This is where you will find the growing list of COMIC BOOK ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, STUDIOS & SPECIAL GUESTS that will be attending our Show.
Ed Beard Jr has created art for over 1000 published products over the past 30 plus years. His art include dragon art for the… “Dragon” calendar, Dragon, wizards Fairies,horror and other mythological creature and subjects. You can find his works on: art prints, posters, T-shirts, mugs, puzzles, and collectibles. You will also find many opf his works on custom Hot Rods and Motorcycles from his early years and current work as an airbrush muralist for the industry. Ed Beard Jr. is known for his works in Magic the Gathering art, Tolkien art, lord of the Rings and the Hobbit art as well Dungeon and Dagon’s art, T-shirts from the Mountain Corporation,Skinit lap top designs, Jigsaw puzzles and many other licensed products.
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.
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.
David DeVera is an illustrator and color sketch card artist. In addition to custom art, David is the author and colorist of Ninjabitch: A Grindhouse Graphic Novel and has done illustrative work for Deadworld.
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.
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.
Chris graduated from Radford University in 1991 with a graphic design and commercial illustration degree, did a bunch of graphic related odd jobs and eventually wound up in an advertising agency where he taught himself html. Since then, he got married, had two kids, rescued a couple of stray cats and created a comic strip for “CMX Suite” that ran for five years. Somewhere in all of this, his unpublished college graphic novel stayed in his brain and eventually he warped that idea into a humor strip, added a crazy werewolf and before he knew it, in 2007, Capes & Babes was officially born. The stray cats have since passed away and Chris’ house is now overrun with three dogs. Chris continues to write and illustrate Capes and Babes three times a week, attends numerous conventions along the east coast and Chris has joined the Webcomic Comic Alliance as a contributing member. Chris wants everyone to know he desperately tried to keep this bio down to two short paragraphs. Chris also wants everyone to know he hates everyone who refers to themselves in third person with a heated passion.
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, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 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!
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.
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.
Ken started drawing at the fragile age of two and has not stopped since. In 1968, he decided to go to the studio of Frank Frazetta and show him some of his own drawings. Frazetta liked what he saw and encouraged Ken to pursue a career in commercial art. At the same time, he also invited Ken to study under him. Ken eagerly accepted Frank’s offer. Under the guidance of Frazetta, Ken was able to fine-tune his skill even further. Frazetta stressed how important it was to put feeling into creating a painting and to let the action on the canvas come from the imagination. Ken took those words to heart and has lived by them ever since. Later that same year, Ken received his first professional assignment. Before he turned the painting in, he took it to Frazetta to get his approval. Well, Frazetta did not think that the woman in the painting had a terrified enough expression on her face, so he painted over her old face, with a new one of his own, which he felt worked better. Now it was ready to be turned in. That painting was done for Warren’s Vampirella Magazine and is titled, “The Lurking Terror”.
Then Ken worked for Warren and Skywald magazine. Then in 1969, he entered the book cover field and has since worked for just about every major publishing house. Ken has done work for some of the best selling authors in the field, including an outstanding series for Robert E. Howard, and the complete series of Robert Adam’s famous Horseclan novels. Outside the bookcover field, Ken has worked for nearly all of the large toy manufacturers. He has also done many album covers, including two paintings for KISS, for which he was rewarded with gold albums.
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!
Insane Layne’s younger sister and a pro comic book creator, as seen on TV, has been published in lots of comics. Also known as Punk Rock Peri Picasso, she is occasionally featured in Flint Comix & Entertainment. She Interviewed& Cartooned Rowdy Roddy Piper in #76 and The Guess Who in #73. She also illustrated for Night of the Living Dead classic film co-author John A. Russo in #42. As a martial artist, Scary Peri is a two-time world gold medalist (NLI), two-time world silver medalist (NLI & WKC), six-time world bronze medalist (NLI & WKC), four-time national gold medalist (WKC), three-time national silver medalist (WKC), two-time national bronze medalist (WKC) and 10-time state champion (MSKC & ATA). www.sisterscomics.com
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.
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.
Tod 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.
MUSOFYR is an Internet-Based Independent Production Company that merges traditional artistic collaboration with digital media and communication. Founder Stephen Schrum–poet, novelist, graphic novelist, virtual worlds theatre director, and Steampunk maker–works with other artists in creating new and original works. Along side Stephen is his colleague and artistic collaborator Jake Steele. A painter, illustrator, and tattoo artist, Jake’s primary focus in art revolves around classic animation, surrealism, and tattoo culture. As an emerging artist from the Pittsburgh area, Jake continues to develop his personal brand of “Pop-surrealism” and participate as a visual and performance artist for many Pittsburgh art shows. His work can be found on his Instagram page. (@iamjakesteele) MUSOFYR works include the recently e-published novel “Watchers of the Dawn: A Steampunk Adventure” on smashwords.com, and the many visually stunning artworks of Jake Steele, whose original painting graces the cover of “Watchers.” In the real world Schrum teaches theatre courses and directs productions at Pitt-Greensburg, and his additional interests include playwrighting and digital filmmaking. For more info, check out musofyr.com and the youtube channel (stephenschrum).
Teen pro comic book creator, as seen on TV and in magazines such as Time, has been published in scores of comics and she is regularly featured in Flint Comix & Entertainment. She Interviewed & Cartooned Rowdy Roddy Piper in #76 and The Guess Who in #73. She drew Judge Dredd for the cover of #64, inked George Perez for the cover of #50 and illustrated for Night of the Living Dead classic film co-author John A. Russo in #30. Even Hollywood has inquired about movie rights for her creations. As a martial artist, she is a five-time world gold medalist (NLI), five-time world silver medalist (NLI & WKC), five-time world bronze medalist (NLI, WKC & ATA), eight-time national gold medalist (WKC), two-time national silver medalist (WKC), national bronze medalist (WKC), five-time world’s top ten (ATA), 24-time state champ (MSKC & ATA), Grand Champion (MSKC) and a 2013 Domination Award winner in continuous sparring (MSKC). www.sisterscomics.com
Steve 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 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.