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Archive: G-FEST XXV Artist Alley

For 2018, Artist Alley moved downstairs to rooms Love A & B, and the adjoining hallway on the lower level of the Crowne Plaza.

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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 eight years old, thus began his life long fascination with Kaiju. He began drawing Godzilla shortly after, then moved 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! Adam lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his family and his dogs.

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.

Website: facebook.com/Dragonfyre-Studios-217663708259295

Bill Couture

Bill Couture

Bill Couture lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, drawing whatever he’s obsessing over, which is usually Godzilla. Currently Bill is hard focused on a King Kong vs. Godzilla illustrated project. Taking place after the world has ended, humanity has been reduced to warring gangs that worship and fight alongside the two opposing titans as divine warlords. A link to a promo trailer is on his tumblr page with images. Bill loves Peter Jackson’s King Kong and Legendary’s MonsterVerse. More controversially, both the 1998 TriStar Godzilla and 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars are personal favorites. Shin Godzilla is currently his ultimate Godzilla film.

Websites: billcouture.tumblr.com | fanboymediaandart.com | instagram.com/bill.b.couture

Brandon Santiago

Brandon Santiago

Founder of Outcast Comix, American illustrator, animator, and writer, Brandon Santiago, has worked on titles for Rotten Apple Studios and NOD comics such as The Kid, Asa’s Dad, and NOD The Animated Series. The company is home to Brandon’s paranormal family horror comedy series, Erma, as well as other upcoming series such as the Night Detective and Reign of the Kaiju.

Bryce Dubich

Bryce “Prof. Kaiju” Dubich

With a childhood rich in dinosaurs and Godzilla movies, Bryce has always loved kaiju and has gone on to create his own online persona and YouTube channel known as Prof. Kaiju. In addition to making videos he also creates digital illustrations of various kaiju.

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 Ectyron Against Lagaxtu, 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 Conde

Christopher Conde

Christopher Conde is a young graphic designer from Massachusetts. Illustrating monsters became his interest after watching Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla at a young age. Nowadays, Chris designs work with the help of various organizations and companies, like Mattel.

Websites: instagram.com/condedesigns | artstation.com/christopherconde

Christopher Ness

Christopher Ness

Christopher Ness is an art educator and artist. He paints with acrylic on canvas, mimicking the ratio of widescreen cinema. His subject matter are scenes of great cinematography, iconic characters, and scenes that tell a story.

Website: facebook.com/nessart2010

Dane Kroll

Dane G. Kroll

Dane G. Kroll writes what he loves, and he loves giant monsters and horror. Tired of watching reruns and remakes, he started writing his own books to entertain himself. Dane brings to life the classic 70s and 80s vibes of slasher horror movies in his books, Black Friday and Psalm Springs. In his fantasy epic, Eluan Falls, a society is on the brink of collapse as the empire crumbles under new regimes and crazed magic. Adventure and exploration is the name of the game in his sci-fi opera, Lariat Rhodes and the Perils of the Fantasy Stars. Dane’s on-going series, Realm of Goryo, ushers in a world on the brink of annihilation from giant monsters, aliens, amphibious beings, and much more. His books are fast-paced and action-packed, causing you to never want to put them down.

Website: danegkroll.com

Dennis Roth

Denny Roth

Born in the coniferous forests of Montana, Denny currently calls Kansas home (in order to throw off those pesky bigfoot hunters). Attending college, he studied paleontology, focusing on anatomy and physiology. Now armed with this knowledge, he applies it to drawing monsters. A fan of science fiction and fantasy worlds, Denny has done artwork for the upcoming Frozen Skies RPG, as well as the character designs and interior art for God’s Wrath Tournament of the Divine Book 1, and some publications in G-FAN Magazine. His most recent projects include the science-fantasy western space opera webcomic, Marshal Star, which calls back to the anime of the 90s; as well as commissions and other kaiju prints. Prints and comics can be purchased from his Etsy Store.

Website: dr-studios.deviantart.com | marshalstar.thecomicseries.com

Destinie Carbone

Destinie Carbone

An illustrator who goes by Kaiju-Hime and enjoys the juxtaposition of monsters with bold contours, vibrant colors, and cute designs.

Website: about.me/kaiju-hime

DJ Crumrine

DJ Crumrine

DJ Crumrine is a Texan animator currently at Titmouse Canada in Vancouver BC. A recent graduate from Sheridan College’s Animation Program, DJ incorporates paleoart, and lighthearted energy into his artwork. Ever since childhood, DJ couldn’t get enough of Godzilla and tokusatsu. He would gladly talk your ear off about why kaiju films with their aesthetics and themes are an often overlooked supply of inspiration for visual storytelling. This will be DJ’s first G-FEST and he would love to meet all of you!

