We are very excited to announce that Ant Lucia is returning to Cedar Rapids Comic Con 2018 as a guest and as 2018’s featured artist.
Ant Lucia is known for his work with DC Comics/Collectibles designing and illustrating the best-selling “DC Bombshells” line. His work has also been featured on the covers of many DC Comics titles. He is currently working on the cover art for the DC Comics Bombshells Series.
Ant also created 2018’s official convention art, the “Iowa Bombshell.”
Visit Ant’s website at antlucia.com.
William Jones, the founder of Afrofuturism Network, is a historian, “comic book geek”, writer, and educator. He is a sought-after public speaker on the subjects of the history of black people in America, the image of black people in various forms of media, pop culture and hip-hop music, to name just a few. He has spoken on various college campuses and at conferences both nationally and abroad.
ABOUT THE AFROFUTURISM NETWORK
AFN seeks to support the ever growing community of black writers, artists, and thinkers in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, comic books and film. Here, we analyze the contributions and portrayal of black characters in these mediums. AFN will examine the role and place of black people in the past present and future and serve as a hub for black creativity and thought.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this day and age, seeing black comic book characters isn’t at all uncommon. In fact, every year we see more and more black superheroes and heroines on television, on the big screen and in the comic books themselves.
But this wasn’t always the case. It wasn’t so long ago that black superheroes were few and far between, and the ones that were around had some questionable origins and storylines.
In this book, William Jones, founder of Afrofuturism Network, breaks down the origins of four black comic book characters – Luke Cage, Papa Midnite, Storm, and Black Panther – and analyzes their representation throughout comic book history.
Whether you’re a long-time lover of comics, an established or aspiring creator or a new and casual fan you’ll find something new as you read about the untold stories of these heroes and get a feel for the future of diversity and representation in the comic book medium.
Kevlen Goodner is a highly skilled sequential storyteller and technically gifted draftsman. His ability to capture gestures, along with his eye for rendering detailed human anatomy are evident in all of his work.
Kevlen is a supportive teacher of illustration, with a student list that includes both professionals and those aspiring to achieve varied artistic goals. He’s Co-founder of several art houses, including EUREKA! comic Labs, Attilan Studios, and Heavy Black Design Group.
Alex Solis’ life long passion is art, even when he takes a day off, he is still doodling.
His artork and creative takes on iconic characters has landed him gigs working with MineCraft, TMNT, Spiderman, Disney, Marvel, Chevrolet, New Balance, Thorn Foundation, GAP, SpongeBobSquarePants, Nightmare BeforeXmas, Nick Retro, Sony, Adventure Time, Peanuts, Mr. Clean, Corona Light, Pepsi, Gatorade, McDonald’s, and TEDEX.
Realizing at a young age that the stereotype of the starving artist might actually impede his ability to pay the bills, Solis decided to focus on Design and Web development. Learning code and design helped him with his art in order to add a more visual and concept driven look to everything he creates. This has lead him to push his art to a new level which has allowed him to travel the world with his art, and share his story through public speaking gigs.
Alex Solis currently resides in Wisconsin where he works full time on his own brand Oddworx. When he’s not working on art, he spends most of his time with his wife, two kids, and his English Bulldog.
NY Times best selling comic book artist Gene Ha is best known for his work with writer Alan Moore, Top 10and its prequel The Forty-Niners. He has won 4 Eisner awards, the highest honor in American comics. He writes and draws the comic book Mae. It’s the story of Mae Fortell, a girl who follows her long missing sister Abbie to a world of mad science and mystery. Gene Ha lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife Lisa.
Learn more at http://www.geneha.com/
Born and raised in Chicago, Ashley A. Woods is an illustrator who got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series, “Millennia War”, while attending the International Academy of Design and Technology. After earning her degree in Film and Animation, she traveled to Kyoto, Japan where she presented her work in a gallery showcase called, “Out Of Sequence”. After returning to the States, her work from her comics were included in the “Black Comix” compilation table top book published by Magnetic Press, which was used in college courses at various universities internationally.
For the next few years, she worked in freelance and continued selling her work at comic conventions and various shows. January 2015, she met Amandla Stenberg and Stranger Comics at a convention; six months later, she began working on “NIOBE: She Is Life” which went on to sell tens of thousands of copies leading in the movement of representation in comics and also inspired many cosplays.
While working on “NIOBE” in 2016, Ashley also provided a variant cover for “BLACK” with Black Mask Studio, which sold out during it’s release. In addition, she also provided the cover for “BLACK COMIX II” which will be released by Magnetic Press / Lion Forge Comics. In early 2017, Ashley worked with writer, Delilah S. Dawson (“Star Wars”, “Wicked As They Come”), on “LADY CASTLE” for BOOM! Studios. In August 2017, Ashley released more work, this time with writer Paul Allor (G.I. Joe, TMNT), for his epic anthology “Past The Last Mountain”.
Ashley’s next projects include “Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade” for Dark Horse Comics and Crystal Dynamics as well as the eighth book in her long running independent action-fantasy series, “Millennia War”.
When Ashley isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, playing video games and studying Japanese.
Tyler has been a valued illustrator in the entertainment industry since the year 2000. His clients include Marvel Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, Marvel/Lionsgate, DC Comics, Blizzard, Wizards of the Coast, Paizo’s Pathfinder, IDW, and Dynamite Entertainment, among many others.
His most widely seen work can be found almost anywhere in the form of licensed character images created directly for Marvel Studios. He has illustrated iconic images for every Marvel Studios movie since 2013, including: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.
Megan Levens is a comic book artist best known for her work on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 for Dark Horse Comics, and her collaborations with writer Jamie S. Rich on Image Comics’ MADAME FRANKENSTEIN and Oni Press’s ARES & APHRODITE. She has also contributed to several Vertigo anthologies, including the finale of FABLES, and illustrated the creator-owned SPELL ON WHEELS with Kate Leth and Marissa Louise (also for Dark Horse). Currently she is boldly going and drawing various STAR TREK projects for IDW. Megan is owned by a Boston Terrier and a grumpy old cat, who live with her in Kansas City.
JASON AARON is a comic book writer best known for his work on the New York Times bestselling crime series SCALPED for Vertigo Comics and the Eisner Award winning SOUTHERN BASTARDS from Image Comics, as well as for various projects with Marvel Comics. Aaron’s current work for Marvel includes the creation of the headline-grabbing female version of THOR and the launch of an all-new STAR WARS series, the first issue of which sold over one million copies to become the best-selling American comic book in more than 20 years. Aaron was born in Alabama and currently resides in Kansas City.
Andy is an artist best known for his character driven, creature and cover illustrations, created in his intense and unique line art style. Traditional pencil and ink, remain his drawing weapons of choice. Soaked in dark, moody atmospheric shadows, many of his works blur the genre lines, containing elements of fantasy, horror, sci-fi and superheroes.
In comics, Andy has drawn covers for titles including Doctor Strange, Swamp Thing, Dark Sun (D&D), Robert E. Howard’s Kull, Bloodshot, Hulk
He has done book cover art for George R.R. Martin and Neil Gaiman stories, and been commissioned to do official illustrations for popular games including Dragon Age (Bioware) and Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft). In addition to his contracted art, he continues to work on private commissions for collectors, and personal art focused on original creatures, characters and worlds.
An upcoming (2017) Universal Pictures thriller has licensed some of Andy‘s personal art to appear on screen in the film.
His illustrations have also appeared in other areas including RPG art, album art, toy and concept design, T-shirt design, and card art.
Andy‘s work has been featured many times in the annual artbook Spectrum and in the Spectrum Exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City.