Allison Nesbit is a comic artist and illustrator, born and raised in Harrisburg. She went to Edinboro University to study Traditional Animation and later attended the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School in Orlando, Florida for Visual Effects and Conpositing. She’s working on her first webcomic, Halflings, which is to start updating over the summer!
Andi O’Connor is the award-winning author The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. She’s written multiple books, including the critically acclaimed Silevethiel, which is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy, and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013. Andi’s short story collection, Redemption, is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist.
You can frequently find Andi as a guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Philcon, Conclave, WizardWorld, and Chessiecon. Andi also writes for Niume where she provides writing tips, advice, and insight on her career as an author. You can connect with Andi on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, visit Andi’s Website
Local artist Kat Dreibelbis specializes in making art that defines whimsy, wonder, and weird. Selling art prints of her original works alongside other quirky products such as handmade notebooks, necklaces, bookmarks, and original paintings, visit Black Kat Luck to find that perfectly off-centre peice that’s been missing from your life.
Born and raised in Harrisburg, Dustin “ol dirty doodle” Campbell has always loved to doodle weird things, but only recently began to take it serious after much encouragement from friends and family. Check out his work on Instagram @oldirtydoodle.
Two Artist was started in 2015 and consists of a husband and a wife that share their love for art. Both Danielle and Terrell graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, majoring in media art and animation. Terrell is a freelance character designer and comic book artist. He is currently working on a comic book for Outpouring Comics. Danielle is a background artist and painter. She is currently developing her own comic book with the help of Terrell. Together they make up two thirds of Street Side Heroes, a graphic T-shirt company that was founded in 2009.
Frank J Bennett is the author of www.biblebybennett, created in 2008, and is the author of “Encounter with The Aberdeen Wildman, A true story”, which accounts his actual experiences with the paranormal growing up in Maryland and his subsequent investigation into explaining them. A Bible Teacher, Frank uses his extensive knowledge of scripture to solve mysteries past, present, and future.
An inspired artist who loves comic making, and illustrating. Started drawing in 2013 and it’s my passion.
Shane makes the cool stuff and Devon makes the cute stuff! Come by the table with a little bit of everything. Shane makes digital and acrylic paintings, and Devon makes watercolor illustrations and soft hand-sewn plushies. We have everything from niche fandoms like MST3K, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and James Bond to ever-popular DC and Marvel characters, Doctor Who, and Pokemon. Commissions are also available.
Keely Houk is a recent graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She recently completed her self-published graphic novel Conducted that was granted the Marlay award at her school. Keely is also a three-time award winner of the Boyden Gallery Art Show, and was previously published in Avatar and The Mulberry Tree. Besides writing graphic novels, she is a fiction writer, illustrator, and graphic designer, and worked as a fellow for the Office of Communications and Strategic Marketing for St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Conducted follows a focal character named Soren, a twenty-six-year-old graphic designer who is living in a futuristic (and yet also quite recognizable) society built on systems of conspicuous consumption coupled with a drug-induced passivity among its population. The unnamed and unseen leaders of this society want all citizens to be “happy,” and thus drugs everyone with uppers, called Smilez, so that people feel constantly satisfied. In addition to his public work as a graphic designer, Soren is a secret artist—a painter—but he must keep his art hidden since it reflects turbulent and idiosyncratic emotions: an obvious threat to this society’s structure and values. At the heart of Conducted is the premise that making and viewing art creates an awareness of identity, as well as how a larger society constructs and influences one’s identity. Soren must make a choice: to sacrifice his own life to try to destroy the source of the society’s pseudo-happiness himself or to commit suicide, knowing that he can no longer exist in this oppressive society.
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John Simcoe grew up in rural western New York where it was easy to let his imagination get away from him. It was a setting that fueled John’s creative energies and the key to his development as an artist and writer.
In college, he studied journalism and history and those subjects served him well as he’s worked as a professional journalist, writer, illustrator and graphic designer. He now lives in York County and writes for a manufacturer in the region.
