Will Torres has worked professionally in the comic book industry for over 20 years and is the creator/writer/artist on his self-publish line of comic books MR.VENTURE, KILLBORG and his upcoming title THE SAINT OF ASSASSINS. Torres has provided art for publishers Titan (The Official Walking Dead Magazine contributing artist), Dynamite Entertainment (Red Sonja #5 Spotlight artist and Bettie Page/Vampirella 50th Anniversary trading cards sketch card artist), and Marvel Comics (Thunderbolts #5/Domino #6 pinup artist). He has also supplied art and storyboards for independent films Victoria Justice’s Naomi and Eli’s No Kiss List (film prop art) and indie comedy film Superior Powers (art director). He’s also participated in various charity activities for the Hero Initiative at comic cons throughout the states. Aside from the comic book industry, in the past, has dabble in the music and film industry as a musical adaption artist and a background actor. Torres wishes for all artist to remember to live a life worth remembering!
Clare Urbanski is a fantasy writer from Wisconsin who loves languages, music, anything funny, and–above all–villains.
We’re excited to have Clare with us at Evil Expo! We had the honor of doing an email interview with her.
Evil Expo: Can you tell us a bit about who you are, and what you write and create?
Clare: In most of my social media bios I describe myself as an “indie author and total nerd,” which I think about sums it up. As a child I used to be utterly convinced that “The Legend of Zelda” was real and one day Link would show up and sweep me away on a quest to help him save Hyrule. I’m not 100% certain I got over it, because when I realized Link wasn’t coming, I started writing fantasy novels instead. I wrote my first full-length fantasy novel in sixth grade, which you can pry from my cold, dead fingers if I ever find it, but at least it got me to where I am now!
My novels are very character-centric, with a lot of emotional content, convoluted families, and—of course—villains who do terrible things to themselves and others. People have tried to compliment me by saying “Oh, I like that it’s fantasy, but the characters are realistic,” which is a nice compliment but also makes me want to hit them with a bust of Ursula K. Le Guin. I’ve always been of the opinion that fantasy should never be superficial, and I’m hoping to fight against the constant assumptions that it can’t be a serious genre.
Evil Expo: How did you get started doing videos?
Clare: I’d been playing around with the idea of starting a YouTube channel ever since NormalBoots and HiddenBlock absolutely destroyed my constructive use of free time, but I never got around to it until I realized it might be a good way to promote my writing. After trying a few different things, I eventually decided to focus on villains—partially so I could promote it on my Villain Fangirl twitter account and partially because I realized villains were all I really wanted to talk about anyway.
Evil Expo: What do you like about villainy, fractured fairytales, and other unconventional scenarios?
I love playing around with tropes and archetypes. I guess you could say my style is picking up fantasy tropes and running with them—sometimes towards the right end zone, sometimes towards the wrong end zone, and sometimes completely off the field, leaving a horde of injured fans and pissed refs in my wake. Depends on what mood I’m in.
As for villains, there are a couple different reasons. Generic answer: they’re more interesting than the heroes. Sophisticated answer: I often think of the Bible verse about the one sheep from a flock of a hundred who wandered off—why would the shepherd need to go after the ninety-nine who stayed? He cares about them, but they’re not the ones who are in trouble. Trash answer: a lot of villains are super hot.
Evil Expo: Do you have a favorite villain? If so, who is it?
Clare: Ganondorf. He’s definitely not the best villain ever, or even the best Zelda villain (except maybe in Wind Waker. He peaked in Wind Waker), but he was the quintessential villain of my childhood. I always wanted to square off against him in a good healthy game of Dead Man’s Volley. Except one time as an adult I actually had a nightmare that I was doing just that, and he ended up torturing me to death, so maybe it’s a good thing Link never rang my front doorbell like I wanted (the worst part is that’s not even the scariest nightmare I’ve ever had about a Zelda villain).
Evil Expo: Where should we look for your work?
