Please check back often as we continue to add some of the best artists, crafters & creators throughout the Midwest...
Stuart Sayger, IllustratorStuart Sayger is a professional illustrator who works primarily in the comic book industry. Known for his moody and expressive style, Sayger first broke into the industry as the creator of Shiver in the Dark, producing the comic independently from start to finish. Stuart also produced artwork for the "Man of Steel" Superman movie, as well as a video game adaptation of Robert Kirkman'sThief of Thieves. Recent comic book projects include 30-Days of Night, Robert Rodriguez's Machete, and Bram Stoker's Death Ship.
Toy fans will remember Stuart's work from a 2-year run drawing the Bionicle comic book based on the popular Lego toy line. The series was distributed internationally boasting the largest circulation of any comic book in the world. Stuart's clients have included: DC Comics, IDW Comics, Lego, Microsoft, Upper Deck Cards, Warner Brothers, and WizardMagazine.
Stuart will also be hosting the Midwest Toy Fest 2015 Drink & Draw on Saturday, June 6 after the show floor closes.
George KramerGeorge Kramer embraces writing in all genres. As it stands, he has over one hundred and fifty articles published online for various websites. He has written two books of unconventional poetry, countless short stories, a medical thriller, and has entered the science fantasy arena with his second book of the Arcadis series.
The Gypsy Face PainterThe Gypsy Face Painter is Fort Wayne's most exciting fantasy face painter!
She loves face painting! It's not just her business, it is her passion.
The transformation that takes place when someone sits in her chair is amazing. They may have seen the design in a photo, but when she is finished and hands them the mirror... they are almost always surprised that they look so glamorous… or so wild… or so scary… or so crazy! She gets such a thrill from hearing "Oh, Wow! "
She specializes in full & half-face fantasy face painting, UV designs, and baby belly painting—as well as glitter tattoos! All paints and glitters used by The Gypsy Face Painter are professional and FDA-compliant to ensure that they are safe on your skin. Find her online at thegypsyfacepainter.com.
Ron BraunRon Braun is an accomplished cartoonist whose latest creative endeavor is Once Upon A Platypus, an all-ages tale about a girl whose discovery of a talking platypus with amnesia plunges her into adventure. As a companion project, he has also created the "I, Platypus: The Chronicles of Dakk Waggitt" series of prints featuring the story’s co-star assuming the identities of various superheroes and movie icons. Ron’s other work includes the books All Tooned Up and No Place To Go!, Hello Cruel World, My Best Friend is an Idiot!, Modern Daze and A Long Time Ago In A High School Not So Far Away..., all collections of past cartoons and comic strips. You can keep up with Ron on Facbook, as well as on Twitter under @toonitup and online at thetoonguy.deviantart.com and www.toonitup.storenvy.com.
Brian DeguireBrian DeGuire is an Indianapolis-based artist known for his sketch cards and cartoon-like style. Brian created the 2015 Midwest Toy Fest coloring sheet and the artwork for our 2016 show poster !
Why We CosplayWhy We Cosplay is a documentary by filmmaker Michael Elliott that aims to educate the world regarding what cosplay is, what it means to people, and how it has affected people — both good and bad.
Michael ElliottMichael Elliott is a New Media Specialist with expertise in photography, videography, graphic design, and 3D animation. He has worked extensively with cosplayers who want to showcase their work. Addiitonally, Michael will be this year's official photographer for Midwest Toy Fest.
That's Terri-IFICTerri offers great original themed gifts for fans of super heroes, Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, and many other television shows. Items range from small convenient wallets to large messenger bags, computer and iPad cases, shirts, aprons, baby quilts, and so much more. Each item is a unique one of a kind design, all lovingly made for you by Terri. You can follow That's Terri-IFIC on Facebook.
Anime GravyrAnimegravy is an art group created by two nerds, Caroline Abernathy and Richard McElravy. They specialize in original fan made prints, commissions, and jewelry! Everything is handmade with lots of care!
Creative EncountersMichelle Weldy/Creative Encounters Michelle is a spiritual artist specializing in live events and empowering others to create. "I love to go to different, sometimes unexpected places and paint the atmosphere. I look for the gold, for the light that's there, just waiting to be noticed." You can follow her on Facebook or on Twitter as @michelleweldy.
Chris & GinChris is an educational media developer/animator and an organizer of the Indianapolis Illustrator’s Lunch, a once-a-month gathering of professional illustrators. Ginger is a smarty-pants freelance graphic designer and an active co-organizer for the Indy Webcomics Group, a casual meetup for comics artists in Indianapolis. Chris & Gin’s crime-comedy “The Brothers Grant” chronicles the adventures of grumpy bounty hunter Sam and his excitable brother Kevin. Sam aims to destroy crime in the city of Harrison while Kevin struggles to keep him from wrecking his life, their apartment, and the American Midwest. You can read it online at thebrothersgrant.com Follow them on twitter as @MisterLudden and @HeyGingerDee.