Websites: animation.sheridanc.on.ca/portfolio/2017/crumrine | djcrumrine.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
facebook.com/Dragonfyre-Studios-217663708259295

Gaz Gretsky

Gaz ‘Gazbot’ Gretsky

Gazbot is Gaz Gretsky; New Jersey native now living in the bay area of California who specializes in kaiju, mecha, and sentai art. His past work includes animation for MTV, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. Gaz has also worked on published comics such as: Legends of the Bay, Adventure Race, The Lemonade Stand, EEP, Hero Envy, Kid Switch, and Earthling as a penciler, inker, and/or colorist. His current projects include his own independent creator owned kaiju comic, The Horror A4, the creation of which has been chronicling on his youtube channel, as well as The Life in Space Anthology book. Gaz will be selling copies of The Horror A4, as well as prints and pins, and doing commissioned sketches.

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

Giuseppe Bianco

Giuseppe Bianco

Giuseppe Bianco is a digital illustrator for Nickelodeon in their New York office. He is also an aspiring storyteller who self published his novel, A Girl Named Willow Krimble, where he illustrated his own cover and doodled all of the chapter icons. Giuseppe’s favorite pastime these days is staying up late and putting his love for Japanese kaiju to paper. He’s fascinated by the combination of these childhood monsters with the beauty of nature, and has created an amalgam of the two by re-imagining some of his favorite monsters as majestic trees.

Websites: instagram.com/kaiju_sketches | willowkrimble.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.

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 Earth 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 Brooklyn based artist specializing in bizarre creature and character design. An illustrator since childhood, he’s swerved his talents into the worlds of digital photo-retouching, graphic design, and more recently 3D digital sculpting, concept art, and toy design. Joe has lent his fantastic imagery to magazine covers, record companies, and music videos; and collaborated with photographers, illustrators, toy makers, and gallery shows. He is currently concentrating on all aspects of 3D digital modeling for concept art and 3D printing. Joe’s absolute love for giant monsters and all things sci-fi/horror keeps him inspired and eager to create. He’s open to freelance projects and commissions.

Websites: instagram.com/d0pep0pe | twitter.com/d0pep0pe
dopepope.deviantart.com | dopepope.artstation.com

John Bellotti Jr.

John Bellotti Jr.

Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, John Bellotti Jr. has been drawing since an early age, and has always been obsessed with Japanese science fiction films. He graduated the Fashion Institute of technology in Manhattan, NY with a bachelors degree in illustration. John has contributed kaiju centric artwork to magazines such as Monster Attack Team, G-FAN, and Famous Monsters of Filmland, while also selling his prints at conventions such as Five Points Festival, MegaCon and Baltimore Comic-Con. When John isn’t drawing giant monsters bathed in funky colors he works by day as a Scenic Artist on movies and TV shows, painting sets and covering cement trucks with vinyl paper (true story!).

Websites: robo7.com | johnbellottijr.deviantart.com

John Born

John “Turtle Approved” Born

A freelance illustrator who works in both digital and traditional media, John likes turtles a bit more than the average person. Expect to see his canvas paintings and digital illustrations of kaiju.

Joshua Hoskins

Joshua Hoskins

Joshua Hoskins is a Texan, located in Houston, who specializes in airbrushing sofubi, sculpting custom kaiju, painting, sketching, and drawing everything else that is kaiju related. His immense portfolio of work can be viewed on Instagram. Joshua is happy to be in Artist Alley again this year to take part in the action!

Website: instagram.com/kingblackacid86

Kay Engstrom

Kay Engstrom

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

Website: facebook.com/katherine.engstrom

Keith Foster

Keith Foster

Keith Foster writes the giant monster comic Kodoja, plays guitar, and produces the giant monster funk of his band Big Pimp Jones, in addition to hosting the Making Comics podcast. Keith will host the Kaijunomics panel at G-FEST this year.

Website: kodoja.com

Kyle R. Joe

Kyle R. Joe

Coming from the southwest, Kyle is an art teacher with a passion for giant monsters. He initially went to school for film, but he picked up drawing on the side of his studies. Now he shares the sacred knowledge of art with newer generations of artists. 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.

