International Artists
Chad Hardin

Chad Hardin grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He moved to Cedar City, Utah, where he attended Southern Utah University, and later completed his Bachelor's in Art with an Illustration Concentration.

After graduation, he went to work in the video game industry, where he worked on a number of high-profile titles for several studios. In 2006, he quit his full time job as an in-house illustrator to pursue his life-long dream of drawing comics. In 2013 He graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco with an MFA in illustration. Today he resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and is currently illustrating DC's hit comic Harley Quinn.

Chad is also a professor of art/illustration at UVU and is working on a creator owned comic for the web and print and you can find him in the International Artists’ Alley this year at MEFCC.

  • Age of Heroes 2010 (Marvel)
  • Zatanna 2011 (DC)
  • Demon Knights 2012 (Marvel)
  • Justice League of America 2013 (Marvel)
  • Harley Quinn 2013-20016 (DC)
  • Harley Quinn Rebirth Current (DC)

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Simone Bianchi

Simone Bianchi was born and lives in Italy. After working for the European market for several years, he did art for the DC miniseries, SHINING KNIGHT. He then created covers for a number of DC series, including GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS.

Since 2006 he worked exclusively for MARVEL: WOLVERINE, ASTONISHING X-MEN, THOR: FOR ASGARD, UNCANNY X-FORCE, THANOS RISING, NEW AVENGERS, THOR AND LOKI THE TENTH REALM, AMAZING SPIDERMAN. For Marvel he redesigned the X-Men official costumes.

In 2016 he did covers and interiors for STAR WARS #7.

His works have been exposed at the Galérie du 9eme Art in Paris, at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego (CA), at the Museo d’Arte contemporanea in Perugia (Italy), at the Danese/Corey Gallery in New York.

James C Mulligan

James C Mulligan's fine art work is collected internationally, and resides in the collections of Hugh Hefner, Dick Van Dyke, Oscar winning composer Richard M. Sherman, Brad Pitt, Holly Madison, Fred Durst, Roger Daltrey and many others. Corporate clients include Disney, Lucas Films, Warner Brothers, Hollywood's Magic Castle, Lexus, Coca Cola, Elvis Presley Enterprises (The estate's official artist), The Frank Sinatra Foundation, The Hollywood Director's Guild, Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark, MMA, and many others.

He was recently named as one of Disney's top selling artists, and his solo shows at the Bellagio and Aria resorts in Las Vegas broke all records, both domestically and internationally. Also a performer, he has been seen on stages around the world, from Tokyo to the Hollywood Bowl.

Mulligan is currently in development on a television show at Dreamworks Studios, as well as involved with development work on an unnamed Sony project with Rob Minkoff (director of Disney's THE LION KING) and Mel Brooks. Mr. Mulligan is a large supporter of various charities including Shine Family Foundation, Boy's Town and Loma Linda Children's Hospital.

His work can be seen at www.mulliganpictorial.com or www.disneyfineart.com and at the International Artists’ Alley at MEFCC this April!

Jason Shiga

Jason Shiga was born and raised in Oakland, California. He is the author of Meanwhile, Empire State, Fleep, Bookhunter and over twenty other comic books and graphic novels. He is also the creator of the world's second largest interactive comic. His comics have a geeky side and often feature exciting uses of mathematics and unusual structural forms. Demon is his most ambitious project to date.

Find out more at shigabooks.com and meet Jason at the International Artists’ Alley in April!

Livio Ramondelli

Livio Ramondelli is an artist whose credits include Transformers for IDW Publishing, Battlestar Galactica for Dynamite, Star Trek for Insight Editions, Pacific Rim for Legendary, and DC Universe Online for Sony/Wildstorm. He resides in Los Angeles but will be at the International Artists’ Alley at MEFCC April 6 – 8!

Yishan Li

Yishan Li is a professional British comic/manga artist currently living in Shanghai. You can see a list of her projects at www.liyishan.com

Yishan Li has been drawing since 1998 and has been published internationally including USA, France, Germany, Italy and the UK. She has worked for a lot of big name publishers including DC and Dark horse and is currently the artist for the Buffy: The High School Years graphic novels.

Find her at the International Artists’ Alley at MEFCC this year!

Des Taylor

DESPOP IS BACK!

Once again artist Des Taylor brings his unique animated-look, pin-up, Comic Pop Art style to MEFCC. Since his first appearance at MEFCC Des has gone on to work for DC Entertainment on their Bombshell franchise and on television in SKY's Official show for Flash, Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow and Supergirl - DC FANCAST.

