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
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! Patty
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.
Patty 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
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,
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
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
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
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