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Randy Emberlin
Rick Hoberg
Bob Smith


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.



Rick is a comic book and storyboard artist. He started in the comics industry in the mid 1970ís 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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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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