Graduate of Amarillo High, Chris attended Amarillo community college to help hone his artistic abilities. Chris’ first big break came when he was approached by game developer Running with Scissors, publisher of the controversial game series “Postal” to do short comic for them after impressing them with his fan art. Since then developing his Steam Pets series of pet portraits. A versatile artist that can take on almost any fandom including Anime, Comic book Superheroes, My little Pony, and Steampunk. Feel free to ask for any advice about drawing or just to chat about all things, Anime, Superheroes, MLP, and Steampunk!
Thomas Clemmons is a professional graphic designer of over 15 years. Raised in Lubbock, Texas Thomas has always had a love of the comic artform. Upon completing college, Thomas worked for several years in and around the Los Angeles, California area in the print and graphic design industry before settling in Amarillo. In 2009, Thomas created the webcomic, Robot Friday. He updates Robot Friday three days a week and currently makes a living as an in-house illustrator and graphic designer.
Be sure to check out Robot Friday at www.robotfriday.com
Jon Hughes is the founder and CEO of Overground Comics. His works have been featured by various trading card companies including Rittenhouse Archives, Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, 5Finity, Versicolor and Bad Axe Studios. Jon began creating and illustrating comics as a hobby while still in grade school and is now building a career in the industry while studying interactive media at the Art Institute of Houston.
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In Daniel Ballard’s webseries, a documentary crew follows small-time superhero The Cat as he goes about defeating ne’er do wells or at least trying to not trip on his own cape.
Greg Harms started working in comics as a pencil artist, inker, colorist and designer in the early 90’s on his creator-owned, self-published books. Since then he has worked as a graphic artist for Hastings, Ent., done freelance graphic design work, been a advertising sales representative and worked as an editor for local newspapers and owned and operated his own tourism paper.
Greg joined Roman Morales III as a partner in Third Empire Studio in 2006. Together they have produced work for major companies as well as many self-published and indie publishers. Greg has worked for Bluewater Productions on a 4 issue miniseries on 10th Muse 800 as an inker over Roman Morales III pencils. He has worked for Arcana as an inker on the Kord and Harley trade paperback, as well as, BigDog Ink’s Pinpoint mini-series. Greg has worked with Plan B Comics inking over Roman Morales III on the Deadzone title. Greg has also joined indie publishers CCP (Station 39 and Father Faust #1-#3) and Luke Donkersloot’s 7th Wave Comics (Undertow #1-#3 on-going title) to ink and/or color there titles.
Third Empire Studio is publishing Roman Morales III’s titles Lynch Mob #5+ (issue #1-4 formerly published by Chaos Comics in the mid ’90’s), MidKnights #1-#7 , as well as Kristi Harms’ Modus Operandi and Lola and Bernice (a children’s book), and Greg Harms’ Parlay, Casting Lots, and Control Syndicate. Greg is also working with Derrick Fleece on his creator-owned property Streaming to be published by Third Empire Studio. Third Empire is also producing trading cards for the hit TV show Fugitivos de la Ley on Mun2, as well as a spin-off comic called Repoman from the tv show Operation Repo. Both Operation Repo and Fugitivos de la Ley are produced by Lou Pizzaro.
Greg and wife Kristi are also opening a studio/gallery in an antique shop in Texas. Greg will be showing his acrylic, and oil paintings, sculptures, and pencil and ink work. The gallery will also host a revolving venue of artist. The g.harms gallery will show everything from comic art, fine art, graffiti art to steampunk costume wear. Kristi will also be showing her jewelry and photographs.
Facebook gallery page: https://www.facebook.com/gharmsart
Orpheus Collar was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1987, and has been encouraged to draw and create since. As a child, he was mostly interested in acquiring comic books, drawing superhero combat, and wandering the neighborhood. As a young man, he enjoys drawing, painting, museums, zoos, & world travel, with time spent in Budapest, Lisbon, Beijing, Zurich, and many spots across the New World. He’s made Los Angeles, California his home since 2010.
Most recently, Collar adapted the bestselling The Kane Chronicles, Book 1: The Red Pyramid to a 192 page New York Times best-selling graphic novel. Prior to this, he drew layouts for the NY Times best-selling Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel and worked as a freelance storyboard artist.
Collar is a 2009 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. All through college he worked as colorist’s assistant for titles such as Amazing Spider Man, Ultimate X-Men, Conan, and Batman: Confidential. In high school, he attended Carver Center for Arts and Technology, where he was taught the basics of observational drawing and painting, and how to effectively compete for awards and scholarships.
