Not only will this be the biggest C4 ever, it’s also going to be the biggest Artist Alley ever! With the expansion of the RBC Convention Centre now complete, we’re moving Artist Alley back up to the third floor where it belongs! Check below for a list of our featured artists, we also have dozens of local artists and crafters taking part as well. Be sure to clear some wall space for those new originals & prints!
Artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, is a legend in the comic book industry, but one that has never stopped adding to his legacy as a storytelling professional. Co-creator of the X-men’s Rogue character, Spartan X and Bucky O’Hare, Michael is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,” “G.I. Joe Yearbook,” and “Dr. Strange, ” among MUCH more, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and illustrators in the business.
Golden’s work can be seen on covers from “The Walking Dead,” the new Marvel “Civil War,” the new “Rom,” the new “Micronauts,” “Spawn,” “Nightwing”, “Iron Man”, “Heroes for Hire”, “Exiles,” “Demon’s Regret,” “Spiderman,” “Vampirella,” “Captain American,” “The Punisher” to “The Hulk,” as well as numerous other titles, for about every company out there. His zombie art if routinely used in conjunction with popular properties on TV and in print.
It’s no wonder that Golden has been one of the most influential creators around for the last several decades:
“….unless you can actually draw yourself, it is very difficult to understand the exact mind-blowing impossibility of what he does,” said writer/artist Larry Hama, of Golden’s work.
“Michael blithely puts down on paper exactly what he sees in his head. It’s like he’s got a cosmic opaque projector that shoots a laser beam from his brain through the kundalini eye in his forehead straight down onto the drawing surface where all he has to do is trace it,” continues Hama. “The result is hard-edged and fully realized in every way. No fuzzy impressions here. No using the side of the pencil. No squiggly space-filling lines blocked in on automatic pilot. To paraphrase Neal Adams (who was referring to Golden), there is not a single millimeter of line on the page that is not directed by conscious thought.”
Recent books covering the colorful life and amazing art of Michael Golden include a Manga version of the “Bucky O’Hare” series, as well as the top selling art retrospective “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” written by Renee Witterstaetter, which sold out and has gone into a second printing, as well as his recent sketchbooks “Heroes and Villains,” “MORE Heroes and Villains, ” and “Michael Golden: Alchemy.”
His newest art book, currently being offered at 2016 shows is: “Michael Golden: Dangerous Curves.”
Michael has served as an Editor at DC Comics as well as Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on scores of movie production projects, some currently in development. His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as Gijon, Barcelona, New York, Antwerp and Brussels, while his class on storytelling has been conducted from Spain to Brussels to France to Canada to the United States… and most recently China.
He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival. with gallery shows of his work in Spain, New York, Maryland and Moscow, and many points inbetween.
Michael J. Zeck is a renowned comic book illustrator and storyteller, best known for being the creator of the black Spider-Man costume!
A heavy-hitter in the comics industry, and influencing generations of artists, one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or which is embossed most deeply in our pop culture.
Zeck’s epic six part story Kraven’s Last Hunt with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod, springs immediately to mind. This groundbreaking series took the Spider-Man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the greatest Spider-Man story of all time.
Considered one of “the” Punisher artists, Zeck’s work with writer Steven Grant on the character–collected as “Circle of Blood”–sets the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled him to flagship character status at Marvel. In fact, along with air-brush artist Phil Zimmelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher ever made.
The limited series Secret Wars set the comic book readership on their ears, and brought a new black-and-white costume design for Spider-Man (designed by Zeck) which is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-Man wore the costume temporarily, but it lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.
Michael J. Zeck always knew he would work in the arts. Growing up in south Florida, he attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, his eye always on working in the sequential art field. He began that career at Charlton Comics with their animation-related line of comics leading to horror titles, and later moved on to Marvel. Some of his first work there included Master of Kung Fu and Captain America.
Zeck’s work has graced the pages and covers of Aquaman, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Lobo, Deadshot, Deathstroke, The Terminator, The Eliminator, and many more titles.
John Beatty is a veteran comic book artist, best know for his inking work for both Marvel and DC Comics. Developing into one of the industries top inkers over his career, Beatty has worked with top pencil artists, such as Mike Zeck, Kelley Jones and Michael Golden.
John has worked on almost every major comic character in the industry at one time or another.
Some of his best-known titles include: Secret Wars, Captain America, The Punisher, Thanos Quest and many Batman projects, including a highly regarded fan favorite three year run on the monthly Batman book.
