Locust Moon Comics Festival

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

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Creator Spotlights: Starr, Satone, Werdy Girl, Taylor, Laren & Xiao

Yao Xiao
Illustrator based in New York City. Alumni of the School of Visual Arts and a native of China, Yao Xiao is an enthusiast for queer fashion, vintage cabaret, collecting odd objects, and absurd science fiction with a flair of whimsy. Her personal artwork depicts a decadent visual world where internalized unspoken sentiments take physical form in surreal situations. Her autobiographical comics deal with thoughts on cultural identity, sexual orientation, and experience of being an ‘extraordinary alien’ in America.

Twitter: @yaoxiaoart

Will Laren
Will Laren is an artist and zine maker based in Philadelphia. He is a current member of the artist collective Space 1026. In addition to his Zine Series Slurricane, his work has been featured in Monster Children and on Vice Magazine’s UK website.

Twitter: @LarenWill

Valerie Starr
Valerie Starr is an artist, historian, and self-proclaimed polymath. She lives in Ohio with her husband and their tribe of felines. Her favorite color is purple. While she spent a lot of her youth learning about digital media techniques, Valerie also enjoys working with traditional mediums. Her current favorite tools to work with are studio markers and pen. Her comics focus on storytelling. She employs a playful use of color and expression in her art to illustrate a world full of curiosity and exploration.

Twitter: @teahousekitten

Vanessa Satone
Vanessa Satone is the creator of the webcomic Wasted Minds. She has self-published four graphic novels and several mini comics. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including Womanthology: Heroic. Vanessa lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a manga letterer.

Twitter: @vsatone

Werdy Girl
Werdy Girl draws journal comics and makes zines about the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Twitter: @WerdyGirl

Whit Taylor
Whit Taylor is a Boston-based cartoonist and comics writer. She was a 2012 Glyph Awards winner for her comic Watermelon and a 2013 Ignatz nominee for her series Madtown High. She also writes comics-related essays and reviews for Panel Patter and her own site.

Twitter: @WhitTaylorComix

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Creator Spotlights: Mannheim, Peters, Alu-Marr, Wilson & Scioli

Stephanie Mannheim
Stephanie Mannheim lives in New York, where she eats too much Chipotle and draws a comic called Roxie that’s supposed to be funny. Steph is also part of the young, all-female collective Coffee Spoons Comics, and edits their anthology. She previously co-edited the one-shot newspaper Seriously Comics with Tom Hart.

Twitter: @stephtheartist

Steve Peters & Bianca Alu-Marr
Steve Peters is the publisher and creator of the Xeric Award-winning Awakening Comics line of comics and original music CDs. He created Everwinds for Amaze Ink in the late 1990’s. In 2006, his magical realist autobiographical comic Chemistry won the Gene Day Memorial Prize. He is currently collaborating with Bianca Alu-Marr on an award-winning comic called The Comicverse, a sci-fi rom-com about a young man and his dragon who run a comic book shop on a space station.

Twitter: @TheComicverse

Stevie Wilson
Stevie Wilson is an author of autobiographical comics about society’s failings & feminism. She also writes comics about cats, coffee, and baking.

Twitter: @sw_inku

Tom Scioli
Tom Scioli is the artist and co-writer of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, creator of American Barbarian, Satan’s Soldier, Mystery Object, Final Frontier, and 50% of Godland.

