Our Authors & Illustrators
Author MAKING MYTHS AND MAGIC
Allison writes articles, edits sci-fi and fantasy books, and plays video games the rest of the time. She is the incurable author of Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness, an honest (and occasionally sarcastic) testimony about living with a chronic illness.
She makes her home in Hoth, a.k.a. Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband and their giant collection of tabletop RPG manuals. You can also find her chasing bokoblins in Hyrule, traipsing with elves in Middle-earth, or blogging at aealexander.com.
Author of UNDER THE LESSER MOON, VOICE OF THE BANISHED, and MAKING MYTHS AND MAGIC
At a young age, Shelly Campbell wanted to be an air show pilot or a pirate, possibly a dragon and definitely a writer and artist. She’s piloted a Cessna 172 through spins and stalls, and sailed up the east coast on a tall ship barque—mostly without projectile vomiting. In the end, Shelly found writing fantasy and drawing dragons to be much easier on the stomach.
Shelly‘s tales are speculative fiction, tending toward literary with dollops of oddity. She enjoys the challenge of exploring new techniques and subject matter, and strives to embed inspiring stories in her writing and art.
Illustrator of WHAT WILL NOT LAST, writer of RUST AND WATER
GMB Chomichuk is an award-winning writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels. His most recent work with HighWater Press, Will I See?, was a collaboration with writer David A. Robertson and singer / songwriter Iskwē. He writes and/or illustrates occult suspense stories like Midnight City, science fiction works like Red Earth, or inspirational all-ages adventure stories like Cassie and Tonk. He is the host of Super Pulp Science, a podcast about how genre gets made. His newest full length graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal was featured on The Hollywood Reporter, The Nerdist, and Billboard Magazine.
Creator, co-writer and illustrator of RUST AND WATER
Justin Currie is an illustrator who combines techniques from graphic design training and traditional painting in the coined style, “shattered vector painting.” He is an internationally recognized artist who has worked with Blizzard, Warhammer, Nickelodeon, Disney, Marvel, and Netflix, and he is a regular guest at comic conventions across Canada and the United States. His first creator-owned project, Cassie and Tonk, won the Manitoba Book Award for graphic novels.
Illustrator of WHAT WILL NOT LAST and INFINITE UNIVERSE
If you were to ask him when he was younger what he wanted to do when he grew up, Steven Kaul would hit you with “I want to draw Spider-Man,” or “I want to be a starship Captain.” Having already gotten the latter out of the way, he decided to attend the Fine Arts program at the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in 2013. It was a degree that taught him a great deal about art, most of which he does not use today.
Running mostly on a plethora of self-taught skills focusing on digital creation, Steven, with writing partner Lyndon Radchenka, has embarked on the process of making his first comic since the sixth grade.
Author of WHAT WILL NOT LAST and INFINITE UNIVERSE
Lyndon Radchenka is a writer and comic book letterer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He grew up on Saturday morning cartoons and thinks 1997’s Batman & Robin was “a fun movie.” Lyndon received an English degree from the University of Manitoba in 2015 and a law degree from the University of Calgary in 2019.
Despite enjoying the “classics” of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Dumas, Lyndon was drawn back to comics. Lyndon became active in the comic convention scene in 2013, and was quickly enchanted by the passion and support of the indie comics community.
Illustrator of WHAT WILL NOT LAST, author/illustrator of THRUD
Zach Schuster is an illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, who graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2018. Zach draws weird comics, a lot of wizards, and the occasional robot. His wide variety of subject matter stems from when his taste was tragically and irrevocably changed as a child by a wild hodgepodge of crappy late 90’s and early 2000’s stuff like Young Justice comics, games like Earthbound, and the box office bomb Treasure Planet. In his spare time, he makes video games with his code-monkey buddies, designs board games, and plays the occasional gig with his more talented musician friends.
Illustrator of WHAT WILL NOT LAST
Christopher Smith is an artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Art program in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours. Chris likes designing monsters, running D&D, and making computer games. Chris is currently working on a comic with Lyndon Radchenka about a dying world watched over by a dying god titled The Eye in the Mist.