You can see his work from a variety of publishers, including Pro Se Productions, West End Games, Paizo, Kindle Worlds and his own blog, comicsonthebrain.com. In 2015, his first novel, “Tommy One and the Apocalypse Gun” was published, followed by short stories in “Haunted Blades: Tales of the Black Musketeers,” “Hard-Boiled Sports” and “Legends of New Pulp Fiction.”
Gabriel Middleton is a fantasy artist and musician from Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Both a commissioned artist and instructor , Gabe specializes in original fantasy art/illustration as well as teaching popular fantasy/comic book art lessons at his Harrisburg studio ,offering art instruction for all ages and skill levels. Also an accomplished musician , Gabriel has made a name for himself locally over the years as one of the areas funkiest bass players , performing in many blues and funk bands including the “Middleton Brothers ” .
Gabe continues to teach and perform in Harrisburg area .
For commissioned art or If interested in art lessons please contact him at :
Justin “Gus” Mauk is a professional portrait artist from Claysburg Pennsylvania. He specializes in black and white realism and prefers to use charcoal for its deep, dark tones. He’s one of the few artists on the con scene that does all his work traditionally, using only hand mediums, and NO digital coloring or filters. Gus’ work has been seen worldwide in many forms including sketch card sets from Topps, featuring Star Wars and The Walking Dead, and also Spiderman on upper deck cards. He’s done everything from murals to tattoos, and fantasy books to movie posters. Gus will be doing commissions all weekend at the show, so be sure to stop by and say hello.
Matt is an illustrator from Bel Air, Maryland. Matt has always been an artist and storyteller, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from UMBC in Visual Arts: Animation. He has recently gone through the self-publishing process for his first children’s book titled “The Flaming Lemming”, and is working on concept for a second children’s book about a husky puppy surviving in the arctic tundra. He is also drafting an outline and conceptualizing a world for what will become a five-part graphic novel series.
Studied graphic novel writing and illustrating online through Emerson College, but I am primarily a self taught artist. My favorite mediums are pencil and ink, but I am teaching myself how to use copic markers and improving my painting. I really admire the works of Jim Lee and Stjepan Sejic, and someday hope to be half as good as either/both of them. “The Sandman” by Neil Gaiman and “The Astonishing X-Men” by Joss Whedon are two of my favorite series.
Matthew Zeigler; Gentleman Adventurer
Matthew Zeigler is a writer/artist/adventurer from Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. As well as being a painter and sculptor, Matthew has contributed sketch cards to several different trading card sets including Dead World by Breygent, War of the Worlds, Art of Burlesque, Dracula, Beyond Stoker’s Dracula, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Cult-Stuff, and co-illustrated the Civil War Chronicles Vol. 1 with Dave Sharpe, also for Cult-Stuff.
He currently is publishing his own independent comic book; Arch-Roommates, which he writes and illustrates.
The Artist Margaret Bonura (AKA LegendaryLines) has a selection of colorful art. Her art is a combination of traditional and digital work. The pieces include a variety of characters from video games, anime, manga, movies and cartoons.
It’s safe to say that I was a bit of a comic “geek” growing up. I dreamt of someday becoming a comic book artist. I would say that my art is combination of all the things I loved in the past and present. My paintings consists of fantastical animals with a “street art” feel. They are brought to life using vibrant colors and bold line work straight from a comic book. Where as my “Geek Prints” are my interpretations of material I loved as a kid. Designed in Illustrator and Photoshop, and then finally printed in house on museum grade paper with archival inks.
