Artist & Illustrators
Discover Distortions Hidden in an industrial warehouse in Greeley, Colorado. Distortions Unlimited’s owners, Ed and Marsha Edmunds, and their talented crew make monsters. Their quality props, masks and creations have been a mainstay of the dark amusement industry since 1978. Long creative hours are spent in gray-walled offices with brain-eating hunchbacks, wall-scaling zombies and docile 3-foot tall aliens. The working environment looks more like a nightmare factory than a place of business, and was recently featured on the reality show “Making Monsters” that aired on The Travel Channel.
Myths N’ Monsters is Denver’s Newest Horror and Special Effects House. Founded by Denver haunted house staple actor, Designer, and special effects artist Christopher Rathbun.
Christopher was a founding member of another Denver effects house with some of his fellow effects masterminds. Over time it became clear that the group where all heading in different directions. After parting ways Chris launched wholeheartedly into the creation of his own brand of custom creations. Masks, Music, Cosplay, Foam Weaponry, and more. Nothing is off limits to Myths N’ Monsters studio.
Laurissa Hughes grew up in Colorado and has been
drawing since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. A love of
storytelling became a passion for Storyboarding and Comics,
and she received a degree in Animation. She currently
works as a freelance artist in Colorado, doing
storyboards, comics, illustration, and animation.
Laurissa also enjoys snowboarding, playing the clarinet,
learning foreign languages, and watching lots of British
Papaya Badger’s Pins & Needles
My name is Olivia (Papaya Badger), and I’ve been designing and showcasing my art at conventions and online since 2010. I’ve found that laser cutting and engraving is something I really enjoy and excel at, so I’ve been exploring avenues with what I could make and design with that in mind.
I love using vectors to make my art, so it’s really versatile regardless of the medium I apply it to. I started out with simple things, like buttons, recently by applying those talents to other fields such as laser cut and engraved necklaces made from wood and plastics, to lanyards and keychains as well.
If you have any ideas of what you would like to see me make, contact me!
In addition to what I already have, I’d love to hear from you! If you see anything that inspires you, let me know what you think that could make a great product! All suggestions are welcome and I’m happy to work on commissions!
I hope to see you at the next convention! Please stop by and say hello!
Fantasm (Artist Studio)
Fantasm is a three person team attending conventions around the United States. We specialize in Anime Conventions and other fandom gatherings. Our company first started out in February 2013, when we realized what we were born to do: create beautiful things.
SuzuShoe – Artist
First off, my name is Suzu! Nice to meet you -shakes your hand vigorously- I am currently a college student majoring in Art Education (That’s right! I’m gonna be an ART TEACHER!).
I love video games and anime/manga (Haters gonna hate and all that). Oh yeah! And Doctor Who…loooooove that Doctor Who x)
Anyway…this is DeviantART…so I guess I should probably talk about some art. I love all kinds of art! My main medias at the moment are drawing (mostly digital unless I’m doing some school work), and polymer clay! Of course you’ll probably see some other types of arts and crafts as well…I can be quite ADD at times. There’s just so many things I want to try out! Like crocheting….I would LOOOOOVE to learn >u< But do I have the patience and skill?? We’ll see about that 😉
Also, since I am an anime/manga fan, you might see a few cosplay pictures every now and then…but not much! I promise 🙂
I also have a YouTube channel! Feel free to check it out if you didn’t happen to find this page from that site!
Eli Benik – Artist
Eli Benik is a comic artist and illustrator living in Northern Colorado. He is the creator, author, and illustrator of the webcomics Kaptai and Non-Binary, No Big Deal. He created and published the coloring book, Dessert Dogs, and illustrated Pop Culture Classroom’s 5th issue of their Colorful History comics. His work has been featured on Teefury, and he has attended numerous conventions professionally since 2012 including C2E2, Wondercon, Denver Comic Con, ECCC, and more. Eli hosted his first panel at Denver Comic Con 2015 demonstrating his illustration techniques in Photoshop, and gave a live drawing demonstration for the charity Pop Culture Classroom at Denver Comic Con 2016. He was on the the Comic Creators panel at Cheyenne Comic Con 2016, and co-hosted the Women in Comics panel at FoCo Comic Con 2016. When he isn’t drawing, playing video games, or whining about fictional characters, you can probably find Eli attending a convention near you.
Daniel Crosier – Artist
Daniel Crosier is a based in Denver, Colorado. Graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from RMCAD. Crosier works as a comic book writer and illustrator, concept designer, storyboard artist, sculptor, fabricator, producer, and filmmaker.
Mandem – Artist
MANDEM is a conglomerate three-bodied artist identity fronted by Maize Arendsee (MFA, Studio Art) with co-artists Kitsuko and Moco Steinman-Arendsee. We work across media and materials, destabilizing genre in terms of content and media. Our work explores the visceral and disabled body, art history, religious iconography, and issues of gender and desire. MANDEM has been widely exhibited and published and has received numerous juror and publication awards.
Melanie Gillman – Illustration
As the Crow Flies is a story about Charlie — a queer 13 year old girl who finds herself stranded in a dangerous place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. It has been nominated for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize (2013), an Eisner Award (2014), and an Ignatz (2016), and won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators (2016). Updates usually happen once a week.
On average, 1.33 colored pencils are sharpened into oblivion per page.
A print edition of As the Crow Flies is currently being Kickstarted by Iron Circus Comics!
Melanie Gillman is the cartoonist behind this story. They hold an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, and currently live in Tulsa, OK. This is their second all-colored-pencil graphic novel. Their first, “Smbitten”, is a lesbian romance about swing-dancing and vampirism, and is available here as a pay-what-you-want download on Gumroad.
Questions, comments, and lavish gifts can be directed to them at melanie.k.gillman at gmail dot com.
Melanie has also has a tumblr, where they’ve been known to post coloring recommendations, terrible fishbeasts, and the occasional mythological lesbian screenprint series.
Tawny Fritz – Illustrator
Tawny is an artist/illustrator based in Colorado. Her passion lies in ink and watercolor. Her work is meant to challenge the viewers’ perception of known themes such as Biblical stories and fairy tales.
Her work has been featured in ImagineFX Magazine and she is a veteran of many conventions, including Gen Con and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. Her passion for the artistic community is evident in her active role as a motivator and educator of artists in all walks.
Tawny is open to commissions and corporate work. Please note that due to demand, there may be a wait and that she is not available for free or spec work.