Finnish artist Sami Makkonen illustrated the graphic novels Blue (2008) and Deadworld Slaughterhouse (2009) for Desperado before signing on to visually document the travels of Hatter Madigan in Volume 2: Mad With Wonder. A first place recipient of the 2007 Sarjis award for best fantasy comic (writer and illustrator) Sami is a graduate of the University of Tartu Estonia.