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Past Comics Fest Guests
Sara Appel (2011) is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Program in Literature at Duke University. Along with many other subjects, Sara has studied gender representation in comics as well as the class-related implications of the medium.
Jared Axelrod (2014) is an author, illustrator, costume designer and more. He is the writer of The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City, illustrated by Steve Walker. Read more about Jared at jaredaxelrod.com.
Andrew Aydin (2014) is Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis in Washington, D.C., and he is the co-author with Lewis and Nate Powell of March: Book One, this year’s Durham Reads Together title. Read more about Aydin at andrewaydin.com. Andrew Aydin’s appearance was made possibly by Durham Reads Together.
Ben Bolling (2011) is a Doctoral Candidate at UNC’s English & Comparative Literature department, where he studies comics in a number of capacities, including serial narratives and the sociology of comic book conventions.
Mark Crilley (2012) is the author and illustrator of the Akiko and Billy Clikk books series for children, the Miki Falls graphic novel series for teens, and the new Brody’s Ghost graphic novel series for adults, as well as the Mastering Manga cartooning guides.
Willow Dawson (2012) is the writer and artist of Lila & Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club, an excellent introduction to making your own comics for kids and parents. Visit Willow’s online portfolio at willowdawson.4ormat.com.
Dr. Jonathan Gayles (2014) is Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the writer, director and producer of the documentary film White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in American Comic Books. Read more about Dr. Gayles and the film at blacksuperherodoc.com. Dr. Jonathan Gayles’ appearance was made possibly by Durham Reads Together.
Scott Hampton (2013) is a veteran comic book artist whose work includes Batman: Gotham County Line, as well as chapters of The Books of Magic (written by Neil Gaiman), Hellboy (written by Mike Mignola), and the Immortals graphic novel
Will Hansen (2011) is Assistant Curator of Collections at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which includes the Edwin and Terry Murray Comic Book Collection.
Eric Knisley (2014) is a cartoonist, illustrator and animator, and was a co-organizer of the Durham Indie Comics Expo as well as being a frequent contributor to the Durham Comics Fest.
Jason Lutes (2011) is the writer and artist of the acclaimed Berlin series and Jar of Fools, and the writer, with artist Nick Bertozzi, of Houdini: The Handcuff King. Jason teaches at The Center for Cartoon Studies.
George O’Connor (2014) is the writer and artist of the acclaimed Olympians series, retellings of classical Greek myths, the illustrator of the Captain Awesome children’s book series, and the artist behind Journey into Mohawk Country, an adaptation of a 17th-Century travel journal. Learn more about George at olympiansrule.com and geooco.blogspot.com.
Nate Powell (2011) is the writer and artist of Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire and The Silence of Our Friends (written by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos). His latest work is March, is Georgia Congressman John Lewis’ graphic autobiography, written with Lewis staff aid Andrew Aydin. Read more about Nate at seemybrotherdance.blogspot.com.
Brian Shearer (2014) is the creator of the ongoing webcomic William the Last, and has contributed art to IDW’s Doctor Who, G.I. Joe and Transformers comics. Read more about Brian at gravyboy.com/brianshearer.
Raina Telgemeier (2013) is the award-winning cartoonist behind Smile, Drama and the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. Her latest book, due out August 2014, is Sisters. Read more about Raina at goraina.com.
Kirill Tolpygo (2011) is Slavic & East European Studies Librarian at UNC Chapel Hill and maintains a collection of East European and Slavic-language comics at UNC’s Davis Library
Jeremy Whitley (2014) is the writer of the Eisner-nominated Princeless, with artist M. Goodwin, and IDW’s My Little Pony: Friends Forever comics. Read more about Jeremy and Princeless at womenwriteaboutcomics.com/2013/01/11/interview-with-jeremy-whitley-of-princeless/.
Gail Williams (2014) is a career counselor specializing in media and the arts, a working artist, and has been an art teacher and administrator from preschool through college levels. She has published numerous articles and has exhibited her art widely throughout the state. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Art at NC Central University and a Road Scholar with the NC Humanities Council. Gail Williams’ appearance was made possibly by Durham Reads Together.
Photos from Past Fests
Attendees line up to have comics signed by Comics Fest guests, 2013.
Raina Telgemeier runs a cartooning workshop for kids, 2013.
Raina Telgemeier demonstrates comics storytelling, 2013.
Raina Telgemeier presents her work to fans of all ages before a book signing, 2013.
Scott Hampton discusses cartooning with workshop participants, 2013.
A cartoonist’s panel about taking comics from sketches and scripts to a finished project, featuring (left to right) Ben Towle, Scott Hampton and Jan Burger, 2013.
Comics Fest organizer Matt Wood cosplays Scott Pilgrim villain Gideon Graves, 2013.
Mark Crilley (far left) and Willow Dawson (second from right) with Comics Fest organizers Amy Godfrey and Patrick Holt, 2012.
Willow Dawson looks at work by a member of the Kids Comics Club, 2012.
Ben Bolling, Will Hansen, Kirill Tolypgo and Sara Appel discuss the place of comics in the university setting, 2012.
Mark Crilley demonstrates page design and panel layout, 2012.
Fans share their homemade Lunch Lady board game with Jarrett Krosoczka, 2011.
Jan Burger (left) and Jason Lutes sign books for Comics Fest attendees, 2011.
Jason Lutes with the winner of a sponsored prize drawing, provided by the Friends of the Durham Library, 2011.
Jarrett Krosoczka demonstrates character proportions with Lunch Lady, 2011.
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