Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
June 11 & 12, 2016, 11:00am - 6:00pm.

  3656 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613

Our Guest & Exhibitor list was last updated on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

While not marked on the map, the "A" side of each table is next to the preceeding table, while the "B" side of each table is next to the proceeding table.

Special Guests

Chester Brown Chester Brown
Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award-winning Louis Riel and the controversial, critically acclaimed Paying for It. Brown began self-publishing his comic book series Yummy Fur at twenty-three, and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of The Playboy, I Never Liked You, The Little Man, and Ed The Happy Clown. Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada. His most recent book is April 2016's Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, a graphic novel containing adaptations of certain biblical stories about prostitution and religious obedience. http://drawnandquarterly.comTABLE 30
Tyrell Cannon Tyrell Cannon
Tyrell received his Bachelors in Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with an emphasis drawing, print, and film.As a comics artist, he's created work in the genres of science fiction (Victus), true crime (Gary, based on the Green River Killer), and experimental short form comics (Simon). His primary focus is to explore comics with an emphasis on variety of theme, mode of presentation, and technique. He is also the co-editor and co-creator of the science fiction romance comics anthology Speculative Relationshipshttp://tyrellcannon.comTABLE 78
Ezra Claytan Daniels Ezra Claytan Daniels
Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His critically acclaimed graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique career peppered with a number of collaborative multimedia projects ranging from video games to feature documentaries to narrative chamber concerts.Ezra is currently serializing Upgrade Soul, an immersive science fiction graphic novel for iOS that has been featured on the Apple App Store and nominated for a 2013 IndieCade Award, Upgrade Soul was also featured at the Fantoche International Animation Festival in Baden, Switzerland, and the Fumetto International Comics Festival in Lucerne. http://ezracdaniels.comTABLE 76b
Sammy Harkham Sammy Harkham
Harkham is an award winning cartoonist and the editor of Kramers Ergot. He draws the comic book Crickets. His last book, Everything Together, won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel in 2013. http://sammyharkham.comTABLE 62a
Cathy G. Johnson Cathy G. Johnson
Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist, printmaker and educator living in Providence, Rhode Island. She won the 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent, and her graphic novel JEREMIAH was published in 2015 by One Percent Press. Her upcoming books are GORGEOUS from Koyama Press in May 2016, and NO DOGS ALLOWED from First Second in 2017. http://cathyboy.comTABLE 64
Patrick Kyle Patrick Kyle
Patrick Kyle is a Multidisciplinary artist from Toronto, Canada. http://patrickkyle.comTABLE 63a
Laura Park Laura Park
Laura Park is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. http://singingbones.comTABLE 89
Trina Robbins Trina Robbins
Award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over forty years. She has written and drawn comics from Wonder Woman to Barbie. Her 2009 book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 and her 2011 book, “Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury,” were nominated for Eisner and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel, Chicagoland Detective Agency: the Drained Brains Caper, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her graphic novel, “Lily Renee: Escape Artist,” was awarded a gold medal from Moonbeam Chidren’s Books and a silver medal from Sydney Taylor Jewish Library Awards. Trina’s most recent book is Pretty in Ink, her final and definitive history of women cartoonists. In 2013, Trina was voted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. She is currently working on her memoirs. http://trinarobbins.comTABLE 9b
Leslie Stein Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein was born in Evanston, IL in 1982 and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of the semi-autobiographical comic series Eye of the Majestic Creature, three volumes of which have been published by Fantagraphics Books, who also recently published her daily watercolor comics in a collection named Bright-Eyed at Midnight. She plays guitar and sings in the band Prince Rupert's Drops. http://majesticcreature.tumblr.comTABLE 9a


