Locust Moon Comics Festival

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


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Panels, Workshop, and After-Party for 2014

All panels, workshops, and parties are held on Saturday, October 25 in the gallery of the Locust Moon Comics store.
34 S. 40th Street, between Chestnut & Ludlow – a 4 minute walk from the main festival venue, the Rotunda.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Kids’ Comic Workshop: The Cartoon Carnival
Join Laura Lee Gulledge and Mark Mariano as they take you on a magical journey into the world of cartooning! Witness the wonder as everyday shapes become extraordinary cartoon characters and simple scribbles are transformed into works of art right before your eyes! Plus Laura and Mark share their secrets of where stories and character ideas come from. This is one Cartoon Carnival you don’t want to miss.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining
Since its earliest days in the South Bronx, Hip-Hop has drawn on comic books for input and inspiration, and comic creators likewise incorporate the lyrical and visual elements of Hip-Hop in their work. The cross-pollination and crossover runs deep: graffiti and album covers incorporate four-color imagery, MCs and DJs adopt secret identities and grandiose aliases, writers base their characters in urban settings, rappers namecheck superheroes and cartoon characters, and comic artists draw on Hip-Hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Both forms thrive on excitement and energy, inspire passionate fanbases, and have risen from modest beginnings to achieve global recognition. Here, Patrick A. Reed of Depth Of Field Magazine brings together a lineup of cutting edge visual artists (and some special surprise guests) to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.
Panelists: Eric Orr, Ronald Wimberly, Sasha K., and special guests.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Breaking In and Staying In: A “Career” In Comics
Box Brown talks with Daryl Seitchik, Dean Haspiel, and Denis Kitchen about their perspectives on comics in 2014. What does comics look like to three generations of cartoonists?

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Masters at Work
Locust Moon’s Chris Stevens hosts Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Pope, and J.G. Jones for an intimate journey into the minds and techniques of three utterly unique masters of modern comics.

7:00 pm – Oh!
Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Gallery Opening & Release Party
Unwind, be merry, but whatever you do — don’t fall asleep!


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2014 Debuts

Here are the new books and art debuting for sale at this year’s Locust Moon Comics Festival…(see creators’ table assignments and map here)

Debut_AdamMcGovern_Nightworld_4NIGHTWORLD #4
Adam McGovern

EXCLUSIVE to the Locust Moon Comics Festival, Adam McGovern, writer of Image Comics’ arthouse grindhouse epic NIGHTWORLD, will be debuting the explosive, emotional finale to the first miniseries, Issue 4! Catch up on Issues 1-3 (also on sale at Adam’s table) and be TWELVE days ahead of the rest of the world in seeing Number 4 — especially if you’ve had it with these @#$!%-in’ snakes on this @#$!%-in’ plane of reality!

Debut_AlexEckmanLawn_FloodFLOOD
Alex Eckman-Lawn

A grim and grimy art zine full of sketches, collage, and metal artwork. (preview)

AlisaHarris_2014THE COLLECTED COUNTER ATTACK!
Alisa Harris

Follow the adventures of Alisa’s cats Fidget and Moe as they discover apartment living in these short, gag-style comics. 180 pages, all ages friendly. (preview)

Debut_AnnieMok_ShadowManifestoSHADOW MANIFESTO
Annie Mok

A 24-page comic examining intersections between how some cartoonists and some contemporary games makers play with space, perception, and identity. (preview)

DREAMING OF ATHANOR
Brendan Duffey

An original graphic novel. A young man split between two worlds: the mundane reality of life on earth and the vibrant fantasy world of Athanor. Porter Yeats is a struggling young writer living in New York City. He begins dreaming of strange city on an alternate Earth populated by duplicates of his friends and family. However, the boundary between Earth and Athanor is unstable, and Porter begins losing control of his waking life. Soon, he finds himself switching places with his doppelgänger and thrust into a conflict with a malevolent alien force that threatens his new home. (preview)

Debut_CoolBox1THE COOL BOX #1
The Cool Box: Jason Piperberg & Crystal Ben

A short but sweet full color mini-comic featuring a bee themed Comic Haiku from Crystal Ben and a brand new Spaceman & Bloater story from Jason Piperberg.