Tim Wallace is a 5th generation Army veteran, retired art teacher, and award winning cartoonist. He lives on a small farm just outside of Harrisburg Pennsylvania that he shares with his three huskies Gringo, Blackjack, and Ba Sheba. In 2012 he picked up the cartoonist pen again after a 20 year absence and has begun production on two graphic novels, and a cartoon strip featuring two obnoxious birds from Panama who are still actively seeking life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…
Bun Leung is a NYC based freelance artist. Art is a passion handed down and fostered in him by his father who is a professional artist by trade. Bun Leung has worked for sketch card studios Ken Galan Studios, Bad Axe Studios, and Chad pops entertainment to name a few. Bun’s specializes in pin ups and Chibis drawings. Please feel free to follow at www.facebook.com/Bunleungart or follow on instagram BunLeungArt.
Joe Palumbo is a fantasy illustrator whose work has been featured in graphic novels, magazines, private collections, and galleries through out the USA. He has received his B.F.A, in Illustration, from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Joe resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; a great art town that he truly loves.
Please visit www.joepalumbo.net to view his work. Follow him and his work across any social media platform at @joempalumbo.
When Joe Palumbo isn’t creating art, he is the Director of Grandview Gallery. A professional art gallery located in the Administration Building of Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania. Joe is very enthusiastic about exhibiting student and established artists, while educating the community about what art is, how we create art, and how art can be interpreted.
If you are interested in showing your work at Grandview Gallery please email Joe Palumbo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about Grandview Gallery please visit www.grandviewgallery.net. Please Follow Grandview Gallery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Kaila is an avid artist from Richfield, PA. Her art has been heavily influenced by anime and mythical crearures. She apprentices at Nomad Studios, learning various art styles through tattooing.
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Timothy Renner is an illustrator, author, paranormal investigator, and folk musician living in York County, Pennsylvania. His illustrations have appeared in the pages of various books, magazines, fanzines and comics as well as on many record and CD covers. Timothy’s first book, Beyond the Seventh Gate – concerning true tales of the paranormal and cryptid creatures in York, Lancaster, and Adams Counties – was published in 2016. His second book, Bigfoot in Pennsylvania, will be published in 2017. Timothy is the co-host of Strange Familiars, a podcast concerning the paranormal, weird history, folklore and the occult. He is a regular on the paranormal radio show, Where Did the Road Go?, and has appeared as a guest many other podcasts and radio shows, including the nationwide program Coast to Coast AM.
Criss Madd is a self-taught artist. Having always been a fan and collector of comics, it wasn’t until a few years ago that he decided it was finally time to take a chance and become a full time illustrator. Doing work for UWS comics, Outpouring comics and many other indy creators as well as works for Sunok studios toy lines. He has found his calling, honing his craft with pencils, and finding his way with inks and colors.
Author Michael A. DiBaggio and artist/author Shell “Presto” DiBaggio are the creators of the Ascension Epoch: original tales of heroic adventure set in a fantastic world based on the greatest fiction of the 19th century and the Golden Age of Comic Books.
Whether you prefer action, urban fantasy, science fiction, or superheroes, the Ascension Epoch has something to offer. Each illustrated novel and short story is packed with exciting adventures, engaging original characters, and favorites from the classics of yesterday.
The husband-and-wife team hail from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. You can check out AscensionEpoch.com to learn more about them and their books.
Ethan James Cook is an artist living just outside Baltimore, Maryland who works primarily in pen and ink. Working as a professional illustrator and a graphic designer, often in the comedy community and for hip hop artists.
My name is Brandon. I’m a self taught artist in both traditional and digital art. My art consists of a lot of fandoms and I’m not shy to try anything new with my art. My motto is “If you can’t find it anywhere else come to me and we’ll make it happen.” Just message me on either my Facebook page or on my Instagram.
Mark Pingitore is a professional illustrator/animator who has done the artwork for over 100 Garbage Pail Kids card fronts as well as concept work, sketch cards, and paintings for various other trading card series, such as Adventure Time, Wacky Packages, The Walking Dead, Mars Attacks, Hollywood Zombies, and Cereal Killers. He has also painted the covers of The Garbage Pail Kids comic book for IDW. He has self released his own parody card sets Disasters of the Universe and Horrorible Kids.
