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Archive: G-FEST XXIII Artist Alley

For 2016, 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

Barbi Smith

Barbi Smith

Barbi is a 23 year veteran of self-publishing who cut her teeth with Illusion Studios and Legacy Entertianment: ACC, 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 (Kaijuverse Source Book and Irokus: Mirror Image), and website design.

Brandon Phillips and Jack Armstrong

Brandon Phillips and Jack Armstrong

When the Godzilla game for Gamecube was announced in 2002, Brandon Phillips couldn’t wait for its release. He took it upon himself to create a game to hold him over, which later evolved into what we know today as ‘Kaiju Assault’ the card game. In 2004, Brandon brought in his best friend, Jack Armstrong, to use his inherent and comprehensive knowledge of card games to restructure the gameplay into the style we see currently. Later that year, Jack and Brandon met Alan Berckenhoff, a card creator, at the screening of 'Bubba Hotep' where they spoke at length of kaiju and the game. After losing touch, they became reacquainted at G-FEST XIX, where Alan, being a lifelong tokusatsu fan, was brought onboard to help expand Kaiju Assault using his knowledge of obscure kaiju.

Websites: kaijuassault.wix.com/kaijuassaultcardgame | 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.”

C. Martin Croker

C. Martin Croker

C. Martin Croker (a.k.a. Clay Croker) has been a kaiju fan since the age of five and actually did designs (none of which were used) for the 1998 USA Godzilla movie! He has been seated primarily in the animation field for almost 30 years now, working with Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM block for much of that time. He helped create Cartoon Network’s Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and supplied numerous voices, including regulars Zorak and Moltar. Clay has also provided v/o and graphic services for Disney Imagineering, Cartoon Network, DC Comics, Coca-Cola, NASA and many more. Through his Atlanta-based animation house, Big Deal Cartoons, Inc., he has produced and directed the new animation for Space Ghost, as well as designed and animated other characters for numerous ADULT SWIM shows including The Brak Show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Assy McGee (he has lent his voice to all these shows as well). Clay also designed characters and animated sequences for 2006’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie film for theaters, including voicing longtime ATHF characters Dr. Weird and his assistant Steve. He’s worked on a couple of other movies with Godzilla and Frankenstein in their titles, is currently animating the undead for an upcoming zombie film, and is doing character designs for Warner Brothers Animation. This is Clay’s second appearance at G-FEST and he is happy to be in attendance this year!

Websites: arglebarglin.blogspot.com | http://facebook.com/c.martin.croker

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 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

Christopher Martinez

Christopher Martinez is the creator and artist of the kaiju meta comic “Night of the Fire-beast,” published by Insane Comics. His work can also be seen in the double Eisner nominated anthology “To End All Wars” by Soaring Penguin Press. He lives in Chicago with his wife, two cats and a bunch of guitars.

Websites: thechristophermartinez.com | 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

Dane Kroll

Dane Kroll

Dane G. Kroll graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Film and Media Studies. Tired of never finding anything to watch on TV, Dane started writing his own books to entertain himself. With an itch to write about giant monsters, he began his on-going series, Realm of Goryo. It’s everything you never knew you wanted in a kaiju story. Along with that, Dane also has works in fantasy and horror.

Website: danegkroll.com

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

Eric Schuster

Eric Schuster

Eric is a comic artist and illustrator living in Minneapolis. The first movie he remembers watching was King Kong vs. Godzilla, and he’s been drawing monsters ever since. His favorite kaiju is Varan from ”Varan: The Unbelievable!”

Website: ejschuster.tumblr.com

Frank Parr

Frank Parr

Well known in the world of independent comic books for his work with Lightning Comics, Illusion Studios and his own Newbreed Comix, Frank Parr become co-founder and lead Illustrator at Dragonfyre Studios in 2005.  His first Graphic Novel, Irokus: Mirror Image, was a huge hit with fans and sold out, just like his many kaiju prints. Frank’s work has also been spotlighted in G-FAN Magazine, and graced the cover of issue #80. In the last few years, Frank and his DFS partners, have done work in the music field for Warriors of Metal Fest, GMG Internationale, Lords of the Trident, Fiakra, Damien, Dethrats, Valhalla and Demonwolf; producing designs for t-shirts, posters, ads, backdrops and album covers. 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: kaijuverse.deviantart.com | facebook.com/frank.parr.3

Gaz Gretsky

Gaz ‘Gazbot’ Gretsky

Gazbot is Gaz Gretsky; New Jersey native now living in the bay area of California. His past work includes animation for MTV, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. He has also worked on comics such as: Legends of the Bay, Sales Autopsy, Adventure Race, Buncoman, The Lemonade Stand, VMSight, EEP, and Hero Envy as a penciler, inker, and/or colorist. His current comic projects include: Kid Switch (all art), for Reckless Sidekick Productions, and Earthling (colorist), for Genuine Comics. This year Gaz launched his own independent creator owned kaiju comic “The Horror A4,” the creation of which has also been chronicling on his youtube channel. He will be selling copies of “The Horror A4,” as well as selling prints, pins, and doing commissioned sketches at the show.

Websites: YouTube | instagram.com/gazbott | facebook.com/Gazbot-119611791431611 | gazbot.com

Hiroshi Sagae

Hiroshi Sagae

Hiroshi Sagae is a master maquette sculptor, and model maker for the film and toy collectibles industries. He has contributed maquette sculpts and miniature work for numerous modern-day Godzilla and Gamera films, and most recently did sculpting work on Ultraman Saga in 2012.

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. He just recently inked a story in Transformers #50. 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.

Websites: jamiesnellart.com | instagram.com/artist_jamiesnell | facebook.com/JsnellArt

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.

