Mocca Arts Festival Exhibitors List
J.T. Yost founded Birdcage Bottom Books with the help of a Xeric Award in 2008. Although his focus is primarily on BBB, he still draws comics from time to time.
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Jacob is an illustrator and designer who strives for evocative and visually-striking imagery and bold storytelling in his comics work. Having a background in design pushes him to emphasize concepts in his work, to bring a deeper meaning under the surface that the audience can connect with and relate to. His work leans towards a darker nature, as those are the kinds of themes that those who can relate to need to see more of.
Jasjyot Singh Hans
Jasjyot Singh Hans is an illustrator unendingly inspired by an explosive neon mix of fashion, music and pop culture. He has a constant regard for all things past and a voracity for all that is current. His work chronicles around themes of body image, sexuality and self love. He is also exploring personal narrative through a series of comics/ zines. Having studied animation and freelancing for about five years, he is currently enrolled in MFA in illustration practice at MICA, Baltimore.
Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis is a comic book writer/artist/self-publisher, and an indie-rock musician with seven albums on the Rough Trade label. Jeffrey has self-published twelve issues of his comic book series Fuff. MoCCA 2017 will see the debut of his book of critical comix-analysis, Revelations in the Wink of an Eye: My Insane Musings on Watchmen, from Conspiracies to Stupidities.
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 a graphic anti-cookbook for Top Shelf/IDW. Find her at goddesscomix.blogspot.com and jenniferhayden.com.
Jeremy Nguyen is a cartoonist based in Brooklyn. He writes and illustrates the weekly comic "Stranger Than Bushwick" for Bushwick Daily, and his illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Nib, Time Out New York and Brooklyn Magazine.
Comics journalist interviews veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, paints Prince portraits, teaches comics at The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL and The School of Visual Arts in NYC.
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Jessica Roux is a freelance illustrator and plant & animal enthusiast. She loves exploring in her own backyard and being surrounded by an abundance of nature. Using subdued colors and rhythmic shapes, she renders flora, fauna, food, and many other things with intricate detail reminiscent of old world beauty.
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Joan Reilly is a cartoonist & illustrator living in Kutztown, PA. Her work was published most recently in RESIST!, a special issue of the Smoke Signal comics anthology, published by Gabe Fowler and guest-edited by Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman. She will be debuting several new mini-comics at MoCCA Fest 2017: "Farm Report #1" (diary comics), "You Are Only Here" (observations on anxiety, running & mindfulness) and "Any Mood From the Feel Cart" (memoir comic about losing a sister to cancer).
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John Jennings is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo and an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist. He most recently organized an exhibition on Afrofuturism and the Black Comic Book Festival both at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. He is the illustrator for the New York Times #1 bestselling graphic novel, Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams ComicArts).
Johnny Dombrowski is an award-winning illustrator, working in New York City. While pursuing a freelance career in illustration and comics, he also works as the Senior Designer at the Society of Illustrators.
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JooHee is a printmaker and illustrator, passionate about the medium of print. Currently based in Brooklyn, she works on self generated and commissioned projects in publishing and image making.
Jordan Jeffries is a cartoonist living in Jersey City, NJ. His comics include the self-published So Young, Keep Your Hair Black, and his yearly movie journal comic series, Matinee Junkie.
Josh Neufeld is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist known for his nonfiction narratives of political and social upheaval, told through the voices of witnesses. Neufeld has been a Knight-Wallace Fellow in journalism, an Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist, and a Xeric Award winner. His works include A.D.: NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE DELUGE, about Hurricane Katrina, and THE INFLUENCING MACHINE: BROOKE GLADSTONE ON THE MEDIA, and Neufeld's solo series THE VAGABONDS.
Joy is a Singaporean cartoonist and illustrator finishing her senior year in Baltimore at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She loves making work that can laugh at itself, at the same time earnestly expressing the trying nature of the human spirit. Her most recent work Dogswurld captures ennui (giggle) in a dog eat dog world (double giggle). She is the Society's 2016 recipient of the Will Eisner scholarship and was an editorial illustration intern for NPR last fall.
Born in the former USSR and raised a proud citizen of Chicago, Julia Alekseyeva is an author-illustrator as well as an academic. She is a PhD candidate at Harvard, and teaches Cinema Studies at Brooklyn College. Julia received press from Reuters, the New York Times, and Bloomberg for illustrating the first graphic novel legal brief. Her debut graphic novel "Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution" was published in Jan 2017, and was featured on NPR and The Rumpus. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
Julia Gfrörer was born in 1982 in Concord, NH, and now lives on Long Island. Her comics have appeared in Kramers Ergot, 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. She pronounces her name "gruh fare" but you can say it however you want.