If you like villains and memes, check out “The Villain Doctor” on YouTube, and if you’re looking for something to read, find me on Amazon or Goodreads! People’s favorites have tended to be “Sixth in Line,” which is a murder drama from the villain’s perspective, and “Queen of Spades,” which is a trilogy that brings a deck of cards to life (think that one part of “Alice in Wonderland” on crack). And I’ve got a new novel coming out this fall, “The Witch’s Apprentice,” which once again takes a fairytale premise (a firstborn child being promised to a witch) and runs off the field with it (the firstborn child likes it much better with the witch). I post updates on Twitter and Instagram pretty frequently, so follow me if you’re interested!
The entity known as Killswitch is not your run of the mill villain. He will bend and twist your mind and will until it becomes his own. Villainy is not always overt, it can come in the subliminal variety. In a quest to save humanity from eating itself alive and have it fall under his leadership, Killswitch not stop until he has achieved his goal. Global domination and control of all the coffee in the world.
Megalomaniac bent on global domination. You’ll see gamedev stuff, art, my crusade against stupidity and hypocrisy, so come follow along.
Clare Urbanski is a fantasy author and Twitter-certified villain fangirl. She’s managed to confuse
and alienate many a friend who can’t understand why she always falls for the brooding villains
instead of the courageous heroes, or why she always wants to play villains even though no
director ever casts her as one. On top of that, she can’t find any fictional villains who will date
her. As such, she’s had to settle for creating fictional villains of her own (and ignoring the
temptation to give them all happy endings), memeing about them in video essays (she got
upgraded from Villain Fangirl to Villain Doctor on YouTube), dressing up as them for
Halloween (Exhibit A: PREPARE FOR TROUBLE!!!), and annoying the villain archetypes of
Twitter from her parody account @VillainFangirl (Typical YA Villain, if you’re reading this,
you’re the best Twitter boyfriend ever! <3).
Twitter: @ClareUrbanski, @VillainFangirl
I am Madame X of The Dreaming. Madame X has been my Pen Name / Nightside Name for 2 decades.
I am the Matriarch of House of the Dreaming and producer for the Iron Garden. I am originally from Western Europe, but I lived for many years in the NY/NJ area and also in the Savannah, GA area, among other places. So from time to time you may find me on either side of the ocean.
I have been considered a Muse to aspiring artists, through “The Rift Arts Forum”, a creationist’s guild, which for many years offered a constant outpour of cultural/art-related happenings. So perhaps you have met me in some dimly lit cafe, heard me on the radio or on the cable TV programs “Vampyre Dreams” or “Vampyre Lounge”, read my work in “Vampyre Magazine”, or met me at the “Endless Night” gatherings in NOLA and NYC. If you met me in Savannah, you may remember me from Club One – Empire One, Teasers´Fetish Night, Third Ascention or Rue Morgue, as these were several Goth/Fetish club nights I hosted and promoted.
My background may be science, but I love poetry, music, dance, theater and the arts in general. Costuming is one of my personal passions and one of the many ways I communicate my creative spirit and revel in the dream.
Inspired by a desire to motivate others to the same path of self-discovery and evolution, I took part in the conception of several regional vampyre societies, including: “The Iron Garden” (NJ), “The Court of Lazarus” (NY), “Black Atlantis” (GA), and “Black Oaks” (GA). I have also co-hosted “Black Abbey” (NYC), co-founded “The Dark Nations”, established the Portuguese Vampyric Guild “Serões da Quimera”, the Otherkin Guild “Somnium Homunculi” and ‘The Collective’ video interviews on YouTube! I have been the Producer for the Iron Garden Nightkind Haven since 2014.
I am very proud of my globetrotting, having spent time in many US cities, as well as in São Paulo, Caracas, Quebec, London, Manchester, Belfast, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Gibraltar, Paris, Rome & the Transylvanian haunts of Romania…among other places.