Leila Abdelrazaq Leila Abdelrazaq
Leila is a Chicago-based Palestinain author, artist, and organizer. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi, is about her father's experience growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon during the civil war. She also creates short comic zines in English and broken Arabic.http://lalaleila.comTABLE 11b
Z Akhmetova Z Akhmetova
Z Akhmetova is a cartoonist and illustrator who tries to tries to incorporate as many of her varied interests as possible into stories of the fantastic or macabre. She is currently working on her long-form webcomic, Gods Can't Die. Sometimes, she also sews toys.http://azakhm.comTABLE 56a
whitney allen whitney allen
Whitney Allen is a multimedia artist and musician dwelling in Chicago. She creates absurd and intricate works regarding sex, death, onomatopoeic orifices, and corruption. Allen debuted "Epiphany," a mini-comic, "MINDRIPPERS," a book of masks based on fear, & a menagerie of psychedelic sculpted characters at CAKE 2015. Her pointed aim is to gross you out and turn you on all at once.http://couteau--sang.tumblr.comTABLE 85b
Alternative Comics Alternative Comics
Alternative Comics publishes original and intelligent creator-owned comic books and graphic novels, including works by James Kochalka, Sacha Mardou, Dean Haspiel, Derf Backderf, Jim Cambell, Melissa Mendes, and Dylan Horrocks.http://IndyWorld.comTABLES 96 & 97a
Kurt Ankeny Kurt Ankeny
Kurt Ankeny is an award-winning cartoonist and painter whose work has appeared at the Society of Illustrators, at the Cape Ann Museum, and in Comics Workbook. He lives with his wife and son in Ipswich, Massachusetts.http://kurtankeny.comTABLE 45a
Lara Antal Lara Antal
Lara Antal is an illustrator and comics maker.http://lara-antal.comTABLE 82
Sarah Becan Sarah Becan
Sarah Becan is a comics artist, author, illustrator and designer based in Chicago, and the creator of I Think You’re Sauceome, a food-centric autobiographical webcomic. She was awarded a Xeric Award and a Stumptown Trophy for Outstanding Debut for her first graphic novel, The Complete Ouija Interviews, and her work has twice been nominated for the Ignatz Award. Becan’s second graphic novel, Shuteye, was funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in early 2012. In 2014, she wrote and illustrated Luna de Cuernos, a long form graphic story for Fifth House Ensemble’s spring 2014 concert series.http://sarahbecan.comTABLE 98b
Believed Behavior Believed Behavior
Believed Behavior is a Chicago-based small press publisher founded in 2013. The flagship publication is the Believed Behavior anthology that features alternative/art cartoonists interested in challenging the comics medium in print and web.http://believedbehavior.comTABLE 1b
Andrea Bell Andrea Bell
Andrea is an illustrator and comic artist living in Chicago throughout the best and worse seasons. Her work reflects adventure, honesty, and strong relate-able characters combined with an intriguing palette.http://andreabelldraws.comTABLE 70b
Big Apple Grafix Big Apple Grafix
Big Apple Grafix is Victor Cayro and Becca Kacanda who have been making art and comics together since 2008. Always incredibly detailed and super raw , Victor’s work has been published in numerous anthologies including Kramers Ergot 6, Best American Comics 2014, Project Superior, and Hopital Brut by Le Dernier Cri. Becca’s self published zines and comics are always techni-colored and playful and typically accompany larger fine art projects. This year she will be debuting her book Rotto Grotto, a historical comic about the tradition of grotto making in the midwest.http://bald-eagles.tumblr.comTABLE 50a
Bjorn Bjorn
Bjorn is a Seattle based Cartoonist and Illustrator, he was born in 1993http://swamptitan.tumblr.comTABLE 72a
Hannah Blumenreich Hannah Blumenreich
Hannah Blumenreich went to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and self-published her own mini comics Paper & Glass, Unlucky Spider-Man, and Not Quite Journal Comics. She currently lives in Minneapolis and feels pretty good about ithttp://hannahblumenreich.comTABLE 47a
Bred Press Bred Press
Bred Press is an artist books, comics, and zine publishing house located in Chicago. Started by Brad Rohloff in 2014, it provides a platform by which to support contemporary artists working within the medium of printed and published matter.http://bredpress.comTABLE 17a
Tony Breed Tony Breed
