About Bryan K. Ward (Rixx Javix)
Way back in the mid-eighties I started working on comics, mostly independents like Caliber Press and a few others. I also participated in the growing self-publishing community and self-published my own books, my Tempest anthology was quite popular for a year or so.
But real life and work quickly got in the way and I started working my way up from graphic designer to art director and creative director for various companies and agencies. Along the way I learned the ways of the new digital revolution, working on several Beta programs, and started pushing the envelope right out of the gate. I integrated the first digital editing suite into a studio environment, used the first Sony HD camera, helped invent the first Platinum Credit Card, and other innovations along the way.
In the mid-nineties I worked with Fleer/Marvel Entertainment during the trading card boom and essentially designed (and sometimes illustrated) almost all of the card sets released during that time. One of my proudest moments was being Creative Director on Marvel OverPower, a card game that was released in 1995.
In 2001, shortly after the events of 9/11, I quit my VP-Creative Director position at a large advertising agency and started my own creative agency. In the first eighteen months we grew from a one person shop to over twenty and became one of the fastest growing agencies in the United States (FastCompany). I ran the agency for twelve years and we worked with clients both large and small from all over the world. I'm most proud of the fact that we never used timesheets (the NY Times did an article on that), gave 10% of our profits back to our employees, and always tried to keep at least 25% of our clients as non-profits and charities. Wired magazine once called us, "An advertising agency that actually tries to do good".
I served six years as a National Vice-President for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and helped create an event called the Muscle Team that raised over $3 million dollars during the time I was involved.
I decided to close the agency in January 2012 and focus on other projects. For a time I consulted with other agencies and helped a few get back on their feet. Started a video and drone production business, which had to close due to my partner's cancer diagnosis. In the first seven months of 2017 I served as VP of Marketing with a medical start-up that works with patients suffering from opioid addiction across Pennsylvania. And most recently I've become the VP of Marketing for a tech company called Webbula. (www.webbula.com)
I'm a life-long gamer. I'm old enough to remember my neighbor getting Pong for Christmas. Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox, I've gone all the way thru every generation. Then in 2008 my son introduced me to Eve Online and Rixx Javix was born. For the next ten years I've been playing Rixx in Eve, writing in Eveoganda and producing artwork based around the game and the community. I've worked directly with CCP Games on several projects and hope to do even more in the future.
Rixx Javix is my pseudonym and was named after the Capital of Iceland - Reykjavik. You might run into me in Eve where I run the A Band Apart alliance and am CEO of Stay Frosty.