Twitter: @tomscioli

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Creator Spotlights: Rosarium Publishing, Campbell, Cruté, Hess, Jennings, Machicado, Browning, Howard & McKinley

Rosarium Publishing: Bill Campbell, Jennifer Cruté, Micheline Hess & John Jennings
Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, Poohbutt from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.
Jennifer Cruté started writing comics in 2003. She is featured in a Current TV segment about women in comics called KAPOW! The New Comic Book Heroines. She was nominated for a Glyph Comic Award for Best Rising Star. Her cartoons have been featured in Bitch magazine. She was a finalist in Lambda Legal’s Life Without Fair Courts contest. She has lectured at the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art, Miami University, Ohio, and Skidmore College, and her comics and oil and mixed media work has shown at the Medialia Gallery in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn; the Limner Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.; and the Ocean Hill Arts Sanctuary in Brooklyn.
Born and raised in NYC, Micheline Hess does design at a prominent ad agency in Chelsea and spends her spare time developing graphic novels, short stories, and interactive iBooks for kids. She has always been fascinated by the visual narrative in books and film and is constantly endeavoring to weave her own sense of humorous story-telling into both her personal and sometimes professional work.
A Mississippi native and University of Illinois native, John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Jennings is an award-winning graphic novelist and author. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media.

Twitter: @bcampbellauthor@Ovenland, @crutecomics@JIJennings

Sarah Machicado
Sarah Machicado is an illustrator and graphic designer. She likes to hand make plushies and books. She is a sci-fi nerd and pug enthusiast from Miami FL.

Twitter: @sarahmachicado

Shannon “Shoona” Browning
Shannon Browning, also known as Shoona, writes the comic Ellie of the Stars. Her favorite things in the world are comics, sharks, and marine biology. If she is not thinking about how much she loves making comics, she is probably at working or at home drinking too much green tea while watching cartoons. Her hope is to create comics for younger readers that everyone can enjoy!

Twitter: @megaloshoon

Dr. Sheena C. Howard
Sheena C. Howard is Vice Chair of the Black Caucus (NCA), Assistant Professor of Communication at Rider University and Founder of NerdWorks. Howard is an award-winning author, including a 2014 Eisner Award winner for her first book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2013). She is also the author of Black Queer Identity Matrix (2014) and Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (2014). Howard has appeared on NPR (National Public Radio), 900 am WURD, and CCP-TV as well as other networks and documentaries as an expert on popular culture, race, politics, and sexual identity negotiation. She has also written opinion pieces for the Trentonian and been featured in the Washington Post.

Twitter: @drsheenahoward

Skuds McKinley
Skuds Mckinley is a professional comic book artist and illustrator based in Doylestown, PA. His first self published comic work, I’ll Take You To The Moon & Leave You There Vol.1, was met with fantastic reviews and quickly sold out of print. In 2013, Mckinley also released Book Face (with illustrator Daniel Elisii) and Rumble Moon Vol. 1. He has designed merch and album covers for heavy metal and punk bands alike and works with some of the influential hip hop artists in his mind.

Twitter: @skudsmckinley

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Creator Spotlights: Roberts, Mock, Retrofit Comics, Brown, Bayer, Luce & Wimberly

Rafer Roberts
Rafer Roberts is the man behind the comic book Plastic Farm and the comic strip Nightmare the Rat. His art has been seen in X-O Manowar and Harbinger (Valiant Comics), Little Nemo: Dream another Dream (Locust Moon Press), Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever (Microcosm), and Oxymoron (ComixTribe). He has drawn Dope Fiends of the Zombie Cafe and Wild Women of the Kitty-Kat Galaxy with writer Sean Frost, and a Tiger Lawyer short with Ryan Ferrier. He currently lives in western Maryland with his wife and muse, and their hoard of cats.

Twitter: @plasticfarm

Rebecca Mock
Rebecca Mock is a Brooklyn-based comic book artist and illustrator. She’s working on a graphic novel series titled Four Points and making animated gifs for Tumblr.

Twitter: @Rebeccamock

Retrofit Comics: Box Brown & Josh Bayer
Retrofit Comics was started in 2011 to publish comics. Today, in 2014, they continue to do so.
Box Brown is an artist and publisher living in Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was a New York Times Best Seller.
Josh Bayer is a comic artist and teacher living in New York. His book Theth was recently released from Retrofit Comics.

