This is where you will find the growing list of COMIC BOOK ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, STUDIOS & SPECIAL GUESTS that will be attending our Show.
Darryl Banks is from Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree. He
began his comics career in 1989, working for various independent comic companies such as Innovation and Millennium Publishing. Darryl worked on titles such as Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, The Wild Wild West and Justice Machine.
In 1993 he started working with DC Comics on Legion of Superheroes and later on Green Lantern. Co-creating the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, Parallax, and other characters was a great honor and challenge for Darryl’s costume design skills. In addition to various other projects for DC, his work also includes Captain America and X-Men for Marvel, Tomb Raider: Epiphany from Top Cow, GI Joe Reloaded for Devil’s Due Publishing, Johnnie Zombie for Midgard Comics and covers to Moonstone’s Phantom series.
In August 2011, Darryl Banks, Ron Marz and Terry Austin were reunited for the Green Lantern Retroactive 1990s issue for DC Comics.
Darryl also does concept art and toy design. Clients include Hawthorne Village collectibles, Hasbro, Filsinger Games, VanBreed Studios and many others
Colt Baudoux is an uber nerd hailing from Pittsburgh, PA. He began his journey as an artist in his youth, and is finally taking the leap into the world of the professional artist. This will be his first time showcasing his work at an event, and he looks forward to meeting fellow artists and fans at steel city con to share his love and passion for all things geek! With a background in graphic design from ITT Tech, Colt’s work has focused on poster designs, tattoo art and his work has even been featured on a music video by heavy metal band, Avenged Sevenfold! Colt’s favorite super heroes are Captain Marvel and the morally ambiguous, but always trying to do right by his own way, Deadpool. His work gravitates to the world of capes and masks because of his love for those who would sacrifice themselves for the sake of others. Colt’s preferred medium is graphite pencil, with an exploration into color from time to time. “I just want to share my art with the rest of my fellow con goers and comic book enthusiasts.”
“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. http://www.benwhoski.com/ http://deviantart.benwhoski.com/“
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.
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.
Fenham Publishing is a small press that was established by Jim Dyer, grandson of C. M. Eddy, Jr. The press was formed to showcase the works of C. M. Eddy, Jr. an author of macabre, mystery and horror short stories from the pulp magazine era of the 1920’s, most notably Weird Tales. Mr. Eddy was a confidant and friend to both H. P. Lovecraft and Houdini during that time. After painstakingly combing through the many personal effects of his grandfather that have been stored away for years, Jim rediscovered his grandfather’s original manuscripts and has carefully chosen some notable selections for inclusion in the titles produced thus far. http://www.fenhampublishing
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.
Marcia Furman is an acrylic artist and crafter born and raised in Butler Pennsylvania. She is tiny enough to fit into laundry baskets, but her paintbrush reaches up and into the cloudy realms of childlike and fantastic. Although quite often mistaken for child oriented art, it’s quite the opposite. Marcia merges reality with fiction and memories with perception. Painting from the heart, she uses light and color to bring the shadows of her life experiences into a whimsical existence. Marcia’s paintings will stir something deep inside of you, and make a connection that you won’t forget.
Follow her Facebook page for updates and other randomness! https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofMarciaFurman/
I’ve always loved to draw and create things. In college I studied Multimedia and really fell in love with digital illustration. My work often makes use of simple polygons, layers, and textures. The subject matter varies widely, but Pop Culture tends to be a consistent theme. Please visit http://www.popmediaillustrated.com for more information.
I am an artist from Erie Pennsylvania. I have attended erie county technical school for art & design for business, as well as Douglas education center for digital illustration. I love all kinds of media of art. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember and I have never stopped. I love pop culture and I am often inspired by nature and animals. I have worked in everything from vector graphics to acrylic paint. I have a passion for concept art and character design
Andrew is a Pittsburgh, PA artist whose has done coloring for IDW’s The New Ghostbusters as well as other titles such as The Art of the Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand, The National Guardians, and Jay Fife’s Mary Monster; in addition to lettering pages for Alpha Dog Studios’ Grimm, Techlore and Gun Ghoul. Andrew is also the proud founder and Commissioner of The Dynamic League, a virtual superhero group to help raise awareness and support for kids with Type I Diabetes.
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!
International award winning caricature artist, BeeJay Hawn of Oodles of Doodles, has put together a lineup of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other pop culture fan art and is taking commissions. Her works include “Hobo Stew”, a comic strip on Facebook about the sarcastic outlook of an amusement park caricature artist and her family life, Your Family vs the zombies series of illustrations, multiple TMNT fan fiction cover and chapter arts, and “Indigus” for the Planetscape anthology to be out in 2016.
Cleveland, Ohio native Rashid Hill is a self-taught mixed media artist who resides in Columbus, Ohio. In 2014 he attended his first professional convention, the Origins Game Fair. Though he began his professional career in 2014, he’s been drawing ever since he could remember, illustrating: cartoons, comics, animals, landscapes, still life and portraits all along the way. Lately he’s been exploring different mediums such as oil paints, pastels and ink. Rashid is best known for his detailed charcoal work; a recent fan art charcoal piece entitled, “Too Much Chocolate Pudding” landed him his very first, “Best Monochromatic Art Award” in the Origins Game Fair 2015. Keep an eye out for him. He’ll be the one with a huge smile on his face and remnants of his latest charcoal piece adorning his fingers. Checkout some of his work on Instagram: @Artxphenom or his Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=472662099547441.