Websites: facebook.com/jeff.zornow | twitter.com/zornow13

Joe Lucchese

Joe ‘Dopepope’ Lucchese

Dopepope is a New York City artist specializing in bizarre creature and character design. An illustrator since childhood, he’s swerved his talents into the world of digital photo-retouching and effects, as well as graphic design. He has lent his fantastic imagery to magazine covers and record companies, collaborated with photographers and gallery shows, and is currently perfecting all aspects of 3D modeling for concept art and 3D printing. Joe’s absolute love for giant monsters, and all things sci-fi and horror keeps him inspired and eager to create. He’s open to freelance projects and commissions.

Websites: instagram.com/d0pep0pe | dopepope.artstation.com | twitter.com/D0PEP0PE | dopepope.tumblr.com | dopepope.deviantart.com
Email: dope@dopepope.com

John Bellotti Jr.

John Bellotti jr.

Hailing from Staten Island, New York, John Bellotti jr. is a super kaiju nerd who spends his precious free time watching episodes of Ultraman, buying Godzilla toys, and drawing Godzilla posters. He studied illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and landed an internship in the scenic painting department, at the Juilliard school, where he painted sets for the theatrical department. John is a proud member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829, where he now paints sets for movies and television, such as Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and America’s Got Talent. He is currently employed on the NBC show The Blacklist, featuring James Spader. John sells prints of his work on his website robo7.com, and one day hopes to make enough money to stay home dressed like Ultraseven, while drawing Godzilla posters for a living.

Websites: robo7.com | johnbellottijr.deviantart.com

Josh Hoskins

Josh Hoskins

Josh Hoskins is a freelance artist specializing in custom kaiju sculpts, custom air brush sofubi, as well as sketching and painting. 2016 will be his first year in Artist Alley and he and his wife, Kat, look forward to coming every year to create original art for all Godzilla fans alike.

Email: designerkaijutoys@gmail.com

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.

Kyra Andrews

Kyra Andrews

Kyra is a young artist who specializes in a fantasy art style. Even though fantasy is her best style she can cover all categories if challenged. She also does costuming alongside her artwork. This is her second time at G-FEST.

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 | 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. He works for Manalapan Township where he is in charge of art and operation in the Sign Shop Department, as well as freelances on the side. Luke is very excited to continue his dream of attending and participating at G-FEST every year!

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: facebook.com/groups/190368534321244 | twitter.com/Lysa_Zen_Shin

Matthew Dennion

Matthew Dennion

Matthew Dennion is a kaiju author who writes across multiple venues. He is most well-known for writing kaiju novels for Severed Press Publishing. His novels include Chimera Scourge of the God, Operation R.O.C., Atomic Rex, and Polar Yeti. He has also launched the Watchtower Universe with his friend and illustrator John Opal with the novella The Kaiju and the Crime Fighter. Matthew has written stories for the Kaiju Tales section in G-FAN magazine for the past three years. For the past two years, he has written the Gfantis vs. “Guest Monster” series for G-FAN, in which Gfantis has battled the original kaiju of other author’s novels/comics. Matthew also writes short stories for Black Coat Press featuring characters like Captain Nemo, Arsene Lupin, Allan Quartermain and other public domain characters.

Website: matthewdennion.com

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 | spankzilla85.tumblr.com

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 part of G-FEST’s Artist Alley since the 2010 festivities, and in November of 2015 he began branching out to other shows, such as Arkansas Anime Festival and Art Pop Comic Expo. He looks forward to G-FEST every year to reconnect with fellow artists and other familiar faces, meet new friends, and create new memories.

Websites: almightyrayzilla.deviantart.com | teepublic.com/user/AlmightyRayzilla

Robert Monsarrat

Robert Monsarrat

Robert Monsarrat grew up wanting to be a storyteller. He began writing and drawing what inspired him: monsters, with a passion born from knowing it was what he was put on this earth to do. With two novels in the pipeline, Robert’s well on his way to realizing this dream. To follow his process, check out his websites:

Websites: robert-monsarrat.tumblr.com | 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

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

Tanner Wright

Tanner Wright

Tanner Wright, is a 21 year old freelance artist who has always been mesmerized by the world of kaiju. At the young age of three, he saw his first Godzilla movie, sparking creativity that transferred into his art. Tanner began drawing Godzilla and his many friends and foes enough times until he could do it with his eyes closed. The beautiful thing about art and giant monsters is that you can create your own fantastical scenes that the movies have yet to show. The imagination is your only limit, and imagination is limitless.

Sean McGuinness

That Godzilla Guy

Formerly “Shin-Goji” of Twisted Kaiju Theater, That Godzilla Guy (Sean McGuinness) is an award winning artist out of Columbia, South Carolina. Using toys, Photoshop, and a love of the kaiju genre, he seeks to infect others with the enthusiasm for Art Appreciation Through Godzillafication.

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

Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith

Forming Illusion Studios in 1993 and Legacy Entertainment: ACC in 1998, Wayne’s work in the independent publishing world can be matched by few others. The veteran writer turned his attention to the world of Kaiju when he co-found Dragonfire Studios in 2005. After writing two illustrated novels, he adapted the first one, Irokus: Mirror Image, into the studio’s first graphic novel. Along with his partners at DFS, Wayne has worked on various music projects over the last few years, designing t-shirts, posters, ads, backdrops, and album covers for Warriors of Metal Fest, GMG Internationale, Lords of the Trident, Damien, Dethrats, Valhalla, Demonwolf, and Nashville recording artist Johnnie Branham. Heading up the Generation Metal department for DFS, Wayne has helped many Indie music artists distribute their merchandise all around the world with the newly formed GMG Internationale. As well as hosting the Uprising Magazine DVDs, he also co-wrote and starred in DFS’s first mini-movie: Revenge of the Revenginator.

Website: facebook.com/Generation-Metal-151238908252044