Darren Davis

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The award-winning creator and developer of more than 100 titles, Darren G. Davis is one of the leading lights of independent comic-book and graphic novel publishers. He has masterminded several very successful comic book ventures including 10th Muse, Legend of Isis and Insane Jane. The latter is currently in production as a major television program.

Davis, as the president of TidalWave Productions (formerly BlueWater Productions), has developed several iconic titles over the past nearly 20 years including The 10th Muse for Image Comics. In that time, he has carved out a successful niche in the fiction world with successful collaborations with iconic genre heroes including William Shatner (Star Trek), Adam West (Batman), Vincent Price, Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, Sinbad), William Nolan (Logan’s Run), Roger Corman and many others. These projects including Wrath of the Titans, Logan’s Run Last Day, TekWar Chronicles and Vincent Price Presents have, in their own right, become part of the canon of each property.

As popular as his fiction books, Davis is singularly responsible for the resurgence of the non-fiction comic book. With his partnership through libraries, school systems and other learning centers, Davis has dramatically expanded readership with his collection of biographies. These biographies, ranging from US Presidents and other political leaders to entertainment personalities to notable business leaders, helped redefine and reenergize a once-forgotten genre of comic books. His titles including Female Force, the national mainstream media has embraced Political Power, Tribute and Orbit. Davis has appeared in many news features including CNN, Fox News, The View, The Tonight Show, Vanity Fair, New York Times, and even TMZ!

Davis has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry. Starting as a sales person at E! Entertainment, he went on to work for DC Comics, Image, and Wizard before forming his own production company. His very first independent creation, The 10th Muse, became the 6th highest grossing book of 2001. This is significant considering competition from well-known and well- established titles. In 2015, Davis started TidalWave Publishing in order to expand his professional experience into other media including television, podcasts and other multi-media ventures. Insane Jane is currently in production with Dollhouse alum Laurie Miracle attached to star in the eponymous role. Davis’ 10th Muse and Legend of Isis has also been optioned and in development. Davis created Wrath of the Titans was produced by Warner Bros. in 2012. Several of Davis’s other titles including Vincent Price Presents, Sinbad Rogue of Mars, Ray Harryhausen’s The Elementals and Logan’s Run have been adapted as radio dramas broadcast by Colonial Radio Theater over their SiriusXM channel.

Davis even has had his own comic book as a question on Jeopardy!

Jeff Johnson

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Jeff began his career as an artist at a very early age. His first professional job was a post apocalyptic adventure comic strip he drew for a local newspaper at the tender age of 17.

From there Jeff moved on to draw many different stories and characters for many different companies. His comic work ranges from Wonder Man, The X-Men and Spider-Man at Marvel to Green Lantern, Jonah Hex and Supergirl at DC Comics and he even helped create a kung fu comedy, Way of the Rat for Crossgen. When not drawing comics, Jeff was lucky enough to work on many animated shows and movies. He designed a surprising amount of your favorite characters on the Boondocks, did a stint storyboarding Young Justice and often found himself drawing either Batman, Superman or the Transformers beating up on a villain.

When not sitting at the table, Jeff likes make up ridiculous voices for his pets and have them debate the meaning of life.

Scott Kolins

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SCOTT KOLINS, renowned award-winning comic book creator, best known for his art on THE FLASH, as well as THE AVENGERS, JUSTICE LEAGUE and ACTION COMICS is currently drawing BLUE BEETLE. Scott has written and drawn: SOLOMON GRUNDY, CITIZEN COLD, SUPERMAN-BATMAN, JSA, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT and his creator-owned ADAM.3! Scott has worked for LUCASFILM and for The FLASH T.V. show – but comic books will always be his home.

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Art Thibert

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While Art Thibert is a comic book artist who is primarily known as an inker, he also has a substantial resume as a penciler, writer, and creator.  He owns and operates an art studio, Hack Shack Studios, where he trains aspiring inkers and also creates properties for comics and film.  Thibert broke into the comics industry in the mid-1980s.  At that time, he started working for Marvel Comics as an inker and DC Comics as a penciler.  His big break came when he was hired to do finishes over Dan Jurgens on The Adventures of Superman.  He also had a long run penciling Action Comics covers.  After that, Thibert inked almost exclusively for Marvel Comics, with many of those years spent on the X-Men titles inking over such talents as Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, and Rob Liefeld.  He also penciled various issues of X-Men and helped launch a new Cable series with writer, Fabian Nicieza.

During the early 1990s, Thibert joined forces with an up-start new company called Image Comics, where he worked on such flagship titles as Spawn (with Greg Capullo), WildC.A.T.S. and CyberForce.  He then settled in at Rob Liefield’s Extreme Studios where he worked most notably on Troll, Cybrid and also penciled various covers for Supreme.   In 1994, Image and Extreme Studios published a mini-series of Art’s creator-owned book, Black and White.

Art later went back to Marvel Comics where he helped launch their Ultimate line working with Mark Bagley, Adam Kubert and Dave Finch (Ultimate Spiderman and Ultimate X-Men).   He has worked exclusively for DC Comics for the past 13 years.  Before the DC reboot, Art penciled and inked fill-in interior pages, and also the covers for several issues of The Flash.  During the New 52 run, he once again got to work with his friend, Rob Liefield on Deathstroke and Savage Hawkman and now is working on Action Comics and Superwoman for the Rebirth Series.

In his spare time, Art is in the process of bringing his Image published, Chrono Mechanics comics to PBS as an animated series.

 

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Tom Hutchison

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Tom Hutchison is the co-founder of Big Dog Ink as well as the writer and creator of Critter, Penny for Your Soul, Ursa Minor and the Legend of Oz: The Wicked West. He also serves as the art director for the company’s many titles. Tom has taken part in virtually every portion of the industry at one time or another, starting as a reader and collector, then managing a local comic book shop before moving on and owning his own store. Tom has now been writing and creating comics though Big Dog Ink for the past seven years, and BDI is now an integrated imprint of Aspen Comics as of 2015.

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Adam Gallardo

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Adam Gallardo is a writer living in Oregon. At the moment, he is best known for his work writing comic books. He’s the author of Star Wars: Infinites – Return of the Jedi as well as two creator-owned series, 100 Girls and Gear School. He’s also written a handful of short comics stories as well as edited a number of titles for Dark Horse including Xena: Warrior Princess and Mike Allred’s Madman.   His debut Young Adult novel, Zomburbia, was released by Kensington Publishing in 2014, and its sequel, Zombified, came out in 2015.

Adam attended The Evergreen State College where he learned to his horror that he might be a genre writer after working with Science Fiction author, Bill Ransom. This suspicion was confirmed when he attended the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine and worked closely with a number of genre authors including Elizabeth Hand, James Patrick Kelly, Nancy Holder and Scott Wolven.

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