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Gregory Manchess, 2018 winner of the World Fantasy Award for Art, has worked as a freelance illustrator for nearly forty years on advertising campaigns, magazines, and book covers. His work has appeared on covers and for feature stories of National Geographic Magazine, Time, Atlantic Monthly, and The Smithsonian. Gregory’s excellent figure work has led to numerous commissions for stamps by the US Postal Service, including the Mark Twain stamp and the recently released March On Washington stamp. With Gregory’s passion for history, the National Geographic Society sent him on expedition to record the exploits of explorer, David Thomson, and chose his work to illustrate the adventures of the first discovery of an actual pirate ship for the traveling exhibition, Real Pirates: The Untold Story of The Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. Widely awarded within the industry, Manchess exhibits frequently at the Society of Illustrators in New York. His peers at the Society presented him with their highest honor, the coveted Hamilton King Award. Gregory is included in Walt Reed’s latest edition of “The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000.” He lectures frequently at universities and colleges nationwide and gives workshops in painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA. Manchess’ novel, Above the Timberline, was released by Simon & Schuster / Saga Press October 24, 2017. The book is written by Gregory and fully illustrated with 123 oil paintings across 240 pages. The story is based on the painting of a mountain explorer and his polar bear pack created for a 2-hour video examining Gregory's painting process and technique.
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.
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.