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Rob Stull

By · April 23, 2011 · Filed in Previous Guests · Comments Off on Rob Stull

Rob Stull is a fourteen year comic book industry veteran. He has worked for every major publisher in the comic book industry. Stull began his professional career after graduating from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine arts in 1989. At Stulldesign/Ink on Paper, he worked with several companies in Boston and New York, providing services ranging from graphic design to art direction.

Stull’s comic book projects include: SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES, SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN (The Back in Black campaign), IRON MAN, UNCANNY X-MEN, X-FORCE, WOLVERINE and NEW MUTANTS all for Marvel Comics. Other projects include: 52, SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, NIGHTWING, SECRET FILES and FIRESTORM for DC Comics and TELLOS for Image Comics.

Stull was also the creator and curator of Sequential Art: THE NEXT STEP. A first of it’s kind traveling exhibit that spotlighted the contributions and impact of African Americans on mainstream comic book art and popular culture. Stull, along with co-curator Gloretta Baynes, sought out to increase the understanding, appreciation and awareness of Sequential Art as a valuable and necessary art form. “I’ve always believed that ALL art is relative. In the arena of the visual arts, there are aspects that can be taken from any genre and applied to another,” Stull said. THE NEXT STEP debuted at The FESTIVAL of CARTOON ART in 1995.

An event organized by Ohio State University’s Cartoon, Graphic and Photographic Arts Research Library, which is the world’s largest archive of original cartoon art. The year 1995 marked the centennial celebration of the american comic strip and Stull, along with Jeff Smith (creator of BONE), co-organized an exhibit that featured the first ever gathering of comic book artists in the history of the festival. From that beginning, THE NEXT STEP has been a featured exhibit at The NATIONAL CENTER OF AFRO-AMERICAN ARTISTS in Boston, The WORDS AND PICTURES MUSEUM in Northampton, MA, teamed up with HEROES CON and The AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER in Charlotte, NC, The TUBMAN MUSEUM in Macon, GA, been featured in The COMICS BUYER’S GUIDE and received press coverage from numerous newspapers and magazines. The exhibit traveled for a total of ten years and showcased over one hundred works of art by fifteen different mainstream contemporary African American comic book artists.

Outside of comics, Stull was a founding member of Armada Design Group. This New York based studio’s mission was to properly fuse together the two contemporary cultural phenomena of comic books and hip-hop. The studio produced high quality illustration work for clients such as rap legend GURU on Virgin Records Jazzmatazz Streetsoul, DJ GREEN LANTERN on the Cornerstone mixtape series, TOMMY BOY RECORDS and THE FADER MAGAZINE. In 2004, Stull was asked by international recording artists LES NUBIANS to participate in “The Carnival of the Two Rivers” in Bordeaux, France. The month long festival was a celebration of music and art and Stull conducted a two week long “crash course” workshop on comic books influence on hip-hop. The workshop was open to the public and the participants produced work in a deadline fashion just like the comic book artists that work in the industry.

Currently Stull is the Director of Visual Arts for MELTING EARTH PRODUCTION GROUP. Melting Earth Production Group (MEPG) is a creative services organization focused on three vertical markets: music for video, video for music, and business for artists. He is a key element in the radical business development approach promoting the (rock x soul) band HOUSE OF ECHO.

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Alex Simmons

By · April 23, 2011 · Filed in Previous Guests · Comments Off on Alex Simmons

ALEX SIMMONS

Over the past 30 years Simmons has been a professional actor and writer. He’s penned (and in some cases also created) a number of juvenile mysteries under a variety of pseudonyms for many well-known publishers. He’s also written several educational documentaries and stage plays. One of his plays, Sherlock Holmes & the Hands of Othello, received critical praise and was published in an anthology by Signet/Mentor Books.

Simmons has written three movie novelizations for Disney and three biographies for Steck-Vaughn, including one on Denzel Washington. He has also created/written and independently published a critically acclaimed adventure comic book series, BLACKJACK, about an African-American soldier of fortune in the 1930s.