Tony Breed is the man behind the new web comic Muddlers Beat and the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched. Both are newspaper style slice-of-life-comics with the same cast. Muddlers Beat is about the creative floundering of a group of young and middle-aged people; Hitched tells the story of married gay couple and their friends. Expect jokes about indie rock, romance, sperm banks, and depression. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago's CHIRP Radio.http://muddlersbeat.comTABLE 38a
Kevin Budnik Kevin Budnik
Kevin Budnik is a cartoonist from Chicago, IL. He writes and draws memoir and journal comics that explore his personal life, family, and struggles with mental health.http://kevinbudnik.comTABLE 70a
Ryan Burns - RUN Comics Ryan Burns - RUN Comics
Making a zine a month as a form of concentration in hopes of reaching catharsis.http://run-comics.tumblr.comTABLE 66b
Odin Cabal Odin Cabal
Odin Cabal is the creator of Midwestrn Cuban Comics as well as Cuban Thunder. I've lived in Kenosha Wisconsin most of my life and have been making comics for the last six years. 61b
Jessica Campbell Jessica Campbell
Jessica Campbell is an enthusiast of jokes, painting and comics from Canada, where she was raised on an island that, according to the pentecostal church of her youth, also happens to be the witchcraft capital of North America.http://jessicacampbellpainting.tumblr.comTABLE 63b
Sally Cantirino Sally Cantirino
A Jersey girl living in the swamps of Florida, making comics and doing magic.http://srcantirino.carbonmade.comTABLE 73
Hannah Chavez Hannah Chavez
Hannah Chavez is a Chicago based artist and recent graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She finished her undergrad work under the tutelage of 2015-16 William and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor Chris Ware. Her CAKE debut comics were made during this class.http://hannahbrookechavez.tumblr.comTABLE 88a
Danielle Chenette Danielle Chenette
Danielle Chenette is an artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. She makes comics, paintings, prints, and animations.http://daniellechenette.tumblr.comTABLE 80a
Marta Chudolinska Marta Chudolinska
Marta Chudolinska is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto who makes introspective, surreal, silly and sad comics using woodcut & linocut prints, papercuts and a variety of drawing materials.http://martachudolinska.comTABLE 72b
Chris Cilla Chris Cilla
Chris C. Cilla is a cartoonist and screenprinter. You may have seen his comic book Luncheonette/ Labyrinthectomy from Revival House Press or his graphic novel The Heavy Hand from Sparkplug Comic Books. His work has been published in Kramers Ergot, Study Group, and Barf Water. He is a contributor to Vision Quest comics newspaper and runs the Sardine Can Press. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.http://cccilla.comTABLE 87a
Collective Stench Collective Stench
The odor grows, a collection of wacky souls jumping ship on the river Styx to put out the funny books in an age of mean muggin'.http://collectivestench.comTABLE 43
Conundrum Press Conundrum Press
"Conundrum Press has quietly become a major force in alt-comics publishing" - TCJhttp://conundrumpress.comTABLE 35a
Joshua W. Cotter Joshua W. Cotter
Joshua W. Cotter lives in rural northwest Missouri with his wife, child, cat and an acute sense of impending mortality. They keep him making comics.http://jwcotter.tumblr.comTABLE 91a
Gabi Cracraft Gabi Cracraft
Gabi is a cartoonist living in chicago, she draws a lot of monsters and dungeons and adventures.http://comicbookghoul.comTABLE 88b
Czap Books Czap Books
Czap Books publishes and distributes comics that celebrate the poetic, the personal and the weird. Their goal is to nurture and support a growing, diverse family of artists.http://czapbooks.comTABLE 65a
Evan Dahm Evan Dahm
Evan lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has been self-publishing fantasy adventure comics since 2006, including Rice Boy, Order of Tales, and Vattu. He's illustrated and published an edition of the Wizard of Oz, too, and is a founding member of Benign Kingdom.http://rice-boy.comTABLE 74b
Alisha Davidson Alisha Davidson
Alisha Davidson is an illustrator and comic book artist currently living in Toronto, Canada. She creates comics, zines, posters, apparel, stationery and more for a wide range of clients. She has done a lot of work for publications that focus on alternative politics and female supportive literature, as she choses collaborate with organizations whose ideals line up with her own. Alisha has exhibited in both solo and group art shows across Canada as well as Internationally. In 2015 she was nominated, and received runner up for the Short Run Seattle Small Press Grant. In the same year she also receiving runner up for the 2015 Spark Box Residency National Award.http://alishadavidson.comTABLE 23a