Twitter: @retrofitcomics, @boxbrown, @mrjoshbayer

Riley Luce
Riley Luce is an animator and illustrator based out of Philadelphia. His hand drawn animation and comic work contains elements of cartoonish horror and absurd humor. His latest work is a comic called Cosmic Death Cult. It is the story of an unnamed cult member wandering through a dystopian Chinese cityscape filled with arcades, food courts, alcohol, and wild animals.


Ronald Wimberly
Ronald “Dπ” Wimberly is a narrative artist. Story connects people to their world and each other. Wether it’s animation, graphic novels, editorial illustration or advertisement, Ronald finds the story. Dπ is a comic-book, pop artist who’s subverted convention with pop narrative. Ronald Wimberly has worked as an illustrator/animator and comic book artist out of Brooklyn, NY for 10 years, his work has been featured around the world.

Twitter: @RaynardFaux

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Creator Spotlights: Fox, Stone, Aulisio, Pope & Kahn

Nathan Fox
Nathan Fox is an illustrator, editorial and advertising artist. He does random gallery shows here and there as well as murals and installation work. He is a comic book guy, too, having drawn books such as Hawken: Melee, FBP covers and logo designs, Dogs of War, Haunt, Fluorescent Black, Dark Reign: Zodiac, Pigeons from Hell, DMZ fill-in issues and more. He is currently Chair of the MFA Visual Narrative Department at the School of Visual Arts.

Twitter: @nathanfoxy, @MFAVN

Nobrow: Tucker Stone
Nobrow started in the winter of 2008 with the aim to provide an independent platform for graphic art, illustration and art comics in the UK and abroad, to become a leading proponent of quality in book design and a standard bearer for original creative content in print publishing.

Twitter: @nobrowpress

Pat Aulisio
Pat Aulisio is an amateur ufologist an avid vhs collector. He runs Yeah Dude Comics.

Twitter: @yeahdudecomics

Paul Pope
Paul Pope is perhaps the most influential cartoonist of his generation. For 20 years his seamless blending of American, European, and Japanese influences has enthralled a global audience. The creator of THB, Heavy Liquid, 100%, Escapo, Batman Year 100, and the young adult sensation Battling Boy, Pope lives and works in NYC.

Twitter: @PULPH0PE

Phil Kahn
Guilded Age is the Saga of the Working Class Adventurer. In the mythical land of Arkerra, the entire continent has suddenly undergone an industrial revolution. Now some people have money and machine and politick, while others only have rocks and trees and shrubs. Who do we turn to to save us in this time of economic turmoil? The literal working class heroes.

Twitter: @GuildedAge

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Creator Spotlights: Sgier, Shea, Bungeroth, Chrzanowski, Alvarez, Tucker & Bey

Mike Sgier
Mike Sgier is a printmaker and cartoonist in Philadelphia, PA. His first artistic inspirations were found in comics like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Jeff Smith’s Bone, but grew to include such artists and writers as Lynd Ward, Stephen Alcorn, Neil Gaiman, and Joseph Campbell. His work has appeared in such publications as the Philadelphia City Paper, the comic anthologies Secret Prison and Suspect Device, and books published by Locust Moon Press. Mike was born and raised in Denver, CO, received his BFA from Creighton University and his MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is currently a member of the Philly-based print collective BYO Print.

Twitter: @msgier

Mike Shea & Tim Bungeroth
Mike Shea plans on drawing from the womb to the tomb. After attending MICA in Baltimore where he skipped a bunch of classes to spend time on comics, he moved to New York where he stumbled into working on The Sopranos and a bunch of other stuff. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his lovely girlfriend and two lovely cats.
Tim Bungeroth is a writer, actor, and producer. He hails from Pennsylvania, by way of Colorado and Chicago. He earned his B.A. in Religion Studies from Muhlenberg College, where he focused on the Lakota Sioux tradition of Heyoka clowning. He moved to NYC with his eventual wife and founded A Festival of Fools in Spring 2009. Tim spends his time writing comics, dramatic verse, studying classical texts, learning the art of stage combat, juggling, playing Nintendo, and romancing his wife.

