FEBRUARY 28, 2016 GUESTS:
Kurtis Wiebe is a two time Joe Shuster Award-winning comic writer based in Vancouver, Canada. He currently pens the Eisner-nominated, GLAAD Award winning Rat Queens. Known as a curmudgeon with a heart of gold and a lover of grilled cheese.
NOTE: DUE TO PREVIOUS COMMITMENTS KURTIS WILL BE ATTENDING FR0M 12:00 OR 12:30 PM TO 5:00 PM.
Robert Tozer is the author of the newly published novel, The Dead, of which Colonies is the first in the trilogy. Prior to that, he has been published in the US and UK in some killer anthologies, all of which are currently available on Amazon and accessible through his website: www.thedead.us
Robert is also the director and content editor at Dead Ink Publishing Inc.
Robert has graduated from the school of hard knocks, written award winning fiction in his mind, and was not responsible for the viral outbreak which has decimated the world. He currently resides with his wonderful wife, Jana, son, Hayden (who is a little monster but not a zombie), and two non-viral infected dogs, Baxter and Hunter, in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Along with other survivors, he soon plans on acquiring a caravan of RVs and relocating to a different clime in order to escape the bloodthirsty zombie hordes.
ROBERT TOZER'S "THE DEAD":
Time has run out for the human race. A virus has decimated the planet, returning the dead back to life. Groups of displaced people gather together and roam the countryside, searching for a sanctuary.
Spencer has a singular goal: Travel with his companion, Lexi, to the west coast, find a seaworthy boat, and sail away to a tropical island-hopefully, without any of the dead occupying it. Along the way, the two of them get conscripted into a ragtag band of survivors, and together they travel across America with conflicting goals. Half the camp wants to travel city to city, liberating any survivors and ridding the US of the menace that is the dead; the other half wants to escape, finding a safe haven away from the killing and horror. A political power struggle is created and Spencer is forced to choose sides; but will he lead the group to safety or will he return to his original plan and abandon the camp to strike out with Lexi once again. Spencer battles against his nature as he leads a fighting force into a small city for life saving supplies. But in this new world, the hungry and murderous dead aren't the only things to be feared. Sometimes the biggest threat to humanity's survival is the living.
Dan MacKinnon has finally stopped pretending that he's going to do anything other than drawing dragons and monsters for a living. Born on the east coast, Dan learned to draw first from his favourite super hero comic books and later from fantasy artists like Larry Elmore and Jeff Easley. In his teens Dan discovered Dungeons and Dragons and it was all down hill from there. Currently he Illustrates for the tabletop RPG, Runequest as well as the independant RPG, Merisyl. He has worked for several indie comic publishers and as a character designer for DeNA games in Vancouver. Dan now calls the west coast home and is currently working on his own indie fantasy comic book series, From the Ashes.
Gurukitty Studios is the brainchild of twin sisters Jeri (Kitty) and Jayleen (Guru). Based in Vancouver, they began making comics in 1997, and have published three anthologies, Ghost Tales, Once Upon A Time, and Gateways to Beyond.
Jayleen has worked in both comics and Animation and is well known for Hello, Albertosaurus, a graphic memoir about a trip to Alberta's famous dinosaur museum. She also does Pet portrait commissions.
Jeri has also published an adult colouring book featuring animals and is known for beautiful watercolour illustrations of nature, Dinosaurs and animals. Jeri Has also contributed to 2 Cloudscape comics Anthologies, Mega Fauna and Bones of the Coast.
Michael Kluckner was a cartoonist and illustrator for the Vancouver and Victoria dailies in the late 1970s, then spent 30 years creating illustrated books such as Vanishing Vancouver before returning to the medium of the graphic novel with "Toshiko," a Romeo-and-Juliet story set in BC during the Second World War with the title character, Toshiko, a Japanese Canadian. Michael is currently working on a second graphic novel, a murder mystery set in Vancouver in 2050.
~OUR IN-HOUSE GUEST~
Diana Greenhalgh is a professional illustrator, graphic artist and designer. Her work can be seen in over 24 officially licensed trading card sets to date, including DC, Marvel, and Dynamite properties. Her most recent sketch card illustrations can be seen in the Firefly: The Verse and Captain America: Civil War trading card sets. She also specializes in pinup art, illustrating sexy femme fatales and other fun characters. She produces her own original illustrations as prints, trading cards, and other collectibles.
Diana also works as a prop artist and designer for film and television. Her props can be seen in episodes of DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, and she recently designed and illustrated an official movie poster for the Deadpool movie from 20th Century Fox. Diana is also an inker for numerous independent and mainstream comic books titles. Her inking work includes Taran Killam's The Illegitimates, X-Men Legacy and Nova.