I have contributed to “The Goth Bible”, the “Vampyre Almanac”, “V” aka “The Black Veil”, “The Saguinomicon – liber calmae”, “Vampires in their own words” and “Gotham Vampyre Archives” to name a few. These books present a collection of philosophies and techniques designed to inspire our rapidly growing subculture. They focus on community conduct, spirituality, energy work and provide a compendium of the postmodern vampyre culture throughout the world. Come meet me, I won’t bite …
For comic books to the table top from film to card games, he’s always finding himself aligning with villain,y sorted into Slytherin joined the dark side, took up arms for The horde…when he is not plotting nefarious deeds he is performing stand-up comedy, LARPing, and staring at the void waiting for it to feel awkwardness and go away
Nyarlothojack, the Crawling Chaos. He shall be the one. He shall summon the Ambient Void.
Nyarlothojack is a comedian from New York and/or the Plains of Leng. He will be bringing his own special brand of Elder God comedy.
“Okay, any cultists in the audience? Just raise your right and left tentacles!”
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro..”
— Dr. HST
“The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.”
― Federico García Lorca
“We look before and after
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley
Charles Xavier Conley is an Atlanta based 3D Fabricator and Content Creator who founded Ebony Warrior Studios in 2010. A California native, Xavier moved to Georgia in 2006 and currently resides in the metro Atlanta area. He experienced severe bullying all throughout elementary school and these experiences directly influence his Studios mission today. It was during these times of pain and self doubt that he wished he had his childhood heroes (such as Black Panther and Batman) by his side, so the creations he makes today are a tangible reality of those figures. Because of these childhood traumas Xavier is a staunch advocate for anti bullying, social justice and equality. This was only bolstered by a powerful encounter with a little boy at DragonCon 2016. It’s from this experience that he created the hashtag #RepresentationMatters and began spotlighting the major lack of representation within the cosplay world. Xavier has been cosplaying professionally since 2017, after winning Syfy’s episodic television show, Cosplay Melee with his original Star Wars character, Syresh Vös. Since his win Xavier’s foamsmithing prowess has been recognized and acknowledged by the likes of Marvel Studios, Legendary Pictures, Weta Workshop and actors such as John Boyega. Through his work Xavier seeks to show the world that cosplay is for EVERYONE, no matter who they are.
Darrell Schweitzer is an American writer, editor, and critic in the field of speculative fiction. Much of his focus has been on dark fantasy and horror, although he does also work in science fiction and fantasy. Schweitzer is also a prolific writer of literary criticism and editor of collections of essays on various writers within his preferred genres.
Most of Schweitzer’s fiction is in the areas of dark fantasy and horror. He works most frequently in fiction of shorter lengths, though he has also written a number of novels, including The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, The Mask of the Sorcerer, Sekenre and The Dragon House. Schweitzer is an authority on the history of speculative fiction and has written numerous critical and bibliographical works on both the field in general and such writers as Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. Many of his essays, reviews and author interviews have been collected into book form. He has also edited a number of anthologies and short story collections.
Together with his editorial colleagues Schweitzer won the 1992 World Fantasy Award in the professional category for Weird Tales His poem Remembering the Future won the 2006 Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Award for best poem.
For more information, you can find Darrell Schweitzer at https://www.fantasticfiction.com/s/darrell-schweitzer/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrell_Schweitzer.
Paul Kale is a modern day man of la mancha: No treacherous windmill is safe from his wrath.
In his youth he spent time hand loading black and Carthage’s of film, shooting 8 rolls of film a day and developing them in the bathtub. That hobby led him to taking pictures for his local fire department. When he went to his first fire he was terrified; which led him to go to Fire Fighter I then Fire Fighter II, Hazmat training, International Association of Arson Fire and Arson training schools (mostly). After being a firefighter for several years he became an instructor certified in teaching National Fire Academy Classes. While running the Day to day operations of a fire academy when he was not teaching a class he was taking one with over 1,200 of training in a five year span (taught by all of the alphabet soup agencies)
Eventually he received a BA in Law/Justice from then Glassboro State College.
His 1 weekend a month military obligation allows him to serve with heroes and utilize skill sets he acquired in previous careers.
He has been an associate producer on two films. Mr. Bricks: a Heavy Metal Murder Musical https://youtu.be/u3IKiWH8ru4 and Slaughter Daughter.
He has published 27 books so far.