Comic Village Countdown Spotlight
Jade Sarson is a Lincoln based illustrator and comic artist. They like tea and big dogs! They graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Illustration and started self publishing the teastained webcomic series Cafe Suada shortly after that. Their style is a fusion of British roots with Japanese influences and combines digital and traditional techniques. In 2013 they were nominated for Best Emerging Talent in the British Comic Awards, and in 2014 won the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel competition with an extract from For the Love of God, Marie!, published in 2016. In 2018 Cafe Suada was nominated for Best Webcomic in the Broken Frontier Awards.
Read more of their work at teahermit.co.uk!
COMIC VILLAGE SPECIAL GUESTS
MIKE ZECK (Table CV10-12)
An industry veteran with a tonne of Marvel and DC titles to his name, American comic artist Mike Zeck is best known for his work on Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, Captain America, The Punisher, Deathstroke the Terminator and iconic Spider-Man plotline ‘Kraven’s Last Hunt’, widely considered one of the greatest Spidey stories ever told. Other credits include Batman, Green Lantern, Master of Kung Fu, G.I. Joe and The Kingdom.
JOHN BEATTY (Table CV14)
One of the industry’s top inkers, John Beatty has worked on almost every major comic character there is at one time or other, collaborating with acclaimed pencil artists such as Kelley Jones, Michael Golden and friend and fellow MCM guest Mike Zeck. Beatty’s work for Marvel and DC Comics includes Captain America, The Punisher, Secret Wars and a host of Batman projects, including a fan favourite three-year run on the monthly Batman book.
MARK TEXEIRA (Table CV108)
Acclaimed for his work on Ghost Rider, Black Panther and Vampirella, Mark Texeira’s four decades in the industry have seen his dynamic drawings featured in hundreds of books and comics, not to mention magazines, movies, albums and ads. Other titles Texeira has contributed to include Wolverine, Spider-Man, Sabretooth, Psi-Force and Jonah Hex, while last year saw him collaborate with Frank Tieri on the explosive A Million Ways to Die hard.
HOWARD MACKIE (Table CV225)
American comic book editor and writer Howard Mackie is probably most famous as the co-creator of the Danny Ketch incarnation of Ghost Rider. Currently working on projects at Zenescope Entertainment, Mackie’s Marvel and DC Comics output includes Spider-Man, The X-Men, X-Factor, Gambit, Solo Avengers, The Ravagers and Batman Black and White – and he was also recently revealed as 2001 series The Brotherhood’s mysterious ‘Writer-X’!
EMANUELA LUPACCHINO (Table CV252)
After illustrating several series in her native Italy, Emanuela Lupacchino kicked off her US career with IDW titles such as Angel: Only Human and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine before becoming the regular artist for Marvel’s X-Factor. Following a long run on Marvel comics, Lupacchino moved to DC, where her credits include Supergirl, Trinity, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, JLA, Bombshells and – most recently – Conner and Palmiotti’s Starfire.
ALISON SAMPSON (Table CV55)
Alison Sampson is an award-winning artist and architect currently Drawing the HIT GIRL: NO MANS LAND comic for Image Comics, and prepping new work for US publishers (yet to be announced). Amongst other projects, she previously drew WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD for Image, Jessica Jones for Marvel, work for DC/Vertigo, and Dark Horse, and various Kickstarter-funded comics, including the best-sellling Femme Magnifique from IDW.
Jarrett Melendez has been writing since he learned how to spell. His first published work was a play he wrote in high school, called “Oh, Grow Up!” He is a regular contributor to “Full Bleed,” published by IDW Publishing. Other works include “The Weight of Time” for A Wave Blue World’s anthology, “All We Ever Wanted,” and contributions to “Sgt. Werewolf,” and “Axe of Hellena.” He is currently writing two graphic novels: a young adult romance, and a memoir.
INHYUK LEE (Table CV179)
InHyuk Lee is an illustrator, freelance and concept artist from Seoul, Korea, who is world renowned for his extraordinary digital artwork. He is currently working with Marvel producing cover illustrations, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, Venom, and The X-Men. InHyuk also runs a Youtube channel with tutorials on how to create digital illustrations. He is always open to new projects and requests.
ANDY PRICE (Table CV162)
Since issue 1, Andy Price has been the lead pencil/ink artist for the incredibly successful and record breaking MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC comic book from IDW Publishing. MLP broke the 100,000 presale mark, the first independent book to beat out DC or Marvel in 9 years! The book has reached an all age audience, and bought new readers to comic shops. The book has reached worldwide distribution, and achieved a Diamond Gem award.
WHILCE PORTACIO (Table CV1)
Whilce Portacio started as an inker on Alien Legion and Longshot in 1984 before launching his three decades career as a penciler. He has been a leading comic book talent ever since his big break on Marvel titles Punisher, X-Factor and Uncanny X-Men in the early ’90s and created Bishop. Portacio was also one of the seven founders of Image Comics. He created “Wetworks” for Image and launched another creator-owned title “Non-Humans”. Whilce has worked on Marvel, DC and Image titles, and still currently works for these companies, including the latest X-Men book, Major X.