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2014 Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero (Color Artist)
2012 The Kane Chonicles: The Red Pyramid (Adaption, Illustration, & Color Artist)
2010 Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief (Layout Artist)
2010 Devastator Quarterly (Contributing Artist)
2007 Gamut (Publisher, Editor and Contributing Artist)
Publications (uncredited, as colorist’s assistant or intern):
2006-2010:Amazing Spider Man, Ultimate X-Men, Conan, Batman Confidential, Mythos:Fantastic Four, City of Others, Manhunter, Sweet Tooth, Batman Black and White, Wednesday Comics, various other titles & cover art
Screen (credited and uncredited):
2014 “Space Racers” animation storyboards&animatics (co-production of Space Racers LLC & NASA)
2011 “Evidence” feature film storyboards (Bold Films)
2010 Nissan presentation boards (oncars.com)
2010 More than a Flying Man motion comic illustrations (W+K, Nike Shanghai)
2010 Pac Man trailer storyboards (Fame Films)
2009 New York New York music video storyboards&animatics (self-promotional)
2005-2009: MICA (BFA in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude)
2001-2005: Carver Center for Arts and Techology
Awards and Recognition:
2012 New York Times Bestseller list, The Red Pyramid: the Graphic Novel
2010 New York Times Bestseller list, The Lightning Thief: the Graphic Novel
2009 Summa Cum Laude, BFA
2008 MICA Illustration Acheivement Sholarship
2007 MICA Achievement Scholarship
2006 NFAA/Youngarts Silver Portfolio
2005 Fanny B Thalheimer Scholarship
2005 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Silver medal
2004 Marie Walshe Sharpe Summer Seminar
2007 Graphic Novels: A Force to be Reckoned With (Baltimore Examiner)
2006 One Student Finds His Niche in Graphic Novels (Baltimore Sun)
Andrea Smotherman is a self taught artist for hire and has been drawing 14 years. Anime is what got her into drawing and she has just carried on all this time. She also does a little prop work and crafting (knitting, crocheting, sewing) so drawings and prints are not all she has to bring to the table. Ms. Smotherman’s art can be seen in several places, and she is always open for commissions of almost any kind.
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Ben Dunn was born in Taiwan on April 17, 1964. His first professional work was in BLOODY BONES AND BLACK-EYED PEAS #1 for Galaxy Comics in 1983. In 1985, he started Antarctic Press with MANGAZINE, manga-inspired comic book where he introduced TIGER-X, MIGHTY TINY, THE MAGICIAN and MESSERSCHMITT. In 1986, he debuted NINJA HIGH SCHOOL at Baycon. NINJA HIGH SCHOOL went on to issue #175 and there are currently over 300 issues of NHS continuity making it one of the longest running independent comics. Currently he is working on a revival of the series.
In 1995, he created Antarctic Press’s biggest hit in WARRIOR NUN AREALA. Currently, WARRIOR NUN is being developed at Perfect Circle Productions as a live-action feature film. He served as editor-in-chief for Antarctic Press from 1985-1993. He found such talent as Dave Johnson, Fred Perry, Ted Nomura, Robert DeJesus, Terry Moore and many more giving them their first break into comics. He worked for Eternity Comics from 1988-1994 where he worked on such comics as CAPTAIN HARLOCK, PROJECT: AKO, and BUSHIDO. In 2003 he created HEAVEN SENT. Currently he has completed a run of graphic novels featuring SHELOCK HOLMES and BOXCAR CHILDREN for Magic Wagon as well as a NINJA HIGH SCHOOL reboot. He also has contributed to APs line of HOW TO DRAW MANGA series. In 2001, he created the MANGAVERSE for Marvel Comics which were manga versions of popular Marvel characters. He just completed a stint on the Golden Age character known as Airboy with Chuck Dixon.
David T. Wenzel is an illustrator and children’s book artist. He is best known for his visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, illustrated in graphic novel format. The Hobbit, Graphic Novel is one of the most successful graphic format adaptations of a piece of classic literature. It has made its mark to a worldwide audience and has recently been updated with a new cover, larger format, and 32 new pages of artwork recreated by David.
Over his career, David has worked for most of the major publishers and been able to work with a cast of talented authors. Many may remember him from the days when he worked on The Avengers for Marvels Comics. Always intrigued by mythology, fantasy and folk tales some of his favorite projects have been the ones that gave him the freedom to visualize creatures and characters from his imagination. Kingdom of the Dwarves, written by Robb Walsh, published by Centaur Books, allowed David to recreate an entire underground civilization based on the archeological dig at Aegol Barrow. The Wizard’s Tale, by Kurt Busiek, tells the tale of Evernight, a land ruled by a consortium of evil Wizards, who find one of their kind harbors a dangerous glimmer of good in him. For this book David created hundreds of tiny supernatural creatures called Alchemites. The Wizard’s Tale, was conceived to be a crossover book that blended the elements of a children’s book with the format and readability of a graphic novel.
Other notable works include Grosset and Dunlap’s Christmas bestseller Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, by Robert L. May, A Hat For Ivan, by Max Lucado and several books in the Little Bear series which were art directed by Maurice Sendak. David has left his artistic mark on a variety of non-book related projects including puzzles, greeting cards, and two entire miniature kingdoms of collectible figurines.
For more information and a look at David Wenzel’s artwork, please visit http://www.davidwenzel.com/home.html