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.
Joel Adams is the eldest son of famed comic book artist, Neal Adams. After graduating the School of Visual Arts in New York, Joel moved to Los Angeles to work at Neal’s west coast offices of Continuity Studios. While at Continuity, he dabbled in comic books helping out on Continuity titles such as Ms Mystic and Bucky O’Hare.
Joel’s career in Los Angeles took him in and out of Continuity and all over the industry. He did a few covers for Alpha Production’s Blood Thirst line, and was then picked up by Penthouse Comix to do Young Captain Adventure. From comics, Joel moved on to animation. Marvel Animation, in 1996, picked up Joel to do all the character design for The Hulk: Animated series. From there designed a few other shows including the first three years of the Emmy Award winning King of the Hill as Character designer.
While working for the animation companies, Joel also picked up all of the licensing art style guides for these shows and others by the licensing companies handling them. Joel’s art has appeared on licensed products from: The Hulk, Nascar Racers, King of the Hill, Captain Scarlet, The Mask (Animation), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers: Light Speed Rescue, Power Rangers: Wild Force, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Today, Joel has been devoted to pushing his own brand/license LILZ, a series of big head big eyed characters he began showing back in 2000, and can be seen literally all over online community message boards and websites in what are called “signature tags.” It is his desire to get the Lilz off of the Internet and into stores everywhere.
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.
United Heroes for Hope is a group of volunteers who enjoy costuming, and put that hobby to good use by doing appearances for charity fundraising.