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Archive: G-FEST XXII Artist Alley

For 2015, Artist Alley once again had its own dedicated room at the Crown Plaza - The Metro Room.

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The following talented artists participated in Artist Alley…

Adam Kile

Adam Kile

Adam Kile watched his first Godzilla movie when he was 8 years old, thus began his life long fascination with Kaiju. He began drawing Godzilla shortly after that, then moving on to sculptures and more intricate sketches. He has been creating Kaiju soft sculptures and bringing them to G-FEST since 2008 and has enjoyed creating his own costumes as well. Although Adam has had paintings in several local gallery shows, sketching Kaiju is his first love. He has been inspired by the work of many of the artists in Artist Alley and hopes that someday he will work on a comic book!

Website: godzillaman84.deviantart.com

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.

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, writer, illustrator and graphic artist located in the Des Moines metro area, Iowa. He is the creator, artist, and writer of the independent comics The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch, 252-Z, and Dub Trub for Warning Comics. He was the artist on the Candle Light Press OGN series Man Is Vox. Carter is also a kaiju enthusiast, with several of his works featured in IDW’s Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.

Website: warningcomics.com

Chris Martinez

Christopher Martinez

Christopher Martinez is a Chicago based illustrator and musician. He has worked extensively in the tabletop RPG field for companies such as White Wolf, FASA and Steve Jackson Games. He was also a contributor to the double Eisner nominated To End All Wars - the Graphic Anthology of the First World War, and is the creator and artist of Night of the Firebeast, a kaiju movie comic debuting at G-FEST.

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

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.

Website: 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 an graphic designer and illustrator with close to ten years of ad agency experience. James’ quirky, minimalist style has been featured on the covers of IDW’s Transformers, G.I. Joe, Judge Dread comics, as well as the British Sci-Fi Comic 2000 AD. He is also the writer and co-creator of the super robot graphic novel Robot God Akamatsu. James lives with his son in Salem, MA.

Website: society6.com/jamesbiggie/prints

Jamie Snell

Jamie Snell

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. He has created various covers for IDW publishing’s Godzilla #1, and various characters for the Transformers Beastwars Source book. Jamie has also created posters for Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Acme Archives: Celebrations V and the 30th Anniversary of ESB. Along with that, he has contributed various art piece donations to charity causes.

Website: jamiesnellart.com

Jared Foust

Jared Foust

Jared is attending Artist Alley this year, so come to his table to learn all about him!

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

John Bellotti Jr.

John Bellotti jr.

Born and raised from radioactive italian food in New York, John Bellotti jr. grew to a massive size and had to be transported to Staten Island where he was caged and fed and learned how to draw. Now he draws for his fellow monsters and sells prints of his artwork online and at conventions. While not accidentally destroying valuable New York real estate John has a day job as a scenic artist for film, TV and Broadway shows. It pays well and he gets free food. What could be better?

Website: johnbellottijr.deviantart.com

Jonathan Clode

Jonathan Clode

Jonathan Clode is a comic writer and editor from Wales, UK. He is the co-editor and writer for the double Eisner nominated To End All Wars - the Graphic Anthology of the First World War and has also contributed stories to various digital and print collections such as the Outré Anthology. Night of the Firebeast is his first foray into kaiju comics, unless you count the time he had a dragon obliterate UK prime minister David Cameron, which you should!

Website: facebook.com/jonathan.clode.5

Kay Engstrom

Kay Engstrom

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

Website: facebook.com/katherine.engstrom

Keith Foster

Keith Foster

Keith writes the Daikaiju Comic Kodoja and the upcoming Martial Arts comic 3 Protectors. He is the guitarist for the band Big Pimp Jones who released, among other recordings, two albums that fuse orchestral kaiju scores with funk music. Keith also hosts the podcasts Nerdometrics and The Vinyl Exam and has led panels at comic conventions on Godzilla.

Website: kodoja.com

Kyle R. Joe

Kyle R. Joe

From the southwest, Kyle is a high school computer teacher with a passion for giant monsters. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a BFA in New Media Arts. Kyle likes to make short stop motion films, draw, and take pictures of giant monsters. His hobby has inspired and given him a passion for creativity.

Lewis C. Austin

Lewis C. Austin

Lewis C. Austin is the founder and Head of Projects for TG2WAC Productions, the leading filmmakers in the Kaiju Eiga genre for the western hemisphere. Their latest film Raki IV - Raki vs. Gramuda (2006) was TG2WAC Pro’s first DVD release and was a great hit with fans. With the big studios resorting to cheap computer affects, TG2WAC has picked up the mantle of producing traditional Giant Monster films! Along with screening of materials from past endeavours, Lewis will make an announcement concerning their next major project: Raki VI! Shōnen Hero Magazine, TG2WAC Press’ exciting comic anthology magazine for kids. Although geared toward children, Shōnen Hero Magazine has enjoyed a wide age range of readers. It features Manga strips that buck the conventions of the genre, a variety artistic styles and stories, and smart writing with fun and interesting feature articles. Shōnen Hero Magazine is a unique beacon on the comic books front.

