Studio Members

Mark Mckenna

I've been a comic book artist for 29 years, having worked for both Marvel and DC comics on the likes of The X Men and Spider Man to Batman and The Justice League. There are more than 500 comics that list my name in the credits and 8,000 pages that bear my ink lines on them. I created the concepts for Banana Tail along with my dear old departed Dad more then 10 years ago.

Here we are 10+ years later with 2 books under my belt, a third in the works, a computer generated movie being created completely based on my first storybook and now an affiliation with the worlds largest bookseller, Barnes and Noble. Things are moving in the right direction for me. I've just reached the milestone of the 1 millionth hit on my website for the year, for the first time in the 3 years that I've had this site. I've received visits to Bananatail.com from countries like Iceland, Denmark, Japan and Romania and it boggles my mind that children from these countries might be familiar with Banana Tail.

If you are a parent, retailer or a teacher and have visited this site with a child before and like what you see, please help me keep Banana Tail alive and fresh by reaching out to me. I make school appearances and will discuss traveling reasonable distances to make appearances. I offer a PTO fundraising effort with no appearance fee to the schools I visit and it ends up being a rewarding experience for everybody involved. If you are a retailer, I can discuss wholesale discounts and signed editions for your store to carry.

I will keep continuing to create Banana Tail stories and strive to move forward to make Banana Tail a household name. Its hard, but rewarding work. Thank all of you for your support!

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Victor L. Castro

Victor L. Castro's work is reminiscent of the modern age of comics. Having grown up studying the art and methods of some of the industry's greatest creators such as Walt Simonson, John Byrne and John Romita Jr., his style has catapulted him into the comic industry. First joining the comic book world in 2007 by placing 6th in the international Comic Book Challenge,

Victor has not slowed down. As the artist for Arcana Studios' graphic novel title Scionic and Platinum Studios' The Whisper King he has experience in all phases of development and is the perfect start to any independent or mainstream work. Victor has recently joined the ranks of the Hero Initiative's 100 helping raise over $2000 for the charity. He has worked on Hero Initiative's Justice League of America #50, Fantastic Four #600, The Walking Dead #100 and the current title Uncanny X-men #12, Battle of the Atom.

As a member of the International Game Development Association (IGDA) he has experience in production and development of commercial and government modeling and simulations. A student of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a major in Game Art and Design he brings the ability for you to envision your ideas using programs such as Autodesk Maya, Illustrator and 3DS Max.

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Michael Oppenheimer

Michael Oppenheimer has been a professional animator for over 5 years. He has worked on a number of national projects from clients such as NBC, Fox, Discovery Channel, Adidas and AT&T. Michael is also an illustrator and graphic designer with a versatile style and a firm grasp of all traditional mediums. He is also well versed in the Adobe suite as well as other high-end digital art and photo editing software. With a strong sense of design, color, composition and storytelling, Michael takes pride in delivering high-quality visual works.

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Sam Eggleston

Sam Eggleston is a writer based in the frozen wastelands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His comic work includes Thrills and Kills, Inc.: Dead by Wednesday, Last Breath, Cazadora, Tezla, The Eighth Day, and Mark McKenna's Combat Jacks, among multiple other yet-to-be-published projects. He often writes with his wife, Kim.

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