Bob Layton is one of the entertainment industry's true visionaries at every level, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, with over 5000 comic book credits to his name. Layton has successfully migrated from comics to other media, including television, animation and feature films. If you've seen the Iron Man movies, then you're familiar with Bob's work, as the DVD extras make clear. Bob reinvented the Iron Man comic in the late 70s, taking it from near-cancellation to one of Marvel's all-time bestselling series. The classic Iron Man story “Demon in a Bottle” was recently voted "one of the top 20 comic stories of all time". Bob also is credited as the co-creator of Marvel's War Machine, as well as designing Mattel's hugely-successful "Secret Wars" toy line. Layton also launched the record-breaking comic series "X-Factor" for Marvel. Bob was also the co-creator of the new Ant-Man (Scott Lang, The Ghost, etc.) and many of the characters appearing in the hit Marvel films “Ant-Man” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp”. Bob, with former DC President Paul Levitz, created The Huntress, who appears in the upcoming Warner Brothers film “Birds of Prey”, played by Mary Elisabeth Winstead. Bob Layton was co-architect of the original Valiant Comics Universe and served as that company’s Senior Vice President and Editor-In-Chief. Under Layton’s creative management, he guided the start-up company to eventually becoming the third-largest comic publisher in North America in 1993. Valiant Comics continues to thrive to this day and has begun work on creating motion pictures based on Bob’s original creations, such as “Bloodshot” starring Vin Diesel for Sony Pictures. Another Layton Valiant creation, Doctor Mirage, is now in production as a new television series on the upcoming CW schedule.Bob has creative credits in eight Marvel films and a host of other television and movie acknowledgments and has worked with such luminaries as Academy Award Nominees Edward James Olmos and Robert Downey Jr., Jon Faveau, Kevin Feige, Howard Stern, and the late George Romero, to name a few.
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Mikey is an Inker/Artist who has worked for Marvel, DC, Image, BOOM!, Alterna & a handful of independent publishers. Working on such titles as: Amazing Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Scarlet Spider, Deadpool (covers), She Hulks, X-23, JSA vs. Kobra, Power of Shazam, Farscape, Eden and Sniper & Rook. He also inked Cemetary Girl volumes 1 & 2 for Penguin Publishing, with pencils by Don Kramer and story by Charlaine Harris, author of The Sookie Stackhouse novels (HBO's True Blood). Mikey has done over 1,000 original sketch cards for Topps & Cryptozoic, including various Star Wars sets, Rick & Morty, The Walking Dead, The Hobbit, Ghostbusters, DC Supervillains, and Adventure Time.
Corbyn S. Kern is an illustrator and designer with an emphasis on pop culture. Corbyn combines old school skills and mediums, with the latest technology creating unique and detailed artistic designs. His diverse subject matter ranges from black and white films to the next anticipated movie release and television series. Corbyn’s work includes comic book and magazine covers, product designs, portraits, sketch covers and other personalized commissions.
James O’Barr is the award-winning creator of “The Crow,” and writer of two hit series from IDW Publishing, entitled “Curare” and “Skinning The Wolves.”
He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing.
When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since.
While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70′s he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiance at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it (“too gloomy,too confusing..”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989. It is currently the best selling independent graphic novel of all time at over one million copies sold.
In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children’s charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent 3 sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that could go into production soon.
Kevin VanHook is a comic book creator and film-maker born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He is best known for co-creating BLOODSHOT for Valiant Comics with Don Perlin and Bob Layton. The premiere issue sold nearly one million copies. Bloodshot will be a major motion picture from Sony in 2020, starring Vin Diesel.
Kevin also wrote and drew THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW movie adaptation for Caliber Press as well as over a hundred other comic books for Valiant Comics. He wrote the FLASH GORDON Sunday Comic Strip for King Features for two years and joined DC Comics to create SUPERMAN and BATMAN vs VAMPIRES and WEREWOLVES as well as ORACLE: THE CURE, RED TORNADO: Family Reunion and LOBO for Weird Worlds.
