Locust Moon Comics Festival

Fourth annual celebration of comics and graphic arts. Saturday, October 31, 2015. Philadelphia, PA.

Creator Spotlights: Haspiel, Kitchen, Dirty Diamonds, Brockington & Dry Fish Collective


Dean Haspiel
Emmy Award winner and Eisner Award nominee Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, illustrated for HBO’s Bored To Death, was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright, and the co-founder of Hang Dai Editions. Dino has written and drawn many superhero comic books, including The Fox, Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Godzilla, Mars Attacks, and semi-autobiographical collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, and Jonathan Lethem. Look out for his latest graphic novel, Fear, my dear: A Billy Dogma Experience.

Twitter: @deanhaspiel

Denis Kitchen
Denis Kitchen began his career during the late ‘60s “underground comix” movement. He still thinks of himself as a cartoonist first, but wears too many hats to pigeonhole. His Kitchen Sink Press published such legendary cartoonists as Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Robert Crumb, Al Capp, Milton Caniff, Charles Burns, Mark Schultz, and countless others for over thirty years. Kitchen also writes articles and co-authors books: an Al Capp biography (Bloomsbury), The Art of Harvey Kurtzman, and Underground Classics (both for Abrams). He curates cartoon art exhibits here and abroad. Kitchen founded the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and chaired it for eighteen years. Dark Horse published a monograph, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen. Over 50,000 of Kitchen’s letters were acquired by Columbia University in 2014.


Dirty Diamonds
Dirty Diamonds is an all-girl comic anthology edited by Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman, drawing buds since the 7th grade. Each issue features (semi-)autobiographical comics around a central theme. The most recent issue, Comics, features 32 artists from six countries telling stories about the best, worst, and first experiences with comics.

Twitter: @DirtyDiamondsYo

Drew Brockington
Like most illustrators his age, Drew has a beard and glasses. He is currently finishing his first graphic novel, Beacon, while simultaneously drawing the fun all ages adventure comic Cat-Stronauts. He lives and works in Minneapolis.

Twitter: @thebrockart

Dry Fish Collective: E Hetrick Jackson, Blakely Inberg, & Lauren Budney
Dry Fish is an illustration collective founded by four illustrators who grew up together in South Florida. Under the Dry Fish name, they self-publish zines and anthologies of their collaborative work as well as showcase each individual voices. Although they have their own interests and techniques, they all share a love of narrative illustration, color, and innovative design.

Twitter: @ehetja


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