Hailing from Sicklerville, NJ, Garland Holloman is an established freelance artist from south Jersey. Garland Holloman has competed in various art competitions over the years. From a young age he has been awarded many awards being acknowledged at J.W. Lilley Elementary and Ann A. Mullen Middle School as the top artist in his graduating class. As well as being a featured artist in the Courier Post, Placing in Art Competition at Rutgers University, during his high school years Garland earned the 3rd. Place Award in the Skills USA State Competition for Graphic Design. Building his graphic design portfolio Garland later was recognized as the best student in the Graphic Design & Print Shop earning the Jerome Valentine Scholarship and also earned his certification in Graphic Design & Print. Garland then pursued his education at the Art Institute of Philadelphia where he majored in Media Arts & Animation, within three years Garland graduated receiving a Bachelors of Science Degree in Media Arts & Animation. While at the Art Institute Garland perfected his art skills in traditional artwork and digital artwork, Garland took his love of the art and turned it into a Freelance Creative Arts Service named Galica Graphics offering Traditional Art, Graphic Design, and Photography Services.
Since creating Galica Graphics, Garland has seen a lot of highlights in his freelance life. Garland has had the pleasure of working with various organizations like the Philadelphia Soul, the Philadelphia Eagles, Clear Channel Radio, RadioOne Media, and other media outlets. He has done artwork for celebrities, also has done caricatures which have gotten him a viral following on the internet and social media. Some of his artwork was featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop; also his work was highlighted on internet site Worldstar. Garland is always trying to keep up with latest art trends and styles. Garland has been a featured artist at various Comic Cons and Live Events. With more requests for commissions, caricatures and illustrations Garland got educated with Copic Brand and got his certification as a Copic Designer. Garland has samples of work on social media with the following hashtags #GarlandArt #GalicaGraphics #GeeFlickinItUp
Mark is a comic book writer/children’s book author who has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics and Arcana Studio. He is best known for his children’s book series, A CAT NAMED HAIKU, which was nominated for Best Single Issue Story in the 2011 Eagle Awards. It was recently adapted as an animated short for Top Buzz starring DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s Kiefer O’Reilly as Haiku and Mark as Haiku’s owner. He co-wrote SAVAGE HAWKMAN for DC Comics during the New 52. He relaunched Rob Liefeld’s AVENGELYNE at Image Comics in 2011. Once it finished publication, AVENGELYNE ran as an acclaimed webcomic series at Keenspot.com where it amassed a readership over 500,000. Some of Mark’s other credits include Image Comics’ BRIGADE and Arcana Studio’s KONI KONFIDENTIAL. His upcoming all ages graphic novel, THE PIZZA TREE, was co-written with his six year old son, Chase.
Growing up I never once gave any thought to becoming an artist. That’s how your mind works when you’ve bounced around as much as I did. Over the years I’ve enjoyed working with oils, acrylics, charcoal, stone, pencils, spray paint, metal, wood, clay and the foam from a police car seat (I’ll explain later…).
Everything changed when I saw my first episode of Tranzor Z. After that came Robotech followed by The Transformers and I found my calling. I wanted to draw robots, paint robots and someday build one too! Watching PBS, I now wanted to grow an Afro and do nature paintings. You know, a happy tree here, a happy little tree there lol. But my art skills were really lacking until I met Mr. Ripple. Yes that is his real name and he was a fantastic mentor.
I never took art class seriously but Mr. Ripple changed all that. He pushed me, dared me and gave me access to training and supplies you wouldn’t normally find in the projects. I hated working with water color because it requires patience, that too changed.
I started with caricatures and cartoons, eventually I began working with mediums I had never even heard of. My little brother Elmino was my biggest fan back then, now I like to think that I’m his biggest fan. What an incredible talent he’s turned out to be!!!
