Guests

Kim Holm

Some might say that Kim Holm was born of Frost Giants battling their way across the frozen tundra of Norway, but then those people would probably be lying. In all seriousness, Mr. Holm is a very talented cartoonist, and the artist behind the Space Monkey interactive web comic as well as many other independent comics projects.
Kim has done comics and illustrations for Norwegian magazines such as Nemi, Bizarro, and Tusj, and done art for various local Norwegian bands. In addition to his Space Monkey work, he’s also self published a tome of work called 19 Charges Against The Young Herr Holm For Gross Self Propaganda.

Jim Lujan

Jim Lujan is an animator/cartoonist hailing from Southern California with a highly exaggerated view of everyday characters and the fringe of society. Jim has been dubbed the “Godfather of Ghettomation” by piers because he coined the phrase “Ghettomation” for his guerrilla-style satirical cartoon films. With titles like Mama, I’m a Thug, John Henry Unicorn, DJ Disrespect, Freakdaddy and others, Jim tackles everyday life but sprinkles a good dose of bizarre on top of it. Jim does the art, voices, and music for the cartoons. He co-hosts the Ghettomation Podcast (with Kevin Cross and Raul Aguirre, Jr). Jim also co-founded the live art group, the Cartoonistas , with artist Javier Hernandez. You can find Jim’s work at www.jimlujan.com

Justin Stewart

Justin Stewart lives in KY with his lovely wife Leslee and their two dogs, Shep and Zoe. He’s a graphic designer/illustrator who’s been making comics since 2002. His webcomic, Popped Culture, ran from 2003 to 2007. He’s since published three minicomics, PopStew Comics vol.1, The Adventures of Captain Brickbeard vol.1 and “Sounds”, along with editing the webcomic portal The Velvet Goat. He’s done digital color, lettering and design work for Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Viper Comics, Graphitti Designs, Archaia Publishing, Silent Devil, and Apex Book Company. He hits his drawing table everyday, however due to his long-running experience with gag webcomics, he still has an aversion to drawing legs.

Krishna Sadasivam

Born in Winnipeg, Krishna M. Sadasivam is the cartoonist behind The PC Weenies, a thrice-a-week technology humor strip published online since 1998. He is also the cartoonist behind UNcubed, a weekly online auto-bio comic, focusing on life as an Indian guy in the United States. When he’s not creating comics or working as a freelance illustrator, Krishna teaches full-time in the Media Arts and Animation department of the Art Institute of Tampa in Florida.

J.T. Dockery

When not speaking about himself in the third person, J.T. Dockery is a cartoonist and illustrator, living and working in Kentucky. His self-published graphic novel meets art book, In Tongues Illustrated, was released in late 2008. He is currently working on several projects including the graphic novel collaborations Spud Crazy with Nick Tosches and Creekwater with Brine Manley, in addition to his forthcoming solo book, The Organ-Grinder.

Kenn Minter

Kenn Minter has been producing illustrations and comics professionally for 20 plus years. His illustrations and comics have appeared in numerous weekly and monthly publications across the States. His weekly comic strip, I’m Not From Here appears on www.comicrelated.com every Friday. Currently, Kenn publishes his comics under the imprint Near Mint Press Books. So far, he has published his books, I’m Not From Here, The Experts,  and Super World. Kenn lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ryan Dow

Ryan Dow makes a philosophical slice of life comic called Introspective Comics. He also makes minicomics, including Plunger-Man and the Super Plumbers and Jack and Zack. If his name sounds familiar, you have probably heard him call in on the Art and Story Alive!, Javiland, or Idiot Engine podcasts.

Rob Stenzinger

Rob Stenzinger is the creator of the comic Art Geek Zoo: The Way of Sound, the video game Guitar Fretter (for iPhone and Android) and Comicaster – an open-source content management system for comics hosted on Google App Engine. He’s also the artist half of the creative team for his new project The Baby Adventures of Zoe Zeus. Rob keeps out of trouble by pursuing his passions and helping others do the same via comics, games, and software. Rob resides in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter who encourage his indulgence in comics, video games, and musical instruments.

