Mike Watson

Mike Watson

Michael Watson is a comic book artist, writer, and creator for his imprint Freestyle Komics (FSK). Watson has been working in the comics field since 2005 with his own publishing house, and several other indie titles. He also has helped to start the first full-on comic publication at CCAD. Michael has had an incredible time managing three internship classes from CCAD under his comic imprint and another publisher. He is known on the comic con circuit for his vast amounts of enthusiasm that is always on display in the classroom as an after school art teacher with Fort Hayes, East, and Downtown High Schools. He has been published in the Columbus Alive on more than one occasion and illustrated a cover for the publication. During his travels with several comic book conventions, he has won the Drink and Draw and placed second in competition twice while being a featured guest several times and hosting panels to discuss the craft of making comics. Cons have featured the flagship character, Hotshot on their programs cover in 2018. Added to the Rayman Comic Book Hall of Fame, Michael continues to make comics his passion. He even had a short stint with another publishing house but eventually came back to his brand, where he is currently Co-publishing with Short Fuse Media, LLC. Recently promoted to the publishing role of Short Fuse, he now manages just under 30 titles for the publishing house. He is leading overproduction of six titles for FSK, teaching after school classes, the artist for Zulu the webcomic featured on Afropunk.com, artist for Screen Boy, and traveling the comic convention trail. Just recently, he had his work hung in the Greater Columbus Convention Center of the flagship character of FSK, Hotshot. Michael moonlights as a freelance artist for Upper Deck’s Marvel sketch card division and was published in Lion Forge’s Black Comix Returns Vol Two.