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Mario Gully – also known professionally as O.M.G. – is an American comic book artist, who created the comic book series Ant. Ant was first picked up by Arcana Studios and later moved to Image Comics where it would deal with more adult themes, leading to an incident where Gully had to issue an apology for a partial nude scene. The comic book would move again to Big City Comics where three further issues were published. Mario Gully later moved from the Independent pool of comics to go on and draw for Marvel Comics. Collaboration with several artists, including Matt Nixon, J.Scott Campbell, Joe Benitez, Roy Thomas, and Thomas Riviere, Mario Gully worked as an illustrator. He also has drawn Marvel Illustrated: Treasure Island adapted by legendary writer Roy Thomas with whom he would also work on the adaptation of Kidnapped, Marvel Adventures Hulk, and Exiles.
John Crowther is the writer and creator of the Rochelle series, currently published by Antarctic Press. Mr. Crowther also writes a series of biographical wrestling comics for Nikolai Volkoff, The Killer Bees, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Lanny Poffo, Jack Swagger, Bobby Fulton, and the Rock n’ Roll Express, which are published by Squared Circle Comics.
José Marzán Jr. is an American comic book inker, writer, and artist. Over his career he has worked on many titles including Action Comics, Final Night, Marvel Comics Presents, Nightwing and Y: The Last Man.
He was the regular inker on The Flash for over nine years, from issues 38 (May 1990) to #151 (August, 1999), through many penciler changes.
Sergio Cariello is a Brazilian-American comic book artist. He has done work for many major comic publishers through his career, including Marvel Comics and DC Comics, as well as popular independent companies like CrossGen Comics and Dynamite Entertainment. He is the younger brother of comics artist Octavio Cariello.
Elliot Fernandez is a Tampa based American illustrator, storyboard artist, concept artist, comic book and cover artist.
Elliot is best known for his contributions to DC’s Harley Quinn, Dynamites Army of Darkness, and Archie Comics Riverdale and Jughead as well as his work with MARVEL Animation.
Mark Pennington was born and raised in northern Ohio, his love for comics, sci fi and fantasy started early as a child.
Buying Batman comics for twelve cents off the racks in old dirty corner stores around Cleveland!
After high school Mark joined the Army for three years got married and went to the Joe Kubert school of Cartoon and Graphic art.
After graduation he got a call from Hasbro, they needed a new concept artist for the G.I. Joe action figures.
Mark was a perfect fit, having played with Joe’s his whole life, was in the military and had worked in a “plastic injection molding factory” when he was sixteen.
After two and a half years at Hasbro Mark started his freelance art career, it was slow at first but things really picked up after one year.
Mark broke in at DC as an inker and spent the next 30 years working for DC, Marvel, DarkHorse, IDW and many others.
During this time, he also illustrated various card art, designed toys and children’s books.
The last few years Mark has been moving away from comics and concentrating on portrait, landscapes and fine art. He still does an occasional cover or short story, comics and sci fi are in his blood, the nerd in him won’t let it go!
Mark Pennington “wanted to be Tarzan, had to settle for artist”
Walter Ostlie has been creating, writing, drawing, and coloring comics since 2009. His personal works include Haxor, Metalshark Bro, Shiver Bureau, and Cubicles. Other credits include Is’nana: The Were-spider, A Small Favor, and Descension. He has been published by Webtoon, Scout Comics, Red 5 Comics, and several others. He has self-published graphic novels via Kickstarter, raising over $37,000 in his endeavors. He is an active member of the comic community using social media outlets such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Twitch, and Youtube with a total follower count over 12,000.
Jose’s passion for art and design can be traced back to his early childhood when his parents would ground him repeatedly for drawing on his bedroom wall. They soon discovered Jose’s creative potential and encouraged him to develop his talents.
Since then, Jose has continued to hone his skills as an illustrator, winning regional and national competitions and collaborating with local Miami artists and community businesses. Jose’s style ranges from traditional drawing and painting to comic book art and graphic design.
In 2009, Jose partnered with Creature Entertainment, becoming there Art Director and Lead Artist for The Gun and Ravenous.
Jose has also worked on other indie titles such as The Mighty Titan, Soulfire “The Dying of the Light,” and Soulfire “Hope.”, The Faro Chronicles, Light Earth, Alpha and The Beach Chronicles.
Currently, Jose is working on expanding his brand within mainstream comics, as well as developing outside projects within the field of gaming and motion pictures to name a few.
Daniel entered the Comic Book world recently, after years of working in the Gaming and Animation industry as an Illustrator Concept Artist and Art Director for companies like Fantasy Flight Games and Sega. Daniel collaborated with Creature Entertainment on a number of projects and fell in love with the comic world and culture, creating art for collectors and publishers like Creature Entertainment and most recently Image Comics.
Javier Lugo is a sequential artist that draws superheroes, contemporary, horror, sci-fi & fantasy comics. Proud contributor to the RICANSTRUCTION anthology, drew the wrestling comic Bobby Fulton & the Fantastics and the zombie horror survival comic 30 AZ! Penciled a Retailer Exclusive Comic Book Cover for IDWs’ REVOLUTIONS #1 featuring characters from TRANSFORMERS & GIJOE.
Adam Riches is an American illustrator and comic book cover artist, primarily known for his packaging art on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe action figures, and covers for BOOM! and IDW Publishing (on series such as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, WWE, Back To The Future, Micronauts, Revolution, ROM, Star Trek/Green Lantern).
In addition to toys and comics, his work has been featured worldwide on many products ranging from shirts, posters, album art, toy design, and more. His current and upcoming projects include designing costumes for WWE wrestlers, designs for DreamWorks Animation, and more!
Is The UNBOXABLE ADVOCATING CREATOR known as The DEVILISH CREATOR, Who will tempt you with his Tales.
Joshua Jordan is an American Comic Book Artist and Creator. Some of his accomplishments include starting a comic book series, creating a web comic, hosting a variety of podcasts, and illustrating a children’s book. His first work was a children’s book he illustrated, called The Very First Night Before Christmas. Published in 2014, the book is now on sale on Amazon. Later that year, he became a blogger on the site thearcadearchives.com which he has continued to the present. During this time Joshua created a web comic called Tales from the Game Grid. This Web comic ran for three years starting in 2015 and celebrated his love of video games. Also on the site he has hosted and co-hosted many podcasts including the now running monthly podcast, Beyond the Start Button. More recently he created, wrote, drew, and colored his first original published comic series The Blue Flame Legends. April of this year was the debut of the first issue and Joshua has plans to make this a bi-yearly series. For more information on The Blue Flame Legends comic go to: www.facebook.com/theblueflamelegends .
Benny R. Powell is an American businessman who is CEO of Red Giant Entertainment, a transmedia company.
In 1995, Powell wrote the story basis for an issue of the Marvel Comics anthology title What If. He was CEO of Bench Press Studios from 1998 to 2000, and spent 2000 as head marketing writer for Priceline.com. He went on to work as a global advertising writer for Brann Worldwide/IBM, and as a marketing writer for Dynetech. He then became CEO of Total Solutions Marketing and later founded True Source Marketing. He is as well CEO of Active Media Printing.
In August 2010, Powell founded Red Giant Entertainment, later co-owned by himself and David Campiti. The Florida-based company announced plans to launch its Giant-Size Comics line of free, ad-supported, print comic-book anthology titles on May 3, 2014 in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day. These Giant Sized comics are larger than traditional comics (64 pages rather than 32 pages).
Mike Spicer is a south Florida based artist, and has been coloring comics since 2007. Husband to an amazing wife, father to a beautiful son, daddy to an stubborn dog. He likes pizza, burgers, beer, wine… AND COLORING FRIGGIN’ COMICS!! Seriously, it’s the best!
Mike has worked with many publishers, including DC, Vertigo, Valiant, Image, IDW, and BOOM!, on titles like Suicide Squad: Most Wanted, Deadshot, Mad Max: Fury Road, Black Science, Mythic, Head Lopper, Dead Drop, Silent Hill, and Sons of Anarchy.