Kyle Redlin

Kyle Redlin

Kyle Redlin, nickname The Redlin Ranger, is a YouTuber and artist with autism, born on June 30th, 1998, and has been a fan of the Big G and kaiju films for as long as he can remember. He’s also an independent person and writer, working on some novels and fan films/fanfics with some friends who have been very supportive. After nineteen years in Knox IN, Kyle moved to Elkhart, IN to learn new skills and work on making a better home for himself. He has great support from his family and amazing friends, and a bright future for a new life as an independent filmmaker, writer and artist.

Larry Quach

Larry Quach

Larry Quach is a concept artist and illustrator from Los Angeles, who has been working in the movie, video game, television, and advertising industries for 7 years. He currently works in the theme park industry as an illustrator. This year will be Larry’s third appearance at G-FEST. Besides doing his own renditions of Godzilla concept art, he also enjoys customizing action figures, and sculpting, and is currently enjoying traveling and doing plein air paintings on site.

Websites: larryquachart.com | instagram.com/larryquach

Lenny Romero

Lenny Romero

Lenny Romero is a self-taught, freelance, pencil artist who specializes in realism. At the age of three Lenny watched his first Godzilla movie, Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster. Since then his passion for all things Godzilla has grown and merged with his love for art. Lenny can usually be found at popular comic conventions in California, selling originals and prints of his handmade drawings. This will be his fourth time attending G-FEST; he loves to talk, so stop by his table to say hello, and talk about all things Godzilla.

Lisa Naffziger

Lisa Naffziger

Lisa Naffziger is a comic artist with a tremendous love for gigantic monsters. Best known for her yearly contributions to the online KaiJuly drawing challenge, Lisa creates thirty-one illustrations of classic creatures every summer. Although she has been established as a slice-of-life, young-adult graphic novel creator, she plans on adding a tokusatsu twist to her book lineup later this year.

Websites lisanaffziger.crevado.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 games Legends of the 5 Rings, and Kaiju Assault. He has won numerous awards at several East coast conventions and art shows, and freelances on the side. Luke is very excited to continue his dream of attending and participating at G-FEST every year!

Website: kaijuillustrator.com

Matt Frank

Matt Frank

Since 2011, Matt Frank has been known in both Japan and American as the “Kaiju King,” becoming the fan-favorite artist for all things giant and monstrous! His first official foray into the Godzilla franchise was as a cover artist for Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters for IDW Publishing, and he continued to make covers for Godzilla: History’s Greatest Monster in 2012. By 2013, he headlined the 25 issue series, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, the longest running Godzilla comic ever published, as a story co-developer, cover artist, and lead interior artist, and the series became an instant classic among fans. Though Godzilla will always be his first love, Matt is also an accomplished Transformers artist, beginning with The Beast Wars Sourcebook as a character illustrator, and also providing interiors for Transformers Animated: The Rise of Safeguard, Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter, Mars Attacks the Transformers, and numerous titles for both IDW and Fun Publications. Matt even created four new Transformers characters, the Raptoricons, for the Official Transformers Collector’s Club in 2016. The Texan artist’s work can also be found peppering ​G-FAN Magazine, the Ray Harryhausen Presents comics from Blue Water Productions, and the novels of Jeremy Robinson, where Matt has helped design many creatures, including the titular monster from the popular Project Nemesis series. Most recently, Matt has illustrated Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1 in 2016, earning him much critical praise. In an exciting turn of events, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth was launched in Japan in late 2016 to a newfound fan base who eagerly embraced it, making it the first of IDW’s Godzilla titles to have a Japanese language edition, with new collaboration covers by Matt and various Japanese artists! In the summer of 2017, Matt made an exclusive poster celebrating the American home video release of Shin Godzilla by Funimation, and is also a featured commentator on the blu-ray special features. In 2018, Matt is writing and illustrating a new comic for publisher Phase 6 and Tsuburaya Productions based on the cult-classic superhero Redman, in a bilingual format.

Websites: kaijusamurai.deviantart.com | spankzilla85.tumblr.com

Mike Keller

Mike Keller

Blasting out of the Addison, TX suburbs, Mike Keller is really no big deal, and you should work hard to not be like him. However, he does bring with him a love of movies and television shows where people dress up in strange costumes and do violent things to each other. He comes to share this love with you in the form of etchings, drawings, finger paints, stencils, graven images and other things forbidden by half the world’s religions; and to also make you appreciate such works of art, possibly by force if either necessary or requested. Mike has been the managing editor of Monster Attack Team magazine and is currently co-host of the Area 42 Podcast. His adventures have taken him to four countries, reality television, reptile hunting expeditions, and trailer park New Year’s Eve shindigs, and he only had to eat octopus for one of those. Some of you may not have been born when Mike attended his first G-FEST, and… he has nothing clever to add to that. Here is what you need to know: if you see Mike selling stuff in Artist Alley, avoid eye contact (avoid all contact, actually), just throw money at him and take one of his pretty pictures home with you.

