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This is where you will find the growing list of COMIC BOOK ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, STUDIOS & SPECIAL GUESTS that will be attending our Show.
Jim Bircher - Artist

Jim Bircher is a local boy. Whose mom gave a pencil and paper to, to keep out of her hair. Now many years later. He is making his first outing at the Steel city con. With his first printed book "The Event" and "Battle Logs" a prelude to Hero Time. Jim is the creator of Potheads Playground is a free web comic.
Nichole Brown - Artist

Nichole Brown is a mixed media artist from Youngstown, Ohio whose main focus is figure casting and found object assemblage, but also works in collage, prints and jewelry making. Her facebook page, Nichole Brown Art and Such, includes examples of both past projects and in progress works, some of which have been commissioned for one of a kind art. This is Nichole’s second appearance at Steel City Con and her first seating on the Artists Alley. She will be returning with her popular TransPort Art prints, which are collage and transparency pieces that float in clear frames. The collection includes celebrities from movies, music, and TV, popular movie and TV franchises, and collectible toy lines. New to her table this year will be Modern Chain, a jewelry line that balances renaissance metal art with modern style. Nichole’s work uses medieval chainmail as inspiration for body chains that are simplified so they can be worn with everyday looks. Products include necklaces, bracelets, shoulder/neck pieces, and custom works that can be made on site during the show. Visit Nichole’s website for updates on her work or to request a commission.
David DeVera - Illustrator

David DeVera is a colorist and an illustrator. He is the creator of Ninjabitch: A Grindhouse Graphic Novel.
Michael A. and Shell 'Presto' DiBaggio - Author and Artist

Mike and Shell DiBaggio are a husband-and-wife team whose love for storytelling began with an early passion for superhero comics, SF/Fantasy novels, and role playing games. Together, they write and draw stories set in their own Ascension Epoch universe. There are four illustrated Ascension Epoch books following an array of heroes, super-powered and not, from the Pittsburgh-based teen team The East End Irregulars; to the immortal techno-wizard the Promethean; and the Signalman, Victorian-era hero of the Martian War. You can learn more (and read a few stories and previews) at
Jay Fife - Pin-up Artist

Jay Fife is a pin-up and portrait artist from the upper Ohio Valley. His 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. Jay recently has 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.
Olivia Foss - Artist

Olivia Foss is a local artist who works primarily in digital media, ink + marker, and occasionally painting. She attends college all the way in Columbus, having just completed her first year at CCAD as an illustration major, but is glad to be back in her home town for the summer. This is her first time selling art at a convention, and she is incredibly excited to share her work with Pittsburgh. Olivia will be selling prints and offering both regular and sketch card commissions at Steel City Con. If you are interested in looking at her work, feel free to check for her strongest works.
Stan Gordon - UFO Researcher

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. Stan has been a guest on the Coast to Coast radio show several times. In 2013 he was featured in several new films dealing with the Bigfoot subject. In 2014, Stan will be appearing on several new TV shows. For updated information visit Stan’s website at:
Jellykoe Handmade - Toy designer & Illustrator

jellykoe 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.
Laura Inglis - Artist

Laura Inglis is an artist based on Maryland who has created artwork for over 30 licensed trading card sets including Superman, Batman, Vampirella, Fem Force, Doctor Who, Night of the Living Dead and Transformers. Laura is also cover artist for the paranormal novels "By Your Side" and "Testing the Prisoner" both of which take place in Pennsylvania.
Casey Knoll - Artist

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. You can visit her at:
Heather V. Kreiter - Artist

Heather is the twisted creator behind My Little Demon line of artwork and merchandise. My Little Demon is a dark parody of My Little Pony. Created in 2007 as the result of a small child's 25 year repressed love for ponies, My Little Demon has spawned an extensive line of artwork and prints, coloring books, calendars, dog tags, valentines and now, a new line of Plushies! More of Heather's work can be seen on her website:
Jesse Marks - Artist

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 the first edition of Metro Moth, a new comic book from Atomic Scarab Publishing. To see more about Metro Moth visit: His art can be seen at and
John Martin - Artist

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. This will be his second Steel City Con with four new paintings to debut including Power Girl and Loki along with already established fan favorites such as Deadpool, Batman, Star Trek, Doctor Who and many more. Commissions will be accepted before, during and after the show. Please visit his website to preview his work and like Risen Lion on Facebook to stay informed of new paintings and show appearances.
Brandon William McDonald - Artist

Brandon is an aspiring artist who works mostly in the mediums of pencil, charcoal and illustration marker. The art that he creates ranges from the popular superhero and horror movies, comic books, and his own personal studio work. Brandon is originally from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, but is working out of Indiana, Pennsylvania while earning his degree in studio art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This will be his third time at Steel City and is excited to be back! His work can be found on his Facebook or Deviantart pages.
Gary Morgan - Illustrator

Gary is a freelance artist living in the Pittsburgh area. He has illustrated three books for Abington Publishing Co( the Christian World of the Hobbit, Hobbit Lessons and Undead) and is currently illustrating the third children's book( Pants on Ants and Go by Goat) from Dynamic Resources Publications. Gary is also working on a one shot horror story comic book, with writer Jim Clark; due out this summer. Gary is available for commissions before and during the show.
Joe Motisi - Artist

