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Indy PopCon is back for year two, and we’re excited — this particular convention includes comic book artists (including an all-female discussion panel called “Men in Comics” — a direct response to Denver Comic Con’s all-male “Women in Comics” panel held this past spring).

We here at NUVO thought we’d pay homage to our LOCAL comic artists — and just like any good superhero, they’ve got origin stories. Four Indiana-based comic artists tell us how they started drawing — in the way only they can tell the story.

RELATED: Want more comics? Check out Bridget's comic vlogs! (She's the over woman pictured above.)


Ben! Olson is an artist and exhibit fabricator in Indianapolis, IN. His current comic work can be seen on Solo Acoustic every Monday at He currently lives on Indy’s west side with his awful cat. To see more of Ben’s work, visit and

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Jackie Crofts — well, her bio’s included in the top panel of the strip. Hooray!

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Trent Fairbrother is a local (Carmel, IN) artist who aspires to do comic book covers for Marvel and/or DC comics. He enjoys long walks on the beach, comics, and saving the world from boredom one drawing at a time. His comic was written by his kids: Rowan Fairbrother, who’s four years old, and Elise Fairbrother, six years old.

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Bri Rudd is the creator of the webcomic Oh No Bri, and a contributor for nerdy websites Geeking in Indiana and Panels. She is trying not to put a weird, meta joke in this bio but it's a struggle.

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Ed Wenck has been writing for NUVO (as well as several other Indiana publications) for nearly 20 years while moonlighting as a radio host. He became Managing Editor of NUVO in 2013. He's authored four books and also reports for WISH-TV's Boomer TV program.

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