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Arthur Suydam, The Zombie King

Arthur Suydam, The Zombie King

Comics Creator, Writer, Artist
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Marvel Zombies, Deadpool, Batman, Army Of Darkness

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.

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Mike DeCarlo

Mike DeCarlo

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Mike is best known for his work for DC Comics in the ’80s inking the artwork of such artists as George Pérez, Greg LaRocque, Keith Giffen, and Jim Aparo. Mike has worked on such diverse titles as Atari Force, Cartoon Network Block Party, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Fantastic Four, and Simpsons Comics as well as adaptations of the Warner Bros. stable of cartoons including Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and Superman & Bugs Bunny.

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Tom Cook

Tom Cook

Artist, Animator
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Tom began as an animator and director at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he was hired to work as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Pacman and the Flintstones. Tom then moved over to Filmation Studios and worked on Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Blackstar, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Brown Hornet, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam (Captain Marvel), Hero High and the futuristic Western Bravestarr.

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Rodney Ramos

Rodney Ramos

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Comic book artist Rodney began his career working for Marvel Comics where he worked for most of his early career and later career. His first published work for DC Comics was the title Gotham Nights. Later on he worked on titles as L.E.G.I.O.N., Guy Gardner: Warrior, Catwoman and many more.

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Russ Adams

Russ Adams

SFX Artist
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RUSS ADAMS is an award winning special effect artist known to world-wide audiences for his work the Syfy network’s hit television show, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. Generous and grateful to his fan base, Russ is the most recognizable personality on the show.

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Daria Aksenova

Daria Aksenova

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Daria Aksenova is best known for her suspended paper narrative compositions in ink. In the heart of Houston’s newly renovated creative studios, she displays a unique treasure of imagination. The current focus of her work takes on the creation of dynamic movement in a static medium, drawing from her past experience with the fashion and film industries. It is her intent that cinematographic storytelling arises from the layers and complexity of the composition. These pull in both the eye and mind, presenting a space and opportunity for the imagination to wander into a deep narrative that can only be experienced first hand.

Daria Aksenova uses ink as it is an unforgiving medium that precludes editing and demands precision. Individual elements are then hand-cut with a scalpel and suspended against each other until the desired depth is achieved. Her technique demands a steady hand and unfailing commitment, often requiring over a hundred hours of dedication and intimacy with each piece.

The subject matter is chosen by a fascination with mythology and folklore. Her pieces evoke a dreamscape-like narrative to serve as a vehicle to transport the viewer back to past, more carefree times, outside the limitations of the everyday world.

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John Giang

John Giang

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John is a freelance Concept Artist and Illustrator. Previously, as part of the Industrial Light & Magic Art Department. John's credits and clients include: Iron Man films, Transformers films, Avengers, Pacific Rim, TMNT, Stan Lee's POW Entertainment, Lego, ImagineFX, and Hasbro.

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Tim Harris

Tim Harris

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Tim Harris is a Metal Artist creating metal cut outs art for all different uses. His work is used as wall art, yard art, clocks and mantle or desk pieces. Found over shop doors and celebrity homes. You think it, he builds it. Tim has been creating for more than 10 years, working with welding and metals. Shop Smart, Shop T-Mart!

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Ben Harvey

Ben Harvey

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Ben Harvey is am American born professional freelance Illustrator/ Sequential Artist residing in Philadelphia, PA.He found an attraction to art at an early age through Cartoons and Video Games then later on, in Comic Books and Anime. Attending art school exposed him to the world of digital art which he takes advantage of in almost all of his work. Specializing in Comic Book style illustration as well as Manga/Anime styled illustration. He has created work for such publishers as IDW, Radical, Image and most recently Valiant comics and Lucha Verse.

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Mark Kistler

Mark Kistler

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Emmy award winning PBS Artist Mark Kistler has taught millions of people around the world how to draw in 3-D. He has starred in the PBS children's series "The Secret City With Commander Mark" 1988, "The Draw Squad" 1995, and won an Emmy for "The Imagination Station" 2012.

“I LOVE drawing with your drawing books!”
Miley Cyrus

“Congratulations on your children’s PBS Emmy!”
Stan Lee

“You’re teaching kids “The Magic Of Drawing!”
Bob Ross

“Super! I wish I had Mark Kistler’s Drawing Books when I was 10!”
Ray Bradbury, Sci-Fi Author

“You created a FUN kids PBS show!”
Steve Wozniak, co-founder Apple Computer

“We LOVE your online Drawing Lessons!”
Livvy Stubenraunch, Voice of Young Anna, “Frozen”
Eva Bella, Voice of Young Elsa, “Frozen”

“What a GREAT kids show!”
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy

“Thank you for teaching me and my generation how to draw, and for hiring me to ink your “Imagination Station” Book when I was 15!”
Mike Krahulik
Co-Founder, Penny Arcade Webcomic
Co-Founder PAX Global Gaming Conventions

“Thanks for your drawing book! You are never to old to learn!”
Walter Kroenig
Chekhov, Star Trek

“Congratulations on your EMMY! I want ONE!”
Brent Spinner
DATA, Star Trek

“What a wonderful children’s PBS show! I LOVE your ART!”
Carroll Spinney
Big Bird, Sesame Street

“Your passion and relentless commitment to inspiring our youth to DRAW is AWESOME!”
Ming Chen, Comic Book Men

“Your PBS Television Shows, Books, and LIVE Webcasts have inspired millions spanning multiple generations, an awesome legacy!”
Tim Decker,
Former Disney Artist, The Simpson’s

“You have INSPIRED generations of artist!”
Tom Bancroft
“Beauty and The Beast”, “Mulan”, “The Little Mermaid!”

“My kids and I LOVE your drawing lessons!”
Rex Grignon
“Kung Fu Panda”, “Toy Story”, “Madagascar”

“If it weren’t for Mark Kistler and his teachings, I’m not sure I’d have the abilities I have today. Mark’s teaching is so accessible, actionable, and resonant that you’ll not only draw better but be compelled to want to draw everyday. Mark is like a giant oak tree who creates acorns that sprout into more oak trees who drop more acorns. His teaching has inspired generations and will continue to inspire generations to come.”
Dan Fraga
Comics and Storyboard Artist for Marvel/DC/Image
Director of The Ricky Gervais Show and Monster High.

Growing up drawing with Commander Mark on PBS was a very influential reason why I became a Professional Artist!”
Sam Ellis
“Adventure-Time”, “Archer”

“As an NASA artist I communicate scientists and engineers vision for space exploration to the world. The drawing skills I learned as a child watching Commander Mark on PBS where the essential building blocks for my illustration career.”
Jack Moore
NASA Artist

Over a million of his best selling How-to-draw books have sold around the world! Titles Including “You Can Draw In 30-Days!”, “Drawing In 3-D!”, “Learn To Draw With Commander Mark!”, “The Draw Squad!”, “Dare To Draw!”. Millions have drawn with him on his Public Television Series, his Amazon Prime Streaming series, and his YouTube channel, including Mike Krahulik (Founder Penny Arcade), Jack Moore (NASA Artist), Dan Fraga (Marvel Comics), John Giang (LucasFilm), Sam Ellis (Archer, Adventure-time). Now this new generation can learn to draw with Mark at DRAW3d.con!

Mark has presented his "Draw! Draw! Draw!" LIVE interactive K-12 Visual Arts performances at over 4,000 Schools, Art Museums, Universities, and Comic Cons around the world.

Many of Marks past students have Directed and Animated hit movies such as Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Toy Story! Tangled, Frozen, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, etc. Marks past students created the animation company Pixar, as well as winning Oscars and Emmys for their animation work. Marks past students have also gone on to engineering and architecture, designing The Los Angeles Cathederal, Manahatten skyscrapers, NASA Artists designing components for the International Space Station, and the Mars Landers.

Mark is now teaching the new generation of comic illustrators, digital game designers on his enormously popular LIVE Webcast on Facebook. He is currently on his 1,800 LIVE webcast Drawing Lesson!

Www.draw3d.com

Www.MarkKistler.com

https://youtu.be/JSAsR7nV-bI

https://monomythic.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/commander-marks-secret-city-creating-generations-of-art/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kistler

FB
https://www.facebook.com/artistmarkkistler/

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/markkistlerartist/

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Steve Leialoha

Steve Leialoha

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Mostafa Moussa

Mostafa Moussa

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Mostafa Moussa is a 20+ year veteran of the comic book industry. Over his career he has worked for Marvel, DC, Image, Hasbro, IDW, and many other publishers. He recently had the opportunity to work on Batman, Superman and Flash for DC, and special projects for Marvel and Loot Crate. He resides in Houston, TX. Check out more of his work at: www.MostafaINK.com

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Mark A Nelson

Mark A Nelson

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Harvey Award nominated artist Mark A. Nelson worked on the first “Aliens” series at Dark Horse with Mark Verheiden. Co-created two limited series, one at Marvel (Epic Line): “Feud” with Mike Baron and one at DC Vertigo: “Blood and Shadows” with Joe Lansdale and worked on the Clive Barker line of comics “Nightbreed, Hellraiser and Pinhead” at Marvel. Further work at Marvel as a inker: “Marshall Law Takes Manhattan” on Kevin O’Neil , Spiderman Annual, various X-men pages, inked Mike Mignola in “Hellraiser” inked Todd MacFarlane on “GI Joe”, and Tony Harris in “Nightbreed”. DC work includes DC Who’s Who, Green Lantern, Huntress, Big Book Series, and more. Dark Horse work includes Godzilla covers, Dark Horse Presents, Abe Sapien Story with John Arcudi, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, Fear Agent, and more. He has also inked artists: Graham Nolan, Joe Staton, Stan Woch, Jeff Butler, and more. Other clients include First Comics, Eclipse Comics, Kitchen Sink Comics, Just Imagine Comics and others.

