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San Antonio Pop Con

Popular Culture Celebration at the San Antonio Public Library

 


ARMAND S. BALTAZAR was born 1967 in Chicago’s North Side, not far from the famed Wrigley Field. Always keen on drawing and painting at an early age, his parents encouraged his talents with trips to the Art Institute of Chicago. He pursued formal training first at the Art Institute, then later graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Advertising Illustration.

Unable to find the right fit in Chicago’s advertising market, he traveled west to Phoenix Arizona. There he would work as a contributing editorial artist for The Arizona Republic’s Perspective column and work as a freelance illustrator. His quest to grow as an artist led him to California to attend the Art Center College of Design. There he would earn a second BFA in Illustration and find new focus for his talents.

At school Armand found a great passion for narrative painting. More simply, pictures that told a story with feeling and design. This would lead to a natural path...film.

Armand began his film career with DreamWorks SKG Animation then later with Walt Disney Feature Animation and Image Movers Digital. Currently he calls Northern California his home and is a Senior Designer for Pixar Animation Studios.

Armand works in both film and fine art, exhibiting in and around Los Angeles and San Francisco. He occasionally teaches and speaks at universities around the country.

On his free time he can be found landscape painting and snowboarding, usually not at the same time. Armand shares his adventures with a wonderful and talented wife and son who both support, share, and accommodate his creative passions and in so many ways inspire them.

Credits Include:
The Prince of Egypt, The Road to Eldorado, Spirit Stallion of the Cimmaron,
Sinbad, Shark Tale, Flushed Away, The Bee Movie, Princess and the Frog, A Christmas Carol, and Cars 2.

 


MATT FRANK is known in both Japan and America as the "Kaiju King," having been an artist for IDW's Godzilla comics since 2011. His work can be found in Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Godzilla: History's Greatest Monster, Godzilla: Legends, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, and Godzilla: Rage Across Time. Matt is also an accomplished Transformers artist, working extensively for both IDW and Fub Publications, as an interior artist and a character designer. Mars Attacks The Transformers and Spotlight: Trailcutter are among his most popular works, and he created four new Transformers characters, the Raptoricons, for the Official Collector's Club in 2016. In the summer of 2017, Matt made an exclusive poster celebrating the American home video release of Shin Godzilla by Funimation, and is also a featured commentator on the blu-ray special features. In 2018, Matt is writing and illustrating a new comic for publisher Phase 6 and Tsuburaya Productions based on the cult-classic superhero Redman, in a bilingual format.

 


JASON LIMON is a painter and sculptor that was born in San Antonio, Texas. In early 2007 he moved from a long career in graphic design to begin work as a visual artist exhibiting in galleries across the United States and parts of Europe. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Albuquerque, and Chicago and has participated in a large variety of group exhibitions. His art has been presented in an array of publications and has received awards and accolades from Communication Arts, American Illustration and The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. In 2016, a toy based on one of his paintings won Toy of the Year award from the Designer Toy Awards in New York. He continues to reside in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and two daughters.

 


ALFREDO "FREDDY" LOPEZ JR.  is a professional illustrator from San Antonio. He currently works as an illustrator in games, comics and cards. Freddy began his career pursuing his love of comics. He brought his gritty painting style to projects eventually landing work as a cover colorist on titles from Image, Markosia, Ape Entertainment and many more. As a colorist, he was able to collaborate with many legendary names in the industry and helped build his reputation.

In addition to comic work, he is a sketch artist on projects for companies such as Upper Deck, Marvel, Rittenhouse, and others. Freddy has been a licensed sketch card artist on projects which include The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Women of Marvel, Dinosaurs, Firefly and Lady Death.

Freddy’s personal work is often known for mashing up different pop culture elements and concepts. He participates in many local art events including live art, art festivals and conventions. He occasionally visits schools to talk to kids about careers in art and keeps a pretty steady commission que where he does custom sketch cards, sketch covers and illustration work.

 


JOHN PICACIO is one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction and fantasy over the last decade, creating best-selling art for George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, as well as the STAR TREK and X-MEN franchises. Major clients include Penguin Random House, Tor Books, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Subterranean Press, Pyr, Baen Books, Dark Horse Comics, and many more. His body of work features major cover illustrations for authors such as Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Brenda Cooper, James Dashner, Frederik Pohl, Dan Simmons, Mark Chadbourn, Sheri S. Tepper, James Tiptree, Jr., Lauren Beukes, Jeffrey Ford, Joe R. Lansdale, and many, many more. Winner of the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, his accolades include eight Chesley Awards, two Locus Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and the Inkpot Award.

In 2012, he founded his own creative imprint, Lone Boy, which became the launchpad for his Loteria Grande cards, a bold contemporary re-imagineering of the classic Mexican game of chance. He is currently writing and illustrating a Loteria book, and his literary works will be represented by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary (NYC). Words that make him happy include comics, hardcover, Palomino Blackwing, Faber-Castell, Kenobi, Batman, Tarkovsky, habanero, Dia de los Muertos, Ginobili, and single malt scotch.

 


ALLISON STANLEY works traditionally with a metal-nibbed dip pen and black ink, drawing from techniques of ancient illuminated manuscripts, from gold leaf to calligraphy to microscopic detail à la Book of Kells. The Rococo art movement is another influence: her signature black & white style is richly ornamental. Delicate line-work, intricate surface patterns and swirling flourishes clothe with regal elegance her deeply imaginative and symbolic designs, filling every square inch of the canvas with interest.