Thursday, March 24, 2016

SPACE Exhibitor Bios Part 6

Mike Madsen:
Mike Madsen is an artist whose work is as known for its yearning metaphysical qualities as it is for his visceral, sometimes brutal line drawings. His recent books include Guts V and his ongoing allegory Storm Signal.
Lauren McCallister:
Lauren is a sloth who makes comics sometimes.

Nate McDonough:
Nate McDonough is the creator if all ages comics such as Experimental Explorations, Clever Renderings and Tedious Commentary Adventures.  His collaborations include Whimsical Whiteboy Stuff, Alternative Melancholy #5 and PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE ME!  He has contributed to Wantonly Obscure Tales, Solemn Stories and Unique Expressions.  Check out his webcomic about working in Monsanto's legal department (now updated twice weekly!)
George McVey:
George has published 60 titles by over two dozen publishers.
O'Ryan McGowan-Arrowroot:
O'Ryan is a circus performer, illustrator, dad, and all around nice guy. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his partner, his son, a large stash of art supplies, two cats, and one stray cat who sneaks in at night that may or may not be trying to kill him.
T. Perran Mitchell
T. Perran Mitchell is a writer, letterer, and all around maker of things. He is the creator and publisher of The Chronicles of the Tal Nor, a high adventure fantasy comic that weaves together elements of criminal drama, inventive fantasy, and realistic heroes bringing justice to a lawless world. In addition to working on his own comics T. has contributed to numerous other projects as a letterer and writer.  Most notable is the upcoming Club 27 from Red Stylo Media.  He currently resides in a creepy old house on the outskirts of Phoenixville PA, spending all his time crafting things from words and yarn.
Lee Meyers:
Lee Meyers is a webcomic artist and storyteller.

James Moore and Joel Jackson:
2 Headed Monster Comics is a Columbus, OH based comics publisher formed in 2009 when artist Joel Jackson and writer James Moore first collaborated on their indie rock romantic comedy Radio Free Gahanna. Crafting accessible, involving stories while embracing the experimental possibilities of the comics medium, RFG  showed the publishers fresh approach to comics making. The pair have also released two all-ages books The Toyetic Adventures of Coco Fiasco, and It’s Candy Time!
The third member of 2HMC’s core team, Katie Valeska, has published a collection of her autobiographical, visually inventive webcomic, Next Year’s Girl. In 2012 NYG won a 1st place SPACE prize for webcomics. 2HMC has also released the cyberpunk-fantasy minicomic, Children These Days, written by James and with art by Lisa Sterle, and the Johnny Cash tribute anthology Cash Out. This spring 2HMC will be releasing Radio Free Gahanna’s  penultimate issue, and the series has recently received a 3rd place SPACE prize.

Larry Morgan:
Fairmont, WV resident, Larry Morgan is the writer of Electromagnetic Press’ two flagship titles THE OMENS and THE BELIEVER.
In addition to writing, Larry also provides the interior art and covers for THE BELIEVER.  With his partner in Electromagnetic Press, Shane Moore, he co-writes and co-Illustrates THE FAIRMONT 5, a comic book about West Virginia’s own team of hometown super heroes.

Joseph Morris:
Joseph Morris is the Owner and Operator of TORC Press, a Small Press Comic Book Publisher based out of Southern Illinois, which celebrates its 16th Anniversary this year.  Joseph's primary work is "The Hot Fudge Sundae Adventure Club", a sprawling Cosmic Epic pitting a group of heroic Space Gods against an Evil Corporation from Hell.  Although it's really just about Punching Monsters in the Face and Eating Tacos.  This year, Joseph is also experimenting with a number of short comics in a variety of genres because why not?

J.R. Mounts:
I'm an independent comics guy that lives in Atlanta, Georgia and creates, writes, draws and publishes my own parody comic titles, "Fried Pickle Noir" graphic novel series and "Scairy Tales: the not so scary fairy tales" family comic strip, among others. I spell 'scary' with an "i" to combine the words scary/fairy so that readers don't think I do horror comics.
I've been appearing at conventions throughout the South and have traveled even further to promote my self-publishd comics at Heroes Con, Dragon Con, Baltimore Comic Con, NC Comicon, Indiana Comic Con etc...and many more.
 'Fried Pickle Noir' is my most popular comic series. Exactly like it sounds, this comic book series is about Fried Pickle detective Q Cumbersome's fight against the mob element in a town called The Pits. Currently, there are currently 4 collected books and a card game. It's a crime noir parody that can be thought of as 'Sin City meets Veggie Tales'. Meant for laughs but is true to crime. Puns abound in this series and can be read for ages 13 and above. It's rated 'V' for vegetable violence. It was recently reviewed favorably at Ain't It Cool News.        
'Scairy Tales: the not so scary fairy tales!' is my all-ages comic strip style series about little kids who dress up all year round as monsters and superheroes and deal with daily school life until they discover that monster children live across the bridge! Think of it as 'Calvin & Hobbes meets The Nightmare Before Christmas'. It's okay for all ages but best appreciated for those who like Peanuts or Calvin & Hobbes humor. There are currently 3 collected books, a card game, coloring book and a cd musical called "SNOMBIES! A Musical Monsterpiece" about reanimated zombie snowmen called SNOMBIES that invade both towns, hungry for...CLOTHES!
I love to laugh and support the independent movement of artists breaking out and creating their own characters, of which I am proud to be among them.

Shari Ross:
Shari is an illustrator based out of Columbus, OH.  She's a very silly lady who loves to illustrate characters and stories that come to life in her head.

Steven Myers:
Steven Myers is by trade a Special Education Teacher in northern Ohio. He applies his artistic side by making polymer clay statues of comic book and fantasy characters. He also writes and draws his own mini-comic, the F.E.D.s, the webcomic Mutant Elf and regularly contributes to several anthologies.

Dara Naraghi:
Dara Naraghi was born in Iran and educated in the United States. His latest graphic novel series, Persia Blues, has been praised by Publishers Weekly and the Midwest Book Review, and has been nominated for the “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” award by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It also won the 2014 SPACE prize for Best Graphic Novel. His other notable graphic novels include the Terminator Salvation official movie prequel, and Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland (both New York Times Bestsellers), as well as works for Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse, and DC Comics. Dara lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, daughter, and the world’s coolest hound dog and craziest corgi.
John Novak:
Novak lives in Columbus, Ohio, and received his bachelors degree in Art Education from Ohio State University. Recent work has included digitally coloring the all-ages graphic novels Giants Beware! and Dragons Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. He is currently coloring the third in the series. His earliest commissions involved sketching X-Wings and TIE Fighters for all of his friends.

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