Writer/Editor – ABERRANT, AXIOM, & CIRCLE OF DEATH
Rylend graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan with a degree in dramatic writing and art history. He did a year long intensive in Cinematography at the Los Angeles Film School and then earned his masters in directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory.
He spent a few wild years as a professional poker player before settling into a more stable, but much slimier career as a screenwriter. Rylend has worked for a solid decade in Hollywood, developing film and television projects with Ridley Scott, Howard Gordon, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Johnny Depp, John Woo, Dean Devlin, Luc Besson, Adam Wingard, Penelope Cruz, and Academy Award winning director Fernando Trueba, among others. His latest effort, a collaboration with famed house DJ Dirty South, is set to begin production this fall.
Rylend has twice been a semifinalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (2003 & 2004) and he won the Final Draft Big Break Competition in 2004. His scripts have twice appeared on Franklin Leonard’s Black List (2005 & 2009), an annual list of Hollywood’s best screenplays as voted by top studio and film executives. In 2009, Total Film called his script The Ghost and the Wolf one of the top 50 unproduced scripts in Hollywood.
Rylend has published a number of short stories, many of which are currently being developed for film/TV. His story THIEF COACH was published by Mulholland Books and Popcornfiction.com. The film rights were quickly sold to Justin Lin (FAST & FURIOUS movies, STAR TREK III) in a competitive situation. He recently finished writing the filmic adaptation for Lin to direct. His last science fiction story, BOTANY BAY, was just set up with F. Gary Gray attached to direct in the wake of his STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON success. And his story SMUGGLERS is being developed for television by director/producer Matt SHAKMAN (FARGO, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA).
In his spare time, Rylend attempts to buy his childhood back piece-by-piece on ebay, reads way too many comics, and struggles to keep his ornery French Bulldog “Pinkus” from humping babies.
Rylend also happens to be an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk in the lineage of Gudo Nishijima and Brad Warner.
Artist – ABERRANT
At the age of 18, Zsombor Huszka was a professional fencer for the Hungarian National Fencing Team. In 2012, he earned his MSc in Architecture and Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. After his first art exhibit in 2010, he was chosen to participate at The National Exhibition of Digital Artworks. Since then, Zsombor has worked as a 2D animation director, graphic novel artist and illustrator in Hungary.
As an artist, he collaborated with Ryan Colucci on R.E.M., which debuted in the fall of 2013 and became a huge crowdfunding success on Kickstarter. He also provided artwork for numerous graphic novels such as Noah Dorsey’s SAINT CHAOS, NINJA GENESIS by Brent Cote and SAFEKILL by Craig von Wiederhold. He has worked on projects for a variety of Hungarian pop stars, such as animating the music video LOVE IS OVERRATED for Linda Kiraly, directing the music video for Viktor Kiraly’s CHASING DEMONS, and illustrating several Hungarian advertising campaigns. He provided all artwork for WITH YOU, an album and subsequent film by Grammy-nominated EDM artist Dirty South. The film debuted at #1 on iTunes in the fall of 2014.
Although still in post-production, Zsombor’s hand-drawn title sequences for the feature film SUBURBAN COWBOY have been nominated for Excellence in Title Design at the 2016 SXSW Festival.
He is currently animating his first film ORIENT CITY with Ryan Colucci, which also turned out to be a huge Kickstarter success of 2016.
Artist – AXIOM
Kewber has been a penciler/inker at Dynamite comics for a decade, drawing titles like ARMY OF DARKNESS: FURIOUS ROAD, BLOOD QUEEN VS. DRACULA, and JENNIFER BLOOD. He recently signed on to draw KISS, a dark sci-fi adventure featuring the legendary rock band.
DAVI LEON DIAS
Artist – CIRCLE OF DEATH
Davi Leon Dias is a designer and illustrator from Florianópolis, Brasil. His debut graphic novel NIGHT HUNTERS premiered to critical raves in 2015.
IWAN JOKO TRIYONO
Colorist – ABERRANT & CIRCLE OF DEATH
Iwan is an illustrator, colorist, and cat lover from Jakarta Indonesia. He’s provided art for dozens of projects including THOSE SHADOW PEOPLE, a story told through music and comics about a struggle between our world and an alternate reality known as the Shadow Realm.
Colorist – AXIOM
Schimerys has been a steadily working colorist since 2007. She has worked on Army of Darkness: Furious Road and the Chaos Campus series for Dynamite Entertainment. She recently signed on to color Kewber’s art on the new KISS comic book.