Mocca Arts Festival Exhibitors List
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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.
Sara Woolley Gómez
Sara Woolley Gómez is an award-winning illustrator and visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and most recently by 3×3 Magazine. Her current project a sci fi short entitled BODYMOD, was included in the Bitch Planet Triple Feature Anthology, published by IMAGE Comics. Sara is illustration faculty for the New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
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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.
Steve Thueson is a cartoonist from Salt Lake City, Utah. Their comics and illustrations have appeared in Razorcake, and SLUG Magazine. Their comic, Quest Mania, is currently being serialized on SilverSprocket.net. They received their MFA in Cartooning from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2017, live in Philadelphia, and are pretty okay.
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.