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ALESSANDRO VITTI (Table CV180)
Alessandro has collaborated with many of the comic book industries highest profile talents including Jonathan Hickman on Secret Warriors for Marvel Comics, Charles Soule on Red Lanterns for DC Comics and Lee Bermejo on Suiciders: Kings of Hell.a for Vertigo Comics. His other works include Batman Eternal, Secret Origins: Swamp Thing, Captain America & Hawkeye, Avengers Arena, Daken, and Iceman.
RAGS MORALES (Table CV235 & CV236)
Morales’ first professional work was penciling 19 issues of Forgotten Realms with writer Jeff Grubb. Morales co-created and pencilled Black Condor at DC Comics before working on
Dungeons and Dragons magazines for Harper Collins, Hawkman with Geoff Johns, and Identity Crisis with Brad Meltzer. The series was eventually selected by The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s 2007 recommended list of Great Graphic Novels For Teens. In 2011 Morales was announced as the artist on the new Action Comics #1, teaming with writer Grant Morrison.
STEVE LAVIGNE (Table CV206 & CV207)
Steve Lavigne was the very first employee hired by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird (co-creators of TMNT) back in 1985, and began by lettering TMNT comics, coloring graphic novels and covers. Steve was the artist responsible for creating most of the officially licensed TMNT artwork seen on merchandise, toys, video games, and product packaging back in the late 80’s & early 90’s.He also created TMNT characters Sergeant Bananas, Screwloose, Cuddly Cowlick, Code Name Chameleon among others.
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RENEE WITTERSTAETTER (Table CV13)
Renée Witterstaetter, is an American comic book colorist, editor, producer, and writer. She has worked on comics such as the Avengers, Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and Superman. She is best known for her work as an editor with John Byrne on the Marvel Comics series The Sensational She-Hulk. Witterstaetter started her career at DC Comics working on Superman. She later worked at Marvel Comics on Silver Surfer and Conan. While at Marvel she was a colorist on many series including the Avengers, Spider-Man, and Captain America
ANDY DIGGLE (Table CV178)
Andy Diggle is a professional comics writer, and former editor of cult British sci-fi comic 2000AD. He is currently writing SHADOWMAN & Incursion for Valiant Entertainment. Andy is best know for collaborating on GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE which inspired the hit TV show ARROW; and THE LOSERS which was adapted into the 2010 movie starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, and Zoe Saldana. Andy’s work for US publishers includes BATMAN, SUPERMAN, GREEN LANTERNS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, and DOCTOR WHO
EMMA VIECELI (Table CV177 Saturday Only)
Currently the writer for Life is Strange (Titan comics), Emma Vieceli‘s other recent work includes: Olivia Twist (Dark Horse), Alex Rider (Walker books), The Adventures of Supergirl (DC comics), Doctor Who (Titan comics) and the New York Times-bestselling Vampire Academy graphic novel series (PenguinRandomHouse)
She co-creates the critically acclaimed independent web series, BREAKS with Malin Ryden (collected editions published through SoaringPenguin), with Vieceli co-writing and ‘comicking’ (art/tone/letters).
Sarah Graley is a UK based artist and writer. Her brand new graphic novel GLITCH (Scholastic/Graphix) debuts this month! She is also the creator of the ongoing spooky rom-com series KIM REAPER (Oni Press), alongside popular diary comic OUR SUPER ADVENTURE (Oni Press).
She is the artist on the first official MINECRAFT graphic novel (Dark Horse), and was the artist and writer for the RICK AND MORTY miniseries LIL’ POOPY SUPERSTAR (Oni Press).
Marc Ellerby is an Essex born cartoonist and is currently the lead artist on the official Rick and Morty comics published by Oni Press/Titan Comics. He has also worked on properties such as Doctor Who, Regular Show and Amazing World of GumBall. He is the creator of the autobiographical graphic novel Ellerbisms: A Sporadic Diary Comic and the YA fantasy comedy series Chloe Noonan
Gary Erskine has worked in the comic industry for near thirty years for MARVEL, DC Comics, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics and more on books including The Unwritten, Hellblazer,, and Grindhouse with Alex De Campi, with characters as diverse as Judge Dredd, Starman, and Captain America. He has also contributed to licenses including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Transformers and Terminator.
Gary works commercially with clients including AXIS Studios, D’Agostini, SONY, EA Games COLORS, Team GB British Cycling, J League and the Joshua Agency.
Jack Lawrence has been a professional comic artist since 2003. His past credits include Skylanders; 2000 AD; Lions. Tigers and Bears; Dreamworks Dragons and many more. He is currently illustrating IDW’s critically acclaimed Transformers title, Lost Light.
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