John Kratky - Writer
Whether the stories were coming from comics, movies, novels, or his friend's mouths, John has always loved them. He had always loved writing as well, but never really found a solid form to present his ideas in until he discovered webcomics. When everything else seems so out of grasp, webcomics were something he could create and publish himself as long as he had artists to work with. On a personal level, webcomics are about the individual effort put into them. They can succeed, fail, or in most cases just drift along all dependent on how much the creator believes in his work.
Starting back in 2006 with Coffee Time and Across the Way, he and his friend and creative partner Tobias returned in 2013 with Tales of Hammerfist, and now in 2014 he brings you The Black Wall and Ham-Fisted Tales. John lives in Reno, Nevada with his beautiful wife Jessica and their cat Stinky.
Michelle Lodge - Artist
Michelle Lodge is not a ventriloquist (much to the dismay of her father, who did actually encourage the profession). She was however raised in the small town of Leslie, Michigan by a magician and a painter. Ever since she was able to read she was glued to comics, and the obsession has never ended. School, drawing, more school and a lot more drawing. Countless hours of practice and two art degrees later, Michelle is able to draw in a wide range of styles. Her favorite of these styles is the dark and shadowy themes of noir.
She currently works on The Black Wall and other freelance projects, including her upcoming, semi-biographical webcomic blog on life and the hilarity of motherhood. In the future she hopes to continue working on noir comics, as well as illustrate children's books. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband Aaron and their daughter Coral.
Eduardo Camacho - Letterer
He enjoys creating in almost any creative medium he's able to. Originally an architect of sounds, he now helps to tell stories through the lettering of comics. His abilities also extend to typography and type design, and he is always learning different aspects of design to better his work. In addition to working on the three stories for Coffee Time Comics, his other eclectic lettering projects include a TMNT Fan Short, Koralovski, and the funded kickstarter Liberty: Deception.
Eduardo took over lettering on The Black Wall on page 86, while also re-lettering Hank's journal pages which will appear in the published version of this story.
J Chill - Letterer
Obituary: I hate having to say this, but I received heartbreaking news on Sunday afternoon. John A. Palmer IV, a.k.a. J Chill, letterer for The Black Wall & Ham-Fisted Tales has passed away. I don't have many details outside of that as I received an email from his sister in reply to one of my emails sent his way.
I didn't know John on a personal level, but we had a good working relationship. What I can't tell you about him personally, I can tell you about his work ethic, which I think can speak volumes about a person. John was professional, he was a communicator, and he delivered clean work on time. I didn't have to tell him what to do with his lettering, he knew when to use interesting word balloons, he was good at placing emphasis on the right words, and he picked great points to use. In other words, he was good at what he did and always getting better.
The work of a letterer is such an important aspect of comics. The job largely goes unnoticed when it is done well, precisely because it is done well. I think John put my words over Michelle's art seamlessly and I thank him for that.
His last lettered page for The Black Wall come next week. I worked with him for 80 pages on this comic and 33 on Ham-Fisted Tales. Almost for two years now. It hit me pretty good when I found out, not only because I wasn't expecting it, but because he was a part of something that I created. He helped me get this far. Whatever becomes of all this, he will have been an integral part of it.
R.I.P. J Chill
Profile: My name is John A. Palmer IV A.k.A. "CHILLI" “CHILL” “J CHILL or “CHILLI CHILL”. I graduated from the Illinois Institute Of Art with a Fine Arts Bachelor's Degree. I grew up in Chicago IL. and I have been drawing my whole life and love to do it, l love manga and american comics which were a big influence on me growing up. I am also an experienced Letterer and Logo Designer which I picked up and came to have a love for the craft of bringing titles and characters voices to life as well.