2017 Guest List

2016 Panel

Library Comic Con 2017 features the largest group of special guests we've ever assembled. Scroll down for a list of massive talent — authors, artists, and creators from across the U.S. and Canada. In short, a gathering of pure awesomeness. Enjoy!

Terry Blas: (Portland, Ore.) www.terryblas.com

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Terry Blas is the illustrator/writer behind the comics Briar HollowGhetto Swirl, and You Say Latino. His work has appeared in the comics Regular ShowRick and Morty, and Adventure Time. He illustrated the drag superhero book, Mama Tits Saves the World. His latest book is a fat camp murder mystery titled: Morbid Obesity, to be published by Oni Press.

Ron Chan: (Portland, Ore.) http://www.ronchan.net/
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Ron Chan is a comic book and storyboard artist from Portland, Ore. His work has been published by Dark Horse, Marvel, and Image comics, and he is best known for his art on Plants vs Zombies, the comic. 

Fred Chao: (Portland, Ore.) http://www.fredchao.com/

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Fred Chao is the writer and illustrator of Johnny Hiro {Half Asian, All Hero}, which was nominated for four Eisner Comic Industry awards and included in The Best American Comics 2010. He also wrote and illustrated Johnny Hiro {The Skills to Pay the Bills} and the children's comic Alison and Her Rainy Day Robot. His work as also appeared in Found: Requiem for a Paper Bag. He lives in Portland, Oregon. He misses Brooklyn terribly. 

Joshua W. Cotter: (Barnard, Mo.) https://www.instagram.com/joshuawcotter/Josh_Cotter

Joshua W. Cotter lives in rural northwest Missouri with his wife, children, cat, and an acute sense of impending mortality. They keep him making comics.

Farel Dalrymple: (Portland, Ore.)
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Farel Dalrymple is the creator of Pop Gun War: Chain Letter (2017), and Pop Gun War: Gift (2001, 2016) from Image comics, The Wrenchies (First Second Books 2014), It Will All Hurt (studygroup comics 2015), and Delusional (Adhouse, 2013). He was a co-founder and contributor to the comic anthology, Meathaus, and artist on Palefire (Secret Acres, 2015) written by Mk Reed, Prophet (Image comics 2012) by Brandon Graham, Omega the Unknown (Marvel Comics 2010) by Jonathan Lethem, Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah (BOOM! 2011) by Troy Nixey and Mike Mignola, Caper (DC Comics 2003) by Judd Winick.

Blue Delliquanti: (Minneapolis, Minn.) http://bluedelliquanti.com

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Blue Delliquanti is a comic artist based out of Minneapolis. She is the creator of the Lambda-nominated webcomic O Human Star (2012 - present) as well as Meal, an upcoming graphic novel from Iron Circus Comics. She loves robots, insects, and cooking delicious food.

Ben Dewey: (Portland, Ore.) http://deweydraws.blogspot.com/

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Ben Dewey is an internationally published freelance artist living in Portland, Ore. As a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, he brings a traditional sensibility to comics informed by his training as a painter.

Ben started drawing sequential graphic narratives in third grade and then developed an obsession with superhero comic art which continues to this day. He is currently a member of Helioscope Studio, where he works on projects for noteworthy clients like Marvel Publishing Inc., Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and others. Ben is the artist for the ongoing Image series, The Autumlands, written by Kurt Busiek.

Cat Farris: (Portland, Ore.)

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Cat Farris is the creator of the mini comic series Flaccid Badger, and the webcomic The Last Diplomat. An illustrator with an animation influence, Farris is best known for her chibi versions of popular superheroes and video game characters. She is also the artist for the series 

Emily and the Strangers from Dark Horse Comics.

Levi Hastings: (Seattle, Wash.) www.levihastings.com

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Levi Hastings is an illustrator and cartoonist in Seattle. He is the cover artist for the Lambda Award-winning Beyond anthology and creates editorial and autobio comics for a variety of publications. Together with writer Josh Trujillo, he is currently at work on the American Revolution queer romance comic, Declaration. Find more of his work at www.levihastings.com and follow along via Instagram & Twitter @LeviHastingsArt

Der-shing Helmer: (Mountain View,  Calif.) http://www.shingworks.com/

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Der-shing Helmer is an independent science-fantasy and educational comic artist from the Bay Area. She has a biology degree from UC Berkeley and a formal background in secondary science education. She is currently working on two comics, The Meek, and Mare Internum, both of which are free to read online.

Chris Hunt: (Westerville, Ohio)

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Chris Hunt is an American cartoonist from Boise, Idaho. He has been working primarily in comics for the past six years, but has also done a number of projects within the music and film industry. Past clients include DC/Vertigo, Black Mask, Dark Horse Comics, Z2 Comics, IDW Comics, AMC, Universal Music Group, and Biz3 Mgmt. In 2010, Hunt was invited to study as a resident artist at The Atlantic Center for The Arts (ACA) under Master Artist, Paul Pope.

In 2015, Hunt's first creator owned series, CARVER: A Paris Story, was released by Z2 Comics to critical praise. The collected trade of the five-issue series was released in the fall of 2016.

