Comic book creator highlights at New York Comic Con 2021

New York Comic Con has been a tremendous amount of fun! After a one year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s great to have NYCC return to the Big Apple.

Here are a few highlights from Thursday and Friday at NYCC, featuring just a few of the literally hundreds of comic book creators at the convention, both on the main floor and in Artist Alley…

Bill Walko is an artist with a really fun, animated style to his work. He is the creator of the superhero comedy The Hero Business about a marketing firm which specializes in clients who has superpowers. Bill has also done work for Archie Comics. The Kickstarter campaign for The Hero Business: Final Reports is currently running, so please show your support!

Ian Dorian, Matthew Pallotta and Guy Dorian Sr. were at the PKMM Entertainment booth with copies of the graphic novels COR: Controlled Organic Robotics and Law of Resistance. These great sci-fi epics also feature work by industry legends Sal Buscema, Mark Texeira, Bill Sienkiewicz, Larry Hama and Jim Krueger.

Richard P. Clark and Janice Chiang were among the creators representing Storm King Productions at NYCC. Storm King Productions is the publishing line from writer, producer & editor Sandy King Carpenter and legendary director John Carpenter. Among the many talented creators who have contributed to Storm King’s line of horror & sci-fi graphic novels and anthologies are Steve Niles, Leonardo Manco, Tim Bradstreet, Louise Simonson, Guy Dorian Sr, Kelley Jones and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Zala the Cursed is the brand new fantasy graphic novel written by Jaedon Rooney from publisher Ace Monkey Comics. The artwork is courtesy of the talented Rolo Ledesma, Maddie Bova and Stefano Romano.

The first issue of writer Phillip Russert’s creator-owned series Tragedy, the tale of a young Irish assassin fighting her inner demons while doing battle against the rival mobs, features artwork by Ricardo Silva & colors by Sigmund Torre, with variant covers by such talents as Sean Chen, Larry Stroman, Ian Churchill and Geraldo Borges. That first issue absolutely left me on the edge of my seat, and I’m definitely looking forward to issue #2. The Kickstarter campaign for the second issue begins on November 1st; keep an eye out for info right here on First Comics News.

Sorah Suhng is an incredible artist who is acclaimed for her depictions of beautiful, sexy women. In addition to her work for Action Lab Entertainment, Coffin Comics and Valiant Comics, Sorah is the creator of the illustrated prose novel Karnal Confessions and the graphic novel Aurora.

Henry Martinez has drawn Ghost Rider / Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance for Marvel Comics and League of Champions for Heroic Publishing. More recently he’s worked on the first two issues of Cult of Dracula from Source Point Press, and penciled one of the covers for Phillip Russert’s Tragedy #1. I’ve been a fan of Henry’s work since I was a teenager in the mid 1990s. I recently conducted an interview with Henry about his work & career which can be read on my blog, so please check it out.

There are still two days left to NYCC 2021!  In-person tickets for Saturday and Sunday are now sold out, but digital tickets are still available at

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