The Artists Behind Presidential Monsters
Mark Huckabone is the creator of Presidential Monsters and president of Heroes Entertainment. Mark has been selling toys since the age of nine when he haunted flea markets and toy shows in the Chicago area buying, selling, and trading with dealers 3 times his age. His passion for Mego action figures led him to become the foremost Mego collector and dealer in the world. After spending many years immersed in the pop-culture and toy industries he started his own toy company, Heroes Entertainment. Heroes’ first offering was a Barak Obama action figure in 2010. Soon after, the Presidential Monsters were born. Mark also has made numerous guest appearances on Travel Channel’s “Toy Hunter” reality series, and has also been seen on AMC’s “Comic Book Men”.
A commercial illustrator since 1996, Jason has created work for advertising, editorial, packaging and book publishing clients internationally. He is a traditional artist, painting in acrylic on watercolour paper or wood panel. His style ranges from realism to exaggeration, usually emphasizing the figure, and a certain degree of humour or caricature. Jason is often asked to emulate a specific genre of illustration, such as movie posters, pulp covers or retro style advertising. His fondness for pop culture, especially movies and toys often creep into his work.http://www.jasonedmiston.com/
J. Anthony Kosar
Award-winning artist and FACE OFF Season 4 Champion J. Anthony Kosar specializes in Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpture, and Special Effects through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC. On FACE OFF, the biggest competition for Make-Up FX on the Syfy Channel, Kosar won 6 of 11 Spotlight Challenges, setting the record of most consecutive wins in a row and most wins by a single contestant on a single season. Of his Spotlight wins, he won the DC Superhero challenge where his winning character “The Infernal Core” appeared in the DC comic JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #16, and also won the DEFIANCE challenge where he shadowed the FX make-up crew on set in Toronto, Canada. In 2007, he interned at legendary Stan Winston Studio creating effects for INDIANA JONES 4 and James Cameron’s AVATAR. Kosar designs and sculpts Halloween masks, creates special effects for theater, film, and commercials, and teaches the Art of FX through his studio in Westmont, IL. Besides FX, Kosar designs and sculpts prototypes for toys, collectibles and medical anatomical models, illustrates for novels and comic books, curates art gallery exhibitions, and creates his own fine art paintings and sculptures. He has designed many of the “Presidential Monsters” action figures. His paintings have appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine and SPLASH: Best of Watercolor, and his sculptures have appeared in SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Kosar was Valedictorian of the class of 2008 at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. www.KOSARTGALLERY.com
Ken Kelly is simply a legend in the realm of fantasy illustration and genre art for the past five decades. Studying under non other than the master Frank Frazetta, Kelly illustrated for fantasy books and magazines, painted covers for record albums including KISS, and illustrated for toy packaging at Mego Corp. Heroes West Coast Entertainment has been honored to work with him since 2012. His original Presidential Monsters painting “The North Shall Rise Again” can be previewed here.