Owen Welsh has been working in the video game industry for the past 13 years for companies like EA, Flagship Studios and Qalang. He is most known for his character models on the Sims 2, Sims 3 and MySims franchises. Upon completing his B.A.S in Digital Visual Media at Expression college he immediately began working on properties for Electronic Arts.
During his tenure he has explored concept art, character design, 3D modeling, animation, visual effects and UI. Recently he’s completed a comic book and video game for Qalang called Halus & Hotstone. Additionally he’s contributed visual effects to Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair feature film pitch. Currently he’s working on a new comic for Qalang and a children’s book.
Along with his digital graphics career, Owen has studied under master animator and draughtsman Don Bluth participating in workshops, short films and master classes. Combining his apprenticeship in traditional animation and professional experience, Owen began mentoring artists and offering private teaching classes which led to some artists behind hired at Qalang. Following Qalang, Owen joined Intel Studios to develop film VFX on the largest volumetric capture dome in the world.
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James Janowsky is a writer and educator.
He is currently working on several screenplays, a T.V. pilot, and an eight issue comic book miniseries, “A.O.A.: Angle of Attack,” that will be released in 2018. Another T.V. pilot that he co-wrote, “The Hunt,” was a recent featured script on The Black List, a Table Read My Screenplay semi-finalist, a ScreenCraft Pilot Launch semi-finalist, and a Big Break quarter-finalist.
He taught screenwriting and film business at New York’s School of Visual Arts for six years. He has participated in film and writing seminars at the Independent Filmmaker Project, Film Interchange and the South Asian International Film Festival. In 2013 and 2014 he was selected to be a judge for the Student Academy Awards.
He has been hired by Fox, Fox Searchlight and Warner Bros. to moderate Q&A’s with Hollywood talent for such films as “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Prisoner,” “Trance” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Since 2005 he has moderated over 200 Q&A’s and he is hired yearly to teach moderating to SVA students for their After School Special Film Festival.
From 2001-2012 he was a part of the NBRMP, a screening member for four years and their Creative Director and Student Grant Committee Chair for seven. While working there, he established the student grants at NYU, Ringling College of Art and Design, the Ghetto Film School, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, and Educational Video Center.
In 2012 he established the James Richard Janowsky Awards to honor talented film students. Since then, over 50 students at Columbia University, New York University and School of Visual Arts have received the JRJ Award. In 2017 two of the awardees won Student Academy Awards.
He is currently a member of the Independent Filmmaker Project, New York Women in Film and Television, and a voter for the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2000 he received his M.F.A. from the Columbia University Film Program with a concentration in screenwriting.
Reilly Brown has worked as an artist on a number of Marvel’s fan-favorite stories such as the mutant buddy-team of Cable & Deadpool, the infamous “Thorcules” fight in Incredible Hercules, and Spider-Man’s gig as a substitute teacher at the Avengers Academy in Amazing Spider-Man.
Brown is a also a digital comics pioneer with his creator-owned Power Play, as well as the recent Deadpool: The Gauntlet, which rethink comics for digital devices.
Meredith Nudo is a writer, editor, social media manager and comedian. Her work has appeared in Dork Shelf, Space City Nerd, Gutterfags and other digital, print and stage outlets, and she currently serves as the editor of Speak No Evil at Gray Bear Comics. She has also run social media accounts in the healthcare, oil and gas, publishing and performing arts sectors. You can find her on Twitter at @meredithnudo, on Facebook at /hardcorenudoty and on her blog at hardcorenudoty.com.
Jennifer de Guzman started out in comics as a publishing assistant at Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) and in within two years was editor-in-chief at the iconic underground publisher. There, she was editor for the early comics works of notable creators, including Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, Sonny Liew, and Sophie Campbell.
Jennifer remained at SLG until 2012, and then worked at Image Comics until 2015, managing marketing and publicity for the roll-out of titles like Saga, Sex Criminals, The Wicked + The Divine, and Bitch Planet.
Since 2015, she has worked as a freelance writer, published in outlets like Teen Vogue and ComicsAlliance, as well as doing freelance marketing and publicity work for the comics industry. She regularly appears on panels at comic book conventions and other conferences to discuss diversity, representation, and gender in the medium.
She also writes fiction in both prose and the comics medium. Find out more at her website jenniferdeguzman.com and her Twitter account @Jennifer_deG.
Jennifer is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband, son, daughter, and two cats.
Dave Sharpe has been lettering for 20 years. He started in 1990 hand-lettering in the Marvel Bullpen. After freelancing and teaching lettering at the Joe Kubert School in the mid-90s, Dave came back on staff and developed and helmed the Marvel in-house lettering department. In 2002, he went back to life as a freelancer and continues to letter for DC Comics and many independent titles. Dave has worked on many titles such as Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, The Defenders, and Spider-Girl.