Mocca Arts Festival Exhibitors List
Alexa Sharpe is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art. Her works- of ghosts, witches, and mysterious occurrences- are a delightful, frightful blend of horror and decadence. Her influence comes from a multicultural background: her love of gothic literature, and the rich, supernatural traditions of her Filipino heritage.
Alexandra Filipek is a New Jersey based illustrator and comic artist whose work is based on nature and times when people lived closer to it. Historical themes are also prevalent in her work, especially the Bronze Age and Medieval time periods. She draws inspiration from the dramatic painterly techniques of the Romantic Movement despite working digitally. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Illustration.
Alfonso de Anda
Alfonso de Anda is a Mexican illustrator based in New York. His fun illustration and storytelling has lead him to take part of all sorts of projects ranging from editorial and animated series development to advertising, children's books and painting murals. His piece "thieves" was included in the Mocca Awards of Exelence show in 2017.
Alice Meichi Li
Alice Meichi Li is an illustrator who is originally from Detroit and currently living in Jamaica, Queens. Her art has appeared on Oni Press, Archie Comics, Dark Horse, Image Comics, Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology and more. She regularly exhibits at Gallery 1988 and has also been shown at Museum of Chinese in America, Gallery Nucleus and others. Alice draws inspiration from not only her family's traditional Chinese roots, but also her lifelong studies in Astrology and mysticism.
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Alisa is an animator, storyboard artist and character designer living in Queens, NY. Her self-published comics include stories about living in NYC post-art school (Urban Nomad), vegetarian recipes (Cooking Up Comics) and vignettes of her two unruly cats (The Collected Counter Attack!). When she’s not drawing, she enjoys hanging out with her cat Mr. Princess, traveling with her husband Allan, gardening, hiking and live music.
Amanda Castillo is an illustrator and cartoonist from the Bay Area of California, currently pursuing a BFA in Illustration at MICA. She strives to create stories that evoke strong emotional reactions through the exploration of everyday relationships and experiences, touching upon themes of nostalgia, memory, and coming of age in the process.
Angela Rizza Illustration
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Owls, birds, ravens, and reverse mermaids! Come check out my table for tons of nature themed prints! This year I have copies of my new hardcover coloring book that features creatures of mythology and fantasy. I also have a variety of my enamel pins in silver and rose gold featuring tons of details.
Beatriz is an illustrator from Guadalajara, Mexico and currently based in Brooklyn, where she works in both freelance and personal projects. She combines digital and traditional methods to explore feelings of longing and yearning, while always expressing a sense of liveliness. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Fishs Eddy, and the Animation Block Party, among others.
Birdcage Bottom Books
We are both a publishing company and a distro representing nearly 100 self-publishing artists and small-presses. Our focus is on handmade comics, prints and apparel, often limited editions using customized printing techniques like risograph and silkscreen. Our goal is to help independent artists get their work into more hands.
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Brandon Pogrob is a cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, NY. His self-published comics range from anxious, amorphous blob people to absurdist accountants eating donuts in hell, to loose, pencily journal comics. Also sometimes Guy Fieri is there. Brandon works both digitally and traditionally, combining a blunt, poetic writing style with loose, flowing line-work and tone. Brandon really likes ginger tea, sloths, and keeping his desk hella tidy.
Brooklyn is a mixed-media artist whose focus is custom greeting cards. She started Hello from Brooklyn in 2013 when her side art projects began to profit & earn requests from outside her family & friends. She has since illustrated several children's books & a yoga manual. Her "real job" is a yoga teacher & studio manager, but drawing is her true passion & she hopes to one day make it more than just a hobby. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter & two chihuahuas.
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C.M.Butzer is a cartoonist, printmaker, and illustrator who lives and works in Hilo,Hawaii. He makes comics, zines, hand printed books, and silkscreened prints and textiles. He has illustrated for numerous books, magazines, and advertising agencies. He is currently working on a graphic novel for Island Press
Caitlin Cass makes comics, drawings and counterfeit historical exhibits that folklorize historic failures and foretell grim futures. She publishes a bimonthly comic periodical called The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent (now in it's eighth year). Her comics have also appeared online at thenib.com and in print in the Chicago Reader and The Public.
