This is where you will find the growing list of COMIC BOOK ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, STUDIOS & SPECIAL GUESTS that will be attending our Show.
Destini Beard lives in central PA and is the lead vocalist for the Gothic Soundtrack group Midnight Syndicate. Her first album The Dark Masquerade was released in 2010, and her latest album A Time Forgotten was released in August 2012. She is a lyrical soprano classically trained for 10 years, and has a 3-4 octave range. Destini started her musical career in High School, and became one of the youngest singers to join the world renowned Susquehanna Valley Chorale. She has performed at various conventions and shows in the US, as well as overseas. She is currently working on a new Celtic Album as well as joined up with a symphonic metal band for a soon to be released single. Destini looks forward to embracing more opportunities in other vocal commercial venues. She will be selling and signing her CD’s here at the show at the Art of Ed Beard Jr’s Booth. To listen to Destini’ music go to www.destinibeard.com
Destini is working with “Infinitus Mortus” from NJ on her latest album already featuring the hit single “Transcendence of Souls” winning the coveted number one on the Symphonic Metal top 40 in the European radio talent cast market.
Ed lives in central PA and has been illustrating for the Game and fantasy art product industry for over 30 years. He has created well over 1000 published works from Magic the Gathering cards, Dungeons and Dragons, the anual Dragon Calendar you find at Barnes an Noble to T-shirts for the worlds largest T-Shirt company the Mountain Corp. Ed’s works have graced the covers of hundreds of magazines and even jigsaw puzzles wih his dynamic bold fantasy images. Ed prides himself on creating all of his work the “Old School Way” completely hand painted with real tangible mediums with NO digital assistance. As a result his original art is some of the most sought after in today’s collectible market. Ed also is a multiple time award winning auto and motorcycle airbrush artist with 2 ” nationals best mural” awards back to back at the worlds and national auto shows. Ed will be signing Magic cards as other art prints at his booth in the main hall. To view more of Ed’s works visit www.edbeardjr.com
Jessi Bencloski is a freelance fantasy artist with a particular focus on impossible beasts and improbable landscapes (with a healthy sprinkling of pop-culture fandom here and there) from North Huntingdon, PA. Her choice of media varies and includes digital painting, traditional illustration, wood-burning, and scratchboard.
J.P. Bidula is a lifetime Pittsburgher, bonafide smart-ass, self-proclaimed mega-geek, pop-culture afficionado, blogger, critic and author. His first novel, Unlucky Seven, was published in 2014 and combines his passion for the comic book superhero nerd culture with his wry and cynical sense of humor into a fast-paced self-aware satire that can best be described as The Avengers meets Arrested Development. When he’s not obsessing over video games, TV shows, movies, or comic books, he’s working on the as-yet-untitled Unlucky Seven sequel and looks forward to a Spring 2015 release.
Spike Bowan is a local Pittsburgh area author who started writing in 2005. He was published by the International Library of Poetry in 2007 where he was awarded the Editors Choice Award. A Hospital Corpsman veteran, Spike is also a singer/songwriter, paramedic, blogger, firearms instructor, poet, father and husband. Spike’s fiction novels fall into the alternate history realm bordering on the apocalyptic. Creator of the War in the Backyard series, Spike also has his own superhero series starting called The Cleric.
Nichole is the owner and creator of Nichole Brown Art and Such, and she is excited to be back at the Steel City Con with two tables and lots of new work. She will be returning with her popular TransPort Series, which are transparency collages that feature a large pop art collection that spans across actors, musicians, film/tv, and iconic characters. New to this show will be the option to purchase large mosaics of each work. Also new for the April show will be assortments of found object sculptures, using materials such as old toys and collectibles. Make sure you stop by the tables and take a picture with Sven, the reindeer mascot and logo of Nichole Brown Art and Such. There will be props to dress him up and all donations will go to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, which is a charity that provides art and music supplies to underprivileged children. Your picture will also appear on the website and Facebook page!