Twitter: @timbungeroth

Mimi Chrzanowski
Mimi Chrzanowski splish-splashes in Providence, Rhode Island.


M. Jacob Alvarez
M. Jacob Alvarez is a cartoonist, comedian and licensed chemical engineer (seriously dude, silly drawings and conspiracy theory jokes don’t pay many bills!). Mr. Alvarez lives in Philadelphia.

Twitter: @mjacobalvarez

Mont Tucker & Asia Bey
Mont was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia on a copious diet of Soul, Comic books and Hip Hop music. Naturally he grew into a writer of sorts.
Asia Bey is a multi-versed Artist from Pittsburgh. Visual artist, Painter, Theatre-er, Sculptor, and other media that would no longer make this a “short bio”. They teamed up in 2013 to produce and publish their very own comic series, Bxtch Slap.


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Creator Spotlights: Primo, Palumbo, Nelson, Bramley, Nunnelly, Ellis, Riley & Crispino

Michael Primo, Anthony Palumbo, & Winona Nelson
Michael Primo is a local videogame artist/animator/designer who co-runs Final Form Games ( out of the Philly Game Forge. He is also the writing half of a few comic collaborations with Anthony Palumbo, and uses his daily SEPTA commute-time to get the words out.
Anthony Palumbo is an accomplished painter and illustrator based in Philadelphia. He divides his time between fine art work, Magic the Gathering illustrations, covers for Dark Horse’s Halo and Dragon Age comics, personal comic book projects, and his longstanding hobby of teaching old audio hardware new tricks.
Winona Nelson is a fantasy illustrator and comic creator. She has worked for Magic the Gathering and Warhammer Black Library, and drew a webcomic called Artifice.

Twitter: @mikeambrogi, @winonanelson

Michael Vincent Bramley
Michael Vincent Bramley is certainly a carbon based lifeform and most definitely a Homo sapien male, aged late twenties to early thirties. Rumours to the contrary are vicious libel and/or slander. He came to America from Great Britain in a plane and did NOT fall screaming from the sky in ‘a hellish ball of flame that no man could survive’ as some of his detractors allege. There’s nothing remarkable here, so move along please. He writes science fiction and horror comics of the alternative variety, making occasional forays into more well established anthologies of note. He wrote for the CBLDF Liberty annual and Reading With Pictures, as well as his creator owned, Kickstarter-funded title Sherbet. As an artist he occasionally produces illustrations of pop-culture nightmares he has.

Twitter: @mvbramley

Michelle Nunnelly
Michelle Nunnelly is from Texas to attend School of Visual art as a Cartooning major. Has been taught under Klaus Janson, Joey Cavalieri and Walt Simonson. Recently self published Ugly, a 16 page comic about a young girl named Ellen who has a hard time adapting to the reality of being different. Originally wanting to become a therapist, she is inspired by Sigmund Freud and Jung’s analysis of archetypes and dreams. Michelle focuses her work around universal symbols that impact people psychologically. Her work also touches on depression and other psychological disorders in order to better understand herself and others. When not drawing comics she designs stickers, buttons, bookmarks and prints.

Twitter: @OracularDream

Mike Ellis
Mike Ellis is a comic book writer/artist, digital media producer and amateur beard-growing aficionado. He began spitefully making comics while attending the University of Toronto after the comics in the school’s newspaper were so bad he shouted, “I could make a better comic!”  And he’s been making them ever since. Since then he has done work for Scientific American, Science Rendezvous, Corus Radio Canada, Harvard University, Comedy Central and numerous comic book publishers. Currently, he is the house artist for Chemicals Are You Friends website and publishing the comic Pieces of Eights, a pirate themed, fantasy adventure-comedy! That’s right, PIRATE MAGIC!