Simmons co-created Orpheus for DC Comics Batman books, authored Scooby-Doo comic book stories, three mini series for Archie Comics; created 12 interactive mysteries for the Tiger Toys’ WHO DONE IT; and has co-written a middle grade mystery series, The Raven League for Penguin Books.

Blackjack: Blood and Honor, The Graphic Novel

Created by Alex Simmons and Dwayne Turner.

Simmons, along with BCC director of collaborative education Gene Adams, recently created the Kids’ Media Arts and Graphic Design Studio. The Studio was established for the exclusive use of public school children. Through this, collaborative workshops, career seminars, art exhibits, and the annual Kids’ Comic Book Convention over 3000 students, teachers, and parents have participated in literacy based comic book programs.

The Art of Making Comics

Simmons travels the country as a guest speaker and teaching artist. He conducts workshops in creative writing (prose, comics, and playwriting), as well as performing and producing for theater. He has conducted creative arts professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers throughout New York State. Simmons has received several awards for his work with young people, and consulted on a number of creative arts programs and curricula for children.

Currently, Simmons is the consulting Arts in Education Director for the Children’s Art Carnival, NYC. He is also a founder and producer of the Kid’s Comic Con; an educational advisor for the Museum for Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in NYC, and on the board of the New York State Alliance for Arts and Education. He is also a member of the New York Writer’s Workshop.

Email: Darkjack@aol.com, or Alex@SimmonsHereAndNow.com

Web site: www.SimmonsHereAndNow.com or www.KidsComicCon.com

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Jerry Craft

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Jerry Craft

JERRY CRAFT / CARTOONIST / ILLUSTRATOR

Jerry Craft is one of the few syndicated African-American cartoonists in the country. He is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that has been distributed by King Features Syndicate since 1995.

His first book, Mama’s Boyz: As American As Sweet Potato Pie was chosen as a Great Book For African American Children His most recent release, Mama’s Boyz: Home Schoolin’ is endorsed by Comics in the Classroom and Teachers Against Prejudice.

Jerry has done illustrations for Essence Magazine, comic books, greeting cards, book covers, and has recently illustrated his first children’s book called Hillary’s Big Business Adventure. Mama’s Boyz was also featured in Chicken Soup For The African American Soul.

You can learn more about him or check out his popular Flash cartoons such as The Randy Moss Driving School and Confronting the Black Superheroes of My Childhood on his website, mamasboyz.com

Black Superheroes of My Childhood

Working with the ACFN: mamasboyz.com/news/index.html
Main Website: mamasboyz.com
YouTube cartoon: Black Superheroes of My Childhood
MySpace: myspace.com/jerrycraft
Newest Book: mamasboyz.com/products/homeschoolin
Review: florida-weekly.com/news/2007/1011/Arts_Ent/053
Review: comicsintheclassroom.net/oo2007_oct13_mamasboyz

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Shannon Newby

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Shanny Newby

Heavy Sedation is a short film series created by Shannon Newby which uses comedy, science-fiction, and mystery to tell stories. The series started on WYBE public television and within weeks the show became a top ten hit on the station. ‘Heavy Sedation’ is now a national and internationally syndicated public television series that has aired on 42 stations across the United States, in Canada, and in the United Kingdom. Heavy Sedation airs on WHYY TV12. www.outthehouse.com/heavysedation

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Tony Isabella

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Tony Isabella

Tony Isabella has been a comics fan since childhood. In 1972, that passion drew him to Marvel Comics where he began his career as an assistant to Roy Thomas.

In his 36-year career, Isabella has been an editor for both Marvel and DC. He was a pioneer in the comic book retail business as a specialty store owner and distributor. He created Black Lightning, the first black hero to star in his own DC Comics title. A Black Lightning action figure, part of the Total Justice line, is one of his most treasured possessions and much cooler than all other action figures.

