The 2018 Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival has announced three of this year’s headline guests, each making their very first appearance at the show on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th.
Maris Wicks, author of Science Comics: Coral Reefs and Human Body Theater, and artist of Primates and SpongeBob Comics!
Judd Winick, author of the Hilo series, Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned, and writer of DC Comics superheroes!
Mark Siegel, author of Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson, artist of various children’s books including Long Night Moon and Oskar and the Eight Blessings, and creative and editorial director of First Second Books.
Maris, Mark, and Judd will be joined by over 50 additional guests–some of them old friends, some new to A2CAF; longtime comics creators and kids just starting to get their nibs wet; and all of them eager to greet you in our bustling, bubbly and bursting Artists Alley on the first floor of the Ann Arbor District Library!
So whatever kinds of comics you’re in the mood for: heroic adventure or slice of life, fantasy or funny animals, scary stories or science fiction, history or humor–and yes, once again, four different varieties of Shakespeare comics!–you’ll find them in Artists Alley at this year’s Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival!
Check out our amazing guest list right here!
Zac Gorman, author of Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain, Rick and Morty (comic series), Over the Garden Wall (Emmy award winning animated series, Magical Game Time(webcomic), Costume Quest (writer and artist Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, as well as writer for new Costume Quest animated series on Amazon Prime in 2018).
Rafael Rosado, Artist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and Monsters Beware!
Hannah O’Neal, Animator at FableVision Studios in Boston, MA.
Joamette Gil, creator and editor of the award-winning POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology Series.
Lucy Bellwood, creator of Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea, 100 Demon Dialogues.
Meggie Ramm, creator of Stick World, I Have No Idea What I’m Doing, and Olympic Adventures.
Steve Hamaker (SATURDAY ONLY), Eisner-winning colorist of Bone, RASL, and Table Titans. Author of PLOX.
Kean Soo, Creator of the Jellaby and March Grand Prix series of graphic novels.
Pranas T. Naujokaitis, writer of the Adventure Time: Ice King miniseries, writer/illustrator of Uncle Grandpa in Uncle Grandpaland, and creator of many mini-comics including the Monster Town series and the Ignatz Award nominated Laffy Meal.
Gregg Schigiel, author/illustrator of the Pix graphic novels, regular contributor to SpongeBob Comics, and host of the “Stuff Said” podcast.
Kiel Phegley, Author of Gumball’s Guide to Science, Sonic The Hedgehog, and Halo: Spartan-IV Field Manual.
Scoot McMahon, cartoonist of Sami the Samurai Squirrel, Wrapped Up, Spot on Adventure, The Mighty Super Kingz, Tales from the Con, and Aw Yeah Comics!
John Martin, illustrator and co-creator of Sci-Fi Junior High and Vordak book series.
Himashi Hewagama, author of the webcomic Celestial Princess Sierra.
Jonathan Griffith, author and illustrator of 1964, 3031: An Ongoing Exploration of the Familiarly Unknown webcomic, and August & Patterson.
Sarah Bollinger, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beard webcomic.
Tara Kurtzhals, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beardwebcomic.
Chad Sell, creator of The Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf and Random House.
Dani Jones, creator of children’s book Monsters vs Kittens and webcomic My Sister the Freak, and illustrator of the graphic novel PopularMMOs Presents a Hole New World.
Rob Stenzinger, co-host of the Lean Into Art Podcast, Creator of the video game This Panda Needs You, and a new comic called Two Pizza Team.
SRSLY Coalition, creators of the CPTN SRSLY Comic Anthology Volumes 1-4.
Emily Zelasko, writer and Illustrator of Snow, Old Man, Dog, and the Ocean, Phantom in the Snow, Something Something Adam, and the Piece of Cake webcomic. Illustrator for Rainbow Sprinkle Slime, Vostokapolis. Colorist for Corpse Corp.
Mya Gosling, artist and author of Good Tickle Brain, the world’s foremost (and possibly only) Shakespeare stick figure webcomic..
Conor McCreery, author of Kill Shakespeare, Assassin’s Creed, Regular Show/Adventure Time, and Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini.
Matt Feazell, author of ZOT! in Dimension 10-½, Understanding Minicomics, Dizzy Adventures, Stick Figure Presidents and The Amazing Cynicalman comic strip.
Andrea Bell, creator of Fair Voyage, Still Waiting, and Tracks.
Dave Scheidt, writer of rad comics like Adventure Time, Aw Yeah Comics, Dreamworks’ Trolls, Munchkin, Nickelodeon’s Harvey Beaks, Wrapped Up and more!
Shaun Manning, Writer and co-creator of Macbeth: The Red King, Interesting Drug, and Hell, Nebraska, as well as short stories for Dark Horse Presents, Thought Bubble, and more.
Brian E. Lau, creator of Staunch Ambition.
Joe Foo, creator of Camp Pencilpoint.
Joshua Buchanan, illustrator of The Rocket, Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds, and Factor Five.
Chris & Gin (Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee), creators of Dexter’s Digs, Presidents of the United Space, and The Brothers Grant.
Merrill Rainey, illustrator for Highlights Magazine, artist in Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty Magazine, illustrator of Frog. Frog? Frog! for Capstone Publishing, illustrator in Cricket and Spider Magazine, and artist for educational publishers including McGraw Hill, Scholastic Education, and RAZ Kids (Learning A-Z).
Sean Dove, co-creator of BroBots at Oni Press, Colorist on Wrapped Up, and Madballs.
Zachary Lehner, artist of Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, contributing author and artist to the anthology I Want to Pet Your Werewolf.
Madeline Zuluaga, one of the Illustrators on When the Rules Aren’t Right: 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism Graphic Novel; contributor to Mine!: A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood anthology and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei anthology; creator of a capybara-focused illustration book called Capybara Parade.
Bruce Worden, author/illustrator of Goodnight Keith Moon; Woodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies; and the weekly pictoblog Shoppers Unknown where he finds discarded shopping lists and draw the people he imagines wrote them.
Peter Sickman-Garner, creator of the Harvey- and Eisner-nominated comic series Hey, Mister, published by Top Shelf Productions.
Jessi Zabarsky, creator of Witchlight, an all-ages shojo adventure comic.
Terry Eisele, author of the three-volume graphic novel With Only Five Plums and the forthcoming Far Tune.
Courtney M Hahn, artist of Podunk, Space for Everyone, and Uni-Puppy.
James Anderson, creator of Ellie on Planet X.
Ellie Moody, creator of The Melting, How to Make Toast, Bad Guys, and more.
Bruno Hohn, creator of the comics series The Misadventures of Spenser the Ghost & Larry the Muffin.
Rocket Neiburger, creator of Happy Monster, original mini comic series!
Dana Atnip, Creator, artist, and writer for the webcomic Galactic Dragons.
Giselle Sarmiento, creator of short form comics Limon, delay and creator of fanart illustrations..
Theresa Dunn, author/illustrator of The Tale of Sir Stinky and Not All Pirates Have Hook Hands.
Jay Fosgitt, artist for IDW (My Little Pony, Aw Yeah Revolution), Marvel (Rocket Raccoon and Groot, Deadpool, Gwenpool, Jessica Jones, Avengers, Web Warriors), and Source Point Press (Dead Duck and Zombie Chick).
Matthew New, writer/artist for Billy Johnson and his Duck are Explorers.
Ali Cantarella, creator of The Hasty Pastry graphic novel, illustrator on Monkey and Dragon in the Golden Hour children’s book.
Charles Brubaker, creator of Ask a Cat and The Fuzzy Princess.
Brett R. Pinson, creator of Boomtown Scabs, The Adventures of Carl, The Expendables.