Paul Combs is a classically trained artist, award-winning illustrator, and firefighter/EMT. This unlikely combination has made Paul one of the most compelling and distinctive illustrators in America today.

Paul burst onto the scene with a refreshing new style that married classical realism, manic energy, and a zany imagination for caricatures.

His editorial cartoons are nationally syndicated by Tribune Media Services, he illustrates for numerous magazines, and contributes fire service cartoons to Fire Engineering Magazines.

Paul is an eighteen year fire service veteran in N.W. Ohio where he lives with his wife, daughter, and their very narcissistic cat.


Jason Opat graduated from high school in Bennington, KS then enrolled in Bethany College. He had no idea he'd someday own his own media company, let alone work in Hollywood on many feature films. He received a degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. While taking film appreciation courses Jason developed his interest in filmmaking.

In 1996 he moved to Wichita and began working for a computer company selling Apple computer components. As it turned out many Hollywood studios use Apple computer systems and being an "Apple Developer" provided him with an introduction to Hollywood studio executives.

Jason went on to form his own Wichita based video and media company. Rule Productions began producing local projects and motion graphics for select Hollywood films. He changed the name to Integrated Media Group, and became a managing partner. The Integrated Media Group has developed animated graphics for such movies as "Iron Man," "Spiderman 3," "Transformers," "RV," and the list goes on even to the thriller "Eagle Eye."


Dan Martin for 35 years, native St. Louisan has been an award-winning illustrator, cartoonist, and designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Since 1986 he has drawn the newspaper's front page 114-year old Weatherbird, the oldest continually drawn daily cartoon in Amerian journalism.

In addition to drawing sports and feature illustrations and producing his Saturday comic strip "Postcard from Mound City," his sketchbook assignments have taken him everywhere from murder trails to the World Series.

Dan has been commissioned by freelance clients from across the country including the St. Louis Cardinals. His work is in the permanent collections of the Missouri Historical Society, the Missouri Athletic Club, the St. Louis Mercantile Library, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

He lives in a suburb of St. Louis with his wife and son.








Rick Stromoski is a liberal American cartoonist whose work includes the comic strips The Mullets and Soup to Nutz. He became the first cartoonist to win twice the National Cartoonist Society Greeting Card Award in 1995 and 1998. He's also won the Gag Cartoon Award in 1999, and was nominated for their Book and Illustration Award for 1999.

updated 8/31/2015

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