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,
| MICK GRAY
After starting work as a draftsman, and working as
a freelance illustrator, in 1990, Mick's work
caught the attention of Mark McKenna who helped
show his talent to DC and Marvel. This was the
start of what would become a 6 year partnership
with McKenna, that included the chance to ink over
somewhere around 30 different pencillers on DC and
Marvel books like The Punisher, X-Men
Unlimited, Darkhold, Spider-Man, Spartan,
Hawkman and Nomad.
Mick took the opportunity to meet other comic
inkers at local comic conventions. Randy Emberlin
and Ian Akin were two that hired Mick to assist
them on books such as Amazing Spider-Man
and Darkhawk. After meeting Michael
Thibodeaux of Genesis West Publishing, he was
hired to do inks on Phantom Force, a book
co-created by Thibodeaux and Jack Kirby. Before he
knew it, he was inking a splash page penciled by
Jack Kirby, himself! Jack was pleased with his
work and this led to Mick doing more Kirby pieces.
Unfortunately, Jack passed away shortly after.
Mick to this day talks of what an honor it was it
have inked over “The King”.
Mick met J.H. Williams III while sitting next to
him on artist alley at Wonder Con in '94. They
struck up a friendship and promised to stay in
touch. Wolverine ’95 was the first book
they worked on together, but it also included
Mick’s old partner, Mark Mckenna. From there a
string of DC projects emerged, including Batman,
Green Lantern, Flash, Legends of the Dark
Knight, Starman, Chronos, Creeper and The
When Wildstorm Comics offered Alan Moore his own
line of comics, Alex Ross suggested that Mick and
J.H. would be the perfect team for Moore's new
title, Promethea. And he was right!
Williams exploded with creative genius. The energy
between Moore and Williams was obvious and Mick’s
inking was pushed to new limits as J.H. channeled
that same energy to him. Award nominations piled
up as the series went on and in 2001, Promethea
#10 won the Eisner award for “Best Single
When things started to slow down on Promethea,
Mick took on other inking jobs to fill in. Among
the many projects were Detective Comics
over Steve Lieber, Hawkman on Ethan Van
Sciver as well as Lee Bermejo’s Batman/Deathblow.
Mick also got the chance to ink Barry Kitson on a
25-issue run of Legion of Super-Heroes for
In 2004 Mick worked with Ryan Sook on an arc of Hawkman
and later on Zatanna: Seven Soldiers of
Victory, and also inked his first animated
style book for DC, Justice League Adventures,
pencilled by Tim Levins. At this time Mick signed
an exclusive contract with DC Comics.
In 2009 Mick published his first children's book,
Al B. Mouse's Abecedarium, which is
available through his website, www.mickgray.net.
Around this time, Mick inked ten issues of The
Shield for DC Comics. Later he teamed up
with Patrick Gleason doing fill-ins on Aquaman
and Green Lantern: Brightest Day. This led
to their 40-issue run on Batman & Robin.
With the end of that series, DC offered Patrick a
spinoff book called Robin: Son of Batman,
on which he would also be writing. Mick was very
excited to be included on this new project.
Now, after over 25 years as an Inker, Mick is
looking forward to his ever-changing future in
Rick is a comic book and storyboard artist. He
started in the comics industry in the mid 1970’s
assisting Russ Manning on the early Star Wars
and Tarzan newspaper strips. He also
ghosted Sunday pages for Fred Kida on the Spider-Man
Moving on to Marvel Comics, Rick contributed
artwork for Star Wars, Savage Sword Of Conan,
What If...?, Kull The Conqueror, Iron Man
and The 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
former Bellingham Comicon Guest) Stefano Gaudiano
on the art for the Batman Family series at
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,
Super-Friends, 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
Rick is currently the Lead Cinematic Storyboard
Artist at 343 Industries for Halo.
Check out Rick on Facebook and his website
Aaron has been a comic book artist, cartoonist,
book author and illustrator for over 20 years.His
first big break came in 1993 when Publisher Dave
Olbrich and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ulm hired Aaron
to draw Sludge for Malibu's new Ultraverse
One thing led to another and soon Aaron had a full
blown career in comics.
