ACT-I-VATRIX serves up exclusive previews, specials, and guest comix.
Yana Adamovic was born in 1989 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Fascinated by comics from an early age (that magic combo of drawing and storytelling), she decided that was her path in life. She got her Master of Arts Degree in Illustration and Book design at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade - her gradation project being her very first graphic novel THE FALCONER.
Yana published some short comics in Serbia, Croatia and in the UK, collaborating on the way with her sensei Igor Kordey.
She is currently in Belgrade, working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, and in her spare time teaching the art of comics and caricature in the Children\'s Cultural Centre Belgrade.
Born and raised in Germany, Thomas Baehr currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife. Working in advertising and social management, he has also become a published comic artist, illustrator and cartoonist who’s work has appeared in both Europe and the US. In addition to art Thomas has created his own Punk Rock with various bands, but most recently with his solo project “deus le volt!”.
“The End is Here” is Thomas’ first graphic novel and is based on his comic strip “Pole”, which he created in 2005 and published regularly since in various magazines.
"The End is Here" is now available as a tradeback.
Nick Bertozzi grew up in and around Providence, Rhode Island, has lived in Philadelphia and Madrid and currently lives in Queens, NY with his wife and daughters. He received a Xeric Grant and multiple Harvey Awards and Ignatz Awards for his smart and human cartooning. He is the author of THE SALON, a graphic novel about Picasso, the discovery of Cubism, and magical absinthe from St. Martin's Press. He collaborated with Jason Lutes on the graphic novel HOUDINI: THE HANDCUFF KING, the first of Hyperion/CCS's cartoon-biographies. He's hard at work on a cartoon biography of LENNY BRUCE for Houghton-Mifflin, written by Harvey Pekar as well as drawing Glen (the Colbert Report) Eichler's STUFFED! for First/Second. For the past several years he has been teaching cartooning at NYC's School of Visual Arts and taught at RISD in 2008.
After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a cartooning degree, I was invited to join ACT-I-VATE, despite the lack of any published works or awards...so what you see here is pretty much all you\'ll be able to find of my work.
That\'s about it for me...
Except for of course, I also totally fight dinosaurs and wizards on a daily basis, cause I\'m just that awesome.
Also, I\'m part robot.
*Now drawing from Brazil :C
I\'m a part of the \"ACTIVATE Primer\" published by IDW and \"Savage Dragon Twisted Funnies\" published by Image.
Kevin Colden is the Xeric-winning author of Fishtown, to be released in book form from IDW Publishing in late 2008. He is a founding member of The Chemistry Set webcomics collective. His work has appeared on DC Comics’ ZudaComics.com and is also on display in the permanent collection at MoCCA.
He lives in New York City with his wife (cartoonist Miss Lasko-Gross) where he works in comics, music, film and video.
Professional draw-er with entrepreneurial tendencies and a big yap. Likes caffeine, money, audacious plans, DIY Imperialism, people who study arabic.
British Artist Darryl Cunningham is the creator of the web-comics, 'Super-Sam and John-of-the-Night' and 'The Streets of San Diablo'. Darryl's work can also be found at his blog and flickr page. His book Psychiatric Tales has been published by Blank Slate in the UK and by Bloomsbury in the US.
Rob Davis is a writer and artist from Dorset, UK. His career has led him through all manner of books, magazines and advertising, but his passion for comics and their untapped potential has always led him back to this medium for his own projects. He began self publishing his own comic, SLANG, in 1989 and his invention and experimentation continued into his professional career on British comic staples Roy of the Rovers, Judge Dredd and Doctor Who. In 2011 he wrote and illustrated Don Quixote Volume One for SelfMadeHero and created, edited and contributed to the Eisner nominated anthology/novel Nelson.
Mike Dawson is the author of FREDDIE & ME: A COMING-OF-AFE (BOHEMIAN) RHAPSODY, a memoir about his lifelong obsession with the band Queen, which Entertainment Weekly called "Rawkin'" and "Undeniably contagious".
