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Norm Breyfogle

Patricia Briggs

Randy Emberlin

Stefano Gaudiano

Rick Hoberg

Aaron Lopresti

Normís early career included work in DCís New Talent Showcase and First Comicsí American Flagg, penciling a back-up story titled "Bob Violence". He also drew for Tales of Terror, a horror anthology published by Eclipse Comics. Early work also includes writing, illustrating, and lettering a Captain America story in Marvel Fanfare. In 1986 Norm landed his first monthly book, Whisper for First Comics.
Norm is best known for working on the Batman for six solid years, during a very popular era for the character. He had drawn Detective Comics (with writer Alan Grant) from 1987Ė90, Batman from 1990-92 (introducing the new Robin) and starting a new Batman series for DC titled Shadow of the Bat from 1992-93. During his tenure on the character, he also did a few one-shots, two of them being Batman: Holy Terror (an Elseworlds story) and Batman: Birth of the Demon, which he hand painted. Characters he co-created with writer Alan Grant, included The Ventriloquist, Anarky, and Zsasz. He also provided pencils to a 10-page story in Superman 80-Page Giant and later DC offered him the job of penciling The Spectre monthly, which he drew for a year.

After his run on the Spectre, Norm was invited to help launch Malibu Comics. While at Malibu he co-created the character of Prime as well as creating and having the rights to his own character, Metaphysique.

Among his many and varied projects he began drawing Archie's New Look, published by Archie Publications as well as two new titles, Archie loves Betty and Archie loves Veronica.

Recently Norm illustrated DC Retroactive: Batman - The '90s with Alan Grant, DC's re-launch of the Batman Beyond comic book with Adam Beechen as writer.

To read more about Norm or contact him, go to his official website www.normbreyfogle.com

Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson series and has written twenty one novels to date; she is currently writing novel number twenty two! Patricia began her career writing traditional fantasy novels in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. Moon Called was the first of her signature series about Mercy Thompson. The non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. The series has continued to grow in popularity with the release of each book. Patty also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels; what began as a novella expanded into a full new series, all of which debuted on the NY Times bestsellers list as well.

Patricia's newest book, released September 2nd, is "Shifting Shadows", a collection of all-new and previously published short stories set in the world of Mercy Thompson. It has already reached #3 in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category on Amazon.com.
Patricia and her family reside in Eastern Washington near Tri-Cities, home of Mercy Thompson - yes, it's a real place! When not working on the next book, she can be found playing truant out in her horse pastures, playing with the newest babies. For more information about Patricia Briggs and her marvelous novels, visit the author on the web at www.patriciabriggs.com or on Facebook.

Randy Emberlin is a comic book artist, though he has spent the past 30 years working in a variety of creative fields. Whether as an illustrator of educational books or an animator on over 50 television commercials, he has made his presence felt through his style and sensibilities.

Over the last 20 years he is probably best known for his work as an inker in comics, with a resume that includes long runs on Amazing Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, GI Joe, Doctor Strange, Alien Legion, Star Wars Tales, Mr. T for British publisher AP Comics, Ghost and the R.I.P.D.graphic novel from the movie for Dark Horse, and Left Behind for Wildstorm. Randy is currently inking a 28 pg. chapter called "Matthew" in a 140 pg. Biblical graphic novel called The Twelve for the Kingstone Media Group. He has worked with a wide range of pencilers and has many distinctive styles that fans are well acquainted with.

Randy's presentation of "The Dynamic Art of Comics" is presented at numerous Portland OR schools.  Randy and his wife Judy also host 3 weeks of Summer Comic Book Art Camps for students, ages 8-16 in their hometown of Portland, Oregon.


Stefano Gaudiano was born in Italy in 1966 and moved to the U.S. in 1981. He started self-publishing comics while in high school, and turned professional in 1987 with Kafka (originally published by Renegade Press, and recently re-issued through Image Comics).

Besides working on Gotham Central and Batman Family for DC Comics, he can add the Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America for Marvel Comics. Stefano has also made a substantial and impressive contribution to Daredevil for Marvel, and worked on Valiant Entertainment's X-O Manowar.

His work has also appeared in newspapers, video games and animation. Currently Stefano is inking Charlie Adlard's pencils on The Walking Dead comic book, and loving the job.

Stefano lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his wife Kathy and daughters Milena and Sabina.

Rick is a comic book and storyboard artist. He started in the comics industry in the mid 1970ís assisting Russ Manning on the early Star Wars and Tarzan newspaper strips. He also ghosted Sunday pages for Fred Kida on the Spider-Man strip.

Moving on to Marvel Comics, Rick contributed artwork for Star Wars, Savage Sword Of Conan, What If...?, Kull The Conqueror, Iron Man and Invaders.

In the years following his work at Marvel, Rick mainly drew for DC Comics on such titles as The Brave and the Bold, Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, All-Star Squadron, Justice League and the New Gods as well as Roger Rabbit for Disney. Rick also collaborated with Steve Englehart to create The Strangers series for Malibu's Ultraverse line.

Recently, he worked with collaborator (and Bellingham Comicon Guest) Stefano Gaudiano on the art for the Batman Family series at DC Comics.

Besides his comics work, Rick has been active in animation since 1978 as a storyboard artist, model designer, and layout artist for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby Spears, Filmation, Universal, Disney, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., and many others. Just a few of the series to his credit are Godzilla, Superfriends, G.I. Joe, Jem, Defenders of the Earth, Justice League, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Rick also served as a director/producer for Marvel Productions, where he co-created the first X-Men cartoon, Pryde of The X-Men. Other Marvel work includes Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, War of The Worlds: Goliath, and Hulk & The Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

In addition, he has done great amounts of line artwork and production sketches for the official Star Wars style guide and merchandise for Lucasfilms.

Rick is currently the Lead Cinematic Storyboard Artist at 343 Industries for Halo.

Check out Rick on Facebook and his website

  Appearance Postponed

It's with mixed emotion I share this posting by Aaron Lopresti. I would have loved very much to have Aaron at the Bellingham Comicon, but I am very happy for him for this opportunity from DC Comics. Join me in wishing him a safe and successful journey to Europe and we look forward to seeing him in Bellingham very soon!

A post from Aaron....

"I have recently been invited by DC/Panini (European Publisher of DC and Marvel Trade Editions) to attend the Comic Con in Essen, Germany this October. I have accepted their more than gracious offer and I am looking forward to seeing all of you European readers and supporters who might attend. The bad news is that it's the same weekend as the Bellingham, WA Comic show that I am supposed to be attending. I have never had to cancel a show appearance for any reason until now and I have deep regrets about it.

I would like to thank Eric Burris who runs the Bellingham show for being so understanding about the situation. I apologize to those of you who were planning on attending to see me there. I would encourage everyone to go to the Bellingham show as there is still a great guest line up and any show run by Eric will be well worth your time.

I hope to make this up by attending a future Bellingham show, probably next year if everything runs smoothly between then and now. Again my sincerest apologies to everyone who is adversely affected by this."

Keep up with Aaron on www.aaronlopresti.com and his Facebook page www.facebook.com/aaron.lopresti.5

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