John Kratky - Writer
Whether the stories were coming from comics, movies, novels, or his friend's mouths, John has always loved them. He had always loved writing as well, but never really found a solid form to present his ideas in until he discovered webcomics. When everything else seems so out of grasp, webcomics were something he could create and publish himself as long as he had artists to work with. On a personal level, webcomics are about the individual effort put into them. They can succeed, fail, or in most cases just drift along all dependent on how much the creator believes in his work.
Starting back in 2006 with Coffee Time and Across the Way, he and his friend and creative partner Tobias returned in 2013 with Tales of Hammerfist, and now in 2014 he brings you The Black Wall and Ham-Fisted Tales. John lives in Reno, Nevada with his beautiful wife Jessica and their cat Stinky
Joel Cotejar - Pencils & Inks
Hi, I'm Joel Cotejar, a freelance artist from the Philippines. I took an architectural course for a few years, but found greater pleasure working in the comics industry and designing illustrations rather than designing houses. I took a short course from “Whilce Portacio’s Comic Creation”, and it was fun learning and meeting other caliber artists there like Gilbert Monsanto, Roy Allan Martinez, Lui Antonio, Ariel Padilla and many more. I was lucky enough to be a part of the local illustrators here in the Philippines who are my seniors and have guided me to nourish more of my skills.
I started working as an artist back in 2000, from comic books to childen's books, graphic artist to 3D animator. I was involved in animating some game characters in a DS game called Flushed Away, a Playstation game called Negima, and texturing for the 2008 locally animated movie “Dayo”. Then I started working as a freelancer ( prefereably comics ) in 2008. Ive been a fan of Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and many more. They are the inspiration for where I am right now.
Be sure to check out Joel on deviantART
Janessa Douglas - Colors
Janessa Douglas is a SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) graduate with a B.F.A. in Sequential Art. She has worked as a freelance comic colorist for the past two years, collabrating with small publications such as Ginger Rabbits Studio and eNiGmatic Publications in completing various coloring projects. Her most recent published works can be seen in ROM Remix, 1 Night On Earth (Miami) and Broken Pieces (In the Midst of a Great Beast).
Janessa is responsible for coloring pages 1 - 22. For more info & contact check out Janessa's portfolio.
Michael D. Shane - Colors
Michael Damien Shane was born and raised in Staten Island, NY, where he first studied art at Susan E. Wagner High School. He would later join the United States Army and move to Savannah, GA where he would be stationed for several years. M.D. Shane retired from military service in September of 2010. That same month he enrolled at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently an alumni of SCAD having graduated June 1st 2013, he majored in Sequential Art. Attending SCAD afforded him the opportunity to study under the tutelage of John Lowe, Anthony Fisher, Tom Lyle, Michael Jantze, Benjamin Phillips and David McHargue. M.D. Shane lives in Savannah,GA with his amazing daughter, Lily and his sensational son, Nathaniel.
Michael's colored pages 23 - 38. You can get in touch with Michael on his Facebook.
Eduardo Camacho - Letterer
He enjoys creating in almost any creative medium he's able to. Originally an architect of sounds, he now helps to tell stories through the lettering of comics. His abilities also extend to typography and type design, and he is always learning different aspects of design to better his work. In addition to working on the three stories for Coffee Time Comics, his other eclectic lettering projects include a TMNT Fan Short, Koralovski, and the funded kickstarter Liberty: Deception.
Eduardo took over lettering on The Goblet At The Black Oak from page 34 to 49.
J Chill - Letterer
Obituary: I hate having to say this, but I received heartbreaking news on Sunday afternoon. John A. Palmer IV, a.k.a. J Chill, letterer for The Black Wall & Ham-Fisted Tales has passed away. I don't have many details outside of that as I received an email from his sister in reply to one of my emails sent his way.
I didn't know John on a personal level, but we had a good working relationship. What I can't tell you about him personally, I can tell you about his work ethic, which I think can speak volumes about a person. John was professional, he was a communicator, and he delivered clean work on time. I didn't have to tell him what to do with his lettering, he knew when to use interesting word balloons, he was good at placing emphasis on the right words, and he picked great points to use. In other words, he was good at what he did and always getting better.
The work of a letterer is such an important aspect of comics. The job largely goes unnoticed when it is done well, precisely because it is done well. I think John put my words over Michelle's art seamlessly and I thank him for that.
His last lettered page for The Black Wall come next week. I worked with him for 80 pages on this comic and 33 on Ham-Fisted Tales. Almost for two years now. It hit me pretty good when I found out, not only because I wasn't expecting it, but because he was a part of something that I created. He helped me get this far. Whatever becomes of all this, he will have been an integral part of it.
R.I.P. J Chill
Profile: My name is John A. Palmer IV A.k.A. "CHILLI" “CHILL” “J CHILL or “CHILLI CHILL”. I graduated from the Illinois Institute Of Art with a Fine Arts Bachelor's Degree. I grew up in Chicago IL. and I have been drawing my whole life and love to do it, l love manga and american comics which were a big influence on me growing up. I am also an experienced Letterer and Logo Designer which I picked up and came to have a love for the craft of bringing titles and characters voices to life as well.