A2CAF 2018 Announces Guests

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 MountainRick 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!

Zack Giallongo, Author of BroxoEwoks: Shadows of Endor, artist of the Stratford Zooseries, and author of Star Wars Doodles. Co-host of the Galaxy of Super Adventure show.

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 Sea100 Demon Dialogues.

Meggie Ramm, creator of Stick WorldI Have No Idea What I’m Doing, and Olympic Adventures.

Steve Hamaker (SATURDAY ONLY), Eisner-winning colorist of BoneRASL, 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 ScienceSonic The Hedgehog, and Halo: Spartan-IV Field Manual.

Scoot McMahon, cartoonist of Sami the Samurai SquirrelWrapped UpSpot on AdventureThe Mighty Super KingzTales 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 19643031: 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 SnowOld Man, Dog, and the OceanPhantom in the SnowSomething 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 ShakespeareAssassin’s CreedRegular Show/Adventure Time, and Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini.

Matt Feazell, author of ZOT! in Dimension 10-½Understanding MinicomicsDizzy AdventuresStick Figure Presidents and The Amazing Cynicalman comic strip.

Andrea Bell, creator of Fair VoyageStill Waiting, and Tracks.

Dave Scheidt, writer of rad comics like Adventure TimeAw Yeah ComicsDreamworks’ TrollsMunchkin, Nickelodeon’s Harvey BeaksWrapped Up and more!

Shaun Manning, Writer and co-creator of Macbeth: The Red KingInteresting 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 RocketScratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds, and Factor Five.

Chris & Gin (Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee), creators of Dexter’s DigsPresidents 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 MoonWoodstalk: 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 MeltingHow to Make ToastBad 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 PonyAw Yeah Revolution), Marvel (Rocket Raccoon and GrootDeadpoolGwenpoolJessica JonesAvengersWeb 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 ScabsThe Adventures of Carl, The Expendables.

 

 

ECCC 2018 Monsters & Dames Preview

February 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

The Emerald City Comic Con’s annual art book is back for 2018 with 88 pieces of stunning Monsters & Dames artwork and a cover by Mike & Laura Allred! Get yours exclusively at the ECCC Show Store, price is $40. Limited to 750 individually numbered copies, the 2018 Monsters & Dames collection is a full-color, 9″x12″ hardcover art book featuring contributions from guests and artists of the 2018 Emerald City Comic Con. A preview can be seen at the link…

MONSTERS & DAMES 2018 Art Book Contributors include:

  • Aaron McConnell
  • Akio Segawa
  • Ali Cantarella
  • Alisa Bishop
  • Alphonso Orozco
  • Amanda Lien
  • Amy King
  • Amy Mebberson & James Silvani
  • Andrea Bell
  • Ashley S. Benson
  • Augie Pagan
  • Barry Blankenship
  • Ben Templesmith
  • Bill McGuire
  • Bobby Chiu
  • Bret Blevins
  • Brian Denham
  • Camilla d’Errico
  • Cassie Kelly
  • Chloe Ezra
  • Chris Anderson
  • Christina Barton
  • Christophe Lautrette
  • Claire Wendling
  • Cody Vrosh
  • Colin Lawler
  • Comfort & Adam
  • Corinne Roberts
  • Dane Ault
  • Daniel Govar
  • Denis Caron
  • Devin Lawson
  • Dominike Stanton
  • Gabriel Bautista
  • Greg Luzniak
  • Hollie Mengert
  • James Franzen
  • Jay Fosgitt
  • Jemely and Jeremy Jayme
  • Jenevieve Broomall
  • Jennifer Cox
  • Jessica Madorran
  • Jim Mahfood
  • Joyce Hwang
  • Karen Hallion
  • Kari Smith
  • Kelly & Nichole Matthews
  • Ken Taya
  • Kevin McCoy
  • Kristen Bailey
  • Krystal Lord
  • Kyle Smith
  • Kyle Starks
  • Leanne Huynh
  • Lindsay Ishihiro
  • Lindsey Reimer
  • Livio Ramondelli
  • Lucas Elliott
  • Megan Hutchison
  • Michael DiPetrillo
  • Mike Allred & Laura Allred
  • Missy Peña
  • Molly Applejohn
  • Nate Taylor
  • Nick Southam
  • Nikki Cash
  • Nolen Lee
  • Patric Reynolds
  • Paul Guinan
  • Rick Marcks
  • Robin Kaplan
  • Rod Reis
  • Royden Lepp
  • Ruth Clark
  • Ryan Fisher
  • Sara McSorley
  • Sara Richard
  • Sarah Stern
  • Shane White
  • Sho Murase
  • Suzanne Kaufman
  • Tim Von Rueden
  • Tony Dela Cruz
  • Tony Moy
  • Valentine Barker
  • Wesley Burt
  • Yoshi Yoshitani
  • Zoe Persico

RETCon Hosts Inaugural Convention This Weekend

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

The inaugural RetCon will be held this weekend on August 12 and 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Bailey Auditorium in Chicago.