Debut_Coolbox_JasonSPACEMAN & BLOATER Poster
The Cool Box: Jason Piperberg

A new print for Jason’s cosmic duo.

Debut-DanielElisii-ThinkinInkTHINK IN INK
Daniel Elisii

A new selection of inky illustrations is collected in THINK IN INK. Containing pictures with no words & pictures with some words & one page comics mostly with words. This inky, wordy, wordless comic has drawn pictures of masks, skulls, bugs, trees, rocks, mask wearing bugs, bugs wearing skulls & skulls wearing bug masks. All on paper. 32 pages long. Black & white. Full sized comic size. (preview)

Debut_DaveProch_MangoMANGO LIZARD MAGAZINE #1 & #2
Dave Proch

The first two issues of Dave Proch’s new ongoing series. Dave is also premiering a giant four-piece “cosmic Marvel” poster.

Debut_DayJobEtc_SpookBuggySPOOK BUGGY Vol. 1
Day Job Etc 

A 144-page graphic novel by Adam Cusack. It’s just another mundane end of the high school year for Margo Weintrepe, an adolescent with low self-esteem, until she discovers a peculiar looking vehicle with an even more peculiar driver who whisks her away to the world of the dead. The catch: she didn’t quite die. (preview via facebook)

Debut_EmiGennis_TrepanationTREPANATION: ELECTIVE SURGERY YOU NEED LIKE A HOLE IN THE HEAD
Emi Gennis

A new minicomic about everyone’s favorite medical procedure. (preview on the nib)

Debut_ErikaBall_BirdDadBIRD DAD (print)
Erika Ball

A new art print.

Debut_GideonKendall_Whatzit2WHATZIT #2
Gideon Kendall

Pimples, the scourge of adolescents everywhere, are actually portals through which creatures from another dimension derive voyeuristic pleasure. WHATZIT is the story of a creature from this alien world and an American teenager and how their fates intertwine. It is a tale of adolescent angst, action, adventure and acne. (preview on act-i-vate)

Debut_HaanLee_CallusmanCALLUSMAN
Haan Lee

A man who discovers that he is invulnerable also realizes that he has lost his sense of touch. He embarks on a quest to find something that he can feel. (preview)

Debut_HaanLee_CaptainKaplanCAPTAIN KAPLAN
Haan Lee

A police interrogator questions a man with multiple personalities to find out which one of them committed a crime. (preview)

Debut_JamesHeimer_NoirBarNOIR BAR
James Heimer

8-page mini comic of the imagined exploits of Philadelphia’s most under-appreciated crime writer.

Debut_JamieHibdon_StarSeedLINGUA FRANCA COMICS PRESENTS: STAR SEED
Jamie Hibdon

A 30 page, b/w, sci-fi fantasy mash-up, parts of which can be read here.

Debut_JamieHibdon_LinguaFrancaFunniesLINGUA FRANCA FUNNIES
Jamie Hibdon

A 12 page, b/w collection of all-ages content, parts of which can be read here.

Debut_JamieTanner_SoSoFarSO SO FAR
Jamie Tanner

A 10-page mini-comic originally drawn in 8 hours.

Debut_JohnVestevich_RoguelikeROGUELIKE
John Vestevich

An experimental comic inspired by the “roguelike” genre of role-playing video games. (preview)

Debut_JohnVestevich_SmellyHippySMELLY HIPPIE COMICS
John Vestevich
A new collection of the smelliest and hippiest.

Debut_JudithKim_StrayCatSTRAY CAT
Judith Kim

The 12-page mini-comic parody of rom-com Korean drama. A pretty/얼짱 girl named Min meets a drunk guy on her doorstep…(preview its cool construction)

Debut_JudyWong_EatLessEatMoreEAT LESS, EAT MORE
Judy Wong

A story where a restaurant takes ‘mystery meat’ to a whole new level. Be careful of what you eat!

Debut_KerenKatz_Only3ofThemWereRealONLY THREE OF THEM WERE REAL
Keren Katz

Three more stories from the Fire Theatre.

