Alison Bechdel is an
award-winning cartoonist best known for her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. In 2006, Bechdel published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, an
autobiographical graphic memoir chronicling her childhood and relationship with
her closeted bisexual father following his death. Fun Home was a
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and was named Best Book of 2006 by
Time Magazine. A second
graphic memoir, Are You My Mother: A
Comic Drama, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2012.
Howard Cruse first became known in the
1970s with his contributions to underground comix publications. In 1979 he began editing Gay Comix anthology series, featuring work by openly gay and lesbian cartoonists, and in the 1980s went on to create Wendel, a strip about a gay man, his
lover Ollie, and a cast of quirky surrounding characters, which appeared
regularly in The Advocate. During the 1990s Cruse worked on the
award-winning graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, published by DC Comics imprint Paradox Press. Since then, Cruse has
published numerous titles including Wendel All Together, The Swimmer with a Rope in His Teeth (written by Jeanne E. Shaffer), From Headrack To Claude, Felix's Friends, and more.
Fiona Staples is a comic book artist
living in Calgary, Canada. She has
illustrated numerous comics including Mystery Society, Done to Death, Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor, Jonah Hex, and Northlanders. She has contributed cover art to DV8, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Criminal Macabre, Superman/Batman, Archie, and more. In March of 2012, Image Comics published the first issue of Saga, an ongoing series by Brian K.
Vaughan, which received critical acclaim and for which she received two Eisner Awards,
a Hugo Award, and several Harvey Awards.
Robert Williams is a prolific oil painter
and cartoonist whose iconic detailed images depict naked women, death,
destruction, booze and clowns.
During the 1960s Williams worked under Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in the Hot
Rod Culture, creating advertisements and graphics and developing his
style. He later joined the ZAP
Comix collective, a group of non-conformist, anti-establishment artists
including R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Spain Rodriguez, Rick Griffin, Gilbert
Shelton and Victor Moscoso. In
1994, Williams started Juxtapoz Magazine, creating an outlet for artists in the
contemporary art world who identified with his “LowBrow” style.
Joost Swarte is an internationally
renowned cartoonist, illustrator and designer who began his career in the Dutch
underground comics movement of the 1970s. His work first came to notice in the
US in the pages of Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s RAW Magazine. Swarte coined the term “clear line” to describe the
style of Hergé, the creator of Tintin,
who is among his major visual influences. Swarte’s illustrations have appeared
in a number of prominent international publications, and frequently appear on
the cover and in the interior pages of The
New Yorker. Swarte is also a designer working in multiple media, designing
the Toneelschuur Theater in Haarlem, Netherlands and the interior of the Hergé
Museum in Louvan-la-Neuve, Belgium. Many of his comics have been published in
English by Fantagraphics in the book collection Is That All There Is?, and he recently illustrated Catherine
Lewis’s Thrice Told Tales. In 2004 he
was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Swarte’s appearance is
supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and Fantagraphics Books.
Marion Fayolle graduated in 2011 with a degree in illustration from l’Ecole des Arts
Décoratifs in Strasbourg, France and is one of the co-founders of the acclaimed
French graphics and illustration magazine Nyctalope,
five issues of which have been published to date. She has drawn illustrations
for a number of international clients including The New York Times and the French journal XXI. She is already the author of four visual books, including Le tableau and La tendresse des pierres published by Éditions Magnani, the visual
alphabet book Nappe comme Neige from
Éditions Notari, and the collection of wordless short comics Le Homme in Pièces, published byÉditions Michel Lagarde. La tendresse des pierres was named as
part of the official selection of books nominated for prizes at the upcoming 2014
Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France, and Le Homme in Pièces was recently published
in a North American edition as In Pieces
by Nobrow. Marion’s appearance is supported by the Cultural Services of the
French Embassy and Nobrow.
studied Illustration at Sint-Lucas College of Art and Design
in Ghent. Vandenbroucke works in a mixed media style that integrates drawing
and painting to communicate micro-narratives inspired by conceptual art, art
history, absurdism, slapstick comedy and popular culture. He has contributed
illustrations to publications including Les
Inrockptibles, Le Monde Republique,
and The New York Times. He has also
created sculptures, installations and short videos, and frequently exhibits his
work internationally. Vandenbroucke’s body of work includes a number of short
comics produced in acrylic paint, which feature his absurdist commentary on the
art world and have been widely circulated on social media platforms including
Flickr and Facebook. These comics were published by the Flemish publisher Bries
as the book collection White Cube. A
North American edition of White Cube will
be published by Drawn and Quarterly in March 2014. Brecht’s appearance is
supported by the Flemish Literature Fund (VLF) and Drawn and Quarterly.
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