Joe Motisi is the man behind Rubber Chicken Noodle Soup. Originally started as a webcomic, RCNS has evolved into printed work and a variety of comic strips, including the daily strip "Well I Guess This is Earth...". Joe maintains an avid DIY mentality and interacts daily with fans of his work. @rcnstoons on Instagram and Twitter
Anthony Nino - Balistrieri - Model Builder

When not designing educational interactive exhibits or working behind the scenes at a local haunted house, you will find Nino in his garage workshop creating teeny tiny little dioramas - most often with a horror or pop culture theme. Please take a moment to stop by his booth to see the dioramas in person and visit his Facebook page to see what else he may be working on!
Jimmy Proctor - Artist

Jimmy is a Pennsylvanian artist who creates original sculptures, including paper figures, and is also the creator of numerous mini comics. His creations include the cult indie comics classic “Zombie Bob Gets A Job”, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. He also hand-paints original comic cover replacements from old coverless comics.
Jacob Reher - Artist

Jacob Reher is 12 years old and was born March 18th 2002 in Columbus Ohio. Jacob has loved to draw since he was 3 years old and it was obvious he had a special gift. Jacob can draw just about anything, but his passion is drawing superheroes. Jacob was signed with Hound Comics at the age of 10. He was discovered during a Hound Comics contest. He created an original character "Diablos" which made an appearance in one of their comics. In 2012 Jacob illustrated a children's book written by Anthony DiChiara along with the guidance of Hound Comics lead artist Sajad Shah. The book "If I Had...Super Powers" was published in 2013 and is available on Amazon.
Shane Ronzio - Web Comic Creator

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. Pick up a copy at the show and visit for more details.
Ernie Stiner - Comic Book Penciler

Ernie Stiner worked as a comic book penciler in the 1990’s, on such books a Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27 thru #31, The Punisher Back to School Special #2, Silver Surfer #85, the three issue Freejack movie adaptation, and the penultimate issue #154 of Marvel’s run of G.I. Joe comics – which was recently reprinted in IDW’s Classic G.I. Joe, Vol. #15. These days, Ernie is a freelance cartoonist working through his own EJ Graphix Imprint, which features Stick-E Stickers and the ever popular E-Lectro Magnets as he plots a return to comics in 2015. For Stickers, Magnets, Fan Art and Original Sequential Stories please visit: and
Nathan Szerdy - Illustrator

Nathan Szerdy is a 7x children’s book illustrator. He most recently completed his first graphic novel (part 1 of 2) entitled Lola and the 11 Secrets. Part 2, Lola & The Last Secret, is expected out later next year. He has most recently completed work on Adventure Time sketch cards as well as more risque sets, Naughty Nurses and Westward Ho! Nathan grew up with a love of comics and he still manages to geek out if people start talking up the Bat-Universe with him. For more on Nathan’s graphic novel please visit and for everything else on Nathan please visit his Facbook page or his website at
Nate Tayler - Illustrator

Nate Taylor is a Pittsburgh based illustrator who combines his passions for history, global cultures, nature, monsters and myth to tell jaw-dropping stories about unseen worlds. His latest series follows a character called Simon Ragbone, a vagrant hero who traps monsters under the cover of night. Unknown to Simon, someone else is setting the monsters loose to serve their own devious purposes. Everything is rendered in meticulous detail; pen and ink are Nate's weapons of choice. To see more work, visit:
Scary Peri Toth - pro comic book creator

Insane Layne's li'l sister and a pro comic book creator, as seen on TV, has been published in lots of comics. She is occasionally featured in Flint Comix & Entertainment and illustrated for Night of the Living Dead classic film co-author John A. Russo in #42. As a martial artist, Peri is a two-time world gold medalist (NLI), two-time world silver medalist (NLI & WKC), six-time world bronze medalist (NLI & WKC), national gold medalist (WKC), two-time national silver medalist (WKC), national bronze medalist (WKC) and seven-time state champion (MSKC & ATA).
Insane Layne Toth - Kid pro comic book creator

Kid 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 inked George Pérez on the cover of #50 and drew 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), four-time national gold medalist (WKC), national silver medalist (WKC), national bronze medalist (WKC), five-time world's top ten (ATA), 16-time state champ (MSKC & ATA), Grand Champion (MSKC) and a 2013 Domination Award winner in continuous sparring (MSKC).
Katherine Yore - Artist

Katherine is the designer and creator behind Seamstress of Steam. Katherine has been in the costuming industry for over 10 years. With a degree in costuming and theatre, she applies her passion to handcrafted pieces for all to enjoy. Katherine has worked professionally in film, theatre, and the entertainment industry including the Walt Disney Company. Katherine will be offering many of her handcrafted costume and jewelry creations as well as taking commissions. Her designs span the cosplay scene from gorgeous Steampunk fashions to more playful designs inspired by Disney, Marvel, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and many more.
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The events include Celebrity Q & A’s, Gaming, Panels, Charity Auctions, and Costume Contests.
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