Genesis II Creators
Meet the Team
On his 44th birthday, Allen almost died of complications from cancer. It was diagnosed as terminal. Now everyone thinks “AHA! And that it was when he decided to draw comics again!” However, it wasn’t.
Only after his father died in 2014 and he separated from Wifey # 2 that he thought the healing power of comics might be a good thing to immerse himself into again. Life events can transform a person, but sometimes it takes a lot of them to redirect your path.
Allen found he can’t draw as well as he used to. There are a million talented artists who can kick his butt around like an aluminum beer can as far as skill. He lacked the training and the patience. That said, his crazy imagination, ability to get it all done, total commitment to a project, and collaborative cheerleading for and with others certainly made up for it. He produced and self-funded “Genesis II” with co-creator Christian Boe, and a crack team of seasoned comic book artists and writers.
Right now, he is officially a graphic novelist, a gentleman farmer, and semi-retired CEO of a physical therapy business. “Genesis II” promotes self-transformation and forced evolution, but it’s really about what we can do for ourselves. If we just imagine what can happen and then take action, we can make a new reality. Allen challenges every one of the readers of this body of work to use their imagination to make themselves and their lives better.
During the summer he would stay with his father in Pasadena where he would take drawing and animation workshops on the weekends. The support he received from his family and mentors helped him develop a passion for art and design that he carried into adulthood. After high school he studied art at UC Santa Cruz before transferring to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He graduated from Art Center in 2013, earning his BFA in Illustration – Entertainment Arts. Since finishing school he has worked on a variety of projects including comics, commercial storyboards, concept art for a virtual reality platform, indie video games, fantasy playing cards and a variety of other projects. He loves to design bizarre worlds, interesting creatures and to bring stories to life.
Nate Van Dyke
He recently took a job as a senior concept artist at NCsoft working on City of Heroes/City of Villains. Just prior, he finished creating concept art and storyboards for the Sega video game, Iron Man. His work has also been featured in several magazines such as JUXTAPOZ, XBox, PlayStation and Heavy Metal. Over the years N8 has attracted clients such as Converse, Levi Strauss, Scion, EMI Records, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Burton Snowboards, Slayer and Wired. N8’s work has been commissioned and showcased internationally.
Here is Nate working hard in his studio:
Nate got clubbed by a skateboard while walking peacefully in downtown San Francisco and he hit the pavement unconscious. This all happened before he finished his second cover for Genesis II. Nate powered through the next 4 covers and finished before the deadlines.
3D Model Creators
We can provide all aspects of design – characters, specialty costumes, film sales/development, and production design in many different mediums, including digital paintings, models, traditional illustrations, 3d maquettes, clay maquettes, and post production ready assets. We specialize in creating digital models ready for output directly from our designs or from designs you bring to us.
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