A few weeks ago, the Summit City hosted the Apple Seed Comic Con- a gathering of local and national comic book artists.
Tonight on Locally Made Monday, WFFT is highlighting three of our local talents who are bringing art to life.
We have a lot of local artists creating all kinds of quality work.
These three artists are just some examples of how the summit city is becoming a comics hub.
The Apple Seed Comic Con brings out the best in local comic talent.
And three of them are making their names in unique ways.
Much like IPFW professor Allen Etter.
"But I do a lot of non-traditional. I don't do the typical pen and ink, I do a lot of water color effects. I'm currently now painting with coffee and using bleach, and it's really loose, an almost abstract, expressionistic spin to it,” Etter says.
His comics are available through Facebook and online retailers.
"I've seen people painting with coffee and tea in sort of a sepia tone sort of thing, but in comic books, I'm not sure about that,” Etter says.
Matt Gross is doing it all online through his web comic Caaats!
"It's based on my two real-life cats. They made me laugh every day, so I decided to make a web comic in their honor. It's kid friendly, it's family friendly, someone everybody can latch on to,” Gross says.
Gross says the local comic community inspires each other, and events like the Apple Seed Comic Con show you can stay here.
"I feel like I've made a lot of life-long friends here. You just find other guys out there with common interests,” Gross says.
Like Carroll High School graphic design teacher Jeremy McFarren.
"I have different kinds of styles when it comes to cartooning. Mostly it's cartooney, kind of a realistic cartooney, but it's really all about telling stories,” McFarren says.
He says the local comic scene could draw other artists to the region.
"I think Fort Wayne has changed so much since I was in high school, and I went to high school and graduated from here. When I was that age, it was all about getting out of town, and now it's all about staying in town,” McFarren says.
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