|This is where you will find the
growing list of COMIC BOOK ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, STUDIOS & SPECIAL GUESTS that will be attending
Chris "Oz" Fulton - Artist
Chris is an accomplished artist and tattooer based out of Dallas, Tx. Chris started his professional artist career four years ago. He has worked for several comic companies doing trading card sets such as Transformers, Red Sonja, Vampirella, Deadworld, Warlord of Mars and more. Chris is currently working on several projects for Asylum Studios like Once bitten and Sinister. All the while being a professional tattooer out of Pain and Pleasure in Dallas, Tx. Chris is a heavily tattooed red beared easy going guy who loves art in all it's forms.
Neal Adams - Artist
"He revived Batman, saved the X-Men, challenged the system and changed comics forever." -Wizard Magazine
"Describe him in one word? Genius." - Joe Quesada, Editor in Chief, Marvel Comics.
"He's a pivotal figure in the world of comics. He has positively altered the state, the ethical structure of the industry, and always for the better." --Harlan Ellison
"Adams transformed Batman into the sleek, brooding Dark Knight depicted onscreen for the past two decades." -Brian Lowry -- Variety
"Who is the greatest living comic book artist? As I've said before, my vote is for Neal Adams"- Geoff Boucher -LA Times
Neal had legendary 'runs' on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from the campy TV show, and transformed him into his present, "Avenger of the Night" persona. When people say 'modern Batman,' they mean Neal Adams' Batman. His run led directly to the realistic incarnation seen in "Batman Returns", and the "The Dark Knight" movies. Neal's "Batman Odyssey" for DC, (a 13-issue series) is coming out in graphic novel form in the fall, he writing and drawing, The First X-Men, (a 5-issue series), for Marvel, and writing and drawing an epic graphic novel, featuring his own character, "Blood", that is being serialized in the "Dark Horse Presents" anthology monthly. (A movie deal on "Blood" is soon to be completed).
To Pre-Order Convention Commissions, please contact (Jason) at Spyda@SpydaCreations.com Check out original art on http://www.nealadamsstore.com
Destini Beard - Vocalist for Midnight Syndicate
Destini Beard Music vocalist for Midnight Syndicate Albums will be at the Fantasy Artist Ed Beard Jr tables for the December show.
Come get an autographed CD and special album cover art poster signed by the signer herself and artist of the album A time forgotten and Dark masquerade.
To learn more about Destini Beard's Music check out her website at www.destinibeard.com
Ed Beard - Fantasy Illustrator, Artist
Ed Beard Jr has been illustrating fantasy games, Books and novelties for over 30 years. he has over 100 Magic the Gathering cards to his credit as well as over 1000 published other game illustration including Tokien and lord of the Rings works. Ed's works have been licensed with some of the world top selling products such as Mountain T-Shirts and the annual Dragon calendar found at books stores. Ed maintains the old school craftsmanship of hand drawing and painting with tangible mediums creating one of a kind original art. Ed's also teaches his techniques at seminars and his own school. Ed's roots starting in 1980 are in automotive Airbrush and currently has the distinguished honor of painting the national first place trophy winning custom van the "DRAGONLORD" which is featured at many Carlisle and Motorama custom car show events nationwide. Check out more of Ed's works at www.edbeardjr.com
Drew Blank - Drew Blank - Artist & Writer
Drew is an Artist and Writer with an underlying love for all things geeky. From comic books to movies he lives and breathes anything pop culture. His passion is in writing ( Go to SrewJustice.com and find out more about his novel Memoirs of an Antihero and the upcoming Manifesto Of An Antihero) but he has always loved expressing his geekiness through art. HeroSquares.com is just that. An outpouring of brain goop creating hundreds of unique and original designs. It gives everyone the opportunity to express themselves in their home or workplace with fun and whimsical works of art Also check our Drew's first children's book, Aldo Tanners! Where are Your Manners?! available now in the Hero Squares shop!
