After being found outside the doors of a buddhist temple, Chad was raised in the arts by the monks who took him in. Years later, he would use these skills he was taught to entertain his eight year old son through paintings and other forms of artwork. His work blends a watercolour feel in an digital rendered format that captures the energy of the subject within the painting itself. A perfect match for any blank space on your wall. When he’s not doing something creative, you can catch him in Northern Ontario, riding around his bike with his son or working on documentary film project ideas with his friend Andrew who has an obsession for craft beer. You can check out his work here at this instagram page.
Jen is a cat lady, crafter, caffeine addict, geek, and obsessed with all things cute. She’s originally from Hamilton, ON but moved to Sudbury over 4 years ago. Since moving to Sudbury she has participated in many local craft shows and conventions selling her handmade bags, pouches, pillows, and cat toys. You can find more information, including contact at sparklegirl.ca
MARK S. GAGNE
Painter and illustrator of weird and nerdy things. Hugely influenced by every corner of popular culture. Creating fan art for a few years allowed me to hone my skills and I now find the most joy putting the strange creatures that inhabit my brain onto paper and canvas, or any other surface that attracts my attention.
Hailing from northern Ontario, Canada, graphic artist Josh Coulter is sharing his dynamic linework and vibrant designs to the world through prints and unique merchandise. Approaching art professionally for the past 2 years, Josh has released numerous sets of prints, crafted unique and eye catching apparel and merchandise, participated in many local events as both artist and independent vendor, and made his art known and available through his online handle @JCoulterArtist (http://www.JCoulterArtist.com). In his off time, Josh loves to play PC games, hang out with his cat, and work on his horde of collectibles.
In 2006 I invented an online service in which I hand paint people as the living dead, called Zombie Portraits. People simply send me a J-peg of themselves or a loved one and I hand illustrate them as zombies using traditional means like paint, pen and ink, with no computer photo-shopping involved.
So far I have ‘zombified’ over 5,000 and counting, people all over the world! It feels odd to say that I actually invented something, but at that time, no one had ever provided the service I started. Feeling that I wasn’t drawing enough zombies, I started Zombie Daily, a blog where I post a new original zombie drawing or painting every day! This site was started in 2008 and so far there are over 3,400 posts and counting as I still update with new content on a daily basis.
The formation of Zombie Daily led the publishing company Ulysses press to offer me two book deals, one for, “The Zombie Handbook: How to Identify the Living Dead and Survive the Coming Zombie Apocalypse”, which has since been translated to Spanish, and titled “Apocolipsis Zombie” and my next book, “Zombiewood : The Celebrity Dead Exposed”.
My Zombie Portrait service also caught the attention of noted zombie author Jonathan Maberry, who asked me to create character ‘chase’ card illustrations for that book, his four follow-up Zombie novels, and alternate covers to the IDW comic miniseries based on the first novel.
I’m featured in the documentary “Zombiemania” and provided the morphing zombie portrait drawings for me and the other noted zombie experts who were interviewed, including George Romero, Tom Savini, Max Brooks and Greg Nicotero.
In 2013 I published my first remarkably successful graphic novel entitled’ ‘Rob Sacchetto’s Cape Fear,’ a One Hundred and Fifty page fantasy/adventure/horror genre book, and have since been working on its sequels. The second graphic novel in the series is being illustrated right now! My Zombie art has been licensed for use on everything from puzzles to skateboard decks, T shirts, journal covers, comic books and many other products, including a full 56 Zombie card deck for Bicycle playing cards, a deck featuring the many types of ‘Bigfoot’ creatures and Comic book covers and interiors for the Australian Horror Magazine, ‘Decay.’
With both the Zombie Portraits, and the Zombie Daily, sites, I believe that I’ve drawn more zombies than anyone on the planet. Zombie Portraits is still going strong after 11 years, and I still post new Zombie Art every Day!
COMICS NORTH + HIDDEN LEVEL GAMES
While Comics North has been a staple in Sudbury’s geek culture for 34 years it wasn’t until last year when video games and toys were added to the lineup. October 1st will be Comics North + Hidden Level Games one year anniversary and we’re going strong! We’re striving to have Sudbury’s largest and most diverse selection of used retro video games, consoles and retro toys. We buy, sell and trade all video games/consoles, toys and comics – new or old! What makes us different? We love video games and respect a customers collection so we offer the most honest and fairest prices in town!
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