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Mark Waid

Mark Waid

Mark Waid has written a wider variety of well-known characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, Kingdom Come, is one of the best-selling comics of all time.

Mark’s runs on both The Flash and Captain America are considered high watermarks for each character. His work on Daredevil led the way for the book and Mark to receive multiple Eisner Awards and nominations.

Mark was a founding member of Gorilla Comics, helped build CrossGen into a powerful force in the industry, and has been a leading proponent of digital comics and taking advantage of the distinct capabilities that digital comics have to offer.

Mark started Thrillbent, a digital comics publisher for creator-owned comics, in 2013.

Mark is currently writing several high-profile comics for Marvel while writing his creator-owned series as well as running Thrillbent and managing a comic book store he owns. There’s simply no other comics writer more immersed the comics industry than Mark.

Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last fifteen years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Cameras have started to roll on Sony’s live action series based on Powers, the Eisner Award-winning comic series by Brian and Mike Avon Oeming, for the Playstation network with Brian as exec producer. The show stars Sharlto Copley, Eddie Izzard, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor and Michelle Forbes.  Showrunners Charlie Huston and Remi Aubuchon are at the helm.

For Marvel entertainment, Brian is currently the writer of All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, bringing about a new renaissance for the X-Men franchise. Brian has also launched a brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy series. All three books debuted at number one on the national sales chart.

The introduction of the new multiracial Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, made the front page of USA Today and went on to become an international hotbed political topic featured on Fox News, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Howard Stern and many others…

Brian’s recent release from Random House entitled Words for Pictures is an intricate look at the creation of comic books and graphic novels based on the college level Graphic Novel class he teaches at the University of Oregon and Portland State University.  It shot to number one on its Amazon chart.

Brian is a member of Marvel Studios’ creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects.  He has consulted on the Iron Man trilogy, Captain America 1 & 2, Thor 1 & 2, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Recently he consulted on the second wave of Marvel movies including Ant-Man, Captain America 3 and Avengers 2.

Before that, Brian completed 9 years helming Marvel’s popular Avengers franchise by writing every issue of the New Avengers plus debuting the hit books Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers along with the wildly successful “event” projects Avengers Versus X-Men, House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion, Age of Ultron, and Siege.

Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel Comics’ Ultimate line of comics. He has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its best selling launch in 1999, and has also written Ultimate Fantastic Four, X-Men, Marvel Team-Up, Origin, Six, Cataclysm and the Enemy trilogy.

Brian’s creator owned projects include Scarlet (with Alex Maleev), Brilliant (with Mark Bagley), the Eisner Award-winning Powers, United States of Murder Inc. and Takio (with Mike Oeming) and the Hollywood tell all Fortune and Glory.  All have been published through the Marvel ICON line.

He was a writer and consulting producer for the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man.  He is currently writing and developing a comedy animation pilot for FOX Sunday nights entitled The Blast.

Brian was recently the head writer of the massive multiplayer online game Marvel Universe for Marvel and Gazillion games and is currently helping to create the Marvel expansion to the Disney Infinity franchise.

He is the creator of the Jinx line of crime comics published by Image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels Goldfish, Fire, Jinx, Torso (with Marc Andreyko) and Total Sell Out.

Brian has won five Eisner awards, including “Best Writer of the Year” two years in a row, and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot Award for comic art excellence. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press “Excellence in Journalism” Award and was named “Best Writer of the Year” by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer’s Guide for three consecutive years.

He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia, Tabatha, and Sabrina, his dashing son London, and his dogs Lucky and Max.

Jim Zub

Jim Zub

Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past fifteen years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients, including Marvel, DC Comics, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Bandai-Namco.

He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and Program Coordinator for Seneca College’s award-winning Animation program.

His current comic projects include Dungeons & Dragons, a new series celebrating 40 years of the classic tabletop RPG; Thunderbolts, the return of Marvel’s villainous superhero team; and Wayward, a modern supernatural story about teens fighting Japanese mythological monsters.

Comics Experience is thrilled to have Jim join us for this Master Seminar.