Michael Champion - Freelance Illustrator
Michael Champion is a freelance illustrator living in North Texas. Possessing 10 years of experience in retail
marketing, advertising and design, for the past 5 years he has been appearing full time at 20-30 comic book/sci-fi/
horror/anime conventions a year, selling original art and prints based on popular media/entertainment characters and
celebrities. He has exhibited in New York, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, Ohio, Austin, Dallas, New Orleans & additional
venues. When not doing live appearances, he is very active with private commissions , as well as doing live art
performances at various charities including Wounded Warrior, Heroes for Heroes, and the Lurie Children's Hospital.
An avid medieval history buff, Michael is currently writing and drawing two different projects: Zombies of Sherwood, a
dark, medieval horror story, and The Crusade, a historic fiction piece set during the First Crusades.
Lex Covato - Artist & Illustrator
She has worked with commercial clients ranging from magazines and newspapers to ad agencies and musicians. LEX Covato brings a blend of history and and spirituality to images which often reference pop culture. She is a collected and published artist connected to the lowbrow or neo-pop surrealist movement. Notably she has been included in a retrospective of this genre in the book "EdgyCute" available through Random House.
Covato displays in gallery's and sells to collectors both in the United States and abroad. She also deals directly with the public at numerous art festivals and conventions. "My art is to be attainable, not just hidden behind gallery walls for a select few. Though I love galleries and museums, my art is influenced by a mixture of high and low society and thus should be enjoyed by both." LEX is most know for her Tattooed Portraits series which depicts a range of famous figures like Jesus and Big Bird, as well as her newer Albino series focusing on white objects. Prints, commissions, and commercial quotes can be attained through LEX's website. www.lexcovato.com
Aaron Dalzell - Published Author
Aaron Dalzell's novel: Hernan, the Forgemaster travels across the realm of Aura,
in search of a sacred legend, but other forces are at work, and a new legend is born..."
This is a novel of epic proportions, and is a new take on the fantasy story and deals in the
development of a sacred heroe, villians and mythic creatures and lands. If
there are any questions, I am available at any time at the above web address. Thank You.
Garrett Free - Comic Book Writer
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.
John Haun - Artist & Illustrator
John is a SKETCH CARD ARTIST FOR ... Walking Dead, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Bettie Page Private Collection.
Casey Knoll - Artist
Casey Knoll was born, and has lived in, Pittsburgh her whole life, and has been writing and drawing since she could pick up a pencil. While the other girls in her class wanted to be princesses and put on make up, she wanted to read comics and watch cartoons all day. Fueled by animated escapades like Batman: The Animated Series and The Powerpuff Girls, she dreamed of one day creating her own comic book with her own characters. Today, that dream's finally been realized. She hopes you enjoy her stories and characters as much as she enjoyed creating them. "I'm always practicing and striving to improve my art. Always be yourself, and NEVER let anyone tell you your dreams are worthless. As long as you keep working hard and never give up, you can achieve anything."
Heather V. Kreiter - Artist
Heather is the twisted creator behind My Little Demon line of artwork and merchandise. My Little Demon is a dark parody of My Little Pony. Created in 2007 as the result of a small child's 25 year repressed love for ponies, My Little Demon has spawned an extensive line of artwork and prints, coloring books, calendars, dog tags, valentines and now, a new line of Plushies! More of Heather's work can be seen on her website: www.shamansoulstudios.com
Marc Lewis - Illustrator & Comic Book Artist
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 (theconjurercomic.com).
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, colorsbymal.com
Steve Lydic - Sketch Artist
Steve Lydic is a sketch card artist who has worked on trading card sets such as, walking dead comic series 2, witchblade, topps starwars galactic files series2, transformers, women of zorro, contemporary pinups, bombshells, island dreams, and world of fantasy. he's also bringing lots of comicbook sketch covers to the show. and is always open for commission work.
Indi Martin - Artist & Author
Artist & author Indi Martin is best known for her graphic novel "Dissolution," as well as penning the Gina Harwood novels, including Behind the Veil (now available in ebook format at Amazon.com). She also illustrates many other projects, including the modern noir "Cobalt," and the all-ages "Fern Sea" comics, as well as offering original art prints and commissions. Indi is a founding member of Tortoise & Hare Creations.
