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. View Exhibitors

Dana Simpson
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Dana Simpson first caught the eyes of comics readers with the webcomic Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, she developed the syndicated strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn. There are now nine books in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, soon to be ten with the October 8 publication of the latest, The Unicorn Whisperer. Ozy and Millie have a book, too. To date, she’s sold more than a million books, made the New York Times bestseller list, and won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Craig Thompson
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Craig Thompson is the cartoonist of the award-winning books Blankets; Habibi; Space Dumplins; Carnet de Voyage; and Good-bye, Chunky Rice. His new project, Ginseng Roots, is being serialized as a bi-monthly comic book, the first of his career, through Uncivilized Books.

Terry Blas

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Terry Blas is an illustrator and writer based in Portland, Oregon. He is the writer behind the auto-bio comics Ghetto Swirl and You Say Latino (featured on NPR, OPB, and Terry’s work has appeared in the comics Steven Universe, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, and Rick and Morty. His first graphic novel, Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom, is a murder mystery set at a weight loss camp. Dead Weight has been named by YALSA as a 2019 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers. His latest graphic novel is Hotel Dare, a fantasy adventure book that doubles as a love letter to his childhood memories of Mexico. 

Matthew Seely
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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 illustrated the graphic novel Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom published by Oni Press in April 2018 and has worked with ShadowMachine as Segment Director on MTV's Greatest Party Story Ever and Encyclopedia of Manliness. Seely has created multiple independent animated shorts, including These Pancakes are Tiny, and self-published comics including These Bloody Marys Will Change Your Life, Robo-Boy vs. Boybot and Oswald the Orange.

Russell Brown

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Russell Brown is a freelance artist from Emmett, Idaho. Russ had worked as a commercial storyboard artist and character designer, and had illustrated multiple graphic novels, including contributions to the Other Worlds Anthology, The Killing Jar, Safe, and The 27 Run.

Benjamin Dewey

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Benjamin Dewey grew up drawing monsters, robots and dragons in Cleveland, Ohio. He now lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with his wife, Lindsey, two cats, too many guitars and stacks of comics pages. Ben has drawn for nearly every major publisher and does his own webcomics whenever his schedule permits. In the rare moments he isn't drawing he enjoys playing in a band, deep dives into fantasy role playing games and getting breakfast with his favorite people.

Sandra Lanz
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Sandra Lanz is a Cuban-American Artist, Art Director, and Producer based out of Portland, Oregon. She has been working in comics, video games, and illustration, after studying at Florida International University and receiving a BFA in Painting.

Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is a comics journalist. In 2019, she is working on Guantanamo Voices, an illustrated oral history of Guantanamo Bay prison, which will be published by Abrams in 2020. She is also making a zine every day for a year. She is a contributing editor at graphic journalism publication The Nib, where she writes and edits nonfiction comics about history, politics, and identity. Her first graphic novel, a queer sci-fi story called Open Earth, debuted from Limerence Press in 2018. She identifies as white, cisgender, and queer. 

Christopher Sebela
Christopher Sebela  |  View Website 
Christopher Sebela is a two-time Eisner-nominated writer, designer and publisher living and dying in Portland, Oregon. He’s the co-creator of original works like Trust Fall, Test, Crowded, Shanghai Red, High Crimes, House Amok, Cold War, Heartthrob, We(l)come Back, Dead Letters, Short Order Crooks and The Death Defying. He also writes things in other peoples’ sandboxes sometimes. He is catnip for weirdos and father to a blockheaded dog named Zola.   

Ron Randall
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Ron Randall’s work has appeared in all the major comics publishers in the United States, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, and IDW on properties as varied as FutureQuest, Spider-man, Supergirl, Predator, and Star Wars. His own science fiction series Trekker is his signature project. Funding through a series of successful Kickstarters, it tells the on-going adventures of 23rd century bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair.  
Anders Nilsen
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Anders Nilsen is the award-winning author of Big Questions, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Poetry is Useless, Tongues, and several other graphic novels and books of comics. His work has appeared in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Kramer’s Ergot, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine and elsewhere and been translated around the world. He lives in Portland, Oregon.  

