Enrica is the founder and editor-in-chief at Red Stylo Media. She is the writer and creator of Azteca, a comic series and motion comic, The House of Montresor an original graphic novel slated for release next year, as well as editor of The Poe Twisted Anthology and the forthcoming Unfashioned Creatures: A Frankenstein Anthology (August 2013). Her screenplay The Freshmen was made into a short film, Frienemies, winner of a CINE Golden Eagle in 2011. Read more about her at enricajang.com.
Foreword, The Iron Toungue of Midnight
Dirk Manning is best known as the writer/creator of the horror comic series NIGHTMARE WORLD
from Image Comics/Shadowline and the inspirational “how-to” column WRITE OR WRONG
, which has now been collected in book form as WRITE OR WRONG: “A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics”
(Transfuzion Publishing) for an October 2012 release. He is also the writer of TALES OF MR. RHEE
and LOVE STORIES ABOUT DEATH
(both of which can be read for free at www.ShadowlineOnline.com
), the writer/co-creator of the all-ages fantasy series FARSEEKER
) and the writer of The Hunger
for the popular YouTube horror film series BlackBoxTV. He loves life and hates ninjas. Cthulhu is his homeboy.
Jeremy Whitley is the Eisner nominated writer/creator of the hit all-ages title Princeless and the upcoming The Order of Dagonet. He is a graduate of The University of North Carolina with a degree in English and Creative Writing. He is co-founder of Firetower Studios and Head of Marketing for Action Lab Entertainment. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife Alicia and daughter Zuri.
The Hamelin Murders
Writer and Artist
For a brief moment in 1982, Alex Cormack was the youngest human being on Earth. Now he is an illustrator/animator living in Waltham MA. His work has been seen in such publications as The Poe Twisted Anthology
, The Chikara Web Comic
, The Minimum Paige Anthology
, Hellbound 2 Anthology
, Image Comics’s Skull-kickers
, and the upcoming Oxymoron Anthology
from Comix Tribe. He is also getting married to the world famous artist, Ashley Cook, who helped color The Hamelin Murders
and the short Dead Men’s Story
Mr. Cormack encourages everyone to look up his website for more information, www.AlexCormack.com
All Our Yesterdays
Rich Douek is the writer of the forthcoming miniseries GUTTER MAGIC
. In addition to his work in comics, he has had prose stories published in the DIRT PRESS ANTHOLOGY
, BURNING EMPIRES
RPG (based on Chris Moeller’s Iron Empires Graphic Novels), and has contributed columns on writing to comixtribe.com
. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son, where he spends his days masquerading as a mild-mannered copywriter and graphic designer. You can find him on twitter @rdouek, and get news about Gutter Magic and other projects at sixguncomics.com
Gabriel Dunston is a cartoonist/illustrator living in Garner, North Carolina. He has made journal comics and comic short stories and is now working on his first full graphic novel. When not making comics, Gabriel is playing drums, teaching high school drumline, and raising his daughter as a stay-at-home-dad. He also does his fair share of freelance work.
To read more about him or see more work please visit his website. FireLightsMedia.com
War of Studios
David Fernandez is a comic book artist/colorist/illustrator from New York City. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2009 and is currently working on his own self-published series The Eclipse, a dark superhero drama. His coloring works include “Fat Man on Batman”, for the new podcast by legendary indy director Kevin Smith.
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Assistant Editor and Artist
Andre Frattino is the color/letter artist for AZTECA #1 and #2. He illustrated the children’s novel, Here Comes Julie Jack (Wild Onion Press). He also wrote and illustrated The Reaper of St. George Street, a graphic novel published by Pineapple Press. Andre draws and writes the comic strip Son of a Gator in the University of Florida’s Independent Florida Alligator. Andre lives in Gainesville FL.
Ophelia’s Revenge, Detective Hortio, The Ass Man, Try Ear-Poison
Laura Guzzo is a freelance illustrator whose award-winning artwork has been featured in galleries across the East Coast, in addition to appearing on book covers and t-shirts. Laura enjoys working in many different media, including colored pencils, watercolor, and collage. She draws inspiration from tarot cards and stained glass, as well as from 1950’s pin-up girls and the art nouveau movement. She currently works out of her studio in South Jersey and is a part of the artist’s collective Rough Sketch Studios. Most recent projects include Amaranthine (Machine Age Productions) and PrinceLess (Action Lab Comics). To see more, visit: www.LauraGuzzoArt.com
Shawn Harbin is a writer/artist living in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been featured on the podcasts: In This Issue, Comic Book Related, Nerd Girl’s Eye View, and Pete’s Basement. A graduate the University of Tennessee with a BFA in painting and a MS degree in Education, his art career started with the web comic series Held Back, before moving into the epic 9 Issue series of The Dungeon Comic. His current series is mix of mystery, horror, suspense, fantasy and even comedy. The Dungeon Comic has received positives reviews by The Nerd Girls Crew and Knights of the Dinner Table magazine. He has worked as an artist with Amber Love on Holy Oak, and Kevin La Porte on The mini-series Road Kill Dejour. Updates on his projects and appearances can be found at http://www.bsx22studios.com and www.facebook.com/TheDungeonComic
War of Theaters
Bobby Harper was born in Philadelphia but has resided in Gainesville, Florida since he was six. This is his first published comic book story but hopes to write more soon. Bobby has an unhealthy obsession with Spider-Man and all things spider related. He is the proud half owner of a new comic book/ record shop located in the heart of downtown Gainesville called WolfWax Comics & Records. Bobby is excited to be a part of this project and gives much thanks to Red Stylo Media for giving him a chance.
