Annapolis Comic-Con 2022 Guest List Coming Early 2022
Southern Maryland Comic-Con 2021 Guests
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.
Allen specializes in fantasy ballgowns and intricate detailing in his work to give it a special and unique touch with a touch of couture elegance. He has worked for and supplied costumes for professional theatre companies, opera houses, entertainment companies and is a freelance pattern designer and product developer for the well known corset company Timeless Trends.
When not sewing or building costumes, Allen Ryde is a professional burlesque entertainer performing with various burlesque troupes and professional shows with CosPop Productions and Burlesque Is Coming, which is the only burlesque show personally approved by George R. R. Martin based off the characters of A Song of Ice and Fire. He is also the founder and head of the party entertainment company Faerie Fantastical Parties, providing top notch quality character entertainment to birthday parties, school visits and large scale functions and corporate events with princesses, superheroes, pirates etc. His company of performers also does frequent charity and hospital visits for children in hospitals or in partnership with foundations such as Kids Wish and Hope for the Holidays.
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.
Carolyn Belefski creates and publishes original comics and illustrations, including her comic strip Curls. She is artist of the comic books French Fry Club, Black Magic Tales, and The Legettes. Carolyn became a National Cartoonists Society member in 2012, and is currently serving as a Washington, DC chapter chair. With NCS, she started the annual blood drive, Cartoonists Draw Blood, with the American Red Cross. Her freelance illustration and design clients include Boom! Studios (Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time comic), Clorox, US National Archives, and The White House. You can view Carolyn’s work online at www.carolynbelefski.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @CarolynBelefski.
Chris is a professional web and graphic designer working in the Washington DC area. He is also a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, caricature artist and podcaster.
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 has also recently published two all-ages coloring books featuring all of his characters. Both coloring books will be available for sale at the show. In addition, Chris also draws people as cartoon werewolves right at his table!
And - as an extra bonus - anyone who visits Chris' table and greets him with a loud werewolf howl (AWWOOOOOO!), he’ll give you a free gift simply as a sign of appreciation for supporting his work!
You can check out more of Chris' work here:
Capes & Babes: www.capesnbabes.com
Portfolio site: www.csfgraphics.com
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
Dr. Elvin Hernandez
Dr. Hernandez earned his M.F.A. in Sequential Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and his Ed.D in Higher Education from Argosy University. He is an educator with over fourteen years’ worth of experience, as well as a practicing freelance artist in the field of comics, illustration, and commercial art. As a Sequential Illustrator, he has worked on projects for Upper Deck, Toys R’ Us, and Focal press (writing and illustrating “Set The Action!”, an educational book on background design for Media Artists, and Kaiser Studio Productions. He has also worked on images and marketing material for DC Entertainment, Marvel, FX, and Cartoon Network properties as well as freelancing for City State Entertainment, working on both comics and gaming material. As an educator, he has taught subjects connected with visual arts and sequential storytelling at institutions including the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (where he currently teaches), the University of the District of Columbia and the Art Institute of Washington, while also speaking on subjects connected to Sequential Art studies at events such as the San Diego Comic Con, AwesomeCon, and other conventions across the country. He is originally from Puerto Rico and is fully bilingual in both English and Spanish.
Ian McGinty is an American comic book artist, writer and animator known for his work on Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Invader Zim, Steven Universe and Hello Kitty, as well as his work with the Munchkin card games. He is best known for his graphic novel and animated pilot, Welcome to Showside, as well as voice acting and more.
Joe Auditore of Crystal Soul Cosplay
Joe is one part of a married duo cosplay team called Crystal soul cosplay. He has been in the cosplay scene since 2003 and has no plans on stopping anytime soon. As a part of Crystal soul cosplay, his strong suit is in making armor, props, and weapons. Joe loves reading manga, watching anime, playing videogames, and doing charity work.
Joe Hunter is ostensibly a comic artist from Ohio and has been working in comics for 10ish years. Currently, he is working on BEAST HEART! STRIKERS with Lan Pitts. When he's not drawing, he enjoys reading, pro wrestling, and compulsive stress baking. He currently lives with his terrible goblin bastard cat, Hugo.
Kurenai Kiba is a seamstress, writer, illustrator, and podcaster all done through her self-titled company. She has curated her career by blending her Graphic Design degree with her passion for sewing and costume design. As a featured artist, Kurenai has both created and participated in panels, interviews, and podcasts, focusing on diversity, cosplay, comic history, and art. Fresh off of another 31 days of Cosplay Makeup, she has been expanding her business by growing her portfolio with increasingly detailed costumes, broadening her convention circuit, as well as evolving her artwork to span across multiple mediums.
Atlanta-born, now Baltimore resident Lan Pitts has been writing professionally since 2008 for such entertainment outlets like Newsarama, Fangoria, and ComicBook. Since 2017, he's contributed to BOOM! Studios' WWE comic book series, even giving the Undertaker an origin story.