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Archive: G-FEST XXI Artist Alley

Regular G-FEST attendees had seen Artist Alley grow more popular each year, and for 2014 it was bigger than ever, featuring an all-star line up of talent. So big in fact, that it moved to a new dedicated room at the Crown Plaza - The Metro Room.

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Meet the Artists…

Alex Merdich

Alex Merdich

Alex Merdich is a freelance artist with a BFA focused in studio art and technology. His sculptures were awarded Best Scratch Built at G-FEST XVII, XVIII, and XIX. He also designed and created the fan-made video game Godzilla: Daikaiju Battle Royale.

Website: awmstudioproductions.com

Barbi Smith

Barbi Smith

Barbi is an 18 year veteran of self-publishing who cut her teeth with Illusion Studios before co-founding Dragonfyre Studios in 2005. This talented writer and editor has her hands in every aspect of the studio. Barbi heads up the editing and authoring for their DVD department (Uprising Magazine and Revenge of the Revenginator), as well as, overseeing the final production of all printed material.

Website: angelfire.com/indie/dragonfyre

Brandon Phillips and Jack Armstrong

Brandon Phillips and Jack Armstrong

Kaiju Assault is the working collaboration of Jack Armstrong and Brandon Phillips. Starting from a very basic turn based, coin flip card game, we made a hobby. Ten years later the game has evolved into a very in-depth card game that is never played the same way twice, even if you have the same cards. Kaiju Assault pits all of your favorite monsters into one monsterous beat down! Taking the three major generations (spanning sixty years!) of Tokusatsu and placing it into one cohesive brawler of a card game. Any fantasy fight you can think of can happen in the Kaiju Assault card game. Everything you love about these movies has been painstakingly worked into this card game for the authenticity of each monster. Featuring art from kaiju fans on every card, this is a card game made by fans for fans, even if you are not big on card gaming.

Website: facebook.com/KaijuAssaultCardGame
Email: oneeyedgofur@gmail.com

Brandon Santiago

Brandon Santiago

Brandon Santiago is a comic book artist that pencils, inks, and colors for a local independent company called Rotten Apple Studios. He has worked on such titles as The Kid, PSA, My Life, and Daark. In relation to Godzilla, he has made prints of rather iconic kaiju fights reimagined, original blackboard pieces, and sketch cards featuring mini versions of the monsters. Brandon is also at work on an anime-style Godzilla fan film that is currently in development and entitled “Godzilla Forever.”

Carter Allen

Carter Allen

Carter Allen is a comic book creator from Des Moines, Iowa. He is the writer and artist on the sci-fi superhero adventure series The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch, as well as the OGN series Dub Trub. His favorite monster movies are Terror of Mechagodzilla and Gorgo.

Chris Elchesyn

Chris Elchesyn

Chris Elchesyn is a self employed artist that creates fantastical creatures out of masking tape and other various household materials. His artistic abilities have developed since childhood and he has grown them into a successful business.

Website: facebook.com/MaskingTapeMonsters

Chris Martinez

Chris Martinez

Chris Martinez is a Chicago based freelance illustrator and guitarist for horror surf band The Alder Kings. Since attending the Joe Kubert School, he has worked on indy films, comics and extensively in the RPG field. Chris has also illustrated album covers and merchandise for a variety of bands.

Websites: thechristophermartinez.com and thealderkings.com

Christopher Ness

Christopher Ness

Christopher Ness is an art educator and artist. He paints in acrylic on 36" x 18" canvases, mimicking the ratio of widescreen cinema. His subject matter is images of great cinematography, iconic characters and scenes.

Website: facebook.com/nessart2010

Chris Scalf

Chris Scalf

Chris Scalf bio coming soon!

Website: chrisscalf.com

Dani Ryan

Danielle Ryan

Danielle is an up and coming artist with G-Fest XXI being her first opportunity to showcase her artwork. A tomboy at heart, Danielle has had a love of Godzilla and all things kaiju since childhood. Danielle and Chris Elchesyn have been married for about eight years and will be working together in Artists Alley.

Dennis Roth

Dennis Roth

Born in Montana, and raised in South Dakota, Dennis currently lives in the flatlands of Kansas. After graduating with two degrees in paleontology, he’s transformed his knowledge of extinct anatomy to producing art as a freelance studio, giving him an excuse to draw monsters in dynamic fight sequences, and travel around.

Website: dr-studios.deviantart.com

Frank Parr

Frank Parr

Well known in the independent comic world for his work with Lightning Comics, Illusion Studios and his own Newbreed Comix, inker Frank Parr now moves on to Lead Illustrator at Dragonfyre Studios with the release of the Irokus: Mirror Image graphic novel, as well as, his kaiju prints. Adding film making to his resume, Frank handled the camera work on the Uprising Magazine DVDs and DFS’s first mini-movie: Revenge of the Revenginator; of which he co-wrote the script for.

