Jae Lee

Jae Lee

JAE LEE

Jae Lee is a Korean-American comic book artist, known for his dark and elegant style. In 1990, he became one of the youngest artists ever to work for a major publisher. He is an Eisner Award-winner for his work on Marvel’s The Inhumans.

The art from his collaboration with writer Grant Morrison on Fantastic Four: 1234, was featured in an exhibition at The Society of Illustrators in New York City. In 2007, Lee was hand picked by Stephen King for a six-year collaboration on the Dark Tower comics and novels.

Lee’s recent projects include Before Watchmen: Ozymandias and Batman/Superman.

To arrange pre-show commissions, visit jaeleeart.com.

Peter David

Peter David

PETER DAVID

Peter David is a prolific author whose career and continued popularity spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them.

In the literary field, Peter has had over a hundred novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List. His novels include Tigerheart, Darkness of the Light, Sir Apropos of Nothing and the sequel The Woad to Wuin, Knight Life, Howling Mad, and the Psi-Man adventure series. He is the co-creator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books, and has also written such Trek novels as Q-Squared, The Siege, Q-in-Law, Vendetta, I, Q (with John de Lancie), A Rock and a Hard Place and Imzadi. He produced the three Babylon 5 Centauri Prime novels and has also had his short fiction published in such collections as Shock Rock, Shock Rock II, and Otherwere, as well as Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens, The Dark Tower, and many others. He has also written comic book related novels, such as The Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast, and co-edited The Ultimate Hulk short story collection. Furthermore, his opinion column, “But I Digress…,” ran in the industry trade newspaper The Comic Buyers’ Guide for nearly two decades.

Peter is also the writer for several popular video games:  Shadow Complex, Spider-Man:  Edge of Time,  and Marvel Future Fight.

Peter is the co-creator, with popular science fiction icon Bill Mumy (of Lost in Space and Babylon 5 fame) of the Cable Ace Award-nominated science fiction series Space Cases, which ran for two seasons on Nickelodeon. He has written several scripts for the Hugo Award-winning TV series Babylon 5, and the sequel series, Crusade. He has also written several films for Full Moon Entertainment and co-produced two of them, including two installments in the popular Trancers series, as well as the science fiction western spoof Oblivion, which won the Gold Award at the 1994 Houston International Film Festival for best Theatrical Feature Film, Fantasy/Horror category.

Peter’s awards and citations include: the Haxtur Award 1996 (Spain), Best Comic script; OZCon 1995 award (Australia), Favorite International Writer; Comic Buyers Guide 1995 Fan Awards, Favorite writer; Wizard Fan Award Winner 1993; Golden Duck Award for Young Adult Series (Starfleet Academy), 1994; UK Comic Art Award, 1993; Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, 1993; Julie Award 2007. He lives in New York with his wife, Kathleen, and his four children, Shana, Gwen, Ariel, and Caroline.

Shawn Crystal

Shawn Crystal

SHAWN CRYSTAL

Shawn Crystal dropped into this world with a Batman T-Shirt and a pencil in his hand. He spent his childhood days drawing dinosaurs and superheroes, engaged in EPIC battles. The only breaks he took were the afternoons spent skateboarding while listening to hardcore and early hip-hop.

He went on to study art at Towson University, where he met his future wife, Stephanie. From there, they moved to Savannah, where he worked towards an MFA in Sequential Art. Shawn got his first job while in school working on Resident Evil: Fire and Ice, mini-series for Wildstorm. Comic book work dried up after that, but he went on to work in animation, concept design for video games, and teaching.

Around 5 years ago, Marvel hired Shawn on Deadpool and now he is living his childhood dream. Shawn is currently an artist for DC Comics, Marvel comics, and Valiant Entertainment. He lives with his wonderful wife, and two beautiful children, frequently wondering, “Who is this man running around the house in nothing but a Batman T-Shirt with a pencil in his hand, drawing Dinosaurs and Super Heroes?”

Mark Irwin

Mark Irwin

MARK IRWIN

Mark Irwin has worked with many of the world’s largest entertainment properties, as an artist, art director, brand manager, and in business development. From Marvel to Disney to Capcom to Nickelodeon to Konami, Mark has close to twenty years experience in the field contributing to the growth of legendary brands. Along with his leadership on development of IP’s, Mark still works with many comic publishers, chiefly Marvel and DC.

Irwin has left his creative mark on hundreds of popular characters, including Batman, Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, Aliens and the Justice League of America. For the past two decades, he has freelanced for big companies, including Marvel, Dark Horse, and DC Comics, while holding day jobs at Upper Deck Entertainment, Wildstorm and Heavy Metal magazine.

Mark is also the creator of the young adult series Jack Secret with Dan Panosian as his illustrator.

Stephan Franck

Stephan Franck

STEPHAN FRANCK

Stephan Franck was a supervising animator on the cult classic THE IRON GIANT, co-created Nicktoon’s CORNEIL & BERNIE, received an Annie Award nomination for Best Director In a TV Program for the featurette SMURFS: THE LEGEND OF SMURFY HOLLOW, and currently serves as executive producer on the upcoming PLAYMOBIL MOVIE. Stephan has closely collaborated with talent as diverse as George Lucas and Adam Sandler, and in 2013, founded comic-book publishing and production company DARK PLANET. His graphic novel debut SILVER earned a nomination for the prestigious Russ Manning Award at San Diego Comic-Con a Geekie Award nomination for Best Comic/Graphic Novel, and SILVER #1 is part of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018, as the complete 4-volume miniseries is coming to comic stores everywhere this year.