Des's work is currently exhibited in galleries in Las Vegas, Paris, Germany and also features in Star Trek's worldwide 50th Anniversary exhibition.

Be sure to pop over to his table at the ‘International Artists’ Alley’ to see what goodies he has in store for us this year!

Elly Prizeman

Elly made ‘that’ shirt for long-term friend Dr. Matt Taylor, acclaimed scientist of the Rosetta Project, which broke the internet and media across the globe and had us all talking about #Shirtstorm.

As well as building a massive fan base of shirt-wearers who have purchased the original #shirtstorm shirt or one of her quality custom orders, Elly has been turning some pretty illustrious heads creating shirts for Dr. Brian May (Queen) and has worked alongside UFC commentator/comedian and podcaster, Joe Rogan.

Elly also is now collaborating with official DC artist Des Taylor, to create a range of character inspired clothing for the Sky TV show – DC Fancast as well as some tattoo artists to create unique tattoo design clothing by REAL tattoo artists.

Find Elly at the ‘International Artists’ Alley’ for the chance to own a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

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Guy Gilchrist

Guy Gilchrist at the age of 24, was hand-selected to create Jim Henson’s Muppets Comic Strip that was printed world-wide in 660-plus newspapers daily from 1981 to 1986. Throughout the years, He has set his hand to such notable cartoons as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Fraggle Rock and The Pink Panther as well as instrumental in the creation of The Muppet Babies.

Gilchrist took over the iconic Nancy comic strip in 1995, and 2015 marks his twentieth-year drawing Nancy. In 2013, he unveiled a one-of-a-kind Exhibit, Nancy Loves Nashville, at the Nashville International Airport that revealed the location of Three Rocks as a suburb just outside of Nashville.

Syndicated international in 80 countries and some 400 newspapers, Nancy has a viewership of 57 million readers around the world. As fans of the comic strip know, Nancy resides in the fictional town of Three Rocks with her Aunt Fritzi and friend Sluggo.

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Jon-Paul Kaiser

It started when he was four years old and had a decision to make; does he want to be Indiana Jones, or does he want to invent his own heroes?

This thought still drives his work and creative thinking, having specialised in character design and painting within the world of Art Collectibles & Urban Vinyl. These characters and narratives reference pop culture and urban art in a figurative form. As well as gaining a cult following with his painted reinterpretations of established figures, he has also worked with industry leaders like Kidrobot, Toy2R, Pobber Toys and Gunshot Games to develop and produce his own characters and intellectual property.

Jon is going to be bringing down some of his unbelievable art pieces and will be available to meet in the International Artists’ Alley! It started when he was four years old and had a decision to make; does he want to be Indiana Jones, or does he want to invent his own heroes?

This thought still drives his work and creative thinking, having specialised in character design and painting within the world of Art Collectibles & Urban Vinyl. These characters and narratives reference pop culture and urban art in a figurative form. As well as gaining a cult following with his painted reinterpretations of established figures, he has also worked with industry leaders like Kidrobot, Toy2R, Pobber Toys and Gunshot Games to develop and produce his own characters and intellectual property.

Jon is going to be bringing down some of his unbelievable art pieces and will be available to meet in the International Artists’ Alley!

Marco Santucci

Marco Santucci was born in Arezzo in 1974 and currently lives in Italy.

In the last 22 years, he’s mostly worked for the one of the most important Italian comic book publishers, Sergio Bonelli Editore. The titles he's worked on include Mister No, Tex and Dampyr.

From 2008, Marco has also worked for international publishers like Marvel Comics (Spider-man, Captain America, X-Factor), Soleil Productions (on La Mandragore, where he is the graphic creator) and DC Comics (Superman, Injustice and Injustice: Ground Zero) Recently he's worked on some Assassin's Creed and Tekken covers for Titan Comics and also for Sony Playstation for the promotion of the videogame Horizon Zero Dawn.

Find Marco at the International Artists’ Alley on the show floor!

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Maria Laura Sanapo

Maria Laura Sanapo is an Italian comic artist. After taking a degree in foreign languages, she decided to become a comic artist taking lessons from Marco Santucci, her mentor and husband to be. She worked for Valiant (inker for some Emanuela Lupacchino's covers), Dynamite (inker for John Carter Warlord of Mars Covers on Emanuela Lupacchino's pencils), Audi Commercial, Titan Comics and Dreamworks (Penguins of Madagascar, Puss in Boots). She worked as cover artist for Zenescope and interior artist for the new DC Comics series 'Bombshells'.

