FEBRUARY 15, 2015 GUESTS:
THE REEL WRITE BROS., USNA
The writers, Harry Kalensky, Davy Longworth and Allan Stanleigh, known as the Reel Write Bros., originally wrote USNA: The United States of North America as a screenplay. The graphic novel was published in November, 2012. Due to demand from its fan base, the sequel, USNA 2 will be published in March of this year. The artist of USNA, Dave Casey, is originally from Calgary and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. Another of their screenplays, 'Caretakers' is also being converted to a graphic novel and will be published in March of this year.
Nina Matsumoto (a.k.a. "space coyote" online) is a Japanese-Canadian Eisner Award-winning comic book artist who's lived in Vancouver all her life. She pencils for Bongo Comics (Simpson Comics, Bart Simpson Comics) and regularly contributes to Cloudscape Comics' anthologies. She created the English manga series Yokaiden and illustrated The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story.
When she's not drawing comics, she's designing T-shirts for video game apparel companies such as Fangamer, The Yetee, and Meat Bun. Her work can also be seen in Japan on merchandise for the hit TV series Game Center CX. Most recently, she drew the Japanese box art for the indie game River City Ransom: Underground, the cover to Cloudscape Comics' Mega Fauna, and the promo art for VanCAF 2015.
Diana Greenhalgh is a comic inker and illustrator whose work includes inks on Taran Killam's The Illegitimates, as well as other titles like X-Men Legacy and Nova.
She also illustrates for Upper Deck, Cryptozoic and Breygent. Diana has contributed original illustrations to over 20 officially licensed trading card sets to date, including DC, Marvel, and Dynamite properties. Her most recent sketch work includes the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man official sets for Upper Deck, which will accompany the upcoming release for each movie.
Diana also specializes in pinup art under the moniker "Mecha", where she produces her own original illustrations, prints, trading cards, and other collectibles.
Robin has illustrated his own brand of independent comic books including Zombie Jesus, Lil’Natas, and Captain Spaceman. He is currently working on issue #12 of his flagship title, Champions of Hell.
Robin is also an instructor at Emily Carr University, teaching various courses in illustration and graphic novels. At the university he has developed and hosted his own annual artist convention entitled “Emily Con”.
Lending his extensive knowledge of the graphic novel medium, Robin has been a guest speaker for the Vancouver Art Gallery's renowned “Krazy!” and “CO-MIX: A Retrospectiove of Comics” exhibits.