Shore Leave 39 Guest: Todd Brugmans

Todd Brugmans

Whether it is in book format or as a visual medium, Todd has been a longtime fan of science fiction. Having graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kean University, he has used his skills as a graphic artist and photographer to bring his own style of art and humor to everything he has created.

His artwork has appeared in several fan-publications for groups like Starfleet International, the Official Babylon 5 Fan Club, The Colonial Defense Force (a Battlestar Galactica club). He has developed award certificates and advertising material as well for these organizations, as well as several chapter logos which are still in use today.

Always willing to help with worthy causes, his work has been featured for charity auctions, signed pieces of art have been made available to assist in fund-raising efforts for groups like the Julian Fleming Memorial Fund and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Todd has provided cover art and illustrations for the program books of Shore Leave convention in Maryland, Farpoint Convention in Maryland, and Sci-Con in Florida. He has served as the art director, providing PowerPoint presentations and graphics for the Starfleet International annual conference, and has worked with Firebringer Press to provide the cover art for Lance Wood's Heroic Park (2012).

Todd has dabbled into cosplay, having dressed as a Ranger from Babylon 5, a scientist from Stargate Atlantis, and more recently as the War Doctor from Doctor Who.

In addition to his intense love for Science Fiction, Todd also actively participates with Renaissance Fairs, including helping to organize one sponsored by the Lion's Club international as an annual fundraising effort. He has been the lead photographer for this event for the past two years. He may be spotted at New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or any one of several in his home state of New Jersey, carrying his signature wooden mallet, sporting a Scottish burr, and always his fiancée, Annie, by his side.

Currently Todd is working with a talented performer with the renaissance fairs to develop a comic book parodying the great bard himself, William Shakespeare.