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The 41st Annual Superman Celebration Artist Alley & Writers Way
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2019 Guest Artists
A short stop at Ruby-Spears had him working on “Thundarr the Barbarian”, “Heathcliff”, “Fang Face” and “Plastic Man”. Freelancing at Film Roman he worked on the Emmy Award Winning Garfield Special “Babes and Bullets” and for Bill Melendez on the Peanuts Special “This is America Charlie Brown”.
Moving to Filmation Studios in 1980, which at this point had become the only animation studio doing animation in the United States, and worked on “Tarzan”, “Flash Gordon”, “Blackstar”, “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”, “The Brown Hornet”, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”, “She-Ra Princess of Power”, “Ghostbusters”, “Lone Ranger”, “Zorro”, “The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam” (Captain Marvel), “Hero High” and the futuristic Western “Bravestarr”. He was also involved with many TV commercials such as The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, the 7 Up Spot campaign and the Paula Abdul video for “Opposites Attract” featuring MC Skat Kat.
He then directed many episodes of these favorite TV cartoons: “Road Rovers”, Disney’s “Mighty Ducks”, “PB & J Otter”, “Duckman”, “King of the Hill”, “Savage Dragon”, HBO’s “Happily Ever After Fairy Tales”, “Extreme Ghostbusters”, “Extreme Dinosaurs”, ” The Simpsons” and many more.
He also animated or was the Key Clean-up artist on a number of motion pictures such as Walt Disney’s “Prince and the Pauper” starring Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit in “Tummy Trouble”, “The Jetson’s Movie”, “Rover Dangerfield”, “Stay Tuned”, “Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night”, Steven Spielberg’s “Were Back”, and Don Bluth’s “Thumbelina”.
Todd Aaron Smith
Todd Aaron Smith has worked as a professional animator and storyboard artist for many television productions, including The Adventures of Superman, Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man, The Avengers, Family Guy, Godzilla, South Park, Pokemon and countless others. Todd also has just illustrated his fourteenth set of Star Wars trading cards for Topps, including the recently released Star Wars: Galaxy. He has drawn sketch cards for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, The Hobbit, Star Trek: The Original Series, Ghostbusters, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Warcraft, ALIEN, Spider-Man: Homecoming and many others. Todd is currently creating art for his seventh set of Topps Major League Baseball cards. While working on his third set, he attracted the attention of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. The Acquisitions Committee met and voted to make three pieces of Todd’s art a part of the Permanent Collection of the Hall of Fame. His art is now in the same collection as works by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, LeRoy Neiman, and many other great artists. Todd loves to meet and make sketches for people, so be sure to visit his table. Don’t miss your chance to meet a Hall of Fame artist who was one of the first to ever draw Harley Quinn professionally!
Cory Hamscher is a comic book artist from the great state of Indiana. Breaking in as a penciller/inker in the late 90s, Cory’s first major work was as an inker for Devil’s Due Publishing where he worked on various titles including G.I. Joe vs. Transformers. In 2006 he was hired by Marvel Comics to draw an arc in Marvel Adventures Spider-Man and from there Cory has spent much of the last 12 years penciling and/or inking on titles such as: All New Wolverine, X-Men ’92, Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Deadpool Corps, Ghost Rider, Avengers Academy, X-Men Forever, Skaar; Son of Hulk, and he is currently inking Star Wars: Age of Resistance. In 2012 Cory teamed up with Erik Larsen at Image Comics to relaunch Rob Liefeld’s Supreme. Cory has also illustrated four “Learn to Draw” volumes for Marvel
Janet Wade had a chance meeting in the summer of 1997 when a college writing class hooked her up with a young man who had aspirations of creating his own comic book. Something called “Jetta”. She married the guy and became his inker and co-writer. And eventually they had a kid and named him Anakin, because they were not only artists, but Star Wars geeks as well.
She has worked on Shinobi: Ninja Princess from Action Lab Entertainment and the Turra: Gun Angel as well as Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa series from MAW Productions as well as contributed art for Topps, Harbro, Action Lab’s Princeless, and Josh Elder’s Mail Order Ninja.
Anakin Wade was born into a family of comic book artists. His mom and dad, Janet and Martheus Wade, produce Action Lab’s Shinobi: Ninja Princess series. He got into art innocently enough. When he was 4, he wanted to do art with his mom and dad. So mom drew and inked a few sketch cards, and he watercolored them. That was in 2013. Anakin and his mom have so far made over 200 sketch cards.
Martheus has illustrated for Bloodstream for Image Comics, Shooting Star Comics, Chaos Campus for Approbation Comics and Andrew Dabb’s Slices just to name a few. Recently, he has worked on such titles as Action Man for Hasbro, the Marvel Comics Masterpiece Card Series, and illustrated, wrote, and produced a comic book crossover called Jetta/Shi: Arrow of Destiny with his character Jetta, and William Tucci’s Shi.
