Creating Death Strikes, the year's best comic - "where gritty and polished meet"

About the artist

Patrick Lay Death Strikes; a photo of a man in glasses

(Image credit: Patrick Lay)

Patrick Lay is a cartoonist, illustrator, educator, and podcaster from Northwest Ohio. He teaches comics as an Adjunct Professor at Columbus College and Art and Design and has been self-publishing since 2014.

Death Strikes: The Emperor of Atlantis is one of the year's most remarkable comic books, and you needn't take my word for it, Neil Gaiman has called this graphic novel "heartbreaking and affecting" and "a reminder of what art is for".

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.