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G-FEST XXIV Artist Alley

For 2017, Artist Alley will once again have its own dedicated room at the Crown Plaza - The Metro Room.

The following are some of the talented artists that will be participating 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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