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Ian Ally-Seals (Editor-in-Chief) - Ian Ally-Seals moved to Hartford in 1992 when he was thirteen years old. He has had a beard since that time. Ian started working in comics two years later when he had a series of strips published in The Hartford Courant’s Metro Bridge section. It was here that he met two artists who he still works with to this day: David Robles. Besides work in comics Ian has also has been employed as a writer, producer and editor for Nickelodeon. He currently teaches a Multimedia class at Thomas Edison Middle School in Meriden, Connecticut. His curriculum includes, among other things, comic book drawing and production.
David Robles (Art Director) - Though he’s been drawing since an early age, it was during his years at Hartford High School that David Robles started working with comics. His illustration talents were immediately recognized by artists at Optic Comics, a local publishing company. Through Optic and The Hartford Courant’s Metro Bridge section, Robles was a published artist before he graduated high school. Besides penciling the debut comic book series Shadow Tracers, David is working on a nursing degree at Goodwin College. He also moonlights as the successful D.J. known as “Dirty D”. Hopefully when word gets out that he’s a comic book geek the ladies at the club won’t go running out the door!
Carl Mefferd (Joy Riders Creator, Doctor Atlantis co-Creator) -
Carl has been drawing as long as he can remember. He only started reading good comics in high school, realized he wanted to make them in undergrad, and finally got serious about it at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. During this time he started collaborating on "Doctor Atlantis" with Ian, and later began the REC webcomic "JoyRiders." After graduating from the Center in 2011, he's remained in White River Junction and has been cranking out comics to this day.
Jeff Tingley (Doberman Creator) - Jeff Tingley drew his first original piece of sequential art at the age of four that was immediatly posted on the fridge in his kitchen. He quickly moved on to drawing directly on said refridgerator and not waiting for a third party to post his art. During this time and for the next fourteen years jefftingley lived in a two hundred year old farm house, complete with secret room, uneven floors, dubious history, dirt cellar and ghosts. He, in that time, had gained a skill in telling stories, often about his two brothers and sister, and mostly to get him out of trouble. A number of years after moving out of the haunted house and away from siblings that could shift some blame off him, jefftingley had a dream in which he was famous and gaining praise for his work in the comicbook field. The book for which he was famous is the one posted on this website.
EB Savage (Social Media Director) - EB currently lives in Massachusetts with her cat Luci. Prose & Cons is her first experience writing in the comic medium. She is a published poetry author and has written and ran many well received theater style larps independently and at conventions such as Festival of the Larps, Arisia, Intercon and Bridgewater Larp Day. She is a shameless Kingdom of Loathing addict, role player, and veracious reader. She even makes a list of all the books she reads. She also enjoys drinking herbal tea and eating cupcakes. She can be bribed with cupcakes... no seriously... bring her cupcakes.
Kyle Price-Livingston (Adventure Team Alpha Creator) - Kyle is a writer, actor and artist who keeps busy because it’s the only way to quiet the voices. His current projects include writing and drawing the webcomic “Adventure Team Alpha,” writing dialogue for the print comic “Shadow Tracers,” co-writing and acting in the upcoming webseries “The Hangarounds,” sportsblogging for the “That’s Meanspirited” tumblr, and writing and editing for the online magazine “WebVee Guide.” In his free time he makes bizarre pictures with Adobe Photoshop and wanders the mountains near his home in Colorado Springs with his wife and their cat.
Cristina Gutiérrez (Digital Art Editor) - Cristina Gutiérrez has been living in CT since 1997. She’s been working on and off in graphic design/comics since meeting her former teacher/now mentor Ian Ally-Seals. She has since gone off to attend school in Amherst, Mass where she is looking to study Industrial Design at Hampshire College. Cristina currently volunteers at a local High School as a mentor for a FIRST robotics Rookie team, and is also employed at Rare Earth Comics as a Digital Art Editor.
Spencer Pitt (Shaman Creator) - Spencer Pitt is a West Hartford resident who has worked for a couple years as animator on a few television and web advertisements. Spencer also spent time flat coloring for REC and the Shaman web comic will be his first attempt at comic illustration.
Vincent Labate (Writer) - Vincent LaBate loves monkeys. Of that, there can be no doubt. If there are no monkeys or apes present in the first issue of Shadow Tracers, you can bet that’s no thanks to Vin. His preoccupation with our simian cousins aside, Vincent has proven himself time and again as an exceptional comics writer. His wit and comic timing have made his work on Fish With Legs and Black Rain a joy to read. Other little know facts about Vincent LaBate: he has a rather large collection of clown based toys, his cat Smokey loves the pantry cupboard more than him, he likes his jeans ripped and he cooks a mean catfish & rice!
Pito Arroyo (Production Assistant) - Pito has been a staff member of Rare Earth Comics since its founding in 1998. If a page needs ink finishes or a script needs a quick read through, Arroyo is the man for the job. Pito’s endless enthusiam and support has been instrumental to the success of REC . Where ever there’s a Rare Earth comic being sold, you can bet that Pito’s there selling it. Besides being a dedicated member of the REC staff, Pito Arroyo works as a producer for Hartford Public Access Television. Among his many productions areHartford’s Tech Week TV and the popular Pito’s Music Show.
Andrew Hard (Webcomics Editor) - Andrew has been reading comics since he was a young lad in the hills of West Virginia. Now that he has been exiled to the bitter north he takes solace in his job editing comics for the web.
Matt Hard (Webcomics Editor) - Matt was always envious of his brother who never let him read his comics when they were young lads in the hills of West Virginia. As an adult he still does not get to read his brothers comics. Pity him.