Born and raised in the the great metropolis of Chicago, his art education started with comic books and the artists that created them: Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, and Steve Ditko to name a few. He attended the American Academy of Art where he studied under Fred Berger, Irving Shapiro, and Howard Mueller. There he discovered Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth and J.C. Leyendecker. He earned a post baccalaureate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Communication. MORE . . .
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- Illustrated Books:
Robert E. Howard's Pirate Stories, Cowboy Stories and Boxing Stories
- Graphic Novel:
- Mechanic Anna
- International School of Comics Meet the Faculty:
Current faculty member Thomas Gianni sits down with DRG-TV producer J. Battiato to discuss his influences, teaching philosophy, and what it was like to meet the legendary Jack Kirby!