Our Board Members!
As former owner of Villainous Lair Comics, Alison is a well-known figure in the local comic book community. She regularly attends comic book conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con and San Diego Comic Fest while maintaining her alter-ego as a mild-mannered software developer.
Mark is an artist and writer who has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. He produces and directs music videos, commercials, and promotional videos, and has worked on feature films and television series in various capacities. Mark is a strong promotor of literacy and art programs and has originated creative writing classes for elementary school children, which produced collaborative illustrated books by student authors.
More recently, Mark acts as a participating artist at school and hospital charity events, including the annual City of Hope Pediatric Picnic.
Aubree is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Anthropology. She is also the founder/owner of Assault Media Marketing, a full-service advertising and marketing agency, and serves as a creative consultant to many businesses as well as acting Creative Director for Amplified Ale Works. Her passions include art, messaging, research, and culture.
Karen Coutts is passionate about arts and education and has spent her more than 25-year career working with nonprofits. She is the founder of KC Nonprofits, a consulting firm that helps nonprofits with fundraising, strategic planning, and high-level project management. She is one of the founding board members of Little Fish and continues to be inspired by its ability to meld art, literacy, commerce, and community. She received her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Boston University.
Matt Dunford started his love of comics before he could even read and has attended every San Diego Comic-Con since 1994. This inspired him to pursue a career in comics, leading him to be an editor at Semantink Publishing, Senior Editor of Keyleaf Comics, and Little Fish's first Board President. In 2017, he was unanimously elected as Chairman of San Diego Comic Fest and continues to spearhead the convention. He has taken up an active role in the community with a focus on WWII history, serving as the PR & Marketing Director for the video game publisher Crytivo, and as a member of the Non-Profit organization, Creators Assemble! Matt currently is the Talent Relations Coordinator at Upper Deck Entertainment, representing the Marvel Comics trading card lines.
Charlene holds degrees in Anthropology and Native Indigenous Studies from UC Santa Barbara, as well as non-profit business management from the University of San Diego. She has served a variety of local non-profit organizations, such as the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Us (formerly SD Museum of Man), and KPBS public broadcasting.
Jocelyn has been involved with Little Fish since the beginning, providing much of the seed money that helped the studio get on its feet. She has spent years in the medical field as a registered nurse, providing care for those most in need. Currently, she works in Kaiser Permanente’s Hospice Care.
Klaus Janson is a German-born American comics artist, working regularly for Marvel Comics and DC Comics and sporadically for independent companies. While he is best known as an inker, Janson has frequently worked as a penciller and colorist. Janson has taught sequential storytelling at the School of Visual Arts in New York City since the 1990s and has written both The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics and The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics.
Phil Haxo is a graphic designer and former comic book artist, serving as a penciler, inker, and colorist. He has worked in print advertising now for over 35 years and is currently the Studio Manager at Anderson Direct Marketing.
With her only awareness of comics throughout her childhood being the funny pages, Sarah took a course in comics and sequential art while earning her doctorate in literature Washington State University to better understand the medium. Immediately, she was enthralled and became a passionate advocate for the use of comics for narratives of “Otherness.” Comics were a critical aspect of her dissertation, and she continues to research, publish, use in classroom instruction, and present in academic conferences about comics and mental illness, disability, trauma, and access.
Aaron has over 15 years of comic retail experience, currently as the owner of Now Or Never Comics in San Diego, and previously at Comicazi in Boston, the 2017 recipient of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. He has a background in community management and event coordination, building social spaces online and in person at venues ranging from Abbey Road Studios to SDCC to PAX Australia. Aaron is a strong believer in the power of community, DIY culture, and root beer.