The Awkward Yeti is a webcomic featuring the New York Times Bestselling
series Heart and Brain. It also encompasses The Awkward Store, offering a variety of character-inspired merchandise including the newly released OrganATTACK: “The Family-Friendly Game of Organ Harvesting.”
The Awkward Yeti reaches millions of readers through social media every
Brandon Peterson has been working as an illustrator in comics professionally over a dozen years.
He has worked on books like Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Strange, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, Magneto Rex, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men.
He was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now defunct CrossGen Comics, where he worked on titles like Mystic and Chimera. He has spent a very long time working for Top Cow Productions, where he has done runs on comics like Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum.
Jay A. DeFoy is a Michigan artist currently living in the Ypsilanti area with his girlfriend Andrea and his cat Minerva. When not working on comics and commissions he enjoys painting, traveling, and creating games. Art inspirations include Caravaggio, Noel Rodriguez, Richard and Jordan Johnson, Bernini and too many others to list.
Chris Sanchez aka BankyStar is an illustrator and painter from the Metro Detroit area. Chris is currently drawing and coloring Mariachi for El Arto Press, Quick Draw (a steam punk western) as well as several short stories for compilation series. Chris is a giant wrestling nerd, comic lover, beer snob, POP! figure collector and champion-caliber taco eater. Chris lives in a suburb of Detroit with his wife and daughter. And no matter what he says, he will never turn off a Taylor Swift song. Come by the booth to check out his new work, prints and the brand new issue of Mariachi!
Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for
music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more. He started his career in
comic books working as an assistant on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels.
He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Gunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that
introduced the characters which would be featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6. He has worked on Marvel titles
such as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook if the Marvel
Universe, and more. For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on Flash
and Suicide Squad. Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of Coheed and Cambria) “The Amory Wars”.
As well, he was instrumental in helping bring together the team and was a large part of development for 12 Gauge’s “The O.
C.T.” with his friends David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and tv actress Rosario
He has also worked in the trading card industry, drawing for Marvel, Topps, and DC. In the toy industry, he designed toys
and statues for Art Asylum, which created the Mini-Mates line. Gus has also had two “How to Draw” books published. “How
To Draw Sexy Women”, featuring several artists (including Buzz), and “Gus Vazquez Presents: The Art of Drawing Women”.
Unfortunately, both of these books are out of print and difficult to find. He is working on a third training book, more geared
towards drawing figures for comic books.
In animation, he was a storyboard artist on TMNT, Polly Pocket, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., AOL’s S.K.W.O.D., and
Black Dynamite, and character design on the Boondocks Saints. He has worked on music videos for the likes of Nelly
Furtado, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, and more. He storyboarded commercials for Norton Antivirus, Newcastle Beer, Final
Destination Kung Fu Panda, the Super Bowl and many more.
Currently, he is working for DC Comics and on his own comic, Fang, which will be released in the near future, as well as
producing for film and television.
Therese Ribant began working with Ken Krekeler in early 2015 as a colorist for the upcoming projects “Meridian” and “Dry Spell 2: The Moonfall Machine.” Her work in both traditional and digital media is entirely self-taught, through experiment, experience and online tutorials. While relatively new to the world of comics and graphic novels, her talent and skills are something to be reckoned, and promises to make her a rising star in the art world.
Jim Mahfood aka Food One was born on March 29, 1975 in St. Louis, MO. He was raised on a steady diet of classic cartoons, comic books, Star Wars, and his mom’s eclectic vinyl record collection. He began his professional art career at age 15, working for Artline Studios under the tutelage of artist Lorenzo Lizana. At age 18, he left home and moved to Kansas City to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. There he met Mike Huddleston and formed the studio: 40oz Comics. A sacred bond was created, with Mike penciling and Jim inking, and the two produced hundreds of comic book pages together. Most of this material would never see the light of day. Frustrated with rejection, Jim started self-publishing his own work in 1995 with the first issue of Girl Scouts. This would eventually lead to him scoring his first big break in 1997 with Marvel Comics, writing and drawing the bizarre X-Men related Generation X Underground Special. And from there, Mahfood’s career has branched off into the fields of illustration, advertising, murals, fine art, animation, live art in nightclubs, and custom body-painting. He has worked for every major comic book company, and his freelance clients include:
Playboy, Disney, Armani, Nissan, NBC, Sony, Comedy Central, TIGI, MTV, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tuff Gong, Titmouse, Cartoon Network, Spin Magazine, View Askew, Spectrum Illustration Annual, Star Wars Gamer, URB, The Hollywood Reporter, BPM, The Phoenix New Times, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Ubiquity Records, Hollywood Records, Indyground Entertainment, Mad Magazine, Heavy Metal, and more…
Highlights of his career include: illustrating director Kevin Smith’s Clerks comics, handling the art chores on the entire ad campaign for Colt 45 malt liquor in 2007-08, painting the murals on Comedy Central’s Sarah Silverman Show, illustrating the Kickpuncher comic book that was included in the Season 1 DVD of NBC’s hit show Community, illustrating and art-directing reggae legend Ziggy Marley’s MarijuanaMan project, providing custom car art for Nissan’s new “Juke” Artist Series, illustrating custom bottles for Bed Head hair products, developing the animated show Disco Destroyer (with Scott Mosier and Joe Casey) for Titmouse and MTV’s Liquid Television, and providing all the art on the new Tank Girl series: Everybody Loves Tank Girl.
Recent projects include art chores on 21st Century Tank Girl (Titan Books), illustrating the brand-new Miami Vice: Remix comic book series (IDW/Lion Forge), developing the GRRL SCOUTS TV pilot for New Form Digital (check out Grrl Scouts Pilot on YouTube), and handling art chores on the Howard The Human comic book for Marvel.
Future releases include Jim’s brand new Visual Funk: the Psychedelic Adult Coloring Book (IDW), and the long-awaited Sadistic Magician: Jim Mahfood Sketchbook Vol. 1, which collects Food’s very best sketchbook work from the last couple of years.
Will Jones is a freelance comic book artist and illustrator residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He spends his days reading far too many comic books. He spends his nights in hiding, hovering over his drafting table making art.
Thomas Finley has done numerous art projects and worked on many different comic books as well, including his children series Alphabet City, working on Caliber’s Deadworld soda, El Arto Presents, and will soon debut his creator owned comic book Jiu Jitsu Jesus! He’s also a member of the artist collective El Arto, along with John Marroquin, Chris Sanchez, Demone Anderson, and Erick Gutierrez.