Johnathan Bingham lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his exotically beautiful American wife and two wonderful children (whom he seeks to nurture into to his cultural adoration of the finery points of geekdom). Johnathan has been interested in comic books, science fiction, role playing games and assorted nerdery from a very young age. He was first introduced to comics at around the age of five and was introduced to role playing games around the age of eight. Mythology, Film (particularly Star Wars, Flash Gordon, Clash of the Titans, Excalibur, the Voyages of Sinbad, the Dark Crystal, the Black Hole and a plethora of cheap Sci-Fi and fantasy films), and Arthurian legend also played a huge part in his interests as a child.
Many interests and inspirations have coagulated into Johnathan’s brain to cause him to create under the influence of such a mixed bag of luminaries as: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, P. Craig Russell, Mike Mignola, John Byrne, Mike and Laura Allred, Erol Otis, Jim Holloway, Darlene Artist, David Sutherland III, David Trampier, Jeff Dee, Jean Basquiat, Shepard Fairey, Jasper Johns, Keith Haring, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Marisol, Raymond Pettibon, and many, many others.
Heavily involved with the “Old School Renaissance” in the Role Playing Game world, Johnathan is highly interested in developing and supporting hobbyist gaming projects. Johnathan has been involved with the Old School Reference Index and Compilation (better known as OSRIC), Brave Halfling Publishing, Expeditious Retreat Press, and lately Swords and Wizardry. A fan of the Do It Yourself (DIY) ethic; Johnathan enjoys listening to a wide range of Indie music (garage, rock/punk, folk, alt country) being a beer snob (German/Belgian/Irish/English and microbrews), Role Playing Games, home brewing, home distilling, and comics/comix. Primarily a visual artist, Johnathan is also working on a variety of writing projects that he hopes to one day see come to fruition. He can be found often lurking about the Knights and Knaves web site or the Swords and Wizardry web site under the moniker of Xyanthon. In his blog, he often expounds upon his latest projects, soap boxes about his hobbyist game theories, and extols the virtues of the hobbyist/old school gamer with aplomb.
Johnathan is always interested in collaborating on new projects in the fantasy, superhero, Sci-Fi, pulp, and other genres.
For more information on Johnathan's work, to get in touch regarding employment opportunities, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.