JDS will be at Fan Expo 2016!
With over 120 000 attendees, this is the biggest show of its kind in Canada! This is our 7th year vending at the show and it gets better every year. The show runs from Thursday, Sept 1 to Sunday, Sept 4. Information about this show is available at their website which you can visit by clicking here.
Jaded Dragon will be in the Artist’s Alley to sell our wares and to say hi to everyone we’ve met over the years at this amazing show. Come by and check out our wares and to chat about all things Geek! We can’t wait to see you.
Nik Zezos is going to be at Art-O-Con 2016 showing off his talents. We are so thrilled to have him at the show again as he is always a gentleman.
Nik is a local Ontario freelance artist who has been illustrating for over 20 years. He also attends shows from Fan Expo to smaller cons across Ontario. If Nik is not there to sell his wares he is there to support other artists & that means a heck of a lot.
He art is influenced heavily by his love of sci-fi, fantasy and action genres. Nik studied Ad and Graphic Design at Humber College.
Check out some of his art at Art-O-Con & see his art online here: dracon257.deviantart.com
Keith Grachow has been a graphic artist for the last 20 years and has worked for companies like Play Along Toys (a subsidiary of Jakks Pacific) on the Bruce Lee, Enter the Dragon series; and for Disney Animation, as a digital ink and paint artist on the animated flicks Princess and the Frog and the reboot of Winnie the Pooh (2011). He also owns his own studio, working along side his wife, a professional photographer, doing personalized commissions for their couples. Want to become a superhero or movie star in your very own illustration?
He is a full time illustrator that has created comic books, web comics, graphic novels and children’s books. He has self published a series of action adventure children’s books with his mom, Amy Grachow, called Up-In-The-Sky. He’s released three books in the series, On A Planet Named Up-In-The-Sky, What Does Slog Do? and Above A Planet Named Up-In-The-Sky. He also has an ongoing comic book called SALTWATER written my Mitch Cook about a colony on Mars cut off from the Earth. They had previously worked on the mini-series called Concrete Martians, about the War of the Worlds. Keith has a story in the Toronto Comics Anthology Volume 3, written by Howard Wong, called Snow Blind and will continue that collaboration in next year’s Volume 4.
You can check out more of his work at www.kgrachow.comor www.jnkimagery.com
and can contact him on Twitter: @kgrachow or on Facebook: Keith Grachow or On A Planet Named Up In The Sky. For illustration inquires email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
See him in person this October 23rd at in Burlington, Ontario at Art-O-Con 2016
Ken Turner and Whistleberry Arts are making their second appearance at Art-O-Con 2016. We are excited about their return to this super fun show.
While still new to the convention circuit, Whistleberry Arts has been around, in one form or another, for almost ten years. Ken has been hard at work growing his business & has been a regular vendor at Hamilton’s Art Crawl. His art work has been showcased at shops in both Hamilton and Toronto as well as being featured in print and on television.
Whistleberry Arts offers hand-made pop-culture themed products of multiple varieties, such as: custom t-shirts, polymer clay, textiles, digital photography, puppets, film, literature, and their custom Converse shoes.
Those shoes have been a fan favourite with customers both local and abroad, with pairs being purchased or gifted to celebrities such as Henry Winkler (Fonzie from Happy Days), Rob Paulsen and Jess Harnell (Yakko/Pinky and Wacko of Animaniacs), Tress McNeil (Animaniacs, The Simpsons), and Maurice LaMarche (The Brain of Animaniacs) .
Check them out on facebook: https://goo.gl/VpF3rZ
Help me welcome The GCE to Art-O-Con!
Not only will they be vending at the show but they will be setting up a photo booth and will be taking professional photos of you for free (or will accept a donation to charity)
Founded in 2012, It’s one of the best places to enjoy geek culture on Facebook!
The GCE is not only a cool place to enjoy on the web but it’s also an amazing traveling marketplace that vends at conventions across North America. Whether you are new to a fandom or have been part of one for years, you’ve found your place with the GCE. If you don’t know what comic to look for on the rack at your local store, they can help you. Maybe you need a place to discuss the last Walking Dead episode because your friends don’t understand how much you loved that character! Or maybe you just need to read amazing articles and interviews done by their stellar staff of contributors from around the world.
The GCE is a team of writers & artists who are passionate about cosplay, comic books & art. They cover conventions, bringing you interviews with your favorite artists, actors & featured cosplayers. They can help keep you updated on the vast world of geeky entertainment. Their unique, worldwide team unites geeks from all over the nerd spectrum whether you are a Padawan or a level 63 Tiefling Shadow Assassin, they’ve got something for everyone.
Please help us welcome Jessie Nyres to the show.
Jessie is newer to the convention circuit but she has been hard at work creating digital fan & original art for the last 2 years. She will be attending Art-O-Con and showing off her talents & we could not be happier.
Jessie has done world wide commissions this past year and is constantly working on portraits and new art pieces, from Game of Thrones to Steven Universe she adds her own personal twists to anything she creates.
She also does portrait commissions in a rich cartoon style or can draw you as your spirit animal in her unique way.
You can check her out at on her Tumblr: http://jessienyres.tumblr.com/ or email her at: JessieNyres@gmail.com
We are thrilled to support new/newer artists and Jessie looks forward to showing some new work at Art-O-Con
Stick to the Story has been creating hand carved staffs, canes and wands since 2009. They started off small but have grown over the years and now do several Comicons & festivals in the Niagara area and beyond.
Over the last few years their sales have skyrocketed thanks to several celebrities who purchased their creations. Fans such as Nichelle Nicolls, Billy Dee Williams and even the great Mitch Markowitz just to name a few. With a Twitter following of over 23,000 & sales all over the world; Stick to the Story has become an internationall success.
They also create custom staffs, canes and wands such as Gandalf staffs & Star Wars staffs and Yoda canes. They also create pendants and pendulums. All their creations are hand carved from various woods; oak, willow, applewood, and so on.
We are so excited to have them at our show. Check them out on Twitter Stick2thestory or Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Stick-To-The-Story-108990162179/?fref=ts
Alfonso Espinos is an award-winning Canadian comic book creator and illustrator. He is the founder of Studiocomix Press where he is the project’s chief editor, publishing the ongoing series The Night Spike since 1996. His focus has been on publishing his own original material and also supporting and working alongside new emergent graphic artists and comic enthusiasts.
Alfonso has presented lectures on comic book story & development of comic books. He actively participates with Idea Exchange where he has been a instructor teaching Manga and illustration for the past eight years.
You can discover more of Alfonso’s work and about Studiocomix Press including the biographies of the rest of the team at http://www.studiocomix.com/ He is also on Twitter: @studiocomix or on Facebook: Studiocomix Press.
“Creating a new generation of original comics”
We are super thrilled to have Studiocomix as our guests atArt-O-Con on October 23rd.
I am honored to announce that Vince Sunico will be at Art-O-Con 2016!
Vince Sunico is an artist based in Toronto. He studied Classical Animation at Sheridan College. His art style ranges from painting, figure drawing, graphic design, digital painting and sculpting; but Vince’s passion is comic books – cutting his teeth at a young age on his own, home-made versions of Superman, Batman and Spiderman.
When not drawing Vince runs the printing and design business, Guerilla Printing. Vince is currently working on a creator-owned project called Loathe.
We welcome Vince to Art-O-Con as a guest artist, and we think the world of him and his art. Check out more about Vince at these links: