We are very proud to host some incredibly talented people for this year's event! Check out who you'll be able to meet at Free Comic Book Day 2018.
Kit Kazmier - Artist
Sticks and Spells
Freelance illustrator by day, witchy crafter by night; Kit Kazmier runs her online shop Sticks and Spells from her DIY studio in Central Jersey. With a little touch of magic, Kit hopes her work can spark the imaginations of both the young and old. Her illustrations of witches, forest creatures, and other charming characters can be found on a variety of items in her shop. Whether you’re looking for stickers, buttons, notebooks, or something entirely custom- Sticks and Spells has you covered! Everything is made in house and by hand, so you can expect your order to be professionally made with care. Kit can be found on Etsy as well as all major social media platforms as ‘SticksAndSpells’.
Joe Del Beato - Artist
G.I. Joe, Insectaurs, MASK
Joe is best known for his work on iconic 80’s inks and cover illustrations for MASK, Inhumanoids, G.I. Joe Order of Battle, Cloak and Dagger, Avengers and Insectaurs, Visionaries as well as many others. His work can also be found in the Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe, and he’s current providing sketch cards for Red Sonja’s 50th Anniversary at Dynamite Entertainment. Now living in Atlantic City, Joe helps to inspire the next generation of comic artists through his popular classes on comic illustrations at the Atlantic City Free Public Library.
Joe will also be doing portfolio reviews for FREE! Veteran comic book artist Joe Del Beato will be looking at your art, so bring a few of your best drawings and get his professional advice!
Mark Poulton - Writer
Pizza Tree, A Cat Named Haiku, Savage Hawkman
Mark is a writer/artist who has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics and Arcana Studio. He is best known for his children’s book series, A CAT NAMED HAIKU, which was nominated for Best Single Issue Story in the 2011 Eagle Awards. It was recently adapted as an animated short for Top Buzz starring DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s Kiefer O’Reilly as Haiku and Mark as Haiku’s owner. He co-wrote SAVAGE HAWKMAN for DC Comics during the New 52. He relaunched Rob Liefeld’s AVENGELYNE at Image Comics in 2011. Once it finished publication, AVENGELYNE ran as an acclaimed webcomic series at Keenspot.com where it amassed a readership over 500,000. His latest book, an all ages graphic novel, PIZZA TREE, was co-written with his 7 year old son, Chase. He is currently providing the artwork on the upcoming children’s book, TWAS THE HUNT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, for Seven Horns Publishing.
Twitter - @koniwaves
Instagram - @koniwaves
Facebook - /MarkPoultonWriting
Mike Capprotti - Artist
Deadpool, Fantasy Flight Games, Youngblood
Mike Capprotti has been an illustrator in the comic book industry ,fantasy art , gaming industry. His work can be found on the covers of Deadpool and Deadpool Corps, covers for Zenescope Entertainment as well as Young Adult Paperback books. He has also worked in the gaming industry for clients such as Ubisoft (The Division) on games like “The Division” “Far Cry 5” and “South Park: The Fractured but Whole”. Card gamers might recognize his work for card game companies like Fantasy Flight Games on titles like Game of Thrones , Star Wars and many more.
Roye Okupe - Artist
E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor’s and Masters in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, 2D/3D animated short films, TV commercials, show openers, music videos and much more. These productions have allowed Roye to attain many prestigious recognitions such as being #5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch (2016) as well as being part of NewAfrican Magazines’ 100 most influential Africans two years in a row (2016 & 2017).
With the superhero genre currently at the height of popularity, Roye has made it a goal to create a connected universe of heroes, with origins from locations that are currently neglected and/or ignored. In August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria. E.X.O. was received with critical acclaim and has since been featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, NBC, The Guardian, ABC7, BBC, The Huffington Post, Mashabe and more! Roye’s sophomore graphic novel: Malika – Warrior Queen was also received with critical acclaim, selling more than 40,000 copies of its chapter one special during Diamond Comic’s Free Comic Book Day (2017). Both books have gone on to win several awards including a Glyph Comic Award (2017) and a Heruica Character Creation Award (2017).
Zack Dolan - Artist
The Surgeon, Super!
Zack Dolan is an Atlantic City based comic penciler and graphic artist. He has worked on several independent comic series as a penciler, inker, colorist, writer, and character designer. He also is co-creator and lead artist of the internationally acclaimed independent series Super!, a Patreon-supported comic that’s received rave reviews.
His newest comic, The Surgeon, is also a smash hit!
Dan Khanna - Artist
Dan Khanna has worked as an artist for Dreamwave, IDW, Titan Comics, Transformers Fan Club and Hasbro where his artwork has been featured in comic books and on Transformers packages! He has also designed statues, provided artwork for video games, and vinyl figures. When it comes to Transformers, Dan has done it all.
We are very excited to welcome Dan back to Free Comic Book Day!
Bob Petrecca - Artist
DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Upper Deck
Bob Petrecca began his comics career as one of John Romita's Raiders in 1990 and went on to ink a slue of titles including: "Captain America", "Dr. Strange", "Hyperkind", "Spider-Man", "Thor", and "What If...?", to name a few. With DC, titles such as: "Justice League", "Birds of Prey", "Action Comics", "Green Lantern", "Justice League Unlimited", "Batman Confidential" and even "Scooby Doo" were embellished by his brushes.
For Marvel and Upper Deck, Bob has done countless cards for the Marvel Premier sets as well as fully painted images for the Upper Deck and Fox's 10th anniversary "Firefly: The Verse" card set and the "Firefly Legendary" card game.
He is currently hard at work on a comics visualization of the progressive rock band "The Dear Hunter's Act II: The Meaning Of & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading" in which he is inking and painting Turkish penciler Ozgur Yildirim and Paris Cullins. Part one will be available as well as original art from the book.
Crystal Velasquez - author
Just Princesses, Hunters of Chaos, Your Life
Crystal Velasquez is the author of the graphic novel Just Princesses, Hunters of Chaos, Hunters of Chaos 2: Circle of Lies, the Your Life . . . series, and four Maya & Miguel books based on the TV show. She has also written six soon-to-be-published mini comic books in the Grimm's Fairy Tales series under the pen name Dawn P. Marquez, and is currently writing new chapter books for young readers. She holds a B.A. in English/creative writing from Penn State University and is a graduate of NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. Having spent nearly two decades as a production editor at Tor Books and Penguin Random House, she is now an editor at Working Partners Ltd. as well as a freelance proofreader and copyeditor. She was born in the Bronx, NY, and now lives in Flushing, Queens.
Dave Bullock - Artist
Batman 66, DC: The New Frontier, Justice League Unlimited
Dave’s comics credits include Batman ‘66, Teen Titans Go!, Batman/Superman, Black Canary, and more. However, you probably know him better for his work in animation! Dave has served as a storyboard artist and director for shows such as The Spectacular Spider-Man, Transformers Prime, Kim Possible, Justice League Unlimited, and animated features such as Wonder Woman, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and DC: The New Frontier!