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

Megan Affolter

Artist / Illustrator

“I am a Pittsburgh native artist. I have always loved drawing, in fact my grandmother always bought butcher paper just for me to draw on. As I grew up, I developed a passion for comic books and cartoons in addition to my drawing. This passion lead me to get a degree from Edinboro University for traditional animation. My goal is to work as a professional illustrator or concept artist which I strive to achieve. Currently, I sell prints of my artwork featuring either my original art or of some of my favorite characters, both from childhood and recent favorites. 

Colt Baudoux


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.”

Ed Beard

Legendary Artist

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.

Craig Boldman

Artist / Writer

Artist / writer Craig Boldman is best known for his work for Archie Comics, having written over 100 consecutive issues of the Jughead comic book (teamed with artist Rex Lindsey) and has been the writer of the Archie syndicated comic strip since 1992. He has also frequently contributed stories to the entire Archie Comics line. Craig has worked on Superman, ‘Mazing Man, Bugs Bunny, Disney’s Doug, Disney’s Recess, Ed Edd & Eddie, Bazooka Joe and his own webcomic and book series, ‘Tailipoe.’ Craig served as the chairperson of the Great Lakes chapter of the National Cartoonists Society from 2006-20011. Craig is currently working on a revival of the Silver-age Charlton Comics character, ‘Cap’n Catnip,’ with co-creator Tim Fuller.

D.J. Coffman


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

Coffman is also a official Marvel sketch card artist, most recently featured in the new Marvel’s Masterpiece trading cards set from Upperdeck.

D.J. will be drawing art requests at the show or you can order ahead of time for pickup. You can see recent examples of his convention sketch art at


Mumgo Designs


A mix of Textile Art and Fantasy. I make leather masks, flower and vine headpieces, pouches, custom costuming, and lots of jewelry that mostly are pieces inspired by nature. Every show I make a point of doing something new. Right now I am working on horned headpieces which are coming along nicely! I have been an artist for most of my 64 years and worked for 10 of those years as head seamstress and wardrobe mistress for a ballet company. Love creating OOAK art, both wearable and decorative. You can find me in row ‘W’ on the wall side, just about right in the middle.

Bret Dusic


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 Edwards

CJ Photography

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.

Dyanna Engleman


Dyanna Engleman is an artist from Warren, Ohio who specializes in pop art. She is a self-taught artist who took an interest in drawing at a very young age. Her preferred mediums include paper and pencil sketching and acrylic canvas painting. Her favorite part of creating a piece of art is painting the small details which is why she began using miniature canvases, no bigger than 3.5 inches. She has been involved with the Steel City Con since August, 2016 and can be found in Artist’s Alley, selling her art with her husband under their small business, Dy and the Guy.

The Art of Franchesco


Good Girl Art may be what Franchesco is best known for… yet pin-ups of beautiful ladies, are not the only thing he excels at. His images have appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and countless other publications. Many of his beautiful pieces, appear on the covers for Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales. This Award-Winning Artist has created artwork, that has been enjoyed by millions. His wildly popular ANARCHY Graphic Novel, seen by over 3 million viewers on Youtube… was also recognized with the highest award given, for Excellence in Advertising. Some of his beautiful drawings, have been seen on the SyFy Channel… featuring characters from their original series: Heroes of Cosplay. This Fan-Favorite illustrator feels that his greatest achievement, aside from mastering the ability to conceptualize, pencil, ink, color (and everything in between) …is that he hasn’t lost that loving feeling. Its just as much fun for him to sit down at the drawing table today, as it was when he first put pencil to paper.

Rebecca Frank

Fantasy Artist / Comic Book Cover Designer

Rebecca is  a fantasy artist and book cover designer from Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked with various New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors, as well as many up-and-coming indie authors. Her illustration work can be found in the trading card game Exodus. For a sample of what you’ll find at her booth, find her work online at:

Bubble and Geek


Bubble and Geek is dedicated to making nerdy noses happy with a collection of soy candles, melts, soap, perfume, and lip balm. The company launched in early 2012, beginning at first with only a selection of a few video game- and geek-themed soy candles. Since then, the Bubble and Geek line has expanded to include over 50 unique, pop culture-themed fragrance options. Cathy, the artisan behind the brand, is constantly working behind the scenes to create awesome new scents.
All of Bubble and Geek’s products are made by hand in small batches. The scents are all custom-blended, so you won’t find them anywhere else! The candles and melts feature clean, renewable soy wax made from soybeans grown in the USA with naturally lead- free cotton wicks and the highest-quality fragrance oils.

Andrea Graham


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

Wendelin Gray


Author Wendelin Gray is a linguist, writer, dancer, a long-time volunteer with the Silk Screen Arts Organization, and a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society events. Her novels include Kumori and the Lucky Cat, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, The Vulpecula Cycle, and The Weary City.  She recently won the bronze for Young Adult Fiction E-book at the 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for her ghost story, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, and in 2017 she plans on founding a new educational project, the Enlightened Rabbit Scholastic Society. She blogs about East Asian language and literature.