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Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins

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Trina Robbins has been drawing and writing comics since 1966, when she drew comics for the East Village Other, New York’s iconic underground newspaper, while at the same time designing and selling clothes from her Lower East Side boutique, Broccoli. In 1970, she produced the very first all-woman comic book, "It Ain't me, Babe."  In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of "Wimmin's Comix," the longest-lasting women's anthology comic book. (1972 - 1992).

In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don't read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote "Women and the Comics," the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists.  She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, Barbara Hall, and Lily Renee. 

In 1986 she became the first woman to draw a Wonder Woman comic book.

In 2013 Trina was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. In 2017 she was inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends, and at the San Diego comic convention she received the Eisner award for editing the two-volume reprint collection of the complete “Wimmin’s Comix.”

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David Angelo Roman

David Angelo Roman

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David Angelo Roman is a classically trained artist, having studied in Spain and Italy. Roman began his professional career as a mural and fresco artist, with emphasis in photo - realism and illusions. Always being a fan of comics, it was only a matter of time before he applied all his skills towards comic art. Roman was first publish with the comic book Xtreme Champion Tournament, and also created a leather variant cover for Aftershock’s hot title “Babyteeth” which was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con 2017. Currently Roman is a Rick and Morty cover artist, creating art for the Oni–Adult Swim - Rick and Morty comic book and the Cryptozoic trading cards. Roman is also an artist for Star Wars, Walking Dead, and Marvel under Topps, and Upperdeck. He has recently completed the first Steven Universe card series and the 4th Season of trading cards for Rick and Morty.

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Jim Salicrup

Jim Salicrup

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Best known for his tenures at Marvel Comics and Topps Comics, Jim edited books for Marvel such as The Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers and various Spider-Man titles, and at Topps, titles like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, X-Files and Zorro.

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Brian Salinas

Brian Salinas

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Brian Salinas is a Houston, Texas based artist that is a relative new comer to the comic’s game, nowentering the second year of convention appearances. For the3 years Brian has worked with New Jerseybased comic book company Advent Comics, and was even given the opportunity to draw The Nexus on a crossover cover for the company. With Advent he has done character creation, covers and sequentialart. In recent years Brian has become regular on the Texas comic book convention circuit, drawing fan art while working on his creator owned project Sundog. But a recent health setback hit Brian hard, so the project was put on hold. But during a seven month span of him not being able to create and draw like he used to, Brian created a passion project called “Hero of War”.

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Dirk Strangely

Dirk Strangely

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Dirk Strangely is a fan favorite and underground artist icon. He is known for his whimsical style of painting, illustration, and writing. He is the creator of several popular characters that have earned global fame such as “Graveyard Girl,” “Dollface” and “Pumpkin The Zombie Cat.”

Dirk has also contributed to projects such as, “Jim Henson’s Legends of the Dark Crystal DIstributed through Tokyopop” and promotional artwork for “The Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Lucky Tubb, and many various musicians.

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Megan Tanner

Megan Tanner

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Local Houston artist Meagan Tanner shows a passion for art and storytelling by writing, drawing, and creating characters and interesting settings in her own Dark Fantasy comic book series. Her comic book series Chaotic Nation is a lush world of warriors and is a project showcasing her own writing, art, and production. This independent comic is about Karians who were first born during the cataclysm. Once human, the race mutated. They became stronger, faster, and changed in physical appearance and magical ability. In a world already devastated, a rebellion rises to defend the dwindling human race from the growing fear of the Karian army. Their one hope may lie in a mysterious mage whose kind heart has the courage to stand against the oppression and torture brought on by the impending war. In the eleven years as in independent comic book artist, she has managed to cultivate a fandom from the mainstream and anime worlds.

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Rod Thornton

Rod Thornton

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Rod was raised in “Fish Creek” a tiny community in central Texas until the age of 12. He then returned to Houston to live with his mother. Early on it was apparent that he was destined to become an artist winning blue ribbons in the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo Art Contest for the next five years.

Published: IDW: Ninja Turtles Issue #63 Cover, D’Artiste (Fashion Design Magazine,) Dynamite Comics: Vampirella & John Carter of Mars Trading Card Set, Monsters and Dames 2013 Art book, Red 5 Comics: After Eden Issues 1-4 Numerous other commissions, Batman 75, Superman vs. Doomsday etc.

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Michael Watkins

Michael Watkins

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Renée Witterstaetter

Renée Witterstaetter

Artist, Editor, Writer
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Comic book colorist, editor, producer, and writer extrodinare, Renée has worked on comics such as the Avengers, Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and Superman. She is best known for her work as an editor with John Byrne on the Marvel Comics series The Sensational She-Hulk.

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