More than just a pug lover with a webcomic and self-publisher on the iPad, Mike Norton is seriously one of the freshest artists and character designers working in the industry today. Skeptical? Well, you probably need to spend some more time looking at his work on books like Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt.
Norton's deviantART account and blog at IHateMike.com are also littered with his creations. Of course, if you can handle a little blood and warrior pug action, Battlepug.com is the place to go on the internet for his ongoing creator-owned saga about a barbarian and his dog.

His clean, shiny, Mike Wieringo-meets-Frank Cho style serves him well in both books and sketches, which you'll find plenty of in his archives. But fair warning. You may be tempted to drop a few bucks on one for yourself the next time you see him at a show.