Animation & Comic Pros Phil Noto, Sean Cheeks Galloway & Derek Laufman

Freelance writer and podcaster Brent Chittenden moderates a panel of esteemed professional artists and designers — in the animation, comics, gaming and toy fields — including Phil Noto, Sean “Cheeks” Galloway and Derek Laufman who gathered to discuss their illustrious careers with fans who attended their 2019 Toronto ComiCon panel.
Phil Noto is an American painter and comic book artist who first worked at Walt Disney Animation for 10 years on films such as “Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” “Mulan” and “Lilo and Stitch” before leaving to pursue his true passions. He started at DC Comics doing covers for their “Birds of Prey” series and has since worked on “Batgirl,” “Superman,” “Danger Girl,” “Jonah Hex,” “Beautiful Killer,” “Hellboy,” “Buffy,” “Avengers,” “X-23,” “Wolverine and Jubilee,” “Uncanny X-Force,” “Thunderbolts,” “Black Widow” “Star Wars: Poe Dameron” and “Daredevil.” Noto’s work on “The Infinite Horizon” (a modern retelling of “The Odyssey”) with Gerry Duggan earned him an Eisner nomination for Best New Series. Noto has also worked as a concept artist for video games such as “BioShock.” He also does large scale gallery paintings and has had solo shows at Bold Hype Gallery (NYC), Stranger Factory (Albuquerque, NM), Secret Headquarters (L.A.) and Galerie Petits Papiers (Paris).
Sean “Cheeks” Galloway is an American artist and character designer who works in the animation, gaming, toy and comic fields. He is most famous as the lead character designer for the hit animated television series “The Spectacular Spider-Man” (2008) and his preliminary character designs for “Transformers Animated” (2007–2009). Other notable animation work includes storyboarding for “G.I. Joe: Renegades” (2010–2011) and “Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc.” (2010–2013), conceptual art on Disney’s “Tron: Uprising,” DreamWorks’ “Mastermind” and Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” and character design in “Hellboy” animated films “Sword of Storms” and “Blood and Iron.” Galloway has helped design games for Blizzard, EA, Sony Entertainment, Phoenix Age, THQ, Leapfrog and Travian Games — for which he art-directed and designed “Cheats 4 Hire.” He has designed toys and apparel for Hasbro, Marvel Licensing, Mattel, Upper Deck’s NFL vinyl line and DC Comics’ “DC Collectibles” line for Superman and Batman “Black and White” statues. Galloway has worked as a penciller for Marvel Comics’ “Venom,” a cover artist for “Marvel Adventures” and DC Comics’ “Teen Titans Go,” and as an illustrator on “Star Wars Adventures” published by IDW. He has self-published books based on his creator-owned properties: “Bastion’s 7,” “Gumshoes 4 Hire,” “Little Big Heads,” “Mohnstur Watch” and “Shadow Pirates.”
Derek Laufman is a freelance Canadian professional artist, illustrator and designer based in London, Ontario with over 18 years of experience. His Classical Animation studies at Sheridan College led to a 10-year career in game development. Laufman has worked with industry giants Marvel, Warner Bros., Disney Publishing, Hasbro and Mattel, and is famously the designer of Marvel’s “Super Hero Adventures” line and DC “Super Friends” new toddler-focused branding. In 2018, BOOM! Studios published his 5-issue comic miniseries “RuinWorld.”

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