Steve Bennett has attended conventions since 1994, but he started in the industry long before that. Back in the 80s, Steve lucked out and landed a part time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma in Tokyo. He worked on series like Urusei Yatsura and Yamamoto, before returning to the States.
Steve was with Studio Ironcat, a manga-publication company, from 1997 to 2004. He’s worked on several web comics, including The Angel of St. Thomas and Baba Bhalu. And he’s attended a zillion conventions, teaching cel painting classes and drawing on anything that moves. Steve has also done guest speaker gigs at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, and the Freer Gallery of Art.
In 2008, Steve moved back to Japan with his wife Nikki. After seven awesome years exploring Japan and Asia, Steve and Nikki moved to the Seattle area where they are now busy exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Besides returning to the convention circuit, Steve has illustrated covers for Nikki’s books, as well as other covers for her publication company, Firedrake Books, and is working on commissioned projects. He looks forward to seeing everyone at Youma Con!