The Team

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Phil Smith,
JOES COMICS Production Editor

Phil Smith is a Los Angeles based Writer, Editor and Graphic Designer. He has worked in the field of comics print publishing for over 10 years. As a designer from 2003 to 2011 at Top Cow Productions Inc. he handled diverse design related projects from concept to press and now works as a freelancer helping creators get their work out there. He Has edited and designed over 50 trade paperback collections, dozens of logos and over 200 single issue comic books including Artifacts, Witchblade, Shinku, Ten Grand and more. He has written several one-shot comics available in print and digital. His creator owned work Brik Jones: Attorney for Earth™ is an ongoing web comic that lives on his self publishing platform at He is also counted as one among the best bartenders…ever.

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Sid Kotian,

“Mostly an artist but when I’m desperate I’ve been known to write stuff. Currently I live in Mumbai, India with my two dogs. I write, I draw, I paint and I am content.” Works include Pilot Season: Twilight Guardian, Hawken genesis, Odayan and Brik Jones: Attorney for Earth. Check out more of his work out at

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Ben Templesmith,
TEN GRAND artist

Ben Templesmith  is an Australian comic book artist best known for his work in the American comic book industry, most notably the Image Comics series Fell, with writer Warren Ellis, and IDW’s 30 Days of Night with writer Steve Niles, which was adapted into a motion picture of the same name. As well as being nominated for multiple Eisner Awards four years in a row for his comic work, 2005-2008 as well as a 2008 International Horror Guild Award for The Nightmare Factory. He has also created book covers, movie posters, trading cards, and concept work for film.. Check him out at:

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Troy Peteri,
JOES COMICS letterer

Bitten by a radioactive drifter, Troy Peteri (spelled Peter-eye, pronounced like Petri Dish, stupid ancestors) was gifted with the proportional speed and strength of a freelancer who sits at his desk approximately 33 hours daily. Since that fateful day he has lettered many comics, and written a few. He hopes to rearrange the last part of that sentence in the very near future. He has worked on everything from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN to WITCHBLADE, and surely something obscure that started with X, Y, or Z, but that’s neither here nor there. Summer of 2013 will see the release of his and Dave Lanphear’s weekly webcomic, 77 Hero Plaza, on Feel free to befriend him on facebook, as he always forgets to use his Twitter account.

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Gordon Purcell,

Gordon’s credits include 4 different STAR TREK titles (the original, NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE and VOYAGER), THE X-FILES, ROBIN, SILVER SABLE, FLARE, FLASH, THE AVENGERS, JLA, JSA, FF, SUPERMAN, WONDER MAN, LOST IN SPACE, FARSCAPE , GODZILLA, and KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER . He also penciled the bestselling STAR TREK/ DR. WHO crossover from IDW. Check out his work at

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Tom Mandrake,

“I’ve been illustrating comics professionally since 1980. I have handled art chores for a number of high profile titles and characters including Batman, Superman, The Martian Manhunter, The New Mutants, Justice League of America, New Teen Titans, Shazam, Firestorm, Swamp Thing, Grimjack and The Spirit, my creator owned Image book, Creeps, and was acclaimed for my five-year run on The Spectre.

Most recently I’ve completed To Hell You Ride, working with actor Lance Henriksen and writer Joe Maddrey on their first published comic book work through Dark Horse comics.  With experience drawing superheroes, science fiction, fantasy and westerns I’m probably best known for my work in the horror/superhero genres with projects like Superman and Batman vs Vampires and Werewolves. I am the co-developer with Joe Kubert of the correspondence course in horror comics for the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, I also graduated from the school and teach there!” -Tom Mandrake

Check out his work at:

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SIDEKICK colorist

Hi-Fi color design is a digital color studio founded in 1998 to bring together talented colorists with one goal; great visual storytelling. Even without knowing it you may have seen Hi-Fi’s work in books, comics, magazines, movies, video games, and toys. Behind the Hi-Fi logo stands a team of talented color artists working around the clock bringing your favorite comic books to life with beautifully rendered color. Check them out at:

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