Joseph Schmalke is a comics creator, writer, and illustrator residing in Westbrook, Maine. Joe is the author/artist on several successfully crowdfunded horror comics— including THE CALAMITOUS BLACK DEVILS, THE INFERNAL PACT, and CHERRY BLACKBIRD. A classically-trained painter, Joe got his start doing tattoos in the back of New Orleans barbershops. A lifelong lover of comic books and horror movies, he has worked behind the scenes in film and tv, but has always focused on making the type of books that he loves to read— full of dark humor and dark themes. You can find his work featured on Exclusive FYE t-shirts, Portland Maine’s comics zine ONE-PAGE STINKERS, Killer Bootlegs’ figure box art, and A Sound of Thunder’s IT WAS METAL graphic novel anthology.