That leads to the police car seat foam incident… I was a mechanic for some years and repaired many police cars in my time. When I replaced a damaged seat, we’d get stuck with the old cushions. I worked with to guys that were real “characters” and thought “why not make muppets that look like them?”. Oh my, what a home run that was. I think I achieved legendary status within the PA State Police for that little stunt. To this day people are still laughing about it, almost 20 years later!!!
Some of my paintings are hanging in the walls of the Archives in the State Museum. I usually give away my paintings or sell them for the cost of the materials involved. To date I have only kept one painting for myself. Now I do custom paint jobs on my Transformers and other action figures. I built my own remote controlled R2-D2 and will soon have a large remote controlled BB-8 unit as well.
I’m always looking for new ways to express my myself through art, even if no one else appreciates it. Emotions are a complex thing and art is my way of expressing what words cannot describe. If someone really likes what I create then I may sell it or give it as a gift. However, when you do it for the money and nothing but the money, it’s not fun anymore. Instead of being a release it becomes a restraint, and that will choke the life out of you. Never stop expressing yourself, look for new ways to express yourself and above all never be ashamed of expressing yourself. Because life is beautiful and so are you.
Wayne Johnson is a Harrisburg, PA native. He mostly utilizes traditional art forms and media. However, most recently he has partnered with Hela7even Development, a multimedia company. In this adventure he is working on growing the business to develop a full game and animation studio. Past works include a 19 page comic book for a CD insert for the local band JR Wolf, illustrating the cover for the novel The Fallan : Legacy, and designing the wrestling uniforms for Bishop McDevitt High School. He is currently working on his own full length comic, script writing, and developing a full animated series with Hela7even.
In his downtime he continues to leisurely draw and paint and spending time with his daughter encouraging her love for art.
Artist/writer- Zen-X: Don’t Smoke!
Author- Zen-X: The Solmax Destiny Vol.1
James was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives in Harrisburg with his wife and four children.
A long time fan of all things Superhero & Sci-Fi, James, a talented artist with no professional training, seeks to use what skills he has, to enter into the genre he has enjoyed since the age of five.
Now, 30 years later, James is about to take a leap into the unknown with his Artistic and writing debut at the 2017 Harrisburg Comic Con.
With no real world experience, James is taking his years of planning and waiting for the right moment to put himself out there with his original characters and story ideas.
He felt that 2016’s first HBG Comic Con would have been that perfect moment, but he failed to complete his work in time to meet the deadline to participate in the inaugural event.
With only small works being done for friends and family, along with his own personal projects, James has never felt ready or good enough to attempt a feat such as this. And although his works have always been well received by others, the artists must always deal with the harshes critic of all… themselves.
As most artist know, they are their own worst enemy. So this lack of confidence and constant over analyzing of every detail has been a crippling factor in James not reaching his full potential.
Now he will make this second attempt at what may possibly be his last chance in fulfilling a lifelong dream before tossing it all back in the hobby drawer for good.
His novel, Zen-X: The Solmax Destiny and his small press comic single issue, Zen-X: Don’t Smoke, (both in development) will debut at this years Harrisburg Comic Con.
Will James overcome his inner “Nitpicking Nemesis”?
Will James be crushed by the weight of his own imagination?
Will he reach another world or be burnt up by the sun?
Will James be able share his greatness with the world, or will he find that he’s fallen victim to his own delusions of grandeur.
Come join him as we set sail for the stars and find out the answers to these questions together…
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Tony Gomez was born in Lagos state, Nigeria (1980). He graduated in 2003 with distinction with HND (Higher National Diploma) from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos Nigeria. A Painter/ Graphic Artist/ Digital Illustrator and a Fitness Instructor, Gomez has participated in several Group Art Exhibitions such as the Group Art Exhibition organized at the 40th anniversary of National Institution Of International Affairs, Nigeria (NIIA) in 2001.
He’s worked at Vantgarde Media Communications, an Advertising Agency as a concept artist in 2005 – 2008. He later worked at Xtractive Designs in 2009-2011, as a lead Graphic Artist and was later promoted to a Creative Director. Highly eclectic in his creative nature, he was selected as the artist to produce time lapse sketches of the 5 short listed contestants on Nigerian Idol season 5 in 2013.
