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Ohio Northern Graduate Gains International Attention

Mosaic, cover design by Kyle HotzComic-Con International, held this past July, is the largest comic book and popular arts conventions in the world. In addition to this highly publicized event, Comicdom Con Athens, another international convention for comic book fans, convened in Athens, Greece as a prelude to the United States spectacle.

Comicdom Con Athens is an annual comics festival, organized by the non-profit organization Comicdom Press and the Hellenic-American Union. In this conference, the audience is introduced to interesting art forms, famous guests, original art exhibitions, sketch events, panels, documentaries, movies, workshops on comics and related arts, panel discussions, publisher spotlights and much more.

Among the guests this year was Ohio Northern’s own, Kyle Hotz (BFA ’93).

Kyle attended Comicdom Con Athens 2010 courtesy of Jemma Press. The publishing company released a Greek edition of Mosaic, one of Kyle’s creations, with an all new cover collaboration by Kyle and Tattoo artist David Boltt. Jemma Press will also be releasing the Greek edition of Hotz’s favorite work, the award-winning Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities.

Kyle, most often associated with dark moody comics, has been a designer, a penciler, an inker and a writer for over 15 years. He’s developed his reputation for horror books working on characters such as Carnage, The Hood, and Cal MacDonald.

He has collaborated with publishers Dark Horse, Image, DC, Chaos, Scholastic, and Marvel, showing a variety of stylistic styles and approaches, ranging from dreadful and serious to frenetic comedy. One of his most impressive design work is the personal project, Mosaic, which Tim Bradstreet praised by saying “Mosaic will hit you like a freight train.”

Kyle also co-created Billy the Kid with Eric Powell (The Goon) and the book received an ‘A’ rating from Entertainment Weekly, which said the book was the best historical comic since League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Hotz and Powell are now hard at work on the sequel to Billy the Kid, to be published this summer by Dark Horse.

The Hood was also co-created by Kyle for Marvel. The Hood, since his introduction many years ago, has gone on to become one of the most popular villains of the Marvel universe—to the point where Kyle was asked to return to the character for a sequel last summer.

He has worked on a wide variety of books, including Night Man, Lord Pumpkin, Rune and Curse of Rune for Malibu; Criminal Macabre, The Goon and Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities for Dark Horse; Epilogue for IDW; The Agency for Top Cow; and Venom, Dr. Strange, Carnage, Green Goblin, The Hood, Wraith, The Hulk, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Agent X, Zombie, Simon Garth: The Zombie, and others for Marvel.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.