Located on the exhibit floor, the Artist Alley includes the best from all genres. Past exhibitors have included many of today’s leading artists, illustrators, and creators of comics, games, and graphic novels showcasing original artwork.
Atomic Robo follows the Eisner-nominated adventures and life story of the atomic robot that Nikola Tesla built in 1923 and raised as his son. There's talking dinosaurs, angry A.I., military conspiracies, and sometimes an explosion. Each story arc is self contained so you can hop in and read whatever genre suits you! Co-Created by writer Brian Clevinger, and artist Scott Wegener it is available in stores through IDW or online at www.atomic-robo.com!
Heidi Black is a comic artist and illustrator with a love of watercolors and cats. Their work includes "Sons of Fire," an original graphic novel written by Adam Lance Garcia, "Grass is Awful," an all-ages illustrated book written by Scott Bachmann, "Everything Will Be All Right," and "ElectricAbyss," an art materials and techniques tutorial book. You can see their work at www.electricabyss.com
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 the anti-racism satire, Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. He has also co-edited (with Nisi Shawl) the Locus Award-nominated Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction and Fantasy (with Francesco Verso); and APB: Artists against Police Brutality (with Jason Rodriguez and John Jennings). He is also the editor of the two-volume SFF anthology, Sunspot Jungle, and is currently working on the triple Glyph award-nominated comic, Baaaad Muthaz, with David Brame and Damian Duffy. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family and helms Rosarium Publishing, an independent publisher focusing on comics and science fiction with a multicultural flair.
Frank Cammuso is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel series Edison Beaker Creature Seeker for Viking/Penguin. He also created the graphic novel series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde from Amulet Books and Knights of the Lunch Table from Scholastic. Frank co-wrote/drew the comic Otto's Orange Day and Otto's Backwards Day for Toon Books. Cammuso teaches comics and sequential illustration at Syracuse University.
Co-founder and publisher of Alpha Girl Comics. Author of middle grade graphic novels Sea Sirens and Ana & the Cosmic Race. Freelance writer for DC Comics, Marvel, and more, including characters Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, Green Hornet, Dejah Thoris Princess of Mars, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Deadpool. Content contributor to nonprofit institutions including Baltimore Museum of Art, New York Historical Society and the Museum of Chinese in Americas. Frequent panel speaker and moderator. Lover of all things food and Lego. World traveler and coffee drinker. Education: MBA Harvard University, B. S. architectural design MIT, B. A. East Asian Studies Wellesley College.
Robert Christie and Deborah Lang are cartoonists, writers, and illustrators collaborating on stories in the world of Crutonia. They are author/artists for the long-form graphic novels in the Quirks Quest series as well as short form comics and art all from the same world of Crutonia. Rob and Deb also collaborate and publish several short form comics for anthologies. In addition to their work in comics, Robert is a New York based illustrator, painter and prop maker for motion pictures, broadway, and fashion photo shoots, and Deborah is a scientist in Boston.
Javier Cruz Winnik
Javier Cruz Winnik began his career as a fanart artist tabling at comic cons across the country. He has since done sketch cards for the MCU movies through Upper Deck, written and illustrated stories for "Puerto Rico Strong" and "Ricanstruction", and has created his own book series titled, "A Reason to Smile!" with 3 books in the series funded on Kickstarter.com! His series stars a little Puerto Rican girl from NYC who focuses on finding the bright side of life in the Big Apple. Check him out and find a new reason to smile today!
J. Robert Deans
After a lifetime of doodling, J. Robert Deans started cartooning a few years ago with his CRASS FED web comic while managing a comic shop. After being laid off and figuring out what to do next, the inspiration for his SHAKES THE COW children's book character struck. Since then he has released several Shakes adventures, starting with MOO THOUSAND AND PUN. Deans also writes and draws graphic novels for young readers featuring Stanley, the koala spy, in THE BEAR FROM A.U.N.T. series. He also collaborates with his wife and Kidlet on books, toys, and comics for their Deans Family Productions.