Anya Davidson Anya Davidson
Anya Davidson was born in Sarasota, Florida in 1983. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. She is a cartoonist, musician, teaching artist and printmaker whose work appeared in many zines and anthologies, including Kramers Ergot and Best American Comics. Her debut graphic novel, School Spirits, was published by Picturebox Inc. Her current project, the Ignatz-award nominated comic Band for Life, will be available in print from Fantagraphics Books in the not-too-distant future.http://anyadavidson.comTABLE 44b
M. Dean M. Dean
M. Dean is an illustrator and cartoonist currently based in New York. She works regularly on two webcomics (The Girl Who Flew Away and Coming Soon: Regents Walk) as well short comics and illustration.http://meedean.comTABLE 56b
Krystal DiFronzo Krystal DiFronzo
Krystal DiFronzo (b.1989) is a Midwestern artist, cartoonist, and educator based in Chicago. Her work can be seen in publications such as Lumpen Magazine, Happiness Comix, and The Lifted Brow as well as in many self-published books. She will be debuting books with Bred Press and Believed Behavior at this year's CAKE. http://krystaldifronzo.comTABLE 42a
Domino Books is a publisher and distributor of artists books, comics, and all types of printed media.http://dominobooks.orgTABLE 39a
Sean Dove Sean Dove
Sean lives and works in Chicago, IL, where he runs his one-man design studio And Thank You For Flying. Born in Hawaii and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sean graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. He has been freelancing full-time since 2009, specializing in illustration, screen printing, comics, and design. In 2014 Sean self-published a book of spy-inspired illustrations, The Last Days of Danger. He continues to draw his comic series Fried Rice and is currently illustrating Bro-Bots with J. Torres, available from Oni Press in 2016.http://andthankyouforflying.comTABLE 68b
downfall arts downfall arts
Downfall arts is an organization of French sheepdogs writing the history of the future through high-quality offset printing books and art. Our goals are to find the limits of print then viciously push those limits off the edge of reality and then find where history becomes myth and myth becomes legend.http://downfallarts.comTABLE 14b
Jon Drawdoer Jon Drawdoer
Jon Drawdoer (Drawdoer Jones) is a queer cartoonist living in Chicago. He has written, drawn, and self-published print comics, among them: Buck, Infinite Jest Tijuana Bible, and Mindfulness Comics. Jon has studied cartooning at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW). He has contributed to anthologies about bears, school mascots, and professional wrestling.http://drawdoer5000.tumblr.comTABLE 38b
Drawn & Quarterly Drawn & Quarterly
Drawn & Quarterly is the internationally renowned publisher of the world's best cartoonists. D+Q has published many North American luminaries of the medium including Adrian Tomine, Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, and Seth, as well as international authors including Tove Jansson (Finland); Guy Delisle (France); Tom Gauld (UK); Astrid Lindgren (Sweden); Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Japan); Rutu Modan (Israel); Shigeru Mizuki (Japan); and many more cartoonists from across the globe.http://drawnandquarterly.comTABLES 31 & 32
Erin K Drew Erin K Drew
Erin K Drew is a visual artist and mental titan from Indianapolis, Indiana. She makes objects and images and had drawings in a recent edition of Corpus Corpus. She assists with goings on at General Public Collective, an artist-run project space and concept shop, oversees the research at the (itinerant) Cartoon Research Laboratory, and curates the Difficult Women performance series.http://extremeappearances.blogspot.comTABLE 85b
Easy Press Easy Press
Easy Press focuses on limited-edition Risograph zines, comics, and prints made at material cost in hopes of fostering an affordable and collaborative environment for Chicago artists. We want artists to play an active role in the printing process, working together with us to produce a quality finished product. http://easy-press.coTABLE 54b
Fantagraphics Books Fantagraphics Books
Fantagraphics Books is celebrating our 40th anniversary as the publisher of the world's greatest cartoonists.http://fantagraphics.comTABLES 7 & 8
Femicomix Finland Femicomix Finland
Femicomix Finland is a network of feminist minded comics artists and activists. We do workshops, socialising and support. Femicomics Finland is antiracist, inclusive, and aims to make all activities accessible to groups of all genders, races and physical abilities. Together we publish our comic zine called Namifetsi and our members publish a lot of their own feminist zines.http://feministinensarjakuva.sarjakuvablogit.comTABLE 11a
