Jim Balent is an American comic book illustrator from Pennsylvania. He is perhaps best known for his long run on Catwoman between 1993 and 1999. Balent has also drawn Batman and Lobo for DC Comics, as well as some of the issues of Purgatori for the independent comic publisher Chaos! Comics. In 1999, Balent left mainstream comics to form his own company, BroadSword Comics, which publishes Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. Balent writes and draws Tarot himself. In an interview with comic book website, Project Fanboy, Balent spoke of his interest in both entertaining as well as educating his readers about the folklore and actual theology of Wicca and witchcraft with interviews with leading witch authors and spells from witches around the world. The main characters of the series are often nude. Broadsword Comics also reprinted Vampfire, which was created, written and drawn by Balent's wife Holly Golightly (also known as Fauve) who is currently also the colorist on Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. She also served as the model for Tarot herself, although Balent greatly expanded the size of her breasts for Tarot. Sunday, March 1, 2009, at the MegaCon convention, Jim Balent's company, Broadsword Comics, won three of the twenty-five categories in the first inaugural Project Fanboy Awards and was nominated for ten other categories. His title Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose won in the categories of Best Title and Best Indy Title, and the character Raven Hex from the aforementioned title won in the category of Best Indy Villain.