Meet the Spectrum 24 Judges

Christian Alzmann

After graduating from The Art Center in Pasadena Christian Alzmann joined the Industrial Light & Magic art department. Seventeen years later, he is still with ILM as a Senior Art Director. Christian has worked on numerous film projects including, A.I., Men in Black 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones, War of the Worlds, the fourth installment of Indiana Jones, Transformers, Star Trek 2 and Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, where he was the concept designer for BB-8. His most recent projects include The Jungle Book, Warcraft, Big Friendly Giant and Rogue One.

As a visual storyteller Christian has illustrated book covers for Science Fiction and Fantasy novels with clients including Harper Collins, Penguin Books, IDG and Future Publishing. Christian's artwork has been featured in Star Wars Mythmaking: Behind the Scenes of Attack of the Clones, Expose, Spectrum 9-16, The Art of Star Wars The Force Awakens and The Art of The Jungle Book.

Christian's personal work can be found in his book Tales: The Art of Christian Alzmann, available on his website

Laurie Lee Brom

Laurie Lee Brom grew up in the historical town of Charleston, South Carolina, the local ghost stories of the swampy Low County stirring her imagination. She studied illustration at Parsons in NYC. Today she pursues all manner of curious ghosts and intriguing characters in her oil portraits and paintings which have been exhibited in galleries and illustration shows throughout the US.

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Mark Newman

Mark Newman is a traditional figurative sculptor and character designer. He primarily works commercially for a number of companies sculpting master prototypes for production. These include SideShow collectibles, Lenox Inc., Bowen Designs Inc., among others. He designed and sculpted character designs for Tippet Studios for the film Spiderwick Chronicles. Mark also does bronze sculptures for private commissions such as 1/4 to 1/3rd scale sports figures for Stanford Universities sports department through John Arriaga. He completed the bronze fireplace facades for George Lucas and Skywalker ranch. Mark also finds the time to do Fine Art bronze sculptures when he finds the time.

Learn more about Mark Newman and view samples of his work on his Facebook page.

Victo Ngai

Victo Ngai is a Los Angeles based illustrator from Hong Kong. She has been Forbes 30 Under (Art and Style) honoree and Society of Illustrators New York Gold Medalist. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. "Victo" is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria--a leftover from the British colonization.

Victo provides illustrations for newspaper and magazines such as the New York Times and the New Yorker; creates storyboards and art for animations with studios like NBC and Dreamworks; makes books for publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, Folio Society and Macmillan; and works on packaging and advertisement campaigns with companies like America Express, Gallo Winery, the McDonald's, IMAX, MTZ Art & Design (New York subway), Lufthansa Airline and General Electric.

Victo has also taught at the School of Visual Art in New York, the Illustration Academy and gives guest lectures and workshops at universities and conferences. This has become her favorite excuse to visit different cities.

Apart from drawing, Victo's biggest passions are traveling and eating. She's hoping that one day she will save up enough to travel around the world and sample all kinds of cuisines.

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John Picacio

John Picacio is an award-winning book and product illustrator, working for the past twenty years creating artwork for clients such as Penguin Random House, Tor, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Subterranean Press, Pyr, Baen Books, Dark Horse Comics, and many more.

He illustrated the best-selling 2012 George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar, and has created iconic art for the Star Trek and X-Men franchises. His body of work features major cover illustrations for authors such as Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Brenda Cooper, James Dashner, Frederik Pohl, Dan Simmons, Mark Chadbourn, Sheri S. Tepper, James Tiptree, Jr., Lauren Beukes, Jeffrey Ford, Joe R. Lansdale, and many, many more. Winner of the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist and a proud Spectrum alumnus, his accolades include eight Chesley Awards, two Locus Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and the Inkpot Award.

In 2012, he founded the creative imprint, Lone Boy, where he launched his Loteria Grande card series--a bold contemporary re-imagineering of the classic Mexican game of chance. He is currently writing and illustrating a Loteria book, and his literary works will be represented by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary. Words that make him happy include comics, hardcover, Palomino Blackwing, Faber-Castell, Kenobi, Batman, Tarkovsky, habanero, Dia de los Muertos, Ginobili, and scotch.

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