Matthew O'Keefe, Illustrator/Writer and Freelance Artist
I'm an Illustrator and Writer, my wife Catherine is a Photographer and Copywriter. I started my Comic Publishing business "Online Comic Heroes" in the spring of 2015. My goal was to feature my independent comic creations. I had been working as a Freelance Artist since 2013, my wife Catherine encouraged me to start my own title and publish my comic art.
Catherine and I met in 2006, shortly after I started a new comic series. Under my Lead Title "Man Power" this four part series would eventually be my first Published Graphic Novel "Man Power: Birth of the Supermen" released in 2016. Catherine and I got married on September 20th 2008. We live in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada.
Catherine and I had initially self published the Graphic Novel and debuted the book at Toronto's 2016 Comicon. We then took it to Sudbury's Graphic-Con that summer and got a good response. We decided that the creative part of the work was where I wanted to focus my time. Catherine found us a Publisher and by August 2016 FriesenPress had our Graphic Novel ready for sale. They initially started us out on BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. By November we started to get our book onto store shelves in Coles, Chapters and Indigo store locations in Ontario. We were invited to a number of stores for Book signings and were fortunate enough to visit Orillia Coles and North Bay Coles stores and sign copies. By early 2017, we had our books in over 80 Coles, Chapters and Indigo locations right across Canada.
An unfortunate illness sidelined our marketing efforts. Unable to continue active work during my recovery, we concluded our association with FriesenPress. We continued our work with digital comics. We ran successful Kickstarter campaigns in 2018 and 2019.
Once Matthew was able to continue the comic work, new series were added to the library. As of June 2020 we have ten complete Graphic Novels.