Jarrod Alberich calls himself the “Yard Sale Artist” because everything he uses for his art – the canvases, the paints, even the brushes – are all acquired via yard sale….or sometimes found on the side of the road….or dumpster-diving. He tries to take things that were destined for the landfill, and give them a second life as art.
Jarrod graduated from Auburn University in 1999 and began an 8-year career with the United States Air Force as a Communications Officer. After serving a combat tour in Iraq, Jarrod parted ways with the Air Force and settled back in the Wiregrass Area of Alabama. Jarrod is married with 2 boys.
Jarrod gives away a free 11 x 17 Captain America print to military members (active duty, reservists, retirees, and veterans). He also does free 3-Minute sketches for kids - they tell him who their favorite character is and he does his best speed-sketch for them on a 5 x 8 card while they count down the timer - it's lots of fun!
John Beatty is an American illustrator who has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Beatty was hired by Camelot Publishing to do cartoons for computer instruction manuals when he was just 15 years old. This gig turned into after school employment during Beatty’s high school years. Beatty’s goal was to become a comic book artist. Beatty decided to head down to the annual MiamiCon in 1980. He knew that Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief Jim Shooter would be there, and Beatty planned to show him new samples of his work. (Shooter had reviewed Beatty’s work the previous year and said Beatty was not quite ready.) So Beatty presented Shooter with new samples. Shooter looked over Beatty’s art and said: “If you can come up to New York, I’ll give you a paid try out to work on.” In July 1980, Beatty made the journey, and with the help of Mike Zeck got some gigs from both Marvel and DC. Beatty is not currently working on a “monthly”, though he spent twenty years doing so on titles such as Captain America, The Punisher, Secret Wars, The Nam, The Adventures of Superman, Batman, JLA, and many, many more. Currently, Beatty works for the DC Comics Licensing Department, where style guide art is created. This art is used for many things, including package design, clothing, and other things which DC needs to supply to its vendors.
An illustrator, comic artist, concept artist, storyboard artist and writer; Tom Biondolillo has worked on graphic novels, toys, games for products and properties including: Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, Aliens vs. Predator, Dungeons and Dragons/Dragonlance, Myst, Duke Nuk'em, Crucible, Vampire VTES, Mage, Scion, Swords and Sorcery, Steam Punk, FRAG, Cardboard Heroes, The Weird West, Shadow Run, Legends of the Five Rings, Legends of the Seven Seas, and Legends of the Burning Sands, among others. He's done work for companies the likes of Artisan Entertainment, Hasbro, Resaurus Toys, Palisades Toys, TSR Inc., Wizards of the Coast, Dark Horse, Caliber Comics, Desperado Press, CCP/White Wolf, Alderac Entertainment Group, Steve Jackson Games, FASA, Artisan Entertainment, and Hasbro.
Tom has taught for the last 15 years at the Art Institute of Atlanta in the Media Arts and Animation and Game Art and Design departments and freelances from his home outside of Atlanta, GA.
Amanda Coronado spent several years winning over new fans at comics conventions around the country, as she extensively promoted her meticulously illustrated fantasy art prints, leading to her being handpicked to create the artwork for the VAMPLETS series of graphic novels. She also recently collaborated with fellow artist/storyteller Cari Corene on their extremely successful Kickstarter project, a children’s picture book called FLORAL FROLIC.
Creative Editor/Artist- Kristina Deak-Linsner has brought her years of fine art experience in the west coast gallery scene over to the house that Dawn built at Linsner.com. After begining her comics career at Dynamic Forces in the late 90's, she now uses her keen eye to help guide Linsner projects such as Sin Boldly, as well as Linsner's annual Dawn sketchbooks. (2011 to present). As Creative Editor on the current Dawn and Vampirella crossover, she brings her comics career full circle by working with Dynamite/Dynamic Forces once again.
In more than 20 years working as a freelance artist in the industry, SAM ELLIS has worked on projects for Adult Swim, Boom Studios, BentoBox ENT, Cartoon Network, Disney Interactive, ESPN,Fox, Frederator, FX, Hulu, Marvel and more.
His personal portfolio includes work as one of the lead character designers for ARCHER, a comic artist for Adventurre Time, story artist for the Awesomes and an illustrator for Frederator Books, Sam currently runs a design studio called Never Say Die LLC in Spotsylvania VA where he started an apprenticeship program helping aspiring artists work towards their goals of becoming working professionals. Find out more at www.manofmissle.com
Tom Feister has worked for every major comic book publisher at some point over the last decade, on titles such as GI JOE, IRON-MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, EX-MACHINA, LEGION OF SUPERHEROES, and more. His animation work includes being the lead character designer on Hulu’s THE AWESOMES. Tom has various projects in the pipeline he can’t tell you about just yet, but he’s only too happy to point out that his luxurious mane of hair is the envy of dozens.
