Mocca Arts Festival Exhibitors List
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Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator, along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, of the comic book series Love and Rockets. Since publishing the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1981, Jaime has won an Eisner Award, 12 Harvey Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times Book Review calls him "one of the most talented artists our polyglot culture has ever produced." Jaime’s TOON Book, The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America, is his first book for young readers.
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.
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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.