Guest Creators

We are pleased to welcome another stellar group of comics creators to Boise Comic Arts Festival this year! Some you may know, some you may not, but all are producing relevant, engaging, top-notch comics.

Steve Lieber

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Steve Lieber's comics have been published by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Valiant and many other publishers. He’s best known for his work on a graphic novel adapted by Warner Brothers as a feature film, and for Superior Foes of Spider-Man, a cult favorite published by Marvel. Steve's Image Comics project The Fix was named Best New Comic of the Year by IGN. He's currently drawing Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen for DC Comics.

His various projects have received nine Eisner Award nominations, and he won the Eisner for Best Limited Series for Whiteout v2: Melt. Steve’s a founding member of Helioscope, the largest studio of comic book artists in North America. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Sara Ryan.

Sara Ryan

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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 is a two-time Oregon Book Award winner, an Eisner Award finalist, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Bad Houses was named a best graphic novel of the year by Time Magazine, USA Today, Comic Book Resources, and Paste Magazine. She is also a faculty member in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Laura Knetzger

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Laura Knetzger is an artist from Seattle. She makes comics about feelings, including the kids’ adventure series Bug Boys, which will be collected by Random House Graphic starting in 2020.

Maria Frantz

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Maria Frantz is a cartoonist, illustrator, and animator whose work centers around the strange and the fantastical, with a focus on facing the fear that often accompanies the unknown. In 2015 she was awarded a national gold medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her short comic Death Wish. In 2017 she illustrated The Golden Door for Hank Green’s Refugee poster project. Other notable works include Hansel Moreno’s The Gardens of Galahad, and her debut graphic novel, The Chancellor and the Citadel.

Alex Puvilland

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Having grown up in France in the eighties, Alex Puvilland may have mad cow disease and holes in his brain. He might also be perfectly normal. While waiting to be seventy-five to find out, he works for Dreamworks Animation and does comics whenever he has a moment.

In 2006 he and his wife, the ridiculously charming and talented LeUyen Pham, illustrated Prince of Persia, The Graphic Novel, written by A.B. Sina. In the following years Alex teamed again with his wife to produce two amazing sons as well as another comic, Templar, written by Jordan Mechner. Spill zoneis his first solo book as an illustrator. Alex is now to be found living happily in Los Angeles with his family.

Justin Zimmerman

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 Justin Zimmerman, MFA in Film and Media Director for publisher A Wave Blue World, is a nationally recognized writer, filmmaker and professor. His narrative and documentary work has appeared in more than 100 film festivals across the globe and has been broadcast on national public television, where he won two international television awards. He’s also been the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships, he contributed a story to the Eisner Award winning graphic novel Love Is Love, and his script and comic work has been optioned on multiple occasions. 

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

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Rosemary Valero-O'Connell is an Eisner nominated cartoonist and illustrator born in Minneapolis, MN, and raised in Zaragoza, Spain. She's published comics with First Second, Shortbox, Boom! Studios, and DC Comics, and has worked with clients like CAPY Games, Crunchyroll, Mondo Prints and Tees, and XBOX UK. Her latest project, just published this May, is a YA graphic novel about queer heartbreak and friendship written by NYT bestselling author Mariko Tamaki entitled Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Jessica Campbell

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Jessica Campbell is a Canadian visual artist and cartoonist currently based in the mid-west, working in comics, fibers, painting and drawing. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Field Projects (New York) and has had previous solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); Western Exhibitions (Chicago); Laroche/Joncas (Montreal, QC), in addition to other institutions. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Hamilton Art Gallery (Hamilton, ON, Canada); ICA Baltimore (Baltimore, MD); moniquemeloche (Chicago, IL); Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada) and others. She is the author of the graphic novels Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists (2016) and XTC69 (2018)both published by Koyama Press. She has a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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