Carey Pietsch is a cartoonist and illustrator based out of Brooklyn, New York. She's currently working on the artwork for The Adventure Zone: Murder On The Rockport Limited. You might know her work from the Mages of Mystralia webcomic, Lumberjanes 29-32, or Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift. She makes comics about magic and empathy.
Celia Lowenthal is a comic artist and illustrator with a penchant for drawing patterns and puffy period sleeves; she cites folklore, mythology, and early literature as some of her biggest inspirations! She has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, received the 2015 Will Eisner Scholarship Award from the Society of Illustrators, and lives in New York.
Christian Blaza is a New Jersey based illustrator interested in creating rich worlds and characters through his art. Tabling with fellow creatives, Christian Ruiz and Matt Verde. Christian Ruiz combines traditional and digital media for editorial, comic, and fantasy illustrations and animations. Matt Verde is a comic artist, writer, and living cartoon character who details the wild exploits of his friends in his webcomic, The Mello Crew.
Christopher Lucero is a New York City born illustrator, comic artist, print maker, and co-founder of Part-Time Pigeon and Lucky Risograph. Never liking the idea of leaving NY, he is constantly creating imagery that combines epic adventures and fantasy with weird humor and occasionally screen prints on his coffee table.
Clarissa is an illustrator, designer, and maker of objects living and working in Philadelphia with her partner. After graduating form Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she spent 3 years working in alternative education and is now pursuing art-making full time as a freelance artist. As an artist, Clarissa is drawn the natural world and uses her illustration to explore its warmth, whimsy and strangeness. She adores apple-picking, forest creatures, knitting and baking crazy good vegan desserts.
Colin Lidston was born in Baltimore and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University, where he was a College of Arts and Sciences fellow. He has taught painting, drawing, and illustration to high school students, college students, and adults. The Age of Elves is his first comic.
Corinne is an Illustrator and designer specializing in publishing, editorial and fine Art. Delving into the unknown, she employs unconventional imagery to cultivate emotional connections with her audience. Her paintings adopt a narrative melody with accentuating tones of the natural world. Her work is award winning, globally recognized and travels more than she ever will, making its way to Australia, Europe, and across North America.
Cuddles and Rage
Liz and Jimmy Reed are the husband-and-wife team behind Cuddles and Rage, a world full of disturbingly cute stories with heart. What began as a webcomic featuring doodles and dioramas of anthropomorphic food has grown to include books, animation, and product design. Their work has been featured by Nerdist, The Washington Post, and NPR. Their first picture book, Sweet Competition, was released by HarperCollins in 2016. Their follow-up, Sweet Success, debuts on July 3rd, 2018.
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Daisy Ruiz (Draizys) is an illustrator from the South Bronx, NY. Graduated from FIT with a BFA in illustration, she is influenced by her Mexican culture and experiences as a New Yorker through self- reflecting comics. Daisy is currently the co-creator and creative director for the zine Deadass Tho. NYC. Which promotes artists, photographers and writers who are born/ and or raised native New Yorkers.
DEADASS THO★NYC is the brainchild of a group of friends tied together by the geographic entity known as the NYC metro area. Our zine is a testament and celebration of our authentic New York (NYC, Suffolk and Nassau, North Jersey, "Upstate") culture in the form of photography, illustration, sequential art, collage, and more. We’ve watched towers fall and rise to levels that show you that the sky is truly Empire high.
DIANA SCHOENBRUN is an illustrator, author, and designer who creates zines and children’s books. She is the recipient of the SOI 2016 Comic and Cartoon Art Annual Gold Medal for her handmade accordion book, A Walk in Brooklyn. She is excited to be illustrating her first picture book, Take Your Octopus to School Day, written by Audrey Vernick, forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf in Fall 2018.
Emily and the Yea Girls
The YEA Girls is a NYC-based studio collective run by a plucky trio of illustrators who are ready to take on the world. The artists behind the acronym--Yan Gabriella, Erica De Chavez and Angeli Rafer--met by chance at a SCBWI event and have since been worked together on exciting collaborative comics and zines. Also joining this trio is Emily Dahl, an East Coast Illustrator from Bowie Maryland, coming for the festivities in New York.