Greg Horn is best known for his artwork on the Marvel titles “Elektra,” “Emma Frost,” and “She-Hulk.” He is currently the regular cover artist on the acclaimed series “Ms. Marvel” by Brian Reed. On the licensing front, Greg’s art has been used on just about any piece of merchandise you can think of. With Warner Bros. licensing division, Greg has provided spot illustrations based on the “Superman Returns” movie, and also an original painting for Mattel’s board game “Kryptonite Crisis.” Other recent WB projects have included a Superman poster for Clampett Studios and several illustrations of NBA star Lebron James for Powerade and ESPN.
Greg’s acclaimed work in comic books has opened up hundreds of fantastic opportunities in many different industries outside of comics. In the past five years he has lived an artist’s dream, working on high profile projects in advertising, video games, magazine covers, editorial, board games, and novels.
*please note, while looking for a photo of Greg, we found this cute kitten on his facebook page
Creator of “The Crow,” James O’Barr’s newest books, “The Crow: Curare,” was one of the most well received new books in recent years, along with his writing on “The Crow: Skinning the Wolves,” both from IDW. The recent release of the original “Crow” graphic novel in Italy, broke sales records for the publisher during his country-spanning Italian tour with capacity only crowds in Sicily, Naples, Rome, Bologna and Milan.
While in the US, new generations of Crow fans ensure that the graphic novel is still one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time, and has never gone out of print
O’Barr won the Yellow Kid Award (pretty much the Academy Award in comics) in 1995 for Best Storyteller. Recent events include gallery shows in Maryland and Moscow, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Recent books on O’Barr include the sold out sketchbook “James O’Barr: Uncoffined,” with another sketchbook in the works.
James is also, much to the relief of fans, the consultant on the upcoming “The Crow” movie to start filming in 2015. Q and A’s with James are sought after world-wide, most recently in the Middle East, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Spain and venues all over the United States.
John Gallagher is an entertainment illustrator based out of Vancouver BC. He creates art for film, television, games, animation and comics in various capacities, including visual development, concept design, sequential and storyboarding art, illustration, keyframes and cinematics. John began his career in video game development as a concept designer at BioWare nearly twenty years ago, and after fourteen games in nine years it was time for a change. He migrated to film in 2008 and has been in that industry full-time ever since.
John has worked on many sci-fi shows such as Defying Gravity, Eureka, Falling Skies, Fear Itself, Myths and Monsters, Once Upon A Time, The Flash and V.
As an artist, he likes to keep things simple: useing both analog and digital toolboxes to help creative teams tell their stories and solve diverse visual challenges. Whatever the story, whatever the genre, John works quickly and effectively. He is always trying out some new technique and messing around with his software toolbox. He never does the same illustration twice, always mixing it up by keeping the material challenges front and centre.
Writer, editor, and color-artist Renee Witterstaetter is the author of “Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War,” “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira,” the children’s book “Kerry and the Scary Things,” “Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan,” and “Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash” among many others.
Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Superman,” “Silver Surfer,” “Conan The Barbarian,” “The Punisher” special projects, and “Conan Saga,” then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of “She-Hulk,” at Marvel as well, as part of that legendary run.
She then moved to Topps Comics where she was the editor on “X-Files,” “Jurassic Park,” “Xena” and “Hercules” and is the co-creator—with Jackie Chan and artist Michael Golden– of the successful series, “Spartan X” which will be made into a trade paperback featuring new material.
She is also the colorist on hundreds of comics from “The Avengers” to “Spider-man” to “Captain America” to “Jurassic Park,” among many, many others. “I must have colored a thousand pages of comic books,” she says.
Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies “Rush Hour Two,” “Red Dragon ,” “To ease the lose,” and “Swimming With The Virgin,” among others.
In addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Eva Ink Artist Group, which represents artists and writers in comics, storyboards, fine art painting and more . Renee is also one of the producers of the “Creator Chronicles” DVD series with Woodcrest Productions, featuring interviews with major industry creators such as George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Joe Jusko, Matt Wagner, Joe Sinnott and many more.
Current projects also include new books “Michael Golden, Dangerous Curves,” “Santa Confidential” with Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne, “Mark Texeira: Tempest,” “James O’Barr: Uncoffined,” and the soon to be released “James O’Barr: Tears in the Rain.”
Renee will be available to autograph the thousands of comics she has worked on in her career, film DVD’s and her newest books available at all the shows.
In her not so abundant free time, she lectures on storytelling, most recently in China and Russia, fishes, dances, travels and is also curating several major art exhibits featuring U.S. and European talent.