Meags Fitzgerald Meags Fitzgerald
Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal-based illustrator and comic book artist. Her first book, Photobooth: A Biography married photo history with travelogue to much acclaim. Fitzgerald won the 2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award, was nominated for the 2015 Joe Shuster Award in the Best Cartoonist Category and named by the CBC on the “Writers to Watch” list. Fitzgerald’s new graphic memoir Long Red Hair, is a queer coming of age story that delves into sorcery and sisterhood.http://meagsfitzgerald.comTABLE 35a
Sean Ford Sean Ford
Sean Ford is the creator of Only Skin and Shadow Hills. He graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2008. Now he lives in Brooklyn and designs books and walks his dog.http://onlyskincomics.comTABLE 2b
Mike Freiheit Mike Freiheit
Mike Freiheit is a cartoonist, illustrator and teacher living in beautiful Albany Park with his wife and two cats. He's almost always working on Monkey Chef, his comic about that time he lived in South Africa and cooked food for monkeys. When he's not making comics, he really likes teaching people to create their own stories. He also loves hugs and writing in the third person because it seems really official.http://mikefreiheit.comTABLE 52a
Friendship Edition Press Friendship Edition Press
Friendship Edition is a collective of illustrators and comic makes from Toronto, Ontario. It represents the collective works of Jenn Woodall, Mary Verhoeven, Trevor Henderson, Erin Rei, JJ Tebrake, Gillian Blekkenhorst and Laura Harte. FE collectively works on anthologies that showcase our work all together in one volume but we also publish our own individual works.http://friendship-edition.comTABLE 67
Marnie Galloway Marnie Galloway
Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and illustrator working in Chicago. She is best known for the wordless comic series In the Sounds and Seas, which won a Xeric Award, was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel, and was listed as a Notable Comic in Best American Comics. A hardback collected edition of In the Sounds and Seas is forthcoming from One Peace Books in spring 2016. Marnie was formerly the art director for Muse and Cicada magazines, where she founded the alternative comics section in that publication, and she served as an organizer of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, but spends most of her time these days tirelessly and enthusiastically slinging ink on paper to make new books.http://monkeyropepress.comTABLE 81b
Megan Rose Gedris Megan Rose Gedris
Megan Rose Gedris, aka Rosalarian, is a recent transplant to Chicago from Michigan. She writes a lot of comics about women and LGBT people, including I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space, YU+ME, and Meaty Yogurt. She works for erotic comics site Filthy Figments, and draws diary comics about her time as a touring burlesque performer called Comic Stripper.http://rosalarian.comTABLE 13a
Emi Gennis Emi Gennis
Emi Gennis makes comics about dead people. She lives in a little house in a little town in southeastern Kansas, where she teaches art at Pittsburg State University.http://emigennis.comTABLE 45b
Melanie Gillman Melanie Gillman
Melanie Gillman is a cartoonist, illustrator, and teacher based in Denver, CO. They're the creator of As the Crow Flies, an Eisner-nominated webcomic about queer teens and Christian youth camp, which can be read at...http://melaniegillman.comTABLE 83b
Andy Glass Andy Glass
Andy Glass is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator and graphic artist. He self publishes the alternative comic LIMBUS. Some of his comics and illustrations have appeared in the Chicago Reader, Denver Westword and the newspaper anthology MadHappys from San Francisco. He recently appeared in the Unsolved Mysteries collection from indy publisher Hic n' Hoc.http://limbusland.tumblr.comTABLE 75a
Henry Glover Henry Glover
Comic creator and illustrator living in Oakland, California.http://xcity.tumblr.comTABLE 49b
Chris Gooch Chris Gooch
Chris draws comics in Melbourne, Australia and works at a supermarket. A lot of his comics are available to read online. Along with Sarah McNeil he will be participating in the CHIPRC Transit Residency. 1a
Rebecca Mir Grady Rebecca Mir Grady