Dusty Catlett resides in the valley of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia with his wife Sara and four children. Dusty and Sara work together as chalk artists painting a panorama of landscapes, rustic scenery, and introspectively designed silhouettes of singles and couples. To connect with Dusty and Sara check out: http://www.evercross.com http://www.facebook.com/dustyartist
D.J. and Ally make up the creative team behind the upcoming “God Child” graphic novel from Caliber Comics. D.J. is an indy comics legend known for his work in minicomics and web comics like Yirmumah, Bigfoot and Tiki and slightly more mainstream work such as Hero By Night. He has done illustration work for several brands such as Webtoons, View Askew and the band Flobots. Writer Ally Monroe’s makes her print debut with The God Child #1. Her work on God Child has been acclaimed by readers since it’s debut. Stop by and say hello and ask about the duo’s unique creative process.
W.E. [Bill] Doritty refers to himself as a ‘class-2 wordsmith’, and explains the nickname ‘Ninjabear’ by saying he’s part ninja, part teddy bear, and all love machine. Born in Pittsburgh, the son of a steelworker and a registered nurse, Bill has acquired a particular set of skills that include disc jockey, photographer, swordsman and toymaker. A life-long sci-fi addict, Bill uses martial arts discipline and humor to fight prejudice, break stereotypes and overcome his own various disabilities. “I’m only blind in one eye so I really have nothing to complain about, but I’m sure I’ll find something.”
James “CJ” Edwards is a Pittsburgh native with a passion for the Arts; he has had a lifelong love of comics and been involved in some form of creative expression since grade school. After spending 15+ years in theatre, he took up fashion photography as a hobby turned professional. He fell in love and hasn’t been without his camera since! In less than three years, he has worked with over 150 models on 200+ shoots. In 2014, James’ photos were published in Sensual Woman magazine and he started selling prints of his photography and digital art at the Steel City Convention. Starting in 2015, he is expanding these sales to include pop culture arts & craft items. James and his wife, Meg, currently live in the Munhall area with their two dogs.
Jay’s work is mostly full rendered pencil drawings of characters from all aspects of horror, fantasy, sci-fi and comics. Specializing in customized pinups realistically depicting famous characters or compositions of favorite personalities from TV and movies, Jay brings personality to his images. He recently had his art featured in the Harvey Award winning Image comic Mice Templar Destiny and has been the subject of an artist spotlight along with a pin-up featured in Hustler Magazine. Jay’s art was also featured in Echo Immortalus Magazine and has been the cover of two issues of the Horror anthology The Willows. Jay did a cover for Heske Horror’s Cold Blooded Chillers, had art featured in Pin-Up Magazine, The Serial Squad from Bad Place Productions, Eve-Vampire Diva from Arcana Comics and is the cover artist for the upcoming Dare #2 for Pickle Press Comics. Jays pin-ups are well known for featuring some of the most beautiful pin-up models including April Hunter, Jamie Eason and the amazing Acid Pop Tart
Garrett Free is a comic book writer from Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Penn State majoring in Software Engineering. He learned from a young age by attending art school at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. After reading the Watchmen, Garrett began pursuing writing comic books as a new creative output. He finds that his biggest influences in his writing come from his own past experiences and music, but he also draws a lot of influence from old movies and video games. www.facebook.com/ArcadianKnightsComic
Wendi Go is a fine young cannibal that specializes in the creation of monsters and other strange folk. She uses various media like sculpture, crochet, and illustration to bring her monsters, movie icons, and original characters to life. If you want to check out her work you can visit her website: http://gowendigo11.wix.com/darkfawnmonsters, her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DarkFawnMonsters or email her for direct communication at email@example.com. Won’t you stop by and say hi? She promises not to eat you, yet.
Stan Gordon has been researching UFO sightings, Bigfoot encounters, and other mysterious events in Pennsylvania since 1959. Since then, he has been involved with the investigation of thousands of unusual incidents. He is the primary investigator of the 1965 UFO crash incident that occurred near Kecksburg, PA. Stan has been taking calls on UFO sightings and other strange reports from the public since 1969, and he continues to receive unusual reports on a regular basis. He is the producer of the award winning video documentary, “Kecksburg The Untold Story.” Stan is the author of two books, “Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook,” and “Really Mysterious Pennsylvania.” He appears frequently on radio and television programs discussing his research on these topics. Stan has been seen on the History & Discovery Channel, SyFy Channel, Destination America Channel, and Unsolved Mysteries, as well as numerous other programs. He has been a guest on the Coast to Coast radio show several times. During 2014, Stan appeared on numerous radio and TV shows. He was seen on The Close Encounters series on the Science Channel, Monsters & Mysteries in America on the Destination America Channel, Monumental Mysteries on the Travel Channel, In Search of Aliens on H2, and UFO Conspiracies on the Science Channel. He will also be appearing on a number of other new TV programs still in production in 2015. Stan’s more extensive Bio and pictures @ http://www.stangordon.info/wp/stan-gordon/ update information on upcoming events and reports see: www.stangordon.info.
