Anna Archie Bongiovanni
Anna Bongiovanni is queer cartoonist living in Minneapolis whose work has been published online, in anthologies, and in mini-comics, and whose first graphic novel, Out of Hollow Water, was published by 2D Cloud in 2013. They are the creator of The Grease Bats, a monthly webcomic for the queer feminist website Autostraddle. Aaron King, describing Anna’s work for Hazel and Wren, writes: “In a world where Archie Comics gets an avalanche of good press for acknowledging that gay men exist, Anna Bongiovanni is doing the real work of portraying queer besties and their daily struggles. The emotional range of the strips is great, from small, everyday worries (combating summer funk by perfecting your chair dance routine) to the wider concerns of queer culture (like the straight gentrification of queer events).” Having self-published over thirty zines and mini-comics, Anna doesn’t shy away from being tough, honest, and self-reflective in their work.