Twitter: @ElusiveMike

Mike Riley & David Crispino
Mike Riley is a cartoonist from Baltimore. He is the creator of I Taste Sound, a frequent Mutant Funnies contributor, artist/writer of several books and comic series including Commuters, Goatscape and Chimera Likely, but is best known locally for not being allowed back in the Macaroni Grill after the puppet incident and for run on sentences written in third-person.
David Crispino writes the horror-western series Blood & Time, the science fiction thriller Control, and the cooling body gel exposé SMAIR. David co-created the science fiction horror comedy series Commuters.

Twitter: @mikerileycomics, @DCrispino

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Creator Spotlights: Schultz, Brennan, Lavey-Heaton, Turbitt & Schwartz

Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz is an American cartoonist, illustrator and writer whose career spans two centuries. His lifelong interest in the sciences and natural history informs his fictional work, highlighted by the award-winning Xenozoic Tales series and the undersea adventure SubHuman, as well as such non-fiction projects as The Stuff of Life, a Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA. He has either scripted or drawn many popular fiction icons, including Flash Gordon, The Spirit, Tarzan and Superman. He has illustrated a collection of Robert E. Howard’s classic Conan stories and the autobiography of Charles R. Knight. Currently, Schultz writes Prince Valiant for the newspapers, and is putting the finishing touches on his illustrated novella Storms at Sea, which will be published in Spring, 2015.


Megan Brennan
Megan Brennan graduated from SVA in 2011. She draws a variety of comics that have wound up on the internet. Her ongoing webcomics are School of World and Pencil Pup. She likes cats.

Twitter: @megthebrennan

Megan Lavey-Heaton
Megan Lavey-Heaton is half of the creative team behind Namesake, along with Isabelle Melançon. Described as a fairy tale version of Quantum Leap, Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, who discovers her ability to travel to magical worlds when she accidentally lands in Oz instead of the expected “Dorothy.” This mistake causes a domino effect that reveals Emma’s role as the hero in a much larger story – where the fate of dozens of fairy tale worlds hang in the balance.

Twitter: @savvyliterate

Meghan Turbitt
Meghan Turbitt is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2008, Turbitt has created a multitude of autobiographical comics based loosely on (her) reality. Subjects and experiences most like would to forget, Turbitt unabashedly features in one page gag comics and mini stories. Titles include: Conan, Becoming a Kennedy, and Lady Turbo and the Terrible Cox Sucker. Her gag comics are serialized in two collections. Jaime Hernandez follows her on Twitter. You can too.

Twitter: @RIPMeghan

Mia Schwartz
Mia Schwartz has built her career comfortably on crude anime girls and abject dick drawings. She recently graduated from SVA’s cartooning program after attending for 15 consecutive years.

Twitter: @mightyatom

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Creator Spotlights: Mann, Sampson, Sweeney, Livieratos, Patrinos & Mariano

Lonnie Mann
Lonnie Mann has been doodling in (and outside) the margins of very important documents since he was old enough to stop paying attention to “real work” and goof off instead. He currently collects his lunch money as a UX Designer, but spends his real energy doing comics, and illustrations. Drawing and storytelling are the reasons for all of his seasons. Lonnie’s current (big fancy!) project is a comic travelogue, Thoughts From Iceland.

Twitter: @LonnieComics

Mandy Sampson
Mandy Sampson draws comics and works in publishing. She lives in Philadelphia.

Twitter: @mandyjdunn

Maria Sweeney & Eros Livieratos
Maria Sweeney is a Moldova born, New Jersey raised, Philadelphia based freelance illustrator. Currently studying at Moore College of Art and Design, Maria Sweeney has worked extensively in digital, oils, and traditional mediums which are all generally showcased in her commission works. Aside from general workload, recreational time is generally used in some sort of artistic outlet ranging from working on self-published zines to sketching a possible unhealthy amount of comics and characters.
Eros Livieratos is a New Jersey based freelance writer and part-time musician who’s varied works have been published in both newspapers and poetry collections alike. Currently releasing albums under Little League Records/Seasonal Affection Records, Eros spends most of his time editing works and pursuing future writing endeavors. If his nose isn’t insatiably inside the pages of a book, he must be distracted with the task of writing one in which case it is strongly encouraged you send food, water, and hope.

