As many of you know, I’ve been covering Lia Scott Price’s “Vampire Guardian Angel” comic book series. Lia is an amazing writer, we know that, but I think it’s important to get to know the guys behind the imagery that makes this series what it is.
As in any comic book series, the pictures tell the story, the dialog is there to guide you through the story. Some of my favorite comics that I read when I was growing up (Spawn, Tales from the Crypt, etc.) had amazing artwork that helped relate the characters and the setting to the story. Lia has found a great team to help bring her characters to life in Andrew Setter and Chad Hammontree.
Andrew began to see his path towards comic illustration around the age of eleven when he fell in love with the Lord of the Rings films. He began creating his own realms and characters and developed a passion for creation. It wasn’t until he began college at MWSU that he began illustrating seriously and considered the possibility of comic illustration. It was through course at MWSU that Andrew met Chad Hammontree, a graphic design student and fellow artist.
Through a freelance artists resource online, Andrew was able to get in touch with Lia, and he was given his first shot at comic book artistry.
“She gave me my first shot in comics and I will never be able to thank her enough.”
While Andrew brought his illustrating skills to series, they still needed coloring and lettering, Andrew went to his friend Chad Hammontree. Finding real work while they’re full-time students was very exciting for the two and Chad gladly joined his friend to work on the series.
“All I could say was hell yes, where do I start? What do I do?”
What we have now is an undeniable artistic force rising through the comic book world. Andrew and Chad have brought Lia’s amazing characters to life in a classic comic book style that couldn’t have match the tone more perfectly. Andrew’s interpretation of the characters and depiction of emotion and brutality that highlights the series is incredible. Chad brings a vibrant splashes of read to otherwise perfectly shaded and shadowed imagery. His use of black and grey tones with the explosions of bright red carnage and beauty have really brought this series to serious level.
Their talent cannot be denied, they make a great team and have a real connection with Lia’s story and characters. And if you wondered what it might be like to work for a creative genious like Lia Scott Price, Andrew had this to say:
“Lia truly has been amazing with us and she has been the best boss I could ever ask for,”
And Chad offered this:
“It turns out that Lia is the best boss and client that I have had yet.”
Andrew also credits his Fiancé and his family for making his work possible.
These guys are young artists with incredible talent and deserve the chances that they’re getting. I’ve always been a huge supporter of the independent industry, films, literary, artistic mediums, and every other facet of the independent creative process. I don’t think these too will stay independent artists for long, talent like this can’t be ignored. The team behind the Vampire Guardian Angels series, Lia Scott Price, Andrew Setter, and Chad Hammontree, is onto something bigger than they know. Lia’s characters and stories are refreshingly original, Andrew and Chad are incredible talents, and I would hope that you wouldn’t be surprised to see them all shielding their eyes from the limelight in the very near future.