Shane Berryhill is a novelist and comic book creator/writer. His work has been praised by Publishers Weekly, Comic Book Resources, NPR, NBC Today.com, Wired Magazine, Horror World, and others. He's been a guest and speaker at events ranging from the National Council of English Teachers conference to San Diego Comic Con. Find his latest works, SHERWOOD, TEXAS (Robin Hood reimagined as a biker gang epic with spaghetti western-style. A series co-created with 12-Gauge Comics.) and BAD MOJO (A tale of love and murder among the men, women, and monsters of a supernatural South. A prose novel from Ragnarok Publications.) in stores and online, now. Find Shane online at www.shaneberryhill.com, www.facebook.com/shaneberryhill, and twitter (@shaneberryhill).
Keith Brooks is an actor, director, and writer most known for his work in The Walking Dead (“Deserve It” Dan a.k.a that guy that did that horrible thing to Carl that upset you), From Dusk Till Dawn, Magic The Gathering: The Musical, Drop Dead Diva, and many other projects. He is the director of Deadpool: A Typical Tuesday, M is for Manscaping (Abc’s of Death 2), and the upcoming features Nerd Love, and DickBall. You can find him on the internet as the co-host of Reader Beware, as Beast in The Uncanny X-Men, as co-owner of Bean Dip Productions...or like...I don’t know...Facebook. Maybe some adult films...maybe..who knows...with the internet today...
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.
Tom Feister has worked for nearly every major publisher over the last decade. His work has appeared on the covers of GI JOE: Origins, GI Joe, Legion, Iron-Man, Fantastic Four, Witchblade, The Darkness, and many more. In 2004, Tom began work with the Eisner award-winning Ex-Machina with Tony Harris and JD Mettler as part of Macon's own Jolly Roger Studio. Recently, Tom wrapped work as the Lead Character Designer on the Awesomes, an animated series created by Seth Meyers (SNL) and Michael Showmaker (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) for Hulu, His like it.
Craig Gilmore is a veteran comic book illustrator, storyboard artist and conceptual illustrator. He is best known these days for his work in the motion picture and television industry as the story board artist on AMC''s the Walking Dead, ABC's Resurrection, NBC's Constantine, Playstation Networks's Powers, Showtime's Homeland and CW's One Tree Hill, NBC's Revolution, Sundance Channel's the Red Road as well as feature films The Strangers Let's Be Cops, Sorority Row, The Watch, Prisoners, American Reunion, Killing Season, The Secret Life of Bees and many others. In comics, he is best known for his penciling work on the 90's run of Morbius The Living Vampire for Marvel comics, He has also work on many other titles including Justice League International, Aquaman for DC comics, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Solitaire, Kilroy is Here, Negative Burn and many more. He is currently illustrating/co-creating the brand new comic series Bridgewater with writer and longtime friend JoePruett.
Chad Hardin’s love affair with comics started in his early childhood growing up in Las Vegas Nevada. He studied Art at Southern Utah University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Illustration and later received his MFA at the Academy of Art University San Francisco. In 2005 he quit his full time job in video-games to pursue drawing comics freelance. In 2006 he began working for DC Comics on Countdown to Mystery. that work led to other assignments including, Reign in Hell, The Spirit, The Warlord, Zatanna, and Demon Knights. In 2013 Chad became the Artist on DC’s New 52 hit title Harley Quinn with Amanda Conner and Jimmy Polmiotti. His life hasn’t been the same since.
Eisner Award winner Tony Harris has had 20 plus years career in the industry and has worked for every major publisher at one time or another. Past none for his work on Starman and Ex Machina, Tony continues to thrill fans with his new series (with writer Steve Niles) CHIN MUSIC from Image Comics.
Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for over twenty-five years, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. He established himself in the world of indie comics with the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch, and broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. He also drew Kevin Smith’s revival of Green Arrow with long time inker Ande Parks, also for DC. He wrote The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston which was optioned by James Cameron, and Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning television feature for Cartoon Network. His work, as both artist and writer, has been featured in hundreds of publications from nearly every major American publisher. Phil currently draws Batman Beyond and The Flash for DC and writes Mythic for Image.
After majoring in the Fine Arts , at Miami-dade University, Georges considered a career in acting, but decided to use his artistic talent to pursue a career as a commercial artist. After honing his skills with several independent comic publishers, Georges joined Atlanta's Gaijin Studios and was noticed by DC and Marvel, eventually landing the ongoing gig as artist for the ongoing Bishop: The Last X-Man series. His biggest break probably came when he was selected to work with Josh Whedon on the launch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight. Currently, Georges is the series artist for Dark Horse's Serenity: Firefly Class comic.
