ARTISTS & VENDORS

Alicia Cassa
Erica Szalkowski
AutumnVirus3
Robert Larkins
Phil Kahn
Wayward Studios
Ronald Bigler
Natalia Iglesias
Jona Monet
Michelle Zibrat
Katharina Norman
Dark Child Studios
Puvithel Rajan
Dorothy Nguyen
Kate Delossantos
Tysheia Stevenson
Melisa Lamour
Jennifer Ignacio
Alicia Cassa
Erica Szalkowski
AutumnVirus3
Robert Larkins
Phil Kahn
Wayward Studios
Ronald Bigler
Natalia Iglesias
Jona Monet
Michelle Zibrat
Katharina Norman
Dark Child Studios
Puvithel Rajan
Dorothy Nguyen
Kate Delossantos
Tysheia Stevenson
Melisa Lamour
Jennifer Ignacio

Bryan Tillman

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Artist. Designer. Educator.

I have been an art educator for 10+ years. I have worked with Marvel, DC Comics, Valiant Comics, Image Comics, FX, Fox, AMC, UpperDeck, Cryptozoic and RittenHouse as a content artist. I have worked with Toys R Us as a writer, editor and colorist for comics. I am the lead designer and art of the RPCG Dark Legacy. I have authored a book on Creative Character Design

I have been and invited and honored guest/speaker at SDCC, GenCon, AwesomeCon, MegaCon and Stan Lee's Comikaze,

Jean Simonet

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Game Developer. Creator of Bomb Squad Academy

I have been working professionally in games for 13 years now, originally in large studios (Oblivion, Fallout, Skyrim) and now as an independent developer. I have lived on three continents, so far. I was born in France, grew up in Gabon, and have been in the States for the last 15 years. I am passionate about systems and simulation, and I hope to make games that take advantage of those. A programmer by trade, I am trying to become a designer as well, so far having some success making an interesting and original puzzle game called Bomb Squad Academy. I am also an avid tinkerer, building robots and electronic kits of all sorts. I'd love to be able to blend my passions more at some point, something that blends game design, programming and electronics.

Kata Kane

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Artist. Creator of Comic Series: Altar Girl

Kata Kane is an illustrator, designer, and comic book artist best known as the creator of "Altar Girl," an all-ages graphic novel and ongoing webcomic commended as the "cute shoujo manga with a spine of steel!"

 

With nearly a decade of experience as a creative design professional, Kata offers an all-in-one package of illustration and design skills. Kata's bright, crisp, and connected style leads projects from concept to completion.

Pop Mhan

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PENCILLER, INKER, COLORIST

Pop Mhan joined Wildstorm Productions in San Diego and studied sequential art under Jim Lee. Pop was the penciller on Spyboy, a comic book written by Peter David and published by Dark Horse Comics, The Dead Seas for ZudaBlank (at Tokyopop), Batgirl (at DC Comics), He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,  Bionicle and World of Warcraft.  

Pop has worked for WildStormDC ComicsMarvel ComicsTop CowDark Horse and Tokyopop as well as a few other comic publishers for the past ten years. He also has done Star Wars artist sketch cards for Topps and character design work for Hasbro.

Pop's worked on the Gears of War 3 comic book and is currently working on Injustice: Ground Zero (DC Comics)

Sam Ellis

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Creative Director. Illustrator, Animator, Educator

Hi, my name is Sam Ellis and most people know me as one of the lead designers for Archer on FX.  I have several projects in the works and also teach Animation, Story Art, and Concept Design. My advice is to Draw Draw Draw, Be a good person, Be kind to others, Talk to people, Observe things, Put yourself out there, Make cool stuff everyday, Remember your first try wont be good enough, Draw big if you draw small, Draw small if you draw big, Learn some music, Act it out, You don’t know what you don’t know–Sometimes what you first had in mind isn’t the only or best solution.

Mandy Gibson

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SFX Art, Face and Body Paint

I am a award winning and internationally published face and body painter also a SFX artist. My work has been featured on television and magazines. I have been face painting and doing SFX makeup for five years. I have been body painting for almost two years .

Kreston Shirley

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President of T.A.G. Labs

DC based Technology and Gaming Labs (T.A.G) was launched in 2013 by technology professionals who sought to transform youth learning through interactive gaming experiences. These experiences teach students how technology works. T.A.G.’s founders believe this approach builds vital developmental skills while positioning youth for lucrative creative careers.

At Creator Con, we will be featuring an arcade area and a game development computer lab featuring Unity and Gamemaker Studio. 

Boba Studios

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Baltimore-based Game Developer

Boba Studios is a game developer based in Baltimore, Maryland. It handles both front- and back-end development of its proprietary software, and launched its debut effort, Squirrely Roo Rabbit, in December of 2016.

