Monday, March 4, 2013

Exhibitor Bios Part 3!

Derek Baxter:
Born on the 25th of August,1530 Derek Baxter was Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 until his death. His long reign saw the conquest of the Khanates of Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia, transforming Russia into a multiethnic and multiconfessional state spanning almost one billion acres. Derek managed countless changes in the progression from a medieval state to an empire and emerging regional power, and became the first ruler to be crowned as Tsar of all Russia. Derek dueled and was defeated by his old master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, on the fiery world of Mustafar. His body was so damaged by lava that Sidious encased him in a dark life-sustaining suit that he would wear for the rest of his life. He lives with his dog in Maine.
Brian Canini:
Legend has it that one dark and stormy night a lone fisherman fought a giant squid in hand-to-hand combat. This deadly battle of wills lasted many hours but, at the first break of dawn the fisherman finally conquered the beast with a mighty hurricane kick. It was this that caused the squid’s belly to rupture, spewing forth a vile, black liquid. It was out of this liquid that Brian Canini was found screaming about squirrels. Some theorists and philosophers, however, feel that the previous legend is hogwash. They believe that Brian Canini is in fact a figment of The Drunken Cat’s imagination, no doubt brought on by severe alcohol poisoning. Crackpots believe Brian is a wizard.

Mike Carroll:

Cartooning and self publishing since 1987. Freelance graphic design, cartooning, and writing, for radio and print since 1990. Lifetime resident of Columbus, Ohio.
"Curious. Patient. Self Reliant. Resourceful. Creative. Insightful. Funny."


Dustin Carson:
Dustin Carson is the award winning writer/creator of NO GODS, a critically acclaimed comic book series available now for sale via several sources. Dustin makes his home in Ohio, where the winters are long and cold, affording him plenty of time to write more comics and refine his plans for world domination.

Chris Charlto:
Owner of Assailant Comics, creator/writer of Binary Gray, Sleepless and Black of Heart. Chris lives alone with his computer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Writing stories since he was a child, Chris spent many years as a musician before coming back to writing full time, specializing in comic scripts and screenplays.

Lee Cherolis:
Little Guardians tells the story of two young people switched at birth and now unknowingly living each others lives. Subira was supposed to be the next Guardian of Yowza Village, but she was born a girl. Instead she lives a quiet life working at The Item Shop never knowing what should have been. Idem trains to be the next Guardian and tries his best to be the warrior he was never meant to be. How will the next generation survive the choices made for them as strange incidents start plaguing the village and demon attacks appear to be on the rise?
In 1982, Samantha Kyle sprang forth from the nib of a Micron 08 as a fully formed artist. Currently a contract Designer for Hire™, she digs on indie comics, adorable illustrations, and is addicted to knitting. Visit her online shop Queen Tangerine for a variety of neat things.

Bruce Chrislip:
Bruce knows everybody in comics and there just isn’t room enough to give his bio here so here’s a good start. 