Author Wendelin Gray is a linguist, writer, dancer and long-time volunteer with the Silk Screen Arts Organization in Pittsburgh, PA. She has written the novel The Vulpecula Cycle and the novella The Weary City and blogs about East Asian language and literature at http://icepinepalace.wordpress.com and http://sunrisesintheeast.wordpress.com.
Nick Greaves and Devlyn Napoli are the artistic talents behind Prentil Studios based out of Shrewsbury, PA. Nick is a graphic artist and author, and is the creator of the widely popular web comic, The Great Isle of Prentil. Devlyn is an artist, musician and gameplay programmer. Together Devlyn and Nick are creating a new MMORPG based on the Prentil universe. Both the comic and the upcoming game offer new twists on classic fantasy and online gaming themes that will treat fans to new levels of imagination and immersion.
Andrew is a Pittsburgh, PA artist who colored for IDW’s The New Ghostbusters as well as The Art of the Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand, The National Guardians, and Son-Lar; in addition to lettering pages for Alpha Dog Studios, Grimm, Techlore and Gun Ghoul.
John Haun Illustrator, Sketch Card Artist, http://johnhaunle.deviantart.com/gallery/ Trading card sets I have worked/ing on include; The Hobbit, Leaf Best Of Hockey, Tarzan, CBLDF, Walking Dead, Batman: The Legend … DC Comics … Justice League of America Archives, Marvel Comics … Captain America, The Avengers, Ant-Man, Marvel Greatest Battles, X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie, Marvel Bronze Age, Spider-Man Archives, X-Men Archive, 70 Years In Marvel, Heroes and Villains & Dangerous Divas. Star Wars Masterworks, Star Wars Galaxy 5, 6 and 7, The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters, Red Sonja, Sci Fi / Horror Sketch Card Series 2 & Vampirella. Bettie Page Private Collection Box 1 & 2.
Created by Pittsburgh genre fiction authors J.P. Bidula and Spike Bowan, IAM is a free collective that supports, promotes and aids genre fiction writers and artists in the Pittsburgh area. IAM helps aspiring and established local genre fiction authors through collaboration and offers members feedback, editing and promotion on social media venues. IAM is always looking for new members with a goal of nurturing a strong local genre fiction community and helping first-time writers with everything they need to realize the goal of seeing their book in print.
Josh is a illustrator/cartoonist from Lancaster, Pa. Josh enjoys taking movie characters and pop culture icons and recreating them in his own cartoon style. He will have prints, original drawings, and sketch cover comic books for sale at Steel City Con, but if you can’t wait til then, check out his Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/artofknob
Heather V. Kreiter is the twisted creator behind My Little Demon, considered to be the “dark side” of ponies or Garbage Pail Kids for a new generation. To date the “herd” of almost 50 Demons have been made into prints, figurines, dog tags, calendars, coloring books, personal checks, messenger bags, plushies, and much more! Heather is also an award winning Fantasy Illustrator that has been working professionally since July 2000. Her work has been published hundreds of times in RPGs such as the World of Darkness line of books and in CCGs such as Legend of the Five Rings and Vampire: The Eternal Struggle.” www.shamansoulstudios.com
Michelle is an artist based out of Springfield, MA who works in the mediums of acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink. She graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in GA in 2006 and has since started a small business called Chell Studios where she creates fan art, original artwork and commissions for people. She will have original paintings/art, prints, and sketch cards for purchase. Please feel free to visit her website at www.chellstudios.com
Maggie Linebaugh (a graduate of Douglas Education Center in the Tom Savini’s Special Effect Program) and her younger sister Hannah Linebaugh share a common talent – art. They work in various mediums from clay to acrylic and watercolor and also turn found objects into re-purposed art.
