Lily Mountjoy was born in Alexandria,
Virginia and grew up in Hopewell.
At the age of nine, she saw “Battle
of the Planets” and Star Blazers” and fell in love. Particularly
drawing styles of Queen Starsha and the Yamato’s goddess characters, Lily
began drawing. And drawing. And drawing. <>
By the late 80’s she had mountains of sketches in her attic.
(Though BotP and Star Blazers started her desire for drawing, her style
reminiscent of Leiji Matsumoto, whose art she adores.) It was about
that she and Steve Bennett met and became good friends.
from the Virginia School
for Deaf (Staunton, VA)
in 1988 and in the 1990s started work with the US Postal
Service, where she has worked for over 13 years. Married and with two
Lily draws in her free time whenever
In addition to being the artist/inker/colorist for Celeste The Pirate, Lily also inks
of St. Thomas. Lily will be doing
the art for the character Francis in the web comic. She also maintains
her own site
with some of her art.
Lily Mountjoy's personal site: http://www.yamatogirl.blogspot.com/
Writer: Peter Prellwitz
Peter W. Prellwitz is the IT Director for a precious metals refining
company located in Philadelphia. Pete has been writing stories, plays
and skits since
the fifth grade.
Born in Arizona, Pete has lived in Wisconsin, California, Hawaii,
New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, where he now lives with his
wife, Bethlynne, and five sons. In addition to writing, Pete enjoys
history, backpacking, and languages.
Horizons, his second novel
but first published, was chosen by Hugo
award winning Mike Resnick as the winner the 2003 Draco Award for Best
Science Fiction. Horizons was a finalist for the 2005 Eppie Award for
Best Science Fiction, as was another of Pete's novels, The Science of
Magic. In 2005, Pete’s books, Shards:
Book One and Shards: Book Two
were finalists for the 2006 Eppie Award for Best Science Fiction. (Pete
is getting the Susan Lucci complex, and hopes to win an Eppie before
Since 2004, Double Dragon Publishing has published nine of Pete's
novels and will publish another six or seven in 2008 and 2009. Among
his published titles is the novel The
of St. Thomas vs. The
Galactic Good Guys, which is was
released in May, 2006. Like previous novels, The Angel of St. Thomas was also a
finalist for an Eppie in 2007.
(And, like previous novels - *sigh* - it didn't win. That's now five
five.) Unlike his other novels, AoST
occurs outside the Shards Universe.
Though relatively new to the published author world, Pete is quickly
becoming a popular guest at numerous science fiction conventions up and
down the East Coast.
Steve and Pete met through anime conventions they attend. Pete was
an unofficial silent partner for Steve’s Studio Ironcat. When the
business closed in 2004, they decided to form an artist/writer team and
begin exploring possible projects. This includes this web-comic and is
based on characters in Pete’s novel, The Angel of St. Thomas novel..
Pete's Personal site: http://ShardsUniverse.net
Artist: Steve Bennett
Stephen Robert Bennett IV was born *&#@?! years ago at Tachikawa
Air Force Base in Japan. Being an Army brat, Steve moved all over the
place in his younger days, He spent his early years in Alaska and
Colorado, and lived for almost eight years in Germany during elementary
and junior high. The family moved back to Japan when Steve was in his
teens, and while he was there he was lucky enough to land a job with
Studio Aoehyma, and work under the great Japanese animator, Noboru
Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) During his time at
Studio Aoehyma, Steve learned quite a bit about anime, and worked on
such titles as Cat's Eye, the
Urusei Yatsura TV Series and Only You, as
well as others.
But finally, the family moved back to the States and settled in
Virginia. Steve finished up high school, took some college courses, and
ended up working at a bunch of different jobs. He worked at King's
Dominion amusement park (where he met his future wife Nikki), and he
also worked in a Japanese restaurant, a video store, and ended up
working in construction.
About the time Steve and Nikki tied the knot (1994), Steve attended
his first anime convention as a guest--Katsucon 1-- and finally
remembered his true calling. He started up Studio Ironcat, a Japanese
manga publisher, in 1997 and quit his construction job. Ironcat ran
until 2004. Although Steve enjoyed his time with Ironcat, the job kept
him too busy to focus on his own art. With the close of Ironcat, Steve
was finally free to create his own comics, and get back into the
artistic side of the industry. Today, Steve is busier than ever at
conventions, has two web comics on-line (Shakespeare Rodeo and Life
With Steve) and is finally letting his creative juices flow!
and happily - Steve has put his two strips on hiatus so he can focus on
The Angel of St. Thomas)
Steve has been to numerous anime conventions over the years (too
many to mention here!) and has also lent his talents to other venues,
such as Loyola University in Louisiana, the Smithsonian Institution,
and the Iowa Gallery of Art.
Steve's personal site: http://SteveBennettArt.com
Ink and Paint: Steve
Steven Banks Adamick was born in Washington,
D.C. back in the ‘60’s.
Raised as a D.O.D brat in Arlington, He discovered his talent when his
handed him a pile of paper and colored pencils at age 7 to keep him
entertained for the day.
Well, things snow-balled from there, and soon a drawing pad and pencils
carry-along standard for Steve.
During School at Gunston J.H., Steve worked on
a school newspaper comic
called “1776 & 1/2 “... and soon began to create his own comic
entitled Arlington Daze.
This, along with a pile of requests for Greeting Cards , the work load
created his first art studio, Kutting Edgz Designs. Everything was
still hand-drawn , so
production was slow till he got his first computer and printer system
to go on a mass
production after graduating high school. Steve still continued his art
career during his
enlistment with the U.S. Army. During that time it was a lot of tattoo
designing and some
cards for family members during the holidays. Soon after, he began to
expand his work
custom designing tattoos for Flat’s Tattooing in Connecticut.
After relocating back to Virginia, Steve began
to set up shop in his
home for what is now Studio Kattooed. Soon after that he was introduced
to Steve Bennett
IV during an Anime Cell Painting Class. Their friendship hit it off and
they've been best buds since 1995. He has remained a steadfast pal
since the Ironcat days and is
still close. Steve got involved with anime back when Astro Boy and Kimba were first
being broadcasted, and soon followed Speed
Racer, leading up to Star
Blazers. His first
purchased anime film was Battle Angel
(Gunnm), and became a die-hard fan of the
Manga, Thus being knighted “BattleAngel Steve” by “Unca” Steve Bennett
IV, the legacy
“BattleAngel” now resides in Arlington, Va.
currently working on Angel
of St.Thomas as the Ink&Paint specialist. He is the father
of two, Lori and Andrew,
and enjoys motorcycling on his off time. Steve gives special thanks to
his parent’s, Franc and
Marjorie, as well as Friends and Family who helped him along the
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