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Michael Watson is a comic book artist, writer, and creator for his own imprint Freestyle Komics(FSK) hailing from Cleveland, Oh. He has been working in the comic field since 2005 with Freestyle Komics and several other indie titles. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts issued to him from The Columbus College of Art and Design. He also helped to start the first full on comic publication at CCAD. Michael has had an incredible time managing three internship classes from CCAD under his comic imprint and another publisher. He has been known on the comic con circuit for his vast amounts of enthusiasm that is always on display in the classroom as an after school art teacher. He has been published in the Columbus Alive on more than one occasion, and illustrated a cover for the publication as well. During his travels with Wizard World(WW) Comic Con he has won the Drink and Draw and placed second in competition twice while being a featured guest several times and hosting panels to discuss the craft of making comics. Wizard World featured the flagship character, Hotshot on their programs cover for WW Cleveland 2018. Added to the the Rayman Comic Book Hall of Fame, Michael continues to make comic his passion. Even had a short stint with another publishing house but eventually came back to his brand where he is currently Co-publishing with Short Fuse Media, LLC. Speaking at high schools and even The Ohio State University. Michael takes comics as seriously as he loves them. Residing in Columbus, Oh he is leading production of over 50 titles as he was just promoted to Publisher of Short Fuse Media Group. All this while teaching after school classes, the artist for Zulu the web comic featured on Afropunk.com, artist for ScreenBoy and traveling the comic convention trail. Just recently he had his work hung in the Greater Columbus Convention Center of the flagship character of FSK, Hotshot. Michael moonlights as a freelance artist for Upper Deck’s Marvel sketch card division and was published in Lion Forge’s Black Comix Returns Vol Two