Websites: angelfire.com/indie/dragonfyre and kaijuverse.deviantart.com

Jae Hoffmann

Jae Hoffmann

A lifelong Godzilla fan, Jae Hoffmann has been drawing the big G since he was a kid. Graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a BFA in Media Arts and Animation, Jae does freelance illustration, and works as a Production Assistant and Producer at Losterdance Productions, helping build and paint miniature sets for various projects. His first love will always be Godzilla.

James Biggie

James Biggie

James Biggie is a graphic designer and art director with over eight years of ad agency experience. James has done covers for IDW's GI: JOE ongoing series, GI JOE: Special Missions and Judge Dread. He is also writer and co-creator of Robot God Akamatsu, a comic book valentine to daikaiju films and the super robot genre of the 1970s and early 1980s. Robot God Akamatsu is now available as a graphic novel from Zetabella Publishing. James lives with his wife, son and cat in Salem, MA.

Website: cargocollective.com/jamesmbiggie

Jared Foust

Jared Foust

Jared Foust bio coming soon!

Website: daikamonohashi.deviantart.com

Jeff Zornow

Jeff Zornow

Jeff Zornow is a professional comic artist and illustrator. Originally getting his first published works in the early issues of G-FAN in the mid 1990s, Jeff has been working in comics, Illustration, album cover illustration and t-shirt designs since 2005. He is currently working on Godzilla: Rulers of Earsth for IDW as a cover artist and fill-in interior artist, as well as illustrating the current zombie/Vietnam war horror comic ‘68 from Image comics.

Website: facebook.com/jeff.zornow
Twitter: twitter.com/zornow13

Kay Engstrom

Kay Engstrom

Kay “The Rock Lady” Engstrom is a local Chicago artist.

Website: facebook.com/katherine.engstrom

Keith Foster

Keith Foster

Keith is a comic writer for the giant monster comic Kodoja, and guitarist for the band Big Pimp Jones who released, among other recordings, two albums that fuse orchestral kaiju scores with funk music. Additionally he’s discussed daikaiju on his podcast Nerdometrics, and has led panels at comic conventions on Godzilla.

Larry Quach

Larry Quach

Larry Quach is a concept artist from the Los Angeles area that has worked in the entertainment industry and has done work for companies such as Warner Bros, Disney, LucasArts, Rhythm and Hues, and many others. Websites: larryquachart.com and larryquach.blogspot.com

Linda Rizzo

Linda Rizzo

Linda, alternately known by her nom-de-geek ‘Bluella DeVille,’ is a New York City dilettante and divides her time between photography (kaiju), music (garage/punk DJ) and design (clothes for people with more money than her). This is her first appearance in G-FEST’s Artist Alley.

Website: kaijunyc.com

Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek

Luke has enjoyed watching and drawing dinosaurs, Godzilla and other daikaiju ever since he was little. He attended duCret School of Art where he received a commercial art certificate for both graphic design and illustration. Among Luke’s published works are the card game “Legends of the 5 Rings” as well as numerous awards at several East coast conventions and art shows. This year, Luke is very excited to be at last fulfilling his dream of attending G-FEST.

Website: ldsartstudios.deviantart.com

Lysa “Zen” Shin

Lysa “Zen” Shin

Lysa has a style all her own, both sophisticated and humorous. While she is best known for her work with movie posters for horror films, including work for the always interesting Troma Studios, she is also a cover artist for Dark Oak Press. Lysa calls herself the creator of all things that eat cake and hide under your bed!

Websites: zen13vszombies.wix.com/zen13vszombies and facebook.com/groups/190368534321244

Matt Frank

Matt Frank

A fan favorite artist, Matt Frank gained ‘monstrous’ recognition with IDW’s Godzilla comic series, starting with contributing covers to Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. He also providing interiors for the first issue of Godzilla: Legends, and designed the titular monster for Jeremy Robinson’s Project Nemesis paperback novels. Matt has also worked on numerous Transformers titles, and kicked off 2013 with the crossover one-shot, Mars Attacks The Transformers. In addition, Matt aided in the Mars Attacks revival by helping to design the giant insect monsters utilized by the Martians for their invasion. Matt is currently the lead interior and cover artist for the ongoing series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, and is the art director for the upcoming videogame Colossal Kaiju Combat.

Ray Fromme

Ray Fromme

Ray Fromme has been a fan of giant monsters and robots since he was a kid, and sees them as inspiration for a growing career. He is currently attending college for a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, and has been part of G-FEST’s Artist Alley since the 2010 convention. Ray sees the other artists not only as role models to look up to, but people he’s come to call friends. He is also currently developing his own webcomic.