Gomez has been involved in a lot of collaborative projects with prominent and notable contemporary artists in Nigeria such as, Abiodun Olaku,Peju Olatise, Ndidi Dike and ace Photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi.
He’s currently working at Wacom Nigeria as an Art Consultant and teaches Digital Illustrations using, Photoshop and Autodesk 7 Pro softwares. He is also a Senior Partner presently at the Strawberrybridge, an animation and films media company.
Randy Haldeman lives in the city of Lancaster, PA, where he works drawing small press comics. Primarily focused on finishing his superhero-noir comic, The Jacket, Randy also spends time on a few other projects alongside some of the best small press creators, like Brandon Barrows, CW Cooke, and Kurt Belcher. Aside from comics, Randy spends what is left of his time painting commissions for a range of clients.
In his free time, Randy likes to take an actual break from work and spend time with his fiancée and their two cats, watching movies or creating more art. The cats are not very good at either one.
www.TheJacketComic.com (Read my webcomic!)
@RTHaldeman on Instagram (I’m on here a lot)
David Beitzel is a cartoonist who grew up in the Harrisburg area and now lives in Brooklyn. His comics appear semi-regularly on www.phatypus.com and www.facebook.com/phatypus, and his comic strip collection, The Subway Rules, is available at various NYC comic shops. David’s work has also appeared in Game Informer, AddictingGames.com, and a GrayHaven Comics short story anthology. One day, David hopes to befriend a wild animal.
I am a comic book creator and writer. I am the writer of Vincent Price Presents: In The Shadows #1 published by Storm Comics. I am also the creator and writer of Mr. Crypt published by Alterna Comics! I have self-published seven full comics and three mini comics so far. I have also been included in the following anthologies: Indie Comics Magazine #9 and #10, Oh, Comics! #23 and #24, The Gatekeeper Files, Uncanny Adventures Duo #2, WitchWorks #2-5, Blokes Terrible Tomb Of Terror Magazine #13, Hallowscream #7 and #8, Megabook M4, Santa’s Favorite Tales, Red King Presents #2 and #3, ThrillVault #1 and Chronicles of Terror #1-3. Contact me at email@example.com
Author – The Exiled Seven
Blake Renworth is an editor by day and a writer by night. After years in the publishing business, writing and editing for much bigger fish than herself, she decided it was time to focus on her own writing … and then she remembered she needed to pay her bills. So now she still writes and edits for others for a living, but she sneaks in a little writing for herself when she can.
Blake lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, who are named after Harry Potter characters (the dogs—not her husband and daughter). Her debut novel, The Exiled Seven, was published in May of 2016, and she is currently working on several projects, all related to the Exiled Series.
Jeff is the artist on Sitcomics Super Suckers book. He spent 17 years at Archie Comics, has illustrated stories for Boom Studios Peanuts book, and was formerly ghost artist on the Tom and Jerry newspaper strip.
Scott is a Philadelphia based Freelance Celebrity/Character Portrait Artist. He has been touring across the United States for 3 years as a guest of various comic and horror conventions. His work has been featured in several magazines, websites, and movies. July 2015 he released his self-titled book and launched his new clothing company in December. You can find all of his artwork and apparel on his website:
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Ken Hunt is a self taught artist that has worked in the comic and entertainment industries for numerous publishers and companies as an artist, editor, logo designer, and art director. Published credits include Marvel Comics (What If), DC Comics (Talon, Batman), About Time Comics (Godsend, Dreamer), Advent Comics (Titan), AC Comics (Femforce, Men of Mystery), Daystar Entertainment (Love Gun: Synergy Crisis, The Quest), Carnal Comics (Demi’s Pin-up Diary), B-Brand Comix (Djustine, Wheela), Jam Packed Productions (Rave Sessions 2008), and numerous other publishers.