David Harris

Digital Artist

David Harris is a digital artist from Pennsylvania. He uses his love of drawing to create a variety of laser-cut products such as keychains, clocks, and wall decor. He is a big fan of cartoons, anime, video games, and the convention atmosphere. For more information, news of his whereabouts and exclusive artwork, visit the Record Timing Facebook here:

Rashid Hill

Award Winning Artist

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:

Amber Kantes


Amber Kantes, also known as Burrito Princess, specializes in originally designed digital pixel art that she transforms into 3D works of art, handcrafted what she likes to call “pixel beads.” 

Burrito Princess is a lady of many talents and also dabbles in sewing and many other crafty adventures.

Heather V. Kreiter

Artist / Illustrator

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

Ed Lancaster


Ed Lancaster and I like to do paintings and sketches of: Batman, Lord of the Rings, ERB, Super Heroes, The  Joker, The Shadow,Dragons,etc..  My pen name is pendragon  

Ed Lancaster


Ed Lancaster (my pen name is Pendragon) I like to do paintings and sketches of: Batman, Lord of the Rings, ERB, Super Heroes, The Joker, The Shadow, and science fiction.  

John Martin

Digital 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. 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.  Come see his completed Gotham Rogues collection. Eager to return to this local con, John looks forward to seeing you at his table.

Brian MIddleton

cartoonist and storyteller

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.

Gary Morgan


Gary Morgan is freelance artist living in Pittsburgh, PA. Comic books, fantasy and horror genres are his main concentrations, but he appreciates most forms of creativity.
Gary’s work has been published in books for Abington Press. He tries to attend as many comic conventions as life permits.
Gary can be contacted on the “Art of Gary Morgan” page on Facebook.

Emma Olsen


Emma Olsen is a fine artist who specializes in portraiture, though she often paints or draws other subjects. She relocated from California to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University where she earned a dual degree with honors in art and writing, afterwards choosing to stay in the Pittsburgh area. Much of her personal work focuses on her struggles with overcoming depression and finding happiness, while her commissions range from children and pets to architecture and cars.

Anthony D. Phillips Jr.


Author, writer, illustrator, comic book creator, and graphic designer Anthony D. Phillips Jr. creates stories and art using both traditional and digital mediums. He is the creator of Ultimate Man and Charisma Grey. He is also the creator of the 9 page Uncanny X-Men: Light Show comic. He has published several novels, (Gemini Error, Mr. Rosette, and Chrome Justice to name a few. 

He has done work for Tomahawk Entertainment Group, Beyond the Huddle Sports Radio Show, Dreamer Publishing, and He is currently working on the Ultimate Man comic book series and the Charisma Grey book series. Aside from working on comics and books, he also does original art based on popular franchises. He has done franchise mash-ups with Star War, G.I. Joe, The walking Dead, Marvel, and DC comics.  

Anthony D. Phillips Jr.

Author / illustrator

Author, writer, illustrator, comic book creator, and graphic designer Anthony D. Phillips Jr. creates stories and art using both traditional and digital mediums. He is the creator of Ultimate Man and Charisma Grey. He is also the creator of the 9 page Uncanny X-Men: Light Show comic. He has published several novels, (Gemini Error, Mr. Rosette, and Chrome Justice to name a few.

He has done work for Tomahawk Entertainment Group, Beyond the Huddle Sports Radio Show, Dreamer Publishing. He is currently working on the Ultimate Man comic book series and the Charisma Grey book series. Aside from working on comics and books, he also does original art based on popular franchises. He has done franchise mash-ups with Star War, G.I. Joe, The walking Dead, Marvel, and DC comics.  

Nathan & Stacie Pinsoneault

Comic Book creators

Nathan & Stacie Pinsoneault have been Nerds their whole lives, sharing interests in all things Sci-Fi, such as Star Trek, The X-Files, Doctor Who and Comics. After discovering this, they did the only sensible thing and got married! Together now, they share a dream of crafting stories and characters from their vast and vivid imaginations. That dream is now an Awesome Reality with their NEW COMPANY: 819 COMICS! Premiering at the STEEL CITY CON with the release of their VERY FIRST comic book series, MISTER MARSH, Nathan and Stacie’s collaborative efforts in writing, drawing, inking, lettering and coloring have commenced as the first in a series of AMAZING ADVENTURES, all occurring within the 819 UNIVERSE!”

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.

Erin Schechtman


Erin draws HUGS! Erin Schechtman Caruso is an art director by day, but spends her evenings creating Super Group Hugs – illustrations of beloved pop-culture characters HUGGING. Erin is also a founding member of Cleveland’s Rust Belt Monster Collective and runs the local chapter of the bi-weekly art event Drink and Draw.

Lacey Shreffler

Digital Artist

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: