These were the guests at FanCon 2016 !
JASON AARON is the writer for current high-profile Marvel titles, Star Wars, Mighty Thor, and Doctor Strange, as well as the creator owned series for Image, Southern Bastards and The Goddamned. Jason Aaron's career began in 2001 when he won a Marvel talent contest for an eight page Wolverine story. He rose to prominence with the Eisner award-winning Vietnam war story, The Other Side, and the critically acclaimed series Scalped, both for DC Vertigo. He went on to write a huge body of work for Marvel, including lengthy runs on Wolverine, Wolverine Weapon X, Wolverine and the X-Men, Amazing X-Men, Ghost Rider, Incredible Hulk, Thor God of Thunder, plus shorter runs on Black Panther and Punisher Max, the limited series Ultimate Captain America and Thanos Rising, and also contributed towards Avengers vs X-Men. Aaron also played a major role in the big Marvel events, Schism and Original Sin, and created the current female version of Thor for the title's relaunch. Undoubtedly, his most prominent work to date is the series writer for Marvel's 2015 relaunch of the flagship Star Wars title, the first issue of which sold over one million copies and which continues to be one of the top selling titles to date. While he was under exclusive contract with Marvel in 2008, and has subsequently renewed his contract with Marvel in 2015, this has not prevented him from working on Southern Bastards and The Goddamned, his creator owned series at Image Comics. Scalped has just recently been picked up by WGN America for a pilot TV series. Scalped and Southern Bastards has been nominated for multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards in 2015, and Southern Bastards was the recipient of the 2015 Harvey Award for Best New Series. Jason Aaron lives in Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
JAMIE MCKELVIE is a British comic book artist and illustrator who works for Marvel and Image Comics. He is an award-winning artist, whose current prominent work is the popular and critically acclaimed Image series, Wicked + Divine. The latter series has been optioned by Universal to be adapted as a TV series. He has worked with frequent writing partner, Kieron Gillen, on various comic series, including a celebrated run on Young Avengers for Marvel, as well as Wicked + Divine and Phonogram for Image Comics. Earlier work includes a short run on Defenders with Matt Fraction, and artist on the original Marvel graphic novel, X-Men Season One. In 2012 he redesigned the costume of long-time character Carol Danvers for a relaunch of the Captain Marvel series. McKelvie also worked on the creator owned series for Image, Suburban Glamour. He has also produced artwork for bands such as CHVRCHES and TEGAN & SARA. Jamie McKelvie lives in London, UK.
IAN CHURCHILL has worked professionally in the comic book industry for over 20 years. Since 1994 he has worked for various publishers, including DC, Marvel, Image, and Awesome Comics. Churchill rose to prominence with a lengthy run on Cable with writer Jeph Loeb, and went on to illustrate Deadpool, Avengers, Red Hulk, and Uncanny X-Men. Work for DC Comics include Superman, Teen Titans, The Ravagers for DC's New 52 initiative, and an extensive run on Supergirl for the relaunched 2005 series. He again teamed up with writer Jeph Loeb for The Coven and Lionheart for Awesome Comics. In 2010 he launched his creator-owned series for Image Comics, Marineman, to critical acclaim, which received an Eisner Award nomination for Best New Series 2010. Interestingly, Marineman is partly set in South Africa. He also worked with Richard Starkings' Elephantmen for Image, and his most recent work for the publisher, The Revenge limited series in 2015, further established him as an independent creator. Churchill is currently working on Marineman volume 2 as well as working for DC Comics, and also has more creator owned projects in development. He has worked mainly with traditional pencils and inks during his career and has recently started to work digitally. His original artwork is available to purchase at ianchurchillart.com. Ian Churchill lives in London, UK.
LAUREN BEUKES is an award-winning, internationally bestselling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and journalism. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and have been optioned for film and TV. Beukes made her comics debut with a short story in the DC Vertigo one-shot, Strange Adventures. She then contributed short stories to various Vertigo anthologies, including The Witching Hour and most recently, Strange Sports Stories. Her first big break came when she wrote the Hidden Kingdom story arc for the acclaimed Vertigo Fables spin-off series, Fairest. She also wrote a Wonder Woman short story for Sensation Comics, giving the character her own spin with a setting in Soweto. She currently co-writes, along with Dale Halvorsen, the DC Vertigo limited series, Survivors Club. An eighties throwback horror tale, Survivors Club has as one of its central characters a South African girl named Chenzira, whose South African background often informs the story. Lauren Beukes lives in Cape Town, SA
DALE HALVORSEN, along with his alter-ego name, JOEY HI-FI, is an award-winning designer and illustrator and works on a variety of projects from book covers to editorial illustrations, comics and t-shirts. His distinctive artwork is clearly influenced by comics, especially the black and white art of the British 2000AD comics he grew up on. A frequent collaborator of novelist and comics writer Lauren Beukes, his art and design graces the covers of all of her award-winning books. The duo made their debut as a writing team on a short story "Chum" for the DC Vertigo anthology comic, Strange Sports Stories. He currently co-writes with Beukes the Vertigo limited series, Survivors Club, for DC Comics. Dale Halvorsen lives in Cape Town, SA.