Mark Mekkes

With a Theater degree, a Princeton internship and 12 years of professional theater experience, Mark Mekkes finally achieved his dream of going to art school and getting a degree in Illustration. With his new degree in hand, Mark set out to find a fresh, new job as an artist only to end up working back in theater for Disney Entertainment in Orlando. In order to keep his new art training active, he came up with (what he thought at the time) was the incredibly original idea of creating comic content for the internet. He was early enough to think he was a webcomic pioneer, but unfortunately he wasn’t early enough to actually be a pioneer. Zortic entered the world of webcomics in 2000 and has been going strong ever since. Around the same time he helped create the Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards helping raise awareness of some of the best in webcomics. In 2004, Mark teamed up with artist Tiffany Ross to create Abby’s Agency, office humor about a spy agency. In 2008, Mark created the strip The Saucer Seekers, a comic about the trials and tribulations of UFO hunting. All of Mark’s work can be found at the central location of Entire Prize Enterprises.

Cindy Ramey

Cindy Ramey lives in Eastern KY with her family. She is a graphic designer by day and webcomic artist by night, or at least she tries to be when not being mommy to her four year old daughter. She has always loved the idea of telling her stories through sequential art and has been doing so since she was 13. Her two comics, Nightshift and Starfire Agency began posting as webcomics in 2005. They, along with another collaboration webcomic, Lunar Rising, are located at poecatcomix.com. She is currently working on commissions, comic scripts, and refining her process for creating comics.

Eric Adams

Eric Adams is best known as the creator and self-publisher of Lackluster World, a satire about a man with albinism fending off his fanatically religious siblings while using vandalism and his journalism career to change the world before it changes him. It has been nominated for the 2004 Howard E Day Prize, the 2008 S.P.A.C.E. Prize and won the 2010 Champion City award for Best Limited Series.

He is also the writer of Reflection, a 2009 S.P.A.C.E. Prize winner; the artist of Stuart, which ran in Negative Burn; and a contributor to Newsarama.com, writing Sequential Smarts, a thorough series of articles about the business and marketing comics from the self-publisher perspective.

Check out Eric and his work at ericadams.net and lacklusterworld.com

Jenny Stead

Jenny M. Stead, is a self-taught artist from London, KY who’s been drawing since age 4. Her signature character, Ally, from her comic Ninja’d, is based on her, and has been since age 16 when Ally was created for her High School Senior Project. Jenny loves to write and draw and is currently working on her second comic, Secret of the Reibai. She’s currently taken on freelance work of all kinds as both a sketch card artist and a character concept designer. Jenny has illustrated for Facebook and Pink Floyd, and her work has appeared in independent films. She’s an aunt of the two cutest and greatest nieces in the whole world, a sister, a daughter, and a best friend to many people both in her home life and web life. Jenny is known to be random, eccentric, blunt, and dangerous on caffeine. Oddly enough she’s rarely moody like her cartoon counterpart, but more in personality like her other character, Ted.

Joe Combs

Joe Combs is the creator of the business and technology webcomic Business Casual and the offbeat, single panel webcomic, Rusty The Wonderdog. A Kentucky native now living in Minnesota, Joe has published comics online since 2003. Recently, Joe completed his first minicomic, Infinite Loop  and published his first collection of Business Casual strips. His comics have been featured in multiple newsletters and presentations, and he has also contributed guest illustrations for FMyLife.

Matthew Barron

By day, Matthew Barron works in an Indiana medical laboratory, mixing and analyzing human blood. His true aspiration however, is to be a writer. Matthew’s works include a dystopian fiction book Secular City Limits, which has been compared to Fahrenheit 451 and the Handmaid’s Tale. He has also experimented with filmmaking on the short film The King of Indiana, which he wrote, cast, filmed, directed, and edited.