Websites: groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TG2WAC_Pro/info and wizardworld.com/lewisaustin.html

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 once again.

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.

Websites: mattfrankart.com, kaijusamurai.deviantart.com, and spankzilla85.tumblr.com

Mike Vasquez

Mike Vasquez

Mike is attending Artist Alley this year, so come to his table to learn all about him!

Nick Shevelev

Nick Shevelev

San Francisco based, but New Jersey born and raised, Nick Shevelev has worked as an illustrator and graphic artist in the souvenir/novelty industry since 2005. Nick also works on freelance illustrations and is currently producing beer labels for Rushing Duck Brewing Co.

Website: facebook.com/nick.shevelev

Rashaad Santiago

Rashaad Santiago

Rashaad Santiago is the season 6 winner of Faceoff. He was best known for his fast work and his ability to fabricate amazing pieces using only what he had available. His work has inspired many young artist. Being self taught, he had to learn how to use non traditional methods to achieve the look he desired. Rashaad first started his fabrication and costume career in 2006. From then on he perfected his craft, going on to make his own versions of many classic monster suits such as: The Predator, Alien, Predation and several others. Later on he would discover the vast world of the special effects and make up industry. He has been creating monsters ever since.

Website: facebook.com/RashaadSantiago

Ray Fromme

Ray Fromme

“Don’t be as good as the artist(s) you look up to, be as good as the artist you can be.” These are words Ray Fromme lives by. He has been a fan of giant monsters since he was a kid, and drew his first Godzilla when he was seven, serving as a foundation for his growing passion for art. Ray been a part of G-FEST’s Artist Alley since the 2010 festivities. He looks forward to it every year to reconnect with fellow artists and other familiar faces, meet new friends, and create new memories.

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

Robert Monsarrat

Robert Monsarrat

Robert Monsarrat is a burgeoning author and artist currently at work on a series of novels featuring Rarraku, his signature monster. Ohio-born and raised, he graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s in Illustration, a degree which he’s putting to good use. To follow the exploits of Rarraku, as well as his other monster works, check out the websites:

Websites: robert-monsarrat.tumblr.com, and crocazill.deviantart.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, so stop by his table at Artist Alley, 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, born and raised in Indiana, is a multi-genre old school fan of sci-fi, animation, comics, and Godzilla. He is now pursuing his dream of making a living utilizing his god given talent, and his fountain of perceived useless knowledge. In 2005 he received his degree in animation from AI Schaumburg. In 2013 he was an associate editor for Gold Digger, and has stories published in the annuals of said comic for five years. Now Stephen is co-creator of his own web comic Mega Edosaka. He currently lives in Illinois, saving the world one Popsicle at a time.

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

Timothy Price

Timothy Price

Musician/author Timothy Price combines Daikaiju, Robots and Rock & Roll to bring you the epic tale: BIG IN JAPAN! The story of LA rockers who, in exchange for fame and fortune, pilot a 60-story cowbot, known as the Duke, in order to save the world from all sorts of giant beasties! BIG IN JAPAN stars a slew of new monsters and real-life kaiju actors, Robert Scott Field and Akira Takarada, (who have graciously allowed Price to use their likenesses) as two of his main characters for the series! BIG IN JAPAN is definitely BIG and has been featured in G-FAN Magazine (Issue #103), MTV.com, and is currently available worldwide. Tim’s first published article, Spook Cinema, can also be found in the latest edition of Mad Scientist Magazine (Issue #30). And if that weren’t enough, there will be a brand new BIG IN JAPAN adventure by author Matt Dennion appearing in a cross-over story with GFantis in this summer’s G-FAN Magazine! BIG IN JAPAN II is slated for release in December of 2015 in the U.S. and where else, but Japan!

Website: biginjapanrocks.com

Tyler and Sara Sowles

Tyler and Sara Sowles

Killustration Studios is comprised of Tyler and Sara Sowles. Both are graduates of Kendall College of Art and Design and work together on indy and self published comics, fan prints and other freelance art ventures. Tyler primary does the pencils and inks and Sara digitally colors, letters and does layout and graphic design. Their current titles that they work on together include Hank Steiner: Monster Detective, Durontus, and Tandoori Apocalypse. Tyler is also is the lead artist on Fallstreak and (Arcana’s) The Numbered.

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.

Website: genmetal.angelfire.com