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Local Creators Showcase

  • VAULT GRAND RAPIDS 95A Monroe Center Street Northwest Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)

We're ringing in Local Comic Shop Day by celebrating our local artists! Stop by the shop to meet these local creators and stock up on handmade (and signed!) comics, zines, prints, stickers and more for the holidays. 

  • 11:00-12:30pm: Justin Bartz & Randy Stewart
  • 1:00-2:30pm: Sarah Wood & Kenny Porter
  • 3:00-4:30pm: Frankie Johnson & Rayne Klar

Meet the Artists


Justin Bartz

Meet Justin Bartz, co-creator of the dark and thrilling series, Project Shadow Breed: In the new millennia, SinTech, a private government contract corporation, began developing a serum to turn ordinary soldiers into werewolves. In 2014, they created the first "wolf pack" of soldiers. What they didn't expect to create was Marrok.

Different Breed Comics

Randy Stewart

Randy Stewart is an indie comic book artist & illustrator with a love for storytelling and collaboration. Randy has worked on projects stemming from fantasy art to crime drama and recently completed a chapter of the fantasy epic Scavengers. His inspirations include Paul Pope, Frank Miller, and Sean Gordon Murphy.

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood is an artist, writer, graphic designer, and aspiring gamemaker. Author of SarahLife, Anxiety as a Comfort, BPD Blues, and more.
Instagram: sirseahorse

Kenny Porter

Kenny is a professional writer living in West Michigan. He recently published an original graphic novel, Barnstormers, which follows the adventures of blue-collar monster hunters Roscoe, Anna, and Clyde.

Frankie Johnson

A non-binary illustrator from Grand Rapids, MI who makes comics, zines, and other sweet things. 

They are mainly found scribbling in a sketchbook or playing Animal Crossing.


Rayne Klar

Rayne Klar is 25 year old queer artist with a BFA in Illustration from Grand Valley State University. They are an illustrator, comic artist, and merch maker. Their personal work focuses on queer culture, fantasy, punk rock, bedroom culture and the DIY Ethic.
Socials: @smallsmallwitch

Earlier Event: November 17
Moving Pictures Movie Series
Later Event: December 1
Tree Lighting Soirée