Matthew is also a contributing member of the Indy Webcomics Group, whose origins begin with a front page article that ran in the Indianapolis Star on Wednesday March 7th, 2007 and later in USA Today. Written by the Star’s Chris Lloyd, the article talked of the creative spirit and raw energy behind webcomics today. In addition to quotes from some of Webcomic’s biggest names, Lloyd’s article featured statements from a number of cartoonists living and working in or around Indianapolis. These cartoonists later formed this community for comic artists and writers in Indiana.  Together the group has published an anthology volume titled Welcome to Indiana, which includes work by Barron.

For more info on these projects or to contact Matthew Barron, visit his website mattbarron0.tripod.com

Lee Cherolis

Lee Cherolis is an Illustrator, Cartoonist and Graphic Designer. In 2007, Lee founded the Indiana local cartoonist blog Indywebcomics.com and still continues to organize its monthly cartoonist meetups at Meetup.com/indywebcomics. Lee created the weekly webcomics Hermanos Roboticos and Better You Than Me, both currently on hiatus.

In addition to being a member of the International Society of Caricature Artists, Lee is also an avid motorcyclist and tries to balance time on the road with time in the studio. In 2009 Lee married Indiana artist Samantha Kyle Allen. The two currently live in Indianapolis, in a hermetically sealed see-through habitat, monitored 24/7 by armed sentries. They have two cats yet still remain optimists. Lee is currently developing a new graphic novel series titled Little Guardians with his partner Ed Cho, coming to the web and to bookstores soon.  He’s also contributed work to and edited the Indy Webcomics Group anthology, Welcome to Indiana.

You can find more of Lee’s work at www.leecherolis.com

Samantha Kyle

Samantha Kyle proudly hails from Indiana. In 2002 she started a semi-autobiographical webcomic, Random Assembly, and has kept nearly weekly updates since. When not drawing, reading, or thinking about comics, she helps create books for Dummies because even dummies need help every now and then.

Samantha is also a contributing member of the Indy Webcomics Group, whose origins begin with a front page article that ran in the Indianapolis Star on Wednesday March 7th, 2007 and later in USA Today. Written by the Star’s Chris Lloyd, the article talked of the creative spirit and raw energy behind webcomics today. In addition to quotes from some of Webcomic’s biggest names, Lloyd’s article featured statements from a number of cartoonists living and working in or around Indianapolis. These cartoonists later formed this community for comic artists and writers in Indiana.  Together the group has published an anthology volume titled Welcome to Indiana, which includes work by Samantha.

You can find more about Samantha and her work at www.randomassembly.com.

Cary Kelley

Cary Kelley is the creator, letterer, and principal writer on the Dynagirl comic book series.  He’s also the founder and owner of Red Handed Studios, doing most of the writing chores, all the production and design work, and a great deal of the lettering on the books they produce. He created the Fallen Justice universe along with Harold Edge and Steven Forbes, as well as creating Totem, The Kansas Hit, and several other forthcoming titles. He also lettered the first two issues of Sky Pirates, wrote three issues of the comic The Cadre, and did letters on the Zuda winning web comic Extra Curricular Activities.

Cary lives in Austin Texas with his wife, and when he’s not writing comics, he enjoys photography and travel.  You can see some of his pictures on his Deviant Art page.

Pat Higgins

Pat Higgins is a professional illustrator/designer/cartoonist from Delaware, where he lives with his wife April and their two cats.  He attended the Delaware College of Art and Design, majoring in Illustration and is currently pursuing more education in Multimedia Design at Delaware Technical and Community College.  For over ten years Pat has been working both in-house and as a freelancer for a variety of clients including magazines, newspapers and clothing companies, in addition to publishing his own work.  In the past few years he has shown art at various galleries in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.   He’s also recently started to teach his own art classes and workshops.

In addition to his illustration and freelance work, Pat has also completed work on two mini-comics, Lost and Found: The Lunar Adventures of Buzz and Roscoe and Silent Screams, Part 1.

Pat’s illustration work is typically a combination of digital and analog tools, including: pencil, ink & brush, pens, wacom tablet and the Adobe Creative Suite.  You can find out more about Pat’s work at his Portfolio site.

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