Mark your calendars for August 2nd to meet some of Pittsburgh’s finest authors.
Christine M. Soltis
Christine M. Soltis’ deepest passion is in fiction writing and has been for the past ten years. She has written 20 books, including several non-fiction international co-creations. Many of her novels can be accessed via Amazon.com. In addition, she is co-writer on various film scripts and does freelance writing, including scientific topics.
She is also a monthly contributor to the horror site, Ravenous Monster. In the past, she has contributed articles to various magazines including The Globe, The Front Weekly, Verdure Magazine, The Yahoo Network, EscapeWizard.com and Whatscheaper.com. In 2011, she was an exhibitor at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
Marcel Walker/ RICOCHET GRAPHICS
Marcel Lamont (M.L.) Walker is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, having focused his studies on illustration and graphic design. From 1993 to 1999, Walker was instructor to hundreds of students in a series of comic-book production classes at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. He continues to teach occasional workshops at Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum, The Museum of Cartoon Art, for whom he has also contributed artwork for their NORTH and OAKLAND anthology comic-books.
In the late ‘90s Walker also wrote, illustrated and self-published SMOKING GUNS: ONE SHOT, an homage to noir detective stories and science fiction comics. Never losing interest in making comics,he has also worked for nearly 20 years in print services, as a freelance artist, graphic designer, and photographer.
Walker has currently entered the world of capes, masks and tights as the creator of HERO CORP., INTERNATIONAL, a mash-up of the workaday worlds of superheroes and corporate America.
Wayne Wise is a writer, artist, and storyteller. He has written music and comics-based articles for several local news mags and a couple of now-defunct national magazines. In 1993 he and his business partner/collaborator Fred Wheaton received the Xeric Grant and self-published the comic book Grey Legacy. In 2010 he wrote and drew a follow-up called Grey Legacy Tales. His first novel, King of Summer, was published in 2002. In 2011 he joined the digital publishing revolution by self-publishing three full length novels: Scratch, This Creature Fair, and Bedivere: The King’s Right Hand. All are available in a variety of Ereader formats. He is currently employed by the Eisner Award-nominated comic book store Phantom of the Attic in Pittsburgh, serves as the Resident Comics Scholar for the Pittsburgh Toonseum, and recently taught a course in Comics and Pop Culture as a guest lecturer at Chatham University.
Kristofer Collins is publisher and editor-in-chief of Low Ghost Press, former co-director of the TNY Presents Performance Series, and managing editor of The New Yinzer 2005-09. He is the book reviewer for Pittsburgh Magazine. He is the manager of Caliban Bookshop and owner ofDesolation Row Records & CDs.
A book of his poems entitled “King Everything” was published in 2007 by Six Gallery Press, “The Book of Names” was published by Low Ghost Press in 2008, and “The Liturgy of Streets” was published by Six Gallery Press in 2009. His latest collection, Last Call was published by Speed & Briscoe in 2010.