Jesse Marks is an artist and illustrator from Cleveland, Ohio. His art ranges from his favorite classic heroes and villains to Disney and My Little Pony. He is currently working on a web comic called Evolution Prime and a new comic book for Underground Comixx. Also in the works is a project with Eric Cooper, creator of Knightseeker. Visit www.jamartsketchez.bigcartel.com and www.facebook.com/jamartsketchez http://mkeaston.com/Superforce/
In 2011, Indi Martin joined forces with writing partner and idea-generator William O. Billman II to create Tortoise & Hare Creations, into which the two could pour their creative heartblood and – through alchemical equations and dark, rum-based magic – produce stunning projects. Indi is best known for penning the Gina Harwood novels, a paranormal investigation series, as well as Dissolution: A Graphic Novel, a mature-content, experimental graphic serial. Together with Will, she has illustrated and co-created the Cobalt modern noir comics, and the Fern Sea steampunk children’s comic world. Indi has supplied paintings for Rogue Genius Games’ Pathfinder supplements, including the Book of Eight Restful Retreats and Veranthea Codex. Along with GoCache, 2015 will also see the completion of Shroud of the Avatar: New Beginnings, a comic treatment prequel of the upcoming Shroud of the Avatar game, and the release of the third book in the Gina Harwood Series. Check out all of the THC projects at http://www.tortoiseharecreations.com
John Martin creates spectacular original digital paintings in full detail from the industry’s biggest comic heroes and villains to classic science fiction icons. Come and see his already established fan favorites such as Deadpool, Batman, Star Trek, Doctor Who and many more. This Steel City Con will be the debut of his much anticipated Star Wars Collection and many other new paintings. Commissions will be accepted before, during and after the show. Please visit his website www.risenlion.com to preview his work and like Risen Lion on Facebook to stay informed of new paintings and show appearances.
Justin is an artist from Claysburg, PA. I started my own art business back in 2012 to do custom portraits for people. From there I began attending art and craft shows selling celebrity portraits and superhero art. I use a lot charcoal in my work which seems to catch attention because it’s not an easy medium to work with. I’m proud to say I’ve been to the steel city con many times, and this will be first time in the artist alley!
Brandon is an inspiring artist who works in the mediums of graphite and charcoal. He creates realistic images from an array of pop culture and horror films. He is currently earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. You can find his work at https://www.facebook.com/bmac78art and http://bmac78.deviantart.com/
Annamarie is a freelance digital artist from western Pennsylvania who particularly enjoys concept art and character design. Her drawing interests range from comic heroes (such as Wonder Woman and Black Widow), to video games (such as Mass Effect and Dragon Age), to her own personal projects. She is also the lead artist on an independent RPG-tactics game called “Kuraz,” currently in pre-production. Stop by her booth for on-site pencil and ink commissions as well as fan art and original prints!
Brian Middleton is a comic creator and a freelance artist. He lives in Altoona, PA. His ongoing anthology webcomic can be found at www.colesmithcomics.com. He is currently developing his first ongoing series, “Adventures in Isme”.
Daniel Ray Miller lives in Preston County West Virginia. He is a comic and fantasy artist with growing skills in sequential art, penciling and acrylic painting. He started drawing superheroes when he got a book for his 12th birthday on how to draw his favorite marvel superheroes. The book came with pencils, tracing paper and step by step basic instructions.
Fast forward a couple of years he got it in his head to write and draw his own comics. In the past five years he’s taken what was only a passing hobby and applied himself with determination and good old fashioned elbow grease. He’s completed one correspondence course from Joe Kubert’s World of Cartooning and he has recently completed Dorian Cleavenger’s Fantasy Art program at the Douglas Education Center. He’s also become a real ace dish washer. He will be attending the convention with some of his favorite paintings and his latest penciled pages. If you like his paintings he is more than willing take a commission but only a limited number of slots will be available.
