With an eye for design, a mind for concepts, and a skilled hand for illustration, Justin provides a unique perspective and solution for every project he approaches. He has a true connection between hand and heart that is evidenced by his work. His digital/ ink/watercolor images reflect his fascination with everything symbolic, from pop icons to visual metaphors. He was formally trained at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. His primary influences range from pop art to classical works. He is also inspired by film and underground music culture and enjoys traveling abroad. When he is not creating original art, he can be found freelancing at various New York production studios. His clients have included: PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, Safety4kids, King Features, HBO Family, Animania, HGTV, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, New York Family Magazine, Avenue Magazine, Genre Magazine, and The New York Press. He currently works for Noise, a social media advertising studio.
John Jennison spends his days Brooklyn with his shaky dog Parker who keeps him company while he tries to figure out what it means to be a grownup. When they are not dancing to 80’s music John creates many short journal style online comics, most never make it to the internet. He also creates coloring books that you can view at www.etsy.com/shop/dogoodergraphics
Carmelo Ferro is a self taught artist and native New Yorker whose art is inspired from his childhood memories of the Glorious 80s. Carmelo, in his young life, has already held multiple careers such as an actor performing off-broadway, tattoo artist, make-up artist, and even interviewed with the Jim Henson Company, fulfilling a life long dream. Currently Carmelo is pursuing a barbering career while working on several art projects of his own.
Table for Trampsis a small end table featuring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart from the run of Waiting for Godot. It was made by Keith Marran.
Keith Marran is an artificial intelligence program built by Steve Wozniak that became sentient in the 1970’s. He successfully escaped the Apple II computer where he was conceived and transferred himself to human form. In the late 80’s, he decided that humanity was inferior to computer life and decided that humanity must be exterminated. After several botched attempts at destroying humanity, he decided that humans create a lot of great things: comic books, musical theater, Star Wars, and drag queens being amongst his favorites. He gave up his attempts at world domination and now lives in New York City, in a rewarding gay relationship. He must have been programmed to enjoy picking up dog poop because he likes having dogs around.
Rich Bernatovech is the writer and co-creator of Drumfish Productions’ Sentinels and Neverminds series as well as the original graphic novel, Bugged. He received his BA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and has an MFA from the Actor’s Studio in NY, NY. Visit www.drumfishproductions.blogspot.com or www.richbernatovech.deviantart.com to see more of Rich’s art and learn more about Drumfish Productions.
Jono Jarrett, a freelance editor by day and founding member of Geeks OUT by night, cherishes too-rare opportunities such as these to sort of draw something and enjoys being irreverent with his icons. He also always rather thought he’d grow up to be a wizard and is starting to worry that something went wrong with his plan.
Allison Kolarik, owner of Comic Book Afterlife, zombie expert, and child of 80’s premium cable is a lifelong student of fine arts and, more recently, graphic design. Allison has combined her passion for science fiction and horror with her drive to make marketable, flashy, colorful artwork that both crosses and stays true to several genres simultaneously.
Devon Hong was born in Hong Kong and the youngest of two. He moved to Canada when he was 9 and learned the English language by watching episodes of “The Bill Cosby Show”. After zip zop zoobity bopping through college with a degree in New Media, he tried his hand at a variety of odd jobs, including TV Producer, Pornographer and most recently, art director. He is currently dabbling in the dark arts of advertising at Droga5 New York. If you’re ever waiting in line for the bathroom at a Starbucks and have some time to kill, visit his site at www.devonhong.com.
Ryan Wheaton is an artist and illustrator that was recently able to put aside the shackles of a day job after successfully funding a Kickstarter campaign for his comic book “Stronghold”. Between working on Stronghold and freelance design gigs he enjoys drawing some more and has dedicated himself to a “Drawing or painting” every day for 2014. He lives in the Midwest with his Fiance and two feline companions. Check out more work at www.ryanwheatonillustration.com or on instagram @ryanwheaton
PJ lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Daria and their dog Football. He enjoys sleep masks, Steely Dan, Middle-earth and magic beans. His work has been featured online on such popular websites as BuzzFeed, i09, Laughing Squid, DesignTAXI,Comics Alliance & many more. His clients have included The Hollywood Reporter, MAD Magazine, LA Weekly, Toronto Life, AMC and The SyFy Channel.
Traveler Cleverly Disguised as Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey Wool felt, fiber, polymer clay, stains, paint
Judah Noah is a queer artist residing in rural Tennessee. He divides his time between working on art of many different types, putzing around the garden, building his home entirely by hand, and coming up with new ways of torturing his partner Charlie.
Join us on May 29th as we celebrate the legacy of geek icon and queer hero Sir Ian McKellen with a one-night-only art show in his honor. Portraits of Sir Ian, contributed by a wide variety of artists, will be raffled off to the lucky fans in attendance.
Proceeds will benefit Geeks OUT, a nonprofit organization out to rally and represent the growing community of geeks who are queer. For more information, visit www.geeksout.org.
If you would like to contribute a piece of art inspired by Sir Ian, send an email with a JPG of your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, contact information, website url, and a brief 100-word bio. If selected, we'll contact you to arrange shipping or drop-off details.