His second book, a collection of short stories called ACE-FACE: THE MOD WITH THE METAL ARMS, is published by AdHouse books.
Andrew Dimitt has been spotted in Tacoma Washington.
Jim is a comic writer hailing from the Hudson Valley hamlet of Millbrook, NY, and currently lives in Washington, DC. His best-known work in comics is the comedy graphic novella CRAZY PAPERS, drawn by Danielle Corsetto. Jim is a founding member of the comics collective The Chemistry Set, and the editor of the first ChemSet anthology collection "NO FORMULA", coming in August 2008 from Desperado Publishing. In whatever time he has left over from creating comics, he works as an economics consultant, hangs out with his awesome wife Rachel, and cheers for DC United.
Neil Dvorak creates his comic Easy Pieces to make navigating the world easier for him.
Joke is on him! (me!)
...Joke is on me.
The Israeli born artist studied at Bezalel, Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His previous credits include storyboards on Speed Racer: The Next generation, Three Delivery and Kappa Mikey on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, 24/Seven for Image Comics and Styx Taxi for FWD Press. His paintings were exhibited in galleries in New York and Europe and featured in numerous international magazines. Rami is a member of the web-comic collective Act-i-vate, a board member of The Ink Well, Non-profit organization of artists for children in hospitals, and a member of The Dialog Project of Jews and Palestinians. He lives and works in New York City.
Ulises was born in NJ, but now lives in NY. He is a college drop-out of the School of Visual Arts, loves hip-hop, and writing encyclopedic fiction.
Glynnis Fawkes grew up in Portland, OR, and now lives in Burlington, VT with her classicist husband and two children. On a Fulbright to Cyprus she published two books, one of her paintings of archaeological sites and another of obscure archaeological cartoons. After a stint teaching in Lebanon, she stayed on in the Eastern Mediterranean for several years working as illustrator on various digs. She has an MFA from the Museum School in Boston, and made it half way through a doctorate in Australia before she turned to comics for good. She teaches comics at the University of Vermont.
Born and raised in Southern California, I moved to the east coast to attend the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Art. After graduating, I went on to Write, Color and Edit at Valiant Comics. Storyboarding and Design work was my next stop at places like Disney, MTV, Cartoon Network, Titmouse, Scholastic and Nickelodeon. I currently do storyboards for Nickelodeon. I live in Brooklyn.
Simon Fraser is a Scottish Comics Artist living in Brooklyn NY.
Best known as the Co-Creator of \\\"Nikolai Dante\\\" with Writer Robbie Morrison , for \\\"2000AD\\\". For whome he also drew \\\'Judge Dredd\\\',\\\'Shimura\\\' and \\\'The Family\\\'.He drew \\\"Lux & Alby\\\" for Writer Martin Millar, \\\'Richard Matheson\\\'s HELLHOUSE\\\' for IDW and many other things for many other people.
Simon likes searching for his own work on Amazon.
After doing political comix like SHOOTING WAR and "08" throughout most of the aughts, I am now deeeeeeeply involved in producing my new series RED LIGHT PROPERTIES, which updates daily at www.redlightproperties.com.
Raised in Miami and steeled in New York, I now live in São Paulo (Brazil) where I can be found in my studio with my Wacom stylus in one hand and a caipirinha in the other.
Robin Ha wears many hats; cartoonist, textile designer, illustrator, painter, fashion trend reporter, storyboard artist... the list goes on. But what she always aspires to be is a good storyteller. Robin was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to United States when she was 14. She has studied illustration at RISD and has been working in New York City for the past 8 years. Her work have been published by Marvel and Heavy Metal Magazine. She is part of Drawbridge studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn where she hatches many schemes to take over the world with her memories and imaginations.
