Past Exhibitors – 2016

Amazing Fantasy

 

 

Your one-stop Chicagoland shop for comic books, graphic novels, manga, games, t-shirts, and other pop culture stuff. Their Lockport location is at 1128 S. State Street.

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Cory Hamscher

 

 

Indiana native, Cory has worked for such comic giants as Marvel and Image Comics as a penciller/inker on titles like Marvel Adventures Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, Powerpack, Giant-Size Hulk, and Supreme with Erik Larsen.

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Dave Bryant

 

 

Dave’s worked with Image Comics, and he’s done comics, children’s books, and character design. Some of the titles he’s worked on include Battle Hymn, The Leading Man, The Saint: The Man Who Was Clever, All-Ghouls School, Fallen Angel, Masters of Horror, and more.

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Dave Dorman

Guest of Honor

 

An Eisner award-winning illustrator who has been working as a professional artist since 1979. He is best known for his photo-realistic renderings of action and fantasy subjects including The Batman for DC Comics and the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series' for Dark Horse Comics.

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Ed Smith/TAGOL

 

 

The Artist Guild of Lockport (TAGOL) was founded in 2014 by Ed Smith. He will be conducting the Cartooning Class at 1:15 pm during Comicopolis.

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Fuzzy Fish

 

 

A family operated toy shop based in Crown Point, Indiana whose mission is to bring you the finest in new and vintage collectables. Fuzzy Fish is home to a wealth of collectibles, fun toys, vinyl pop figures, magnets, and buttons.

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Hooked on Books

 

 

Hooked on Books specializes in in Mystery and Sci-Fi and have been selling vintage, collectible, rare, out-of-print, and used paperback books since 1975.

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School of Comics

 

 

The International School of Comics is a digital and figurative art academy. They offer an art-only curriculum that includes general education courses in Comic Art, Illustration, Traditional and Digital Art.

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Jason Lillard

 

 

Jason is a portrait artist who works mostly in charcoal, but also pastel and airbrush. He draws just about anything and everything, new and classic, including lots of fandom and nerd portraits. From dragons to zombies to Batman, Jason does it all! Commissions are always welcome.

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Jewell Walton Jr

 

 

Jewell Walton Jr. is a graphic novel artist and writer from Joliet. He is the creator of the comic books Kast Iron and Victor Void.

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Joe Koziarski

 

 

Joe is the illustrator of The Ballad of Brighid of Atlanta, a series about what happens when local TV reporter Bridget awakens the Cailleach – the primeval Celtic spirit of the killing frost.

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Joe Ryan

 

 

Joe Ryan runs Joe Rhyno’s Magical Toy Box, where he delicately hand paints custom toys. He sells collectibles, action figures and Magic cards.

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Justin Castenada

 

 

Justin Castaneda is a writer and illustrator from the south side of Chicago. He is the creator of When I Was Little children's picture book series and the hardcover children's book, HEART. He has worked on such titles as Aw Yeah Comics, Scratch 9, Albert The Alien, and Omega Comics Presents. He is currently working on Wonder Care Presents: The Kinder Guardians.

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Katie Ryan

 

 

Katie Ryan is back for a second year. She does illustrations, sketches, and character designs. She also is a toy (doll) collector and avid photographer. Stop by and see her gorgeous prints.

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Lauren Burke

 

 

Lauren Burke writes television pilots, short films and comics with her partner-in-crime, Greg Sorkin. Their pilot, P.I. Jane, was recently named a semi-finalist in the Scriptapalooza TV competition, and they are currently writing their next graphic novel, The World Ends With Us.

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Len Strazewski

 

 

Len Strazewski is a comic book author who wrote Starman after Roger Stern. He has worked on The Flash, Justice Society of America, Phantom Lady, The Fly, and many other titles for DC comics. He also worked on a comic version of Speed Racer for NOW Comics.

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Micah Lee Mowbray

 

 

Micah Lee Mowbray builds stained glass windows. She worked at Braccini's Stained Glass in Tustin, California and learned glass painting from Bill Rundstrom in Oceanside. She now runs Curious Art Glass.

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Patrick Trahey

 

 

Patrick Trahey is the writer behind all the stories you’ll find on Sol-Comics.com. One such story is the post-apocalyptic series The XII, in which a secretive group attempts to rebuild society in the ruins of Chicago.

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Patrick Williams

 

 

Patrick Williams is a Graphic Designer/Freelance Illustrator/Comic Book Artist. He is the writer and letterer of Sonic the Hedgehog, Terminator, Ghost Busters, and Twilight Zone comics.

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Rafael Nieves

 

 

Rafael Nieves has more than 20 years of experience in the comic industry who and has worked with many different publishers. His published works include Hellstorm, Tales of the Heart, and Bloodlines, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards.

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Scott Larson

 

 

Chicago native Scott has published a fascinating adventure comic, The Saint (based on the famous radio play, television series, and film, with Moonstone Books. His new series that he will be previewing, Visitations, is about Chicago, as witnessed through the eyes of characters residing in the city's oldest cemetery.

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Stepanie Stanga

 

 

Steph Stanga is an illustrator and digital artist from Chicago, IL. An associate artist at Netherrealm Studios, she has worked on Injustice. Nature, fantasy, and Disney are her biggest inspirations.

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Summer Arts Series

 

 

The Lockport’s third annual Summer Art Series is June 17 through September 25. The 2016 theme is The Great Midwestern Ballyhoo. A Ballyhoo is a shameless promotion, and Lockport has a lot to promote – public art, collector cards, Steampunk Weekend, Hell’s Gate Haunt, and more.

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Thimbles

 

 

Located at 940 S State Street, Lockport IL; Thimbles is a "Top Ten" quilt shop featured in Quilt Sampler Magazine. They specialize in Bernina and Baby Lock Sewing Machines, and offer over 3,000 bolts of quilt fabric.

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Thomas Gianni

 

 

Thomas has worked in advertising as a storyboard artist and product renderer, in animation as a background painter, in editorial and book illustration, in portraiture, in collectible card game art for Magic the Gathering and the Harry Potter game. He is currently illustrating a series of Robert E. Howard books for the REH Foundation. He is also illustrating The Beasts of Tarzan for Homeworld.

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Tom Bacon

 

 

Tom Bacon is a Chicago artist with a background in video games, graphic design and comics. His most important works have been on the game cinematics for titles from Nether Realm Studios such as: Mortal Kombat (9), and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

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Wesley Sun

 

 

The Sun Bros released Chinatown (2012), Apocalypse Man (2013), and Monkey Fist (2014) after a tremendously successful Kickstarter campaigns. They also speak at comic conventions, bookstores, and universities on crowdfunding and self-publishing comics throughout the Midwest.

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