Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, whose collaborative and solo careers have ranged from Vertigo’s Breathtaker and First Comics’ Mars to Image’s Frankenstein Mobster and DC’s Gregory, will once again lead a full roster of Insight Studios creators and guests to the Baltimore Comic-Con, October 18-20, 2019 at booth #118 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Wheatley and Hempel have been highly successful collaborators, including work on Tarzan, Jonny Quest, Titanic Tales, and Doctor Cyborg, as well as their recent full restoration of their acclaimed graphic novel Breathtaker, originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, which is forthcoming from Titan Comics.
This is the 20th annual Baltimore Comic-Con and this marks Insight Studios Groups’ 20th consecutive appearance at the show. This time the talent roster includes writer G.D. Falksen (Doctor Cthulittle), writer-director-graphic novelist Mark Redfield (Vampire Hunters Incorporated), industry veteran Mike Gold (longtime First Comics and DC editor), ComicMix’s Glenn Hauman (They Keep Killing Glenn), Evelyn Kriete (Hullabaloo), Adriane Nash (Pop Culture Squad), and sound designer, video editor, web designer and actress Jennifer Rouse.
On his own, Mark Wheatley has most recently released Songs of Giants, an oversized hardcover of his illustrations accompanying the poetry of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, Conan creator Robert E. Howard, and Cthulhu creator H.P. Lovecraft. Prior to its acclaimed debut, Wheatley illustrated and co-developed Doctor Cthulittle with studio mate G.D. Falksen. His other most recent work includes suppling art for prose books such as the special signed limited edition of Swords Against the Moon Men, the Philip Jose Farmer series novel Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time, and a wide variety new art prints, which he will have for sale at the booth. Over the past few years, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers and Super Clyde, while he’s also developed a live stage show featuring Dick Tracy, Tarzan, and the Green Hornet. In print his work has been featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales of Tarzan from Dark Horse Comics. With a track record that includes Frankenstein Mobster, Radical Dreamer, Return of the Human, Hammer of the Gods, EZ Street, Skultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast.
“America’s Most Beloved Semi-Obscure Cartoonist,” writer-illustrator Marc Hempel, grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he plies his craft on such diverse projects ranging from his own Gregory, Tug & Buster, and Naked Brain to Disney Adventures, and from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to “The Kindly Ones” in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Hempel’s art has also appeared in MAD, Marvel Fanfare, Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Flinch, My Faith in Frankie, The Dreaming, Lucifer, Munden’s Bar, Nickelodeon Magazine, and a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics. His series The Love Brothers has appeared in Aces Weekly.
G.D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and MC. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series and The Transatlantic Conspiracy, a YA mystery novel from Soho Teen. Other fiction includes “The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday,” “Cinema U,” “An Unfortunate Engagement,” and “The Mask of Tezcatlipoca.” He is also a voice actor and co-writer for the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask the Professor.
Mark Redfield is an actor, writer, producer, director and artist who has been acting and directing professionally in theater and film since 1981. He is currently developing a new script, revising a novel, recording AudioBooks and AudioDrama, editing a film and painting new pictures. A cartoonist who also designs sets for television and theater, his new work is shown in galleries, and appears weekly for sale at MarkRedfieldArt.com. His films include indie features such as the award-winning Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2002), Cold Harbor (2003) and The Death of Poe (2006). He is the co-creator and co-writer, with Stuart Voytilla, of the Vampire Hunters Incorporated series, which will make the leap from prose to graphic novel series in 2019. A voice actor who has hundreds of commercial, narration, audio book and video game credits, he produces original audio and radio drama with RedfieldArtsAudio.com and distributes titles on CDBaby, ITunes, Audible and on CD and LP.
Former First Comics and DC Comics editor Mike Gold hosts and performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind butt-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio, www.iNetRadio.com (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7 PM ET, rebroadcast three times during the week. Check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.
ComicMix head-honcho Glenn Hauman writes, edits, colors comics, designs websites, designs books, performs marriages, reaches things on high shelves, changes lightbulbs, bats right, snores loud, sings baritenor, draws to inside straights, drinks too much DMD, and stays up way too late at night. People keep trying to kill him, as they do in the anthology They Keep Killing Glenn. You can find out more at Glennhauman.com, or ComicMix.com.
Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo and Comicmix. Through crowdfunding she has raised over $1 million for various projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo, which she is producing alongside film creator James Lopez. She has previously worked on the staff of literary publications such as Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.
Adriane Nash, publisher, co-founder, and Editor-in-Chief of the Pop Culture Squad website, is and industry veteran best known previously for her contributions both online and in print as an editor for ComiMix.
Jennifer Rouse is a sound designer, video editor, web designer and actress. Her acting credits include Come Hell Or High Water, The Death Of Poe, Chainsaw Sally, State Of Play, Body of Lies, Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets, A Dirty Shame, and The Wire. Her film production work includes being the associate producer for Chainsaw Sally and The Death of Poe, and she did the music score for the film The Death of Poe.