A fan favorite artist, Matt Frank gained "monstrous" recognition with IDW's Godzilla comic series, starting with the covers he provided for Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. He also produced interiors for the first issue of Godzilla: Legends, and went on to do both covers and interiors for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, which became the longest running Godzilla comic ever published. Matt also designed the titular monster for Jeremy Robinson's Project Nemesis paperback novels, which was recently adapted into a comic book series (illustrated by Matt), published by Famous Monsters of Filmland. Matt has also worked on numerous Transformers titles, and kicked off 2013 with the crossover one-shot, Mars Attacks The Transformers. Matt's work can be found at www.mattfrankart.com as well as his Deviantart and Tumblr pages.
Somehow Merrill Hagan figured out how to make cartoons and comics for a living. He is currently a writer for “Teen Titans Go!” on Cartoon Network and on the upcoming Netflix series “Danger Mouse.” He is also the story editor of “Stan Lee’s Chakra the Invincible,” but unless you have been to Asia recently, you probably haven’t seen that show yet. He is one of the regular writers on the “Teen Titans Go!” comics for DC and has an indie book with acclaimed artist Bryan Mon called “Tuff-Girl.” Merrill wrote for “Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law” and “Stroker and Hoop” on Adult Swim, “DC Nation” on Cartoon Network, various comic books for Marvel, DC, IDW and Virgin and he has even written a few video games.
Award-wining photographer Stephen Hayford, a photojournalist for 20 years, incorporates his documentary style into the dioramas he creates and populates with customized action figures. He is well-known for his Star Wars-themed work with Lucasfilm, Disney, Hasbro and Lego. A long-time Florida resident, Hayford also taps into the quirky peculiarities of living in the Sunshine State through his Florida-themed satire. Stephen's work can be found at A Life Riveted to Star Wars, Life in Plastics, and Facebook.
Katie Hodges is an illustrator and comic book artist currently working on her own comic, Masked. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art in 2013.
"Lili" Lisa Keith
Lili, (Destructivedoll Cosplay) has been cosplaying since 2009. She cosplays a range of characters from tv, anime, comics and video games, but is best known for her Austria (Hetalia), her Equestria Girls Fluttershy, and her Grand Galloping Gala Rarity. The last of which won her first place in her category and best in show at BronyCon 2015! She does the occasional YouTube video with her fiancé (Drowninginrice cosplay), and the two do a lot of beginners cosplay panels, as well as Cosplay on a Dime, character panels and Cosplay Body Image Panels. Outside of cosplay she utilizes the same skills to work in the real world as a seamstress, and often takes on commissions for people.
Megan Levens worked as a storyboard artist before moving on to comics projects like MADAME FRANKENSTEIN and ARES AND APHRODITE, before being asked to take over the art duties for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER starting with issue #11.
Joseph Michael Linsner is most well-known for writing, drawing and coloring the adventures of his creation Dawn, his personal Pin-Up Goddess. An award winning Illustrator, Linsner has painted covers for all the major comics characters, including Wolverine, Black Cat (Claws), Killraven, Justice League, Conan, and Vampirella. One of his proudest moments was getting to illustrate a short story written by Stan Lee for 'Actor Comics Presents.' His current project is DAWN & VAMPIRELLA, which is Dawn's very first crossover. The series helps celebrate Dawn's 25th year in print. Facebook fan page - https://www.facebook.com/josephmichaellinsner and on twitter @josephlinsner
Moses J. Moseley
Moses is best known for playing the role of Michonne's iconic pet zombie on the hit show The Walking Dead. He has also been featured on other television shows and movies such as Necessary Roughness, Resurrection, The Internship, Single Ladies, "42", Trouble with the Curve and Second Generation Wayne's.
Bob Pendarvis ceated and taught the first comic book illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), going on to create and develop the school's comics-based BFA and MFA Sequential Art programs (the first in the country). Over the 19 years he taught at SCAD, Bob emphasized a humanistic, student-cenered approach to his classes, encouraging everyone to find their own unique solutions to various visual storytelling problems.
