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

Yao Xiao
YaoXiao_14
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
willlaren_2014
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
ValerieStarr_2014
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
VanessaSatone_2014
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
WerdyGirl_2014
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
WhitTaylor_2014
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