Multimedia writer and journalist Tim Hall has been a champion of indie and DIY comics since 1995, when he first began publishing such future stars as Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, Nick Bertozzi, and Sam Henderson (and many others) as part of the New York Hangover newspaper. His stories have since been put into comics form by Rami Efal, Josh Simmons, Michel Fiffe, and as part of Nick Bertozzi's award-winning Rubber Necker series. He is excited to take his writing to a new level at ACT-I-VATE with "Uplift The Positivicals," a freeform column of stories rendered as text images. His most recent novel, FULL OF IT: The Birth, Death, and Life of an Underground Newspaper was called a "Best of 2008" by literary journal decomP and features wicked cool cover art by ACT-I-VATE co-founder Dean Haspiel. Tim lives in a small town in northern Illinois with his wife and son.
Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has produced work for
The New York Times, Cicada Magazine, King Features, Marvel, IDW,
BOOM, DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, Dow Jones,
Lifetime, ABC Television and Activatecomix.com.
He adapted “Treasure Island” into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics,
and in 2010 he adapted Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″ into a graphic
novel for Hill & Wang with Mr. Bradbury’s blessing. The resulting book
was nominated for an Eisner award in the “Best Adaptation of Another
Work” category. He is a founding member of the online cartoonist collective
know as ACT-I-VATE, where his original graphic novel
“Adventures of the Floating Elephant” is updated monthly.
Tim was once a clue on the quiz show Jeopardy.
Tom Hart is creator of Hutch Owen graphic novels and comic strips, critically acclaimed by The Comics Journal, Time.com, Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal.
He has taught for 8 years at School of Visual Arts, and in that time has taught at Parsons, Education Alliance, Young Audiences, the 92nd St Y and numerous places across the country and all over New York City.
Read more about the Barney Banks project here: http://hutchowen.blogspot.com/search/label/barney%20banks
Emmy Award winning artist, Dean Haspiel is a native New Yorker and the creator of the Eisner award nominated, BILLY DOGMA, the semi-autobiographical, STREET CODE, and the webcomix collective, ACT-I-VATE. Dino steeps in psychotronic movies, psychedelic electronica, and Jack Kirby pulp. During his senior year of high school, Dino assisted and studied under comic book legends: Bill Sienkiewicz, Howard Chaykin, and Walter Simonson, and has since drawn comics for The New York Times, Marvel, DC/Vertigo, Scholastic, Image, Top Shelf, IDW, Dark Horse [where he drew Michael Chabon's THE ESCAPIST], Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman’s Toon Books [where he drew MO & JO: Fighting Together Forever], and “Back On Nervous Street,” with author Jonathan Lethem for the literary arts journal, Cousin Corinne’s REMINDER, where he curates COMIX BLOCK. Dino is best known for his semi-autobio collaborations with Harvey Pekar on THE QUITTER and AMERICAN SPLENDOR, and with Jonathan Ames on THE ALCOHOLIC, THE DOUBLE LIFE IS TWICE AS GOOD, and HBO’s “Bored to Death” [for which he won an Emmy], and the Harvey Award nominated, CUBA: MY REVOLUTION, with Cuban writer/painter, Inverna Lockpez and colorist, Jose Villarrubia. Dino is a founding member of HANG DAI Studios in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Dean Haspiel’s BILLY DOGMA is a personal love letter to the insanity of love. Mature readers of hardboiled romance gone Kirby cosmic will steep in Haspiel's heart-wrenching war of woo between a passionate bruiser and his knock-em-dead dame where post-coital mania tears the bloom off the rose in this tour de force of love and pain as Billy Dogma battles the lesser half of his better half in hopes of making everything wrong go right.