Squirrely Roo Rabbit is an in-development color mixing puzzle-platformer game in which a gang of chameleons on a coloring spree swapping the colors of all the animals in their wake, causing confusion and upset.  Squirrely Roo Rabbit, who is unaffected due to her not being a traditional animal, teams up with an outcast chameleon, Cammy, to track down Leon, the Chameleon king, and return the forest to normal.  

Yaakov Weinstein

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Animator, Concept Artist. Game Designer.

I'm a 2D and 3D Animator and Concept Artist who has a passion for Game Development. My dream is to own my own studio and make games, films, and applications.

Olivia Thai

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Creative Musician featured on American Idol XV

Quirky singer featured on the last season of American Idol XV with over 21,000,000 views on YouTube & 200,000+ fans online... seeking to create more peace and love through music. Check-out Olivia's Multi-Instrument Looping on YouTube

Mikhail Sorokin

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University of Maryland VR Club
Developing Virtual Reality + Augmented Reality.

Mikhail Sorokin is a student at the University of Maryland pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He has experience in developing virtual and augmented reality applications, and currently holds the presidency of the UMD VR club. The UMD VR club works on He co-founded MPLEX, a VR game company, and currently works both on and VR visualization research.

Creator Con attendees will be able to try various demos made by members of the Virtual Reality club. 

Kurenai Kiba Cosplay

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Cosplay Artist at Kurenai Kiba Cosplay

Unique ideas and interesting usage of colors. You'll find yourself lost in the interesting details of what I have to offer as well as friendly faces to talk to about cosplaying should you want to start creating as well.

Malina Dowling

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Digital illustrator

Malina Dowling specializes in digital art with a passion for bringing her colorful inspirations to life. Stop by Malina's booth to check out her latest artistic creations and learn tips to improve your own designs.

Jimmy Horner

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Animator. Artist. Educator.

Inspired by animations and comics from an early age, Jimmy Horner found his passion by becoming an animator based in Baltimore, Maryland. He works with both physical and digital mediums to create his comics and animations. In college he majored in Visual Arts with a concentration in Animation.

After graduating from UMBC, Jimmy started creating medical animations and advertisements at a company called VueCare Media. One of his animations has aired on Fox after winning two spots in the Gotham Fan Trailer Competition. Jimmy continues to spend his time working on animations and small comics for the web.

At Creator Con, Jimmy will have an animation setup lightbox for attendees to try lessons available and artwork on grid tower.

Penelope R. Gaylord

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Penciller. Inker. Colorist.

PENG-PENG (Penelope R. Gaylord) works at Identity Comics Studios as a full-time artist, part-time zombie slayer, & mom of 2 adorable pups. Penelope has created amazing work for Acme Archives Direct, Boom Studios, IDW, and a handful of sketchcard companies as well. 

Identity Comics Studios is a group of artists with a love for different art styles and genres who also happens to draw pretty darned well. The studio is based in Maryland and each artist has their own personal projects and freelance work. The studio has come together to create a story from their creative minds called the “Brotherhood of Fighters” with characters designed by each member.

PENG-PENG on ETSY: www.etsy.com/shop/pengpengart

Jerry Gaylord

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Artist. Visual Development.

TheFranchize (Jerry Gaylord) is a Harvey Award nominated artist for MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT for his work on "Fanboys Vs Zombies" (Boom Studios). He is currently working on the upcoming comic "Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return" (Boom Studios). Jerry is the artist on "Loki:Ragnarok and Roll" (Boom Studios) and has done cover art for KaBoom's "Adventure Time" & "Regular Show" books. He has done exclusive cover art for the "TMNT/Ghostbusters" comic (IDW). He has worked as a penciller for "New Crusaders:Legacy" (Archie/Red Circle Comics) and "Sonic the Hedgehog" (Archie Comics). He has done work for the "NFL Rush Zone" comic (Action Lab) as well as other indie press projects. TheFranchize is part of Identity Comics Studios.

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Kevin is a veteran cosplayer and a fixture of East Coast events in years past. He even appeared as Captain America in a Southern NJ comic shop commercial and as Negan in a local restaurant commercial! You may have seen him as Batman, Captain America, Wolverine, James Bond, The Comedian, and many more, at just about every major convention on the east coast. This year he joins us as a featured cosplayer! His award winning costumes have been featured by multiple online publications including Pop Culture Uncovered, Fan Boy Nation, as well as many others. When not appearing at conventions in his impressive cosplay, Kevin attends charity events as some of his most famous characters, while belonging to The Heroes Alliance and as a founding member of the Philadelphia Avengers.

AutumnVirus Cosplay

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Cosplay Artist. Creator of AutumnVirus Cosplay

Cosplayer. Otaku. Gamer. Streamer. Twitcher. Model.

Don Boose

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Independent Game Designer. Creator of Miracle Mia.

An Independent Game Designer, trying to do good and make games. Currently a student of Interactive Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. A member of the IDGA DC I am working on a game call Miracle Mia where I hope to get done and release by next year.

