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Joe Givens' boyhood dream came true when he worked seven years(1997-2004) in comics as a Senior Colorist for Heroic Age Studios. His digital colors can be found on many DC Comics, Vertigo, and Marvel Comics titles such as: Spider-girl, JLA, Batman, Hawkman, Hourman, Wonder Woman, and so many others. Outside of the studio Joe worked on the Transformers for a few collaborations with Hasbro. Including the notorious "Genesis: The Art of Transformers" hardback art book. In which he had fourteen pieces with various Transformers comic inkers and pencillers.

Back in the day he moderated the colorist boards @ the site. Back when we came across artists like Skottie Young, Mark Brooks, Danimation and more well before they got their first gigs with Marvel. Ahh.. the good ol' Pencil Jack days....

Since his time working in comics, Joe works full-time as the in-house graphic designer for B&A Screen Printing in Monticello, IL. There he designs everything from custom T-shirts & athletic attire, Ad Specialties for schools & businesses nationwide and abroad. Joe has developed logos, brand identity, web banners, album covers, avatars, comic colors, and more upon request. Give him a shout on email or facebook.

His long-standing online gallery of various comic, fan art, and design work is viewable at:

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I'm making the transition(LEAP lol) from my original Deviant account to my newer professional Studio name account here at DeviantArt as: Fire Forge GraFX. I'll be re-posting and including newer pieces and some unseen from my time in class for my BA in Visual Communication(2013). Please hang in there with me as I fill my gallery with my more professional graphic, illustration and comic color work. Joe Givens / aka CrackMatrix
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Happy Birthday! :cake: :D
Hey dude, I sent you a note regarding one of your pieces of artwork. I hope you can get back to me soon!
Keep on rockin!!
Me rockin? Hell man. You better be rockin' those Turtles. You cannot believe how excited I am to see what you have in store. It'll be a huge project. Didn't you say you had prelim sketches up?
Thanks for the watch! (Interest in some form of team-up, maybe?)
I would but I got so much going on at the moment. I'm working hard at school and have to get an art show piece created soon. Perhaps we can do some cover art or splash page work? :) I'm a bigger fan of the Gen1 series if you want to collab lemme know amigo! :)
That would be great!
What would you say about a one-page story? :)
Or a cover for our Pretenders miniseries!