Laura Lee Gulledge
Laura Lee Gulledge is an artist, author, and playwright. She has written and illustrated two young adult graphic novels through Abrams Books: Page by Paige (2011, Eisner & Harvey Award nominee) and Will & Whit (2013, YALSA Teen Top Ten). Gulledge is currently developing Will & Whit as an innovative young adult Animusical and After-School Program with her inspiring collaborative Artners between Virginia, New York, and Vermont.
Lesser Key Studios: Julie Wright & Amanda Gomes
Lesser Key Studios produces the webcomic, Ianua, a victorian fantasy in which magic replaces technology and the advent of demon summoning has altered society.
Julie Wright, colorist for The Dreamer and main artist for the webcomic Snow By Night, lends her talent to a story centered around Janus, a young man who summons a demon illegally and must deal with the consequences.
During the day, Amanda Gomes is a mild-mannered academic. She spends her time traveling across the globe to participate in archaeological digs. When the sun goes down, she takes her place in front of a pad of paper or her computer and transforms into one half of the duo from Lesser Key Studios. She assists Julie Wright in their never-ending quest to produce a webcomic, Ianua.
Lisk Feng is an award winning illustrator who is originally from China, and now has become a New York based freelance illustrator. She graduated from MFA Illustration Practice from Maryland institute College of Art in 2014, and at the same time receive some award such as 3X3 Student Award Silver Medal, 3X3 Childrens Book Honorable mentioned, American Illustration Archive selected winner, Adobe Design Award Semi-final, AOI Illustration Awards(UK) shortlist, etc.
Locust Moon Press
Locust Moon Press is a retail store, art gallery, and small press based in West Philadelphia. Their first book, Once Upon a Time Machine (published through Dark Horse in the fall of 2012) was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Anthology. Locust Moon’s projects since have included 36 Lessons in Self-Destruction (by Rob Woods), the seasonal comics & illo mag Quarter Moon, and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, a giant tribute comic to Winsor McCay’s masterpiece by many of today’s greatest living cartoonists — including about 30 of this year’s festival guests, such as Paul Pope, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dean Haspiel, Denis Kitchen, J.G. Jones, and Farel Dalrymple.