WAYLAND SMITH is the pen name for a native Texan who has lived in Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC, and presently makes his home in Virginia. His rather unlikely list of jobs includes private investigator, comic book shop owner, ring crew for a circus (then he ran away from the circus and joined home), deputy sheriff, and freelance stagehand. Wayland is a four time participant in, and survivor of, NaNoWriMo, having made the 50,000 word goal each time. A black belt in shao lin kung fu, he is also a fan of comic books, reading, writing, and various computer games (I”ll shut Civ down in one more turn. Really). He lives with a beautiful woman who was crazy enough to marry him, and the memory of a much loved, if somewhat goofy, dog named Jamie.
Franklin Torres is a comic book and statue collector from the Big Apple. He has tried quitting at least three times in the last twenty-five years but he hasn’t been able to stop for long; the love for comic book story and art is in his blood. Among his favorite creators currently are Ed Brubaker, Peter David, Geoff Johns, and Neil Gaiman.
Kort Johnson was given his first comic around the tender age of four and has been a passionate fan ever since.He was given the 1960’s ERTL Batmobile and Batboat by his mother and has been collecting Batman memorabilia henceforth. Kort has been interviewed by a newspaper and local magazine that both covered his Bat-Collection and enthusiasm.He makes his home in Allegan, Michigan and shares his love of superheroes with his four boys.
Joel Bowers is born and bread from Kansas where dads constantly walk into tornados. He is an unqualified college student who has been a comic book collector since he was a wee lad. His dream is to successfully win a food challenge, feed him hamburgers regularly.