As a Film-Maker, Kevin has written and directed six feature films; THE FALLEN ONES, VOODOO MOON, SLAYER, DEATH ROW, FROST: Portrait of a Vampire and ALPHA WOLF. He has produced and overseen other television series and contributed Visual Effects to such films as I, Robot, Olympus Has Fallen and Trespass and TV Series ranging from Hercules and Xena to Law & Order and Rizzoli & Isles.
Kevin is currently in talks to create a new comics project based on one of his past creations.
Esteban is an Illustrator and designer based out of Chicago, IL. He received his Bachelors in Game Art and Design in 2013 and has been working as a freelance illustrator since. His dark, gritty style has crept across the country since debuting his brand, Deviant Apple, in 2015.
Armed with stylus and drawing tablet, or traditional mediums such as charcoal and graphite, Esteban can typically be found slightly hunched forward, music blasting, intently focused on the study at hand.
Often starting from charcoal sketches, he then translates shape language and concepts into Photoshop to flesh out and finalize. Throughout each piece, the reference material Esteban credits most is music. Often playing a soundtrack over and over ad nauseum for each piece, the soul and mood can often be felt in the final portraits. Despite frequent requests from a loving girlfriend to turn it down a bit, and potentially unhappy neighbors, the end result is always aimed toward the idea of a very happy client with their finished artwork.
Paul Mounts is an artist who has worked as a colorist in the comics industry, on comics including Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and Ultimates. He currently resides in Florida.
Paul was one of Marvels most prolific trading card art colorist in the early 90's. He worked on some of the most historic Marvel sets, including Marvel Universe Series 1-4, X-Men Series 1-2, Spider-Man and multitude of others. At the same time Paul colored a large amount of Marvel's posters, Toy Biz action figure package art and promotional work.
Bill Reinhold is a 1982 graduate of the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago. He has been a professional Comic Book Artist since 1981. Working for comic book companies such as, Noble Comics, First Comics, Marvel Comics, DC comics, Dark Horse and Soleil. Drawing characters The Justice Machine, The Badger, The Punisher, The Prowler, Silver Surfer, Batman, Magnus Robot Fighter and more.
The bulk of his comic work doing pencils was with the great writer Mike Baron. In 1993 they co-created a series called SPYKE that was originally published by Epic/Marvel.
Also he did several pieces of art for the Upper Deck trading card game Marvel Vs. and many sketch cards.
As a comic book inker he worked with other artists on Marvel Comics books such as the Earth X trilogy, The Punisher, The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine and The Hulk.
At DC Comics he inked books with characters Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Fate, etc.
Artists he feels fortunate to have inked include- Jon Bogdanove, Doug Braithwaite, Steve Ditko, George Freeman, Ron Garney, Keith Giffen, Adam Kubert, John Paul Leon, Ron Lim, Lan Medina, Steve Rude, Ryan Sook, Jill Thompson, Ron Wagner, Ryan Sook, and many more.
In 2010-11 Bill was drawing Magnus Robot Fighter for Dark Horse Comics. In late 2014 Bill completed the graphic novel "Van Helsing vs. Jack the Ripper" for the French publisher Soleil Productions.
I was born in Chicago and except for the fact that I nearly died of asthma when I was one year old, I had a perfectly normal childhood. I lived in Chicago until 1954 when we moved to Des Plaines, IL. My only regret is that I was an only child, but being creative helped and I entertained myself drawing and making things and always managed to have a lot of friends.
I was horse crazy from the age of 8 and took riding lessons for 11 years. Always interested in art, I also took private art lessons from age 9 through 12.
We moved to Barrington in 1960 and I graduated from Barrington High in 1966. I then majored in art at Stephens College, Columbia, MO and received my BFA in 1970.
