About the Artists
Kenn Brown (art for "Cover" and "Spacetime Flickers") was thinking back on the morning of September 11th, his birthday: "Every day since that tragedy I have been filled with a sense of anxiety, and urgency. Two weeks later, on September 26th, I walked into my company of employment and handed in my resignation. Those feelings have still not fully gone away but I am filled with a new sense of purpose. I still wonder if I made the right choice, but every time I finish an illustration, I get a sense of satisfaction I have never achieved with any previous job, creative or otherwise. Just before writing this, I picked out an old dog-eared copy of OMNI to take to bed with me and opened it up to "Count the Clock that tells Time", by Harlan Ellison. This is a copy I bought when I was 15 years old (20 years ago!) and yet I never recalled reading this particular story -- very strange. Having finished it.. I understand now why I never started it. I get this sense that it has been sitting there patiently, waiting for me to discover it -- along with the rest of my dreams I packed away so many years ago."
Ken has been working on Macintosh and PC platforms for a little over 11 years. He spent four years studying illustration and design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in his native Toronto before moving on to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he has lived (on and off) for the last 10 years. He spent some time working on video games in Las Vegas and hanging out on the beach in LA, only to return to his beloved Vancouver and his dream of becoming a Science Fiction illustrator.
Web site: http://www.kontent-online.com
ehrad (art for "The Tomb in the Stars") is a photo-retoucher by trade, and an otherwise "kook" by nature, but that's O.K. Both qualities bring out the artist in me. Aside from creating Spacecraft when I can, I am also working on a full length sci-fi adventure comic, to be published in 2003, called 'Eraduon': eraduon-prebirth.com Of all the people, including publishers who have looked at it, all have said it an absolutely Wild, twisty turny voyage into the psyche, and can best be described as a "Comic book novel, with all the stops pulled out!" It will be published electronically and in print.... And on the other side, I'd like to thank Planet magazine for being so kind. They are the BEST.
Jon Eke (art for "Nighttime Terrors" and "Short Term") was born in 1967 in Amersham, north of London, and grew up in the Midlands before moving to Merseyside in 1986, where he currently works in the operating theatres at the local NHS hospital. Apart from computer art, his other main hobbies are astronomy, photography, and writing highly personal science fiction tales. Among his favourite writers he includes J.G. Ballard, James Tiptree Jr, Cordwainer Smith, Philip K Dick, Samuel Delany, Barry Malzberg, William Burroughs, Robert Aickman, Ramsey Campbell, Clark Ashton Smith, and H.P. Lovecraft (actually, if the truth be told, he's top of the list). Jon is also a member of the Ghost Story society and his main ambition in life is to write just one truly successful ghost story. If he manages that, he'll die a happy man!.
Romeo Esparrago (Graphics Hip Grinder, art for "Fetish", "Menky's Folly", "Now Departing", and "Tall, Dark, and Gruesome") wishes Samuel L. Jackson used more @#$%&*! profanity in his role as a Jedi in "Attack of the Clones". It would have added depth & richness to the role. Example: "This *&%$#@! party is over, mother@%#$&!!". Speaking of which, check out Romeo's 12" action figure version of the man: http://www.romedome.com/company_of_plastic_heroes/samuel_l_jackson/
Senthil GK (art for "A Man Searching"), having done his degree in Applied Art from Chitra Kala Parishat, Bangalore, realized that he needed to do something that interested him more, things like character design, comic illustration, and animation. For this to materialize, joining National Institute of Design India, became his dream. He was lucky and his hard work paid off. He completed his diploma at National Institute of Design with specialization in Animation Film Design. Currently, he works as a senior creative designer with Communication Design Group, Infosys Technologies Ltd. Involved in visualizing and developing graphics for in-house Multimedia presentations, product demos, simulation software, UI design for Web, Posters, animation, and video and for different media. He pursues his interest in creative work with dedication. Basically, his fields of interest are after-death phenomena, psychology, Pain, science fiction, and character design. There is no out-burst of happiness and well-being. Most of his works are an explosion of the internal pain which ultimately brings in the artistic pleasure through an intricate balance, and he likes to explore the other "ends" or the opposites.
Carl Goodman (art for "Conspicuous Consumption"; animation and art for "UNE-IFAP") is an unrepentant Brit on the wrong side of forty living in Surrey, England. He started as a traditional graphic designer in the days when hot metal type was still being used for newspapers. His first encounter with computers was, bizarrely, writing databases for a retail company (he's still not entirely sure how this happened). He began working with computer graphics in the late 1980s, and has still not been able to kick the habit. At 105 kilos, he thinks it's fairly safe to say he's an industry heavyweight.
Rick Hudson (art for "The Net") has been illustrating books, magazines, and presentations for ad agencies since 1995. Visit RICK's SKETCHBOOK (http://home.earthlink.net/~rhudson1877) to see his latest work. Among his major clients are Niche Publications, Gryphon Books, and Cole & Company of Boston. He is currently one of two senior partners at RAWSHARK STUDIOS (http://www.rawshark.com), a collaborative art endeavor encompasing everything from comic books to sculpture.
Andy Miller (art for "Circle in the Sand") is currently working in the mountains of central Virginia. He is a writer, artist, and composer.
Georgi Ostashov (art for "Sinews of War" and "Space Combat") was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is currently living in Denmark. He has always been interested in different kinds of visual art, and when he discovered Photoshop, it gave him a whole new perspective on the art-creation process. It allows him to work on the image in less time and with far more control than it would take using traditional techniques. Georgi's works may be characterized as digital mixtures made from painting, drawing, photos, and media experimentation. Artists that inspire him are: Miran Kim, H.R. Giger, Francis Bacon, Dali, Aivazovsky, and J.M.W. Turner. Despite the fact that most of his works have a gloomy atmosphere, it does not mean he is some kind of psycho or a devil worshiper. He just believes that one of the greatest things about art is that it gives us the ability to see, imagine, and feel things in a certain way. In his case, its the way he sees the transformation of these things into dark, brutal, and surreal visions.
Web site: http://www.home13.net/
Patrick Stacy (art for "9999" and "New York Minute"), like many before, started young. His main emphasis in childhood was in comics. Never content, the challenge was then to illustrate freehand -- now that would be talent. Early influences are still inspirational today, such as the legendary Frazetta, Vallejo, and Parrish. Classical influences were Rubens and Caravaggio. Stacy was winner of the L.Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future contest in 1996 and has two illustrations within the volume.
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