Locust Moon Comics Festival

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


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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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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