SEAN IZAAKSE has been working as a freelance illustrator and comic artist for the last 6 years. He has worked on the various Pathfinder series of comics for Dynamite Comics and contributed artwork to various RPG's like Mutants & Masterminds by Green Ronin Publishing. He has contributed creator-owned work to local publications, Insurrection Studio's Clockworx comic and was featured in the Comic Brew Outline comic, as well as work for companies doing corporate comics. Izaakse is the artist and co-creator, along with writer Vito Delsante, of the creator-owned series Stray. The 4 issue limited series received massive support on Kickstarter and was picked up by independent US comics publisher, Action Lab Entertainment, in 2015. Izaakse is currently working on the Actionverse series for Action Lab and continues to work on new creator-owned projects.
In his free time he roleplays with his friends and shows off his roleplaying skills, or lack thereof, on a youtube channel called Bacon Battalion RPG. He lives in Johannesburg, SA with his dog.
ANTON KANNEMEYER is a comic artist and illustrator who is most renowned worldwide as the co-founder, along with Conrad Botes, of the Bitterkomix series of comics in South Africa. First published in 1992, with new issues released periodically, Bitterkomix has become both revered and controversial for its subversive stance and black humour, particularly in the way it depicted Afrikaner culture and racial politics through its trademark deceptively simple cartoon style artwork. Kannemeyer went on to become an arts lecturer at Stellenbosch University, which afforded him the opportunity to tutor and mentor aspiring local comic artists, many of whom contributed towards the Bitterkomix publications. The first 14 issues of Bitterkomix was independently published, with the later issues and compilation books picked up by local publishers. Kannemeyer has solo exhibitions in South Africa and New York, and has participated in group exhibitions in many museums all over the world. He also recently won the best international comic album prize at the Amadora BD Festival in Portugal. Besides the various Bitterkomix issues, compilation editions, eclectic one-shots, and retrospective handbooks, Kannemeyer also has three solo publications under his belt, Alphabet of Democracy, Pappa in Afrika, and its sequel, Pappa in Doubt. He is currently working on completing Bitterkomix volume 17. Anton Kannemeyer lives in Cape Town, SA.
WARREN LOUW is a freelance illustrator and character designer. He is one of the most celebrated artists from South Africa who is self taught and works primarily in digital media. His ability to create images with meticulous detail and imagination has brought his art to various mobile games, publications, advertisements and websites across the globe. Well recognised for his mastery of renditions of beautiful women and a perfectionist in his digital illustrations, his work has been featured in print publications such as ImagineFX Magazine, various UDON Entertainment Capcom tribute art books, Ballistic Publishing's Exotique, Photoshop Essentials, Masters of Anatomy, 21 Draw, as well as UDON's Darkstalkers graphic novel and DC Comics' Power Girl. He has also done conceptual work for Longship Armoury, Phoenix Age Gaming and Bandai Namco. Warren Louw lives in Johannesburg, SA.
JASON MASTERS began his career in commercial advertising and went on to work as a professional comic book artist for DC, Marvel, and Dynamite Comics. Masters got his big break in comics when he met Ethan van Sciver, a prominent artist for DC Comics, at a book signing in Johannesburg a few years ago. Van Sciver passed on his portfolio to his editor at DC, who a few months later, contacted him about working for DC Comics as an artist. Masters' early work includes Human Target and Red, a comic series penned by Warren Ellis, for Wildstorm Studios, an imprint of DC. He went on to work on various Batman titles, including Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman Incorporated, Batwoman, and Nightwing. For Marvel he worked on Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine, and X-Men. His biggest gig arrived in 2015, when he was handpicked by comics legend, Warrren Ellis, to handle the artwork as ongoing series artist on Dynamite's high-profile relaunch of the James Bond comic book, the first all new 007 comic series in over 20 years. The series, under the helm of Ellis and Masters, has received popular and critical acclaim and is currently one of Dynamite Comics bestselling new series. Jason Masters lives in Johannesburg, SA.
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