Headlining Artist's Alley and Writer's Way at this years Superman Celebration will be Todd Aaron Smith, Tom Cook, Don Kramer, Cory Hamscher and the family combo of Martheus, Janet and Anakin Wade.
Artists Alley and Writer's Way will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Smith has worked as a professional animator and storyboard artist for many television productions, including The Adventures of Superman, Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man, The Avengers, Family Guy, Godzilla, South Park, Pokemon and countless others. Smith also has just illustrated his 14th set of Star Wars trading cards for Topps, including the recently released Star Wars: Galaxy. He has drawn sketch cards for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, The Hobbit, Star Trek: The Original Series, Ghostbusters, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Warcraft, ALIEN, Spider-Man: Homecoming and many others.
Smith is currently creating art for his seventh set of Topps Major League Baseball cards. While working on his third set, he attracted the attention of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. The Acquisitions Committee met and voted to make three pieces of Smith's art a part of the Permanent Collection of the Hall of Fame. His art is now in the same collection as works by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, LeRoy Neiman and many other great artists.
Smith will present a program on Saturday titled From Smallville to Metropolis: An Artist's Journey. The program will take place at the Metro Tent at 2:30 on Saturday. Smith will talk about accomplishing anythign you set your mind to and explain the process of how animation works as well as touch on his work creating Topps Baseball Cards.
Cook began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he worked as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, "Pacman and the Flintstones.
A short stop at Ruby-Spears had him working on Thundarr the Barbarian, Heathcliff, Fang Face and Plastic Man. Freelancing at Film Roman he worked on the Emmy Award Winning Garfield Special Babes and Bullets and for Bill Melendez on the Peanuts Special This is America Charlie Brown.
Moving to Filmation Studios in 1980, which at this point had become the only animation studio doing animation in the United States, and worked on Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Blackstar, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Brown Hornet, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam (Captain Marvel), Hero High and the futuristic Western Bravestarr. He was also involved with many TV commercials such as The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, the 7 Up Spot campaign and the Paula Abdul video for "Opposites Attract" featuring MC Skat Kat.
He then directed many episodes of these favorite TV cartoons: Road Rovers, Disney's Mighty Ducks, PB & J Otter, Duckman, King of the Hill, Savage Dragon, HBO's "Happily Ever After Fairy Tales, Extreme Ghostbusters, Extreme Dinosaurs, The Simpsons and many more.
He also animated or was the Key Clean-up artist on a number of motion pictures such as Walt Disney's "Prince and the Pauper" starring Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble, Jetsons: The Movie, Rover Dangerfield, Stay Tuned, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Steven Spielberg's We're Back!, and Don Bluth's Thumbelina.
Hamscher is a comic book artist from Indiana. Breaking in as a penciller/inker in the late 1990s, Hamscher's first major work was as an inker for Devil's Due Publishing where he worked on various titles including G.I. Joe vs. Transformers. In 2006 he was hired by Marvel Comics to draw an arc in Marvel Adventures Spider-Man and from there he has spent much of the last 12 years penciling and/or inking on titles such as: All New Wolverine, X-Men '92, Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Deadpool Corps, Ghost Rider, Avengers Academy, X-Men Forever, Skaar; Son of Hulk, and he is currently inking Star Wars: Age of Resistance. In 2012 Hamscher teamed up with Erik Larsen at Image Comics to relaunch Rob Liefeld's Supreme. He has also illustrated four Learn to Draw volumes for Marvel.
Kramer was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was raised in Chebanse. After getting his his bachelors of fine arts at Illinois Wesleyan University, Kramer broke into comics through the small press in the '90s before being recruited to draw a Dr. Fate mini-series for DC. This led to stints on JSA with Geoff Johns, JSA:CLASSIFIED with Pete Tomasi, a number of issues with James Robinson and Paul Dini on Batman and Detective Comics; as well as other titles such as Wonder Woman, Shazam, and The Outsiders.
Martheus Wade has illustrated for Bloodstream for Image Comics, Shooting Star Comics, Chaos Campus for Approbation Comics and Andrew Dabb's Slices just to name a few. Recently, he has worked on such titles as Action Man for Hasbro, the Marvel Comics Masterpiece Card Series and illustrated, wrote and produced a comic book crossover called Jetta/Shi: Arrow of Destiny with his character Jetta and William Tucci's Shi.
His work has been used for the movie Role Models from Universal Pictures as well as for the instructional DVD and book, Hi-Fi Digital Color for Comics II, available from IMPACT Publishing.
His work can be seen in Titanium Rain from Archaia Studio as well as Star Wars Galaxy Sketch Cards series 5. He has contributed to the Nanovor graphic novel from IDW Publishing as well as the popular manga series Mail Order Ninja by Josh Elder. His creator owned graphic novels Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa and Turra: Gun Angel has been licensed for motion picture and his newest comic book, Shinobi: Ninja Princess, has been published by Action Lab Entertainment and distributed by Scholastic Books with a hardcover collection making its way to stores and libraries in 2019.
Martheus will teach how to draw Ninjas at the Smallville Tent on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Janet Wade had a chance meeting in the summer of 1997 when a college writing class hooked her up with a young man who had aspirations of creating his own comic book. Something called "Jetta." She married the guy and became his inker and co-writer. And eventually they had a kid and named him Anakin, because they were not only artists, but Star Wars geeks as well.
She has worked on Shinobi: Ninja Princess from Action Lab Entertainment and the Turra: Gun Angel as well as Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa series from MAW Productions as well as contributed art for Topps, Harbro, Action Lab's Princeless and Josh Elder's Mail Order Ninja.
Anakin Wade was born into a family of comic book artists. His mom and dad, Janet and Martheus Wade, produce Action Lab's Shinobi: Ninja Princess series. He got into art innocently enough. When he was 4, he wanted to do art with his mom and dad. So mom drew and inked a few sketch cards, and he watercolored them. That was in 2013. Anakin and his mom have so far made over 200 sketch cards.
Other artists and writers visiting the Celebration include Brian K. Morris, Sean Dulaney, Trevor Hawkins, Candice Comelleri, Tyrone Tony Reed Jr., Mark LeMieux and Allen Perry.