My name is Christopher Stevens. Due to their being another comic book artist named Chris Stevens, I also go by the pen names of Chris Galletta and/or Christopher Galletta Stevens. Galletta is my mother’s maiden name in addition to the name of the family business, a Greenhouse in Oswego, New York, where I live with my beautiful wife and family. I founded the art studio ChrusherComix, named after my comic book.
I am a sequential artist, cartoonist, writer, freelance graphic/commercial artist, YouTube video producer, and a web designer/webmaster. Although I from time to time freelance, the following websites (all designed and maintained by me) house the vast majority of my own personal work...
The flagship and central hub website of all of my work is Chrusher.Com, the home of ChrusherComix Studios.:chrusher.com/
My original comic book and graphic novel that I created in 1988 (when I was 14 years old) and have written and illustrated on and off since then is named “Chris The Chrusher Comics”. Abbreviated, it is ChrusherComix. Over 1,000 free-to-read samples are available on the following website:chrusher.comicgenesis.com/
My original comic strip that I created in 1997 and have written and illustrated on and off since is named “The Adventures of Towner & Friends”:towner.comicgenesis.com/
Published works of both Chrusher and Towner are available via the fine folks at Ka-Blam publishing and available for sale at IndyPlanet:www.indyplanet.com/store/advan…
I also co-founded, race in, and am the webmaster and video producer of a Go-Kart racing club in Oswego, New York called “Galletta’s Karting Club”:gallettasgreenhouse.com/gokart…
My videos that document my above-mentioned Karting club are here. I produce new ones all the time. Some or just highlight reels of crashes, some are full-race highlight reels!:youtube.com/ChrusherComix/
As most of you know, unless you hook up with a big fan-following, hugely successful project or a big publisher, being an artist really kinda’ sucks income-wise. This means have a day job. My day job is seasonal work for my family-owned business in Oswego, New York – “Galletta’s Greenhouses”:www.gallettasgreenhouse.com/
My Facebook, where I am a friend-hog and currently losing to my wife. If you are my friend or a fan of my work (and you aren’t an obscene, intolerant butthole), you are welcome to friend me:www.facebook.com/ChrisChrusher
I have co-created (with writer Robert Buchanan) and illustrated a children’s book called “Tee & Wee: Nutrition for Young Earthlings”. It is currently out of print, but check back periodically on my website for when it is back in print.
I work on commission for any freelance project that I do not find personally objectionable (basically, as a tolerant Christian, anything that isn’t flat-out anti-Christian is fine by me and I’d be open to it), provided you have a publisher lined up and/or pay me well in advance. Write me for rates, but amount of work done and detail of artwork will influence price. I am very negotiable, but don’t try to get me to do art and never pay, or ask me to do a large amount of highly detailed artwork and then underpay.
Also, as many artists know (and should NOT stand it), some people, organizations and/or companies do NOT pay you for work done. This is why, if you are interested in commissioning me to do art for you, I need to be paid first (we can arrange pre-production fees as well as post-production fees as well). One such place was the Oswego Kartway, which is a small dirt track allowed to operate on the premises of the famous Oswego Speedway. This is the story of how I produced a logo, website banners, and full-race weekly DVDs for the facility during the three seasons that my karting club raced there, only to never get paid, my karting club barred from the premises, and being mocked and physically threatened by people affiliated with the day-to-day operations of Kartway and it’s operator:gallettasgreenhouse.com/gokart…
Current Residence: Oswego - Upstate NY, USA
Favorite genre of music: Film Scores, Classical, Orchestral, Classic Rock, most '70s-'80s rock, some hard rock, some heavy metal, some Pop, some Country, despise rap except self-depricating kind, not a fan of disco or modern radio, and much much more...
Favorite photographer: Myself, My wife
Favorite style of art: Hand-drawn pencils, hand-0drawn inks, Digitally Coloring, (AKA Traditional American comic book/graphic novel style)
Operating System: Use Windows.
MP3 player of choice: Any that works.
Shell of choice: WTF is that?
Wallpaper of choice: WTF?! Who cares?
Skin of choice: My wife's sexy dark bronze tone.
Favourite cartoon character: Galva/Megatron, Starscream+ (80s Transformers); Cobra Commander, Destro, Storm Shadow+ (80s GI Joe), Calvin and Hobbes,
Personal Quote: "You wanna' scream? I'll give you something to scream about!"
Favourite Visual Artist
Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Art Adams, Michael Turner, Don Figueroa, Bill Watterson, +
Star Wars Saga (Empire & Sith are my faves - order: 5, 3, 6, 4, 1, 2), Braveheart, Transformers: The Movie (1986), Transformers series (3, 2, 1), Indiana Jones series (1, 2, 3, 4), The Black Hole, Far and Away, Jurassic Park series, countless others, +
Favourite TV Shows
Trailer Park Boys, The Sopranos, The Transformers (1984-87), G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983-87), WWE television, New York Jets football, San Antonio Spurs basketball, Fox News, ESPN
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
John Williams (fav. composer), Fleetwood Mac (fav. band), Amy Grant (fav. singer/songwriter), composers Danny Elfman, James Horner, Steve Jablonsky, Bill Conti, Vince DiCola, John Barry, more +
The Ninja by Eric Lustbader (in fact, the whole Nicholas Linnear series of novels), Calvin and Hobbes series of compilations, Ravi Zacharias aplogetics
Eric V. Lustbader, Larry Hama, Ravi Zacharias, Bob Enyart, Bill Watterson
All-time faves for NES: The Ninja Gaiden, Zelda, Super Mario, & Double Dragon series. Still continue with Zelda and Mario to this day. I am also a big fan of the Madden Football series, NBA Live series, and a good Star Wars game.
Favourite Gaming Platform
Any since 1987's NES works for me. I have many (but not all) major consoles since. After I got married in 2005, video games went from a full-time hobby to a part-time fun deal.
Tools of the Trade
Pencil, Pen, Bristol Board, PC, Scanner, Wacom Pen Tablet, Adobe Photoshop
Everything: family, friends, karting, sports, movies, books, TV, computers, my art, apologetics +