OWEN WISEMAN (writer) writes graphic novels, screenplays, and prose. Owen was raised by hippies in the Pacific Northwest, and fed a steady diet of appropriate books and inappropriate movies. In seventh grade, he was accidentally put into a Japanese class, and the venerable Furado-sensei convinced him to stay. He taught Owen about the language, culture, and fascinating history of this complex and beautiful island nation, and Furado-sensei’s passion for the Japanese culture triggered Owen’s love for it as well.
As the years went by, sadly, Owen let the bulk of his language skills erode. However, he never lost his passion for Japanese culture and history. When he arrived at Pomona College and started studying philosophy, Owen started really exploring the canon of great Eastern thought, from Confucius and Lao-Tzu to Yagyu Munemori and Miyamoto Musashi.
“It wasn’t until my senior year at Pomona — 22 years old, pretty late — that I realized I wanted to be a writer. I floundered for a few years, until I found a home here at Benaroya Pictures. That’s when Mike Benaroya planted the seed that would become SAMURAI’S BLOOD, and I remembered all the powerful ideas contained in those ancient texts. I suddenly felt a deep desire to bring those ideas into new form. I went back and re-watched all of Kurosawa’s films, and suddenly it became clear. I wanted to tell stories in that same world, but from a self-consciously Western perspective. I started writing SAMURAI’S BLOOD the next day.”
NAM KIM (artist) is a Philadelphia-based artist, founder and director of Studio Imaginary Lines, an all-purpose design house which produces original content for comic books, video games and commercial advertising.
Nam is a self-taught illustrator who credits artists such as Burne Hogarth, Jim Lee and Masamune Shiro for shaping his artistic style and vision.
MATT DALTON (inker) is a sequential artist and concept illustrator who has worked in comics, children’s books, video games and film. In 2003 he graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a bachelors degree in Sequential Art. Matthew enjoys historical biographies as well as philosophical studies and is an amateur bodybuilder. His greatest inspirations are Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta, and Mike Weiringo. He currently lives in Sewell, NJ with his wife and son.
JO CHEN (cover artist) began illustrating and publishing professionally at age 14 in Asia before emigrating with her family to the U.S. in 1994. Since then, she launched her professional career and made herself into one of the best known cover comic artists in United States. She has worked with comic powerhouses such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Wildstorm and has even forayed into the gaming industry with her box cover design for XBox’s FABLE Trilogy.
She is best known for her work as the cover artist for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, RUNAWAYS, STREET FIGHTER series, STAR WARS, THOR, NEW AVENGERS, HELLBOY and more. She has also ventured into working interiors – penning Wildstorm’s RACER X mini-series and Dreamwave’s DARKMINDS MACROPLIS. Jo’s seinen manga, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, was re-published in English by TokyoPop.