Joel E Sanchez
Owner, Founder, Publisher, Writer
Characters at Large means something different to everyone involved. Whether it’s to have a shared experience with like-minded individuals or for an opportunity to build something greater than themselves. For Joel E. Sanchez it’s both. Before this all existed, it was just two people: Kenny Fleeger and himself. Meeting first through their school’s marching band in 2012, they became fast friends, sharing multiple interests and passions. They dedicated long nights to letting their imaginations roam wild, which often bled into the following mornings. Experiences like theses filled and nurtured his creative well as he grew older, pushing him to seek new inspirations from various media. Whether it be rated Y-A or MA, he would be there to take it in and learn from it. This allowed him to reach new groups of fans and creators alike. He would introduce them to others he knew, promoting creativity and discussion between everyone. This desire to bring people together is what drives him today.
As a connoisseur of fictional media, there are very few things that haven’t graced Characters at Large’s Co-Founder, Kenny Fleeger, with the spark that is inspiration. Having grown up a dedicated fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians books (spinoffs included), loving Star Wars, and falling head-over-heels for Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! throughout his childhood, there was never a dull moment in his free time. Moving forward to today, there’s only so much time in the day to experience new stories and worlds, and Kenny has used that time to expand his favorites into Cowboy Bebop from director Shinichirō Watanabe and screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, 2007’s film No Country for Old Men directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (based on the book of the same name by Cormac McCarthy), and the Persona and Fire Emblem series of video games developed and published by Atlus/Sega and Intelligent Systems/Nintendo respectively. All this considered, however, his earliest source of inspiration is from comics and the cartoons that came from them. Watching Teen Titans and Justice League led to a comic collection that will never be completed. Nowadays, his favorite comic hero is DC Comics’ Nightwing and favorite comic series is Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, published by Image Comics. Whenever left with a quiet moment, he takes to writing out every little detail of his currently ongoing Dungeons and Dragons campaign, covering everything from characters and their personalities to entire worlds and their histories. All this has culminated into a fascination with the endless potential for the written word and brought him here today.
Founder, Writer, Director of Live Action
Connor Woodward is a native Texan. He is currently studying Communication Design with an emphasis in User Experience at the University of North Texas. Connor grew up with comics, with his Dad reading them to him before bed when Connor was too young to be able to read the words on the pages. Because of this, Connor’s love for comics has only grown with his age, leading him to pursue comic creation as a way to capture the same magic he felt in the past. Some of his favorite stories in comics include the Ultimate Spider Man comics written by Brian Michael Bendis and the No Mans Land story arc by DC written by Jordan B. Gorfinkle. His favorite characters include Spawn created by Todd McFarlane, Batman Beyond created by Bruce Timm, and Green Arrow created by Mort Weisinger. Over the past few years, Connor has taken up voice acting as a creative outlet, and has lent his talents to many small projects on Youtube. Connor is an experienced writer in the Horror genre, and feels right at home making the reader’s skin crawl.