Sheree Renée Thomas
Sheree Renée Thomas is the 2015 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence of Smith College. She is the author of Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (Aqueduct Press) and is the award-winning editor of the groundbreaking anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and its sequel, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2001 and 205 World Fantasy Awards). Sheree is an alumna of the Clarion West Science Fiction Writers Workshop in Seattle (Class of ’99) and has served as an awards juror for the Speculative Fiction Foundation, the Carl Brandon Society, and the James A. Tiptree Awards. A Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, Sheree was
awarded the Lee Hope Award for Diverse
Voices and the Ledig House / LEF Foundation
Award for Fiction.
David Tallerman is the author of the comic fantasy novels Giant Thief, Crown Thief, and Prince Thief and the absurdist steampunk graphic novel, Endangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science. His first short story collection, The War of the Rats and Other Tales, is due for release in August 2015 from Spectral Press; his first novella, Patchwerk, comes out early in 2016 from Tor.com.
David's short science fiction, fantasy, and horror
has appeared or is forthcoming in around seventy markets, including Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Beneath
Whit Taylor is a cartoonist, writer, and editor from New Jersey. She won a 2012 Glyph Award (Rising Star) for her comic, Watermelon, and received two subsequent nominations in 2013 for her comic, Boxes. Her series, Madtown High, was nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2013 for Outstanding series, and her webcomic, The Fabric of Appropriation, was nominated for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize for best webcomic of the year in 2016.
In addition to self-publishing, her comics have been published by Sparkplug Books (2015 Best American Comics Notable Comic, The Anthropologists), Ninth Art Press, The Nib, Fusion, and others. She has also written for The Comics Journal, Panel Patter, Nat Brut, and Comics Workbook. She currently lives in New York City with her boyfriend and cacti. www.whittaylorcomics.com
Anthony Summey is originally from the small southern town of Walhalla, South Carolina, where he drove his grade school teachers crazy with doodles of super heroes all over his homework assignments. Needless to say, he has always and will always love to draw.
Besides being a cartoonist, Anthony is currently a freelance artist and a professor at Sanford-Brown Online in the Animation Program. He has received his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Sequential Art. That’s right: he went to college to study comic strip, comic book, storyboarding, and children’s book illustration. His previous work has appeared mostly in small press horror anthologies, and you can find his current work featured at www.summeyillustration.com
Vern E. Smith
Vern Smith's work as a journalist, author and screenwriter spans four decades.
His 1974 novel The Jones Men, a New York Times Recommended Book, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and has been reprinted in several foreign editions. He joined Newsweek as a correspondent in the Detroit bureau in 1971. His report on “Detroit’s Heroin Subculture” won the Detroit Press Club Foundation Magazine Award in 1973 and was the inspiration for The Jones Men.
From 1979 until 2002, Smith served as the Atlanta Bureau Chief and as a national correspondent for Newsweek.
As a principal reporter with Newsweek's Special Projects Unit, he contributed to four cover stories later published as books. One of the stories, “Charlie Co.: What
Vietnam Did to Us,” won the 1981 National Magazine Award for Single Topic Issue. [more]
Francesco Verso (Bologna, 1973) has published several novels, Antidoti Umani (finalist at 2004 Urania Mondadori Award), e-Doll (2008 Urania Mondadori Award), and Livido (aka Nexhuman in English; 2013 Odissea Award, 2014 Italia Award for Best SF Novel). In 2015 he won the Urania Award for the second time with BloodBusters. His stories have appeared in various Italian magazines (Robot, iComics, Fantasy Magazine, Futuri) and has been produced for the stage (The Milky Way); they have also been sold abroad (International Speculative Fiction #5, Chicago Quarterly Review #20).
In 2014 Verso founded Future Fiction (a book series by Mincione Edizioni), publishing the best speculative fiction from around the world with such authors as James P. Kelly, Ian McDonald, Michalis Manolios, Clelia Farris, Ken Liu, Xia Jia, Ken McLeod, Cixin Liu, Pat Cadigan, Olivier Paquet, Ekaterina Sedia, and others. Francesco lives in Rome with his wife Elena and daughter Sofia.
