinson is the owner of Boomtown Press. Brett’s credits include: Boomtown Scabs and the Adventures of Carl. Fat Momma from SYFY Channels Who wants to be a superhero. The Expendables, written and created by Brett; illustrated by Adam Talley of www.idiothead.com. Socrates Popadopolis, Western Outlaw. Brett is currently collaborating with Kevin Leen of Leenink.com on Boomtown Scabs #4 and Zombies Dinosaurs and Flying Suacers. Brett is also creates Animation style Cel Art, prints and collectible cards.
Visit Brett at: www.boomtownpress.com.
Brandon is a young artist from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and is currently earning his Bachelors degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Brandon works mostly in the traditional mediums of pencil, charcoal and ink. He creates images of characters from popular superhero films, horror films and comic books. With this being his first year hitting the Con circuit, Brandon has already done Steel City Con in April, July and scheduled for their upcoming show in December and Erie Con in May. This of course will be his first time at WV Pop Con. You can find his work at his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bmac78art and his Deviantart page http://bmac78.deviantart.com/