Palmiotti and Conner have achieved commercial success by drawing and penning for high-profile characters like Jonah Hex, Hellboy, Wonder Woman, Batman and others, but also through the creation of their own graphic novels, which they work on together to self-publish.
Conner said she always dreamed of being in the arts. “My dad was a frustrated comic artist, so when I said I wanted to go into it, he supported it.” She spent time working in advertising before making her way into the comic business. She encourages aspiring artists to show their portfolios to her and to anyone else who is willing to look.
Palmiotti got into the business as a collector. He began buying cells and originals in the '80s and used them to learn how to draw. Since then, he has been a freelance artist, contributor and writer.
“Making comics was a hobby,” Palmiotti said. “I always had love for the story telling medium.” Like Conner, Palmiotti left a career in advertising and was able to earn a living in the comic book industry—in part with the support of crowd-funding models like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He says it's a great way to connect with and test your audience, and allow fans to show their support by contributing. He also loves looking at others’ work and offering feedback and guidance.
Each month, Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas will launch a new exhibit at The Stranger Factory. The public is welcome.