At the moment she’s working for Dynamite as both cover and interior artist for the seriesGrimm and Charmed (from the omonymous TV shows) and as cover artist for Titan comics for the series Assassin’s Creed.

She loves music and opera and she performs in her free time.

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Mike Toth

Mike began his long career in the animation field in 1978 at Filmation Studios. Having been inspired by the Warner Brothers cartoons of the 1940s he always dreamed of being an animator. Starting his career at Filmation Studios he worked on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Tarzan, Lone Ranger Zorro Adventure Hour, Shazam, Blackstar, BraveStarr, Ghostbusters, New Adventures of Tom & Jerry. He also worked freelance for Bill Melendez on This is America Charlie Brown, Snoopy’s Reunion and It’s Spring Training Charlie Brown.

When Filmation closed its doors in 1988, he moved over to the Baer Animation Studios where he got to work on many commercials such as the Green Giant, Chevy Lumina and also worked on Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble as well as the Prince and the Pauper short starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. In the mid-1990s, he found himself working at Disney Studios Animation in Burbank where he worked on such great Disney Classics as Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Atlantis the Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, Hercules and Home on the Range.

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Roderick E. Thornton

Rod was raised in “Fish Creek” a tiny community in central Texas until the age of 12. He then returned to Houston to live with his mother. Early on it was apparent that he was destined to become an artist winning blue ribbons in the Houston live stock show and rodeo art contest for the next five years.

Rod served in the Air force reserve in 1987 and later became a Houston Firefighter in 1990 where in his first three years he received two citizen awards and a Citation of Valor. In 1994 Rod was in a car accident that shattering his right femur in six places, after two and half years and five surgeries, his career path was changed as a Houston firefighter. He was moved to public relations where he taught fire safety was then given the opportunity to become the Assistant Chaplain for the department.

He retired from the Houston Fire Department in 2005 was ready for the next chapter to unfold. In 2007 “Angel Comics” was launched and he has not looked back since. He has worked for several Indy comic companies as well as a couple of majors as a freelance artist.

Published: IDW: Ninja Turtles Issue #63 Cover, D’Artiste (Fashion Design Magazine,) Dynamite Comics: Vampirella & John Carter of Mars Trading Card Set, Monsters and Dames 2013 Art book, Numerous other commissions, Batman 75, Superman vs. Doomsday etc.

It was from these events that “C.O.T.A ” The Children of the apocalypse, was created and is currently being optioned for film. He has several other titles being released in late 2016.

His love of the arts has always been apparent in one way in another. Be it through music (which he writes and composes), martial arts or as a comic book Artist/creator.

Rod has had his challenges, but his deep Christian Faith and basic love of people have seen him through these times.

Note from Rod: It’s been a long hard road but I feel that I have so much more to accomplish. I hope you like what I have to share as my life’s work so far. I believe that you will be entertained and intrigued by the art and messages that lie with in the stories. 


Let the journey begin!

Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft was a Walt Disney feature animator for 11 years. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben awards, spoken at the Kennedy Center and awarded an entry into the Chicago Children’s Film Festival.

While at Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to contribute animation on 10 animated feature films, 5 animated shorts, and numerous special projects and commercials. Some of the classic films include, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Brother Bear.

In 2005, Bancroft had his popular art instruction book, Creating Characters with Personality published by Watson-Guptill Publishers with ‘guest’ contributors like Glen Keane, Jack Davis, Peter de Seve, and Butch Hartman, it has already become the most recognized book on designing characters for animation, video games, comic books and cartooning. Creating Characters with Personality has become a required textbook at many art schools around the United States.

Meet Tom at the ‘International Artists’ Alley’ at MEFCC this April!

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Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz

Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz is a Melbourne based Comic book artist whose credits include: UDON's Street Fighter II Turbo series, Super Street Fighter Vol.1 & 2, Skullkickers and Wayward from Image Comics.

Cover art credits include: Red Sonja comic by Dynamite, Cover art for TMNT: the animated comic by IDW, Big Trouble in Little China covers for BOOM! Studios, and the Mega Man Legacy collection covers for CAPCOM along with concept design for DC's Bombshell statues and feature film Sucker Punch.

Long Vo

Long Vo is a Senior Producer and Lead Artist for Udon Entertainment. Long is most known for his art direction and illustration on many Udon/Capcom projects from the Street Fighter Comics to Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Tatsunoko VS Capcom, Street Fighter 4 and 5 -- as well as the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter 2 for the new Nintendo Switch.

