C2E2 & Drawing Dreams 2015

Just like last year, Chicago Loot Drop has something very special planned for C2E2. Once again, we’ve partnered with five talented local artists to bring to life the creative visions of five very special patients from Comer Children’s Hospital for our third edition of Drawing Dreams. We’ve asked these five children to describe themselves as a superhero: What sort of power(s) would they have? What would they do with those powers? What would their superhero name be?

We took their responses to our five artists, who are creating a few sketches depicting what a comic book cover based on the children’s’ ideas could look like.

Gabriel Bautista

GABO, also known as Gabriel Bautista is a Chicago based Illustrator who has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics and Oni Press.

He is the artist for THE LIFE AFTER written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, published by Oni Press.

He is a recurring artist on Elephantmen (Image Comics), and series artist on Albert The Alien (Thrillbent). 

He is also Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist for his work in Comic Book Tattoo (Image Comics), his color art can also be found in several issues of The Spirit and All-Star Western (DC Comics).

Ali Cantarella

Ali Cantarella is a comic artist and watercolor children's book illustrator working and playing out of Chicago, IL. Current projects include "The Hasty Pastry" -- a comic all about a girl named Cat and her dog, Pugsly, working in a bakery together -- and "DINOBUGS!" a coloring and activity book where dinosaurs and insects get morphed together for whimsical results.  When not working on artwork, Ali loves creating food as colorful as it is tasty, biking around the beautiful city, and leaving half-drank cups of tea on various surfaces around her apartment. You can check out her work at www.thewetstain.com.

Rich Kunz

This is Rich’s second year as a Drawing Dreams artist. He is a high school art teacher and freelance artist from the Chicagoland area. He has always been interested in the comic book medium and has been actively attending conventions for the past four years. Rich has worked on a wide range of private commissions and has recently completed original sketch card art for  Star Wars, The Hobbit, DC Comics, Topps, Marvel Comics, Cryptozoic and HBO, through Rittenhouse Archives. You can view much of Rich's portfolio on his company website www.diligentvisual.com.

Tony Moy

Tony is a Mixed Media artist (Pencils, Inks, Digital, Watercolors, etc) located in Chicago, IL. He has been published in comics such as X-Files, Dungeons and Dragons, Transfusion and Memory Collectors among others. Check him out on the Interwebs at Facebook.com/tonymoy88 and instagram.com/tony_moy.

Ryan Browne

Ryan Browne (pronounced Brown) is an American comic-bookmen who once used his own sock to wipe pizza from his face when no napkin was present. When not cleaning his face or his pizza stained socks, he writes and draws the questionable comics "God Hates Astronauts" and "Blast Furance: Recreational Thief". In addition, he co-created and drew the spaghetti and western free Spaghetti Western known as "Smoke and Mirrors" for IDW and is the often confused fill-in artist on "The Manhattan Projects" from Image Comics. Currently he is taking over as second banana artist of "Bedlam"—which coincidentally is also published by Image Comics. As of writing this his face is happily pizza free, but the day is young my friends. The day is young... You can check out his highly questionable web-comic at www.godhatesastronauts.comand follow his wild swearing on Twitter and Instagram @ryanbrowneart.

Curious what these artists came up with? Come by booth 1294 at C2E2! We’ll be on the main floor, raffling off this one-of-a-kind artwork. Oh, and did we mention that our booth is the only place to get one of our super-classy t-shirts?