You can contact Dean [DO NOT SEND ME HI-RES FILES]: dean.haspiel [at] verizon [dot] net
Jennifer is a politically incorrect mother of two. She lives in a barn in New Jersey with her husband, one kids (the other\'s off at college), three cats and the dog. As a child, she spent every summer sprawled on the couch, reading the Archies. Now that wise investment is paying off. Her webcomic UNDERWIRE was published as a collection in 2011 by Top Shelf and selected for publication in The Best American Comics 2013. Her comix have been published in several anthologies, and she posts a daily diary comic called RUSHES on its own blog, thegoddessrushes.blogspot.com. S\'Crapbook, a strip she originated in 2011, has after a couple of years of travelling, come home to roost at Activate. And her new graphic novel about her life and her encounter with breast cancer, The Story of My Tits, will be coming soon from Top Shelf.
SAM HENDERSON (b.1969), persona non grata and elder statesman at the same time, with reactions ranging from “I'm never washing this hand again” to “Who?” has been in New York Press, Nickelodeon, DC Comics, several other places (including pornography), and back again. For a long time he did The Magic Whistle, which was a series, but the name now exists as a one-panel gag strip. In 2001 he was a writer for SpongeBob Squarepants. Scene But Not Heard, a collection of the Nickelodeon strips, 19 years in the making, will be out from Top Shelf in early 2012.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
Joe Infurnari was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After completing his Honours BFA at McMaster University, he was seduced south of the border to pursue graduate study at Yale University's Painting and Printmaking Program.
Now living in Brooklyn, he delights in spitting in the eyes of his professors by pursuing a career in the funny books. His first published work garnered him a slot in Comic Book Idol 2 and in 2005 he won Oni Press's Talent Search. Since then, he has published with Marvel Comics Online, Oni Press, Ape Entertainment and Tetragrammatron Press . Joe has upcoming stories in the Next-Door Neighbor series on Smith Magazine as well as an upcoming Three Rivers/Random House anthology. Most recently, he has been honored with an Eisner Award nomination for his webcomic, 'the Process'.
Gideon Kendall draws pictures for a living. He has illustrated many picture books, chapter books, record covers, posters, articles, and basically anything that needs a picture. He has sold portions of his soul to such corporations as Disney, Cartoon Network, Penguin Books, Scholastic, Highlights, Geffen Records, The New York Times, Puma and College Music Journal. You can see his work at: www.gideonkendall.com
With WHATZIT, his first graphic novel, Gideon is returning to his roots. Growing up he was a huge fan of Marvel Comics, Mad Magazine, Heavy Metal (the magazine) and Zap Comix. WHATZIT is in many ways a tribute to these influences.
Gideon lives in Brooklyn with his wife Julie Peppito and their son Milo.
The cartoonist and illustrator responsible for Petey & Pussy and The Wiggly Reader among other things.
DAVID G KLEIN
David Klein is an award-winning illustrator for print and digital media. For over 25 years his work has been seen in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Marvel and DC Comics, Business Week, Random House,
Scholastic Magazines and Books.
Kevin Kobasic started life as a Marvel hack in the early 90's, and managed to singlehandedly bury DEATHLOK, RAI, and MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER all in the space of a few years. Since then he's done animation design for Cartoon Network and a ton of storyboards for Madison Avenue. With BEANBOTS he hopes to prove conclusively that kids really do say the darndest things. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters, who really need to stop feeding him so much material so he can get back to his paying work.
Kordey – bio
Igor Kordey was born in Zagreb, Croatia , 1957.
He is the most prolific and most successful comic artist and illustrator in the region. His proffessional career goes, mainly upward, for over 30 years.
His comic artwork and illustrations were published all over Europe, USA, Canada and Latin America . They can be found in numerous public and private collections, from National Library of Congress to Lucas studios. His illustration «Pensilvania plane», dedicated to victims of 9.11., broadcasted over CNN, moved the people all around the world.
Out of many publishers he worked with through out the years, it is worth to mention Heavy metal magazine, Marvel, DC comics, Dark horse in USA, and Dargaud, Humanoides Associes, Ehapa and Toutain in Europe.
Last few years he works as a «house artist» for French publisher Delcourt, for whom he works on number of serials simultaneously – «L\\\\\\\'histoire secrete», «L\\\\\\\'Coeur des batailles», «Empire», «Taras Boulba».