Isabella’s body of work is diverse. A partial list of his comics credits would include: Captain America, Daredevil, Doc Savage, Donald Duck, Dracula, Elvira, Ghost Rider, Hawkman, Luke Cage, Mickey Mouse, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superman, Tarzan, Uncle Scrooge, and Young Love. With Bob Ingersoll, he’s written two prose novels: Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: the Case of the Colonist’s Corpse.

Isabella is a contributing editor and the lead reviewer for Comics Buyer’s Guide. His humorous and thoughtful “Tony’s Tips!” is a favorite among fans and industry professionals alike. He was CBG’s first columnist and remains one of its most popular. He’s reviewed more comics and related items than any one else writing for CBG, and he has reviewed a wider variety of comics (manga, small press, etc.) than anyone else writing for the magazine.

In June of 1997, the nigh-daily “Tony’s Online Tips” debuted on the World Famous Comics website. Isabella’s thousands of columns are believed to be an online record in the comics community.

Isabella continues to work and write for a variety of comics and non-comics clients while developing new projects. His major 2009 project is a hardcover book on comics that may well be his ultimate expression of what he’s been doing in his columns all these years.

Isabella, his wife Barbara, and children Eddie and Kelly reside in Medina, Ohio.

TONY’S ONLINE TIPS
http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/tony

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Larry Stroman

By · May 7, 2010 · Filed in Previous Guests · Comments Off on Larry Stroman

Larry Stroman

With titles like Uncanny X-men, Alien Legion, and X-Factor under his belt, Larry Stroman is recognized as a master artist. Working for over ten years with Marvel comics, Stroman has developed a style of visual storytelling and characterization that is unmistakable to comic book fans worldwide. Larry Stroman is the co-founder of Axis Comics where his work on the highly successful book Tribe still goes unparalleled. Stroman recently lent his artistry to Marvel comics’ Black Panther.

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Greg Pak

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Greg Pak

Greg Pak is an author and filmmaker who has worked on Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, and X-men: Phoenix Song for Marvel Comics. Pak is also an editor for AsianAmericanComics.com and AsianAmericanFilm.com. His latest work on the twelve-issue comic title series War Machine (starring Iron Man’s long time friend James Rhodes, who will be played by Don Cheadle in the live action Iron Man 2 film) is the winner of the Maximum Force Award from ComicCritque.com. www.pakbuzz.com

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Trevor Von Eeden

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Trevor Von Eeden

Trevor Von Eeden’s comics career started in 1976, as DC’s youngest, and first Black artist. He designed the costume and drew the adventures of their very first original Black superhero: Black Lightning! After that, he worked on Batman, since “The Batman Annual #8,” which came out in 1982. He also worked on the series “Thriller” in the mid-1980’s, which has garnered an appreciative fan base, one that exists even to this day. He has written and drawn his very first graphic novel, a 240-page story of the life of Jack Johnson, the first Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Von Eeden is currently working on his next book–The Story of Heru: the Original Hero!

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Ahmad Muhammad

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Ahmad Muhammad

Ahmad Muhammad is a writer, artist, and director who is currently producing one of his stories, The Business, into an independent film. Muhammad, also known as AIM, is the creator of the multi-cultural cartoon titled “18th Ave”, which follows a boy named Loyal as he adjusts to a new town, dealing with a local bully named Stress, and tries to overcome his fear of rapping in front of a crowd. Currently, Muhammad is working on his second animation project; an action cartoon titled “Iron Heart”. www.18thaveonline.com

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Shawn Martinbrough

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Shawn Martinbrough

Shawn Martinbrough has illustrated for DC, Marvel, and Vertigo Comics. The bulk of Martinbrough’s work has been for Marvel Comics, Vertigo, and DC Comics which includes his critically acclaimed two year collaboration with novelist Greg Ruka on “Batman: Detective Comics” and work on “The Losers” which is now a major motion picture. His latest work includes “Luke Cage: Noir” and “How To Draw Noir Comics” is an instructional art book published by Random House. www.shawnmartinbrough.com

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