Alex Campbell is a freelance illustrator and comic artist residing in Hiawatha, IA. When not working as a digital painter, Alex is creating high impact images featuring popular characters from comics and fighting games. His work ranges from digital sci-fi and fantasy paintings to traditional comic book illustrations. His online portfolio and process work can be viewed at (alexfactory.blogspot.com).
Beginning his career working on Grimm Fairy Tales for Zenescope Entertainment, Jordan continued on from there to work on a Warhammer book for Book Studios as well as Cry Wolf for Dynamite Entertainment.
Most recently, Jordan has become a sequential and cover artist for Aspen Comics, working on the Executive Assistant:Assassins title for them.
Charles Simpson was born in 1979 in Chicago, IL, a city he credits as an “awesome inspiration for an artist.” He started drawing at six years of age, and is a self taught artist.
For years, he only drew athletes and cartoon characters until I found comics under his cousin Eugene’s bed. The two cousins struck a deal… Charles could read them only if he started trying to draw them instead of sports heroes. And there it was… his fate was sealed.
Comics opened his mind to explore his imagination and that brought him too where he is today. He is currently working on a number of projects with Constant Hustle Comics, where he also serves as art director.
As a child in the 1980s Steve Potter’s family had recognized his skill in art and often dreamed of him growing up to work for Disney. To this Steve replied, “I just want to work for Mad Magazine and Garbage Pail Kids!”
Fast-forward to present day, things have come to fruition. Potter is best known for his work on the Topps trading card series Garbage Pail Kids working alonside his favorite Mad artist Tom Bunk and drawing lots of boogers and farts! Hired by Topps in 2013, Steve quickly secured his spot among the veteran artists and continued on with additional Topps brands including Wacky Packages, Star Wars: Rogue One, and most recently The Walking Dead. Since he is now a Lucasfilm/Disney approved artist he sort of…in a roundabout way…technically…works for Disney? Maybe his Mom and Dad can overlook all the zits and vomit and still be proud?
“Call me, beep me, if ya wanna reach me…”
Christy Carlson Romano, the voice of “Kim Possible” is coming to Cedar Rapids Comic Con!
Christy Carlson Romano is one of the Disney Channel’s original household-name brands having been the first to act in three series’ that aired simultaneously; starring in Even Stevens, Cadet Kelly and attaining an Emmy-nomination for her animated Kim Possible. Her cartoon became an icon of girl-power inspiring an adventure ride at Disney’s Epcot as well as two full-length animated features.
Christopher Jones’ appearance is sponsored by Wayward Nerd. Visit Christopher at the Wayward Nerd table in the exhibitor hall!
Christopher Jones is a Minnesota-based illustrator and comic book artist, having worked for comic book publishers including DC, Marvel, Titan, Slave Labor Graphics, Image, Malibu, Caliber, and more.
Christopher is currently the artist on a Doctor Who: The Third Doctor for Titan Comics, written by long-time Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell. He also recently drew the sci-fi/fantasy graphic novel Also Known As, written by Tony Lee and Andrew Nicholaou, with color by Charlie Kirchoff.
Much of Christopher’s work has been penciling and inking for DC Comics. Christopher was the regular series artist on Young Justice, based on the popular Cartoon Network animated TV series. He penciled and inked both stories and covers for the comic title, which was written by Greg Weisman, co-producer and head writer of the Young Justice TV show, allowing the stories for the comic to much more closely integrated with the show’s story line than is typical of tie-in media. He also contributed to DC’s popular Batman ’66 title, based on the 1960’s Batman TV Series with Adam West, written by Jeff Parker.
Christopher’s other work for DC Comics includes Batman & Robin, Day of Judgment and the cult series Young Heroes in Love. He has also done extensive work for DC’s Licensing department, providing everything from promotional artwork to character turns for action figure design, in styles ranging from a mainstream superhero style to matching the animation style of several different TV shows.