Mitchell Hyman is a comic book industry veteran whose work has been recognized and endorsed by such respected industry personalities as George Perez, Green Lantern creator Mart Nodell and The Flash creator Harry Lampert. Mr. Hyman created the acclaimed independent character and eponymous comic book Bubba the Redneck Werewolf, which received solid reviews from diverse print and online publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Wizard Magazine and AintItCool.com. He also gained notoriety for his work on Cracked Magazine, in particular the Donald Trump firing issue.
Writer and Artist
Andrew Jerz was raised on a Sandy Beach off of Route 3A a few miles south of Boston, USA on the passing tales of glory in a place called Cohasset Town. By trade, he was a butcher – was well learned and well paid, but like the old boardwalks and family-owned hardware stores of his hometown that knelt to progress, his trade’s lost to memory. He courted Sally Quigly, who was as pretty as you pleased, but a rogue child of Mary of the Boston branch of the Tea Party. He lost her to a carnival ride operator with a bald head as smooth as a baby’s ass, and when he took her back to Ohio he took away Andrew’s soul. It was at this juncture that he became an illustrator, training under the likes of James Ransome, Roger Demuth, John Thompson, and Jerome Witkin – a genius painter that once referred to illustrators as “the barnacles that feed on the whale of Fine Art.” More personally, John Thompson once referred to Andrew’s work as “fuzzy, at its best.” Andrew has done editorial work for a number of publications mostly headquartered between Springfield, MA and Buffalo, NY at equally spaced intervals along the I-90 corridor (once known as the Mohawk Trail and, at some points, the Erie Canal); he has lived in Boston City with his illustrious Common Sense Advisor, Susan, since the rare old times.
Sherezada Kent is a writer and filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her short film, Everything I Needed to Know About Zombies I Learned From the Movies
, has participated in film festivals across the U.S. since 2009. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Red Stylo Media’s Poe Twisted Anthology
. You can find more about her work at sherezadakent.blogspot.com
Seva Khibkin is an artist, designer and developer in the Boston area. His degree is from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He has worked on a number of projects, and enjoys collaborating with other artists in the area.
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Ashley Lanni has been making art since receiving her first set of crayons in the 80’s. Most of her days are happily spent drawing and painting awesome nerdy art for the entertainment of the people that understand her the most. Read more about her comic Aspire
on Facebook at Facebook.com/AspireComics
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Writer (with Kristen McHugh)
Amber aka Elizabeth-Amber Love is a model and writer from New Jersey. She is one of the co-founders and resident Wonder Woman of a huge fundraiser hosted by Comic Fusion to raise donations through the sales of comic art to benefit a domestic violence charity. She has written Holyoak
, Slim & Posh
, Teen Detective
, Athena Voltaire: Land, Sky & Sea
and has been a guest writer for Subculture
webcomic. She designs and sells superhero costumes which will be featured on the NatGeo series Comic Store Heroes. Her new podcast Vodka O’Clock
features many different aspects of arts and entertainment. She is also known for doodling penguin superheroes on bar napkins. AmberUnmasked.com
has even more shenanigans.
James McGee has loved stories all his life, and has wanted to tell them since he was in the 8th grade. Star-Crossed is his first published comic, and it is dream come true. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and works in a library so, yeah, pretty nerdy. James lives in West Virginia with his wife, Laura, and an ever-growing army of cats.
No. 130, For Love
Writer (with Amber Love)
Kristen McHugh is a Pittsburgh-based writer and spoken-word performer. A life-long activist, Kristen is hard at work saving the world through her work in nonprofits, when she’s not plotting world domination through geekery on twitter, @kristenmchugh22. This is her first published comic.
Writer and Artist
A.I.Miller, born in 1987 in Fort Worth, Texas, is a figurative painter, digital artist, writer and comic artist. His passion is for exploring the vast poetic possibilities of narrative sequential art, which he studied while earning his MFA at MICA. The subject of his work ranges from non-fiction and autobiography to philosophical cyberpunk fables. He is currently living in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and a very fluffy Bichon. There, he has an active studio practice, and is working on several projects including the science fiction serial, Bicephalous Cyborg which will (hopefully) be self-published some time in the spring. Read more about his work at www.aimiller.com
The Brothers Moogk-Soulis
The Iron Tongue of Midnight
Just like you, the Brothers Moogk-Soulis (Graham and Neal,) put their pants on two legs at a time. They are also the creators of PostScript
, a comic strip set in the messy aftermath of fairytales that can be found at www.PostScriptComic.com
. The comics feature a cast as quirky and twisted as the brothers’ senses of humour. With their backgrounds in History and English, the two might seem like unlikely cartoonist but, as you know from your own experiences, such actions are par for the course for two-legs-at-a-timers.
The Play Is the Thing
Shaun Noel is a graduate of the State University of Geneseo. He has had various jobs in the comic industry including a summer internship at DC Comics and Wizard Magazine’s online site. A mild mannered worker ant by day, Shaun spends his nights dreaming up stories of heroic deeds and flowing capes. He is currently writing the adventures of Arianna, Jin and Daniel in his dystopian comic book City of Walls
. This collaboration with Abede Lovelace is available at CityofWalls.com
and at every New York Comic con.
Jarrod L. Perez (or TOONZi, as he signs his work) is the founder/owner of Milqtoast Comics, a company branded with high quality comics created by himself with stimulating and playful illustrations and stories, touching anywhere from stoner adventures in strange lands to random humorous social commentaries by engaging colorful characters. Picking up a comic by Jarrod is the formula for intellectual and thought provoking comedy at its best.
He also plays bass and sings in his own band, as well as an occasional bass player for Dirk Strangely and his Hatchetmen.
R. Robert Pollak
Hamlet, Cleopatra, Romeo & Juliet at Studio 54, Slapstick Shrew
A graduate of Pratt Institute, drawing illustrations with a cartoon flair since the mid-1970’s. Designed major displays/windows in Visual Merchandising on Fifth Avenue for over a decade. Oversaw corporate publications for more than five years, as an art director for the JC Penney Company, at their world headquarters. Also teaching art to young people for over 20 years! Many of his pen and ink illustrations have appeared in an assortment of publications over the years, starting with The Soho Weekly News
and Saks Fifth Avenue
, to more recently The Shawangunk Journal
, The Ellenville Public Library/Museum
, and Historic Green-Wood Cemetery
in Brooklyn. Illustrations have been exhibited at gallery shows in Soho, Dumbo, Harlem, and upstate NY.
With assistance from John Sterling Lucas, Pollak started the Katy Keene Fan Club page on Facebook. He administered and created art for that fan club from 2009-2011. That group was a homage to Bill Woggon’s 1945 creation. In 2010, The Pin-Up Parade comic book (limited printing) was published as a special free collector’s issue . More recently Pollak’s Mermaids, Vixens, and Wenches, A Pin-Up Gallery features new postcard collections and t-shirts. In 2012 an independent comic book of pin-ups by Pollak for Mermaids, Vixens, and Wenches will be announced, that will include the work of many fine cartoonists.
Erik Radvon is a writer, editor, and journalist whose work has appeared in several award-winning publications. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife Jessika and an anti-social guinea pig. Samples of his work may be found at www.radvon.com
and inane mutterings of 140 characters on Twitter @radvon4realz.
Rocketed from a distant, dying planet…..no, that’s not right. Actually, Micheal’s love for comics started way back when his mother bought him his first comic book, Action Comics #600. That small spark lit a fire that has yet to die down. Because of the action (no pun intended) leaping off of each page by John Byrne, at a very young age, he knew he wanted to be an artist. Many thanks to those who have influenced his art in this order: John Byrne, Dan Jurgens, Mike Wieringo, Jack Kirby, his loving and supportive wife and his mother for spending an invaluable $2.50 on a nine year old boy’s imagination.
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Jhazmine, artiste exraordinaire, is the former penciler for AZTECA
by Red Stylo Media (Issues #1-3.) She is Savannah College of Art and Design alum and has been published by Marvel Comics (Big Hero 6, Issues 3 and 4) as well as in The Fletcher Hanks Redux Anthology
. She lives in Riverview FL.
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In between odd jobs and the pursuit of his education, Jon Santana reads, writes, takes pictures, and surfs the internet at an alarming rate. His other hobbies include motorcycles and the occasional nap, although he reports feelings of guilt upon waking. Last spotted in Gainesville, FL, he is older than he looks and exists almost entirely on sandwiches and caffeine.
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Erica Schultz is the writer and co-creator of the original comic book series, M3
. Growing up, Erica would steal whatever her older brother came home with from the comic store, and fell in love with such titles as X-Men, Batman, and Spider-Man, to name a few. She’s worked in the comic industry for more than three years, and has provided artistic and editor support on the mini-series Batman Odyssey
, New Avengers 16.1
, and The Astonishing X-Men
motion comic “Gifted.” Erica has also written a four-issue Judo Girl
mini series and a Venus & Valkyrie
one-shot for Bluewater Comics. More recently, she has been working with Red Stylo Press, providing editorial, design, and lettering support for their various titles.
She lives in New Jersey with her husband, A.J.
All Our Yesterdays
Jason Strutz is an illustrator and artist for the comic series The Order of Dagonet
, written by Jeremy Whitley. He lives with his wife/editor in Carrboro, NC. See more of his work at StrutzIllustration.com
Marta Tanrikulu edits and writes technical, educational, marketing, and creative materials, including the occasional story. Trained as a scientist, she worked as a researcher and editor in the biotech industry before founding her company, TanMar Editorial.