Locust Moon Comics Festival

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


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Activities for Kids, Families and Everyone at LMCF2015!

In addition to plentiful candy for trick-or-treaters of all ages (not to mention ice cream and kittens), and comics creator panels for the older crowd, the following activities will be open to all attendees of the Locust Moon Comics Festival on Saturday, in the Theatre room of the Rotunda!

ALL DAY
COMIX JAM
Come lay down a panel in this collaborative comics Frankenstein monster, led by Brett J. Hopkins.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
SECRET SUPERHERO SOCIETY!
Create your own secret identity with artist & librarian Sheli Hay.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Drawing Workshop:
HOW TO DRAW AN ALIEN
On Halloween, help turn the Rotunda into an extraterrestrial launch pad with alien expert Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred).

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
A festive competition where everyone wins.
And a few will win big.
Dress your best!
Judged by Brett J. Hopkins.

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Enjoy all this and more at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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Kittens, Food, Ice Cream, and Candy

Those of us in the Locust Moon family know there are only two things as important as comics:

1. food
2. cats.

Each year at the festival, we make sure to share the best of EVERYTHING we love deeply, not just comics. So this year, joining us at the entrance of the Rotunda as part of the festivities, you’ll find…

Candy. I mean, it is Halloween, after all. Mark us down as the (generous) first stop on your trick-or-treating odyssey.

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Project MEOW is an all-volunteer, animal welfare group that helps West Philadelphia residents to humanely reduce their feral and stray cat populations through Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) of un-owned stray and feral (wild) cats.

They’ll be at the fest with kittens to play with, get to know, and maybe even considering adopting.

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Tacos Don Memo makes the best burritos you’re likely to eat on the East Coast. Maybe on any coast, honestly.

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Philly Greens is here to put smiles on vegans’ faces, but carnivores would enjoy chef Greg Alden Steele’s take on chili, nachos, and, well, salad, naturally.

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Little Baby’s Ice Cream (1 pm – 4 pm) creates always delicious, and often adventurous flavors make this some of our favorite ice cream of all time. Have you seen their ads?

Find all these and, of course, comics, at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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Creator Panels at LMCF2015

On the Saturday of the festival, four panels (and an after-party) will be hosted two blocks away from the Rotunda at the LOCUST MOON COMICS store, 34 South 40th Street. (Additional activities, especially those for kids, will take place in the Rotunda Theatre. See here.)

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
DRAWING ON LIFE
Comics based on real life are everywhere. From autobiographical memoirs to stories about historical events and people, we’ll discuss what makes these types of comics so appealing to readers and why so many cartoonists are drawn to real life subject matter. Moderator Kelly Phillips (Dirty Diamonds, Weird Me) hosts Craig Thompson (Blankets, Space Dumplins), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, Beef with Tomato), and Andrea Tsurumi (Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch, Prometheus Eternal).

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
COMICS UNDERGROUND
An exploration of what it means to be a part of the underground comics tradition commences when Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press, the CBLDF), Mark Beyer (Agony, Amy + Jordan), Pat Aulisio (Bowman) and Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski, Blammo) are interviewed about their contributions to the comics culture. Moderated by Josh Bayer (Suspect Device).

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS CLAREMONT
Join us for an intimate hour where we explore the inspirations and motivations behind the man who reinvented superhero comics as we know them today, Chris Claremont (all the best X-Men comics, among others). Moderated by Locust Moon’s Josh O’Neill.

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3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
THE FINE ART OF COMICS
Locust Moon’s Chris Stevens sits down with three of the most singular artists working today, Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants, Daredevil: End of Days), David Mack (Kabuki, Dream Logic), and Ronald Wimberly (Prince of Cats, Sunset Park), to discuss the particular approaches they bring to their comics work as it connects to the broader art world.

8:00 pm –
HALLOWEEN PARTY
Costumes heartily encouraged!

See them at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
Exhibitors @ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Panels @ Locust Moon Comics
34 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
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2015 Festival Debuts!

