This is where you will find the growing list of COMIC BOOK ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, STUDIOS & SPECIAL GUESTS that will be attending our Show.
J.P. Bidula is a lifetime Pittsburgher, holder of a ninth-dan black belt in smart-ass, self-proclaimed mega-geek, pop-culture aficionado, 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 should have copies available by this August’s Steel City Con.
Follow his blog at http://www.jpbidula.com!
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 Comic Book Apostle.
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 August 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!
D.J. is best known as the creator and artist of HERO BY NIGHT which takes place in a fictional Pittsburgh (Steel City) His latest project is THE GOD CHILD from Caliber Comics. Before his work in more mainstream comics he self published and distributed his own mini comics (YIRMUMAH!) and was one of the first creators to publish webcomics in 1998. D.J was also a featured cover artist on HULK 100 from Marvel.
Bret Dusic is Mr. Cat of the Cat In Black Art. This Cheshire Saucerian is inspired by Steampunk and fantasy. His masterful craftworks reflect the life of an Appalachian Neo-Victorian Man In Black. Mr. Cat is a proud sponsor of Vandalia-Con.
Author Wendelin Gray is a linguist, writer, dancer and long-time volunteer with the Silk Screen Arts Organization in Pittsburgh, PA. Novels she has written include The Vulpecula Cycle, The Weary City and the forthcoming horror novel The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak. She blogs about East Asian language and literature at http://icepinepalace.wordpress.com and http://sunrisesintheeast.wordpress.com.
Looking for reasonably priced original art? Then stop by and say Hi! Projects I have worked/ing on The Hobbit, Star Trek, The Walking Dead Season 1 & 3, Downton Abbey, CBLDF Liberty, Valiant comics, Justice League of America, Marvel Comics … Greatest Battles, X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie, Spider-Man, X-Men, 70 Years In Marvel, Heroes and Villains & Dangerous Divas. Star Wars Galaxy 5, 6 & 7 The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters, Woman of Dynamic, Sci Fi / Horror Sketch Card Series 2 & Vampirella, Bettie Page Private Collection, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, Best of Hockey & Multi Sport. Friend me on Face Book!
I Grew up in the infamous “east side” of Buffalo NY in a home that promoted the idea of being different. Not only to keep me off the streets but allowing me to grow into my own person.
With two older sisters and being the only boy in the house i retreated into the worlds i would create with crayon and pencil and paper. My love for art continues to grow to this day and I absorb anything I can “study” comics, anime, disney, etcetera. I’ve always appreciated the work of comic greats like Claudio Castelinni, John Buscema, and Joe Madd .
Iv’e also been influenced by various graffiti artwork I would see not only in Buffalo but also abroad in Puerto Rico, Ururapan Mexico, Miami and of course Toronto Ontario.
Jellkoe is an independent toy company based out of Columbia, SC. It is owned and operated by Kelly and J. Spencer Shull. jellykoe specializes in handmade designer plush and custom vinyl, resin, and hand sculpted action figures. In addition to their toy lines, jellykoe also offers original artwork and illustration.
Casey Knoll was born, and has lived in, Pittsburgh her whole life. While the other girls in her class wanted to be princesses and put on make up, she wanted to read comics and watch cartoons all day. She dreamed of one day creating her own comic book with her own characters. Today, that dream’s finally been realized. She hopes you enjoy her stories and characters as much as she enjoyed creating them. “I’m always practicing and striving to improve my art. Always be yourself, and NEVER let anyone tell you your dreams are worthless. As long as you keep working hard and never give up, you can achieve anything.” Visit her at: http://jamiejupiter.thecomicseries.com/
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, pesonal 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 Don’t forget to look for My Little Demon and Heather Kreiter Art on Facebook!
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, pesonal 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 Don’t forget to look for My Little Demon and Heather Kreiter Art on Facebook!
Author of Escape from Netherworld, recently won a bronze medal (IPPY Awards) for fantasy book by an indie author, the largest independent publisher awards: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1936 Escape from Netherworld, a thrilling tale of a group of friends whose simulated war games go awry one weekend, sending them into an alternate realm from which there appears to be no escape. For David Kuklis the love of science fiction and fantasy began at an early age, when he and his brother, inspired by the game Dungeons and DragonsTM, staged similar games in their backyard and nearby woods. His uncle, a marine paralyzed from the neck down in Vietnam, usually ran the indoor games around the table, and his father was the inspiration for Twiggy, a major character in this book. Find out more at: www.escapefromnetherworld.com @davekuklis twitter account and http://escapefromnetherworld.blogspot.com/
Amanda Mayer, owner and creator of Nerdtastic, is a jack-of-all-trades nerd that loves to help her audience geek out over their favorite fandoms with handmade creations. Based in Alsip, IL, Amanda is a mom, wife, and software QA person by day… and a crafter by night. Her line of nerdy lip balm has been featured at What Culture magazine and has taken Etsy by storm. Nerd inspiration has no limits so if your fandom isn’t already on her jewelry, coasters, lip balm or posters, she is always happy to work on custom designs. http://www.nerdtastic.net/
Andrew is a 26 year old self-taught artist out of Columbia, SC. I have just recently started pursuing my art as more than a hobby. I work predominately in oil pastels and I sell originals as well as prints of both fan art and original designs. Currently I have been working on pop culture portraits and will have lots for the show.
Tod Allen Smith is an artist from Altoona PA, and is an officially licensed Lucasfilm artist with Topps Trading Cards which include sketch cards for Star Wars The Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters, Star Wars Galaxy 4 trough 7, Mars Attacks and Indiana Jones Masterpieces, Star Wars: Galactic Files 1 and 2 including Star Wars Illustrated, Star Wars Chrome Perspectives 1 and 2 and Star Wars Masterwork 1 and 2. Other sketch card sets include Marvel Masterpieces 2 and 3, along with sketch cards for the Captain America and Iron Man 2 movies for Upper Deck. Also, Hack/Slash and Zombies vs. Cheerleaders for 5Finity. The Hobbit, The Walking Dead and DC New 52 for Cryptozoic Entertainment. Tod was also featured in the Voltron United and Drawn art book. Tod has completed story boards for Star Wars actor Jake Lloyds first directorial gig and is partners with Jake in Pumpkin Pact Productions. Tod is also doing work with table top skirmish game Wolsung by Micro Art Studio, and with Monkey House Games for Jeff Dee and Jack Herman’s re-launch of the classic super hero rpg Villains and Vigilantes.
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.
Hi my name is David Tucker, yet everyone calls me DJ, I love to be called be. Well I’m 19, and I love to draw. Some of my favorite things to draw are faces, Japanese Tattoo art (Not a Tattooer), Dragons, People, and Comic book characters. I just finished a semester of art at my local Community College, so I’m still learning and trying to find my style. Right now a lot of my work includes a lot of “What if battles” and Fandom mixing, ie. Steampunk Disney Princesses. I love to see mix things together and see the monster I have created. I have been drawing since birth and have constantly been pushing myself, with help from family, to get better and better. My favorite artist include Jim Lee, Andrew Loomis, and best of all (in my book) M.C. Escher. All of these artist have works that will lost forever, but as for me, my comic book goal is just to have someone (not friend or family) cosplay as a character that I have created. That’s pretty much it, see you at the con
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 and unique sense of humor. He has also done color work for the third installment of John Davis and Patrick Ebel’s comic book “Worlds Apart” as well as “The Adventures of Steeldog” and the upcoming issue of “Steel Man”. Jack has also designed artwork for the table-top gaming compnay Wynner’s Circle Games including upcoming games “Going Nutz” and “Squish.” Finally, he is working on his first graphic novel, Hammurabi, which he hopes to have published soon.
Kyle Whary is an elementary art teacher by day, professional artist by night. He works in the styles of Realism, Abstract, and Pop. His Pop Art is homage to not only Andy Warhol, but to the people who have inspired and entertained him throughout his life. Sentimentality and nostalgia is a major influence in Kyle’s Pop Art. His goal is to bring the same feeling to the viewer or at least give them a smile. To see more of his work check out www.kylewhary.com or Kyle Whary on Facebook.