Xeric Grant winner Gary Scott Beatty read his first comic book, a beat up old Tin Tin hardcover, in his grade school library some time before the '60s Batman craze. The first alternative comic he produced (They were called "underground" then) was on his high school's ditto machine, after hours, without permission. Nearly three decades later the tools and format have changed, but Gary is still producing printed pieces that communicate and entertain. He colors, letters and produces publications for 3 Boys Productions, Ocean Comics, nationally syndicated cartoonist Aaron Warner, Scott Rosema, Omega7, Viper and Kaso Comics. He has written scripts for Nicky Cruz Outreach and, locally, produces a full color, monthly entertainment magazine. The publication production expert, typographer, writer, illustrator and comic book colorist's engaging ramblings can be found at www.comicartistsdirect.com. His current Aazurn Publishing projects include Xeric Grant Winner "Jazz: Cool Birth," "The One" with "Adventures of Aaron" artist Aaron Warner, "Seductions" with Oz artist Bill Bryan and "Adam Among the Gods" with James Lyle. Lengthy articles detailing every step in Aazurn Publishing's birth are cataloged at www.aazurn.com. Gary can be found at www.garyscottbeatty.com.
Gary works in both fantasy illustration and a new obsession, 1950s jazz album cover design style. "I'm concentrating on the combination of flat and painterly used by artists working with T-squares and triangles, tracing paper, ruling pens and brush, preparing work for rotary letterpresses and similar hands-on intensive printing methods in the '50s. I bring that craftsmanship into today using digital tools."