Franco is the writer and artist that has worked on many projects over the years. He is a New York Times bestseller, 3 time Eisner award winner and critically acclaimed auther of such series as Tiny Titans, Shazam, Young Justice, Green Lantern and the upcoming Superman of Smallville (DC ZOOM) from DC Comics. He is the cretor and owner of Aw Yeah Comics ans has worked on projects for Archie Comics, Hellboy for DarkHorse comics, IDW and the creator and writer of The Ghost ,The Owl for Action Lab. He is also the creator of the popular Dino-Mike chapter book series from Capstone.
Melanie Gillman is a queer, nonbinary cartoonist and colored pencil artist who specializes in LGBTQ graphic novels for middle grade and YA readers. They are the author of As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus Comics, 2017) and Stage Dreams (Lerner/Graphic Universe, 2019). Their work has won multiple awards, including a 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award for Best Middle Grade Graphic Novel, and being named a 2018 Stonewall Honor Book. They are currently working on the second volume of As the Crow Flies, as well as other queer comics for young readers.
Isaac Goodhart is a 2010 graduate of the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in cartooning. He got his start in comics in 2014 as one of the winners of the Top Cow Talent Hunt. After drawing Artifacts #38, he moved on to illustrating Matt Hawkins’ Postal for twenty-six consecutive issues. His most recent work is Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale from DC Ink. He has also contributed to LOVE IS LOVE, Rat Queens web comics and Welcome to Showside.
Gene Ha writes and draws Mae. Eighteen year old Mae Fortell follows her long-missing sister Abbie to a world of mad science and mystery. Gene is a NY Times bestselling comic book artist best known for his work with writer Alan Moore, Top 10 and its prequel, The Forty-Niners. He has won four Eisners, the highest award in American comics. Gene lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife, Lisa. geneha.com
Robin Ha grew up reading and drawing comics in Seoul, Korea until she was suddenly transplanted in the U.S. when she was fourteen. She is the author of the NYT Bestseller, Cook Korea! A comic book with recipes. Her memoir graphic novel, Almost American Girl, is coming in January 2020, published by Balzeo & Bray. She currently lives in Washington, DC.
Nathan Hale is the author and illustrator of the NYT-best-selling Hazardous Tales series. Visit Nathan Hale’s table for books, box sets and original artwork!
THE ILIAD graphic novel (new!) plus The Odyssey, Beowulf, Macbeth and more critically-acclaimed graphic novels by the foremost adapter of the classics.
Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota are the critically acclaimed and award winning creators behind Johnny Wander. The duo have released award winning collections of their autobiographical work, Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us (978-1620103838, Oni Press) and fiction work, Lucky Penny (978-1620102879, Oni Press). Their current focus is BARBAROUS (www.johnnywander.com/barbarous) a comedy drama involving magic and monster men.
Eric Knisley presents a set of "Exquisite Corpse" collaborations, unfolding acordion books up to 17 feet in length. Each book is a blind collaboration; no artist can see what any other artist has contributed until the book is finished. These books have found a large niche of appreciative viewers, from comic book fans to art aficionados. Each book is individualy signed and numbered.
Janet K Lee
Janet K Lee made her first foray into illustration in 2010 by co-creating RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN with writer Jim McCann. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN garnered a record-setting five Eisner nominations, winning the award for Best New Graphic Album. Lee went on to illustrate the Marvel Comics adaptations of two of Jane Austen’s novels, “Emma” and “Northanger Abbey” as well as six other books and anthologies. Her subsequent work has received both Harvey and Eisner nominations. Janet K Lee's newest book SEA SIRENS, a middle-grade graphic novel about the fantastic adventures of a girl named Trot and her surfing cat who visit the mermaid kingdom, goes on sale June 11, 2019 from Viking.