Andrew is an award winning, NY Times best selling artist. He's painted covers for such titles as STARMAN, SUPERMAN, HAWKMAN, JSA, JLU, WINTER SOLDIER and THE WAKE. His sequential work can be seen in THE FIFTH BEATLE, BATMAN B & W # 5 and on his creator owned book DUSTY STAR which can be read for free www.farragocomics.com. Currently, Andrew is working on a new Image book called STANDSTILL and illustrating covers for BATMAN DETECTIVE. Follow him and his work on twitter and instagram at @spacejunkees.
Creator of the independent comic book CAVEWOMAN, published by Root’s company Basement Comics/Amryl Entertainment, Budd is one of the premiere contemporary “good girl” artists in the business and is a fan-favorite on the convention circuit.
Tara Sands has been working in anime for a gazillion years in roles such as Mokuba on "Yugioh", Bulbasaur, Richie and Jasmine on "Pokemon" (as well as tons of other characters), Circe on ""Generator Rex", Summer in "Barbie: Life In The Dream House", Angel and Tyler in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", Anna in "Shaman King", and Kaya in "One Piece" Filia in "Slayers," and roles in "Naruto," "Sailor Moon," and " Tiger and Bunny." You can see the whole list at imdb.
She was also the on-camera host of "Fridays" on the Cartoon Network for 2 years where she introduced all the cartoons airing on Friday nights, interviewed celebrities, and performed in sketches.
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Hello, I'm Cera Skelly, and I'm a twenty year old artist who has yet to go to college-- I want to go to SCAD or Valdosta State though! I'm currently working on my comic that I've been dreaming of doing for forever. I also do fan art, illustrations, and other crafty art stuff. Well I hope you enjoy my art! Thank you!!!
Andy has been working as a professional artist since 1991. Mostly working in the field of comic books for major publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, Acclaim and Cross Gen Ent. Andy is also the best-selling author of “Drawing Dynamic Comics” published by Watson-Guptill in 2000. The book is currently in it’s seventh printing. Andy’s second book “Drawing American Manga Super-heroes” was published by Watson-Gutptill in 2007. Most recently Andy has done work for Harper-Collins children’s book division featuring DC Heroes as well as Spider-man licensing work for Disney/Marvel where the work has been used in coloring books and sticker/activity books.
Chad Thomas is well known for his multi-issue stint drawing MEGA MAN, but he’s also worked on books like ADVENTURE TIME, MY LITTLE PONY, BRAVEST WARRIORS and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES.
Singer Songwriter for the “Horror Punk/DoomMetal” band , SUGAR VIRUS since 1992 and an extra for Film / T.V. since 2006. 13 albums and 27 films under his belt with the credits of working as a Walker on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and recent MARVEL related films being filmed locally in Atlanta to a long host of horror related projects, including“The Collection”, “The Crazies” and “ Halloween II”.
Brad Walker has been drawing comics for Marvel and DC Comics for over a decade now, including stints on ACTION COMICS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, HEROES FOR HIRE, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS and SINESTRO.
Ron began work as an illustrator for Marvel in the early 1970s, producing both cover illustrations and interior artwork. He was the regular artist on Marvel Two-In-One from 1975–1978, and again from 1980–1983; while additionally filling-in on titles such as BLACK GOLIATH, POWER MAN, THE HULK, and CAPTAIN BRITAIN. In the 1980s, after the cancellation of Marvel Two-in-One, Wilson teamed with writer John Byrne on THE THING (1983–1986). In 1983, he plotted and drew SUPER BOXERS (Marvel Graphic Novel #8). He drew the entire run of Marvel's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1986–1988), and WOLFPACK limited series (1988–1989). Wilson's work also appeared in THE AVENDERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU, IRON MAN, and WHAT IF.
Coleman Youmans is an Atlanta based Actor and Stunt Performer known best for his work on AMC's "The Walking Dead." He has appeared in 34 episodes of TWD and is currently working on season 6 as well . He can be found on tons of merchandise , international promos , the season 5 Blu Ray cover and lots of behind the scenes footage including the season 4 KNB SPFX bonus documentary where he is the featured walker.
Coleman also has an action figure in the series 7 Todd McFarlane line, The Mud Walker, from his scene dispatching The Governors adopted daughter.
Apart from the more than 100 other productions he has worked on, Coleman has an upcoming feature in Stephen King's "Cell" and was recently a primary ghoul in the upcoming feature film Goosebumps. He can be currently found in 4 movie companion books, trading cards, and the Goosebumps board game with much more to come.