Phoenix Comicon: Artist profile – Shelby Robertson

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Shelby Robertson at Phoenix ComiconShelby Robertson is a freelance illustrator and comic book professional and he is one of the most prolific and popular artists in the valley. His hard work and consistent creativity garnered him the Phoenix New Times ‘Best Comic Book Artist’ award in 2011 and his fantasy and comic themed art prints can be found in most of the comic book shops throughout the valley.

Shelby has worked as an illustrator for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Malibu and at several other independent publishers. He has also provided artwork for the music industry and bands such as Glenn Danzig, Bloodhound Gang and Agent 51. He runs his own independent publishing label, American Dischord, with comic titles that he has written and illustrated himself, like the superhero group called, Superiors: S-Unit and the buxom dinosaur-riding babe known as Latex Alice.

Together with friends and fellow artists Chris Burkheart, James Hiralez and BIGCHRIS, Shelby currently works as an illustrator for video gaming company Burst Online Entertainment. He’s also crazy busy preparing for the 2012 Phoenix Comicon, promising a ton of cool new art prints, but he took a few minutes out to answer our Nerdvana Artist Profile questions.

Art by Shelby RobertsonWhat is your secret origin?

I was the first cryogenically frozen fetus.

How do you describe your artwork?

I’m a mesh of popular style infused with chocolate.

What is your goal/ambition with your art?

My goal is to be in every household.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on too many projects to list, but foremost would be a plethora of Phoenix ComicCon exclusive printed materials.

Who/what has influenced you most artistically? Which artist(s) do you most admire?

For me, it’s all about Alan Davis, but I find my own style sways towards that of the books I’ve read regularly.

Who is your favorite local artist?

It’s a 3-way tie between BIGCHRIS Wood, Chris Burkheart, and James Hiralez.

What is your favorite music to listen to while working on your art?

Skrillex…it’s grown on me in a very embarrassing way.

Art by Shelby RobertsonWhat is your favorite movie and how has it influenced your art?

Favorite movie is The Matrix, and I think it’s influenced all aspects of pop culture.

What are you most looking forward to at Phoenix Comicon?

Sitting and drawing stuff.

Are you offering any special exclusives for fans at Comicon?

Of course! I’ll actually have the most number of exclusives at the con – guaranteed. I have a month invested in such so far.

What is the craziest thing you’ve been asked to sketch?

Catdragon.

If you had a superpower, what would it be and how did you acquire it?

Flight. Driving on the I-10 at 5:00 p.m. sucks.

You’ll be able to find Shelby at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon, sharing booth #831 with Chris Burkheart. Get there early as this promises to be one of the most popular tables at the con. He’ll also be participating in the Comicon Sketch Off #1 event on Friday 5/25/12. You can also follow Shelby on FACEBOOK, or see more of his art at his website americandischord.com.

2012 Phoenix ComiconArizona catches a lot of heat in the media and from the nation as a whole, but nevertheless our crazy ‘Hellscape’ is proudly called “home” by some of the greatest pop culture artistic talent in the country. So leading up to the 2012 Phoenix Comicon (May 24 – 27), Nerdvana will showcase a series of posts profiling some of the amazing local artists that will be appearing at this year’s convention. Read ALL the Nerdvana’s Artist Profiles!

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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