Here are some of the new comics making their first appearances at this year’s Locust Moon Comics Festival:

The Little Red Fish #3
Writen by James Moffitt
Illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh
Published by Sink/Swim Press
Digitally Published by Rosarium Publishing
The Little Red Fish is a political allegory in serial comic form and in the style of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The story is inspired by the Iranian revolution of 1979—starting with the coupe of Prime Minister Mossaddegh up to the rise of Khomeini.
Exhibitor: Bizhan Khodabandeh, Table 65-A

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Dispersion of Light/Absorption of Light
A new zine by James Mcpherson
Exhibitor: Clown-Kisses Press, Table 41

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The Magic Cave: A Low-Fantasy Role-Playing Game for Pen-and-Paper 
By Harrison Stewart
Exhibitor: Clown-Kisses Press, Table 41

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Millie
The newest installment in Rellie Brewer‘s comix series
Exhibitor: Clown-Kisses Press, Table 41

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In A Rut Comics #1
Written by Eros Livieratos
Illustrated by Maria Sweeney
Their comics debut, with a series featuring a cast of characters all dealing with the hardships of life in their own way.
Exhibitor: Eros Livieratos & Maria Sweeney, Table 44-A

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The Remnants #5
By Aremo Massa
The final printed issue! The Remnants is about an ancient land visited by three evil sister witches and the mysteries that surround them. The story follows a young vagrant and a cast of other characters whose destiny it becomes to defend the village from the witches. Also there are werewolves and zombies.
Exhibitor: Aremo Massa, Table 71-A

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Garden Girls
By Jo-Jo Sherrow
A book about the fairies that live amidst the green world. Featuring Cleo from the Captcha series.
Exhibitor: Jo-Jo Sherrow, Table 26-A

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Neil-ism #1
By Jo-Jo Sherrow
A collection of the autobio webcomic Neil-ism, numbers 1-21.
Exhibitor: Jo-Jo Sherrow, Table 26-A

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love bite
By E Jackson
A 14 page comic zine about graduating high school, crushes, and how it feels when no one notices you’re a werewolf.
Exhibitor: E Jackson, Table 62-A

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Casket Girls
Written by Dave Ebersole
Illustrated by Sam Fryer
A one-shot horror comic. Perfect for the season.
Exhibitors: Dave Ebersole & Sam Fryer, Table 60

Lunchboxes #1
By Lou Allen
The first in a series about a kid named Alexis who has magical lunchboxes, and struggles with the havoc a demon wreaks after it’s accidentally released. A surreal, horror-tinged, all-ages comic.
Exhibitor: Lou Allen, Table 32-A

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Sword of Fray
By A.D. Puchalski
A fantasy battle starring a unicorn and a giant cat. B&W ashcan comic.
Exhibitor: A.D. Puchalski, Table 72-B

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Restless
By A.D. Puchalski
A Halloween-tastic semi-debut: Monster mayhem in the ‘burbs thanks to the misadventures of a surly eleven year old. B&W with color cover.
Exhibitor: A.D. Puchalski, Table 72-B

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Sherbet Volume 1 
Written by Michael Vincent Bramley
Illustrated by Joshua Mathus
Cover by Alice Meichi Li
Featuring pin-ups by Alice Meichi Li, Amy Reeder, Glenn Fabry, Leila Del Duca, Fred Hembeck, Rodney Ramos, Shaky Kane, Hyeondo Park, Yao Xiao, Ally Cat, Nate Bear & more.
A horrific book about a lesbian Private Detective in a hellish retro-futuristic city where paramedics in bird-masks steal the organs of the poor to keep the rich alive and the police force is a Lovecraft themed cult. Most of that doesn’t concern her however, as she’s too busy doing lots of drugs and solving paranormal mysteries.
Exhibitor: Michael Vincent Bramley, Table 59

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Level Up
By Soumya Dhulekar & Nicole Rodrigues
A Philadelphia-set comic highlighting Soumya & Nicole’s friendship and the experiences they’ve had living as females in the city.
Exhibitors: Soumya Dhulekar & Nicole Rodrigues, Table 69-B

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APB: Artists against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology
Edited by Jason Rodriguez, Bill Campbell, John Jennings
An incredibly unique comic book benefit project featuring comic shorts, pin-ups, short essays, and flash fiction, the proceeds of which will be going to the Innocence Project.
Exhibitor: Jason Rodriguez, Table 65-B

Find them at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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LMCF2015 Creators: Massa, Mitchell, Pinales, Puchalski, Manley

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Aremo Massa

The Remnants is about an ancient land visited by three evil sister witches and the mysteries that surround them. The story follows a young vagrant and a cast of other characters whose destiny it becomes to defend the village from the witches. Also there are werewolves and zombies. This American made, manga influenced comic took form in 2011. There have been five printed issues, and beginning in 2016, the story will transition into a free, weekly, online series. See how their journey unfolds in a world shrouded in magic and mystery!

The Remnants is written, illustrated, and produced by Aremo Massa, an artist originally born and raised in NYC, who now resides in Philadelphia.

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T. Perran Mitchell

T. Perran Mitchell is a writer, letterer, and all around maker of things. He is the creator and publisher of The Chronicles of the Tal Nor, a high adventure fantasy comic that weaves together elements of criminal drama, inventive fantasy, and realistic heroes bringing justice to a lawless world. In addition to working on his own comics T. has contributed to numerous other projects as a letterer and writer.  Most notable is the upcoming Club 27 from Red Stylo Media.  He currently resides in a creepy old house on the outskirts of Phoenixville PA, spending all his time crafting things from words and yarn.

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Jasmine Pinales

Jasmine has spent most of her life in Virginia. She thought Biology was the one for her in college, but had an amicable break up when the Chemistry got too difficult. She finished strong returning to her lifelong love, Art, and focused her attention on Comics. Her work has been featured in the Less Than Epic Fanbook and online. She enjoys being a bit of an internet nobody, fewer people to let her know when she’s been wrong.

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A.D. Puchalski

A.D. Puchalski is an illustrator and cartoonist with an interest in smashing together pop culture, water colors and fantasy themes. And ponies.

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Mike Manley

Mike Manley was born in Detroit, Michigan and has been drawing and working in comics and commercial art since he was 15. He has been a working comic book professional since the age of 23. His powerful and expressive drawings, dynamic inks and strong story telling skills, have made him an in-demand artist for some of comic’s top titles for all of the major publishers. In 1990 Mike co-created and drew the character Darkhawk for Marvel. In 1996 Mike broke into the animation field and joined the staff at Warner Bros., doing storyboards and background designs for Batman, Superman, Venture Bros and more. In 2001 Mike started his twice Eisner Award nominated Draw! Magazine and teaches storyboarding, drawing and cartooning classes at The University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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See them at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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LMCF2015 Creators: Dhulekar, Rodrigues, Rel, Browning

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Soumya Dhulekar

Soumya Dhulekar is a Philadelphia-based artist with a BFA in Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art. While there, she was a wannabe printmaking major. Now she teaches middle school youth at Asian Arts Initiative, curates the Crane Archive Space at the Crane Arts building, and is a FOB Holder at Second State Press. When she is not working or making zines and prints, she is trying to find the perfect pair of sunglasses that do not drown her face.

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Nicole Rodrigues

Nicole Rodrigues was born in New Jersey and went to MICA in Baltimore, MD where she got a BFA in Printmaking. Her work revolves around urban landscapes and social justice and makes comics, prints, and stop motion. She currently lives in Philadelphia and is working at a Restorative Justice Youth Program teaching art in juvenile centers and also rolling empanadas at her cafe job.

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Rel

Rel graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and likes drawing comics so much that sometimes she takes a break from drawing comics to draw other comics. Her current ongoing projects are a daily strip comic that she writes called School of World, and a weekly comic that she writes and draws called Witchery etc.

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Shoona Browning

Shoona Browning is a primarily all ages cartoonist who is located in Baltimore, MD with her pet rabbit Baloo. She writes and draws the weekly comic Ellie of the Stars and has made several mini comics such as Abijah and Fleurish. She loves cartoons and all ages comics and all things happy and cute.

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See them at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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LMCF2015 Creators: Evans, Rodriguez, Griffin, Goldner

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Win Evans

Win Evans is a jack of all trades artist working in mediums ranging from illustration, comics, crafts, all the way to graphic design.  Her comics have been published in several anthologies including Philly’s own Dirty Diamonds collective.  She enjoys long walks on the beach and giving amazing high fives.

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Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez is an illustrator and comic book artist from Bronx, NY. Stephanie creates vibrant and quirky characters inspired by the people of the Bronx.

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Dawn Griffin

Dawn Griffin, out of Havertown, PA, is a designer/illustrator/cartoonist, A.K.A. Certified Creative Workhorse. She specializes in “cute, funny & sophisticated” all-ages material. Published online and in 3 books (going on 4), the 9-year-old Zorphbert & Fred is an “E for Everyone” comic about aliens disguised as dogs. Dawn also illustrated the Abby’s Adventures kids book series, which promotes self-esteem in girls ages 3-8, and now boasts 4 books under Eifrig Publishing. Wanting to give back to the online comic community, she co-founded the Webcomic Alliance, offering free articles, tutorials, videos and a podcast about the business of self-published comics. Dawn is originally from Cleveland, OH and still a Cleveland sports fan…so being the underdog trying to overcome the odds is nothing new to her. Her next endeavor: inventing the 30-hour day. And maybe a coffee IV.

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Golden Bell’s The Sunday Comics: Marc Goldner

Golden Bell’s The Sunday Comics is reinventing newspaper comics, fusing comic strips with serialized long form comic books, illustrated stories, and political cartoons! There is something for everyone in this publication that you won’t want to miss!

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See them at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter