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Randy Emberlin

Mick Gray

Rick Hoberg

Aaron Lopresti

Bob Smith

Keith Tucker

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.


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 Justice Riders.

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 Issue".

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 DC Comics.

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 comics.

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 strip.

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 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, 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 Lucasfilms.

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 comic line.

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.

- 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 (Planet Hulk)
- 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 Magazine.

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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. 

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