Rebecca Mir Grady is an artist, designer and writer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Born in Alaska and raised in Maine, her creative sensibility is steeped in saltwater and mountains. When she was too little to walk she was pulled around on a sled by a german shepherd called Namer. Her work is primarily concerned with the perplexing character of interactions with nature. Grady received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely around the US and Internationally, at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, Carthage College, Illinois State University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Gallery 400, Gallery CC in Malmö, Sweden, and La Box in Bourges, France, among others. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Candy, Bad at Sports, Hyperallergic, New City, Time Out, and more.http://sheisrestless.comTABLE 52b
christopher green christopher green
christopher green (aka mumblethief) is from Alaska, but he spends a lot of time in Toronto. He carries a magnifying glass in his left pocket, and tries really hard to keep things unfamiliar.http://mumblethief.comTABLE 72b
Henry Guerra Henry Guerra
Henry is a cartoonist living in Chicago IL and has recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Henry spends all of his time making comics when he isn't serving donuts and walking dogs.http://Primeslime.comTABLE 88b
Robin Ha Robin Ha
"Robin Ha is a cartoonist and creator of the blog Banchan In Two Pages. She grew up in Seoul, Korea and spent her childhood reading and drawing comics. She moved to the united states when she was fourteen and studied Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. She moved to New York City and started her career in fashion industry as a textile designer and fashion illustrator. She joined Drawbridge studio, a cartoonist collective in Gowanus, Brooklyn in 2010 and continued to make comics. Her comics has been published in independent comics anthologies as well as Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She currently lives in Virginia, working on a graphic memoir about her immigration experience as a teenager in Alabama called Why Oh, Why Alabama. Her graphic novel with Korean recipes called Cook Korean! is coming out in July 2016, published by Ten Speed Press.http://robin.megaten.netTABLE 83a
Corinne Halbert Corinne Halbert
Corinne Halbert currently lives and works in Chicago IL. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska and became a Masshole early in life when her parents split up when she was three. She received her BFA in Film/Video at Massachusetts College of Art in 2003 and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She spends most of her time working on her artwork and Hate Baby Comix. 22a
Cathy Hannah Cathy Hannah
Cathy Hannah lives and draws sad bastard comics in Chicago. She went to the Savannah College of Art and Design for a fancy funny book makin' degree and then to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for an even fancier art history degree. Her autobiographical comic Winter Beard, won a Xeric Grant in 2005. Since then she's completed a six part comic series Alas, as well as Uglyfat, and We are Gonna Be Friends. Her Anarchist webcomic Calling All Rebels appears regularly on She organizes the Chicago Women's Comics Collective and smells like flowers.http://sayrabbitrabbit.comTABLE 22b
Rumi Hara Rumi Hara
Rumi is an illustrator and comic artist originally from Japan, currently based in New York City. On her little desk, she makes watercolor animals and other quirky characters. Her little Arctic counting book IGLOO received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in 2015.http://rumihara.comTABLE 54b
Miranda Harmon Miranda Harmon
Miranda Harmon has lived most of her life in Florida. She graduated from the Sequential Artists Workshop in 2015 and stuck around. Her work ranges from autobio comics to fiction about monsters and witches.http://mirandaharmon.comTABLE 74a
Keith Herzik Keith Herzik
Keith Herzik is a screen printer in Chicago who makes concert posters and zines under the name ALAMO IGLOO. He is also in a band with his wife Gina called Wet Wallet.http://alamoigloo.blogspot.comTABLE 86a
Beth Hetland Beth Hetland
Beth Hetland is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies (’11) and alumna and faculty member teaching comics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo work, FUGUE, is an autobiographical three-part story about her family using music as a metaphor for their relationships. Her most recent collaborative work, Half Asleep, is the story of a young girl whose mother enrolls her in a college program in a reality where you can manipulate your dreams and they affect the real world.http://beth-hetland.comTABLE 33b
Hidden Fortress Press Hidden Fortress Press