Christopher has drawn a number of animation-based properties over the years, including his stint as regular penciller on DC’s The Batman Strikes, drawing 46 out of the 50 issues in the series’ run, and contributing stories to Justice League Adventures. Christopher also contributed stories and covers to Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, based on that popular animated TV series, and many of which were written by the TV series’ producer and head-writer Christopher Yost. Christopher’s other work for Marvel includes contributing to Marvel Superhero Squad, and creating cover parodies that were used as title cards for episodes of the Marvel Superhero Squad TV show. Additionally Christopher has produced art for coloring books, covers, and pin-ups featuring Marvel characters for Disney Publishing, a Spider-man story for Marvel Adventures, and a custom comic featuring Ironman and M.O.D.O.K. for the Department of Energy.
Christopher pencilled and inked Parallel Man: Invasion America for FutureDude Entertainment, a 7-issue sci-fi action adventure series dealing with political intrigue and parallel worlds. In addition to his work on the Parallel Man comic, Christopher also did storyboards and development work for Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit, a pilot for the proposed Parallel Man animated series, and vehicle design and storyboards for another FutureDude project, the science fiction film Oceanus.
Christopher was the artist of Kolchak: Fever Pitch, an original graphic novel by mystery author Stuart M. Kaminski for Moonstone Books, based on the Kolchak: The Night Stalker TV series starring Darren McGavin. He was also the artist of the original 3-issue comic book adaptation of the cult film Re-Animator, adapted for Eternity Comics by Steven Philip Jones.
Christopher’s other comics work includes Gargoyles: Bad Guys, and he is also the co-creator of Dr. Blink Superhero Shrink with writer/cartoonist John Kovalic.
Christopher enjoys a second career as the Chief Creative Officer for CONvergence, the largest fan-run science fiction convention in the MidWest. Chris co-founded the convention in 1998, and served on the parent organization’s Board of Directors for the first 14 years of its life, and has created a wealth of characters and artwork for organization, most of which features the convention mascot Connie.
Christopher is also a die-hard Doctor Who fan, and has become known in Who fandom for his fan art and prints.
Christopher has been invited to speak about comics and comic book artwork at schools and libraries and as a guest at conventions across North America. He currently resides in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, where he is surrounded by talented friends who seduce him into more projects he doesn’t have time for.
Les L. Garner’s career began at age 19, leaving college to pursue his passion of comic book illustration, with his earliest published works releasing just prior to his 20th birthday. Some 23 years later, his work has been present throughout a wide variety of media industries, always characterized by an aggressive, uncompromising degree of enthusiasm and creativity.
Michael Heitkemper grew up on a farm, and worked in the home remodeling business for most of his adult life. He found plenty of free time, mostly in between seasons, to write books, short stories, reviews, scripts, and more recently comic books and graphic novels. Writing across genres and twist endings are common traits to his books. Michael has proven that originality is not quite dead with titles like: Becoming Mortal gods, Lucid Dreams, and The Dinosaur Farm. Michael’s work has now extended into the comics and graphic novel industry. His first super hero comic book series, Freedom Fighter, was released by Insane Comics in 2017.Michael and Insane Comics are also releasing the noir graphic novel, Acts of Contrition in 2018. As of late, Michael has been dabbling with his skills of digital lettering in comic books; lettering his own books as well as a handful of currently unreleased independent comic book projects.
K Lynn Smith is an artist and writer from the Mid-Michigan area. She found her start in the comic book world as a cartoonist for her university newspaper. In 2006, her artwork won the Michigan Press Award, as well as the Helen Victoria Haynes World Peace Cartoon Contest.
She is the writer and artist of the western webcomic Plume, published by Devil’s Due Entertainment, and has been involved with projects such as Garfield, Bill Willingham’s Lark’s Killer, and the Strength in Numbers Studios’s video game, TUEBOR.
We are very excited to welcome Sean Lewis to Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2018! His comic work has been seen in the critically acclaimed creator owned series’ SAINTS (w/Ben Mackey), THE FEW (w/Hayden Sherman) and COYOTES (w/Caitlin Yarsky).
Sean Lewis is an Award Winning Playwright and Theatre Director. He has also been heard on NPR’S This American Life.