DC Announces Artist Workshop Class of 2016
November 10, 2016

Following a competitive submission period that consisted of more than 1,100 entries, the DC Talent Development team has identified eight aspiring artists who will participate in a two-week, intensive Artist Workshop course hosted at DC’s Burbank headquarters and led by industry veterans Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson and DC Publisher Jim Lee, with Alex Sinclair leading a coloring class as part of the Workshop.


Members of the 2016 class include Oscar Bazaldua (from Mexico; first work for DC is Suicide Squad: El Diablo and Boomberang #1 and #2Minkyu Jung (from South Korea; recent Kubert School graduate; completing first DC work with Gotham Academy #18, Batgirl #52Sam Lofti (from Texas; previous work includes Public RelationsPainkiller Jane), Matt Merhoff (from California, previous work includes Devil’s DueHack/Slash), Ibrahim Moustafa (from Portland; Eisner-nominated artist for High Crimes with DC Writer’s Workshop alum Chris Sebela; first work for DC is Flash: Season Zero #12Doctor Fate #13), Siya Oum (from Seattle; previous work includes Lola XOXO), Lalit Sharma (from India; previous work includes various titles for Campfire graphic novels, Zenescope and Raj Comics), and Lynne Yoshi (from New York; School of Visual Arts graduate; former Marvel editor).


“The amount of talented artists who applied to this year’s Artist Workshop was truly impressive and bodes well for the future of our industry,” stated DC’s Vice President of Talent Development, Bobbie Chase. “Working with Jim, Andy and Klaus, we handpicked the best and brightest aspiring artists in comics and we’re thrilled to welcome the class of 2016 to DC. Some of these artists have already received recent assignments on DC titles.”


“Last year’s Artist Workshop pilot program was a true highlight for me and I’m excited to meet this talented new group, and to partner again with Klaus and Andy to lead the Workshop,” stated Lee.


DC’s Talent Development Workshop began in 2015 with pilot programs that resulted in several participants receiving new assignments from DC editorial. The upcoming one-shot comic NEW TALENT SHOWCASE, set for release on November 30, features stories from writers and artists who completed the inaugural program. Class of 2016 DC Writers Workshop participants were previously announced.


For more information visit the DC Talent Development Workshop website.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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