Cuddly CreaturezArtist Jeanie Byrd creates adorably strange dolls available for adoption. All recycled, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind babies. Custom orders are always welcome! Follow her on Facebook or on Instagram as @cuddlycreaturez.
KromatiqKromatiq Studios offers Handmade Jewelry, Accessories, and other Knick Knacks. You can find them on Facebook, Etsy, or Instagram (@kromapop).
My Little Borb CompanyMy Little Borb Company "Bird Orbs" or "Borbs" are hand-made and hand painted. The owner started making Borbs with the thought that her mother would really like a product like this, and slowly the business expanded.
Tristan ThompsonIndianapolis-based illustrator and designer Tristan Thompson produces work that exhibits diverse subject matter. Working as a full-time freelance designer primarily for Arkaik Clothing in 2011, he also spent time designing clothing graphics for independent apparel companies and bands such as As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire, and Chimaira. He attended Herron School of Art & Design and graduated from University of Southern Indiana in Spring 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Art. Tristan currently works as a full-time graphic artist illustrating and designing merchandise for a variety of clients, including: National Hot Rod Association, Kobe Bryant, Gen Con, Big Ten basketball, Wrangler, X-Games, Minnesota Vikings, Harley-Davidson, Chrysler, Chevrolet, and Susan G. Komen. You can see examples of his work and keep up with him online at: http://tristarr-art.com/ https://dribbble.com/tristanthompson
The Game ChangersThey create custom painted Amiibo and nerdy gifts! You can follow them on Facebook, on Twitter as @custom_amiibo, on Instagram as @thegamechangers1, and at their website www.yourgamechangers.com.
Bittersweet HavenBittersweet Haven is an artist-operated shop offering original plushies, artwork, and accessories. Inspired by Japan, the macabe, and everything cute! You can follow them on Facebook and at bittersweethaven.storenvy.com.
Mike Makes StuffMike Ficarra is an artist and illustrator currently living in Indianapolis. He earned an Associate's of Fine Arts from the Community College of Morris, and took several classes at The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He studies at the Herron Institute of Art and Design with a focus on Drawing and Illustration. Mike is currently working on several books. Risenholme: The First Age, a sprawling fantasy epic, The Tempest, a sci-fi reboot of a Shakespearean classic, and The Chronicles of Cornelius Cross, an illustrated journal set in the Risenholme world. He is also a contributor on the children's books Ani and the Grumpus and The Young Puffin, with co-creator Yekaterina Komarovskaya. Mike loves dogs, video games, comics, character-driven stories, and pineapples. You can keep up with him on Facebook, on Twitter under @mikemakesstuff, on Instagram as @mikemakesstuff_1, and at http://mikemakesstuff.com.
Damon Bowie ArtBorn and raised in the cultural melting pot that is the city of New Orleans, Damon Bowie has been a professional artist since the age of 16. He has worked in the Design and Illustration field in New Orleans for the largest fabricator to the Entertainment Industry in the Gulf South. As Art Director and Chief of Design he has helped create parades, sculpture, and elaborate settings for commercial clients and private organizations for over 18years. Throughout that time he has made a supplemental living with efforts including comic book projects as well as many Art Prints he made available for public sale. These days, Bowie has been busy as a Conceptual artist, as well doing commissions for clients all over the world. Among his clients are Upper Deck, Marvel and Heritage publishing. The iconic series of work and his approach to the fan art he offers is a lifelong ambition finally realized for Bowie. You can see some of his work on Facebook, Twitter (@DamonBowieArt) and at damonbowieart.com.
Studio Black Hat/White RabbitStudio Black Hat / White Rabbit is the culmination of a decade of friendship and a mutual desire to create a comic that would mix wonderful art with good storytelling. The first project, one of several coming over the years, is Sans Voir Nocturne. The team consists of: Roxanne Larson: The Pale White Rabbit. A graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design, Roxanne has always had a passion for characters and fantastic creatures. Fueled by a love of art and enough soda to kill a lesser individual you can find her on twitter at @PaleWhiteRabbit or on tumbler at palewhiterabbit.tumblr.com. Diane Modena: The Lovely Dagger. A new addition to the studio, she delivers the colors with an impressive flair! You can find her work at lovelydagger.deviantart.com, where she displays her prodigious talents. Nicole Kraft: The Web Wizard. The illusive and illustrious web master, Nicole runs the website and makes her improvements upon it. She is a graduate of SCAD, and gets paid in tiny cakes. You can find her twitter at @Nekrafty. Sean McNab: The Black Hat Storyteller. A writer with few people skills and a dark sense of humor, he has an eclectic sense of taste for his inspirations — ranging from comics, movies, animation and even Japanese tokusatsu. It is his passion to develop worlds and the characters within them, and it is his biggest dream to finally be working on these projects. He can be found tweeting at @BlackHatWriter.
Jam graphics & PublishingJAM publishes multi-cultural comic books and educational material. They recently published an art/history book entitled Buried Treasure. You can follow them on Facebook and at jamgraphicsandpub.com.
