Darryl Banks is from Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a bachelor's degree. He began his comics career in 1989, working for various independent comic companies such as Innovation and Millennium Publishing. Darryl worked on titles such as Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, The Wild Wild West and Justice Machine. In 1993 he started working with DC Comics on Legion of Superheroes and later on Green Lantern. Co-creating the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, Parallax, and other characters was a great honor and challenge for Darryl's costume design skills. In addition to various other projects for DC, his work also includes Captain America and X-Men for Marvel, Tomb Raider: Epiphany from Top Cow, GI Joe Reloaded for Devil's Due Publishing, Johnnie Zombie for Midgard Comics and covers to Moonstone's Phantom series. Darryl also does concept art and toy design. Clients include Hawthorne Village collectibles, Hasbro, Mattel, Filsinger Games, and many others.

 

Check out the Comic Book Database for more information about Darryl’s work:

 http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=335

Mike W. Barr’s first professional sale was a detective short story, “Crime at the Comiconvention,” to Frederic Dannay, half of the Ellery Queen collaboration of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, in 1973. His second was an Elongated Man comic book script to DC editor Julius Schwartz in 1974.

 

Mike created and wrote the first comic book maxi-series, Camelot 3000, the first Batman team book, Batman and the Outsiders, the Ultraverse heroine Mantra and the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated The Maze Agency, as well as writing the first Batman graphic novel, Son of the Demon, and lots of Star Trek and Star Wars comics.

 

He lives in a house with just enough cats and not enough books.

 

For a complete list of Mike‘s work visit:  http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=359

Tom Batiuk (Sunday only) is the creator of the popular nationally syndicated comic strips Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft. Tom graduated from Kent State University in 1969 and taught junior high art until beginning Funky in 1972.

 

Ever since his first groundbreaking series in 1986 about the teenage pregnancy of his character Lisa, he has been hailed as an originator of a new genre in comic strip art. His unique style of “narrative humor” allows him to explore major social issues and led him to tell Lisaʼs Story, a story dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of breast cancer. The story was a Pulitzer Finalist in 2008, and was collected into an award winning book by the Kent State University Press.

 

Tom employs a gentle humor found in mining the common experiences of everyday life to push the envelope in his exploration of all that the comic art medium can express.

 

Visit Tom’s website for more information at:  http://www.funkywinkerbean.com/

ALLEN BELLMAN

 

Allen Bellman was born in Manhattan and studied at the High School of Industrial Arts. He eventually became a staff artist at Timely during the Golden Age of comics. Timely Comics is the 1940s comic-book publishing company that would evolve into Marvel Comics. As a teenager, he did the backgrounds for Syd Shores' Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as: The Patriot, The Destroyer, The Human Torch, Jap Buster Johnson and Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics, Sub-Mariner Comics, Young Allies and more. Visit  http://www.allenbellman.com/my-works.html for more information.

Andy Bennett is an Ohio-based comics artist and illustrator. He began his career in 1995 with independent publisher Caliber Comics in titles like Saint Germaine and Negative Burn, as well as the full-length graphic novel Ghost Sonata (which was recently re-released by TransFuzion Publishing). Andy's work can also be seen in Moonstone Books' Kolchak the Night Stalker, Vampire: The Masquerade, and The Phantom: Generations series, among others, as well as titles from BOOM! Studios, and IDW books. In 2011 he contributed an all-new story to Columbus, Ohio's Nix Comics Quarterly, and is currently serving as art director for Ferret Press' PANEL Comics.

 

For more information, visit on the web at:  www.B3NN3TT.com

 

http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=253

 

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Craig Boldman has been a professional cartoonist since 1978. He has written and drawn over 10,000 greeting cards for such companies as Hallmark, American Greetings and Recycled Paper Products. He was a contract writer for Gibson Greetings for nearly a decade. In 1985, Boldman wrote the adventures of Superman for DC Comics, under the watchful eye of editor and living legend, Julius Schwartz. He has since written a variety of other well-known characters, including "Big Boy," "Bazooka Joe," and strips based on two Disney TV shows: "Disney's Doug," and "Disney's Recess."

 

Craig Boldman currently writes the Jughead comic book for Archie Comics Publications, and has been writing the Archie newspaper strip since 1992, first in collaboration with artist Dan DeCarlo, and later with Henry Scarpelli, who continues drawing the strip today. He is the co-author/illustrator of a humor book from Andrews McMeel Publishing, "Every Excuse in the Book: 718 Ways to Say 'It's Not My Fault!'"

 

Visit:  http://www.craigboldman.com/  and  http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=4114 for more information.

GEORGE J. BRODERICK, JR. began cartooning at age five when he peddled drawings of Mighty Mouse, Woody Woodpecker and Popeye from the back of his little red wagon to the unsuspecting neighborhood moms for a nickel a sketch (which George still considers one of the highlights of his freelance career).

 

George has worked as a professional in comics since 1982. Since then, he has written stories for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and handled both scripting and editing on the LOST IN SPACE and QUANTUM LEAP comic books for Innovation Publishing and editing on LOST IN SPACE: Voyage to the Bottom of the Soul for Bubblehead Publishing.