RetCon is a new Chicago comic book convention devoted to fantastic comics. While other comic conventions have shifted to focus on pop culture, RetCon brings the comic book back to the forefront. The comic book community is filled with diverse, up-and- coming writers and artists who are not currently featured in the mainstream comic industry. RetCon is committed to representing diverse creators.

This convention is perfect for comic book lovers who are interested in having meaningful conversations about the classics and want to learn more about the diverse voices entering the comic book space. The event will feature insightful panels, live entertainment, and a plethora of talented creators showcasing their latest work.

Guests include: Ashley A Woods, Daniel Warren Johnson, Reginald Gale, Ali Cantarella, David Knight, Megan Hutchinson, Gene Ha, Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris, Jessica Lynn, Victoria Perez-Segovia, Jonathan La Mantia, Menton3, Mark L Miller, Leo Perez, Geannina C. Gutierrez, Dale Lazarov, Dimitri Fisher, Rebecca Rothschild, Jim McClain, Serena Guerra, Marcus Muller, Alejandro Rosado, Kevin Sheller, Angel Medina, Keith Carmack, Rafael Nieves, Jessi Adrignola, Chris Prunckle, Max Bare, Don Cardenas, Metal Hand, Scott J Larson, Rachel Young, Seraph Manifesto, Tom Stillwell, Sun Bros Studios, Justin Castaneda, Tyrell Cannon, Tony Moy, Paul Axel, Joel Siegel, George Gant, Jamie Primack, Caleb Thusat, Markisan Naso, Gavin Smith, Eric Basir, Andrew Taam, Brian Wyrick, Ben Miller, Kimberly Moseberry, and many more.

SCHEDULE

Saturday August 12th

New To Comics?
12:00PM – 1:30PM: Join us for a panel discussion on which comics are great reads for those new to comics and finding the best ways to dive in.

The State of Things
1:30PM – 3:00PM: Join DOOMROCKET founder Jarrod Jones, Molly Jane Kremer along with guests Gene Ha, Megan Hutchinson, Ashley A. Woods, and Oliver Sava as they discuss the current state of comics.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

Comic Book Trivia
4:30PM – 5:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Sunday August 13th

Telling History Through Sequential Art
12:00PM – 1:15PM: Telling history through sequential requires multiple skillsets—all of which can be easily expressed in a fun environment.

Telling History Through Sequential Art 
1:15PM – 2:30pm: An epic journey through the history of comic book movies with your hosts James Thompson and Ruben Rosario, as they discuss Superman II.

Comic Book Trivia
2:30PM – 3:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

RETCon is a Chicago-based comic book convention dedicated to bringing comics back to comic con. RETCon aims to bring diverse voices within the comic book industry to the forefront and encourage thoughtful consideration of work within the comic book community. For more information and tickets please go to the website: www.chicagoretcon.com

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IL – Wonder Woman Day Signing

Jenny FrisonStephanie Mided, and Ali Cantarella appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, June 3, 2017 to celebrate WONDER WOMAN DAY 2017!

Wonder Woman turns 75 this year so it’s more than time to give the Amazing Amazon her due! Wonder Woman Day will feature a host of fun stuff for Wonder Woman fans of all ages! We’ll have a costume contest! We’ll have Wonder Woman themed treats! We’ll have a coloring contest with artwork provided by Wonder Woman cover artist Jenny Frison!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Albert the Alien Vol. 2 Launch Party

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Writer/creator Trevor Mueller, Artist/creator Gabriel “GABO” Bautista, and guest artists Ali Cantarella, Ashley Erickson, and Kevin Harrell appear at Defiant Comics on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM to sign volume 2 of their webcomic ALBERT THE ALIEN!

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Defiant Comics
7234 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-3339