An umbrella for creators and independent publishers, boasting more than 16 Eisner nominations, and the best translated graphic novels and art books from around the world by more than a half dozen publishers, including Fanfare/Ponent Mon, Knockabout, Breakdown Press, Book Palace and Atlantic Press. Debuts at 2018 MoCCA include UDON NOODLE SOUP, FUKUSHIMA DEVIL FISH, ILLUSTRATORS: WAR IS HELL and RED HAZE.
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FEIFEI RUAN is a Brooklyn based Illustrator and Visual Storyteller. She received her MFA from the SVA Visual Narrative program in 2015. Her work showcases dynamic movement and is highly influenced by Eastern culture. She’s the author of comic books WEICOME TO CHINATOWN, SASHIMI, and THE STORYTELLER: GIANTS#4. She also made book covers for ADVENTURE TIME, LUMBERJANES and more. Her clients include PenguinBooks, HarperCollins, Boom!Studios, and The JimHenson Company.
Fem Foundry is a Brooklyn based collective of young female creators who believe in women supporting women and our ability to create influential work. Our goal is simple: to make cool things and inspire others to join. Through different mediums, we aim to connect women and bring together a vast range of artists by using a common theme or mission.
First Second Books
First Second Books publishes great graphic novels for every reader -- books for kids, teens, and adults from authors like Gene Luen Yang, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, Faith Erin Hicks, Penelope Bagieu, Tillie Walden, Jen Wang, and Ben Hatke. With a dedication to the best in storytelling and in artwork, First Second's graphic novels are the new mainstream.
FORGE. Art Magazine
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FORGE is a quarterly art magazine created by Toronto native Matthew James-Wilson. The goal of FORGE is to give exposure to young artists and celebrate the work of artists making an impact in their field. FORGE explores DIY music and art communities, documenting an oral history or contemporary scenes and creators. In addition to publishing the magazine online every three months, FORGE publishes zines, hosts gallery shows, produces videos, and prints merch all celebrating artists in the magazine.
Gerardo R. Casas
Gerardo R. Casas was born in Queens, New York. He graduated from LaGuardia Community College and School of Visual Arts. Gerardo was the curator of five successful comic exhibitions: “New Voices of Comic Art”, “Critical Glitch”, “Heroes & Villains”, “Nightmares” and “Farewell” at a Brooklyn based gallery called Ouchi Gallery and he is the creator of his self-published comic book titled “The Gang”, which narrates the daily insane tribulations of Rick, Yuriko, Carlos, and Megan.
Giselle Sarmiento is a New York City based freelance artist who specializes in comics and dabbles in illustration. She's an alumni of NYC's The School of Visual Arts BFA Cartooning program. Giselle's introduction to art came via falling in love with video games, comics and cartoons alongside her older brother early in her childhood. Her current artistic goal is to grow into a better storyteller with the hopes of inspiring and connecting with people who come across her work.
Glynnis Fawkes is a cartoonist and archaeological illustrator. This year she has published several comics on the New Yorker.com. Her memoir (in progress) Alle Ego won the MoCCAfest Award of Excellence in 2016. Greek Diary won the award in 2017 and was also nominated for the Slate Cartoonist Prize. Her autobiographical comics are collected in Reign of Crumbs, published by Kilgore Books in 2017.
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Greg Kletsel is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, ESPN Magazine, Playboy and Entertainment Weekly. His self-published zines "Exercise the Demon" and "Conceptual Bar Mitzvah Video" won the MoCCA Fest Award of Excellence in 2014 and 2015. In addition to illustration, Greg teaches at Pratt Institute and created an animated short called "Farkels" for Nickelodeon.
Haan draws and writes comics about small people navigating big worlds, about people stuck in existential prisons, and about quiet lives punctuated by violence. His debut graphic novel "Noodle Fight, Volume 1" is about drug cartels, 90's hip hop, and kickboxing, and will be released in Spring 2018 through Bergen Street Press.
Hayley Powers Thornton-Kennedy
Hayley is an East Coast based, West Coast born illustrator, designer, and maker currently pursuing her MFA in Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her drive to create is fueled by a passion for narrative, feminist ideals, and an appreciation for the little overlooked moments that make up the fabric of our daily lives.
Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, No Ivy League, and If This Be Sin. They are the editor and publisher the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics For Choice. Their work has been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.
Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, No Ivy League, and If This Be Sin. They are the editor and publisher the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics For Choice. Their work has been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.
Instant Rabbit started as a collaborative zine project by three illustrators-Boyeon Choi, Hye Jin Chung, Hyunyoung Kim-who share interests in making craft goods and zine culture. Since 2012, the group has been printing zines on different issues of personal interest with amusing and humorous sensibility of each artist. In order to make our artworks accessible to broader audience, Instant Rabbit also produces various items with their work printed on.
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Isabel Roxas is an illustrator and ceramicist with a taste for the odd and uncommon and for tales that go awry. She has illustrated several books for young readers, including Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown (Sterling Books, 2014), Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê (Disney-Hyperion, 2016) and The Littlest Viking written by Alexandra Penfold (Knopf, 2018). She is the creator of The Adventures of Team Pom Vol. 1: Squid Happens.
Jarad Greene is a cartoonist originally from Lutz, FL. He graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he studied Criminology, Theatre, and Public Relations. In 2017, Jarad earned his MFA at The Center for Cartoon Studies, where he currently works as their Administrative Coordinator. Last Fall, Jarad's mini-comic, Memories of a Former Porcelain Doll, was one of six new works awarded a mini-grant by the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo.
Jennifer Hayden is the Eisner-nominated author and artist of THE STORY OF MY TITS. Her first collection UNDERWIRE was excerpted in The Best American Comics 2013. She is currently at work on an anti-cookbook for Top Shelf/IDW called WHERE THERE’S SMOKE THERE’S DINNER. It will be her first graphic novel in full color. Visit her at jenniferhayden.com.
Jonathan Baylis - So Buttons Comix
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Jonathan Baylis is the author of the autobiographical comic series, So Buttons. In the tradition of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, Baylis matches his stories with groundbreaking artists to capture down-to-earth slices of everyday life and pop culture. He has collected his stories into the self-published, “So Buttons” series, of which there are eight issues and a coupl’a specials. He lives in the birth borough of his dad, Brooklyn, with his wife Ophira, their son Lucas, and their dog, Mocha.
Jorge Aguirre is a Colombian-American from Columbus, Ohio. He's written for everything from the most popular children's shows to documentaries about Romanian exorcisms. The final volume in his graphic novel trilogy, Monsters Beware!, came out from First Second this spring. He lives in New Jersey.
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Josh Neufeld creates nonfiction, journalistic comics about political and social upheaval, to give voice to stories that wouldn't otherwise be heard. He is the author of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, the illustrator of The Influencing Machine, and the force behind the solo comics series The Vagabonds. His journalistic pieces have been published by Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy magazine, The Boston Globe, Medium, Al Jazeera America, Fusion, and The Atavist, among others.
JULIA GFRÖRER WAS BORN IN 1982 IN CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND NOW LIVES ON LONG ISLAND. HER COMICS HAVE APPEARED IN KRAMERS ERGOT, CICADA MAGAZINE, ARTHUR MAGAZINE, STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE, BLACK EYE, THICKNESS, AND BEST AMERICAN COMICS. HER GRAPHIC NOVELS, LAID WASTE AND BLACK IS THE COLOR, ARE AVAILABLE FROM FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS. HER LAST NAME RHYMES WITH DESPAIR, AND HER HEART IS BLACK AS JET.
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The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom (Graymalkin, 2016) by Katherine Arnoldi, first published in 1998 by Hyperion, won a NYFA arts award in drawing, two American Library Association Awards, was named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, nominated for a Will Eisner Award and optioned by Kennedy/Marshall company. Arnoldi, Ph.D., a Fulbright Fellow to Paraguay in 2008-9, has received a NYFA Award in Fiction, a DeJur, Henfield Transatlantic Award and a Newhouse.
Kati Lacker is an illustrator, designer, and screen printer living in Brooklyn. Her work often explores nature and the everyday; focusing on subjects that would otherwise go unnoticed in the midst of the mundane. Much of what she creates is driven by her love of color, line, and patterns.
Katrina Kopeloff is an illustrator who recently relocated to Philly from Brooklyn, NYC. She creates illustrations for picture books. Katrina is introducing her new mini comic "Banana Shoes" starring a tennis playing robot and a banana obsessed baboon, as well as fresh linocut prints, vinyl stickers and more!
