Comic Book Writers & Artists
- Leonardo Faierman
- Marqueeda LaStar
- Bill Morrison
- Mog Park
- Ethen Beavers
Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison began his career in The Motor City as a technical illustrator. When The Simpsons creator Matt Groening founded Bongo Comics, Bill was hired on as art director and realized his cartoonist dreams when he drew the very first Simpsons comic. He quickly took on the role of Creative Director, editing Bongo’s entire output, and writing and drawing stories and covers as time permitted. Bill also worked with Groening on early character designs for the TV show Futurama and served as the series art director. In addition to his work on The Simpsons and Futurama, Bill has written and drawn his own comic book series; the four-time Eisner Award-nominated Roswell, Little Green Man and co-created two other comic book series, Heroes Anonymous and Lady Robotika (the latter with Jane Wiedlin of the legendary all-girl rock band, The Go-Go’s).
Mog Park is an up and coming traditional artist, from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She found herself working shortly after with Tokyo Pop on a few projects. Although none were ever published, she acquired a wealth of knowledge that allowed her to attain other assignments that eventually led to working on HBO's Game of Thrones series. You can find her work on the Blu Ray editions of Game of Thrones Season 3, 4, 5 and 6. She is now preparing to work on Season 7.
Ethen Beavers lives in Central California and has been working in Children's Books, Comics and Animation for over ten years. He works traditionally and digitally on a variety of projects in many different styles and thematic tones. His credits include Star Wars, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ben 10, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans Go, Legion Of Superheroes, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack. He also illustrated several DC Superfriends Little Golden Books, as well as the New York Times Bestselling series NERDS.
Born in Buenos Aires but left at 2 years old. That was a weird day at school when I learned I¹d never become president. Had to settle for astronaut dreams. In the past I¹ve published some poetry, made some music, and slowly became a professional creative procrastinator with a fistful of unpaid bills. 31 years of age now, paper-pusher extraordinaire, a sleeper-agent waiting for the time to strike. I¹ve been wanting to write comics for over 20 years. Currently writing his original comic Snowdaze.
Marqueeda LaStar is a comic geek, internet enthusiast, and creative technologist. She is community manager of BlackGirlNerds, an online community and newsletter. A builder of bridges, Marqueeda works to create and support inclusive communities and collectives exploring culture and art through the lens of emerging technologies. She holds a degree in biotechnology and digital Media from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Other professions included karaoke superstar, laser & zombie tag advocate and solid gold dancer.