|The 2016 Excellence in Webcomics Awards Judges|
Alyssa Alecci is a graduate of the School of Visual Art's animation program. She makes many cups of tea by day and comics by night. Her favorite activities include brainstorming and fidgeting. She is a member of the SpiderForest Webcomic Collective, where she publishes her supernatural drama/horror webcomic, Lapse.
Ababil Ashari penname Wednesday Ash, is editor-in-chief of Scroll Down Comics. He's the author of the webcomics Entytas and Cloverlines, and writes the monthly StArt Faire writing advice column "Wednesday Ash Writes".
Derik Diaz studied at The Savannah College of Art and Design where he graduated with a BFA in Sequential Art. Derik has worked with a variety of clients across the United States, creating illustrations, storyboards and comics. Currently, he produces a weekly action/adventure webcomic called The Adventures of Toad. Derik is also in pre-production for an urban fantasy graphic novel featuring the story of a tough, young Shawnee woman with StArt Faire's own Donathin Frye.
Draco Plato is a full time artist and comic creator with a BA in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, who is also the founder of StArt Faire Magazine and KhyatiX. They have a passion for webcomics and the webcomic community and hope to see the community continue to grow in years to come.
Donathin Frye is a professional stage actor who has toured across America, playing the lead roles of Kino in John Steinbeck's The Pearl and Ponyboy Curtis in The Outsiders, among others. Additionally, he's a prolific writer, having won a BroadwayWorld Award for Best Playwright and authored a number of comics in 2016, including his self-published books: I, Necromancer and Atonement. He also published the graphic novella Survivor for the All the King's Men anthology. He's currently a contributing staff writer for StArt Faire Magazine. He believes in one thing above all others: the power of storytelling to shape our world.
Michael Hayden is an artist and musician from Austin, Texas. When he's not drawing comic books or rocking drums with his band he's hanging out with his wife and two boys. He's the creator of the space opera, Heroes for Ghosts.
Ben Howard grew up wanting to write horror stories in a grim Scottish castle while sipping whiskey and contemplating his own existential angst. He ended up living in Florida instead, so he does all this but with a tan. An ex-critic and editor at PopOptiq, Ben one day plans on writing comics, but currently (and proudly) writes for The Outhousers. His stellar reviews have caught the attention of readers and creators alike, and he has even interviewed comic greats such as Kurt Busiek, Brian Azzarello, and Gail Simone. Ben often pens lengthy reviews for various indie comics, many from #ComicBookHour.
Anna Landin is a comic artist, illustrator and compulsive storyteller from the far northern reaches of the world (Sweden). She lives in the smallest of small towns, is possessed of a flypaper brain, and is fascinated by everything. She's also a tea-nerd of the highest order. She is the creators of the webcomic Grassblades and has a sci-fi comic that will be published in the anthology Enough Space for Everyone Else.
J.N. Monk is a writer/editor from Northwest Ohio. They currently write an all-ages superhero comic called Starhammer, published by Hiveworks. They've also co-edited Enough Space for Everyone Else, a sci-fi comic anthology from Bedside Press. In addition, they have a graphic novel in the works for Lerner Books called Topside with creative partner, Harry Bogosian. They currently reside in the Twin Cities area.
Rebel Vampire is a novice game designer and serves as Writing Director for StArt Faire. Rebel possesses a BA in English Literature, as well as some experience in art fundamentals. When not performing work for StArt Faire, Rebel works on a variety of projects (from crafting to game making) due to a multitude of interests and skillsets. Rebel is also very passionate about cats and astronomy, which she uses as common themes around her branding.
Nathan Schulz is just a fella that absorbed Big Trouble in Little China, Willow, The Mighty Thor, Star Wars, Weezer, Die Hard, Army of Darkness, Shazam, and a million other worlds that made the line between day dreams and awake that much blurrier. He's the author of The Shrouded City, an action/fantasy/comedy webcomic he describes as being Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Lethal Weapon.
Daniel Sharp is a father of two young boys, writer of post-apocalyptic sci-fi comic The Demon Archives, and a student in an MD/PhD dual-degree program. He's also a part of the SpiderForest Webcomic Collective. If that sounds like a lot to you to do at once, there's a reason why he's always tired. Always interested in writing, Daniel got bit by the creative bug in a creative fiction class he took taught by fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. Since then he's made the time to write and produce his comic even during his medical training.
Wil Woods is a founder of and illustrator for Musetap Studios, and the creator of the webcomics The Inferno King and the sci-fi/gamer-culture romp, 8-BIT! He is most well known for his Deathstar Reflections and Another Castle artwork.