Aaron's career in commercial and comic art has
continued on for more than 20 years. In that time
Aaron has worked on a wide variety of characters
including: Spider-Man, The X-men,
The Hulk, The Avengers, Batman,
Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Superboy,
Xena, Star Trek, Gen 13, Mystic,
Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman, Justice
League and Atomic Toybox.
In 1995 he founded the successful comic art
studio, Studiosaurus, that lasted until 1998.
Aaron is currently penciling part of the Convergence
weekly series for DC.
OTHER NOTABLE WORKS INCLUDE:
- Detective Comics #26, 28, 29
- Sword of Sorcery(Amethyst feature) #0-8
(covers on #'s 1-8)-
- Justice League International 1-5, 6-12
(covers on #'s 1and 2 only)
- Weird Worlds #1-6 ) and My Greatest
Adventure #1-6 (Garbage Man feature)
- Wonder Woman 20-23, 26-30, 32-36, 38-40
(covers on #'s 20-41)
- Incredible Hulk #96-99, 102 and 103
- New 52 Future's End
Aaron is currently writing and illustrating his
creator owned project, Power Cubed
(formerly Atomic Toybox) for Dark Horse
Comics. This will initially be a 4-issue
mini-series debuting in September 2015. Watch
Aaron's blog for frequent art samples and updates
on the project as it progresses.
Keep up with Aaron on www.aaronlopresti.com and
his Facebook page www.facebook.com/aaron.lopresti.5
Bob Smith grew up in Grayland WA and attended
college at Grays Harbor Community College and
Western Washington University. His debut in
professional comics was for DC on Plastic Man in
1975. He continued working fulltime for DC comics
for many years inking a wide variety of titles
such as Super Friends, Star Trek,
Secrets of Haunted House, the Robin
mini-series, The Flash, Green Lantern,
The Huntress, DC Presents, Detective
Comics, Captain Atom, Catwoman,
Black Canary, and many others.
In 1998, Bob moved to Archie Comics, inking many
titles; however his primary job has been
collaborating with comic legend Stan Goldberg. Bob
worked on the long anticipated story line "Archie
Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty", and also
inked the Archie daily and Sunday strips. He
continues inking full time with Archie Comics.
Bob is a 2013 Harvey Award nominee for Best Inker
for his work on the Life with Archie
Visit Bob at Facebook!
Keith is an Emmy award winning veteran animation
and comics art professional. Best known for his
storyboard work for cartoon shows of the eighties
and nineties like Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs,
Tiny Toons, Baby Looney Tunes, GI
Joe, Transformers, Spider-Man,
X-Men, Transformers, Robotix, He Man, Shera, Jem
and the Holograms, Conan the Adventurer, Exo
Squad, Street Fighter, Duck Tails, Rescue
Rangers, Tailspin, Ghostbusters, Addams Family,
Sky Commanders, Garfield, Courage The Cowardly
Dog, God the Devil and Bob, Pocket Dragons,
Earthworm Jim, and a whole lot more.
Keith's comic book work includes two years as a
cover artist for Disney comics penciling Roger
Rabbit, Rescue Rangers, Goofy, Little Mermaid
Magazine, Disney postage stamps and more.
His other comics work includes centerfolds for Tiny
Toon Adventures Magazine, Looney Tunes Magazine,
TSR's Agent 13, Alien Worlds, Eternity Smith,
Looney Tunes comics and magazine, the award
winning George Washington Carver, Alexander
Grahm Bell and Apollo 13 graphic
novels, and many, others.
Keith's movie credits include animated effects for
Star Trek II: the Wrath of Kahn, Conan I,
and John Carpenter's the Thing.
Storyboards for Robo Cop III, Hideaway,
Addams Family Reunion, Casper: A Spirited
Beginning, Casper Meets Wendy, Richie Rich’s
Christmas Wish, and some others.