For short period of time he lived in Denmark, and for almost a decade in Canada. Few years ago he returned to Croatia and now lives and works in Zagreb.
Most of his recent project deal with historical subjects, choosen mainly
because of his extremely anty-war engagement, but from time to time he tackles other genres - SF , dystopia, like «Smoke» , «L\\\\\\\'idole et le fleau», or fantasy, like newest project «Keltos».
Except comics and illustrations, whenever he can he does graphic design, like logos, posters and CD covers.
Most recent awards and nominations:
-jury award for best artist – Gijon, Spain 2005. – X-men serial
- Eisner award and Kurtzman award nominations, simultaneously in USA and Canada 2006 – «Smoke« short serial
- fans award - Reims, France 2007. - best artist
- Award for contribution to comic industry - Virovitica, Croatia 2009.
- Eisner award nomination – USA 2009. – for «Unknown soldier» serial (cover art)
- Gliph Comics award – USA 2009. – for best cover - «Unknown soldier» serial
_ Eagle award nomination – best foreign comic ; for «Secret
History» serial (Bristol, England, 2010.)
- Fender Mega Music award - the best CD design (Zagreb, Croatia, 2010.)
- One very dear to author –«Persona mas nocturna», for the best effort in supporting the festival\\\'s bar (Aviles, Spain, 2010.)
- «Marulo» award – the best theatre scenography (Split , Croatia – 2011.)
- Chevalier, ordre des arts et des lettres - ( for significant contribution and propagation of art and culture in France and abroad – Paris, France - 2013.)
Seth Kushner’s photography work has appeared in such magazines as The New York Times Magazine, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, Time, L’Uomo Vogue, and in galleries around the world. His book, The Brooklynites, (powerHouse Books, 2007) was considered ”a terrific coffee table photo/interview book” by The New York Times. Aside from living out his dream of writing a graphic novel based on his Schmucky past, he is working on his next book, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, coming from powerHouse Books in the spring of '12.
Seth also co-created and co-edits the comics journalism website, GRAPHIC NYC (www.NYCGraphicNovelists.com). and directs videos, including the “promo-mentary” film, (co-directed by Carlos Molina) The ACT-I-VATE Experience.
Seth was born, bred and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Terra, his son, Jackson, and way too many comics.
Read Seth's ACT-I-VATE webcomic, SCHMUCK - http://activatecomix.com/97.comic
Roger Langridge grew up in New Zealand and started drawing comics at the age of six. Along the way he got better at it, and moved to London in 1990 to try and convince people to give him good money for doing it. He's still waiting.
Roger lives in London with his wife Sylvie and their children Thomas and Tamsin, who have only the vaguest idea what their father does for a living.
Miss Lasko-Gross is the author and illustrator of Fantagraphics Books: A Mess Of Everything (the follow up to Escape From "Special" which was nominated for YALSA's 2008 Great Graphic Novels) Her art was recently featured in Smith Magazine's Next Door Neighbor series. She is a proud member of House Of Twelve and a regular contributor to all their endeavors. Say hi to her on facebook or visit misslaskogross.com
John Leavitt is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator, the co-creator and author of BACKSTAGE [with artist Molly Crabapple]*. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in: The New Yorker, The Chronicle Review, The New York Press, The Common Review, The Journal Of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many other really, really impressive places.
*He is also a Libra
Born on Long Island, cartoonist and illustrator Ellen Lindner is the author of Undertow, a graphic novel about Coney Island in the 1960\'s, and the editor of The Strumpet, a transatlantic ladies\' comix magazine.
Jason Little was born in 1970 and raised in Binghamton, New York. He studied photography at Oberlin College, and now resides in Brooklyn with writer Myla Goldberg and their two daughters. He has been drawing cartoons since he was a child. In addition to Shutterbug Follies and Motel Art Improvement Service, he has also written and illustrated the Xeric Award-winning Jack's Luck Runs Out, as well as a number of short works for various cartoon anthologies.