Troy L. Wiggins
Liz Mayorga is a working class artist from Southeast LA. She was raised in her parent’s restaurant, where a strong demand for tacos and burritos taught her how to hustle, but where art didn’t seem to have a place. But luckily, she also grew up in the 90s, LA’s Punk and Hip Hop movements shaped her ambitions in DIY art. Liz moved to the Bay Area for college. She has since become an organizer of the San Francisco Zine Fest, and has self-published her stories and comics as zines. He stories are often about class and identity, popular culture, and horror. Some of her zines include: “Outgrowing Plastic Dolls,” “A Caxcan Guerilla takes over the Awkward Girl,” “Inked,” and “Monstrous Love Stories.” Her work has been featured in Tayo Literary Magazine, Apuentes Literary Journal, Atom Magazine, and Razorcake. She enjoys working with Youth and leading zine workshops.
Brooklyn artist from the sunny suburbs of Los Angeles by way of Buffalo, Toronto, and Houston, Tommy Nguyensmith started drawing with the intent of being an animator for Disney but then wanted to become an X-Man. The cheerful fantastic Americana mythology could not keep pace with his Queer Techno Orientalist social reality. Through community-focused performative installations to weirdo pop blazed events, he hopes for people to find their kink and enjoy that weirdness. Living in between cultures, comics, hip hop, technology, anime, clothes, and coffee is life.
Keith A. Miller was born but not completely bred in Brooklyn, New York. When he’s not busy corralling thirteen-year-olds (he's a teacher), he writes independent comics. He likes to play around in the science-fiction and urban fantasy genres but is not above a good slice-of-life graphic novel. He is the
co-creator of Triboro Tales and Insensitives. His
latest graphic novella, Infest, will hit the convention floors in 2015. He is currently producing the prison horror tale, Manticore, for Rosarium Publishing.
Ted Lange IV
Los Angeles-based artist and writer Ted Lange IV is the creator of the afrofuturist odyssey, Warp Zone. He previously co-wrote the "Loan Sharks" story arc of Ronald Wimberly's webcomic, Gratuitous Ninja. When not working on comics, Ted writes for the theater. He was a member of the critically acclaimed Vault Ensemble, which had a residency at the Los Angeles Theater Center from 2010 - 2014.
Carmelo Rafala’s work has been published in various venues, including the following anthologies: Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (Rosarium Publishing, July 2015), Submitted For Your Approval
(Rod Serling Books, April, 2015), The World and the Stars (Chris Butler/Deborah Jay, April, 2015), The Anthology of European SF (Europa SF, 2013), The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (Wildside Press,
2012), Rocket Science (Mutation Press, 2012), and
The West Pier Gazette and other Stories (Three Legged Fox Books, 2008). [more]
Vincent Sammy is a freelance illustrator working in
the fields of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre.
He has provided artwork for magazines such as Something Wicked, Black Static, and Interzone,
as well as for book publishers such as Jurrasic
London and Doghorn. His artwork has been
featured in the movie, Chronicle, and he has
been nominated for an “Artist of the Year”
award by the “This Is Horror” Awards for 2012
and 2013. [more]
James Moffitt is a writer and teacher living in Richmond, Virginia. He holds an MA in Writing & Rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has published two collections of short stories, Swamp Gospels and What to Do When You Give Up. Moffitt has also been published in several academic and fiction journals and as a freelance journalist.
James sees writing and teaching as a means to facilitating social change at the structural level.
His publishing company Sink/Swim Press embraces
a DIY ethic and strives to remind people of the
value of tangible art. [more]
Kim Miranda was born in the Philippines and grew up both there and in the U.S. She is currently a freelance artist located in Pearland, TX and does children’s book illustration on the side. She is also passionate about studying art history, comics, poetry, indigenous world culture, and human rights.
MFA candidate at the University at Buffalo. His work examines the African-American form through various media. By comparing and contrasting pop culture aesthetics with AfroFuturism, he utilizes the African American experience to create narratives that construct a space of healing from Black trauma.
Nisi Shawl’s collection, Filter House, was one of two winners of the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Her work has been published at Strange Horizons, in Asimov’s SF Magazine, and in anthologies including Dark Matter, The Moment of Change, Dark Faith 2, and The Other Half of the Sky. Nisi was WisCon 35’s Guest of Honor. She edited The WisCon Chronicles 5: Writing and Racial Identity and Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, and she co-edited Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Science Fiction, Feminism, and African American Voices with Dr. Rebecca Holden. With classmate Cynthia Ward, Nisi co-authored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach.. She is a co-founder of the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her website is www.nisishawl.com.
