The MCBA is proud to announce the following featured creators!
Scott Beaderstadt is best known for his critically acclaimed self-published TROLLORDS. He has also done work for Marvel, DC And Archie Comics. Scott is a major contributor to the THANK YOU, WALT DISNEY foundation in Kansas, formerly LAUGH-A_GRAM studios, and has done Pinky and the Brain T-Shirt designs.
John Bivens’ work has appeared in the Eisner and Harvey Award winning Comic Book Tattoo, the Harvey Award winning Popgun volume 4, and the Harvey nominated Reading with Pictures. He has also received nominations for an Eagle Award and a Ghastly Award. John’s work spans the genres of crime, horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and education. John is a Twin Cities based comic creator and educator. He has worked for publishers such as Image, Heavy Metal, Valiant, and Vault.
Andy Brase is an artist best known for his character driven, creature and cover illustrations, created in his intense and unique line art style. Traditional pencil and ink, remain his drawing weapons of choice. Soaked in dark, moody atmospheric shadows, many of his works blur the genre lines, containing elements of fantasy, horror, sci-fi and superheroes. Andy has drawn covers for titles including Predator, Doctor Strange, Punisher, Swamp Thing, Dark Sun, Robert E. Howard's Kull, Deathstroke/Titans, Bloodshot, Hulk, Daredevil, Black Panther, The Darkness, book cover art for George R.R. Martin and Neil Gaiman stories, and official illustrations for popular games.
Drew graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in Art and Art History, and soon found himself in Central Park working for Christo and Jeanne Claude on “The Gates” artwork installation. In 2012, Drew relocated to Minneapolis, where he refocused his efforts into writing and illustration. His work has been featured at Shirt.Woot, The New York Pops, Central Park SummerStage, and Bisquick. He has a special love for comics and will never shy away from a pun. His first publication, the graphic novel series CatStronauts was published in 2017, and Drew has since published 3 sequels.
Cannon's first professional comics work was The Chainsaw Vigilante, a spin-off from The Tick. Cannon worked as layout artist on Top 10, and pencilled its spin-off miniseries Smax, with Moore and inker Andrew Currie, for America's Best Comics. Cannon won a joint Eisner for Best Continuing Series in 2001 for his work on Top 10. Zander's current project is KAIJUMAX, published by Oni Press. The comic is centered around an island prison whose inmates are kaiju (monsters) and guards have powers similar to Ultraman. Kaijumax was a nominee in the "Best New Series" category of the 2016 Eisner Awards. Kaijumax is published monthly in seasons, with an indeterminate amount of time between seasons.
Cory has made comics for DC, Marvel, Wildstorm, & various small publishers. He taught beginning illustration for 2 years at Northern Illinois University. After a brief 2 year stint at an educational software company as an animator & illustrator, he came to Madison, WI to work for Raven Software. 14 years later, he remains at Raven Software making video games for Activision. His current project is the Call of Duty video game franchise.
Keith Champagne is a 1994 graduate of The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic art. Well known for his work at DC Comics, his work has appeared in many titles, most notably JSA, Firestorm, and Superboy. He has currently been collaborating with Tom Nguyen on an exciting new series titled "Switch" which is due out early 2017.
Steve Fastner is the acclaimed airbrush artist in Minneapolis' own comics and fantasy illustration team, Fastner & Larson. His influences include Richard Corben, Ray Harryhausen and Frank Frazetta, and he's collaborated with the likes of Harvey Kurtzman, Jim Steranko, Mike Kaluta, Byron Preiss and Steve Leialoha. Steve is the inventor of several innovative airbrush techniques, and is the 2006 recipient of the Minnesota Fantasy Lifetime Acheivement Award.
Otis Frampton is a comic book creator, animator, writer and freelance illustrator. He is the creator of "Oddly Normal" (Image Comics) and "ABCDEFGeek." He is also one of the artists on the popular animated web series "How It Should Have Ended." He has also worked on licensed properties such as Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and Marvel Comics for companies such as Topps and Upper Deck.
At 22, Paul Fricke co-created and self published the comic book series, Trollords, going on to work for a variety of comic book publishers, including DC Comics, most notably as inker on The Fly. He has written and drawn many educational, historical, religious and health-related comics and has drawn thousands of storyboards for broadcast television. Hundreds of his illustrations have appeared in print and on screen.