The Hidden Fortress Press was initially founded in 2010 as the publishing house for the Fort Thunder anthology MONSTER, but has since produced a number of hand-made mini-comics and anthology books featuring the work of dozens of talented artists.http://hiddenfortresspress.blogspot.comTABLE 5b
Peter + Maria Hoey Peter + Maria Hoey
Brother and sister artists, who work under the name Coin-Op.http://coinopbooks.comTABLE 57a
Luke Howard Luke Howard
Luke Howard is an Ignatz Nominated cartoonist who works and lives in Vermont. He was fathered by a fighter jet and mothered by a warm pile of laundry. He received his MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, where he now teaches. His comic All Coons Look Alike to Me: the life of Earnest Hogan, father of ragtime was named a notable comic in The Best American Comics Series in 2013. Luke was nominated for an Ignatz Award for 'Promising New Talent' for his mini-comic Trevor in 2014.http://andsothen.comTABLE 33a
Kevin Huizenga Kevin Huizenga
Kevin Huizenga has published the (recently revived) comic book series Ganges with Fantagraphics, as well as comics and graphic novels with Drawn and Quarterly. He also self-publishes minicomics, available on his website Currently he lives in Minneapolis and teaches comics at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.http://usscatastrophe.comTABLE 94a
Emily Hutchings Emily Hutchings
Emily Hutchings is a comics artist, sculptor and poet based in Chicago, IL. Her general interests include theories of nothingness, holes, chromophobia, abstraction, materials science, physics, and philosophy. Her therapist once described her as ‘like one of those sharks that can go to the deep dark parts of the ocean and also come back up to the surface without the change in pressure killing them,’ which is pretty accurate.http://emilyhutchings.comTABLE 59a
Illustrated Press Illustrated Press
Illustrated Press is a multimedia production collective specializing in illustrated journalism and other storytelling endeavors. The Chicago-based group of professional journalists and illustrators fuses narrative non-fiction with shoe-leather reportage, all set to finely tuned sequential art.http://illuspress.comTABLE 25a
Issue Press Issue Press
Issue Press is an independent publisher of artist publications, comics, multiples, and other printed matter based in Grand Rapids, MI.http://issue.pressTABLE 18
Nick Jackson Nick Jackson
Originally hailing from the 'burbs of Virginia Beach, Jackson came to Chicago in 2007 and quickly fell in love with its thriving alternative comics scene. His stories, self-published and featured in Chromazoid, have usually tended towards the surreal- a grieving humanoid carries his dead goldfish across a hostile land, a dog's eye view story of betrayal. But after his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, Jackson gravitated towards more journalistic storytelling. He is working on a graphic novel about his own experience of the Kyiv protests and has applied for a Fulbright to return to Ukraine for further research. Jackson considers himself an adventurous spirit but has eaten basically the same lunch for about six months now.http://nickmerlockjackson.tumblr.comTABLE 17b
Sean Karemaker Sean Karemaker
Sean Karemaker is an artist living in Vancouver, BC. After a childhood obsession with reading and writing comics, he obtained a diploma in graphic design from Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo (2002) and began a career in 3D design for video games, with freelance work in graphic design and illustration. Personal Narrative is a common element in A body of work encompassing Diorama Sculptures, Comics, Scrolls and paintings. Karemaker been exhibiting at local art spaces with exhibitions at The Gam Gallery, the Gropps gallery, The Seymour Art Gallery, The Pendulum Gallery and the Ayden Gallery. Sean is currently completing The Ghosts We Know a collection of autobiographical comic stories for Conundrum Press.http://seankaremaker.comTABLE 35a
Dave Kelly Dave Kelly
Dave Kelly is a writer and publisher of comics.http://sowhatpress.comTABLE 82
Kilgore Books & Comics Kilgore Books & Comics
Founded in 2008 as a used book and indie comic shop, Kilgore has been publishing comics from emerging artists since 2009.http://kilgorebooks.comTABLE 58
Koyama Press Koyama Press
Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.http://koyamapress.comTABLE 63b
The Ladydrawers The Ladydrawers
The Ladydrawers Comics Collective (AKA “The Ladydrawers”) is an unofficially affiliated group that researches, performs, and publishes comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large.http://ladydrawers.wordpress.comTABLE 10