Mahendra Singh is an author, illustrator and editor in Montreal. He has worked on a variety of SF, humor, children’s and literary titles such as Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner D.A. Powell’s Cocktails (Lux Books), BSFA-award winner Adam Roberts’ 20 Trillion Leagues Under the Sea (Orion/St. Martins) and Martin Olson’s NYT-best selling Adventure Time Encyclopaedia (Abrams). His most recent solo project was a GN version of Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark (Melville House) and he also edits the Knight Letter, the journal of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. He blogs at justtheplaceforasnark.blogspot.com.
In his spare time he promotes atheism by
distributing blank pamphlets on the subway.
Nikhil Singh is an artist, writer, musician and film-maker. They have fronted the critically acclaimed South African art-rock bands, The Wild Eyes and Hi Spider, as well as releasing a plethora of solo albums under the moniker, “Witchboy” (released on Aural Sects). They have recently written and directed a feature-length film, Trillzone (2014), which was commissioned by the South African National Arts Festival as part of a J.G. Ballard symposium.
As an artist, they have illustrated the graphic novels, The Ziggurat (Bell-Roberts 2003) by The Constructus Corporation (now Die Antwoord) and Salem Brownstone with writer John Harris Dunning (Walker Books, UK, 2009), which was long listed for The Branford Boase Award. Their work has also been featured in Pictures and Words: New Comic Art and Narrative Illustration (Laurence King, 2005), Dazed, I-D Online, Creative Review, The Times (UK), Mail & Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), Rolling Stone (SA), GQ (SA), and featured as part of the COMICA festival exhibition at the ICA.
Amir Naaman was born near Tel-Aviv in 1984. He has been publishing stories and poetry in Hebrew and English since the year 2000.
He currently resides in Berlin where he manages
a bookshop, writes for occult magazines and is
the editor and co-manager of Topics Press,
specializing in edgy comic books.
Jason Rodriguez is an Eisner and Harvey award nominated writer and editor living in Arlington, VA.
His work has been published by Random House,
Dark Horse Comics, and several small publishers.
He is currently editing three anthologies for Fulcrum Publishing that focus on unconventional narratives
from colonial America and is authoring a collection
of Twilight Zone-inspired short stories for young
adults with Rosarium Publishing. On any given
evening you can find Jason on a street corner,
staring into the future.
Supreet Singh Manchanda
Supreet Singh Manchanda – Co-Creator.
I was born at a very young age. I was one of the only 3 month early premies that survived that year in New Delhi.
Inevitably, I began to grow up. This happened while living with my family in Africa. First in Ethiopia and then in Zambia. I am a good "TWK - Third World Kid" born in one culture, raised in another and then living in a third. Most of the TWK due to the nature of the travel and moves often keep having to change friends and as a result one tends to live through stories in books which included comics in my case, as a way to anchor themselves. so my exposure included westerns, Si-fi and stories of the cultures i grew up in. Also my parents were teachers and I got a healthy dose of history and politics. [more]
Robert Love formed Gettosake Entertainment with his brothers, Jeremy and Maurice in 1998, publishing their signature character, Chocolate Thunder. In 2004, Dark Horse published Fierce, written by Jeremy Love with art by Robert Love, followed by Shadow Rock in February of 2007. He was also the co-writer (along with David Walker) and artist on Number 13, which was also published by Dark Horse Comics in 2012. In 2013 he was the artist on Never Ending, another 3-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Coimcs. His other credits include, Alpha Girl (Image Comics), The Blind Monkey Stlye (POPGUN, Image Comics), and The Mad Mauler (POPGUN, Image Comics), Outside of comics, Robert sold the rights to a movie to 20th Century Fox called The Adventures of Venus Kincaid and has optioned Fierce to Zucker Productions as well as Number 13
with Legendary Pictures.
Pan Morigan is a songwriter, singer, poet. She created songs for over 30 original plays for the award-winning theater ensemble, Chrysalis. She has toured with author Andrea Hairston as the musician half of Dangerous Women Inc. As a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet, she performs with Chrysalis Theater and with The Blackbird Effect, (a roots/originals duo.) As a singer, she toured Europe (and Istanbul,) with Bobby McFerrin's vocal ensemble, Voicestra. Recently, she edited the forthcoming poetry collection by Tamim Al-Barghouti, In Jerusalem and Other Poems. (Interlink Press,) She has collaborated with scholar Sujane Wu on editing and re-translating a forthcoming work, Selected Biographies of the Later Han Dynasty, as well as a project in progress about the poet Lu Yun. Pan's writing was published in Scarab, edited by Sheree R. Thomas. (Wanganegresse Press,) and 80!, in honor of Ursula K. Le Guin. (Aqueduct Press.)
