Mike Conrad is a freelance artist/writer/designer working in Orlando, Florida. A self-taught artist, he graduated from West Point in 1980 and served as an army officer until 1988, when he decided to make a career out of his art. To make this happen, Mike established Radical Concepts, Inc., to provide creative services (production design, art direction, writing, illustration and so on) to the entertainment industry. He counts among his clients Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Lockheed Martin, Kennedy Space Center and the Orlando Science Center. He has made props for TV shows Swamp Thing and Fortune Hunter, and was Art Director of the horror classic Oliver Twisted. His illustrations have won many awards at SF and fantasy conventions, where he has occasionally participated as Guest of Honor.
He has recently ventured into the independent publishing business, establishing RC Press in 2006. One of the first ventures was a comic book entitled Peter Parsec, Space Cadet, a satire of SF, comics and life at the Academy.
Mike has written and performed sketch comedy and improv in night clubs, acted as Master of Ceremonies for various events, and is known for using his comedic talents to squeeze the last dollar out of potential bidders at charity and art auctions.
Mike is married to Cory Lancaster, a beautiful and brilliant journalist. They have a delightful young son who seems to have inherited his dad’s love of art and talent for mischief.