Dan is an accomplished writer & artist who conveys the adventures of the comic book industry’s most legendary characters. His storytelling talents have breathed life into the most noteworthy properties from DC, Marvel, & more. Dan also created many characters that have become staples in their fictional universes while stretching to other media as well.
Kickliy (Sam Hiti) is an author and illustrator. His illustrations draw on Sergio Leonespaghetti westerns and the Rambo films. His unique drawing style employs thick brushstrokes and dry brushing. His works include the series Tiempos Finales, published by La Luz Comics, his own publishing company. He illustrated the comics adaptation of the film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events for a special edition of Nickelodeon magazine. And has been working on the highly popular Musnet, the story of a little boy mouse in Monet’s garden.
Peter has over 25 years of experience as a comic book illustrator. He has drawn for Marvel, DC and many other comic publishers. Krause’s past credits include Star Trek: Next Generation, Power of Shazam, Metropolis: Special Crimes Unit, and Daredevil: Road Warrior which was nominated for an Eisner Award. His work with writer Mark Waid on BOOM! Studios IRREDEEMABLE garnered multiple Eisner nominations, and he co-created INSUFFERABLE with Waid for Thrillbent digital comics. Krause recently finished drawing an acclaimed mini-series ARCHIE 1941, which reimagined the Archie gang coming of age during the outbreak of World War 2.
A major fan of DC Comics Heroes and Heroines from a young age Ant was inspired by these characters to become an illustrator. After graduating a school for fine arts and design in 1998 he started by doing illustrations for family and friends and wall murals. After an internship at a state revitalization program he found his first job in design. In 2008 he launched his own style of illustration with his Spookshow Pinups line. Moving on to other themed pin-ups he applied his style to other trademarks like Star Wars, and DC Comics characters. Doing variant covers for DC his popular DC Bombshells has launched various works from blankets, to comics, to Statues.
Rich Larson is the pencil artist in the Minneapolis-based comics and fantasy art team, Fastner & Larson. His influences include Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and Wally Wood. He's done stories and covers for Charlton ghost comics, the US version of the 2000AD line, and 666's Demon Baby. With airbrush artist Steve Fastner, he's done album cover art for Overkill, Intruder and Powermad.
Clara Meath is comic book artist and writer living in Minnesota. She holds a degree in Sequential Art from SCAD Atlanta. Her credits include "Shadow Play" (Scout Comics) and "Midnight Vista" (Aftershock) as well as several self-published short comics, most notably a comic book adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe poem "The Conqueror Worm".
Tom is a Vietnamese-American visual artist who began his career at 19 doing freelance for DC & Marvel. Building his name as an inker, he's worked on major titles: Batman, Green Lantern, & JLA, Superman: The Man of Steel to name a few. Tom has branched out into pencilling, painting, & authoring two instructional books on comic book art. Currently Tom is collaborating with Keith Champagne on a new series titled "Switch".
Gordon's credits include 4 Star Trek titles (the original, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager), The X-Files, Robin, Silver Sable, Soulsearchers & Company, Flare, Flash, The Avengers, JLA, Superman, Wonder Man, Lost in Space, Barb Wire, Godzilla, and more. He can be contacted by publishers & others for work, commissions and original art sales.
Jason Walz is a cartoonist and teacher working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born in the South, he bounced around between Kentucky and Tennessee before working his way up north. His debut graphic novel, Homesick, was nominated for an Eisner. He followed that up with A Story for Desmond, and the online comic series Crap Shoot, where he worked with some of today’s biggest comic creators. He is now currently working on the epic Last Pick trilogy for First Second books.
Dave Wheeler is a jack of all trades when it comes to comics, working as an: inker, colorist, letterer, writer and book designer. In addition to the comics industry, he has worked in the advertising and graphics industry for 10 years. Dave currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with his family. He is proud to be one of the co-founders of the kid-friendly comic company MIND WAVE COMICS, doing his part to bring back fun to comics!
Jin Wicked is a visual and performance artist, illustrator, podcaster, and writer who works with the guiding philosophy that "Life is art." A veteran of the webcomics community, her most well-known work, "Crap I Drew on My Lunch Break," launched in 2003, and was continued by later projects such as "A Dollar Late and A Day Short," Her autobiographical work explores the complexity of identity and self-image in this modern age, and bridges the gap between colorful humor and darker subject matter such as anxiety, depression, and other mental illness.