As both a writer and showrunner, Jeff Kline has been responsible for more than 40 primetime and daytime series and pilots, including the multiple Daytime Emmy® Award-winning CG series Transformers Prime (The Hub), That Was Then (ABC), and a slew of venerable “traditionally” animated shows including G.I. Joe: Renegades (The Hub) Jackie Chan Adventures (Kids WB), Men in Black: The Animated Series (Kids WB), etc. He is currently in production on Season Two of Transformers: Robots In Disguise (Cartoon Network), and his Transformers: Rescue Bots continues to air on Discovery Family. In 2013, Kline formed Darby Pop Publishing (www.darbypop.com), a comic book imprint distributed worldwide by IDW, which has dropped five series and nearly 40 floppies and trade paperbacks to-date.
Darby Pop Publishing was founded in 2013 by multiple Emmy Award winning writer/producer Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Jackie Chan Adventures) as an outlet for high-concept, high-quality visual storytelling. Kline recruited from a small circle of friends — writers and artists with whom he’d worked in both live-action and animation — by asking: “have you ever had an idea you believed would make a killer comic book?”
As IDW’s first creator-owned imprint, Darby Pop has published 5 series and 40+ issues/TPs to date. Creators have included Eric Garcia (CITY: THE MIND IN THE MACHINE), John Raffo (THE 7TH SWORD), Scott Marder/Rob Rosell/Jack Lambert (DOBERMAN), Matthew Lederman & Stephen Scaia (DEAD SQUAD), and Kline himself (INDESTRUCTIBLE).
Comics legend Howard Chaykin, Eisner Award winner Andrew Robinson, Emmy Award winners Jose Lopez, David Hartman, and Walter Gatus, Bernard Chang, Tony Fleecs and many others have delivered cover art. And interiors have been laid out and/or drawn by a number of “Transformers” series veterans (as well as many other talented artists) including Brandon McKinney, Kirk Van Wormer, Kevin Altieri and Matthew Humphreys.
Former Marvel and Top Cow editor David Wohl helped with the company’s start-up; industry veteran Renae Geerlings is Darby Pop Publishing’s current Managing Editor.
As Kline has been quoted as saying: “It seems like a lot of people currently working in comics are hoping to use it as a stepping stone to movies or television. At Darby Pop Publishing, most of our talent is already well-established in those fields; they WANT to be making comics!”
Joe St. Pierre:
Joe St.Pierre began his comic book career as penciler of RAI, the first original character published by Valiant Comics. He has also worked as a writer and artist for Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, and Dynamite.
He illustrated a substantial number of comics featuring the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, including several one-shots, two VENOM mini-series, a six-issue run on SPIDER-MAN 2099 and several covers. He has the unconfirmed distinction of penciling the most #1 issues featuring the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and/or the Spider-Man family.
Joe has also worked in the fields of commercial illustration, intellectual property design and storyboards for Animation and Video Games. Clients have included MTV, Capstone, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Activision.
His publishing company, Astronaut Ink, highlights his own creator-owned properties BOLD BLOOD, MEGAHURTZ® and most recently the sell-out independent comic book series NEW ZODIAX. Each of the first four issues of NEW ZODIAX features the debut of a NEW ZODIAX cast member, making them all instant collector’s items.
Jena Kitteninstrings has been costuming for 10+ years. She went to school for Opera and Vocal performance and fell in love with and refused to leave the costume department. She does all kinds of cosplay from Super Heroes, to Anime, to Historical Reenactment but has a soft spot for all things spandex. She’s been working with armor and foam crafting for about 5 years now and loves finding new things to deconstruct and making the guys at the hardware store wonder why someone would need such odd things. When she’s not crafting or at a con she can generally be found at home with her nose in a book or getting into trouble with her 7 y/o. ^_^
Wampa Clan is the Maine chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club. They also represent members from New Hampshire and Canada.