Dirk Manning is the writer/co-creator of FARSEEKER with Len O'Grady, as well as the online and in-print horror series NIGHTMARE WORLD for Image Comics/Shadowline and his inspirational "How-To" column for writers at www.NEWSARAMA.com titled "WRITE OR WRONG."
But who is Dirk Manning... REALLY?
He's a guy who was born nine days late and has been trying to make up for the lost time ever since. He has two Master's Degrees and is an active martial arts instructor. He loves life but hates ninjas. He's got soul but he's not a soldier. His two main vices in life are obscure reference books and female heavy-metal singers. He fears the toilet monster. He's had at least one undeniable first-hand encounter with a ghost but still can't quite bring himself to believe in them... yet. He watches very little TV, is 100% drug-free and loves comics. Cthulhu is his homeboy.
If you want to read FARSEEKER by Dirk Manning and Len O'Grady here at ACT-I-VATE, just click the link below...
Chris Miskiewicz is a Brooklyn based Writer & Actor. He’s the writer of the critically acclaimed comic book series, \"Thomas Alsop\"\" published by BOOM! Studios, dubbed Best Mini-Series of 2014 by USA Today and best Danish Graphic Novel of 2015 for its translated edition, as well as the forthcoming series \"THIS IS WHERE WE FALL...\" published by Z2 Comics.
He is a member of the webcomics collective ACT-I-VATE where he writes the anthology series \"EVERYWHERE,\" and a founding curator of the multimedia magazine tripcity.net
As an actor Chris has appeared on HBO\'s \"Bored to Death,\" USA Networks \"White Collar,\" among various short films.
He is the writer & producer of the parody web-series \"The Adventures of Shakespeare & Watson: Detectives of Mystery,\" and \"Justice & Control: Cop City Blues.\"
JOSH NEUFELD is the writer/artist of the New York Times-bestselling nonfiction graphic novel A.D.: NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE DELUGE (2009). In addition, he is the illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling graphic nonfiction book THE INFLUENCING MACHINE: BROOKE GLADSTONE ON THE MEDIA (2011). He was a long-time artist for Harvey Pekar's AMERICAN SPLENDOR.
Jeff Newelt AKA JahFurry is ACT-I-VATE's Minister of Hype,SMITH Magazine's comics editor, HEEB Magazine comics editor, and a social media / PR consultant for The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Paul Pope, Rick Veitch, Larry Marder, David Lloyd, DKNY Jeans, Cut&Paste + other comics / cultural / new media superheroes. JahFurry also regularly performs freestyle dancehall reggae dittinanigans with various uberkiller dub, jazz, klezmer and blues ensembles.
Len O'Grady is an Irish Comic Artist currently living and working in New Jersey. Coming right out of college, his career began as a separator for GCW in the 90's, before moving on as a freelance colorist for 2000AD, Com.X and AP Comics in the UK. Since moving to the to the States in 2006, he has worked on Ares with Mike Oeming and Travel Foreman for Marvel and a slew of titles with IDW and Image. He is currently engaged as ongoing colorist for Igor Krodey's l'Histoire Secrete and Keltos published in France by Delcourt. While he has worked as an artist in his own right for Judge Dredd and Star Trek, FARSEEKER is his first ongoing creator owned title. He received his first Eagle Awards Nomination for Best Colorist this year.
South American born Illustrator and creator of Golden Campaign the Graphic Novel . I have a great love for history and zombie-outbreaks. lived and worked in London since the age of 16.
Hyeondo Park born January 4th,1982. He holds a bachelors degree in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts and his biography is a work in progress.
-biography inspired by Wonderfalls.
