Guest update: Please welcome Mark Pennington, and Chris Ehnot!

Mark Pennington

MARKBIOPICBorn in Cleveland, Ohio in 1959, drawing came naturally to Mark by the age of 5. After being honorary discharged from the Army in 1980, Mark worked several miscellaneous jobs before making the decision that he wanted to attend art school. Soon after, he applied and got accepted into The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art and attended for three years. Shortly after leaving school, it was suggested to Mark and a few others from the Joe Kubert School that they should apply to Hasbro to work as designers. Mark was hired by Hasbro in 1985 and worked primarily on the G.I.Joe brand until 1989 when he left to become a freelance artist.

After leaving Hasbro, Mark started working in the comic industry and has done and continues to do work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, and Athleta Comics. Although he has worked as an Illustrator and a Penciler for several comics, he is best known as a premier Inker. Some of the titles he has worked on include “X­Men”, “Batman”, “Spawn”, and more recently “The Protectors”, Batgirl , X­O and the X men.

Outside of traditional comics, Mark has also worked as an Illustrator on a children’s book series called “Short Tales Native American Myths” and on The Walking Dead Comic Book Trading Cards.

*Mark currently resides in Florida with his family and is a devoted Cleveland Browns fan!


Chris Ehnot

chrisehnotChris Ehnot is an award-winning graphic designer and freelance illustrator based out of Cleveland, Ohio. His professional designs and artwork are featured in graphic novels, illustration magazines, design annuals and advertising publications. You can find his recent artwork on: Zenescope Entertainment’s Dark Queen, Wonderland, Robyn Hood; Vanbreed Studios 8 Percent; Aspen Comics’ Fathom, Overtaken, and Soulfire; C Comics Studios Fallen; Larry Blamire’s Steam Wars; Laser Lady Publishing’s Laser Lady. He also is working on character concepts and statue designs for Chibi Essence. Chris has published work in Peter Holland’s Sound Waves, Savage Mind Comic Studio’s Scarlet Huntress Extended Edition and Scarlet’s Field Guide to Cryptids, Image Comics’ Lady Pendragon, Rob Liefeild’s Avengelyne, and [C] Comics Studio’s 52.


Guest update: Please welcome Bob Hall, and Joe Rubinstein!

Bob Hall

bobhallBob Hall had a long association with Marvel Comics, where at one time or another he drew most of the major books and characters such as The Champions, Spiderman, Dr. Doom, Conan, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Submariner, Captain America, PSI Force, The Avengers and The New Mutants. He was the artist for the West Coast Avengers mini-series and was the primary artist on the original Squadron Supreme. He drew movie adaptations of Willow, Dark Man and Captain America as well as the graphic novel, Emperor Doom. Bob was an editor at Marvel in 1979.

For Valiant he wrote and penciled the monthly series Shadowman, wrote Timewalker and then created Armed and Dangerous, a black and white “comicbook-noir” series.

For DC he wrote and drew the Batman graphic novel projects, Batman DOA, I Joker and It’s Jokertime.

He is currently creating an educational/fantasy about the measles virus.

Bob is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, Actors Equity Association and the Society for Directors and Choreographers.

His work can be seen at Commissions and original art are available through He can be messaged on Facebook.

Josef Rubinstein

josefrubenstienJosef “Joe” Rubinstein started his artist career as a teenager in the early 1970s. Primarily working as an inker, his artwork has been published by every major U.S. comics publisher, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics. One of his most important tasks has been inking The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe over a span of 20 years, contributing to his Guinness World Record of inking more pencillers than any other inker. Included in his extensive credits of over 2500 comics are inking duties for Frank Miller’s seminal Wolverine 4-issue miniseries from 1982 (the basis for the 2013 film The Wolverine), Jim Starlin’s Warlock, Aquaman with Don Newton and Micronauts with Michael Golden. Later assignments included the Dark Horse Comics miniseriesArchenemies and co-inked issues of the Ion miniseries from DC Comics. Joe currently inks projects for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Kingstone Publishing.


Guest announcements

Please welcome our first round of guests:

Sean Forney

seanforneybioSean Forney – is a fourteen year professional illustrator/comic book artist currently working on Zen: Intergalactic Ninja forDevil’s Due/1First Comics and Cyberines #3 (Red Anvil Comics). His recent color work can be seen on the cover ofBloodstrike (Image Comics). Cover and interior work can also be seen in Archaea (Devil’s Due/1First Comics), Deadpooh (Comi-Kazi), Cyberines #1 (Red Anvil Comics), Notti & Nyce and Do You Pooh? (Counterpoint Entertainment), Blindside #2 (Contraband Comics), Clint Hilinski’s Pirate Queen and Superiors, Ben Miller’s Judges, and Our Super Mom(Scottcomics). His pencil and ink work can be seen in Cut the Rope from Titan Publishing. Sean has also worked on Superbeasts (Fifth World Studios), Warlords of Wor (ManOrMonster? Studios), New-Gen New Dawn #4 (APNG Entertainment), Lego, Inc., Mice Templar Vol. 3: A Midwinter’s Night Dream trade (Image), Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Issue, Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 (Zenescope). He also completed color work on My Adventures with Spider-Man (Marvel/Identity Direct) and the Bakugan toy line forSpin Master. His pinup work can be seen in Moonstone’s Voltron: United and Drawn, Image’s Hack Slash: My First Maniac, Approbation’s Chaos Campus and DC’s Transmetropolitan Art Book. Sean co-created and illustrated Scarlet Huntress #1, Scarlet Huntress #2, Scarlet’s Guide to Cryptids, and the newest anthology book, Scarlet Huntress: Tales Through Time. See more of Sean’s work on the web and request commissions at and

Darryl Banks

darrylbanksbioDarryl Banks is from Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree. He began his comics career in 1989, working for various comic companies such as Innovation, Millennium Publishing and DC Comics. Darryl also does concept art and toy design. Clients include Hawthorne Village collectibles, Hasbro, Filsinger Games, VanBreed Studios and many others.darrylbankcomics

Tony Isabella

tonyissabellaCreator and writer of Black Lightning; co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra; writer Avengers, Black Goliath, Captain America, Champions, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Grim Ghost, Hawkman, Luke Cage, Rocket Racer, Spider-Man, Star Trek and many others.

TONY ISABELLA was born in Cleveland, Ohio – birthplace of Superman – on December 22, 1951. A 43-year veteran of the comics industry, he began his career in 1972 as an assistant to Stan Lee and Roy Thomas at Marvel Comics in New York City. He has been an editor and writer at Marvel and for many other publishers. At DC Comics, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero. With Bob Ingersoll, he co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse and is the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read, one of comicdom’s most successful books of comics history and nostalgia. He was the lead reviewer for and an contributing editor of Comics Buyer’s Guide for over two decades. He now writes the daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and has been a ghost-writer for a number of syndicated newspaper comic strips, creating several characters of color for the strips. He received the Inkpot Award at the 2013 Comic-Con International in San Diego. In 2015 and beyond, Isabella seeks to take a more active role in promoting diversity in comics and in his own writings. This will include examining his own work and that of others, as well as seeking artists, publishers and other creative people to partner with on new projects. Feel free to stop by Tony’s table to discuss any and all of the above.

More to come. Stay tuned!