Kelly Alonso Braga (Poupée Rouge Publicações Independentes)
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Writer, illustrator, painter and embroiderer She is the founder of Poupée Rouge Publicações Independentes, which in addition to publishing adult and children’s books, develops the series of magazines “Take your magazine and get lost!,focusing on aspects of everyday life and on the psychological disturbances present in all of us. As an embroiderer she has created “Canned embroidery” which, using recycled sardine and tuna cans . She teaches in workshops at cultural centers.
Ken Wong (Origami Comics)
Ken Wong is a comics creator/writer/artist known primarily for his ORIGAMI COMICS, artisanal comics presented in folded forms. Stop by to see hand-folded prints and production artwork from Wong's ORIGAMI COMICS include (e.g., PANDORA’S BOX, SCHRODINGER’S CAT). Original sketches and other comics such as BONETTI'S DEFENSE (a comic about the swordplay in The Princess Bride) will also be for sale. Available for commissions.
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Kriota Willberg uses comics, needlework, history, bioethics, and her career in massage therapy to explore the body/sciences. She teaches artists about injury prevention through workshops and her new book, Draw Stronger (Uncivilized Books). Her other comics appear in: 4PANEL.ca, SubCultures, Awesome Possum, Comics For Choice, The Strumpet, The Graphic Canon, and the journals Intima and Broken Pencil. Willberg is the inaugural Artist In Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library.
Laura Ķeniņš is a comic artist and journalist who has lived and worked in Halifax, Toronto, Latvia and Hungary. She is the author of Steam Clean (Retrofit, 2017) and the Doug Wright Award-nominated Alien Beings (kuš!, 2016). Her comics have also appeared in Kuti Magazine, Truthout, The Puritan, Carte Blanche, the Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications. She has worked with the Ladydrawers and Femicomix Finland. Currently she lives in Toronto with her tuxedo cat.
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Liz is an ARMY brat born during the Reagan years and raised by the DC punk scene. She is also a recipient of an Alex Award for her book SACRED HEART (Fantagraphics), which was listed as a top 10 Graphic Novel for Teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association in 2016. She is currently working on the next chapter of SACRED HEART and a collection of her CYANIDE MILKSHAKE zines.
Madeline Zuluaga is an illustrator/storyteller working in NYC. Her work is influenced by unusual occurrences in ordinary settings. She loves to create stories that make unlikely characters and situations believable. This is because her interests and aesthetics can be strange and involve her to obsess over drawing talking turnips and capybaras. At the end of the day, she just wants to create art to make people smile.
Marcellus Hall is a New York City based illustrator. His first cover for The New Yorker was published in 2005. His debut graphic novel, Kaleidoscope City, was published in 2018 with Bittersweet Editions. Hall has illustrated children’s books that include City I Love (Abrams 2009), The Cow Loves Cookies (Simon & Schuster 2010), What's New? The Zoo! (Scholastic 2014) Duddle Puck The Puddle Duck (Simon & Schuster 2015), and the self-penned Everyone Sleeps (Penguin 2013).
Maria Scrivan is a cartoonist, author and licensing artist. Her syndicated comic “Half Full” appears in newspapers daily across the US including the LA Times and on GoComics.com. Her work is published in MAD Magazine, National Lampoon, American Bystander, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine and many other publications. Maria licenses her work for greeting cards and other products to companies in the US and UK including Recycled Paper Greetings, RSVP, Design Design and Designer Greetings.
Marleni is an illustrator based out of NJ. In addition to her freelancing and design work, she is the creator of Kinda!Con Art Expo, a convention with a focus on supporting new artists and creators. Marleni eats all of her veggies, reads books to her pets, and has seen every Simpsons episode ever.
MICA’s BFA in Illustration fosters an understanding of the current dynamic illustration practice and prepares students to not only take their place, but to shape it’s future and emerging markets. Our students create work with a strong personal voice that resonates and reflects contemporary culture.
Nadia "ToughSpirit" Burgess
Nadia is a Multi-Artist, Filmmaker, and Cake Creator that resides in Brooklyn, New York. She illustrates crossover art that reflects cartoons, movies, video games, and TV shows along with a vivid coloring style. She is currently working with elementary school kids in teaching them various types of art as well as pursuing her creative career while traveling abroad.