Debut_KerenKatz_UncontestedSpacesUNCONTESTED SPACES
Keren Katz

A journal of guerrilla poetry readings.

Debut_Kika_TalesofJoonTALES OF JOON Chapter 1
Kika

In the 1930s, on the verge of a depression, society is growing colder and crueler. As deep trouble brews and the underclass stands to suffer the worst, a young girl named Joon must take a stand.

Debut_MariaSweeney_ErosCYCLIC LIVES IN HECTIC MOTION, IN A RUT: WORDS AND PICTURES, DISCARDED DOODLES & JILTED WORDS
Maria Sweeney & Eros Livieratos

A book of short stories, a collection of poems and illustrations, and a zine of works once abandoned.

Debut_MikeRiley_GoatscapeGOATSCAPE: MR. PEEPS VS. THE MULTIVERSE Part 1
Mike Riley

A comedy adventure story about a nudist, a dead fish, and a very special goat in search of a lost sword and breakfast. (preview)

Debut_MikeSgier_FirstMisstepsFIRST (MIS)STEPS
Mike Sgier

Foregoing the conventions of epic fantasy, ‘First (Mis)Steps’ brings a folk fantasy approach to this trio of short comics, focusing on characters grappling with romantic anxiety, criticism and lost love. By turns sweet, funny and bawdy, ‘First (Mis)Steps’ present a new world to those looking for a refreshing spin on the fantasy genre! (preview)

Debut_MikeSgier_SolsticeSOLSTICE
Mike Sgier

When a traveling tree spirit and gnome take refuge in a small village, they play a small part in a celebration commemorating the Winter Solstice. The festivities, however, recall ancient memories for the tree spirit, when the nights of Vespers were long, and a mysterious girl known as ‘The Moon Daughter’ walked the land… (preview)

Debut_MIkeSgier_DeathbyFanArtDEATH BY FAN ART
Mike Sgier

A zine collecting B&W character sketches drawn throughout the last year (preview).
Mike will also be premiering a new Rocket Raccon & Groot print.

Debut_MikeShea_MLCMINOR LEAGUE COMICS
Mike Shea & Tim Bungeroth

The silver-age-fueled super-villain romp in print for the first time. Who and what is the Minor League Crime Organization Where did they come from, and who would try to stop them?

Debut_RaferRoberts_NightmaretheRatNIGHTMARE THE RAT
Rafer Roberts

An homage to early 1900’s newspaper comic strips, NIGHTMARE THE RAT follows the adventures of a mischievous little monster who preys upon the populace of Hell City by stealing their teeth. Debuting at the Locust Moon Comics Festival is a 28-page tabloid newspaper collection of every Nightmare the Rat strip to date, plus a brand new comic and a bunch of other all new bonus features.

Debut_RebeccaMock_OldWomanTHE OLD WOMAN Chapter 1
Rebecca Mock

A 12-page sci-fi comic about emotionally distant sisters Ruth and Casey, and snowmobiles and time loops. Its creation was livestreamed. (preview)

Debut_Rosarium_KidCodeChannelZeroKID CODE: CHANNEL ZERO
Rosarium Publishing

Art by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings, dialog by Damian Duffy. KID CODE: CHANNEL ZERO is a rollicking, cosmic, time-traveling adventure, fusing classic hip-hop culture and outlandish sci-fi fantasy in this alternate universe to create the ultimate mash-up.

Debut_SkudsMcKinley_HowIveCometoCopeHOW I’VE COME TO COPE.
Skuds Mckinley

A new art book collecting Skuds’ favorite personal work from the past two years.

Debut_StevieWilson_YoureDoingItWrong7YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG #7: TALES FROM THE VAIN
Stevie Wilson

A collection of all the comics Stevie’s done since June! The seventh in a series of essay comics about body image, self confidence, street harassment, representation, and diversity.

Debut_TaylorCurrySWARM! (print)
Taylor Curry

A new art print.

Debut_ValerieStarr_FolkFOLK
Valerie Starr

Valerie’s first FOLK short story, “How the Moon Came to Be”, debuts here!


