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Nick Garber

Founded in 2011 in Sacramento, California, Black Jack Comics is an independent comic book studio created by artist and writer Nick Garber, who believes strongly in producing quality comic books with interesting characters and stories that captivate readers. Now based in Mission, Texas, Black Jack’s first comic, Phantom Hawk #1, was released in April of 2012, and the universe will soon be expanding with the pending publication of a pair of new titles, Pendragon and The Ape.

In addition to bringing gritty and dynamic characters to the page, Garber and Black Jack Comics have remained highly interactive with their readership via social media and at comic book conventions.

Learn more about Garber and Black Jack Comics at www.blackjackcomics.net.

What were you like as a child?

I had a lot of energy and that energy usually earned me extended periods of time in my room without toys. However, my parents wouldn’t take the paper and pencils I had in there so I would spend hours drawing characters from my favorite comic books. My punishments were not that long but I would stay in my room drawing for hours.

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Kristin Sollenne

Raised in California, Kristin Sollenne first discovered her love of cooking by creating fresh, wholesome spins on classic Italian dishes to help her parents attain their weight-loss goals while still enabling them to enjoy their favorite foods.

These days, as a rising culinary star and Food Network guest judge, Chef Sollenne oversees the five kitchens of the New York City Restaurant Group’s Bocca Di Bacco locations. A 2013 honoree of Zagat’s Top 30 Under 30, Sollenne’s cooking philosphy focuses on crafting simple, farm-to-table Southern Italian cuisine featuring nutritious ingredients and bold flavors. As the executive chef and culinary director of the expanding Bocca Di Bacco chain, Sollenne workes with each location’s chefs on healthy cooking techniques and manages the training program.

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Lindsey Sablowski

Fantasy author Lindsey Sablowski has always adored reading and has been writing for as long as she can remember. In 2012, when Lindsey was 18 years of age, her first book, Cursed With Power, was released by Old Line Publishing. As the first entry in Lindsey’s Magicians series, Cursed With Power tells the story of Celestria Hale, who learns that she is one of the last living Dark Magicians and embarks on a journey to learn more about what has happened to her kind.

Lindsey, who lives in Maryland with her boyfriend and her two cats, has since self-published two additional entries in the Magicians series — Shadows and Embers and Thicker than Blood — and is currently working on the fourth in the series, which will be released in 2015.

Learn more about Lindsey and her writing at www.lrenees-fictionalwriter.blogspot.com.

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Meg Myers

Music has always served as an emotional release for Meg Myers. Born in Nashville, she spent the first five years of her life in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, where she was raised by a truck driver father and a Jehovah’s Witness mother. After her parents divorced, her mother married a fellow Witness, who moved the family first to Ohio, then to Florida, where they bounced from town to town throughout her teen years. During this period, Myers began singing, writing songs, and teaching herself to play guitar. Alongside her brother, she played bass in a band called Feeling Numb, performing in clubs in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

A few days shy of her 20th birthday, Myers made the decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. It was there that she met acclaimed producer Doctor Rosen Rosen – whose previous work includes tracks by Britney Spears, M.I.A., La Roux, and Lady Gaga – who signed her to his production company. The two began writing songs, and in 2011, Myers released her debut EP, Daughter in the Choir, featuring ferocious anthems such as “Monster,” which earned her rave reviews and evoked comparisons to Fiona Apple and Sinéad O’Connor, though Myers cites Tracy Chapman, Joan Osborne and Ann Wilson as inspirations, along with Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley and Trent Reznor.

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B. D. McConnell

Author B. D. McConnell, a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, enjoys storytelling around a campfire, good friends, and chasing deer out of the garden. A graduate of the University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, McConnell has developed electronic communication systems and other unique engineering projects. In March of 2014, he published his first novel, Charlie’s Improv, a fresh and light-hearted tale of high school intrigue. Charlie’s Improv tells the story of a group of clever students who aspire to take part in the annual debate at MacKayde University, until the sophisticated actions of a cheater threaten to dash their hopes.

In July of 2014, McConnell released Kellin’s Joyride, a short story about a young man and his creative efforts to return home after a grueling night of undercover work.

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