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Randy Emberlin is a comic book artist, though he has spent the past 30 years working in a variety of creative fields. Whether as an illustrator of educational books or an animator on over 50 television commercials, he has made his presence felt through his style and sensibilities.

Over the last 20 years he is probably best known for his work as an inker in comics, with a resume that includes long runs on Amazing Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, GI Joe, Doctor Strange, Alien Legion, Star Wars Tales, Mr. T for British publisher AP Comics, Ghost and the R.I.P.D.graphic novel from the movie for Dark Horse, and Left Behind for Wildstorm. He has worked with a wide range of pencilers and has many distinctive styles that fans are well acquainted with.

Randy's presentation of "The Dynamic Art of Comics" is presented at numerous Portland OR schools.  Randy and his wife Judy also host 3 weeks of Summer Comic Book Art Camps for students, ages 8-16 in their hometown of Portland, Oregon.



Stefano Gaudiano was born in Italy in 1966 and moved to the U.S. in 1981. He started self-publishing comics while in high school, and turned professional in 1987 with Kafka (originally published by Renegade Press, and recently re-issued through Image Comics).

Currently Stefano is inking Charlie Adlard's pencils on The Walking Dead comic book, and loving the job. Between Kafka and The Walking Dead he’s inked and penciled comics for Valiant, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Caliber, including X-O Manowar, Daredevil, Gotham Central and Winter Soldier.

Besides Charlie Adlard, he has been invited to collaborate with respected pros Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, Ed Brubaker, John Francis Moore, Butch Guice and our very own Rick Hoberg.

His work has also appeared in newspapers, video games and animation.


Rick is a comic book and storyboard artist. He started in the comics industry in the mid 1970’s assisting Russ Manning on the early Star Wars and Tarzan newspaper strips. He also ghosted Sunday pages for Fred Kida on the Spider-Man strip.

Moving on to Marvel Comics, Rick contributed artwork for Star Wars, Savage Sword Of Conan, What If...?, Kull The Conqueror, Iron Man and The Invaders.

In the years following his work at Marvel, Rick mainly drew for DC Comics on such titles as The Brave and the Bold, Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, All-Star Squadron, Justice League and The New Gods as well as Roger Rabbit for Disney. Rick also collaborated with Steve Englehart to create The Strangers series for Malibu's Ultraverse line.

Recently, he worked with collaborator (and former Bellingham Comicon Guest) Stefano Gaudiano on the art for the Batman Family series at DC Comics.

Besides his comics work, Rick has been active in animation since 1978 as a storyboard artist, model designer, and layout artist for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby Spears, Filmation, Universal, Disney, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., and many others. Just a few of the series to his credit are Godzilla, Super-Friends, G.I. Joe, Jem, Defenders of the Earth, Justice League, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Rick also served as a director/producer for Marvel Productions, where he co-created the first X-Men cartoon, Pryde of The X-Men. Other Marvel work includes Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, War of The Worlds: Goliath, and Hulk & The Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

In addition, he has done great amounts of line artwork and production sketches for the official Star Wars style guide and merchandise for Lucasfilms.

Rick is currently the Lead Cinematic Storyboard Artist at 343 Industries for Halo.

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Moritat (aka: Justin Norman) may be best known for his artwork for DC Comics on The Spirit and All Star Western (featuring Jonah Hex), or the Hellblazer series DC published as part of their 2016 "DC Rebirth" initiative as well as the Warren Ellis/Darick Robertson book, Transmetropolitan.

Two high profile non-DC books that feature his artwork are Elephantmen published by Image Comics and Boom! Studios' Eisner Award nominated Philip K. Dick adaptation, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

His cover art is also in demand. From Dynamite Entertainment titles includes Red Sonja, Sheena Queen of the Jungle, James Bond, Django/Zorro, and the Green Hornet. For Archie Comics' it's included Betty and Veronica, Riverdale, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Keep up with Moritat on twitter at @MoritatArt and deviantart.com/moritat

Bob Smith grew up in Grayland WA and attended college at Grays Harbor Community College and Western Washington University. His debut in professional comics was for DC on Plastic Man in 1975. He continued working fulltime for DC comics for many years inking a wide variety of titles such as Super Friends, Star Trek, Secrets of Haunted House, the Robin mini-series, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Huntress, DC Presents, Detective Comics, Captain Atom, Catwoman, Black Canary, and many others.

In 1998, Bob moved to Archie Comics, inking many titles; however his primary job has been collaborating with comic legend Stan Goldberg. Bob worked on the long anticipated story line "Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty", and also inked the Archie daily and Sunday strips.  He continues inking full time with Archie Comics.

Bob is a 2013 Harvey Award nominee for Best Inker for his work on the Life with Archie Magazine.

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Roger Sweet was a lead designer working for Mattel's Preliminary Design Department during much of the 1970s and 1980s. In the contest to design the next hit action figure, he realized that research and analysis were the keys to success. Sweet knew he needed to give the Mattel Marketing Department something that it could sell.

The only way Sweet was going to have a chance to sell his idea was to create 3D models of his concept, big ones! Sweet proceeded to glue a Big Jim figure (from another Mattel toy line) into a battle action stance.

Also, Sweet added a huge amount of clay to Big Jim's body to give it a great deal of muscular mass. After that, he then had plaster casts created by the Mattel Mold Shop. From these casts, Sweet produced the three proto-type models of his He-Man Trio. The “Trio” was then presented to Mattel upper management at the 1980 Mattel Product Conference. Sweet's He-Man Trio brought He-Man and as a result the Masters of The Universe into existence. Without Sweet's He-Man Trio there would be no He-Man or Masters of The Universe.

He-Man and the Masters of The Universe were an instant success and have become pop culture icons spawning toy lines, numerous animated series, as well as a full length feature film.

He-Man and Masters of The Universe toys are precious finds for serious toy collectors.

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