Don Monroe is a self taught freelance artist from Winston Salem, NC. whose specialty is comic art pinups. He’s sold his original artwork on eBay and directly to private collectors around the world for over 10 years. His body of work includes everything from comic art, sketch cards, pin-ups, portrait work and fantasy art. His pin-up art has been featured in MysticVessel Magazine as well as his own self published Sketchbook Volume One, Naughtygirls Sketchbook and Naughtygirls Trading Card Set.
James is a graphic artist, best known as the creator of the comic book series THE CROW. The Crow was adapted into a successful film of the same name in 1994. After the success of the 1994 movie, O’Barr began planning a post-apocalyptic graphic novel series entitled Gothik. The series was based on The Wizard of Oz and featured “Jonny Z” from his short story “Frame 137″ as the main character. In January 2013 Motionworks Entertainment released O’Barr’s western comic, Sundown, which served as their debut motion comic. In November 2014, O’Barr revealed that he is helping write the script for the new reboot of The Crow, along with screenwriter Cliff Dorfman
Colin Richards is a freelance illustrator and artist from Western Pennsylvania. He specializes in pen-and-ink and graphite drawings of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy themes and is greatly inspired by golden-age illustrators and classic fantasy art. Connect with Colin at http://www.colinrichardsart.com or http://www.facebook.com/colinrichardsart.
David Schuler is a traditional painter, illustrator, and designer residing in the land of weirdness and devilstrips known as Akron OH. He paints dark and surreal, yet colorful paintings sometimes bordering on the macabre using watercolors, acrylics and brush inks. Check out his website to connect and view all of his work, and be sure to like his Facebook page for in-process photos of upcoming works and event schedules: https://www.facebook.com/DavidSchulerIllustration
Scott has been drawing since my youth but it wasn’t until June of 2013 that I started getting serious about my work and in December 2013 I started selling my work and vending at various comic and horror conventions across the United States. I’m a self-taught artist based out of Philadelphia PA. I specialize in Portraiture and Comic/Cartoon art. My medium of choice is Copics Markers and occasionally colored pencils. To get a preview of my work, please visit my fan page: https://www.facebook.com/ScottStrakaArtwork
Steve Totin is a local artist from Pittsburgh, PA with a big passion for comic book art. He is a freelance comic artist and graphic designer with a degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in graphic arts. He has done many projects so far: illustrating logos, book covers, and comic commissions. With major influences like Jim Lee, Michael Turner, and Greg Capullo, Steve aspires to break into the comic book world with his own independent comic currently in the works. Combining his passion for traditional art and knowledge of digital graphics, Steve brings life to his creations with unique perspective. He is excited to showcase his work and network with others who share his love for art and pop culture.
Jack Vasvary is a freelance artist from Pittsburgh. He studied Visual Arts at Radford University as well as Multimedia Technologies at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. While attending Radford University, he was a staff writer and graphic artist for Whim – Radford University’s online magazine. His one-panel cartoons, inspired by Gary Larson’s The Far Side, often mash up pop culture references that show off his inner geek. He has also done color work for the third installment of Worlds Apart as well as The Adventures of Steeldog and the upcoming issue of Steel Man. Jack has also designed artwork for Wynner’s Circle Games including upcoming games Going Nutz and Squished. Finally, he is working on his own graphic novel, Hammurabi, which he hopes to have published soon.
The tenth, eleventh, and twelfth day of April in the year 2015 by Shire reckoning. Marshall Ave, Observatory Hill, North Side, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Third Age of this world. “There and back again, An Artist’s tale, by Mikey Wood”. Now, where to begin? Ah, yes. “Concerning Mikey Wood”. Mikey has been living and drawing in Pittsburgh for many years. Quite content to ignore and be ignored by the world of the Big Folk (Pittsburgh being, after all, full of strange creatures beyond count) Mikey must seem of little importance, being neither renowned as a great warrior, nor counted amongst the very wise. In fact, it has been remarked by some that Mikey’s only real passion is for food. A rather unfair observation as he have also developed a keen interest in the selling of art prints and the drawing of sketch cards. But where his heart truly lies is in peace and quiet and a good pile of old comics. For he, like all proud nerds, shares a love of all things pop culture. And yes, no doubt to others, our ways seem quaint. But this weekend, of all days, it is brought home to me that it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” (Yes, it’s from the Hobbit)