 

George's art credits include work on BOZO THE CLOWN and SANTA CLAUS ADVENTURES for Innovation, SPEED RACER for Now Comics and THE MUNSTERS for TV Comics. His most current work includes COURAGEOUS MAN ADVENTURES, STARDUST & THOR, SUICIDE BLONDE and EL MUCHO GRANDE for Comic Library International, CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS EVE WINTER CARNIVAL, CHRISTMAS EVE SPRING FLING, DILL GHERKIN AND THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS PICKLE, HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS COMICS and SNOWY JOEY AND THE CHRISTMAS DINOSAURS for Cool Yule Comics, the RADIOACTIVE MAN and LURE LASS/WEASEL WOMAN features in SIMPSON'S SUPER SPECTACULAR for Bongo Comics, MUMMIES, GHOSTS, KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER and SUCKULINA, VAMPIRE TEMP for Moonstone Books, LIFE MAXX for A Way With Words Foundation and POPEYE THE SAILOR for Premium Pop Comics/CLI 2.0.

 

George currently creates and posts four web comics, appearing five days a week. CHRISTMAS EVE updates every Monday at: http://coolyulecomics.thecomicseries.com, his signature character strip, COURAGEOUS MAN ADVENTURES is all-new every Tuesday and Thursday at: http://townburgcity.thecomicseries.com and daily at: http://www.gocomics.com/courageous-man-adventures, HOLY COW COMICS, a cornucopia of random strips updates each Wednesday at: http://holycowcomics.thecomicseries.com and a fresh DILL GHERKIN AND THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS PICKLE can be found every Friday at: http://www.townburgcity.com .

 

George's biggest ambition in life is to become one of the most beloved characters in American Folklore!

 

For more on George's career or to purchase gobs of really top drawer stuff, visit him at: http://www.georgebroderick.com.

Broken Icon Comics, LLC is an independent comic publisher based in Marietta, Ohio. Their mission statement is simple: bring gripping comics that are visually appetizing and have edge to the market. BIC specializes in horror, supernatural and noir titles and that sets this company apart from every other one in comics. BIC also has numerous creator owned titles that begin distribution in 2014. You can find our titles on our website as well as Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and numerous other stores and websites in the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia. Returning to Akron Comicon is Todd Beistel, Tristan Kelly, and Eric Watkins.

 

While still in high school, TODD BEISTEL self-published Eye of the Probe, a comic anthology. He then went on to study illustration and graduate from CCAD. While in college, Todd wrote and illustrated Lost Souls, a graphic short story. Lost Souls was published by Hunter Productions. As years passed, Todd’s interests evolved into fine art and graphic design. As a dedicated artist, he has been featured in venues throughout Ohio. On several occasions, he has contributed illustrations to accompany columnists such as Dave Barry and Click and Clack. Todd is currently collaborating with Doug Hufford on the webcomic sensation, Yuri the Gypsy Hunter. Yuri the Gypsy Hunter is a decades spanning epic concerning an orphan, a rock band, and lots of teenage angst.

 

From the great state of Kansas, TRISTAN KELLY, is bringing his love for comics to Broken Icon. Tristan began with limited experience but has quickly started building and impressive portfolio. He recently finished his first professional comic, a twelve page short entitled Grocery Assassins.

 

When ERIC WATKINS is not out saving the world from Nazi penguins or flying giraffes, he is stocking Broken Icon with talented writers and artist. He also moonlights as a writer with titles like Chosen and Forsaken and Night of the Living Tricon under his belt. Currently he has plenty of products in production like The Man in the Kitty Coat, Mars and The Cowboy’s Gauntlet. For More information please visit:  http://www.brokeniconcomics.com/

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Illustrator Dave Aikins grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, immersed in comic books, action figures and B-movies. In 1991, Dave was somehow persuaded to move to Ohio, studying at the Columbus College of Art & Design. After graduating in 1995, he spent 4 years working for a large newspaper (remember those?) and a commercial art studio before realizing his dream of staying home in his basement all day. Now residing outside of Columbus Ohio with his wife, energetic son, and multiple cats and dogs, he is currently celebrating over 10 years running Let’s Draw Studio, the free-lance illustration company he founded in 1998.   He continues  to produce work for clients in the areas of advertising,

product design and publishing, and tries really hard not to draw Dora the Explorer as a zombie. Maybe one day Nickelodeon will combine them. We can only dream.

 

Here are some of the fantastic clients that Let’s Draw Studio has had the pleasure of working with: Nickelodeon, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Scholastic, Hasbro, Mattel/Fisher-Price, Procter & Gamble, The Bradford Exchange, Hawthorne Village, Boy’s Life, Chase Bank, McDonald’s, Comair/Delta Air Lines, Stouffer’s, Nestle, Wilton, Twilight Creations and many more.

 

For more information about Dave, please visit:  http://www.letsdrawstudio.com/  and  http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=8994

JIM BEARD writes adventure fiction in a classic pulp style. A native Toledoan, he was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history.


His prose work includes GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series; SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective; MONSTER EARTH, a shared-world giant monster anthology; and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure.


Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press.

 

Please visit him at http://sgtjanus.blogspot.com and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/thebeardjimbeard