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About Steve Conley

Steve is an award-winning UX/UI designer, cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic designer.

For more than twenty years, Steve has developed web sites and interactive content for hundreds of clients including USA TODAY, COMICON.com, TIME For Kids, The Washington Post, GTE, Universal Studios and many more.

When he’s not designing interactive experiences for mobile applications and web sites, he’s applying his skill with worlds and pictures to storytelling.  His cartooning projects include Star Trek: Year Four (IDW), Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse Comics), JLA-Z (DC Comics) and his own The Middle Age and Astounding Space Thrills. Steve has also produced cover art for comics including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Adventure Time, Fionna & Cake, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and others.

Steve promotes comics as a member of the Baltimore Comic-Con advisory board and was a founding member of the Kids Love Comics organization. Steve is former Executive Director of the SPX/Small Press Expo (North America’s Premiere Independent and Alternative Comics Arts Festival).

Steve served as a judge for the Eisner Awards in 2005 – one of the comics industry’s most well-respected awards – where he wrote the proposal which put webcomics on the ballot for the first time. Steve wrote the guidelines for the webcomic category for the Ignatz Awards and he campaigned for inclusion of webcomics in the Harvey Awards. He presented the very first Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work in 2006.

Steve has taught comics and cartooning at elementary schools and in afterschool programs in the Washington, DC area.

Steve’s latest comics project, The Middle Age, appears weekly online and was nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award in the ‘Best Webcomic’ category – the same category he successfully proposed in 2005. The Middle Age has also been nominated for ‘Best Webcomic” in the 2017 and 2018 Ringo Awards, and “Best Online Comic” in the 2020 Reuben Awards. Steve received nominations in the ‘Best Cartoonist’ and “Best Colorist” categories in the Ringo Awards as well.

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