Nick Shevelev

Nick Shevelev

Nick Shev, a professional graphic designer and freelance illustrator is a life long fan of monsters, dinosaurs, the unexplained and pretty much anything weird.

Website: facebook.com/nick.shevelev

Othell Flowers

Othell Flowers

Othell Flowers is from the northern Chicago suburbs, and discovered his passion for art at a young age. In the recent years, he has been working on honing his talent. While Othell enjoys expressing his artistic skills in many mediums, ink drawing is his specialty. He has enjoyed monster movies throughout his life and is raising three Godzilla fanatics.

Websites: instagram.com/othell1 | facebook.com/artofothell

Patrick Waugh

Patrick Waugh

Patrick Waugh is an artist and graphic designer from Maryland, specializing in fantasy art and creature concepts. He also develops card games featuring his artwork.

Websites: pwaughart.tumblr.com | instagram.com/pwaugh85/

Raffael Coronelli

Raffael Coronelli

Raffael Coronelli is a Chicago-based author of kaiju adventure novels including the Daikaiju Yuki series and Mokwa: Lifesblood of the Earth; born from a lifelong obsession with all aspects of the daikaiju genre. His books have been the subject of fantastic artwork, and featured on various platforms for discussions of media in the genre.

Websites: daikaijuyuki.com | facebook.com/DaikaijuYuki
twitter.com/raffleupagus | raffleupagus.tumblr.com

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. 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
patreon.com/AlmightyRayzilla

Robert Monsarrat

Robert Monsarrat

Robert Monsarrat is the creator of Rarraku, the Dinosaur Demigod, and as of this writing he’s at work getting the first Rarraku tale written and published. Follow his progress on his websites:

Websites: robert-monsarrat.tumblr.com | crocazill.deviantart.com
instagram.com/robert_monsarrat | etsy.com/shop/MonsarratsMonsters

Rodney Rodis

Rodney Rodis

Rodney Rodis founded Bustillo Publishing as a graphic design company, and in 2010, decided to pursue self-publishing. Bustillo Publishing Presents Dynamic Guardian was released that fall. Other featured heroes include Cosmic Behemoth; Matthew Marks and the Titanic Toy; Dynamic Guardian Charlie; and Sampson, Son of Herakles.

Websites: facebook.com/bustillopublishing | twitter.com/bustillocomics
bustillopublishing.bigcartel.com

Sean Mcguinness

Sean Mcguinness

Sean McGuinness is an award winning artist and ne’er-do-well out of Columbia, South Carolina who makes art better… with Godzilla. He inserts a seemingly endless collection of kaiju figures into impressionist paintings, Civil War lithographs, war propaganda posters, and random photobombing, using unconventional techniques. McGuinness’ vision is aimed to destroy any preconceived notions of what art should and can be. He excites imagination through monster manipulation!

Websites: neomonsterisland.com | facebook.com/neomonsterisland

Stephen Rickman

Stephen Rickman

Stephen Rickman, born and raised in the Hoosier heartland of Indiana, is an old-school, multi-genre fan of animation, comics, sci-fi, horror hosts and Godzilla. He attended his first G-FEST in 2004, and has not missed one since. After getting an animation degree in 2005, Stephen embarked on a journey towards a career in art, submitting stories to Antarctic Press’ Gold Digger Annual, and being an associate editor for two issues on said comic. Now Stephen has co-created a webcomic and continues to draw comics, kaiju, and more. He currently lives in Illinois, saving the world one popsicle at a time.

Website: bigsteviecool.deviantart.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

At the age of three, Tanner saw his first Godzilla film, and shortly after, picked up a pencil and started drawing that big monster he’d just seen on TV. The combo worked like peanut butter and jelly. Now, at twenty-three, he essentially spends his time seeking kaiju films, drawing the kaiju from them, and repeat. Over the years, Tanner has dabbled in many different methods and styles, but what constantly draws him back is watercolors, which are chaotic - but then again… so are kaiju.

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.

Websites: facebook.com/Generation-Metal-151238908252044
facebook.com/Dragonfyre-Studios-217663708259295