Brandon William McDonald - Artist
Brandon is an aspiring artist who works mostly in the mediums of pencil, charcoal and illustration marker. The art that he creates ranges from the popular superhero and horror movies, comic books, and his own personal studio work. Brandon is originally from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, but is working out of Indiana, Pennsylvania while earning his degree in studio art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This will be his third time at Steel City and is excited to be back! His work can be found on his Facebook or Deviantart pages. https://www.facebook.com/bmac78art http://bmac78.deviantart.com/
Paul Michaels - Freelance Artist
Paul is currently working as a freelance traditional artist, mainly doing pencil portraits. Paul is also the creator of "The Rise of Redmoon" comic book on sale at the show. His upcoming projects include comic books "Spooky Abigal" and continuing these stories. 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
Tony Miello - Comic Artist
Tony Miello is a comic artist and writer who began his career as inker for FATE'S FIVE, a mini series from Innervision Comics. He has gained a small but loyal fan base as the creator of the comic strip GAPO the Clown, which has been published on the web since 2003 and in print from Transfuzion Publishing. Tony has worked on comics based on the popular cable television shows Who Wants to be a Superhero and Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In. He has also worked on licensed properties for trading card companies Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, Cryptozoic Entertainment and Topps on licensed proprieties from Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics and LucasFilm. Tony is currently working for Rocket Ink Studios, which he co-founded, on illustrations based on the work of Edgar Allen Poe for the book "Portraits of Poe".
Dave Nestler - Pinup Artist
Dave Nestler is one of the most recognized names in contemporary pinup art today. In the world of Pinup art, it is rare that an artist is able to push the edge to create something so unique that it is without comparison and ripe for imitation. Most pinup artists fall into one of the two underlying schools or styles: Either hardcore in your face images most notably exemplified through the latest works of Sorayama, or the traditional lightly teasing, cheesecake style most commonly seen in Alberto Vargas' and Olivia's works. Dave Nestler has tread the waters between the two shores, creating his notorious Glamourotica series: "Blonde and Gagged", a combination of Glamour, Pinup, and Erotic art. It was actually necessity and timing that sent Nestler in the direction of Pinup art.
Christopher Nix - Artist
For as long as long as I can remember I have been able to look at something and recognize all that makes it whole. Using hundreds of images and countless pens, I put my mind to work and let my hands run free. The end result is my vision of extraordinary people, places and things After graduating from Engineering School, I was a Civil Engineer for 12-years, BUT recently left the corporate grind to follow my lifelong dream of being a full-time artist. So I gratefully appreciate you enjoying my artwork! Each unique piece is drawn freehand using black Sharpies and Micron pens (lots of them) on high quality paper bond and takes approximately 3 to 4 months with upwards of 80 hours of hands on drawing-time to create the original. I do a month or so of research before I start drawing. Once I think I have absolutely everything that represents the overall subject; I head to the studio and start to draw. Look close and look again. Do you see what I see?
Brent Peeples - Artist
Brent Peeples is a Texas native. He started his Professional career in 2009 drawing Grimm Fairy Tales, a flagship book for Zenescope. Since then Brent has worked on books for Image, Aspen, Dark Horse and Discovery Channel. He is currently in the works on a new creator owned all ages series to hopefully be announced soon.
Shane Ronzio - Web Comic Creator
CROSS WORLDS NEXUS Indy Web Comic creator Shane Ronzio will have his books available at the STEEL CITY CON.
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.
Rich Sanner - Pyrographic Artist
Rich Sanner specializes in pyrographic art using wood, paper, and leather. Rich
quite literally "draws with fire" and is best known for his Pittsburgh scenic landscapes,
Kennywood Park, and portraits of the Three Stooges. Rich's art has been featured
at several art shows and galleries throughout the region.
Atomic Scarab - Comic Book Publishing
Atomic Scarab is Action! POW!
Atomic Scarab is Mystery! Zing!