His work has been used for the movie Role Models from Universal Pictures as well as for the instructional DVD and book, Hi-Fi Digital Color for Comics II available from IMPACT Publishing.
His work can be seen in Titanium Rain from Archaia Studio as well as Star Wars Galaxy Sketch Cards series 5. He has contributed to the Nanovor graphic novel from IDW Publishing as well as the popular manga series Mail Order Ninja by Josh Elder. His creator owned graphic novels Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa and Turra: Gun Angel has been licensed for motion picture and his newest comic book, Shinobi: Ninja Princess, has been published by Action Lab Entertainment and distributed by Scholastic Books with a hardcover collection making its way to stores and libraries in 2019.
2019 Artists & Writers
Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.
alter ego Clark Kent, a go-getter reporter at The Daily Planet, Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.’s writing career
began in his teen years.
He was a Teen Panelist for The Commercial Appeal, in Memphis, Tenn., for two years and a reporter for
The Teen Appeal newspaper, also in Memphis, for three years. While earning his journalism degree at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind., Tyrone held several positions on the college newspaper, The Franklin, during his four years there.
Tyrone also worked as a crime reporter for over four years at The Jackson Sun in Jackson, Tenn., where
he won several awards, including two Award(s) of Excellence. As a freelance writer, Tyrone wrote articles for Examiner.com for over six years as the Jackson Crime Examiner and Jackson Geek Culture Examiner. He also wrote articles for the CrimeSEEN Examiner News
(previously named the West Tennessee Examiner) for over six years. Tyrone is the author/creator of the superhero novel series, S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™ and is currently writing the third and fourth novels in the series. Tyrone is also the host, executive producer, writer and co-designer for the talk show “Hub City Now with Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.” which airs Sundays on 97.7 FM, www.jamminjackson.com, Facebook Live and on YouTube. Find out more about Tyrone at www.tyrone tonyreedjr.com.
Sean Dulaney is an writer/artist/editor and broadcaster from Southeastern Illinois. In the comics field, his work includes 51 DELTA and SUPERSONIC (Arcana Studios), THE “IT” GIRL MURDERS (Markosia), F. Stein, Consulting Detective, Dreah, Queen Of Thieves, and Miss Vicky & Her Cutie Commandos. In recent years, Sean has spearheaded the annual radio show recreation during Metropolis, IL’s Superman Celebration. Sean has recently released his first solo prose project THE BLACK TERROR: TERROR RISES and launched the 400 COURT STREET radio show (and podcast available at TheGruelingTruth.net) that looks back at the pro wrestling history of Evansville, IN.
Originally from Bayonne, New Jersey; now residing in Terre Haute,Indiana. Candice Comelleri is an “award winning” freelance fine artist with pieces that can be found in private collections all around the world. Including illustrated works created for award winning creatives and celebrities alike.
Mark LeMieux is the owner, director and lead artist of the freelance art company Platypus Productions, that specializes in sculpture, design work, pop culture art, comic illustration, film making, script writing, cosplay and special effects make-up. Mark has an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Design Technology from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he was an Honors Graduate. He has had to honor of working for many prestigious companies including: Kenner Toys, Hasbro Toy Group, Topps Trading Cards, Marvel, Fox, Breygent Card Company, Paramount and Disney. He is also the artist for several clubs such as The Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club (OSWCC), the Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club (KSWCC), The Jedi Assembly, and Ohio Kentucky Indiana Lego Users Group (OKILUG). He is currently working on an internet comic strip entitled Platrick & Swampie, several childrens books and an independant film. Find him on Facebook:
Beginning his painting in 2014, Steven has quickly moved into full-time status as an artist. His favorite subjects are sports and pop culture. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, he aspires to expand regionally, nationally, and globally.
Dr. Alan Perry has loved to draw and paint ever since high school, and has loved comics (especially DC comics) for even longer than that. He had no formal art training, except for one art class in college, and developed his techniques and styles through studying and emulating the works of others and through trial and error. An educator with a doctorate in school improvement, Alan taught English literature and journalism in Georgia for 30 years until retiring in 2009 and moving back to his hometown, Etowah, TN.
While he was teaching, he had little time for painting and only did it sporadically, every few years, looking forward to the day he could retire, so that he would have plenty of time to devote to his favorite pastime. But soon after he retired, he was asked to teach at his college alma mater, Tennessee Wesleyan University, and he became a part-time professor for five years. He also enjoys acting in his hometown’s community theater, the Gem Players and working in his church, where he serves as chairman of deacons and church clerk.
Alan’s favorite subjects to paint are comic book characters, especially superheroes and villains, and in particular Superman and Batman and the characters associated with those comics. He also enjoys painting cartoon characters and those from movies and television, pop culture, and his favorite works of literature. He started selling his works in arts and crafts shows and on Ebay a few years ago, and began appearing at comic book conventions with Professor Perry’s Emporium of Painted Personalities.
This is Alan’s fourth year to be a guest artist at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. To see Alan’s works of art, visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/professorperrysemporium.