The Art Of

Storytelling

Comics, animation, and gaming have the power to humanize brands, educate customers, promote products, and much more. We create visual storytelling that deliver key facts and an emotional connection in a fun, highly memorable way.

We are Lion Forge Labs.

Real, Authentic

Stories

Focused on Innovative Storytelling for Business to Business, Consumer, and Non-Profit Brands.

We are a creative lab that is focused on innovative storytelling for businesses, consumers, and non-profits brands. We release comics, graphic novels, and animation to consumers through broadcast and retail, and we're constantly learning how to connect with a variety of audiences, creating leading-edge content that helps build brand awareness and fandom.

Telling Stories

Since Two-Thousand and Eleven

In 2011, Lion Forge was co-founded by David Steward II and Carl Reed, becoming a leading comic book and graphic novel publisher. Understanding the demand and change in communication, Lion Forge expanded into animation and games, creating Lion Forge Labs. At Labs, we create multi-platform storytelling services that help brands measure their success differently than traditional advertising.

Now, Lion Forge Labs is a staff of over twenty people with over one-hundred years of animation, publishing, and digital marketing experience. Our creators are as diverse as the audiences we reach. Again, authentic.

What makes our story special? Because of our foundation in storytelling, Lion Forge labs can develop both branded and unbranded content with a goal towards delivering the highest quality of presentation and storytelling acumen, with a firm commitment to transparency and integrity with our creators and partners.

 

This is our story.

Now, what’s yours?

Let Us Tell Your Story

Work With Us

We Are

Directors, Writers, Animators, Illustrators, Storytellers

Dave is all.

David

Steward II
Chief Executive Officer
Carl Reed

Carl Reed dreams in comics and cartoons, having spent the majority of his life creating them. He is a serial dieter, and has tried all of them except the cereal diet.

Carl

Reed
Chief Creative Officer
Chip Schafer

Chip is a veteran marketing, brand, and operations leader whose ideal job would be hosting a vintage motorcycle show on Discovery...with his dog, Finn!

Chip

Schafer
SVP, Client Services & Creative

Barry is a longtime comic artist & animation storyboard guy from Chicago. He has a wife and kids who tolerate his continued presence, and two large, unruly dogs. Barry still refuses to binge-watch Netflix.

Barry

Crain
Creative Director

Britta’s superpowers include being a leading voice for women illustrators, designers, and animators. She is a professional high-fiver and cheese connoisseur.

Britta

Buescher
Associate Creative Director
Michelle Boston

Michelle is a customer service guru who is passionate about her work. Michelle is a lover of Diet Mountain Dew.

Michelle

Boston
Account Manager
Scot Terry

With 20 plus years of professional illustrative, 3D, and graphic design under his noggin…Scot will have such sights to show you!

Scot

Terry
Associate Creative Director

Lorenzo Lizana is an artist and toy designer with a focus on the design, development and production of unique characters, illustrations, toys and products for the entertainment industry.

Lorenzo

Lizana
Art Director
Rachael Prevette

Rachael is our southern import from North Carolina. She enjoys well-organized excel sheets, sweet tea and a good Netflix binge. She is especially good with details and keeping all the schedules on track.

Rachael

Prevette
Executive Assistant

Stanley is a story artist and tortilla addict. Allow him to wrap you into his stories; queso costs extra.

Stanley

Chen
Storyboard Artist

David specializes in script writing, comics creation, editing and graphic design. David teaches the comics and animation class at Jennings High School once a week.

David

Gorden
Production Artist
Annie Monette

Annie Monette is a champion of thumb wrestling and YA dystopian novels. Ask her about her pitch for the next Fast and Furious movie.

Annie

Monette
Associate Creative Director
Susan Sordo

Susan doesn’t mean to brag, but she can read a spreadsheet. One-part animation nerd, two parts foodie, two parts Cuban, one part musical enthusiast. Too many parts?

Susan

Sordo
Project Manager
Tara Schomaker

“How does a project get to be a year late? One day at a time” ~ Frederick Brooks

Tara

Schomaker
Project Manager
Caroline Manalo

Caroline’s favorite thing about working at Lion Forge Labs is /giphy X.

Caroline

Manalo
Animation Producer, Project Manager
Tysha Long

The creative nerd in her family, Tysha Long is passionate about making ideas come to life. Her working knowledge includes graphic and web design, branding, and illustration. On her free time, she loves to read the comments section of hilarious Facebook posts.

Tysha

Long
Graphic Designer
Rachel Mezinis

Fueled by coffee and glitter, Rachel uses her wizarding skills of code and design aesthetic to make the websites at Lion Forge creative, intuitive, and fun. Her hair color is never the same for very long.

Rachel

Mezinis
Web Manager
Lauren Stienhoff

With a background in communications, Lauren is our fun-loving Development Specialist with an affinity for Prosecco and rose-gold.

Lauren

Stienhoff
Development Specialist

Our Clients

The brands below are just a sample of clients who are as passionate about storytelling as we are. We’ve worked with small nonprofit organizations and large Fortune 500 companies. For each client, we use a carefully-crafted process to identify or create compelling characters, clarify a narrative arc, and decide on the best medium to transmit the message. Through interactive gaming, fast-paced comic stories, and lively animations, we bring a kinetic energy to brands both big and small.