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Map, Tables, and Food!

LMCF2014_TableMap

Here’s the table map for this year’s Locust Moon Comics Festival!

And just like last year, we’re being joined by our very favorite food people in Philly – the extraordinary Tacos Don Memo (get their burritos. just do it.), Kung Fu Hoagies (veggie/vegan specialists), and Little Baby’s Ice Cream (absurdly special).

There shall also be kittens.

Table assignments below:

S-40      Aaron Lange
S-62A    Adam McGovern
S-04A    Aimee Fleck
T-17       Alan Brown
T-02A    Alexander Rothman
S-47       Alex Eckman-Lawn*
S-31B     Alisa Harris
S-06A    Alison Wilgus
T-02B    Andrea Tsurumi*
S-58A     Andrew Davis
S-58B     Andy Hood
T-09       Annie Mok
T-25       Ashley McCammon, Laura Birdsall, & FP
S-64       Benjamin Marra*
S-48B    Beth Heinly
S-33A     Bill Roundy
S-25       Bill Sienkiewicz*
S-33B    Brendan Duffey
S-61       Bryan J.L. Glass
S-05A    Carey Pietsch
S-42B    Carly Tribull
S-48A    Cathy G. Johnson
S-07A    Chris Judge
S-02      Chris McDonnell & Meathaus
S-49      Christa Cassano
S-59       Chuck Dillon
S-05B    Claire Folkman (Dirty Diamonds)
S-17       Clown-Kisses Press: Harrison Stewart
T-14A    Cody Pickrodt & Ray Ray Books
T-03      Coin-Op Books: Maria Hoey* & Peter Hoey*
S-32      Colin Lawler & Joe Grabowski
S-38      The Cool Box: Jason Piperberg & Crystal Ben
T-10A    Daniel Elisii*
S-27      Dan Mazur
S-39      Darshana Pathak & Rosana Iarusso
S-54      Dave Bullock*
S-55B    Dave Ebersole
S-24B   Dave Proch*
T-13A    Dawn Wing
T-18       Day Job Etc: Sean Dooley & Hugo Marmugi
S-49      Dean Haspiel*
S-11       Denis Kitchen*
S-05B   Dirty Diamonds
S-31A    Drew Brockington
S-52      Dry Fish Collective: e hetrick jackson, Blakely Inberg, & Lauren Budney
T-22      Eamon Dougherty
S-56B    Ellen Stedfeld
S-28      Emi Gennis
S-14B    Erika Ball & Taylor Curry
S-43A    Esabelle Ryngin
T-19A     Estrella Vega
S-44B    Evan Dahm
S-30       Eye Heart Us: Nate Bear & Laura Galbraith
S-01       Farel Dalrymple*
T-08      Gideon Kendall
S-49      Gregory Benton*
T-14B    Haan Lee
S-49      Hang Dai Editions
S-37       Heather Nunnelly
S-63A    Holly Simple
S-44A    Hunter Heckroth
S-63B     Ian Harker
T-19B     Ian Parsons
S-14A     Ian Sampson
T-06A    Jacob Mazer
T-20A    Jacquelyn Maroney
T-13B     Jade F. Lee
S-21       Jamar Nicholas
S-26       James Comey*
T-22       James Heimer
S-62B     James Kaminski
T-11        Jamie Hibdon
T-05B     Jamie Tanner*
S-16        Jarreau Wimberly
S-41A     Jason Rodriguez
S-03       Jeffro Kilpatrick* & Roger Petersen*
S-57        J.G. Jones*
S-51        J.M. Dragunas*
T-11        John Vestevich
T-01B     Jo-Jo Sherrow
(in the wild) José Villarrubia*
S-50       Judy Wong, Judith Kim, & Alexa Cassaro
S-46       Jun Cen
S-60       Kata Kane
S-06B    Kate Farquhar
S-65       Kat Fajardo
S-65       Kayla Miller
S-05B    Kelly Phillips (Dirty Diamonds)
T-05A    Keren Katz*
S-20B    Kika
S-13       Laura Lee Gulledge
S-22       Lesser Key Studios: Julie Wright & Amanda Gomes
S-46       Lisk Feng*
S-29       Locust Moon Press
S-10A     Lonnie Mann
S-14A     Mandy Sampson
T-20B    Maria Sweeney & Eros Livieratos
S-44A    Maritsa Patrinos
S-23       Mark Mariano*
S-12       Mark Schultz
S-36B    Megan Brennan
S-20A    Megan Lavey-Heaton
S-63A    Meghan Turbitt
S-67A    Mia Schwartz
S-53       Michael Primo, Anthony Palumbo, & Winona Nelson
T-12       Michael Vincent Bramley
S-37       Michelle Nunnelly
S-55A    Mike Ellis
S-34      Mike Riley & David Crispino
T-23A    Mike Sgier*
T-07       Mike Shea & Tim Bungeroth
S-56A     Mimi Chrzanowski
S-40       M. Jacob Alvarez
T-01A     Mont Tucker & Asia Bey
S-45       Nathan Fox
S-18-19  Nobrow: Tucker Stone
S-07B    Pat Aulisio
T-04      Paul Pope*
T-21       Phil Kahn
S-66      Rafer Roberts*
S-04B    Rebecca Mock
S-36A    Rel
S-08      Retrofit Comics: Box Brown* & Josh Bayer
T-06B   Riley Luce
T-24      Ronald Wimberly*
S-57      Rosarium Publishing: Bill Campbell, Jennifer Crute, Micheline Hess, & John Jennings
S-09      Sarah Machicado
S-41B    Dr. Sheena Howard
S-43B    Shoona Browning
T-10B    Skuds McKinley
S-35B    Stephanie Mannheim
S-33A    Steve Peters & Bianca Alu-Marr
T-16A    Stevie Wilson
S-15      Tom Scioli*
S-42A   Valerie Starr
T-16B    Vanessa Satone
S-10B    Werdy Girl
S-67B    Whit Taylor
S-24A    Will Laren
T-15       Yao Xiao