Paul Jenkins has been creating, writing and building franchises for over 20 years in the graphic novel, film, and video game industries. Over the last two decades Paul has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of literally hundreds of world-renowned, recognizable entertainment icons. Paul has provided entertainment to the world through hundreds of print publications, films, video games, film, and new media. With six platinum-selling video games, a #1 MTV music video, an Eisner Award, five Wizard Fan Awards, and multiple best-selling graphic novels. He has employed recognition on the New York Times bestseller list, has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards and even the recipient of a government-sponsored Prism Award for the contributions in storytelling and characterization.
Van Jensen broke into comics in 2009 when he co-created Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, a series of graphic novels that were named to YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. His first work for DC came in 2013, as he took over as co-writer of GREEN LANTERN CORPS. He currently is the sole writer on that title and is co-writing THE FLASH. Jensen is a former newspaper crime reporter and magazine editor, having won national awards for his writing and editing. A native of western Nebraska, he now lives in Atlanta.
Eric is one of the most metal inkers in the industry, and has been inking professionally for 15 years. He worked in the television industry and has a B.A. in Media Production. He was a member of Tsunami Studios based in Greensboror, NC before joining Jolly Rogers in 2009. His early work includes Detective Comics, Ex Machina, G.I. Joe, Venom, and New X-Men. More recently he inked the graphic novels Hexen Hammers from Arcana Comics, Dynamite's adaptation of Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing, and the Atlas Comics revamp of Grim Ghost with kelley Jones. He is currently inking "The Remaining" movie adaptation from Kingstone Media with Kyle Hotz providing the pencils. Eric lives in Lawrenceville, GA with his wife Mimi and 5 four-legged children.
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 -
and on twitter @josephlinsner
Laura Martin has colored all your favorites, including Avengers Vs. X-Men, Thor, Serenity, Wolverine & the X-Men, Stephen King's The Stand, Dr. Manhattan, Fear Itself, and The Rocketeer. Currently, she her hands full with DC's Superman, Image's Real Heroes, IDW's Ragnarök and Valiant's Armor Hunters, among others. In her few moments of personal time, Laura and her husband Randy volunteer with Furkids, a local cat shelter.
John McCrea is a respected illustrator and comic book artist which has seen him draw for many of the major Western publishers including the big two: Marvel and DC Comics. He has illustrated iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Spider Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, Star Wars, Judge Dredd and the Simpsons amongst others. In addition, he works as an illustrator in book, record and magazine publishing and undertakes design and story boarding work for multimedia and the entertainment industry including being a Lucasfilm accredited artist. Recent projects include drawing the new ongoing Mars Attacks! comic from IDW, Marvel’s Deadpool, Judge Dredd for 2000AD, and a new series of those loveable rogues, the Dicks, written by Garth Ennis for Avatar Press. He also has a new creator-owned book for Image with fellow MGA Con attendee Phil Hester set to debut in 2015. Website: www.johnmccrea.com
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.
Walker on the AMC TV series THE WALKING DEAD Seasons 3-5. Worked on The Originals, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Mockingjay Part 1, and the new original series airing on playstation Network in March "Powers". A native to Atlanta G.A.
Stephan is the creator and writer of the of the 2011 sellout graphic novel The Pound (IDW Publishing), and adapted the Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet OGN with Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall, Hannibal). Stephan started his writing career in 2001 publishing his creator woned book Government Bodies (Across the Pond Studios). From there he's been steadily growing his name in comics and television. He's work on books for Image and DC Comics as well as television for BBC, WB and NBCUniversal, as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for nick.com
Bob Pendarvis ceated and taught the first comic book illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design, 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.
James Pruett began his career as one of the co-founders of the critically-acclaimed anthology series, Negative Burn before serving as Managing Editor for Caliber for over five years, where he created The Apparition, New Worlds, and Black Mist while also editing hundreds of titles. Over the last decade James has continued to do freelance writing and editing, including fan-favorite Kaos Moon published by Tusk Entertainment, where he served as Manaing Editor. James is currently hard at work writing his next graphic novel, Strait Jacket.
Joe Pruett has worn a lot of hats. He has worked in the comic book industry as an art assistant, a letterer, a writer, an editor, a creative director, a designer, and, finally, as a publisher. He has written over 100 titles, including his own KILROY IS HERE series from Caliber Comics and stints on Marvel Comics' X-MEN family of titles. He is an Eisner Award winner (for editing/designing THE ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND) and a five-time Eisner Award nominee; as a writer ("Best Short Story" for his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "We Can Get That For You Wholesale"), as an editor (for "Best Editor" and "Best Anthology" for NEGATIVE BURN), and, again, as an editor/designer (for THE ART OF P. CRAIG RUSSELL). In addition, his publishing company, Desperado Publishing, has received five individual Eisner Award nominations since 2006, winning two. Joe formed Desperado Publishing in the summer of 2004 to become a home for today's top talent to bring to life their own personal creations. Desperado Publishing partnered with Image Comics from 2005-2007, published solo from 2007-2009, and have partnered with IDW Publishing since 2010.
Kyle Puttkammer is the creator and writer of Action Lab Entertainment's hit series "Hero Cats of Stellar City." Kyle is also well known for his first creation, Galaxy Man, which has been presented to over 200 libraries through a "How to Draw Comics" program. The comic is now being illustrated by Tracy Yardley of Sonic the Hedgehog! He's also enjoyed success through his own two comic shops, Glactic Quest, which opened in 1991 and are located in Buford and Lawrenceville GA. He's done well mostly because of his beautiful wife's support.
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.
Hoyt Silva is an Illustrator working primarily in the field of Comics. As the artist on Bob Frantz’s 41 (Vol 2 issue # 5) and the penciler, inker, and colorist for Bluewater Productions’ “Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi” (issues 1-4) to the assistant color work on Action Lab’s Skyward(Issues #5 - 9) Hoyt is an ever evolving cannonball of talent and inspiration for those new and old to the storytelling medium of Comics, bringing a dramatic new perspective to the tales we all know and love.
Ray Snyder will be joining us at MGA Con to meet and great fans. A Macon resident and on of the friendliest comic creators you'd ever want to meet, Ray has worked as a professional inker for 20 years, working on everything from Star Wars, Doctor Strange, Avengers, to Batman, Starman, and Superman.
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.
Don Teems has appeared in seasons 2,3, and 4 of AMC's The Walking Dead as several walkers. He has also appeared in various other movies and tv shows including The Vampire Diaries,The Originals,The Hunger Games:Catching Fire,The Following,Resurrection,Dumb and Dumber Too,Anchorman 2,Trouble With The Curve,Identity Thief, and Halt and Catch Fire.
Wilfredo Torres is a Comic Book Artist and Illustrator, best known for his work on BATMAN ’66 (DC Comics), THE SHADOW: YEAR ONE (Dynamite Entertainment) as well as LOBSTER JOHNSON: PRAYER OF NEFERU (Dark Horse Comics) and QUANTUM & WOODY (Valiant Entertainment).
Born and raised in Atlanta, Dimitri Walker is a simple artist at heart. Brush, paint and canvas are his tools. He has been a portrait artist since 1983, primarily graphite (pencil). In 1994, Walker began to paint with oils and acrylics. In 2005, at 40 years old, Walker went to college and earned a Bachelors of Fine Art. In the spring of 2012, while teaching a drawing class at a local art gallery, a student/friend who took his class to learn to draw the TARDIS better, said to him,
"Dimitri, I know you watch and love all the same shows and movies I do. Supernatural, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Firefly and all the comic book movies. I have been to your web site. Why don't you have any Fan Art?"
Walker replied, "What's 'Fan Art'?"
The rest is history.
Larry is a Florida based illustrator best known for Zenescope's ROBYN HOOD trilogy. He has worked for Top Shelf 2.0, Cosmic Times, Alterna comics, Arcana, IDW Frozen Beach Studios and Valiant Entertainment in the past. His most recent work can be seen in the upcoming ARMY OF DARKNESS series from Dynamite Entertainment written by Cullen Bunn.
Daniel Way is an American comic book artist hailing from Michigan. Best known for his work on THUNDERBOLTS, he has also worked on comics such as WOLVERINE, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, VENOM, GHOST RIDER, and SABERTOOTH. He is also credited with creating HIT MONKEY!
Tracy Yardley! is a long time artist of the comic series "Sonic the Hedgehog," and "Sonic Universe" published by Archie comics. He has worked on the various the Sonic the Hedgehog books since 2005 and has two volumes of the graphic novel series "Riding Shotgun" published by Tokyopop. The new bi-monthly comic "Hero Cats of Stellar City," published by Action Lab Entertainment also features back-up stories by Tracy featuring the all-ages super-hero "Adventures of Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl."