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GENE515
Illustrated Novel and Comic
Now Available

The world of man lies in ruin, devastated and crumbling.
Remnants of a once-great civilization, choking to survive the poisonous air and dusty plains hide in their last towering city.
While rockets dot the skies and colonies float through space,
there are those who instead want to direct their efforts into correcting the follies inflicted on mother Earth. Join Frank the dog and his boy, Kita, as they do their best to thrive in these harsh and dangerous circumstances.

Little Wolf - Chapter 1 & 2 available

Jesse Cowan

Little Wolf knows in his heart that he is ready to be a brave. It's everyone else who needs convincing, and his new Mohawk isn't doing the trick. Will his ambitions take him too far when he plots to steal fur from the sacred and deadly white wolf?

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Napkin Portraits

Nellyroll

From humble beginnings in office break rooms, Napkin Portraits is a series of character commissions where Nellyroll transforms the office staple whiteout into original fine art. Check out his newest creations or commission your own at one of his upcoming events.

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Nellyroll

Designer and illustrator, Nellyroll turns fandom into fine art. His character portraits are inspired by a love of classic 80s pop culture. Turning everyday office supplies into fine art, Napkin Portraits is a collection of character designs and comissions showcasing characters who left an impact.  

Check out his work or commission your favorite character at nellyroll.com.

Jesse Cowan

Jesse Cowan is an independent animator, graphic novelist, and film maker. Beginning his media career in the early 2000s, Jesse has worked as a freelance 3D artist, as well as professor of Media, 3D, and Animaton at The Art Institute, and George Mason University. Jesse was able to put his impressive animation skills to the test at Speakeasy FX, where he would form lasting friendships and create elegant and appealing media for public broadcast.

Unsatisfied with bringing the characters of others to life, Jesse began the momentous task of starting his own brand with an independent media company. He has since brought his own characters and stories to life, and begun self-publishing a series of independent graphic novels known as "Little Wolf" which continues to enjoy success as an underground media phenomenon through books, comics, games, and animation.

Today, Jesse has gathered various colleagues into his indie media team to collaborate with artists across the globe and bring Little Wolf to life in the way he always intended, through the art of animation. This is an ongoing project.

An artist and media professional, Zachary H. Rhoades has been producing educational media and developing media courses for more than two decades.  Inspired by his passion for comics, sci-fi, and cartoons, he has created or collaborated on multiple independent series.

 

Currently, Zachary is working on two on-going series: GENE-515 graphic novel series and Fenix County comic series. Catch up on GENE515 available online at Barnes and Noble, or either series at an upcoming event!  

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Upcoming Events

  • ARTfactory's Super Con
    ARTfactory's Super Con
    Sat, Apr 27
    Manassas
    Apr 27, 2024, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Manassas, 9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110, USA
    Saturday Morning Cartoonists will be at ARTfactory's inaugural comic convention! Stop by our table to check out original art and new comic issues of GENE-515 and Fenix County!
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  • Fredericksburg Independent Author Book Festival
    Fredericksburg Independent Author Book Festival
    Sat, Oct 12
    Fredericksburg
    Oct 12, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Fredericksburg, 701 Sophia St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, USA
    Zhro books will be at the Fredericksburg Book Festival on Oct 12! Visit table B16 for Zhro's illustrated sci-fi series Gene515, and issues of his new comic series, Fenix County.
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  • Big Lick Comic Convention NOVA
    Big Lick Comic Convention NOVA
    Sat, Apr 13
    Chantilly
    Apr 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – Apr 14, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Chantilly, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151, USA
    Stop by the Saturday Morning Cartoonists table for comic series Gene515 and Fenix County or commission original napkin art by Nelly.
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  • Alpha Delta Kappa - Virginia Convention
    Alpha Delta Kappa - Virginia Convention
    Fri, Mar 15
    Tysons
    Mar 15, 2024, 7:00 PM – Mar 17, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Tysons, Tysons, VA, USA
    Saturday Morning Cartoonists is thrilled to be supporting Virginia's teachers! SMC will have a table selling the illustrated novel GENE515 to build funds for the Beta Beta chapter's altruistic fund.
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  • Awesome Con 2024
    Awesome Con 2024
    Fri, Mar 08
    Washington
    Mar 08, 2024, 1:00 PM – Mar 10, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Washington, 801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Your Saturday Morning Cartoonists are returning to artist’s alley for Awesome Con 2024! Come kick it with your boys ZRho and Nelly, Friday March 8 through Sunday March 10 at Washington DC’s Comic Con. We hope to see you there!
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