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With over 30 years of experience in the comic book industry, Portacio launched his career in the industry when Marvel editor Carl Potts offered him an inking job in Alien Legion and Longshot in 1985. After which, Portacio penciled many Books like "Punisher", "Uncanny X-Men", and "X-factor". Portacio is also one of the seven founders of Image Comics. He created Wetworks, a team of black ops soldiers in the Wildstorm Universe for Image, which celebrated its 20 years.

 

Additional titles Portacio has worked on includes Journey Into Mystery, Hulk, Authority, Stormwatch, Batman Confidential, Superman/Batman, Spawn, Darkness, and many more. He is considered to be also one of the greatest comic book cover artists in the industry. Portacio recently returned to creator-owned book collaborating with Glen Brunswick on Non-Humans for Image and a new book is in the works for launch very soon.

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WHILCE PORTACIO

PENCILER/INKER

While attending Art School, Carlos D'Anda joined Jim Lee’s ”Wildstorm Studios", originally as an illustrator and concept artist for the studio's licensing department. Since then, he has gone on to draw numerous titles, including: Resident Evil, Bionicle, StarCraft, Deathblow, Batman, Star Wars, JLA, and most recently, DC’s “Kamandi”,  where he was quite happy to draw lots of Kirby-tech and weird and awesome animal people.

 

Expanding outside of comic books, he has also worked on a variety of video games and animation projects, both as a designer and art-director, including: SONY DCU Online game, illustration work for Blizzard’s StarCraft, and character-design and comic-book illustration for the award winning Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Arkham City game-franchise.

Carlos lives in San Diego, near a breakfast cafe, and enjoys the sweet smell of bacon and coffee every morning.

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CARLOS D'ANDA

PENCILER/INKER

Ryan Benjamin is a professional artist who started his career in comics in 1994 with Image Comics, which later branched off to become Wildstorm Comics.  He continues to work in the comic book industry with companies such as Marvel, DC, DarkHorse, Acclaim, and Valiant Comics.  

His list of works includes top-selling comics like Brothers Bond, WildCats, Grifter, Xmen, Star Wars, Spawn, Captain America, Iron Man, Grifter/Midnighter, Batman, Batman Beyond(#1 in the NY Times), Wonder Woman, and many more. Ryan has sixteen plus years in the industry, while also working as a senior artist at Sony Entertainment for eleven years.  A variety of his work as an artist/designer in video games can be seen in DC Universe (DCUO), Marvel MOBA games, and Television shows/movies like ThunderCats, Ultimate Spiderman, Little Man, Pacific Rim, and Mech X4.

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RYAN BENJAMIN

COLORIST

Alex Sinclair has worked in the comic book industry as a colorist for 26 years. He has spent most of his career coloring for DC Comics and their many iconic characters. Alex worked on many series including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Justice League, and Harley Quinn. His collaborations with Jim Lee and Scott Williams on Batman Hush, as well as Ivan Reis and Joe Prado on Blackest Night earned him global recognition and multiple awards. His current projects include Superman, Wonder Woman and Superman: Year One with Frank Miller.

 

Jim Lee hired Alex as the first digital colorist for his company, WildStorm. There, Alex helped establish and head the studio’s acclaimed coloring department. When DC Comics acquired WildStorm in 1998, Alex worked as an Art Director and Editor. He continued coloring on a freelance basis the entire time. In 2006 Alex left DC Comics to work strictly as a freelancer and focus on his color work. More importantly, Alex was able to spend time with his wife Rebecca and daughters Grace, Blythe, Jamie and Harley. Alex also enjoys teaching art classes at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, thus enabling him to pursue his other passion, drawing and painting wildlife art

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ALEX SINCLAIR