Janet remains active in her local art community, teaching comics workshops in partnership with her local library. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, her son, two good dogs, and four very bad cats.
Lockett Down Productions
Regine L Sawyer is the Owner/Writer at Lockett Down Productions; a small press comic book company that publishes cutting edge Sci-Fi and Horror Comics such as The Rippers, Ice Witch, and Eating Vamipires. She is also the Coordinator and Founder of the Women in Comics Collective International; an organization that focuses on the merit and craft work of Women and Non-binary people working in the comic book industry. They host events across the country such as Art Shows, Workshops, Panel Discussions and their own convention, Women in Comics Con. In addition, she has written several articles on Race and Gender in Comics for Graphic Policy, The Freelancer's Union, Comic Book Resources and Time Magazine. Currently, Regine is a Creator-in-Residence at Kickstarter, working on campaigns that will be coming out later this year.
Author of the Cleopatra in Space graphic novels published by Scholastic/Graphix, MIKE MAIHACK spends his time drawing comics, writing comics, talking about comics, and whatever one does to ensure his house doesn’t collapse from two boys bouncing around inside it (which sometimes involves comics). He’s contributed to several books, including Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman; Parable; Jim Henson’s The Storyteller; Cow Boy; Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities; and Comic Book Tattoo. The first book in the Cleopatra in Space series, Target Practice, was a Florida Book Award winner, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and a YALSA Quick Pick. Mike lives in Land O Lakes, Florida, with his his wife, two boys, and one ornery Siamese cat.
For more of Mike's work, including school and author visit information, visit him online at mikemaihack.com
Mark Mariano is an award-winning cartoonist. He’s a creative whirlwind that loves to make games and toys, and tell stories through comics and picture books. His books include CLAIRE LOST HER BEAR AT THE WORLD’S FAIR and PUDDLETON FARM: EWING! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? As proud organizer of the traveling Kids Love Comics pavilion for several comic conventions, Mark assembles the roster of super-talented artists, and creates the programming. Being an advocate of comics in the classroom, he enjoys visiting schools and sharing his love of art and storytelling.
Chris Mariano is the co-creator of the award-winning children’s book, CLAIRE LOST HER BEAR AT THE WORLD’S FAIR, and is developing several board games for Golden Bell Games. As a pop a culture archaeologist, Chris loves to study and research the history of old toys, movies, video games, amusement parks, and anything out of the ordinary. You can enjoy his findings at his nostalgia-inducing website, WonderWeird.net.
Ben Nadler grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. Currently he lives in Chicago where he writes and illustrates graphic novels. Ben's debut book, "Heretics! The Wondrous (And Dangerous) Beginnings Of Modern Philosophy" was published in 2017 by Princeton University Press. His latest project, "The White Snake", is out now from Toon Books. Additionally, he self publishes an annual Risograph comics anthology called "Sonder".
Shawn Pryor is the creator and co-writer of the all-ages graphic novel mystery series CASH & CARRIE, writer of KENTUCKY KAIJU, and writer and co-creator of the football/drama series FORCE. He is one of the co-founders of Action Lab Entertainment and currently serves as their President of Creative Relations.
In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, listening to streaming music playlists, and talking about why Zack from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is the greatest Black superhero of all-time.
Jim Rugg is a comic book artist, graphic novelist, designer, and YouTuber. His books include Street Angel, the PLAIN Janes, Afrodisiac, Notebook Drawings, Rambo 3.5, and Supermag. His YouTube channel, Cartoonist Kayfabe (with Ed Piskor) features a variety of shows about comics, comics history, and making comics. He teaches visual storytelling at the School of Visual Arts and the Animation Workshop in Denmark. Accolades include Eisner and Ignatz Awards, AIGA 50/50, Society of Illustrators Annual, and Investing in Professional Artists: The Pittsburgh-Region Artists Grants Program, a partnership of The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Sarah Schanze is an artist and storyteller living in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Since 2009 Sarah has been updating Thistil Mistil Kistil, a fantasy adventure webcomic featuring vikings and Norse gods and their adventures together (or against each other). For the past ten years Sarah has worked in the educational tech industry, honing her skills in illustration and graphic design for kids. Sarah is also an avid Washington Capitals fan, and is extremely happy they finally won the Stanley Cup.