Scott Rosema’s legendary career in the comic book industry spans over 30 years. He has worked for the Big Two (Marvel & DC), and his pencils and inks have touched just about every character large and small during his long career. He is a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design, and he currently resides in Muskegon, Michigan where he and his lovely wife Suzie continue to pursue their love of art and creation.
Jeff Balke is a Chicago-based comic book artist and colorist who’s been drawing with pretty much anything he could get his hands on (crayons, markers, pens, pencils, chalk, rock on pavement, you name it!) from an early age. He attended his first comic con in 1993 where he met the legendary Stan Lee, who told him, “Don’t give up, True Believer. It will happen!” From that day on Jeff made it his mission to work in the comic book industry.
Throughout his high school years, Jeff’s work was published in books, magazines, brochures, banners and other media. He has taught art classes and is a regular guest speaker at high schools in the Chicago area.
After posting his work on MySpace in 2005, Jeff landed his first gig as a colorist on Foxwood Falcons. This marked the beginning of his professional career.
Jeff runs his own animation and cartooning studio, where he creates weekly comic strips and cartoons with his talented team of artists and writers.
Collette Turner is a UK born artist. Following graduation she left that line of work and moved to Northern Canada, where she took up wildlife art. She soon found herself gravitating towards sequential art and storytelling.
She’s quickly building ground in comics, working on her personal project Badassical, the Rothic book Southern Nightgown, and a number of other comics as a cover/guest artist. She’s also very active in the collectable art card community, working with Upper Deck, Perna and other companies.
Currently she can be found living and working in Atlantic Canada.
Nathan is one of the best professional spray paint artists in Canada. Using only spray paint, magazine paper and a few household items, he can create a beautiful piece of artwork on demand in three minutes or less. Originally from New Brunswick, Nathan travels across the country performing and painting at over 100 shows per year.
Dawn McTeigue is a comic book artist. You can see her work as the interior artist for JP Roth’s Southern Nightgown & REM:8 and DC Comic’s Harley Quinn & her Gang of Harleys, as well as a cover artist for Rothic Novel collections, Aspen Comics, Dark Horse/Dynamite, Valiant Comics, Zenescope & Lady Mechanika.
Dawn lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband & 3 kids.
Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated comic book creator Joe Caramagna has written and lettered Marvel Comics for nearly a decade, filling the word balloons of such iconic characters as Spider-Man and the Avengers. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, he currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and three kids.
An avid hockey fan, Joe is very much looking forward to visiting Winnipeg, and hopes he’s able to catch a Jets game while he’s here!
Ashleigh is an illustrator currently living and working in Las Vegas, NV. Her work can be found in various trading card sets, including Star Wars, The Walking Dead, The Hobbit, Ghostbusters, Mars Attacks, Marvel, DC and many more.
Ashleigh appears at cons across North America, selling her one-of-a-kind pop culture illustrations and commissioned works. Come visit her in Artist Alley!
Jamie Snell is a freelance illustrator who can do just about anything you need. He has worked on various sketch card sets from Topps, Brygent, UpperDeck, and Rittenhouse, on various properties from Marvel, Indiana Jones, Mars Attacks, Transformers, and Star Wars.
Jamie created many alternate covers for IDW publishing’s Godzilla #1, as well as various characters for the Transformers Beastwars source book. He recently inked a story in Transformers #50. Jamie has also created posters for Lucasfilm and Acme Archives: Celebrations V and the 30th Anniversary of the Empire Strikes Back. Along with that, Jamie has contributed various art pieces as donation to charity causes.
Indie author Adam Dreece created the bestselling Steampunk series The Yellow Hoods — which has become a hit with kids from 9-15 as well as with adult readers. After a solid, 20-year career as a software designer and overcoming a serious illness, he started his company – ADZO Publishing – with his wife in 2014. In short order, he released the first two novels in his acclaimed The Yellow Hoods series — Along Came a Wolf and Breadcrumb Trail – within that first year.
Anthony Hary is an illustrator and writer, with over 10 years experience in the comic book industry. He co-founded ANA Comics in 2009, and has worked on Fifteen Minutes, The Canadian Legion, Brethren, and Chapel. His passion is for storytelling, and helping other creators.
M. C. Joudrey, Canadian writer, artist and designer. His second novel Of Violence and Cliché was released September 2013, followed by his collection of short stories Charleswood Road: Stories (August 2014), which was nominated for a 2015 Manitoba Book Award. M.C. Joudrey has also been a member of the submission selection committee for the CBC Short Fiction Prize and a jury member for the Manitoba Book Awards. His titles reside in permanent legislative and national government collections. He is also a bookbinder and a number of his works are held in galleries internationally. His work can be seen at mattjoudrey.com