Special Guest Speakers - Cartoonist Batton Lash and Editor Jackie Estrada

We have a special guest speakers this month -

Cartoonist Batton Lash and Editor Jackie Estrada

Cartoonist Batton Lash, the creator of the humor/horror series Supernatural Law (aka Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre), studied cartooning and graphic arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where his instructors included Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman.

After graduating he took on various art-related jobs, including copywriting and art for an ad agency and drawings for a variety of magazines, books, and other clients.

In 1979 one of those clients, Brooklyn Paper Publications, asked Lash to create a comic strip, and he came up with “Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre,” which ran weekly in The Brooklyn Paper until 1996 and in The National Law Journal from 1983 to 1997.

Beginning in May 1994, Wolff & Byrd held court in their own comic book series from Exhibit A Press, which Lash established with his wife, Jackie Estrada. Exhibit A has published several trade paperback collections of the comic book issues (see the next page) and two collections of the Supernatural Law webcomic (www.supernaturallaw.com), as well as five specials featuring Mavis, W&B’s intrepid secretary.

Lash’s non-W&B work has included writing Archie Meets The Punisher, the 1994 crossover between Archie Comics and Marvel Comics; the two “Archie: Freshman Year” miniseries; and the Radioactive Man series and stories for Bongo Comics. Comic-Con International: San Diego, the premiere event of the comics industry, presented Batton with its Inkpot Award in 2004 for his contributions to comic arts.

Batton is aided and abetted by his wife and Exhibit A co-publisher, Jackie Estrada, who letters and edits the books. A professional book editor for over 40 years, Jackie has been involved in the comics industry in various capacities since the 1970s, including having edited the Souvenir Book and onsite Events Guide for Comic-Con International numerous times. Since 1990 she has served as administrator of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (the “Oscars” of the industry). She also teaches editing courses for the University of California–San Diego Extension.


Come meet other creative professionals, artists, writers and more with us each month at this free Meetup at the Microsoft Store!


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We start each meetup with a meet and greet with all the members then cover the topic of the month, have a guest speaker(s) from the creative industry and end with a Q&A session with the guest speaker(s).


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About the group...

Learn the secrets to using part-time collaboration to achieve full-time results with the spin off meetup of the successful San Diego Comic Con and WonderCon panel with the same name!

No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, art, graphic and web design, animation, costuming / cosplay, podcasting and many other creative industries), breaking into today's media is a full-time job, even if you have only part-time hours to accomplish it. To accomplish that goal you have to find or form then work with a team of people while avoiding mortal casualties. Each month we cover how to successfully juggle time between their creative and business sides and discuss the process, pitfalls, and potential of part-time collaboration from their experiences in illustration, writing, design and animation and other fields from a variety of levels of administration and sizes of organizations.

Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, if you struggle with deadlines, need help finding collaborators, want to know how to effectively work with a team or simply want to know how to get your foot in the door, this monthly meetup is not to be missed!

Hosted by the Microsoft Store at South Coast Plaza in Orange County.

The Microsoft Store South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 9262


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  • George W.

    Informative, personable and entertaining. Hope to cross paths with Batton and Jackie again.

    September 25, 2012

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