Websites: almightyrayzilla.deviantart.com and rfcreations.deviantart.com

Robert Monsarrat

Robert Monsarrat

Robert Monsarrat is a recent graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration. He’s been drawing Godzilla and his cohorts since the tender age of six, and still believes monsters are the best thing since sliced bread. Robert hopes to complete his kaiju magnum opus, someday.

Website: crocazill.deviantart.com

Sara Sowles

Sara Sowles

Sara Sowles is a painter, comic book colorist, and designer. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2007 with a BFA in illustration. Sara owns Killustration Studios LLC, a professional art business, with her husband Tyler. She has much experience in deadline oriented jobs including newspaper, feature film, and comic industries.

Website: killustrationstudios.com

Scrooge Jones

Scrooge Jones

Scrooge Jones is an actor, martial artist, entertainer, G-Force agent, and professional stonewaller but first and foremost - a Godzilla enthusiast. With a name like “Scrooge Jones” you get what you expect, quite the character. He’s been a fan ever since he was a kid thanks to his parents’ influence and has been coming to G-FEST since 2008. Armed with his artistic collaboration with good friend Sam Messerly, who has been able to bring life to many creative aspirations of this giant monster loving nut. Always wanting to raise the bar each year he attends, Scrooge has even more in store this year, including all new artwork inspired merchandise, a martial art demonstration and raffling off Godzilla 2014 goodies. Stop by his table at Artist Alley to enter for a chance to win and don’t be afraid to find him throughout the convention to say hi. He’ll be the man in black.

Website: facebook.com/scrooge.jones.9

Sean McGuinness

Sean McGuinness

Sean McGuinness founded the Twisted Kaiju Theater webcomic in August 2000. As “That Godzilla Guy,” his Art Appreciation Through Godzillafication explores the world through the eyes of a kaiju. Sean’s work appears online and has been featured and award-nominated in museums and multiple art shows.

Websites: neomonsterisland.com/wordpress and facebook.com/SCGodzillaGuy

Stephen Rickman

Stephen Rickman

Stephen Rickman was born and raised in central Indiana, and has spent most of his days sitting in front of the TV watching monster movies and cartoons. This led to his interest in comic books, video games, RPGs, and anime. Stephen is currently a freelance artist and has created his own webcomic.

Website: megaedosaka.com

Stephen Schilling

Stephen Schilling

Stephen Schilling is an actor, writer, martial artist, and graphic novelist. He has been an illustrator since he was a young child and is only now reaching into the professional world. Stephen’s first published work was in the recently released Solestar, a graphic novel raising awareness for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. He is currently the art director for The Great Big Adventure (a year-long, interactive experience for kids) creating its ‘look,’ as well as co-creating the accompanying original comic book.

Website: sbzilla72.deviantart.com/gallery

Thomas Most

Thomas Most

Considered a pioneer in rapid prototyping/3D printing prosthetics, Tom Most comes originally from an art background, having received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois in 1983. He’s the lead CAD operator at the largest private O&P facility in Illinois, joining them in 2008, having done prototyping on the DARPA hand with Dr. Weir at NUREC during his residency, and a 3D print consultant for NUPOC. He has been in the rapid prototyping/3D print arena for 30 years, and in that time has been department head of several large prototype service bureaus, as well as having co-founded an AM service bureau. Previously, Tom was the department head of silicone molding/urethane casting for several mid west prototyping companies, focusing on process improvement/standardization, and helped in the development of a proprietary urethane vacuum/pressure casting system. Tom’s first experience with AM was at Prototype Express, one of the first companies to pioneer the use of stereolithography, the first commercially available AM technology. His continuous search for innovative applications of AM technologies has included consumer and commercial product prototyping, prosthetic/orthotic applications, as well as continuing his own pursuits of 3D digital sculpting/fine art.

Tyler Sowles

Tyler Sowles

Tyler Sowles is a painter, illustrator and comic book artist. He graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in illustration. Tyler owns Killustration Studios LLC, a professional art business, with his wife Sara. He is currently working on 2 trade graphic novels, The Numbered for Arcana Comics and Deadman’s Land for actor Barry Duffield.

Website: killustrationstudios.com

Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith

With Illusion Studios closing its doors after 11 years of publishing, the veteran writer turned his attention to new avenues. After writing two illustrated novels for the newly formed Dragonfyre Studios, Wayne set his sights on adapting Irokus: Mirror Image for Dragonfyre Studios’ first graphic novel. As well as hosting the Uprising Magazine DVDs, he also co-wrote and starred in DFS’s first mini-movie: Revenge of the Revenginator, and heads up Generation Metal.

Websites: angelfire.com/indie/dragonfyre and genmetal.angelfire.com