BCR Spotlight - Stephane Metayer, James Stanley, Juliana "Jewels" Smith, Ronald Nelson, Whit Taylor, and Lance Tooks!
Less than four days left... this has been quite a marathon! But it's not over yet! We've still got more creators to spotlight! (With even more that we hope to add to the list before the final bell!) So let's get to it --
Stéphane Métayer, the creator and writer of Tephlon Funk, is an Artist and Writer from Queens, New York City. His inspirations include Akira Toriyama, Shinichirō Watanabe, Bengus, Akiman, Kentaro Miura & Hayao Miyazaki. Stephane’s biggest influence would have to be Rapper, Nas. Specifically his 1994 debut album “Illmatic” which finally pushed him to create TEPHLON FUNK! back in 2004. This is his 1st project which he hopes to help inspire and influence others. A true fan of both Hip Hop and Anime, more than 10 years later, he’s now ready to take the next step, with the help of illustrators/designers David Tako, Nicolas Safe, and James Stanley.
James Stanley is an artist obsessed with Yutaka Nakamura, Charlize Theron, Nouvelle-vague, and the perfect waffle. He is also the artist/creator of PART TIME SHUFFLE and a storyboard artist on the TEPHLON FUNK team.
JULIANA "JEWELS" SMITH
Juliana “Jewels” Smith is a cultural worker, educator, writer and organizer. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from UC Riverside and M.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. As an educator in community colleges Smith decided she could reach more of her students through an unorthodox medium, a comic book. She created (H)AFROCENTRIC as a way to challenge students and readers alike about the presumptions around race, class, gender and sexuality through character dialogue. Her practice focuses on the links between racial justice, gender equity, and political literacy; using creativity to facilitate dialogue. In 2009, she helped co-found the first chapter of Red Bike and Green in Oakland, CA, a grassroots Black urban cycling organization that focuses on the key elements of environment, economics, and health in the Black community. Her experience organizing around cycling led Smith to found the first ever Clitoral Mass, a mass women's (and women identified) bike ride, in Oakland, CA in 2013.
Ronald Nelson is an illustrator originally from New York City. He studied at schools such as the School of Visual Arts, The Art Student’s League, and Cooper Union; all based out of New York. He also studied under illustrator Bill Weltman and has worked professionally for the last thirteen years. Ronald’s most recent exhibits were at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley and Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco. He’s created artwork for Troma Films, working on and drawing the comic adaptations for their movies; most notable were Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer, and Sergeant Kabukiman. He previously created flash designs for the Bullseye Tattoo Company, as well as CD cover art for various music labels. A multifaceted, multitalented designer, he designed the logo for the Forsythe Mortgage Company. An earlier project involved creating the technical illustrations for Original Ideas, a company that creates workout equipment. Ronald’s areas of expertise are in the fields of portrait drawing and sequential art. He is also very proficient as a storyboard artist and cartoonist. He’s created work in the fields of technical illustration, licensing, tattoo flash, and logo design.
Whit Taylor is a New Jersey-born cartoonist, editor, and comics writer. Taylor won a 2012 Glyph Award for her comic Watermelon, and was nominated for a 2013 Ignatz Award for her series MADTOWN HIGH. She has also written about comics for Panel Patter, The Comics Journal, Comics Workbook Magazine, and others.
Lance Tooks has been drawing all his life. A former assistant editor at Marvel Comics, his artwork has since appeared in more than 100 television commercials, films and music videos. He has self-published the comic books DANGER FUNNIES (co-published with Cry For Dawn), DIVIDED BY INFINITY, and MUTHAFUCKA. He also illustrated THE BLACK PANTHERS FOR BEGINNERS, written by Herb Boyd. He has contributed to a Hurricane Katrina benefit comic, as well as to the Graphic Classics line of books, adapting the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson and Ambrose Bierce. He recently completed NARCISSA, his first graphic novel for Random House/Doubleday (recently translated for publication in Spain) and a four volume series entitled LUCIFER'S GARDEN OF VERSES for NBM. He has also contributed to the Graphic Novel anthologies THE BEATS (Hill and Wang) in collaboration with author Harvey Pekar, Studs Terkel’s WORKING (the New Press) and THE GRAPHIC CANON (7 Stories).