Math-you Land-vote Math-you Land-vote
Mathyou makes weird comics about freaks and losers and punks and jerks and desperation and hopelessness and disgust. And then he prints em in lil filthy books and on "THE WEB". He's been doin this for some time now.http://mathyouland.tumblr.comTABLE 20b
Laura Lannes Laura Lannes
Laura Lannes is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York.http://lauralannes.comTABLE 23b
Will Laren Will Laren
Will Laren is an illustrator and zine maker living and working in Philadelphia. After graduating from MICA in 2012 he joined the art collective Space 1026 where he continues to work to this day. His work has been included in publications like Vice Magazine, Mother’s News, As You Were, Universal Slime, and Skate Jawn. 61a
J.D.Lee J.D.Lee
J.D. Lee is a cartoonist, illustrator, and pseudoscientist a base of operations deep beneath Chicago, IL. She draws by day, sculpts by night, and pretends to understand how poetry works by later night. You can find her work in anthologies including At Arms Length (2013) and Awkward Sex Comics (2014), as well as online at...http://jamiedavidalee.wordpress.comTABLE 53b
Amara Leipzig Amara Leipzig
Amara Leipzig is a cartoonist, printmaker, book-lover and teacher whose heart is split between California and Illinois. They seek to make comics about the many unspoken and invisible ways we interact with each other, and the world interacts with us. As you might imagine, they end up equally confused and fascinated most of the time.http://amaraleipzig.comTABLE 80b
Locust Moon Press Locust Moon Press
LOCUST MOON is a retail store, art gallery, and small press based in West Philadelphia. Our 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. Projects since have included 36 LESSONS IN SELF-DESTRUCTION, PROMETHEUS ETERNAL (with the Philadelphia Museum of Art), SHAMAN, QUARTER MOON, and the Eisner & Harvey Award-winning LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, a Kickstarter-funded tribute comic to Winsor McCay's masterpiece by many of today's greatest living cartoonists (including Paul Pope, Michael Allred, David Mack, Bill Sienkiewicz, Craig Thompson, and Farel Dalrymple).http://locustmoon.comTABLE 57b
Jesse Lucas Jesse Lucas
Jesse Lucas lives in Louisville, Kentucky. With the help of his wife and trusty dog ‘Fox’ he's able to avoid sleep and make comics instead.http://jesselucas.comTABLE 13b
Ed Luce / Goteblud Comics Distro Ed Luce / Goteblud Comics Distro
Ed Luce is the creator of the comic series Wuvable Oaf, which has been collected into a hardcover edition by Fantagraphics Books. The series has earned two Ignatz Award nominations, one in the "Outstanding Artist" category. His illustrations and comics have also been published by Image, Dark Horse, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Slate Magazine, the Henry & Glenn Forever series, Maximum RocknRoll and as a part of the Eisner-nominated No Straight Lines. 6
Leigh Luna Leigh Luna
Leigh Luna is a cartoonist and illustrator from New Mexico who currently lives in Los Angeles. Leigh received her BFA in comic art from MCAD in 2015. She spends half of her time making comics and illustrations about woodland adventures, and the other half fighting the patriarchy. Her feminist children’s comic, Clementine Fox, is published by GoComics. She also does a lot of work for Boom on various projects. Sometimes she takes naps.http://leighlunacomics.comTABLE 55b
Brett Manning Brett Manning
Post Chicagoan, now residing in a haunted farm house in rural Indiana, Brett works from home, painting, drawing, writing, eating, but mostly just playing with 2 cats and a bunny.http://brettisagirl.comTABLE 76a
Jon Marchione Jon Marchione
Jon Marchione is an illustrator and comics artist based in Baltimore, MD.http://jonmarchione.comTABLE 50b
Ben Marcus Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus is an artist and DJ in Chicago.http://benjaminmarcusi.tumblr.comTABLE 19b
Mardou Mardou
Mardou was born in Manchester, England in 1975 and now lives in St Louis, MO. She was the founder of the all-girl comics anthology, Whores of Mensa, and self-published mini comics such as Manhole and Anais in Paris. She contributed comics to the 2015 film, The Missing Girl and is the author of Sky in Stereo, a graphic novel.http://mardouville.comTABLE 95
Ted May Ted May
Ted May was born in 1969. He is best known for comics such as It Lives, Injury Comics and the series Men's Feelings which was selected for the 2014 Best American Comics anthology. His work has also been published in Kramers Ergot, Nickelodean Magazine, Bart Simpson comics and Vice. He is married to the cartoonist Mardou and they live in St Louis with their daughter. 95