Locust Moon Comics Festival

An annual celebration of comics and graphic arts, 2012-2015. Philadelphia, PA.

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Creator Spotlight On…David Mack

David Mack is the writer, artist and creator behind Kabuki, one of the most highly acclaimed independent comic series of all time. Somewhere near the nexus of Nabokov, pulp sci-fi, and Joseph Cornell’s collages, Kabuki pushes the boundaries of what is possible in an action-adventure comic. While putatively about the exploits of an assassin in future Japan, Mack’s book concerns itself less with the momentum of a plot than with memory, symbolism, spirituality, dreams and philosophy. His hall-of-mirrors story bends back in on itself as his titular character sheds and dons identity, attempting not to lose herself in the process. Mack traces and retraces her past, showing us the triumph and tragedy of memory, and the double-edged sword of reinvention.

Mack brings just as much artistry to the work he does for Marvel, having served as the writer and artist of several Daredevil titles among many other works. Rather than adapting his work to a standard superhero approach, he brings the Marvel universe into his world, utilizing objects, photographs and variety of art styles in his multi-layered artwork. One of the most uniquely inventive creators in comics, David Mack effortlessly bridges the worlds of independent and mainstream comics with the power of his inimitable voice.

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Creator Spotlight On…Benjamin Marra

The cold-blooded mastermind behind a comic book empire of his own savage device, Benjamin Marra is the defiant, grunting voice of the urban epics Gangsta Rap Posse and Night Business and the historical fantasia Lincoln Washington: Free Man. His diabolical creations have infiltrated the hallowed pages of The New York Times, Playboy, and Rolling Stone, and his world domination appears imminent. Marra’s books are a poisoned sugar rush, an adolescent fantasy, and a subversive experiment. He takes from both the trash and from the treasury, drawing with the surest of hands and the shiniest of muscles. His work is not on the cutting edge; it is in the actual cut. He will appear at the Locust Moon Comics Festival making proclamations, puffing on half-gnawed cigars, signing comics and challenging people to duels. May God have mercy on your souls.

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Creator Spotlight On…Mike Sgier

Mike Sgier is a cartoonist and illustrator fighting against obscurity in Philadelphia, PA. He creates unique worlds using various artistic media, including pen and ink, watercolor, printmaking and digital techniques. Mike’s work has appeared in such venues as the Philadelphia City PaperCity Pages in Minneapolis, Secret Prison, and Suspect Device. His most recent personal work includes Cid and Francis, an in-progress, ongoing fantasy story, Supernova Lullaby, a series of stories set in an alien galaxy, and contributions to the Sketchbook Project for the Brooklyn Art Library. These books are proudly on sale at Locust Moon Comics year-round.

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Creator Spotlight On…Katie Skelly

Katie Skelly is a cartoonist based in Queens, New York. Her first comic book, Nurse Nurse, was published by Sparkplug Books in 2012. Her work has also appeared in the Thickness and Secret Prison anthologies, and her clients include The Rubin Museum of Art and Stay Home Club. She is currently working on a new comic called Operation Margarine.

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Exhibitor List

Here’s our full list of confirmed exhibitors (so far) for the inaugural Locust Moon Comics Festival:

Lara Antal / Dave Kelly
ArmzRace Comics
Pat Aulisio
Art Baxter
Carolyn Belefski / Joe Carabeo
Box Brown
Charles Brownstein / CBLDF
Nathan Bulmer / Brendan Leach/ Annie Mok
Sean Chang / Sally Madden / Matt Weigle
CO2 Comics
James Comey / Rob Woods
Kevin Czapiewski
Brady Dale
Farel Dalrymple
Andrew Davis
Alex Eckman-Lawn
Kate Farquhar
Michel Fiffe / Kat Roberts
Claire Folkman / Kelly Phillips / Mike Sgier
Dre Grigoropol / Edwin Vazquez
Peter Hoey / Maria Hoey / Coin-Op Studio
Asher Humm
J.G. Jones
Jeffro Kilpatrick / Philadelphia Cartoonist Society
Aaron Krolikowski
Terry LaBan
Jasen Lex
Locust Moon Press
Benjamin Marra
Chris McDonnell
Derick McKinley
L. Nichols
Morgan Pielli
Cody Pickrodt
Ed Piskor
Chris Pitzer / Ad House Books
Dave Proch
Rafer Roberts
Mark Robinson
Jim Rugg
Brady Russell
Ian Sampson
Tom Scioli
Steve Seck
Secret Acres
Katie Skelly
Pete Stathis
Jamie Tanner
JT Waldman

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Creator Spotlight On…James Comey

James Comey is a prolific illustrator and cartoonist living in Philadelphia. His impressive range of work can be seen in a variety of outlets, from scandalous advertisements to intimate nostalgia, in major metropolitan publications, subway stations, Dark Horse anthologies, wrap around buses, and billboards from Portland, OR to Nashville, TN. Along with his outrageous catalogue of mini-comix, paintings, prints and grand murals, Comey sports a dandy mustache. A breaker of bones, James has decided it’s better to spill ink than blood and settled into work on American Monster Buffet, an upcoming comic book series with collaborator Chris Stevens, in which he will be drawing the Atlantic City seen only during dreams and on dark mornings.

We are happy to announce that we will be debuting a behemoth festival-exclusive print from James. Details to come.

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Creator Spotlight On…Farel Dalrymple

Farel Dalrymple is the creator of Pop Gun War and a founding member of Meathaus, a comics collective whose ranks include Jeffro Kilpatrick, James Jean, Brandon Graham, Tomer Hanuka, Nate Powell, Tom Herpich, Becky Cloonan, and many more of the finest cartoonists and illustrators to emerge in the past decade. Farel’s work can be whimsical and heartbreaking, often at the same time, and his storytelling aches with the intimate details of our inner lives while playing out in fantastical, even absurd, environments. His upcoming book from First Second, The Wrenchies, is a 300-page sci-fi adventure and features Farel’s finest, most ambitious storytelling to date, with the hand-painted watercolors that are a hallmark of his style.

We are happy to announce that we will be debuting THREE festival-exclusive prints from Farel. Details to come shortly.

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