Gregg Schigiel is the author/illustrator of the superhero/fairy tale mash-up PIX graphic novels (PIX, Vol. 1: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND and PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL) about a superhero who believes that she's a fairy princess. Gregg was also a regular contributor to SPONGEBOB COMICS. Beyond making comics, Gregg bakes prize-winning cookies, enjoys comedy, and makes sure he drinks plenty of water.
Sierra Bravo Art
Sierra Barnes is a historian and comic creator living in the Washington DC area and currently getting her MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. She writes and illustrates the ongoing webcomic HANS VOGEL IS DEAD, and draws from European history and folklore in her work. She loves coffee, museums, and graphic novels, and when she's not working on comics, you can find her usually at the Arlington Main Library stuck in a book!
A fan or horror and anything brightly colored, Tess Stone has worked his best to slam the two together in any means possible. A writer and artist, he’s drawn to anything character-driven, typography...and also monsters. His main work is the horror comedy Not Drunk Enough (from Oni Press and Hiveworks online at www.notdrunkenough.com), but also makes time for some saucy ghost hunter love in Seen Nothing Yet! He’s also worked on incredible books like Buzz! and enjoys doing lettering on projects like Real Science Adventures, Check Please! and The Adventure Zone graphic novels!
Alex Stubbs is currently illustrating a series of 8 fictional covers and most recently illustrated her first children’s book in collaboration with her father to tell a story about space and inclusion within 21st Century educational environments. Educators nationwide have been using “PB Disrupts School” as a teaching tool within classrooms not only about space but also with embedded STEAM content captured within her delightful illustrations. Alex is truly passionate about transferring characteristics of animals into illustrations for all children to enjoy.
An ongoing comic series from Lumberjanes creator Grace Ellis and talented newcomer Shae Beagle that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it's up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it's too late.
Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Computing and The Arts, and received a masters in Sequential Art in 2015. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Joey Weiser is the Eisner Award-nominated author of Ghost Hog and the Mermin graphic novel series from Oni Press. His comics work ranges from writing and drawing for SpongeBob Comics to coloring the Jedi Academy: A New Class series. His first graphic novel, The Ride Home, was published in 2007 by AdHouse Books. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design and currently lives in Athens, Georgia.
Jeremy Whitley is the writer and creator of the Middle-Grades comics series "Princeless" and its YA spin-off series "Raven: Pirate Princess" from Action Lab Entertainment. He is also the writer of the acclaimed and award-winning Marvel series "The Unstoppable Wasp" which has been profiled in the New York Times, Men's Health, and Psychology Today for its insightful look at mental health in comics. He has also written for such Marvel comics as "Avengers", "All-New X-Men", "Champions", and "Thor Vs Hulk: Champions of the Universe". In 2018 he wrote the comics relaunch of Hallmark's beloved "Rainbow Brite" for Dynamite Entertainment and he has been a frequent writer on IDW's "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." Recently he wrote the comics tie-in the "Sea of Thieves" Xbox One game from Titan Entertainment.
Ru Xu is the creator of the graphic novel series NewsPrints as well as Saint for Rent, a webcomic about inns for time travelers. Her non-storytelling-specific personal interests include historical fiction, coffee-flavored ice cream, and fat birds.
Thom Zahler is a comic book creator and animation writer. He created the Line Webtoons hit series Cupid's Arrows and Warning Label as well as the Harvey-nominated Love and Capes, Long Distance and the time-traveling wine comic Time and Vine. He also writes and draws for IDW's successful My Little Pony series. He has written for Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man and Knights of the Zodiac.