NBM Graphic Novels/Papercutz
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NBM presents graphic novels by leading North American and European artists. Meet TJ Kirsch of Pride of the Decent Man The Library Journal called "A complex story told in a thoughtful, moving manner” in a starred review and browse the latest publications like ‘Satania.’ Papercutz is top children’s comics. Meet David Gallaher of Only Living Boy Depth of Field called “An entrancing ballad of a little boy lost, an epic fantasy with an intimate focus” and High Moon and don’t miss our latest kids GNs.
Nicole Scerra is a native New Yorker. Both an Illustrator and Educator; Nicole received her BFA in Illustration, and Master of Arts in Teaching from Maryland Institute College of Art. She spends her days as your friendly neighborhood visual art educator and her dark nights building an illustration empire.
Olivia Fields is an African-American illustrator born, raised, and residing in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is largely influenced by Black beauty and identity, which she seeks to represent and uplift. Having obtained her AAS at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she is currently pursuing a BFA in illustration at the School of Visual Arts.
Owen Brozman is the illustrator of the New York Times best seller You Have to F--king Eat (Akashic) and the acclaimed graphic novel Nature of the Beast (Soft Skull). He has illustrated for Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, Scholastic, Grand Central Publishing, and numerous other clients. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Pantheon is part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and continues to publish world-class literature. Our groundbreaking, award-winning graphic fiction and nonfiction artists include: Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Ben Katchor, David Mazzucchelli, Chip Kidd, and Craig Thompson.
A Brooklyn based, two time Eisner award nomination watching cartoonist whose work you may have seen in Ouchi gallery or in the pages of Cloudwrangler Comics' new title Blaze of Glory, Patrick is the artist and author of the webcomic Lax Legends. He hopes you enjoy his Crypt Keeper/Classic Scifi inspired scifi-fantasy work and should probably stop writing in the third person.
Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Her books with First Second include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin', and the just-published Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World.
Pinky Weber is an award-winning professional doodler, muralist shmuralist, zine queen, and donut enthusiast based in — you guessed it — Brooklyn. Pinky earned her street cred from Parsons School of Design in 2014, where she co-founded the Crybaby Collective in her senior year. Her professional Rolodex includes clients like The Boston Globe, Bud Light, Mental Floss, Pringles, Scholastic and Witchsy. Most importantly, she has a wiener dog named Crinkle.
Plum is a collective of artists who publish zines and other printed products, host events and work in other various art forms. We publish a biannual collaborative anthology as well as publish individual artist’s comics. We hope to expand our range of publications and experiment with other book forms! Plum is Haejin Park, Paige Mehrer, and Sophie Page.
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Prentis Rollins is a veteran of DC Comics, having worked on such projects as ‘Green Lantern: Rebirth,’ ‘JLA: Incarnations’, ‘DC: One Million’, and ‘Batman: The Ultimate Evil’. He is the author of ‘How to Draw Sci-fi Utopias and Dystopias’, ‘The Making of a Graphic Novel’, and ‘Survival Machine (Stories)’. His sci-fi graphic novel ‘The Furnace’ will be published by Tor Books in July of 2018. He and his family live in London.
R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump (Drawn & Quarterly). His adaptations of literary classics have appeared in The Best American Comics 2015, The Graphic Canon, Drawn and Quarterly, and Fable Comics. His illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, Fortune, and The New York Times Book Review. Sikoryak teaches at Parsons School of Design and hosts the live cartoon performance series, Carousel.
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Rebecca is a South Philadelphia-based illustrator and cartoonist with her BFA in illustration from the University of the Arts. She makes her own mini-comics and is currently working on a very mysterious story with the very mysterious John Arcudi to be published later this year.
Retrofit Comics / Big Planet Comics
Retrofit Comics is a small press comics publisher that was founded in 2011 by comics artist Box Brown to bring a selection of short works by different comics creators to the public on a regular schedule. Now teamed up with Jared Smith from Big Planet Comics, Retrofit Comics has published work from some of the best comics creators in North America, as well as creators from around the world, including France, Belgium, Japan, Australia, and the UK. Retrofit Comics publishes out of Washington DC.