Maurice Broaddus’ fiction has been published in numerous venues, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, and Weird Tales Magazine. He co-edited Streets of Shadows (Alliteration Ink) and the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books) and was the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books).
Candy Briones has always had a love for cartoons. Developing stories with her toys and drawing mermaids and E.T. in her sister's textbooks are among her most cherished childhood memories. By 2000, she had already created Taco El Gato, inspired by many '90s anthropomorphic characters. After turning 20, Candy was a full-time cartoonist, traveling across the country creating caricatures and other artwork. Candy has worked mostly in animation, including many independent projects as well as work such studios as DreamworksTV and Smorgasborg as a storyboard artist, all the while constantly working on various Taco El Gato projects.
Lisa M Bradley
Eileen Kaur Alden
Eileen Kaur Alden is the Co-Creator and Writer of Super Sikh® Comics. She is a Sikh, a single mom, and hails from Oakland, California. Together with Co-Creator Supreet Singh Manchanda and award-winning artist Amit Tayal, the team launched Super Sikh comics with a successful kickstarter in 2015 and continues to bring the adventures of Secret Agent Deep Singh to fans all over the world. www.supersikhcomics.com [more]
Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.
Joyce Chng writes science fiction, steampunk, urban fantasy, and things in between. Her fiction has been published in such publications as Crossed Genres, The Apex Book of World SF II,
and The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic.
She co-edited The Ayam Curtain, a Singaporean anthology of SFF micro fiction. She blogs at A Wolf’s Tale. She is interested in social justice, feminism and its intersectionalities, permaculture, and bread-making.
Brett Cottrell was born and bred in Las Vegas.
His writings blend religious and political satire with whimsical, action-packed absurdity. He’s been a bartender, drummer in a rock and roll band, legislative intern, and attorney. He studied political theory at Boise State University and graduated from The George Washington University Law School. Cottrell lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their opinionated dog, Tico.
My name is Keef Cross, and I am a father/tattoo artist/painter/graphic novelist. I was born in Gary, Indiana, and moved to Atlanta when I was five. Tattooing pays the bills, but my true passion is painting and illustration. While I did attend art college, I feel that my art benefited more from life experience, music, and film. I don't make decidedly “black art.” It just so happens that the subjects of my pieces are black people, but not
in the same cultural backdrops that the rest of the world is used to seeing us in. [more]
Born in San Francisco, Marguerite Dabaie moved to New York City in her early 20s and has been rooted there since. Her first major comic, The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories--an autobiography about Palestinian-Americans--was awarded two grants. The cultural differences she has felt between Arab and American cultures heavily informs her work. She strives to combine comics with academia, something that dovetailed into her work on A Voyage to Panjikant.
She is a freelance illustrator and has worked with such publications as the School Library Journal, Mizna, and Just World Books, among others. She also regularly contributes to the Electronic Intifada and the Journal of Palestine Studies.
Once a year, Marguerite co-hosts Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, the fest-in-a-bar, in Brooklyn.
In their free time, Marguerite and her husband, Chris, love to play video games, participate in pen-and-paper RPGs, and watch good-bad movies. They are self-proclaimed nerds.
J. M. DeSantis
J. M. DeSantis is a writer and artist of fantasy, horror, and humor. He is best known as the creator of the fantasy heroine, Chadhiyana, though his short stories and artwork have appeared under many publishers including Heavy Metal Magazine, Static Movement, Innsmouth Free Press, and Atlas Unleashed. Notably, he was the cover artist for The Book of Charlie: Spirit of the Pompey Hollow Book Club (Little York Books) and wrote the short story, Diwali, for Steampunk Originals: Volume 1 (Arcana). [more]
The cartoonist Damian Duffy is a writer, letterer, curator, lecturer, teacher, Glyph Award winning graphic novelist, and PhD candidate at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. His many publications range from academic essays (in-comics-form) about new media & learning to a forthcoming graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. He has given talks and lead workshops about comics, art, and education internationally.
Born in 1990, Ian Gabriel began his addiction to comics at the tender age of one with Batman: Year One. There is very little hope of his breaking that habit any time soon. Graduating from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art, he is breaking into the comic book scene where he hopes to build a fort with all the pages drawn from his projects.
Ian is currently working with Keith Miller on
their prison horror tale, Manticore.
