2022 Guests from Music City Multi Con
After going to countless conventions and sending out lots of samples, his first paid art gig was drawing for a local newspaper. He later landed a job drawing an indy book called “The Gift.” Fresh out of high school, he worked on The Gift until another opportunity came up. He had been given the chance to move to L.A. to work for Top Cow Studios, where he could work in “the pit” with other artists, one being Marc Silvestri.
After living in L.A. for a couple years Tyler and his wife decided to move back to Utah. Tyler has worked on titles such as Strykeforce, Tomb Raider, The Darkness, Transformers, Amazing Spiderman, X-Men Phoenix Warsong, and Ultimate Fantastic 4 to name just a few. His work has been featured on many Web sites and in magazines, like FHM, Wizard, Nintendo Power, and Imagine FX among others. He’s also done video game concept work and some novel and book covers.
He’s currently working for DC Comics and also developing his own book called Final Boss, along with other stories and ideas with hopes to get them on the shelves in the near future. Check out his current work at TylerKirkhamArt.com.
You can follow Erik on Instagram @e.m.gist and on his website www.erikgist.com.
In recent years, Lary has been devoting his time to nonprofit work and an art project that will be launched soon at stuckerart.com.
In 2003 Dan’s story telling career changed gears as he transitioned from comics to Television and Film, working as a storyboard artist, art director, and 2nd unit director for both live action and animated content. In 2010 Dan made his directorial debut on the HBO series The Ricky Gervais show, directing the 2nd and 3rd seasons of the animated series.
Since 2013 Dan has worked for Mattel as Supervising Director for the animated content for Monster High, Everafter High, Enchantimals, Hot Wheels and Max Steel. Dan’s personal work can be found on Instagram and YouTube under the name Couchdoodles where his goal is to illuminate and empower creativity in others through example. Dan lives with his wife and 3 kids in Georgia.
“I love chess, the Rubik’s cube, and freestyle rap. To some, these interests may sound like cliché nerd stuff, but I see them as exercises for pre visualization. With pre-visualization, you can theoretically time travel and create what you want for the future of your idea. With proper execution, the thing you pre-visualized will become a reality. These sorts of things thrill me.”
David Crane, along with Garry Kitchen and his brother Dan Kitchen, founded Audacity Games in November 2020 to develop Atari 2600 games to be played on retro consoles. The first title, Circus Convoy, a collaboration between Crane and Garry Kitchen, went on sale March 13, 2021.
For Williams, he contributed to Joust 2 and helped develop the system that became NARC. He was part of the team that created Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Revolution X featuring Aerosmith. He also created the digitizing system that Williams/Bally/Midway used for many of their hit games of the 1990s including Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam, as well as the aforementioned T2 and Rev X.
During a hiatus from Williams, he created the surreal and unusual Exterminator. In the mid-1990s, Warren left the arcade industry and worked on a variety of home games for Disney and other companies. He was, for a short time, a Disney Imagineer and has also worked for Industrial Light and Magic.
John has created art for some of the most highly regarded pinball machines of all time like The Addams Family, Medieval Madness, White Water, Twilight Zone, and Willy Wonka as well as arcade games like the Cruis’n series. John will talk about Toy Story 4 Pinball his latest game from Jersey Jack Pinball.
In 1985, he and his partners teamed with Steven Spielberg to produce the very successful feature “An American Tail.” Spielberg then re-teamed with the trio, with the addition of George Lucas, to produce their next feature film “The Land Before Time.” In 1986, John, his partners, and their new CEO Morris Sullivan relocated their company to Dublin, Ireland, renaming it Sullivan Bluth Studios. There they began work on “All Dogs go to Heaven” followed by “Rockadoodle,” “Troll in Central Park,” “Thumbelina,” and “The Pebble and the Penguin.” It was also here that he met and later married his wife Cami Sorrentino. John returned to Disney in 1992 to design and supervise the animation of Captain John Smith in the animated feature “Pocahontas.” He also supervised animation on “Fantasia 2000,” “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” and “Treasure Planet.”
In 2003, he worked at Dream Works Studios on Kung Fu Panda, and in 2004 on the feature Curious George. In 2006, John worked as supervising animator on “The Simpsons Movie,” and in 2007 worked at Disney Toon Studios on the Tinkerbell movie series. From 2013-2020, he worked as a storyboard artist for Disney TV Animation on “Sophia the First” and “Fancy Nancy.” He was also a character designer for Disney’s “Elena of Avalor.” John’s additional credits include Disney’s “Planes,” the “Tom and Jerry” animated movie series, “The Swan Princes” series, “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” the “Looney Tunes” show reboot, Netflix’s “Klaus,” and most recently the upcoming feature “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” John currently also makes several appearances a year at various conventions including, but not limited to, New York/ San Diego Comic Con, CTN, and ICCC.
He also currently teaches as an animation professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and also has appeared as a speaker at multiple educational institutions including Auburn University in Auburn, AL and Nemo Art Academy in Florence, Italy. He has continuously been an active member of the “Shorts and Animation” branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences since 1978. John lives with his wife Cami and three children in Brentwood, TN. John and Cami both came to Christ in 2000 and were baptized in 2001. They’re both active in the California based Christian outreach WOW International. John has been a member of the board of directors for WOW since 2003 and continues to use art and animation as his basis for outreach. The two most profound projects for his artistic ministry have been in working with Whitestone Media to animate the children’s bible series “Theo” from 2008-13 and his current work on Focus On The Family’s “Adventures in Odyssey.”
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His art can be found on variant covers for Archie Comics and promotional posters for various conventions in Nashville and neighboring areas.
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Prints or comics can be purchased at sampayneart.com.
During this time Billy became interested in painting live at various clubs downtown in San Diego. There he would create 3 to 4 images simultaneously with bands and DJ’s such as Z Trip and Red Sonya on stage. He would sell his finished pieces right on the spot. It was a new and fresh avenue to get more individuals aware of the art scene in the San Diego and Los Angeles area. Through the years his art has been featured for Starbucks Coffee Company and in various galleries throughout the United States. He currently instructs and teaches art classes that range from sequential art to fine art painting and continues to create murals and performs live art shows throughout the country. He currently resides in Nashville Tennessee where he performs live art in Nashville’s historic Printers Alley and many venues throughout Music City.