Robin Ha is the author and the illustrator for Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes, a New York Times bestseller cookbook graphic novel. Her work has been published in independent comics anthologies as well as in the pages of Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She is currently living in Washington D.C., working on a graphic novel memoir about her immigration from Seoul to Alabama in 1995.
Robyn Chapman is an editor, a publisher, and (sometimes) a cartoonist. She is the proprietor of Paper Rocket Minicomics and the Tiny Report. She has had many different jobs in comics: she was a program coordinator and faculty member at the Center for Cartoon Studies, a cashier at Desert Island, and the author of Drawing Comics Lab (Quarry Books). In the spring of 2016 she debuted Twin Bed, her first solo comic in a long, long time. Currently she is an associate editor at First Second.
Robyn Smith is a Jamaican cartoonist currently based in Vermont. She's worked on comics for NECIR, College Humor and The Nib and has also self-published the mini-comic The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town (featured on The Comics Journal list The Best Short Form Comics of 2016 and also The Illustrated Pen by Whit Taylor) She's currently, working on the upcoming comic 'Wash Day' with writer Jamila Rowser, more sad weird auto bio, and stays holding on to dreams of returning home, to the ocean.
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Rosemary is a cartoonist and illustrator with a BFA in Comic Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She was raised in Zaragoza, Spain, but now lives in a little apartment in the ice and snow of Minnesota. She writes and draws her own comics, including the very well received WHAT IS LEFT, and is currently illustrating the upcoming graphic novel LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME with Mariko Tamaki for First Second.
Rotopol is a publishing house for graphic storytelling. Since 2007 we publish comics, illustration books, paper toys, and stationary from artists and designers with personal styles and stories. We are located in Kassel, Germany and next to our office we run a store & gallery with exhibitions and events year-round. We look at Rotopol as a platform that brings together the creative potential around us, developing it and making it visible in multiple ways.
Rumi is an illustrator and comics artist working in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently making a series of minicomics "Nori," a story about a little girl called Nori and her sidekick Grandma in a small Japanese town. Rumi will be at MoCCA with Nori 1-3 and some other fresh books and prints.
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Sam Grinberg is a NYC born cartoonist who lived most of his life in the woodsy suburbs of New Jersey (where he got most of his inspiration) before relocating to L.A. He spends his nights & weekends making comics, stickers, and band flyers and works on The Simpsons by day. You can find him selling this stuff at comic shows across the country.
A Baltimore-based cartoonist and illustrator, author of Ghost Sex, Lying and Cursing, The Ultimate Laugh (nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2016), and, most recently, Pictures of Bananas and Funny Bugs (Birdcage Bottom) and I Love You (Retrofit/Big Planet). Her work appears in Playboy, Mad, The Paris Review, The Awl, and regularly in the New Yorker. Sara is a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art, teaching comics in the Humanistic Studies department.
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Sara Varon is an illustrator and graphic novelist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her books include Robot Dreams, Bake Sale, Odd Duck, and Sweaterweather. She will be at MoCCA peddling her new graphic novel from First Second Books "New Shoes," along with assorted items, such as pins, hats, and mini-comics. John Douglas will also be at her table with his mini-comics.
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SelfMadeHero publishes ground-breaking and beautiful work by authors and artists from across the globe, from the quirky and humorous to the political and profound. Based in London, the company is proud to bring readers graphic novels and visual narratives that provoke, entertain, inspire and inform. Recent releases include Nick Cave by Reinhard Kleist, Magritte: This is Not a Biography by Vincent Zabus and Thomas Campi, and The Smell of Starving Boys by Loo Hui Phang and Frederik Peeters.
Siobhan Gallagher is an illustrator, senior designer at Abrams Kids & ComicArts, and author of In a Daze Work: A Pick-Your-Path Journey Through the Daily Grind, published through Penguin RandomHouse. Her work often involves observational humor, personal confessions, and feminism. She is currently working on her second book.
Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College
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Located five miles from downtown Boston, the Solstice MFA Program helps students reach their full potential as writers in a learning environment that fosters community and celebrates the individual by offering concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics & graphic narratives, and writing for children & young adults. Working with some of the best writers in the country, our diverse student body emerges with a deep knowledge of their art and a strategy for continuing their work.