Jaymee Goh is a writer, editor, and critic of science fiction, also known as the "steampunk postcolonialist." Her fiction has appeared in Expanded Horizons and Crossed Genres, and in steampunk venues such as the Steam-Powered Series and Steampunk World. She has been quoted in Jeff and Ann Vandermeer's Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, as well as The Steampunk Bible, and has written steampunk-related non-fiction in The WisCon Chronicles 5 & 6 and Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution. Her blog, Silver Goggles, tackles postcolonialism and racism in the various forms of steampunk.
Edward Austin Hall
Alabama escapee and lifelong Southerner Edward Austin Hall, a graduate of Tulane University, writes journalism, poetry, and fiction. His writings about comics and comics creators have appeared
in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Code Z:
Black Visual Culture Now, and The Dictionary
of Literary Biography. His forthcoming first
novel is titled Chimera Island.
Carlos Hernandez is the author of over 30 works of fiction, poetry, prose and drama. By day, he is an Associate Professor at the City University of New
York, where he teaches English courses at BMCC
and is a member of the doctoral faculty at The
CUNY Graduate Center. Carlos is also a game designer, currently serving as lead writer on Meriwether, a CRPG about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He lives in Queens, which is most
famous for not being Brooklyn.
Ayize Jama-Everett was born in 1974 and raised in Harlem, New York. Since then he has traveled extensively in Northern Africa, New Hampshire, and Northern California. He holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Divinity. He teaches religion and psychology at Starr King School for the Ministry when he’s not working as a school therapist at the College Preparatory School. He is the author of three novels, The Liminal People, The Liminal War, and The Entropy of Bones, as well as an upcoming graphic novel with illustrator John Jennings entitled Box of Bones. When not educating, studying, or beating himself up for not writing enough, he’s usually enjoying aged rums and practicing his aim.
A Mississippi native and University of Illinois native,
John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at The State University of New York at
Buffalo. Jennings is an award-winning graphic
novelist and author. His research and teaching
focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption
of African American stereotypes in popular
Jason Scott Jones
Jason Scott Jones is a Brooklyn born, American artist, filmmaker and producer of Caribbean descent. A comic industry professional who gained his start through an internship at Milestone Media, which he evolved into becoming a contributing artist, editor and department manager in the historic company. Jones comic art contributed to flagship characters and titles with DC Comics as well as a collaboration on the Wu-Tang Clan’s Liquid Swords album cover. His artworks have been featured in the New York Daily News, exhibited in the Studio Museum in Harlem, Rush Arts Gallery and presented in across Japan and Spain. Currently Jones is at work on Flatbush Yard an original graphic novel to be published by Rosarium Publishing.
Bizhan Khodabandeh is a Silver Medal awardee for comics and cartooning through the Society of Illustrators. He is a visual communicator who moves freely across the professional boundaries as a designer, illustrator, artist, and activist. Khodabandeh is particularly fascinated by how art and design can be a catalyst for social change.
He has received international and national awards
for his work, including placing in the Adbusters’ One Flag Competition, the Good 50x70, The Green
Patriot Poster Project, Poster for Tomorrow, and recognition by the American Institute for Graphic Arts. Khodabandeh has had work featured in publications such as Print, Creativity International
and Adbusters, among others. [more]
In 2004, Smith contributed six chapters to the book My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience, published by Sterling Publishing.
Smith also served as a principal reporter and blogger for the 2004 Voices of Civil Rights oral history project, considered the world's largest archive of firsthand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement. The collection of personal stories is permanently housed at the Library of Congress.
Smith's work has also appeared in Emerge, The London Sunday Times, Ebony, GEO, The Crisis, Merian Magazine, and The History Channel Magazine.
His screenplay adapted from The Jones Men was presented in a staged reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York in June 2012 with a cast of 25, including actor Jamie Hector of HBO’s The Wire. The reading was directed by producer/director Woodie King Jr., who is planning a film.
Smith co-authored with Sylvester Monroe the screenplay Brothers, optioned by Warner Brothers, and based on the book of the same name published by William Morrow. The story first appeared as the cover story of the March. 23,1987 issue of Newsweek.
His latest screenplay, Agile Mobile Hostile, based on the book, Jake Gaither: America's Most Famous Black Coach, by journalist George Curry is currently out to production companies. He has served as a guest essayist for PBS’ The News Hour, and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “BET-Tonight,” and “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” on the ABC Radio Network.
