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TRUE GRIT, the lives behind the comics

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TRUE GRIT, the lives behind the comics

GDC Alberta South Chapter proudly presents this special panel discussion of comic creators featuring Troy Nixey, Riley Rossmo, Ben Rankel, and Nick Johnson. Moderated by Chris Doucher.

A career in comic art has been a dream for a lot of people, but getting there takes grit. Join us on this disccussion on the lives of these comic creators, the journey, the roadblocks, war stories, and more.

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Troy Nixey began his storytelling career in the early nineties drawing "Dead world" and "Bill The Clown". Over the years he has worked on other notable comics, including “Batman: The Doom that Came to Gotham", Neil Gaiman's “It’s only the End of the World Again”, Matt Wagner's “Grendel: Black, White and Red”, "Harely Quinn" and “Bacon”. Nixey also co-created the comic mini-series “Jenny Finn” with Mike Mignola and the critically acclaimed comic “Trout”, his most personal work.

In 2007, Nixey’s short film “Latchkey’s Lament” screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was this short film that attracted Guillermo del Toro and created industry buzz about Nixey’s first feature, which would become “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark". His comic book background has been perfect for Nixey’s transition into directing movies. Troy Nixey has returned to his first love, creating comics, with a splash with multiple projects on the slate from Dark Horse Comics including "The Black Sinister" with Kaare Andrews, "Vinegar Teeth" with Damon Gentry and his most beloved creation, "Trout". See more works from Troy Nixey here.

Riley Rossmo graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2004. He began his career in editorial and advertising illustration. Riley”s works have appeared in publications such as Scratch, Avenue, Up, Calgary Inc. and Swerve (Calgary Herald). As well, his illustrations have been featured in Applied Arts and CMYK. He has produced work for Star Choice, ESPN, and Jump Studios.

Since 2006, Riley has been involved in narrative illustration. His first graphic novel, "Seven Sons", was published by AIT/Planet Lar, and was followed by "Proof", "Cowboy Ninja Viking" and "Green Wake", all published through Image Comics. In addition to his creator-owned projects, Riley has also worked for IDW Publishing and Marvel Comics. See Riley's works.

Ben Rankel is a comic book artist & writer currently working on the original graphic novel FRANK (Renegade Arts Entertainment), a historical murder mystery set during one of Canada’s worst natural disasters. It’s scheduled to be released in 2017. Other notable comics credits include two Rat Queens shorts: "GARY" (Image Comics) and "The Absent King" (Comixology), as well as "Faulty Pump" (Fight! Comics/Comixology).

His comics, illustration and design work for Sidney York’s 2015 album <3s (HEARTS) was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. His comic work has also appeared in Avenue Magazine, GrainsWest Magazine and has been shown at the Roq La Rue gallery in Seattle. More from Ben Rankel.

Nick Johnson is an Illustration graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Based out of Calgary, Alberta, he has provided work for children's books, advertising, animation and comic books. Fresh from a year long stint as the Art Director for New Machine Studios, he now freelances as a comic book artist and designer while moonlighting as the bass player for the band Me Three. He finds inspiration in Canadian literature, horror films, and the ghosts of utopia. See Nick's work.

Our Moderator:

Chris Doucher has been a comic journalist since 2010. After four years of co-owning and writing for a comic news site that only published stories about the "Big Two" (Marvel and DC), Chris left and launched GeekNerdNet.com in 2014 - to focus on indie comic creators. He's a fan of great storytelling, art and colours. Here's what else he's a fan of: Beer, scotch and wine (yeah, top of the list), Toronto Blue Jays, Cats wearing neck ties.

You can find Chris on not just one Twitter account, but two: @GeekNerdNet and @Comic_Canuck

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