Morgan Beem
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Morgan Beem is a freelance comic artist and illustrator who works predominantly with ink and watercolor. Her work includes The Family Trade, Adventure time, Planet of the Apes, and a number of anthologies. Currently she’s working on a brand-new Swamp Thing young adult graphic novel for DC Comics. She is also a donut and whiskey enthusiast. 

Jorge Corona
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Jorge Corona is a Venezuelan sequential artist, writer, and illustrator. He’s the winner of the 2015 Russ Manning Award. His work includes We are… Robin, Nightwing, and The Flash for DC Comics; Big Trouble in Little China, Adventure Time, Jim Henson’s Storyteller, among others for BOOM! Entertainment; as well as co-creator of Goners and Number One With a Bullet (Nominated for the 2018 Eisner Awards for Best Cover Artist) alongside Jacob Semahn, for Image Comics, and creator of Feathers, his all ages dark fantasy, for Archaia Entertainment. Currently he is working as the illustrator and co-creator of Image Comic’s Middlewest with writer Skottie Young. Jorge now lives in Denver, CO with his wife and fellow artist Morgan Beem.   

Farel Dalrymple
Farel Dalrymple  |  View Website
Farel Dalrymple is the creator of the comic series Proxima Centauri (Image comics 2019,) IT WILL ALL HURT (Image comics 2018), Pop Gun War: Chain Letter (2017 Image comics) and POP GUN WAR: GIFT (2016 Image comics, 2001 Dark Horse), The Wrenchies (First Second Books 2014), and Delusional (Adhouse, 2013). Farel was a co-founder and contributor to the comic anthology, Meathaus, and the 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 (Dark Horse 2018) by Troy Nixey and Mike Mignola, Caper (DC Comics 2003) by Judd Winick, and various other short stories and collaborative projects. 

Theo Ellsworth
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Theo Ellsworth is a cartoonist, illustrator, and zine maker. He's the author of Capacity, The Understanding Monster, and An Exorcism. His work had been featured in Best American Comics, NOW, The Graphic Canon, S! (The Baltic Comics Magazine), Cicada Magazine, Smoke Signal, The Treasury of Mini Comics, and Wonderbook. He is the house artist for the London based record label, Astral Industries and the creator of numerous Art Zines such as People Are Places, Too and Logic Storm. His woodcut fine art has been exhibited internationally. 

Tom Kaczynski 
Tom Kaczynski | View Website
Tom K(aczynski) is an immigrant, cartoonist, writer, teacher, and founder of Uncivilized Books. His comics include the Eisner-nominated Beta Testing the Apocalypse (Fantagraphics) and the forthcoming Trans Terra. He writes the Event Horizon column on The Comics Journal. He also teaches comics at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his partner Nikki, two cats, and a dog. English is his third language.

 Tadd Galusha
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Hailing from the Northwest, Tadd Galusha is an Alaskan based freelance comic illustrator and writer of Cretaceous (Oni Press), The Backwoods (web), and Super Puncher (Western Horseman). His workings also include numerous titles such as TMNT, Godzilla, and Bubba Ho-Tep.

Starting as storyboard and pre-production artist, Tadd has worked as an illustrator and comic artist for the better part of the past decade.

Madeline McGrane

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Madeline McGrane lives in Minneapolis and draws comics. She received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2016. She has done work for Marvel Comics, Disney Publishing, and CollegeHumor. Her short comic Iceheist was published by Uncivilized Books in 2015.

 Cat Farris
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Cat Farris is a native Portlander, an artist, and pretty sure she's just making this up as she goes along. She is supported in this venture by the world's most beautiful husband, the laziest greyhound, and an all-star cast of Helioscope studiomates. She has done art for various comics publishers, including Oni Press, Dark Horse Comics, and IDW. She is currently working on The Ghoul Next Door, a new graphic novel series to be published by HarperCollins, written by Cullen Bunn.

 Ron Chan

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Ron Chan is a comic book and storyboard artist from Portland, Oregon. He is most known as the primary artist for the Plants vs Zombies comics published by Dark Horse 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

Maria Frantz | View Website 

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

Alex Puvilland | View Website

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

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell | View Website

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

Jessica Campbell | View Website

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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