Josh is an illustrator/cartoonist out of Lancaster, Pa. He is known for taking pop culture icons and movie characters and putting his own cartoon twist on them. Josh will have many prints available as well as be available for commissions.
Heather 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
Maggie is a graduate of Douglas Education Center in the Tom Savini’s Special Effect Program, and her younger sister Hannah Linebaugh(Tough-Girl-Freed) 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. Added to the group this time is Rebecca Linebaugh(Mangry Cat Designs), our mother, her art style is a crafty blend of collage and original artwork with a touch of re-purposing.
Jess Marks is a self-taught artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He draws everything from classic comic book heroes and villains to Disney and My Little Pony. He is currently working on his own comic book featuring Evolution Prime for Underground Comics. A second book featuring Jesse’s own characters and characters from Jabaar Brown and Eric Cooper will be out later this year.
Local digital artist John Martin creates spectacular original digital paintings in full detail from the industry’s biggest comic heroes and villains to classic science fiction icons. Commissions will be accepted before, during and after the show. Please visit his website http://www.risenlion.com to preview his work and like Risen Lion on facebook to stay informed of new paintings and show appearances. Come see his completed Gotham Rogues collection. Eager to return to this local con, John looks forward to seeing you at his table.
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. Brandon has his Bachelor of
Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is now staying at IUP to earn his
masters in studio art.
Bill McKay is the artist/writer of the upcoming Night of the 80s Undead: Hardcore. It’s the sequel to original 2013 mini series from Action Lab: Danger Zone. Other illustration credits include, Zombie Tramp, Zombies vs Cheerleaders, Hack/Slash, Lady Death, Superman and Adventure Time.
Ren McKinzie is an art dedicated soul with many disciplines. A wild child for certain, Ren honed his work ethic in the US ARMY and his artistic skills at CCAD. Ren’s many years in the arts field have culminated in the freelance artist he is today.
Ren has Illustrated a few Indy books such as Half Breed by writer Dustin Carson and samaritan by writer Victor dandridge. Always looking to expand his skill, Ren is sure to find new ways to utterly destroy all that is plain surface with ART!
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 currently 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 cartoonist and storyteller from Altoona PA. His unique art style combines strong fantasy themes with Sunday comic sensibilities. His stories are both fantastical and mythological in nature. He is also a pretty fun dude.
Thomas is a 10-year veteran of Disney comics for various publishers beginning with Gemstone Publishing, Thom is currently drawing covers for IDW Publishing including UNCLE SCROOGE and DONALD DUCK, as well as re-coloring and re-mastering the Eisner nominated THE DON ROSA LIBRARY collections from Fantagraphics. Thom also is the co-creator and artist of the popular steampunk fantasy webcomic SHADOWBINDERS, alongside his wife, Kambrea, who is the writer.
CROSS WORLDS NEXUS Indy Web Comic creator Shane Ronzio will have his books available at the STEEL CITY CON.
You will find in the pages…Wild Sci Fi Adventures with unique characters assembled from Across Time & Space.
David Schuler likes to make regular things terrible. He is a traditional painter and illustrator, designer, animator, comic book artist, and a total dork. His mediums of choice for his paintings are watercolors, acrylics, gauche, and brush inks. He like to paint dark and surreal, yet bright and colorful paintings of twisted pop culture icons, animal abominations, burlesque models, and whatever else comes to mind. All of his work is heavily influenced by animals, politics, emotion, and a special blend of extreme metal, indie/folk music, and progressive rock. https://www.facebook.com/DavidSchulerIllustration
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.
Lacey Shreffler is a Pittsburgh local and freelance digital artist. She has been attending and selling at conventions, including Steel City Con, for many years now. She is also the co-founder of HINGE Studios and is the artist of their premiere webcomic Apocalypse Tuesday. Her work has also been featured in a few super hero and cartoon themed fanzines. She is a big fan of comic books and draws her favorite characters in her spare time. You can see more of her work at her website: dial-p-for-placey.tumblr.com
Lacey specializes primarily in digital art. She currently works for HINGE Studios, a new webcomic company, and is the artist of their premiere webcomics, Better Days and Apocalypse Tuesdays. She spends much of her free time creating digital pieces of her favorite comic, cartoon and video game characters.
Jamie Tyndall is a Canadian Comic book artist, that is known for his depictions of sexy strong female characters. He is the penciler, inker and colorist for most of his very detailed work. Jamie graduated with an Honors Degree from the University of Toronto in Art and History as well as a Degree from Sheridan College of Art in Toronto. Jamie is fairly new to comics, but has already made an impression with his covers for Zenescope , IDW Entertainment, Valiant Entertainment, Lady Death, Contraband, and Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment. Jamie has worked on various titles such as GI JOE, Transformers, My little pony, TMNT, Archie, Grimm Fairy Tales, Alice in Wonderland and Ninjak as well as Godzilla and Danger Girl. Jamie comes from a media and publishing background. He has been an Art Director for a major Canadian Newspaper and a Creative Director for a major software company and publishing company. Jamie now brings his years of design experience to his new passion which is drawing the hottest comic book covers for some of the top publishers.