Annapolis Comic-Con 2023 Guest List
Art Way Alliance
Art Way Alliance is a Non-Profit organization that focuses on teaching young people in the DC region how to make art of their own choosing.
Art Way Alliance teaches children and adults how to create their own comic books and cartoons as a way to introduce them to various aspects of the media arts industry. We also minimize cost and distance by partnering with schools, libraries, and other non-profit organizations. AWA’s teachers are established comic book artists and cartoonists. Our other teachers we have recruited from a highly capable pool of artists from the Arts Institute. Art Way Alliance further emphasizes the educational value of comics and cartoons by incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or Common Core elements into our curriculum.
Bryan Tillman has been in higher education for over 13 years and has done everything from professor to program director for Media. He is currently an Assistant Professor for Graphic Design at Norfolk State University. Aside from being an educator, Bryan is the owner and CEO of the Kaiser Studio Productions LLC, a production studio for comics, toys, animation, and games that has been active in the industry for over 16 years. Bryan has also created and illustrated a tabletop RPG trading card game, Dark Legacy, which was recently acquired by UpperDeck and was released to stores in late 2018. Currently Bryan is hard at work getting ready to bring Ninja Empire to the public. Ninja Empire is comic book series of five separate stories that deal with a world that is run by ninjas.
Ahhh the 90's. In line rollerblades, Sublime, and comics. Lots and lots of comics. Some got them from shops, Jordan Clark got them from garage sales and antique malls, and they made a lasting impression.
Now as an adult, he gets to make them! How cool is that? From Bitch Planet Triple Feature at Image, to Aquaman and DC Power at DC Comics. He's even done some Red Sonja and Star Wars. A part of the inaugural Milestone Initiative class, he's excited to keep bringing diverse and heartfelt stories to readers like you!
Kurenai is a New York born, Baltimore based seamstress, artist, writer, and public speaker. Her work day can include making/tailoring custom bridal clothing and cosplay, graphic design, giving workshops, live talks on art techniques and combining them with her knowledge of comic history, custom branding for businesses and so much more. Currently, she is laying down the ground work as the ConChair for a brand new convention known as KhromaKon (inaugural date March 1-3, 2024), continuing her podcast Noir Narration which focuses on fairytales and folklore from cultures of color, as well as sell her artwork all over the United States, with a hyper focus on the East Coast.
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Dan Nokes is a native of Southern Maryland who has been in the comic industry for almost TWO DECADES! He has self-published a half a dozen graphic novels and trade paperbacks including: THE PARANORMALS, THE PISTOLEERS, ADAM AND EVE: BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (Which takes place in Southern Maryland.) IMPOSSIBLE SPACE TALES OF THE LAST PIT STOP and CHICKEN: USDA REJECTED. He has also done work for: TOPPS Cards, The Teddy Bear Tales, and FUBAR Press! For more info please check out his website at www.21sandshark.com
Lan Pitts has previously written for the official WWE comic book from BOOM! Studios and might know a little too much about wrestling. He also co-created his super sentai homage Beast Heart! Strikers with Joe Hunter in 2019 for Comixology. He's mapped out the best taco spots in the DC/Baltimore area. Ask him about wrestling and The Simpsons and he'll probably be your best friend.
Capes & Babes
Chris is a professional web and graphic designer working in the
Washington DC area. He is also a freelance illustrator and
cartoonist who has been making comic strips since his college
days at Radford University. He has taught cartooning and
illustration to teenagers and older adults for the Fairfax County
Adult Education system and the Northern Virginia Library
system. He also regularly appears at multiple east coast comic
book conventions where he puts on illustration and cartooning
In 2007, Chris created a webcomic featuring Roy the werewolf
who works in a comic book store called Capes & Babes. There
are over 1200 Capes & Babes strips online and they have been
published in five book collections. Chris recently published his
very first all-ages coloring book featuring Roy and his vampire
girlfriend, Roni, as they go to a comic book convention for the
For many years, Chris was a member of The Webcomic
Alliance - an online group dedicated to helping web and comic
creators at all levels. That podcast has now evolved into the
Nerd Salad podcast where Chris and the rest of the Nerd Salad
group talk about any and all things related to “get culture”. You
can download or listen to the couple of Nerd Salad episodes
You can find Chris on Facebook, Twitter and Patreon as
“Capesnbabes”. On Instagram, you can find and follow him
@chrisflickart. You can also visit his professional design and
illustration portfolio site at www.csfgraphics.com or email him at
Chris would also like you to know that if you visit his table at any
time during this convention and greet him with a loud werewolf
howl, he’ll give you a free gift simply as a sign of appreciation
for supporting his work.