TriCity Studio was founded in 2017 by the trio of Stephan Petersen, Kyle Barnett and Jason Ward, all of whom will be returning to Niagara Falls Comic Con for the second consecutive year.
Stephan is a graduate of the Comic Design and Scripting Program at Mohawk College. He also attended Sheridan Tech and the University of Waterloo for Arts related programs but always found his true passion to be in comics. While still attending University, Stephan was hired by Flying Saucer Productions to do the artwork for “Paroxysms of Caesars”. He worked with Flying Saucer for a little over a year before pursuing other opportunities.
Stephan has worked in various roles including a brief stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He has done everything from web graphics to animation assets, comic illustrations, media manipulation and continues to work as a storyboard artist for Arc Media. In 2015, he joined With Pen and Brush Studios and attended numerous conventions as part of the group before starting TriCity Studio.
In August of 2017, Stephan’s original project “Thin Ice” was recognized as a finalist in Pulsar Entertainment’s “Comic Creator Talent Hunt”. Stephan is currently working on a number of projects including “Project IMPACT”. It narrowly missed the prizes finishing in the top 5. Stephan continues to work on this project as well as “Project: I.M.P.A.C.T” which is due to come out later in 2018 and has already been recognized by “Can Comics Wiki” as one of the top Canadian comics to look forward to in 2018.
As high school graduate Kyle has explored a lot of different areas of the art industry from Vinyl Graphics to Tattooing and tattoo design to now comic arts. He has drawn all his life and has found a true love and enjoyment in comics.
He’s been in the convention circuit since late 2015, meeting and befriending Stephan at his first ever convention. He soon later joined “With Pen and Brush Studio” and through them learned lots of tips, skills and lots about the art community. Shortly after Kyle met Jason Ward and began running the comic convention circuit with him. With both Stephan Petersen and Jason Ward, Kyle helped co-found the existing studio of “TriCity Studio” hailing from Kitchener/Waterloo region in the summer of 2017.
Kyle is currently working on his own written and drawn comic loosely based on Blackbeard the pirate. He continues to work on original pieces and fan art with a focus on artwork intended for kids and young adults.
Jason Ward specializes in creating cute, Chibi and Kawaii art. He has spent all his life drawing and after finding his passion for the art style he continues to sharpen his skills in the pursuit to put smiles on peoples faces of all ages.
He has been in the convention circuit for quite sometime joined With Pen And Brush Studios in 2016 and immediately became one of the most involved artists at the studio. Jason continues to dabble in a variety of content, projects and collaborations as he strives to hone his talents.