Portrait of the Artist as a Young Warrior

Shel Kahn is an illustrator-cartoonist with a love of heavy metal, megafauna, and mighty-thewed barbarians.

Kahn is best known for By Crom!, an autobiographical single panel comic featuring life advice from Conan the Barbarian. Their serial story Wolf Neighbours started out in Worlds Without Master, and their sword and sorcery comic Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword, set in the same world, is being self-published in single issues, and both do indeed include megafauna. The last piece of the puzzle, their heavy metal webcomic Resonant Realms is now running on Weald Comics. You can also see their work in 1001 Knights, You Approach A Dark Manor, Fight! vol 1, Moon Power and Puffed Shoggoths.

Kahn lives and works in Toronto, Canada, where they earned their BFA at York University, and has strong feelings about local flora, fauna and archaeological records.

When not in the studio, Kahn can be found continuing their studies in drawing, painting and prehistoric natural sciences at the local museums, teaching kids, teens and adults about art, comics, games and more, or playing any number of roleplaying games with friends.

You can reach them by email at shel@portablecity.net. Their professional portfolio is at portablecity.net, and they are also on Twitter and Tumblr. You can support their comics on Patreon. If you’d like to sign up for their mailing list, you can right here.

Shel sells their print books, posters, postcards, original comics and zines and more out of their BigCartel store, and their pdfs on Gumroad.


Orin and the Dead Man's Sword By Crom Zine Cover The Collected By Crom! Cover Full Colour Cromulence
Resonant Realms Cover