 

Miracle Mia is an action-adventure platformer where the main heroine must fend off against an invading horde of extradimensional beings with the aid of her tennis racket. She must jump, defend and reflect the enemy's attacks right back at them for her skills in tennis allows her to withstand and channel their projectiles against them.

Shenabeth Jenkins

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Game Developer. High School Student.

I am a student from Blake High School. I have been working on a 2D platform/top down game, and it is workable for people to play test. I would like to showcase the game I have been working on for the past few months and get your feedback on it.

Monique Graham

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Artist. Designer.

Matthew Houston

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Illustration, VFX photo manipulation

Master of visual effects involving the integration of live-action footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or impossible to capture on film. Visual effects using computer generated imagery have recently become accessible to the independent filmmaker with the introduction of affordable and easy-to use animation and compositing software.

Cracked Crowns

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Talented Musicians. Sound Engineers. Writers. Students.

Cracked Crowns was started by Nick Huff and Matt Millie in the summer of 2016. The two met over social media and after one jam session, they decided to form a band. They later recruited Sonny Tu, a bassist that Matt has played with for years, and Cracked Crowns was made. Nick and Matt began writing songs the day after they met and in two weeks they had written four songs to be recorded on their first EP. Soon after they completed the songwriting for their EP, Cracked Crowns began recording their songs at Savage Studios and finished their debut EP, “Hole in the Sky,” in one month. The group combines their musical backgrounds of jazz, rock, and pop in order to create driving beats that are complimented by purposeful lyrics to resonate with younger audiences. 

Jose Jaro

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Comic Illustrator. Freelance artist

Jose Jaro is being featured at Creator Con for his very first time. Come by Jose's booth to check out original artwork and pages from Upstarts as well as copies of Upstarts issue 1. Chat with Jose as he's open for commissions as well. His incredible work can be found on his facebook art page, The Art of Jose Jaro, as well as his instagram account @joe_jaro.

Jordan Clark

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Comic Writer. Journalist. Blake Alumni.

Jordan Clark is an amazing comic writer and Blake alumni who expresses his creativity through his writing.

At Creator Con, expect some science fiction, some pulp fiction, and zombies!

Andrew Smart

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Comic Illustrator. Freelance artist

Phil Cho

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Illustrator. Character Designer.

Phil Cho is a freelance illustrator, web comic artist, and superhero enthusiast. He aspires to work in the comic book or animation industry, and continues to hone his craft through personal projects, commissions, and freelance work.

Artwork website: www.philchoart.com

Paula Bannerman

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Creator of DCartist. iPad art and beyond.

Art and will have a chance to allow creativity to flow when pen and paper are not there, as well as seeing ways how art is more than just something hanging in a gallery.

Third Eye Comics

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Third Eye Comics - We're Maryland's Friendly Neighborhood Comic Shop!


We're a family-owned and operated brick & mortar comic book store that offers one of the largest selections of comic books, graphic novels and related-merchandise in the state.
We also carry a large line of other specialty items, including designer vinyl toys, board games, collectible card games, and more!

Imani K Brown

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DC KawaiiStyle Creative. Founder of INKPLAY Shop

Cool, kawaii, creative, me! I am a black female tattoo artist, kawaii creative, and lover of all things pink! I love sharing kawaii as a creative and empowering lifestyle. I am founder of Little INKPLAY Shop (the DC area's kawaii culture hub), DC KawaiiStyle and DC Metro Lolitas - the leading local for empowerment kawaii communities of the DMV area.

Exclamation Innovations

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Artists: Mike Dio and Dan Feliciano

We're Mike Dio and Dan Feliciano, creators of Exclamation Innovations. Specializing in commissions and prints of characters from comic books, video games and pop cultures. Mike Dio is also a tattoo artist who specializes in these things.

Paula Bannerman

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Creator of DCartist. iPad art and beyond.

Art and will have a chance to allow creativity to flow when pen and paper are not there, as well as seeing ways how art is more than just something hanging in a gallery.

D'Mario Anderson

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Artist. Creator of Comic Series: Sticker Adventures

I am a 15 year old artist and I am currently working on my upcoming comic series called Sticker adventures! I love to inspire other children and teenagers my age to follow there dreams! So far I have exhibiting at many other comic cons like Baltimore Comic con, Tee Con, and this would be my second time at Creator Con

Paula Bannerman

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Creator of DCartist. iPad art and beyond.

Art and will have a chance to allow creativity to flow when pen and paper are not there, as well as seeing ways how art is more than just something hanging in a gallery.

D'Mario Anderson

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Artist. Creator of Comic Series: Sticker Adventures

I am a 15 year old artist and I am currently working on my upcoming comic series called Sticker adventures! I love to inspire other children and teenagers my age to follow there dreams! So far I have exhibiting at many other comic cons like Baltimore Comic con, Tee Con, and this would be my second time at Creator Con