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Bob Layton Sr.

  Bob Layton is one of the entertainment industry's true visionaries at
every level, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, with
over 5000 comic book credits to his name.
Layton has successfully migrated from comics to other media, including
television, animation and feature films.
If you've seen the Iron Man movies, then you're familiar with Bob's
work, as the DVD extras make clear. Bob reinvented the Iron Man comic in
the late 70s, taking it from near-cancellation to one of Marvel's
all-time bestselling series. The classic Iron Man story “Demon in a
Bottle” was recently voted "one of the top 20 comic stories of all
time". Bob also is credited as the co-creator of Marvel's War Machine,
as well as designing Mattel's hugely-successful "Secret Wars" toy line.
Layton also launched the record-breaking comic series "X-Factor" for
Marvel.  Bob was also the co-creator of the new Ant-Man (Scott Lang, The
Ghost, etc.) and many of the characters appearing in the hit Marvel
films “Ant-Man” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp”. Bob, with former DC
President Paul Levitz, created The Huntress, who appears in the upcoming
Warner Brothers film “Birds of Prey”, played by Mary Elisabeth Winstead.
Bob Layton was co-architect of the original Valiant Comics Universe and
served as that company’s Senior Vice President and Editor-In-Chief. 
Under Layton’s creative management, he guided the start-up company to
eventually becoming the third-largest comic publisher in North America
in 1993. Valiant Comics continues to thrive to this day and has begun
work on creating motion pictures based on Bob’s original creations, such
as “Bloodshot” starring Vin Diesel for Sony Pictures. Another Layton
Valiant creation, Doctor Mirage, is now in production as a new
television series on the upcoming CW schedule.
Bob has creative credits in eight Marvel films and a host of other
television and movie acknowledgments and has worked with such luminaries
as Academy Award Nominees Edward James Olmos and Robert Downey Jr., Jon
Faveau, Kevin Feige, Howard Stern, and the late George Romero, to name a
few. 

James O'Barr

James O'Barr

James O’Barr is the award-winning creator of “The Crow,” and writer of two  hit series from IDW Publishing, entitled “Curare” and “Skinning The Wolves.”He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing.
When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since.While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70′s he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiance at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it (“too gloomy,too confusing..”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989. It is currently the best selling independent graphic novel of all time at over one million copies sold.In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children’s charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent 3 sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that could go into production soon.

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Corbyn S. Kern

 Corbyn S. Kern is an illustrator and designer with an emphasis on pop culture.  Corbyn combines old school skills and mediums, with the latest technology creating unique and detailed artistic designs.  His diverse subject matter ranges from black and white films to the next anticipated movie release and television series.  Corbyn’s work includes comic book and magazine covers, product designs, portraits, sketch covers and other personalized commissions. 

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Michael Babinski

 

Mikey is an Inker/Artist who has worked for Marvel, DC, Image, BOOM!, Alterna & a handful of independent publishers.  Working on such titles as: Amazing Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Scarlet Spider, Deadpool (covers), She Hulks, X-23, JSA vs. Kobra, Power of Shazam, Farscape, Eden and Sniper & Rook.  He also inked Cemetary Girl volumes 1 & 2 for Penguin Publishing, with pencils by Don Kramer and story by Charlaine Harris, author of The Sookie Stackhouse novels (HBO's True Blood).  Mikey has done over 1,000 original sketch cards for Topps & Cryptozoic, including various Star Wars sets, Rick & Morty, The Walking Dead, The Hobbit, Ghostbusters, DC Supervillains, and Adventure Time.

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