Atomic scarab is about bringing the joy and entertainment back into comics. A company of people who still believe in the story and staying true to the character; when heroes used to be heroes, whether they were dark heroes or heroes in the limelight who are loved by everybody. Still believe in the time when comics were magical and people looked up to heroes because they were good people doing good things. Atomic Scarab is about creating the stories that take you to places that you cannot go, whether they are real destinations or imaginary; like a novel from Jules Verne or Mark Twain or Isaac Asimov. Atomic Scarab creates and publishes its own original creations. Atomic Scarab is truly what comics used to be, and can be again!
Lacey Shreffler - Webcomic Artist and Illustrator
Lacey specializes primarily in digital art. She currently works for HINGE Studios, a new webcomic company, and is the artist of their premiere webcomic, Better Days. She spends much of her free time creating digital pieces of her favorite comic, cartoon and video game characters.
Tod Allen Smith - Artist
Tod is an artist from Altoona PA, and is an officially licensed Lucasfilm artist with Topps Trading Cards which include sketch cards for Star Wars The Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters, Star Wars Galaxy 4 trough 7, Mars Attacks and Indiana Jones Masterpieces, Star Wars: Galactic Files 1 and 2 including Star Wars Illustrated. Other sketch card sets include Marvel Masterpieces 2 and 3, along with sketch cards for the Captain America and Iron Man 2 movies for Upper Deck. Also, Hack/Slash and Zombies vs. Cheerleaders for 5Finity. The Hobbit, The Walking Dead and DC New 52 for Cryptozoic Entertainment. Tod was also featured in the Voltron United and Drawn art book. Currently Tod has completed story boards for Star Wars actor Jake Lloyds first directorial gig and is partners with Jake in Pumpkin Pact Productions. Tod is also doing work with Monkey House Games for Jeff Dee and Jack Herman's re-launch of the classic super hero rpg Villains and Vigilantes. Http://monkeyhousegames.com and will have art from many of his projects on display.
Rick Stromoski - Nationally Syndicated Newspaper Cartoonist
Rick Stromoski is an award winning nationally syndicated newspaper cartoonist whose feature "Soup to Nutz" appears daily and sunday in 150 newspaper nationwide. Ricks cartoons and humorous illustrations have appeared in national magazines, childrens book publishing, licensed products, advertising and network television. He's been nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for his work 14 times and has won on 3 occasions. He is a past president of the NCS and served on their board of directors for 12 years.
Byron Winton - Illustrator
Byron is a Pittsburgh PA native, is a highly imaginative freelance fantasy and horror illustrator. He is a traditional artist painting with acrylic on wood panel. His amazingly detail-rich paintings often incorporates popular culture imagery from memorable movies like; Star Wars, Resident Evil, and Beetlejuice. He also creates mind-blowing original concepts usually siding in the dark and macabre. He has worked for CALIBER COMICS, the industrial band REIN[FORCED], and authors HEIDI RUBY MILLER and SUSAN K. DRONEY. In 2014, Byron will have works released by MOONSTONE BOOKS and POST MORTEM PRESS.
Chris Yambar - Professional Artist
In addition to his efforts as an internationally recognized pop-art painter, Chris has enjoyed a rewarding career as a writer for some of the world’s most beloved comic characters, including Bart Simpson, Radioactive Man, Popeye, I Dream of Jeannie, Mister Magoo, and Atomic Mouse. His own award-winning stable of characters, which includes Mr. Beat, El Mucho Grande–Wrestler for Hire, The Fire-Breathing Pope, and Suckulina–Vampire Temp, has gained him a reputation as one of the most original creators in comics as well as one of the most diverse. In 2003 his graphic novel Suicide Blonde won him the award for Best Science Fiction Writer in Comics by Cinescape Magazine. That same year, his graphic novel adaptation of Thomas Edison’s lost 1910 horror film “Edison’s Frankenstein” won him the acclaim of horror historians and critics alike. In 2008 Chris created Life Maxx, the first super hero who is also a cancer survivor, for the A Way With Words Foundation. You can view Chris’ work at www.yambar.com. Without a doubt, Chris Yambar is one of the most delightfully dangerous artists on the planet.