A native of Natchez, Miss., Smith is a graduate of San Francisco State University, and the Summer Program for Minority Journalists at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He began his journalism career as a reporter for the Long Beach, Calif. Independent Press-Telegram. He blogs at vernesmith.wordpress.com, and is on twitter at @VESstories.
She is currently working on a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside, where she is writing about steampunk material culture and a critique of its aesthetics. Beyond steampunk, she is interested in issues of radical womanism, utopia, sustainability, critical race theory, agriculture, and botany.
Khodabandeh is currently the Communications Director for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Communication Arts and Design Director of Gallery5. He freelances under the name Mended Arrow.
More of his work can be found at MendedArrow.com.
Miller is a graduate of CUNY Queens College, where he received a degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Anthropology, and CUNY Law School. His interests lie in telling speculative fiction stories of people generally not represented in genre fiction so that the plucky character of color will not die first. He is currently working on his first novel.
While trying to avoid the daily chores like cleaning up the elephant poop and milking the zebras (just kidding), I was a voracious reader. Of course I read stories about the Gurus and Sikh history, and I also read spy novels and adventure stories and Tin - Tin and Asterix comics and anything inspiring that would fuel my imagination.
As an adult, life has taken me from Africa to Texas, London, New York, Tennessee, California, New Mexico, and countless places in between (Argentina, China, Japan - 107 countries and counting). Like many Sikhs in the west today, I consider myself to be a global citizen living in the modern world, but with strong Sikh values. I'm living a life that truly is beyond my wildest dreams as a young boy.
So today, with the internet and transmedia platforms and families spread across different continents we have an ability to reduce the distance between people. It's even more important to give our kids even better stories with modern characters, who as role models can give them strength, courage and most of all hope in the complex world in which they live.
This is my inspiration for Super Sikh. We have the opportunity to provide kids with adventure stories of our Sikh action hero, Secret Agent Deep Singh, a modern man maintaining strong Sikh values, a is global and with panache while fighting for justice against evil with his team the world over. I hope that Deep Singh's stories inspire our kids to imagine their own amazing destinies and global adventures, and to dream big. in a way I am still a kid at heart living vicariously through Deep Singh.
His work was also placed on the Highly Recommended list for the Nova Short Story Competition, hosted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy South Africa Association (2013). His work has recently been translated into Romanian.
He also is Editor and Publisher of Immersion Press, a small UK press of award-nominated speculative fiction.
Watercolor is his preferred medium, but he also makes use of digital tools in post-production.
He has published the first issue of his hybrid-codex (a combination of illustration, sequential art, magazine design and layout, and prose/poetry) called Echo-Gear and plans to release the second issue this year.
He resides in Cape Town, South Africa, where he is preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
You can view some of his work at deviantart.
My pieces rarely have a meaning or purpose until they are completed. Even then, I'd rather not disclose my personal intentions for them, but rather have the viewer tell me what they see. In my opinion, whatever they take from it is what it was always meant to be.
I started tattooing 13 years ago when a friend suggested that I show my drawings to a local shop owner. He liked my work, and I began my apprenticeship. Over the years, tattooing has introduced me to a wide range of people and unique characters, some of which led me to start working on my comic book, DayBlack, which is about a vampire tattoo artist.
A lot of my ideas for the book come from different situations I've found myself in over the years that a lot of tattooists and customers can relate too. And in my book, I get to say things that I never could to a customer, so it's therapy, and also very confessional.
In addition to being published by Rosarium, a short film based on DayBlack is currently in production.
I started reading comics in the mid 90's. I gravitated toward the alternative side of comics and art because I loved the independent spirit, diversity, edginess and unique ideas there, and that was my doorway into the genre. I have never waved a Marvel or DC Comics banner. I could fill the page with books I read that I thought were cool or resonated with me in some way, but at the top of my mind this moment I would include the work of people like Neil Gaiman and Dave McKeon, Dave Mack, Craig Thompson, Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman, and of course Frank Miller and Alan Moore.
There is a great Independent Comic Expo called "APE" that happens every year in San Francisco, and I've been going there for over a decade, draining my bank account on cool art and indie comics. I think maybe I should have known at that point that one way or another I would find myself diving in.
I've written screenplays, directed films, been in bands, and run indie record labels, all for the love and passion of creating art and connecting with people.
It's amazing to have so many things coming full circle in my life in a positive way, grateful for the support of family, friends, and an incredible spiritual community. And I feel so very fortunate to have finally found my artistic home.