Mrs. B's Gourmet Biscuits & BonesMrs. B's makes dog treats treats that smell so good you might even be tempted to take a bite! Mrs. B's is registered with the Indiana State Chemist Office & Seed Commissioner and is locally owned and operated. Mrs B. has a dog with food allergies, which inspired her to create a product line that included allergy free gourmet treats. She is committed to safe and healthy treats for your pet and offers a wide variety of appealing flavors and shapes to please all shapes and sizes of dog and owner. You can follow her on Facebook, and on Instagram (@dogtreatmom).
Tim EakerGrowing up in rural Indiana, Tim realized his love for art and creating at a very young age. He has fond memories of sitting in church and drawing pictures on paper as early as age 7. He entered his artwork in a contest for the first time in grade school at Neil A. Armstrong elementary school in Mooresville, Indiana. It made him feel good to put his artwork on paper and experience other people appreciating his creation. It was from that point on that that art, design and creating would be a huge part of his life. Tim loves creating, especially in paint, but also enjoys drawing, painting murals, fine scale modeling, graphic creation and illustration of logos and book covers, set design, prop building and sculpting. Tim is a HUGE fan of Star Wars and has been a member of the 501st Legion and Star Wars Indiana as a "sandtrooper" since 2013. Tim resides in Indianapolis, with his beautiful wife Christina, 2 sons Andrew and Devon, daughter Olivia, his pug, Peyton, and cat, Juliet. You can find his work online at www.hisdesign.me.
Ryan ForstRyan offers unique original drawings and art illustrations for traditional and digital works. Commission services are available by request. You can follow his work on Instagram (@forst_art) or at forst77art.storenvy.com.
Armored Chain Mail ChickPlease welcome Armored Chick Chain Mail to the show! They specialize in custom chain mail jewelry, all handmade, in a variety of styles and colors. All pieces are made using variations on traditional chain mail patterns. You can follow them on Facebook or at www.armoredchick.com.
NTF Design & PrintPlease welcome NTF Design & Print to the show! NTF is a Northwest-Indiana-based Graphic Design firm specializing in printed band and artist merchandising. Artist Chris Angelucci will be bringing a selection of his work. Follow him on Facebook and on Instagram (@ntfdesignandprint).
Doodles by CraigPlease welcome Doodles by Craig to the show! Craig Mathis creates original hand painted custom weirdness on wood, varnished and ready to hang. Craig earned his fine arts minor from Ball State University. After working in the airbrush industry for five years in the 1990’s, he then went into the tattoo industry for 16 years while painting on the side. He has decided to stop tattooing at the end of this year and pursue painting full-time! You can follow him on Facebook!
Heroic HandmadePlease welcome Heroic Handmade to the show! You can see a selection of their items at www.etsy.com/shop/heroichandmade.
AerosoulPlease welcome artist Brian Bálor aka "Aerosoul" to the show! Brian is an Indianapolis-based stencil artist. All of his pieces are on found items and recycled pieces. Ranging from vinyl, wood, plexiglass, or even a car! He is working on expanding to galleries, more cons, and bigger more intricate pieces. You can see his work at www.aerosoulpro.com and follow him on Twitter and Instagram under @aerosoulpro.
J.S. SkyePlease welcome artist J.S. Skye to the show! He has been an artist and a creator since his earliest of memories. world building and telling tales that touch the hearts of others have been a lifelong aspiration. Currently, J.S. Skye is devoting a majority of his attention to a well-loved novel series named Flurry the Bear. Flurry was created in 2008 and the first novel was published in 2012. Since then, J.S. Skye has continued to add to the series with an end goal of twelve novels to complete Flurry's journey. Between the main novels and side projects connected to the books, J.S. Skye spends his days entrenched in the world of Flurry the Bear. You can follow along on Facebook or at www.flurrythebear.com.
Katrina CatizoneWe'd like to welcome Katrina Catizone to the show! Katrina is an artist/photographer from Gary, IN. She specializes in photorealistic charcoal portraits and challenges herself to render rich textures – such as facial creases, textile fibers, hair, or metallic armor in charcoal pencil. You can follow her on Facebook or on Instagram under @katrinacatizone.
Dank BeadsWelcome to the show, Dank Beads! Dank Beads sells beaded and woven accessories including necklaces, bracelets, rings, and hair clips. You can follow them on Facebook.
Epyon5Please welcome epyon5 to the show! Epyon5 is the moniker of an artist with a very distinctive style. Many of his pieces are pop-culture related and his work has been featured in several galleries around the country, including: Galerie F (Chicago), The Attic (Indianapolis), Bold Hype (New York), Spoke Art (San Francisco), Gauntlet Gallery (San Francisco), Hero Complex (Los Angeles), and Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles). You can follow his work on Facebook and Instagram under @epyon5.
Kim's Kakery, Bakery & CaféPlease welcome Kim's Kakery, Bakery & Café to the show! They will have a selection of sweet baked goods to sustain you throughout the show! Their retail location is located in Indianapolis and serves breakfast, lunch and coffee. You can follow them on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram as @KimsKBC.