Sandra Lanz: (Portland, Ore.) www.SandraLanz.com

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Sandra Lanz is a Cuban-American artist hailing from Portland, Ore. She is the writer and illustrator of House Girls (Stela). Her artwork can also be found in Star Trek: Waypoint (IDW), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Archie), and Prophet (Image).

Steve Lieber: (Portland, Ore.) http://www.stevelieber.com/

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Steve Lieber's comics have been published by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Valiant, and many other publishers, but he's best known for his work on Whiteout, a graphic novel adapted by Warner Brothers as a feature starring Kate Beckinsale. Recent work includes Superior Foes of Spider-Man at Marvel, and The Fix at Image Comics.

His various projects have received nine Eisner Award nominations, and he won the Eisner for Best Limited Series for Whiteout: Melt. Steve's a founding member of Helioscope Studio, the largest studio of comic book artists in North America. He lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife, the novelist Sara Ryan. Twitter: @steve_lieber

Andrew MacLean: (Templeton, Mass.) laserwolfattack.com  

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Andrew MacLean is a Boston-area artist most known for creating the Head Lopper series at Image Comics, winner of the Diamond Gem Award for Indie Graphic Novel of the Year 2016and his graphic novel, Apocalyptigirl, published by Dark Horse Comics.

Natalie Nourigat: (Burbank, Calif.) http://natalienourigat.com/  

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Natalie “Tally” Nourigat is a writer and cartoonist from Portland, Oregon. She is a story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., and the author of Between Gears

Jess Pollard: (Vancouver, B.C.) jesspollard.squarespace.com

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Jess Pollard is a Canadian comic artist, storyboard artist, illustrator, and the fourth Trade Waiter of the TradeWaiters comic review podcast. Based in Vancouver, B.C., her work has appeared in Island magazine and the horror anthology Bones of the Coast. You can find her next project, in collaboration with Simon Roy, in Swan Song, a music anthology published by Cloudscape Comics.

MK Reed: (Portland, Ore.) mkreed.com

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MK Reed is an Ignatz and Eisner-nominated comic book writer from New Jersey. She is the author of many graphic novels, including Americus and Science Comics: Dinosaurs, and the ongoing series The Castoffs. She now lives in Oregon with her very tall husband. 

Natalie Riess: (Bethlehem, Penn.) www.natalieriess.com

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Natalie Riess is a cartoonist and illustrator from Pennsylvania. She has been making comics now for about a quarter of her life with projects such as Space Battle Lunchtime (from Oni Press), Snarlbear (Hiveworks) and Dungeon Critters (self published). She works both as a writer and an illustrator to create whimsical, colorful stories in digital media or watercolor.

Natalie graduated from Syracuse University’s Illustration BFA program in 2015, and loves cats, nature, and painting.

Simon Roy: (Vancouver, B.C.) http://robot-blood.blogspot.ca/
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Wayward son of Vancouver Island, Simon cut his comics teeth in 2009 with Jan's Atomic Heart, and has been vigorously gnawing ever since. His comics include Habitat, Tiger Lung, Prophet, and The Field.
Sara Ryan: (Portland, Ore.)
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Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses with art by Carla Speed McNeil, young adult novels The Rules for Hearts and Empress of the World, and various comics, short stories, and essays. She has spoken and taught in numerous venues, and appeared at comic conventions including Comicon International and Wondercon. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now lives in Portland, Ore. 

Matthew Seely: (Portland, Ore.) 
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Born in the 88th year of the 20th century, Matthew Seely realized at a young age that the cartoons he adored on television were created by actual people. From that point on, he’s devoted his life to telling stories in a multitude of media, including animation, comics, and illustration.

Seely is currently illustrating the graphic novel Morbid Obesity: Murder at Camp Bloom to be published by Oni Press in 2018, and has recently worked with ShadowMachine as Segment Director to fully produce the animation for the segment Dancing in the Dark for season two of MTV's Greatest Party Story Ever. Previously, Seely has created multiple independent animated shorts, including These Pancakes are Tiny, which has been screened at the Northwest Film and Video Festival, and the Salem Film Fest. He’s also written, drawn and self-published comics including Robo-Boy vs. Boybot and Oswald the Orange.

While a great deal of his free time still consists of watching cartoons and reading comics, Seely also enjoys playing music, listening to podcasts, and eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches. He’s currently living in Portland, Oregon where he received a BFA in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

C. Spike Trotman: (Chicago, Ill.) http://www.ironcircus.com
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C. Spike Trotman was born in DC, raised in Marfyland, and lives in Illinois. An artist and writer, she founded Iron Circus Comics in 2007, which has since grown to become the region's largest comics publisher. Her notable work includes the webcomic Templar, Arizona, the Smut Peddler series of erotic comic anthologies, and Poorcraft, a graphic novel guide to frugal living.

A Kickstarter early adopter, she pioneered the widely adopted bonus model that's since completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies. Iron Circus is also the first comics publisher of note to fully incorporate crowdfunding into its business model, inventing one of the single most effective uses of new media in comics publishing today. Spike lives with a dog and a husband in downtown Chicago. She likes ramen, trashy phone games, museums, and art history.

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