*these 29 starred creators are also part of Locust Moon’s own LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, premiering in full release at this year’s festival and the subject of a gallery show of original art (from the likes of David Mack, Paul Pope, Cliff Chiang, Nate Powell, P. Craig Russell, and many more) opening Saturday night at Locust Moon!


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Creator Spotlights: Starr, Satone, Werdy Girl, Taylor, Laren & Xiao

Yao Xiao
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Illustrator based in New York City. Alumni of the School of Visual Arts and a native of China, Yao Xiao is an enthusiast for queer fashion, vintage cabaret, collecting odd objects, and absurd science fiction with a flair of whimsy. Her personal artwork depicts a decadent visual world where internalized unspoken sentiments take physical form in surreal situations. Her autobiographical comics deal with thoughts on cultural identity, sexual orientation, and experience of being an ‘extraordinary alien’ in America.

Website: yaoxiaoart.com
Tumblr: yaoxiaoart.tumblr.com
Facebook: facebook.com/yaoxiaoart
Twitter: @yaoxiaoart

Will Laren
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Will Laren is an artist and zine maker based in Philadelphia. He is a current member of the artist collective Space 1026. In addition to his Zine Series Slurricane, his work has been featured in Monster Children and on Vice Magazine’s UK website.

Facebook: facebook.com/WillLarenDrawings
Tumblr: willlaren.tumblr.com
Twitter: @LarenWill

Valerie Starr
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Valerie Starr is an artist, historian, and self-proclaimed polymath. She lives in Ohio with her husband and their tribe of felines. Her favorite color is purple. While she spent a lot of her youth learning about digital media techniques, Valerie also enjoys working with traditional mediums. Her current favorite tools to work with are studio markers and pen. Her comics focus on storytelling. She employs a playful use of color and expression in her art to illustrate a world full of curiosity and exploration.

Websites: valeriestarr.net, octopacy.net
Twitter: @teahousekitten

Vanessa Satone
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Vanessa Satone is the creator of the webcomic Wasted Minds. She has self-published four graphic novels and several mini comics. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including Womanthology: Heroic. Vanessa lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a manga letterer.