London born artist/writer Paul Peart-Smith has been drawing for the last 16 years and couldn\\\\\\\'t imagine life any other way. His first published work appeared in the top selling UK anthology 2000ad. He\\\\\\\'s created character design for clients such as Jim Henson\\\\\\\'s workshop and Sony Entertainment among others. Comics however have an unnatural hold on his soul.
Paul now lives in Tasmania with his wife and son.
Born to scribble, co-creator with brother Gary of British underground comic Velocity and artist for numerous DC Vertigo titles including True Faith, Hellblazer and Deadenders. Latest books include the graphic novels Life Sucks (First Second Books) and Incognegro (DC Vertigo). Montague Terrace is a new, ongoing monster of a series and what you're seeing here is just the tip of the iceberg.
I live in Brighton by the English seaside.
Leland Purvis has a B.A. in Ancient History, which was earned so long ago as to become a part of its subject matter. He has lived in L.A., Beriln, New York City, and finally returned home to Portland, Oregon. He received a Xeric Grant for his self-published anthology VÓX. PUBO was a limited, creator-owned series published through Dark Horse Comics. His works have been published by Simon & Schuster, Roaring BrookPress/ MacMillan and GT-Labs, focussing largely on historical fiction aimed at younger readers.
Purvis is a founding member of Deep-Six studios in Brookln, NY, and of the ACT-I-VATE webcomics collective. He is self-taught as a writer and artist, sharply and deeply opinionated but has learned to avoid starting fistfights as they tend to get in the way of stories, art, and amiable social drinking.
Kat Roberts, originally from North Carolina, now lives happily in Brooklyn. Her comics have appeared in Roctober, SMITH Magazine and the comix anthology Negative Burn, where she's a frequent contributor. Kat is also member of XOXO Studios in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Aside from lots of drawing and painting, Kat spends her time working as a handbag designer, teaching footwear at FIT and repetitively watching Beat Street with her dance crazed daughter, Ophelia.
Ryan Roman is the creator behind such great failed works as The Lil\' Racists, Kid Zero, Sleazy Pizza, and is currently enjoying working on his greatest and most ambitious work to date, Love & Zombies and Love & Zombies 2.
Ryan also works as a photographer. He\'s pretty damn good at it.
Hailing from Clocktown, U.S.A., Nathan has worked for both Cartoon Network and Tiger Toys, designed hundreds of pairs of women's underwear, and run a gallery in the South Bronx. Power Out is his first full-length graphic novel.
SCOTT SHAW! (yes, that exclamation point is a part of his name) is living proof of gonzo journalist’s Hunter S. Thompson’s statement: “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” An experienced professional cartoonist/writer in the fields of comic books, animation, advertising and toy design, Scott is also a historian of cartooning in all its forms.
Scott’s first published comic story appeared in the underground comic book GORY STORIES QUARTERLY. After writing and drawing a number of stories for other underground and “ground level” comix, including FEAR AND LAUGHTER (Kitchen Sink); QUACK! (Star*Reach); and WILD ANIMALS (Pacific), he went on to work on such titles as HANNA-BARBERA’S THE FLINTSTONES (Marvel and Harvey); HANNA-BARBERA’S YOGI BEAR (Marvel and Harvey); HANNA-BARBERA’S LAFF-A-LYMPICS (Marvel); WHAT IF? (Marvel); and DESTROYER DUCK (Eclipse). With Roy Thomas, he co-created the funny animal superhero series, CAPTAIN CARROT AND HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW! (DC). Scott went on to work as a writer, penciler or inker (and often all three) on a diverse assortment of comic books, including SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (Archie), MIGHTY MUTANIMALS (Archie); TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MEET THE CONSERVATION CORPS (Archie); WHO’S WHO IN THE DC UNIVERSE (DC); USAGI YOJIMBO (Fantagraphics and Dark Horse); DUCKMAN (Topps); DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES (Disney); BETTY AND VERONICA (Archie); LITTLE ARCHIE (Archie); RADIOACTIVE MAN 80-PAGE COLOSSAL (Bongo); TEX AVERY’S COMICS AND STORIES (Dark Horse); DROOPY (Dark Horse); SCREWY SQUIRREL (Dark Horse); BURGER KING KIDS CLUB COMICS (Burger King); THE BIG BOOK OF URBAN LEGENDS (Paradox); THE BIG BOOK OF LOSERS (Paradox); and BART SIMPSON’S TREEHOUSE OF HORRORS (Bongo), SUPERMAN & BATMAN: WORLD’S FUNNEST (DC), TEEN TITANS (DC), STREETWISE (Two Morrows), SIMPSONS COMICS (Bongo), BART SIMPSON COMICS (Bongo), SPARK GENERATORS (Slave Labor), WEIRD TALES OF THE RAMONES (Rhino), LOONEY TUNES (DC), WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY (Wildstorm), THE ADVENTURES OF SCOOTER McDOOGAL (Education Comics), SIMPSONS SUMMER SHINDIG (Bongo), DC SUPER FRIENDS (DC), THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ROCHESTER (Rochester Electronics) and THE TICK 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (New England Comics). In October, 2007, DC Comics published a three-issue revival of the characters Scott co-created twenty-five earlier, CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK, co-written and drawn by him.
In a related field, Scott has worked on the syndicated newspaper comic strip incarnations of BUGS BUNNY and WOODSY OWL.
In addition to comic books, Scott has made his mark on animated cartoons. Recent projects have included gags and storyboards for CLASS OF 3000 (Cartoon Network), KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO and DUCK DODGERS (Warner Bros.), DANGER RANGERS (Educational Adventures) and MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS and MULAN II. (Disney) He was the producer/director of John Candy’s CAMP CANDY (DIC) and the co-producer/art director of Mart
Chris is a cartoonist, colorist, and web designer. In addition to drawing an Everywhere story, he\'s the current site admin.
Raised in the gutters of Takoma, knuckles bloodied on the teeth of ennui, James now pimp-slaps the game from his secret volcano lair in the heart of Brooklyn. When not murdering comics for money, he enjoys solitary walks along the sunny Gowanus Canal, plotting the destruction of Paris.
A.K. Summers was born in San Francisco and grew up in California and Georgia. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received an MFA in printmaking. She is the creator of \"Negativa: Chicago\'s Astute Lezbo Fantasy Mag\", a comic zine (1991-1993). In 1994, she embarked on an extended experiment with animation. Her first short, \"Topless Dickless Clueless\", a 12-minute black-and-white cell animation (1994) screened at festivals internationally. It was followed by \"World Without Femmes Part III: Street of the Discounted\" (1998, rev. 2000, 13 min., color). In 1999, she received a NYFA fellowship in Computer Arts for her work on \"World Without Femmes\". In 2003, Summers decided to return to comics. She completed \"Pregnant Butch\", a semi-autobiographical account of her own pregnancy in 2012. It is scheduled to be published in Spring 2014 by Soft Skull Press. She is currently at work on \"The Minotaur & the Bicycle\", a graphic novel for children. Summers lives with her partner and son in Providence, Rhode Island.
Dov Torbin graduated from UMass Amherst in 2006 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. After college he moved to New York City to pursue a career in comics.
In 2011 he joined ACT-I-VATE with his graphic novel, The Revolution Will Be Televised.
In 2012 he launched Comic Strip Tees, a site which showcased indie cartoonists and sold t-shirts with their artwork on them.
In 2013 he started the blog, 10 Rules for Drawing Comics, featuring the personal 10 rules of some of the best cartoonists.
He is also the front man for the americana band, The Recession Boys and is currently recording a solo LP.
Wheeler drew a comic called Too Much Coffee Man. He currently submits many comics to the New Yorker who runs one every now and again. Just finished a graphic novel for Fantagraphics called Oil and Water (about the BP oil spill).
TROY WILSON (EDITOR/CONTRIBUTOR)