Widely acknowledged as a comic book legend in the industry, George Pérez began his career with Marvel with a long run on Deadly Hands of Kung Fu and shortly thereafter The Avengers. Mainly known for his work on The New Titans in 1980, he went on to pencil Crisis on Infinite Earths, which featured every single character DC owned in 1984. He also had long stints as penciller on Superman, Wonder Woman and The Infinity Gauntlet. At the onset of the DC’s The New 52, Pérez helped launch Superman and Green Arrow. More recently, he was tapped as the artist for revival of the World’s Finest series starring Power Girl and Huntress.
Winner of multiple fan awards, including the Jack Kirby Award, the Eagle Award, the Inkpot Award and the CBG Fan Award, Pérez was named honoree in DC’s 50th anniversary publication for his lifetime contribution to the company. Co-chairman of The Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need, he is above all a humanitarian.
Chris Claremont is one of the most recognizable names to fans of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men. A 17-year run on the series (from 1975 to 1991, No. 94 to 279, plus stints in the 2000s), he has one the longest runs on a single title. He expanded the cast of the X-Men significantly by creating and developing strong female leads (Rogue, Psylocke, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Phoenix, Mystique, Lady Mastermind, Emma Frost, Siryn, Jubilee, Rachel Summers, Madelyne Pryor), and adding the much needed gravitas to the superhero drama. Some of the most memorable storylines were penned by Claremont, including The Mutant Massacre, The Days of Futures Past, The Dark Phoenix Saga, The Fall of the Mutants, as well one of the books made reading “graphic novels” cool: God Loves, Man Kills.
Beyond X-Men, Chris has written for many other publications including DC and Image, but is well known for his Star Trek novels and Chronicles of the Shadow War, the continuing tales of Elora Danan the baby from the George Lucas/Ron Howard film Willow.
Neal Adams is a prominent figure in the comic book industry, recognized for ushering in the modern-day look of classic DC characters such as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow as well as frequently challenging the comic book industry's practices in the 1960's and 70's. Along with writer and collaborator Denny O'Neill, he took Batman back to his darker roots and gave comic books a sense of relevance by addressing social issues from racism to drug use in the pages of Green Lantern/Green Arrow. His photorealistic style, gritty take on superheroes and unconventional panel structure was unlike anything at the time.
Mr. Adams was also an active presence in securing creators' rights to their work. Notably, he helped secure the return of original Marvel artwork to comic book legend Jack Kirby, among others, and was a pivotal figure in the long-overdue recognition and compensation of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster from DC Comics. The establishment of Mr. Adam's Continuity Studios in 1971 helped launch the careers of many of today's top talent.
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Comic book artist Dale Keown has been illustrating for over twenty years, starting his career in 1986 at Aircel Comics. Later he moved to Marvel Comics where he drew Nth Man: the Ultimate Ninja, and eventually worked on his fan favorite run of The Incredible Hulk with Peter David. Some of his other prominent works include his self-created comic Pitt, his work on The Darkness, and his eventual return to the Hulk and writer Peter David with Hulk: The End. In late-2012, he pencilled the Hulk & Wolverine story in A+X #1.
If you're a fan of shows like Doctor Who and Sherlock, then Josh Adams is the artist for you. Adams has become a recurring artist on the IDW comic series Doctor Who and has achieved notoriety on the Internet for his exquisitely designed Sherlock illustrations. At just 25 years old, Adams has racked up credits at both DC (House of Mystery, JSA, Batman Odyssey) and Marvel (Astonishing X-Men, Motion Comics) as well as Syfy shows like Eureka, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13 and Alphas, and is working on a new webcomic series. Adams' work can be found at his website WhatWouldJoshDo.com. He's the son of legend Neal Adams. Click here to pre-order sketches.
Mike Grell is a legendary comic book writer and artist, known for his work on books such as Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Warlord and Jon Sable Freelance. Many more will recollect his work on the internationally acclaimed Green Arrow: Long Bow Hunters, which won him the comic industry’s coveted Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art. His creator-owned series Shaman’s Tears, published by Image Comics, has garnered widespread acclaim in the Native American community as a celebration of Indian traditions and lore. Grell’s current projects include: The Warlord, a return to his first comic creation, writing and painting covers for a new series celebrating the 35th anniversary of DC Comics #1 fantasy adventure; and The Pilgrim, currently being published by IDW, a collaboration with his good friend Mark Ryan, the noted British stage and television actor (the voice for Bumblee and Jetfire in the Transformers movies and video games).
Ben Templesmith is an artist and writer most widely known for his work in the comic book industry where he has received multiple nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards as well as the industry’s top prize, the Eisner Award. He also won a Spike TV SCREAM Award. As a creator, his most notable works have been 30 Days of Night (which spawned a major motion picture) and Fell. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford and Singularity 7. He has also worked on the Star Wars, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Army of Darkness, Silent Hill and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer properties.
Steve Niles is a writer for comics, novels and films. Best known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society and Batman: Gotham County Line, he is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence. Niles is currently working for four of the top American comic publishers - IDW, DC, Image and Dark Horse. The success of 30 Days of Night sparked renewed interest in the horror genre; Steve's comic was released as a major motion picture in 2007 with Sam Raimi producing, David Slade directing and Niles co-writing the screenplay. Other comics he has written that have been optioned for film include Criminal Macabre and Aleister Arcane, as well as Wake the Dead, with Jay Russell in the director's chair. Currently Steve is writing Chin Music for Image Comics and Frankenstein 2 Alive! Alive! with the legendary Bernie Wrightson, who also illustrated Niles' Doc Macabre, The Ghoul and Dead She Said series, all published by IDW.
Dave Ross is a prolific veteran comic book illustrator who has worked for more than twenty-five years in the industry. His noted works for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics include Spiderman, Daredevil, Avengers Westcoast, Captain America, Excalibur, Birds of Prey, Aliens, Alpha Flight, Star Trek, Punisher, Star Wars - Dark Times and Star Wars – Lost Suns. His commissioned work is included in international collections. Recently, he has added program co-ordination and teaching "The art of comic book drawing" to his resume. His current work: a special Ironman (Redux) series for Marvel and Necromantic for Canadian Renegade Press will be coming out soon.
Nick Bradshaw is an Atlantic Canadian comic book artist best known for his work on the mega popular Wolverine and The X-Men. He started his professional career as penciller for Army of Darkness Comics and eventually moved on to a couple of arcs on Danger Girl. Having worked several times with Andy Hartnell, they eventually launched their creator-owned series Rokkin, detailing the rise of ordinary man Arness, bestowed with god-like powers, in his search for revenge against the tyrannical Lord Vulmax, whose minions destroyed his village and slew his wife. Starting with Wolverine & The X-Men #4, Bradshaw started swapping pencilling duties with fellow Canadian artist Chris Bachalo. Before and after, he has produced a slew variant covers, and is now one of Marvel’s newest hot commodities.
Yanick Paquette is a Canadian penciller who has worked for Antarctic Press, Topps, Marvel and DC Comics since 1994. His credits include Adventures of Superman, Areala Warrior Nun, Avengers, Codename Knock-Out, Gambit, Gen 13, JLA, Negation, Power Company, Space: Above And Beyond, Superman: The Man of Steel, Transmetropolitan: Filth of the City, Seven Soldiers: The Bulleteer, Wonder Woman, Xena: Warrior Princess, Civil War: X-Men and Ultimate X-Men. He has worked with iconic talent like Alan Moore on Terra Obscura and Grant Morrison on Batman, Inc. Paquette's latest collaboration is Swamp Thing with Eisner Award-winning writer Scott Snyder, which launched as part of DC Comics' 2011 line-wide New 52 rebranding.
Kelly Tindall is a Montreal cartoonist. He created Archie Snow for the Image title Proof and drew the webcomic That's So Kraven!, which replaced Raven-Symone with Kraven the Hunter. His drawings also appear in This is a Souvenir, Machine of Death, Zombie Bomb, The Gutters, and I Saw You. He is also a popular letterer; his letters on Green Wake, Rebel Blood, and the hit series Bedlam were all nominated for industry awards.
Ty Templeton has worked in the comics industry for more than twenty-five years, contributing scripts and art to Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Mad Magazine, The Simpsons, The National Lampoon, Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, The Avengers, Justice League and many others. He’s also been a comics publisher, editor, colorist, letterer, teacher, and a lifelong reader of these things. His greatest creations are his four kids, and a musical single he once put out with Alan Moore, guest-starring members of the bands BAUHAUS and APRIL WINE. Ty is well known in Toronto for his series of comic book writing and drawing classes known as 'Ty Templetons Comic Book Boot Camp'. He also has a Shuster-nominated weekly Saturday webcomic strip called Bun Toons, that will good-naturedly mock the comics industry.
British font designer and comic book letterer, editor and writer. He was one of the early pioneers of computer-based comic book lettering and as a result is one of the most prolific creators in that industry. He created the character Hip Flask, a detective hippopotamus, and currently writes this character’s ongoing series called Elephantmen.
Canadian illustrator Mike Rooth has been a freelance art mercenary since the late 20th century. He is the artist for both the Ottawa Comiccon 2013 poster and the James Marsters Experience lithograph. As well as drawing pinups for some of his favorite indy comics creators, Mike has illustrated scores of educational graphic novels and books, and has also worked on numerous sketch card sets for both Rittenhouse Archives (Marvel Universe 2011, Marvel’s Greatest Heroes, Marvel Bronze Age 2012) and Cryptozoic Entertainment (CBLDF, DC Comics New 52, Tarzan 100th Anniversary, DC Legend of The Batman, and The Walking Dead). He's very much looking forward to drawing cool stuff for the great fans at Ottawa Comiccon.
Ronn Sutton pencilled and inked the well-reviewed Honey West/Kolchak the Night Stalker #1 comic book from Moonstone Publications, which came out in January 2013. Ronn has drawn some of the sexiest women in comic books (Honey West, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark [penciller for nine years], Vampira, Draculina, Spinnerette and Luxura) as well as some of the most adventurous men (Fear Agent, Starbikers, The Phantom, and Kolchak the Night Stalker). Ronn is currently adapting Leigh Brackett's 1940s sci-fi tale The Citadel of Lost Ships into graphic novel format. Ronn contributed to Spike TV’s 1000 Ways To Die graphic collection, published by Zenescope and he worked on War of 1812 online comics in 2012. Ronn has also done many magazine illustrations for Maclean’s, Toronto Life, Canadian Business, Saturday Night, Toronto Star, and others, worked in animation and had numerous courtroom drawings published.
Janet L. Hetherington is a writer, editor and artist. She is the creator of the Eternal Romance comic book series and scripted the Elvira: Mistress of the Dark comic book from Claypool Comics for six years. Janet frequently collaborates with artist Ronn Sutton and wrote the Honey West/Kolchak the Night Stalker #1 comic book for Moonstone Publications. Janet has branched out into screenwriting, and her short thriller The House on Arch Lane was produced by Germany’s StoneHope Entertainment in 2011.
Geof Isherwood is an artist best known for his runs on several Marvel titles, including pencilling and inking such titles as the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, Daredevil and others. He created the character Kyllian Kells, who made his premiere appearance in Doctor Strange Annual Number One. Additionally, he worked on the Marvel graphic novel Revenge of the Living Monolith, DC's Suicide Squad and on the anthology Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller from Darkhorse.
In 1997, he created LINCOLN-16, a science fiction saga whose first two issues he wrote, drew, painted and produced via Skarwood Productions. In the last decade, Geof began adding movies to his repertoire. From storyboarding to concept illustrations, he has enjoyed playing witness to a rather unique mingling that might loosely be described as 'Hollywood-meets-Quebec'. Having the opportunity to work with such directors as Bryan Singer, Richard Donner and Darren Aronofsky has added a three-dimensional facet to Geof's creative perspective. For 2013, Geof has been doing some concept drawings for the highly anticipated feature film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Originally from Mozambique, Marco Rudy moved to Brazil and broke into comics by networking through his Deviant Art page. He eventually collaborated with Howard Wong & Jim Valentino on Image Comics After The Cape. From there he did some ink work for BOOM! on the covers of Zombie Tales and Cthulhu Tales. He eventually landed at DC with Final Crisis: Escape & Final Crisis: Resist, and later on working on other DC titles such as Action Comics, The Shield, Superboy, Supergirl, and Superman/Batman. Until recently, was one of the two main artists on DC’s New 52 series Swamp Thing with Yanick Paquette and Scott Snyder. He is currently hard at work on an undisclosed project for Marvel.
Leonard Kirk is mostly known for his six year run on Supergirl with Peter David. Leonard’s work at DC included runs on JSA, Aquaman, Legion of Superheroes and Detective Comics. He also contributed to Top Cow series like Witchblade, Tomb Raider and Freshmen. Jumping over to Marvel, Leonard has worked on several projects, big and small, such as Agents of Atlas, Captain Britain, New Mutants, Sigil, X-Men, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man Family, Marvel Adventures: Avengers, Dark X-Men, Ultimates and Gambit. Currently, he continues a lengthy run on X-Factor as well as penciling new material for Bloodhound, a series originally published by DC, now being handled by Dark Horse Comics.
Anthony Del Col is the co-creator and co-writer of Kill Shakespeare, the acclaimed IDW Publishing comic book series that has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly, BBC and CBC. The series has been nominated for a Harvey Award for Best New Series and a Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Comic Book Writing. Working with co-creator Conor McCreery, Del Col co-wrote the theatrical stage show Kill Shakespeare: Live Graphic Novel, which debuted in 2011 with Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre and has toured through North America since then. Anthony has a wide range of experience in the comic, music, film and television industries. He has produced two independent feature films and served as a manager for international pop star Nelly Furtado, helping to supervise her 2007 “Loose World Tour”.