Stephanie Rodriguez is a Bronx-born comic book artist and illustrator. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 with a BFA in Illustration. Stephanie creates illustrations and self published comics depicting the highs and lows of everyday life. She takes on various topics like heart break, slut shaming and anxiety. Stephanie currently resides in Brooklyn, NY
Stephanie Zuppo is a cartoonist, designer and educator currently residing in Vermont. They run Conosaurus, a website that tracks comic conventions and zine fests across the US and Canada. They are also the editor of Vermont's only free femme comics newspaper, The Ladybroad Ledger.
Summer Pierre is the author of the autobiographical comic series, Paper Pencil Life, as well as the books The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week and Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life. She lives and works in the Hudson Valley of New York.
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Syracuse University offers BFA and MFA degrees in Illustration. Illustration majors take studio courses: drawing, painting, digital, and other media. They develop conceptual thinking, narrative skills, and familiarity with the field. Students are encouraged to develop their individual vision. Syracuse is a major research University with opportunities to take courses in other disciplines and to study abroad. Illustration alumni are successful in licensing, publishing, animation and gaming.
Taylor is an illustrator and comics enthusiast based in both New Orleans, LA and Baltimore, MD. She likes black cats, tarot cards, and has an affinity for attracting cursed objects. She is easily summoned with the right cup of medium-roast coffee, or just through shooting her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Cartoon Studies
The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to students interested in creating visual stories. CCS’s curriculum of art, graphic design, and literature reflect the wide array of skills needed to create comics and graphic novels. CCS emphasizes self-publishing and prepares its students to publish, market, and disseminate their work. CCS programs include a two-year MFA degree, one- and two-year certificates in cartooning, and annual workshops.
Tim Hamilton is an author / illustrator who lives in Brooklyn, NY. His cartoons have been featured in The New Yorker, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine and used by Amazon Studios. He has produced work for Dark Horse, Marvel, DC comics and self publishes his own comic, Rabbit Who Fights. Tim has written and illustrated several Children's picture books, and adapted Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″ into a Eisner award nominated graphic novel for Hill & Wang.
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Toby is an artist that has worked with every major comic book publisher over his 20 year career, most notably with his work on RODD RACER, THE WHITE SUITS and BLUE ESTATE. He is currently working on LAND OF THE DEAD with Brian McDonald for First Second, as well as GRAVEDIGGERS UNION with Wes Craig for Image Comics.
Tran Nguyen is an award-winning illustrator, gallery artist, and muralist. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States, she is fascinated with creating visuals that are in the realm of fantasy and surrealism. Her paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and acrylic on paper. Nguyen has worked for clients such as the Smithsonian, Tiger Beer, World Wildlife Fund, VH1, and has showcased with galleries across the world.
Uijung Kim is an illustrator and designer originally from South Korea who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is inspired by childhood experiences and the family and friends she grew up with. Uijung likes making fun, happy and sometimes sad illustrations. Her work is strongly rooted in Korean culture through color, tone and narrative. Her purpose for making art is for people to feel happy when they see her illustrations. She wants to speak to kids of all ages.
World War 3 Illustrated Collective
Radical Comix from the Heart of the City Founded in 1979, by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, World War 3 Illustrated was among the first American magazines to treat comics as a medium for serious social commentary and journalism. For 35 years, the magazine has been a labor of love, run by a volunteer collective of political activists and artists, both first-timers and established professionals. We're based in New York City and seek to provide a home for comics from around the world.
Born and raised in China, Yinfan Huang is a New York-based illustrator who creates joyful, whimsical work for children’s books, magazines, brands and institutions around the world. Some of her clients including Kids Can Press, PLANSPONSOR, Warby Parker, and 3M. When she is not working on fun commissions for clients, she busies herself making hand-crafted, quirky ceramic homewares, accessories, and illustrated paper goods for her store, In Fun Handmade, and drawing comics of her life in NYC.
Yiran (Eva) Guo is a freelance illustrator and animator originally from the plains of northern China. She moved to New York after graduating from the MFA program in illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art, looking for more opportunities. Throughout her time in the states, she has created award-winning window displays, gifs, and illustrations. In her free time, Yiran loves to make mochi and bake bread, and she is an avid lover of milk. She splits her time between New York and Los Angel