Twitter: @DeathOfAWriter

Maritsa Patrinos
Maritsa is a Brooklyn based illustrator who doodles and illustrates things and animates things and draws a little webcomic called Seasonal Depression and doesn’t sleep much.

Twitter: @sdthecomic

Mark Mariano
Mark Mariano is a Harvey Award Nominated cartoonist from New Jersey. He’s an Adventure Time cover artist, a contributor to The Sakai Project from Dark Horse, and a contributor to the Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream anthology. His self-published work includes the Moonbeam Award-Winning Flabbergast: Science Friction and the best-selling Happyloo: Flying Colors. As proud co-organizer of the Kids Love Comics pavilion for the Baltimore Comic Con, Mark helps put together the roster of super-talented artists, and creates the programming. Being an advocate of comics in the classroom, he enjoys visiting schools and sharing his love of art and storytelling. Mark has been drawing since he was three, and loves reading comics and picture books, making music with The O>Matics, eating ice cream, and watching cartoons.

Twitter: @MyPalMark

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Creator Spotlights: Kika, Gulledge, Lesser Key Studios, Wright, Gomes, Feng & Locust Moon Press

Kika is a new solo comic artist who recently launched the webcomic Tales of Joon, which follows the tale of a girl living on the streets as the world and her life turn upside down.

Twitter: @KikaEsCoolio

Laura Lee Gulledge
Laura Lee Gulledge is an artist, author, and playwright. She has written and illustrated two young adult graphic novels through Abrams Books: Page by Paige (2011, Eisner & Harvey Award nominee) and Will & Whit (2013, YALSA Teen Top Ten). Gulledge is currently developing Will & Whit as an innovative young adult Animusical and After-School Program with her inspiring collaborative Artners between Virginia, New York, and Vermont.

Twitter: @whoislauralee

Lesser Key Studios: Julie Wright & Amanda Gomes
Lesser Key Studios produces the webcomic, Ianua, a victorian fantasy in which magic replaces technology and the advent of demon summoning has altered society.
Julie Wright, colorist for The Dreamer and main artist for the webcomic Snow By Night, lends her talent to a story centered around Janus, a young man who summons a demon illegally and must deal with the consequences.
During the day, Amanda Gomes is a mild-mannered academic. She spends her time traveling across the globe to participate in archaeological digs. When the sun goes down, she takes her place in front of a pad of paper or her computer and transforms into one half of the duo from Lesser Key Studios. She assists Julie Wright in their never-ending quest to produce a webcomic, Ianua.

Twitter: @LesserKeyStudio

Lisk Feng
Lisk Feng is an award winning illustrator who is originally from China, and now has become a New York based freelance illustrator. She graduated from MFA Illustration Practice from Maryland institute College of Art in 2014, and at the same time receive some award such as 3X3 Student Award Silver Medal, 3X3 Childrens Book Honorable mentioned, American Illustration Archive selected winner, Adobe Design Award Semi-final, AOI Illustration Awards(UK) shortlist, etc.

Twitter: @lisk_feng

Locust Moon Press
Locust Moon Press is a retail store, art gallery, and small press based in West Philadelphia. Their first book, Once Upon a Time Machine (published through Dark Horse in the fall of 2012) was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Anthology. Locust Moon’s projects since have included 36 Lessons in Self-Destruction (by Rob Woods), the seasonal comics & illo mag Quarter Moon, and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, a giant tribute comic to Winsor McCay’s masterpiece by many of today’s greatest living cartoonists — including about 30 of this year’s festival guests, such as Paul Pope, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dean Haspiel, Denis Kitchen, J.G. Jones, and Farel Dalrymple.

Twitter: @locustmoon