Gary Gianni graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and worked as an illustrator for both the "Chicago Tribune" and the "Chicago Sun-Times." He was handpicked by Murphy to continue the strip in March 2004. He currently resides in Chicago, IL. www.kingfeatures.com/features/comics/pvaliant/about.htm After developing a fondness for comic books at an early age, Mark Schultz began writing for the strip in November 2004. In addition, he scripted DC Comics's "Man of Steel" from 1998 to 2003, and he continues to participate in a number of comic book projects including "Star Wars, Aliens," and "Predator." He calls northeastern Pennsylvania home.