Website: visforvacant.com
Twitter: @vsatone

Werdy Girl
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Werdy Girl draws journal comics and makes zines about the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Websites: nervousindustry.com, werdygirl.com
Tumblr: werdygirl.tumblr.com
Twitter: @WerdyGirl

Whit Taylor
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Whit Taylor is a Boston-based cartoonist and comics writer. She was a 2012 Glyph Awards winner for her comic Watermelon and a 2013 Ignatz nominee for her series Madtown High. She also writes comics-related essays and reviews for Panel Patter and her own site.

Website: whittaylorcomics.com
Tumblr: whimsicalnobodycomics.tumblr.com
Twitter: @WhitTaylorComix


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Creator Spotlights: Mannheim, Peters, Alu-Marr, Wilson & Scioli

Stephanie Mannheim
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Stephanie Mannheim lives in New York, where she eats too much Chipotle and draws a comic called Roxie that’s supposed to be funny. Steph is also part of the young, all-female collective Coffee Spoons Comics, and edits their anthology. She previously co-edited the one-shot newspaper Seriously Comics with Tom Hart.

Website: stephaniemannheim.com
Twitter: @stephtheartist

Steve Peters & Bianca Alu-Marr
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Steve Peters is the publisher and creator of the Xeric Award-winning Awakening Comics line of comics and original music CDs. He created Everwinds for Amaze Ink in the late 1990’s. In 2006, his magical realist autobiographical comic Chemistry won the Gene Day Memorial Prize. He is currently collaborating with Bianca Alu-Marr on an award-winning comic called The Comicverse, a sci-fi rom-com about a young man and his dragon who run a comic book shop on a space station.

Website: awakeningcomics.webs.com
Twitter: @TheComicverse

Stevie Wilson
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Stevie Wilson is an author of autobiographical comics about society’s failings & feminism. She also writes comics about cats, coffee, and baking.

Website: tapastic.com/series/ydiw
Tumblr: swinku.tumblr.com
Twitter: @sw_inku

Tom Scioli
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Tom Scioli is the artist and co-writer of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, creator of American Barbarian, Satan’s Soldier, Mystery Object, Final Frontier, and 50% of Godland.

Website: tomscioli.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Tom-Scioli/214918265199106
Twitter: @tomscioli


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Creator Spotlights: Rosarium Publishing, Campbell, Cruté, Hess, Jennings, Machicado, Browning, Howard & McKinley

Rosarium Publishing: Bill Campbell, Jennifer Cruté, Micheline Hess & John Jennings
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Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, Poohbutt from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.
Jennifer Cruté started writing comics in 2003. She is featured in a Current TV segment about women in comics called KAPOW! The New Comic Book Heroines. She was nominated for a Glyph Comic Award for Best Rising Star. Her cartoons have been featured in Bitch magazine. She was a finalist in Lambda Legal’s Life Without Fair Courts contest. She has lectured at the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art, Miami University, Ohio, and Skidmore College, and her comics and oil and mixed media work has shown at the Medialia Gallery in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn; the Limner Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.; and the Ocean Hill Arts Sanctuary in Brooklyn.
Born and raised in NYC, Micheline Hess does design at a prominent ad agency in Chelsea and spends her spare time developing graphic novels, short stories, and interactive iBooks for kids. She has always been fascinated by the visual narrative in books and film and is constantly endeavoring to weave her own sense of humorous story-telling into both her personal and sometimes professional work.
A Mississippi native and University of Illinois native, John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Jennings is an award-winning graphic novelist and author. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media.

Website: rosariumpublishing.com
Twitter: @bcampbellauthor@Ovenland, @crutecomics@JIJennings

Sarah Machicado
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Sarah Machicado is an illustrator and graphic designer. She likes to hand make plushies and books. She is a sci-fi nerd and pug enthusiast from Miami FL.