Ryan Claytor :
Elephant Eater Comics is the comic book self-publishing venture of United States comics artist Ryan Claytor. Elephant Eater Comics, established in 2004, is committed to producing intelligent and entertaining comics for an all-ages audience.
Ryan Claytor is a comics artist and professor living in Lansing, Michigan. He currently teaches Comics Studio courses at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan Flint, and Mott Community College. In 2007, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis in multimedia, researching autobiography in comics. Claytor’s achievements have included a Cartoonist in Residence position at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California, visiting lecturerships at the Dallas Museum of Art , The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, and The Savannah College of Art and Design, an internship with Marvel Comics in New York City, and judging the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award in 2007. In 2009 the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco featured an exhibition of his work and Claytor began teaching the first “Comics and Visual Narrative” class in Michigan State University‘s history. He has also served as the Director of the Michigan State University Comics Forum, an event for scholars, creators and fans, since 2009.
As a creator, Claytor is most widely known for his self-published, autobiographical, comic book series And Then One Day. Although the series has undergone several format changes and incarnations since its inception in 2004, And Then One Day readers are consistently treated with Claytor’s thoughtful and entertaining approach to autobiographical comics immaculately packaged with a designer’s eye for production detail.
Claytor was also an artist and event organizer for the first 24 Hour Comics Day (24HCD) in 2004. Subsequently, his twenty-four hour comic about relationships with passed relatives was chosen from hundreds of worldwide submissions as one of the best stories of the day and included in the first internationally distributed 24HCD anthology, 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2004 . Since this time he has participated in two other 24 Hour Comics Days.
Comic Book Connection Initiative (Fate Spears):      
C.B.C.I. accepts donations of comic books & GN's from collectors & retailers alike. Mail them to C.B.C.I. C/O Comic Town 1249 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43229.
Comic Book Connection Initiative mission statement is…
As a lifelong fan of the comic book medium, it is clear that so much enjoyment can be had between the covers of almost any comic book. It is also clear that this hobby that I enjoy can help many children. While it is easy to point out the benefits of literacy with using the comic book as a template, they can also provide sources for inspiration from the heroic deeds detailed in the book. They can allow children to escape, albeit temporarily, from the harsh realities they may find themselves in. It is with the positive influence of comics that I plan on creating a charitable distribution network of comic books to children in need. The two main targeted groups would be children in hospitals and shelters. It is my belief that any of the positive features comic books can provide will produce a benefit in their lives for years to come. I have personally seen the great influence a simple comic book can provide as I have given away 100’s of my own collection.
Leighton Connor :
Leighton Connor lives in Cincinnati with his wife and two children. He draws the comic strips Laser Brigade ( and Fuzzball and Scuzzball ( He is allergic to penicillin.
Leela Corman:
Leela Corman studied painting, printmaking and illustration at Massachusetts College of Art. Her book Queen’s Day earned her a Xeric Award in 1999 and was called “music to my eyes” by Scott McCloud. She has created two more graphic novels including her latest, Unterzakhn, published by Schocken/Pantheon. She has illustrated books for major publishers on crafts, fashion, gardening, dating and other topics. She is also an accomplished bellydancer and bellydance instructor. Corman and her husband, Tom Hart, are the founders of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prosperity and promotion of comic art and artists, offering instruction in comic art, graphic novels and visual storytelling in vibrant Gainesville, Florida, where she is also an adjunct instructor at University of Florida.
Leela is represented by Wales Literary Agency for her comics, and ArtrepNYC for her illustrations.
Kel Crum :
Kel Crum has been one of the top writers for radio personality Gary Burbank for over twenty years.
He first jumped into the small press field in 1989 with a humble little book called "Dangerous Birds", which told the story of two birds who sue a seed company and learn from the human world that lawsuits can be a wonderful way to earn a steady income. Don't hold your breath but Kel has not ruled out the chance that it could someday become a Broadway musical starring Matthew Broderick and Mandy Patinkin. Better yet, hold your breath and see if that works.
Twenty-something apartment-dweller Cornelia Dodson was introduced the following year in a story called "Captain Armand's Ship of Sin", long out of print. Corny was soon followed by Ed Thud, Ronald Muck, Helen Boomer, and Reba Moonves, probably in that order. A collection of stories from over the years are in a popular paperback called "The Cornelia Collection" now available on Amazon.

Kel lives in Fairborn, Ohio with his wife Debra and their two loyal pet rats, Maggie and Daisy.

Kevin Czapiewski:
Kevin Czapiewski (pronounced “chappy-ESSky”) is the Cleveland-based artist of the webcomic Project Ballad. He also writes a weekly column on the Comix Cube blog and occasionally teaches a ccourse on the art of comics. Other work includes editing and contributing to PUPPYTEETH, a collection of short comics, as well as a number of short work and the webcomic Spoilers.

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