Courtesy of Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange, the Arizona Comic Mini Expo is proud to have Erik Larsen as a guest for 2013. Erik is a co-founder and former publisher of Image Comics. He has been writing and illustrating his creator owned book Savage Dragon since 1993. He is also well known for his work on Amazing Spider-Man, The Punisher, The Defenders and many more projects at Marvel and DC.
Courtesy of Samurai Comics, the Arizona Comic Mini Expo is proud to have Eric Canete as a guest for 2013. Eric is well known in the comics and animation field for his unique style and amazing skill set. In comics he has worked on Iron Man, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, The End League, and many more covers and special projects for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image Comics. In animation he has worked on Aeon Flux, Tron: Uprising, Ben 10, Teen Titans, GI:Joe Renegrades and the upcoming Beware the Batman.
Cory Walker is probably best known as being the co-creator of Invincible for Image Comics. He has also done stellar work on Marvel Team-Up & Destroyer MAX for Marvel Comics as well as Science Dog for Image Comics. Other credits include Super Patriot, Irredeemable Ant Man, Battle Pope and more.
Brian Augustyn is an editor and writer most notably associated with long runs on The Flash as either editor of that book, or co-writer alongside Mark Waid. He also wrote Gotham by Gaslight with art by Mike Mignola and wrote Crimson alongside Humberto Ramos. Though mostly associated with DC Comics, he has also done work for Valiant and Boom! among many others.
Based out of Tucson, Arizona, Eric M. Esquivel is quickly rising up the ranks as one of the better young writers in comics. He has done creator owned books at Moonstone with his takes on The Blackest Terror and Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ. He has also moved on to be a mainstay at Big Dog Ink writing many of their books and recently has tackled Freelancers for Boom! Studios. He is also a journalist with articles appearing in The Tucson Citizen & The Tucson Weekly.
Tony started his career working on the Warhammer series for Boom! Studios. He quickly moved on to their critically acclaimed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep maxi-series. More recently he has worked with writer Greg Pak on Aspen Comic’s Dead Man’s Run. His latest project is R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned for Dark Horse Comics. Tony also teaches classes on comic book illustration at Phoenix College.
Jay Fotos has been a writer, inker and most notably, a colorist during his long career. The veteran creator is probably best known for his work at Image, Todd McFarlane Productions and IDW. He co-created the popular ’68 series at Image and continues to color Locke and Key, 30 Days of Night and many more series.
Brian and Kristy Miller, along with their stable of colorists at Hi-Fi Color Design have become a dominant force in comics. They color several books a month, most notably for DC Comics, including Fury of Firestorm, World’s Finest, Green Arrow and much, much, more. They have also published several how-to books on digital coloring for comics.
A favorite worldwide known for his sketchcard work, Ben Glendenning is an Arizona staple. He has worked on every major card set and every major franchise. He is a frequent contributor to the Hero Initiative series of sketchcover books and also self-publishes under his Skulljammer banner, including the action packed Tin Star Tex series.
Scott Godlewski is pretty cool. He co-created and contributed to Mysterious Adventure Magazine before moving on to pencil and ink Codebreakers and Dracula: The Company of Monsters for Boom! Studios. He has also contributed to the Hero Initiative and Marvel Comics sketchcover series.
Armand Villavert draws a book about a school for villainous children. He started out doing the Zapt! series for Tokyopo and has also contributed to the Muppets line of comics by Boom! Studios. He has more recently been illustrating the hit comic Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors from Image Comics.
Val Hochberg is the giddiest person you will ever meet. She loves comics. She creates, writes and illustrates the great Kick Girl books and their newer incarnation, Mystery Babylon. You can read Mystery Babylon online for free.
Ryan is a freelance artist based in Northern Arizona. Past and current clients include Image Comics (Popgun Vol.3, the upcoming Outlaw Territory Vol.3) , Dark Horse Comics (Dark Horse Presents Summer 2013), Red 5 Comics (Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures Vol.1), the Marvel Comics/Hero Initiative sketchcover series, 12-Gauge Comics, Viper Comics, 215 Ink and more.
With both working on projects for Contraband Comics, we are happy to have Jim Hanna and Jon Goff this year. Jim draws the supernatural noir book, Jack Rabbit and has also worked on projects for Arcana Comics and the Hero Initiative. Jon writes Jack Rabbit, Blindside and Big Hitters for Contraband and has also worked on Spawn and Headhunters: Halo Evolutions.
John Derrick West, known online as Dadicus, has done work for Spazdog Press, thecuttingroom.com & more. He recently has teamed up with Brian Augustyn and they are developing a comic together.
J. Gonzo is a comic artist, illustrator and graphic designer who has been head of a design firm and worked as the Senior Art Director for McFarlane Toys & Todd McFarlane Productions. He also creates a comic called La Mano del Destino.
Ernie Najera has done work for Spazdog Press and is currently developing an unannounced series with Eric M. Esquivel .
Rob Osborne is a comic artist, designer and illustrator. He created the award-winning graphic novel 1000 Steps To World Domination and the critically-acclaimed graphic novella Sunset City. Rob has written for video games and worked as an editorial cartoonist and some of his past clients include The Arizona Republic, Avnet, DC Comics, Picture Marketing & The University of Southern California. He is also a tall drink of water.
Illustrator, designer and storyboard artist, Cassandra Poulson does amazing work and has worked for many major animation houses. She has done storyboards for Marvel and Film Roman studios, Bento Box Entertainment/ Adult Swim, and Cartoon Network Studios.