Website: sarahmachicado.com
Twitter: @sarahmachicado

Shannon “Shoona” Browning
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Shannon Browning, also known as Shoona, writes the comic Ellie of the Stars. Her favorite things in the world are comics, sharks, and marine biology. If she is not thinking about how much she loves making comics, she is probably at working or at home drinking too much green tea while watching cartoons. Her hope is to create comics for younger readers that everyone can enjoy!

Website: ellieofthestars.com
Tumblr: shoonart.tumblr.com
Twitter: @megaloshoon

Dr. Sheena C. Howard
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Sheena C. Howard is Vice Chair of the Black Caucus (NCA), Assistant Professor of Communication at Rider University and Founder of NerdWorks. Howard is an award-winning author, including a 2014 Eisner Award winner for her first book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2013). She is also the author of Black Queer Identity Matrix (2014) and Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (2014). Howard has appeared on NPR (National Public Radio), 900 am WURD, and CCP-TV as well as other networks and documentaries as an expert on popular culture, race, politics, and sexual identity negotiation. She has also written opinion pieces for the Trentonian and been featured in the Washington Post.

Website: sheenachoward.com
Twitter: @drsheenahoward

Skuds McKinley
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Skuds Mckinley is a professional comic book artist and illustrator based in Doylestown, PA. His first self published comic work, I’ll Take You To The Moon & Leave You There Vol.1, was met with fantastic reviews and quickly sold out of print. In 2013, Mckinley also released Book Face (with illustrator Daniel Elisii) and Rumble Moon Vol. 1. He has designed merch and album covers for heavy metal and punk bands alike and works with some of the influential hip hop artists in his mind.

Website: skudsink.com
Twitter: @skudsmckinley


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Creator Spotlights: Roberts, Mock, Retrofit Comics, Brown, Bayer, Luce & Wimberly

Rafer Roberts
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Rafer Roberts is the man behind the comic book Plastic Farm and the comic strip Nightmare the Rat. His art has been seen in X-O Manowar and Harbinger (Valiant Comics), Little Nemo: Dream another Dream (Locust Moon Press), Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever (Microcosm), and Oxymoron (ComixTribe). He has drawn Dope Fiends of the Zombie Cafe and Wild Women of the Kitty-Kat Galaxy with writer Sean Frost, and a Tiger Lawyer short with Ryan Ferrier. He currently lives in western Maryland with his wife and muse, and their hoard of cats.

Website: plasticfarm.com
Twitter: @plasticfarm

Rebecca Mock
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Rebecca Mock is a Brooklyn-based comic book artist and illustrator. She’s working on a graphic novel series titled Four Points and making animated gifs for Tumblr.

Website: rebeccamock.com
Tumblr: rebeccamock.tumblr.com
Twitter: @Rebeccamock

Retrofit Comics: Box Brown & Josh Bayer
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Retrofit Comics was started in 2011 to publish comics. Today, in 2014, they continue to do so.
Box Brown is an artist and publisher living in Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was a New York Times Best Seller.
Josh Bayer is a comic artist and teacher living in New York. His book Theth was recently released from Retrofit Comics.

Websites: retrofitcomics.comjoshbayer.com
Tumblr: boxbrown.com, joshbayer.tumblr.com
Twitter: @retrofitcomics, @boxbrown, @mrjoshbayer

Riley Luce
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Riley Luce is an animator and illustrator based out of Philadelphia. His hand drawn animation and comic work contains elements of cartoonish horror and absurd humor. His latest work is a comic called Cosmic Death Cult. It is the story of an unnamed cult member wandering through a dystopian Chinese cityscape filled with arcades, food courts, alcohol, and wild animals.

Website: rileyluce.com
Tumblr: rileyluce.tumblr.com

Ronald Wimberly
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Ronald “Dπ” Wimberly is a narrative artist. Story connects people to their world and each other. Wether it’s animation, graphic novels, editorial illustration or advertisement, Ronald finds the story. Dπ is a comic-book, pop artist who’s subverted convention with pop narrative. Ronald Wimberly has worked as an illustrator/animator and comic book artist out of Brooklyn, NY for 10 years, his work has been featured around the world.

Website: d-pi.com
Tumblr: d-pi.tumblr.comd3-14.tumblr.com
Twitter: @RaynardFaux