During my college summers I worked for a printing company in Chicago doing all sorts of things including paste-ups for catalogs and flyers. I ended up learning a lot more about advertising there than I ever did in college.
After graduation, while searching for an advertising job in Chicago, I took several free-lance art jobs, trained wild appaloosas, and sold Estee Lauder at Carson's, downtown Chicago for 6 months. I finally did get a job in advertising at a tiny agency on Michigan Ave. near The Art Institute where I ventured frequently. Then in Dec., 1971, I got married and moved to New York City. The marriage was very short-lived and I again found myself searching for a job, and taking another turn at selling Estee Lauder, until I was fortunate enough to find the most fun job ever at Marvel Comics. Working both on staff and free-lancing as colorist, I loved my job, made many friends in the business and I might have stayed there forever were it not for Barry Windsor-Smith entering my life, stealing my heart and convincing me to go into business with him publishing his art. And so The Gorblimey Press was born in 1973 with me as partner doing everything except the art.
Barry and I worked and lived together for 11 years. I was part of "The Studio" that we shared with Jeffrey Jones, Michael Kaluta and Bernie Wrightson from 1776 - 1979. Barry is an amazing, gifted artist and writer, and admittedly I learned a lot from him; but the relationship had been problematic from the start, and by the summer of '84, it had deteriorated to the degree that I decided to leave and move back to Illinois and back in with my parents. It wasn't easy. It was like starting my life over again.
During my job search that fall, I was fortunate to learn of First Comics through a friend of my dearest high school friend, Debbie. I interviewed at First Comics (then located In Evanston) Nov., '84 and went home with 22 pages of Bill Reinhold original art under my arm to letter. I soon phased into coloring for First full time and moved to Evanston in June, 1985. Thus began my relationship with my husband-to-be, Bill.
We worked together, became friends, began dating and married in 1987. We have two beautiful and talented children, Leanna and Michael, two kitties, a very old box turtle and live in a modest house in Crystal Lake where we also work and enjoy the "Joyful noise" our son makes playing drums.
Dave Dorman is an extraordinary fantasy and science fiction artist, whose paintings have graced comic book covers, role-playing game books, and issues of Heavy Metal.In 1996, FPG, Inc. released a 90 piece card set titled Best of David Dorman Chromium, featuring some of his most notable works up to that point. Several volumes have collected his paintings, including The Star Wars Art of Dave Dorman.
Born in Michigan in the late 1950s, Dorman attended The Kubert School, then the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, but left because the curriculum at that time only included black and white art. He is self taught. In the early 1980s, Hasbro commissioned Dorman to paint the art that appeared on the cards accompanying over 150 of its G.I. Joe 3-inch action figures. Dorman was voted best Star Wars artist by Star Wars Galaxy magazine in 1996. He has also won an Eisner Award and an Inkpot Award at San-Diego Comic-Con.
He is still active at an artist. His pop culture podcast, Wednesday is Comic Book Day, is available on iTunes.
JIM TERRY is a comic book artist who has worked on THE CROW: SKINNING THE WOLVES, SUNDOWNERS, ALICE COOPER VS. CHAOS, VAMPIRELLA and more. He has self-published a number of titles and is currently working on the next one. He lives in Chicago with his 4 cats. That's right, 4 cats.
You can purchase work directly from the artist, or go to https://jimterryart.bigcartel.com/
The ever-Lovin' Blue eyed Scott Beaderstadt is best known for his critically acclaimed self-published TROLLORDS. he has also done work for Marvel, DC and Archie Comics.
Scott is a major contributor to the LAUGH-A-GRAM studios, which is a Walt Disney studios in Kansas, and has done Picky and the Brain T-shirt designs.
Scott lives in that toddlin' town Chicago with at least two cats, Puck and Mugsy.
Don Kramer has provided the art and covers for numerous projects at Marvel and DC Comics including monthly comics JSA, Nightwing, Batman, Wonder Woman And Detective Comics.