Over the last decade, Long has worked as a comic creator, illustrator and art director for various companies such as Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros, DC, Capcom, Udon, Toynami and Harmony Gold on brands like StarWars, Xmen, Xmen Evolution, Robotech, Inception, Thundercats, Monopoly and Voltron.

Edwin Huang

Edwin Huang is a California based comic artist and illustrator. He has worked on projects for Capcom, MTV, Pop Culture Shock Collectibles, Warner Bros, and Marvel Comics. He is currently working on the Street Fighter vs Darkstalkers comic for UDON Entertainment.

J RYU

Jesse R. Yu, also known as J RYU, is a Los Angeles-based sculptor focused on exploring the themes of life and death and more intriguingly, what lies beyond.

J RYU has garnered an avid following of fans who eagerly look forward to seeing each subsequent new piece and how the accompanying narratives add to the ongoing story of his signature Forest of Sorrows series featuring Locket, the ghost girl. Using emotive, eerie and ghostly themes, Yu's sculptures strive to convey a universal story that connects to people regardless of race, gender or ethnicity.

Yu's works have been featured in galleries around the country and world, as well as events like Coachella Music Festival and Art Basel Miami. He is frequently an invited guest of conventions and events internationally where he conducts panels on art and business, as well as live sculpting showcases . Some of the events he has attended as a guest/panelist are Singapore Toy Gaming Comic Convention, Indonesia Toy Gaming Comic Convention, DesignerCon, APCC Philippines, Shanghai Comic Con and New York Comic Con.

J RYU has also been honored to work with companies such as a Kidrobot, Flabslab, Art Whino, Rotofugi, myplasticheart, Munky King, and Topps. He has also had the honor to work with artists such as Angry Woebots, Luke Chueh, Jermaine Rogers, Nosego, OG Slick and more on collaborations and shows.

In 2009, Yu traveled to southeast Asia alongside his crewmates in the Army of Snipers collective to share their experiences and teach young people about art via a program called the “The Little Lotus Project.” This trip to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Philippines was made into a documentary called “Paint Life by Daniel Zana and is available on VOD.

In 2012, J RYU was nominated and won for the Best Toy Customizer category at the Designer Toy Awards, an annual celebration of accomplishments for the designer toy industry. He was nominated again in 2016 for the Fan’s Choice of Best Custom and won for his work on the “It’s A FAD” 20” dunny design. The “It’s a FAD” dunny design was turned into a production release with Kidrobot in 2015 in both 8” and 20” dunny sizes, of which the 20” versions sold out. In 2016, Yu followed up with the well-received “Clairvoyant” 8” dunny design, both which sold through to retailers prior to release.

In 2017, the long-anticipated “Arcane Divination” 3” minifigure series art directed and curated by J RYU will be released during San Diego Comic-con, featuring the theme of mysticism and Tarot.

Yu primarily works in epoxy, polymer clay and resin as well frequent customizations on top of vinyl art collectibles.

Prior to his career in fine art, Yu spent 15 years in the corporate world as the owner of a design consultancy firm, working for clients such as Marvel, Sony, Columbia Pictures and more.

For more info, please visit www.JRYUART.com or keep up to date with his daily adventures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook under username JRYUART.a

Jon Bolerjack

Jon Bolerjack lives a split life as both a Creative Director for LA based production company and an assistant/video archivist for the legendary Stan Lee. Former inker at DC/Aspen comics, Jon still works in the art world and in various mediums. His most recent work includes a 360 experience from Jaunt VR for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and promotional work for Lego Batman, Kong: Skull Island, and John Wick 2. Jon will have his art for sale as well as many items signed by Stan Lee for sale in the new ‘International Artists’ Alley’ at MEFCC!

Mark Kistler

Mark Kistler lives in Houston, Texas with his two children and two cats. Mark has starred in 2 hit television series, won the esteemed television Emmy Award, and is known around the world as "Commander Mark".

Mark Kistler has written 16 books with over 1.2 million sold around the word!

Over the last 40 years, Mark Kistler’s past students have become the lead animators for movies such as Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar, Toy Story, Despicable Me, Star Wars and Frozen. Here are a few art pieces Mark Kistler created saluting his students’ successful movies. Mark Kistler autographs these prints for fans at his Comic Con appearances. Mark also does drawings and commissioned art at his International Artists’ Alley Table.