Heroic Aleworks and the D.C. Conspiracy, a group of comic creators, writers, artists, editors, and fans based in the Washington, DC region, are teaming up for a minicomics and arts show featuring about two dozen local comics creators! Pick up some one-of-a-kind locally made comics as you enjoy a pint (or two) of your favorite Heroic beer!
Ohhh, Yeeeaaah. It’s a minicomics show but we got some mainstream legendary talent swinging by the show. Leave a spot for Gary’s motorcycle out front!
For more than 20 years, Gary Cohn’s business card has read “writer, teacher, fencer, motorcyclist.” He says that he has had two careers as a comics writer. The first was in the early ‘80s, when he co-created AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD and BLUE DEVIL at DC Comics. His second comics career came a dozen years later, when he got aboard the Crusade Entertainment bandwagon early on, editing SHI and writing SHI: SENRYAKU as well as his own DEMON GUN. He then switched careers and became a teacher. Now he’s retired and back into comics, His current projects include NEW DEVIL, with Blue Devil co-creator Paris Cullins, and NEMESIS, with former NYC teaching colleague and BronxHeroes Con founder Ray Felix. A recent transplant to Richmond, Virginia, Cohn looks forward to creating opportunities to let his imagination run.
Hobbes Holluck is a comic artist and writer whose work tends to focus on humor and fantasy. Hobbes prefers to use traditional illustration techniques and also creates puppets and sculptures of his work.
Andrew Cohen is the writer and artist of comics such as “Howzit Funnies” and “Dr. W”. He has also created comics for The Washington Bach Consort and the Washington Mandarin Oriental Hotel, while his book “Surrealia: Chapter One,” with Billy Lopez, appeared in Mount Hope, the literary journal of Roger Williams University. Cohen is the current editor of comic newspaper “Magic Bullet,” with the D.C. Conspiracy.
Iszy Iszard is an illustrator who has found his calling in the creation of a universe in miniature. His hand-crafted dioramas draw the viewer in with lovingly sculpted detail.
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Karly Perez creates original hand sculpted and resin cast dolls and writes short stories and comics with a surrealist bent.
Sean Hill is an artist who’s devoted to his craft—the world of comics and sequential art. “I believe stories shape culture, morals and world views. In the words of Cunningham, ‘We become the stories we tell ourselves,’” he says. For more:
Steve Loya creates imaginary creatures from random paint splotches. Influenced by wildlife, kaiju culture, street and outsider art, and more, Steve’s Splotch Monsters come alive in the most unique and imaginative ways. You can follow the adventures of the Splotch Monsters at his blog here:
Jason Rodriguez is a writer and editor whose books have been nominated for an Eisner Award and eight Harvey Awards. Jason is currently editing a series of comic anthologies about colonial New England and the Mid-Atlantic region for Fulcrum Publishing. The first book from the series, “Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750,” was released in 2014 and the second volume came out this year. Jason lives in Arlington, Va., with two dogs and two cats. You can usually find him on a street corner, staring out into the future.
JASON E. AXTELL
Jason E. Axtell is an educator and graphic illustrator from Virginia. He has contributed to a variety of publications, including the comic adaptation of the Family Guy cartoon series, and the anthology book series “Colonial Comics” and “Redistricted.” He also self-publishes his own comics, including “Unky the Duck” and “Strays ‘N Gates,” while taking on the occasional freelance job. Jason continues to work as an illustrator and designer in the northern Virginia area. http://
Michael Brace is a D.C.-based cartoonist. He enjoys working with fantasy and sci-fi-related stories. Michael is currently working on a satirical minicomic about hairstyles in 20th-century sci-fi and horror movies.
Evan Keeling was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is a co-founder of the D.C. Conspiracy. Evan has worked at Smithsonian Exhibits for the past 13 years and has recently started developing comic book-based programs at various museums in the institution. He is also working on a series of comics about the D.C. punk scene and chronicling the experiences of the International Indigenous Youth Council and their experiences during the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. you can see more of his work here http://
Annamaria Ward is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. She graduated this past year from the School of Art at George Mason University. Her art is inspired her childhood and growing up overseas living in countries like India, Switzerland and Ecuador. To see more of Annamaria’s work, visit www.annamariaward.com or on Instagram @annawardart, tumblr annamariaward.tumblr.com and Twitter @awardart
Our mantra at Crucial Crisis Comics, or C3 Comics, is that “events” come and go, but great characters are the backbone of great storytelling, and telling great stories is our ultimate goal. We’ve worked tirelessly for many years, living by our own creed, “Where creativity meets commitment” and we truly believe our passion and professionalism shows itself through our work. We have a ton of characters, a plethora of stories waiting for any and all who wish to broaden their horizons. http://www.crucialcrisiscomics.com
Michael Cowgill writes fiction and makes comics from a semi-secret location in Northern Virginia. His comics include Lil’ P.I.: Summer Special, Trina Trubble, and Tales From the Abstract Garage and has appeared in the Magic Bullet comics newspaper and the anthologies District Comics and Wild Ocean. He also co-hosts the podcast Battle of the Network Shows.
Santiago Casares is a writer and illustrator living in the D.C. metro area. His work has appeared in Heavy Metal magazine, as well as online. He is the creator of Chili’s World and Lunatic Tales, and is currently adapting nursery rhymes into multi-cultural comics. You can find more at: www.santiagocasares.com
“The Boss” (the other Boss!) will be there! David Ross is an artist/educator working in Washington, D.C. When he is not mentoring youth in the arts and technology he spends his time building figures and toys using 3D design.
Robin Ha is the author and illustrator of the Korean cookbook graphic novel, “Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes.” She was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up reading and drawing comics. She moved to the United States at age 14. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she moved to New York City and started a career in fashion. She continued to work as a freelance cartoonist, and her work has been published in several comic anthologies, as well as for Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She currently lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and is working on several graphic novels, including a memoir about her immigration experience in Huntsville, Alabama, as a teenager.
Mark Lindblom is a cartoonist that leans towards modern historical tales. He has created comics about Washington, D.C.’s untold graffiti scene, skateboarding godfather Frank Nasworthy, and a Midwest punk drummer known as “Rhythm Chicken.” Mark is currently working on a nonfiction graphic novel about the birth of skiing & snow-boarding in America. He also teaches cartoon workshops and lives in Washington, D.C.
PLUS A LIVE RADIO BROADCAST FROM THE EVENT:
ULYSSES E. CAMPBELL
Ulysses E. Campbell is the executive producer and host of the television and radio version of The Comic, Science Fiction & Fantasy fan’s FANTASTIC FORUM. Since 2007, the television show has aired on cable stations along the east coast. The radio show is carried on WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA. The programs feature panel discussions, interviews, event coverage, toy/game profiles, parodies and special features. Ulysses is also an actor, voice talent and elected official in the District of Columbia.