Award winning creator and Marvel artist Arthur Suydam’s meteoric rise to superstardom for his work for the smash hit series Marvel Zombies broke graphic novel records, immediately placing the artist in the category of comic legend. Arthur Suydam’s popular covers have graced the covers of Marvel Zombies, Dead Days, Deadpool Merc with a Mouth, The Misfits Devil’s Rain, Land of the Dead, Raise the Dead, Batman, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, X-men, Ghost Rider, Thor, Spider Girl and The Oz Chronicles. In 2008, Marvel released an exclusive hard cover tribute to the works of this unique artist entitled Marvel Zombies, The Covers dedicated to Suydam’s ground-breaking work. Additional recent works include Army of Darkness, Savage Tales, Red Sonja and the smash hit Army of Darkness vs. Marvel Zombies, Batman vs. Predator, Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and House of Secrets, and The Tick.
Herb Trimpe is an American comic book artist and occasional writer, best remembered for his work on The Incredible Hulk (drawing almost one hundred issues of the book over a decade) and credited with the co-creation of Wolverine in the early 1970s (The Incredible Hulk #180-181). Trimpe joined Marvel Comics in 1967 and stayed until 1996, and has worked on Captain Marvel, Shogun Warriors, The Defenders, Godzilla, The Transformers, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, the entire run of G.I. Joe: Special Missions, which is currently being reprinted by IDW, and many, many others. In recent years, Trimpe has worked on short stories like BPRD: The War on Frogs from Dark Horse Comics, and returned to his signature character in The Death and Life of the Abomination in Marvel's King-Size Hulk #1.
Larry Hama is a writer/cartoonist/illustrator/actor/musician who has worked in comics, TV and film. He is best known as the writer of Marvel’s G.I. Joe comics in the ‘eighties, and as the writer of Marvel’s Wolverine in the ‘nineties. More recently he has scripted Spooks and Barack the Barbarian for Devil’s Due Comics, G.I. Joe Origins and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero for IDW as well as various animation and video game projects. He is currently Artist in Residence at Asian/Pacific/American Arts Institute at NYU.
In comics, he has written, edited or drawn for Avengers, Blaze, Nth Man, The Nam, Conan, Batman, Wonder Woman, Bizarre Adventures, X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and dozens more. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in National Lampoon, Esquire and Rolling Stone. He has appeared on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures and on TV in MASH, SNL and Another World.
Pia Guerra is a Joe Shuster, Harvey and Eisner award-winning Canadian comic book artist best known for her work as co-creator and lead penciller on the Vertigo title Y: The Last Man. She has also pencilled the Doctor Who comic called Doctor Who: The Forgotten published by IDW Publishing and illustrated drawn a Torchwood series for Torchwood Magazine, written by Gareth David-Lloyd. She has co-written two issues of Simpsons Comics for Bongo Comics with Ian Boothby.
Ian Boothby is a multiple Shuster Award, Harvey Award and Eisner Award nominee and Eisner Award-winning comic book creator best known for his work as one of the main writers on The Simpsons and Futurama comics for Bongo including the Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis and Comic Book Guy The Comic Book. Ian is also an improv, sketch and stand up comedian living in Vancouver, Canada where he writes for CBC radio's The Irrelevant Show and co-hosts the Sneaky Dragon podcast.
Ryan Sohmer is a professional writer and crossbow enthusiast living and working in Montreal. He is a dedicated husband and father and may be an undercover agent. It's possible! You don't know! I digress, he writes the beloved comics Least I Could Do, Looking For Group and Gutters as well as the world renowned children's/parent's book The Bear.
Lar deSouza is a professional cat-whisperer who moonlights as an award winning artist. He draws the immensely popular strips Least I Could Do and Looking For Group. He and his family are based out of some small town near Toronto (one of Canada's least favourite cities).
Blind Ferret Entertainment is one half of the online powerhouse Blind Ferret. The other half is Blind Ferret Media but you don't need to know that. We house only the finest comics under our roof: Least I Could Do, Looking For Group, Hijinks Ensue, Goblins and Gutters. You're welcome.
Yet another in a seemingly never-ending slew of Canadian artists, Richard Pace has spent most of his adult life slaving away in the art-mines of DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Full Bleed Comics, Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Microsoft Entertainment, as well as numerous other TV, film, video game, and publishing companies. Past comics work includes drawing and/or writing; New Warriors, Starman, Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, Pitt, and Pitt Crew. More recently, he was part of the murderer's row of artists on Alex DeCampi's ASHES (currently available via Comixology) to be published by Dark Horse as well as a three-part Bran Mak Morn Story in Dark Horse's Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword series.
Cartoonist and illustrator Tom Fowler has worked in comics, advertising, and film and game design. Past clients include Disney, Simon & Schuster, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, MAD, Valiant, Marvel, and DC Comics. His best known comics work include Venom, Hulk Season One, Quantum & Woody, the critically acclaimed Mysterius the Unfathomable with writer Jeff Parker, and the MAD Magazine feature Monroe. Tom eats only raw meat, stands 13 feet tall, and shoots lasers from his eyes.