Rep. John Lewis
First-time graphic novelist Congressman John Lewis, is an icon of the civil rights movement and a true American hero. An acclaimed author, Congressman Lewis will be releasing his first graphic novel this fall, the autobiographical March (Book One), published by Top Shelf Productions. The book was co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by the award-winning graphic novelist Nate Powell.
Born and raised in the American mid-west, Jeff Smith learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and watching animation on TV. Smith is best known as the creator of the self-published comic book series Bone. Smith published 55 issues of Bone between 1991 and 2004, blending influences from artists and writers such as Walt Kelly, Carl Barks, and J. R. R. Tolkien. His most recent series, RASL, focused on an art thief who hops through dimensional barriers, hiding out on various parallel worlds. He is currently working on a webcomic series, Tüki Save the Humans.
A long time cartoonist for The New Yorker, Liza Donnelly is the author/editor of over 20 books, of which 7 of them are children’s books published for Scholastic Inc. She is a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department, a member of the collective Cartooning for Peace, one of the founding members of the U.S. branch of the Federation of Cartoonists Organizations (FECO), and has spoken at such esteemed forums as TED, as well as the United Nations. Her upcoming book is titled Women on Men, will be published by Narrative Magazine this Fall.
Peter Bagge was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, about 40 miles north of New York City. While enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Bagge discovered underground comics, and the work of R. Crumb in particular turned what had initially been only a vague interest in cartooning into a passion. Bagge’s best-known work includes the comics Hate and Neat Stuff. His stories often use black humor and exaggerated cartooning to dramatize the reduced expectations of middle-class American youth. Bagge is a contributing editor and cartoonist at Reason magazine.
Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, but made her way to New York City when she was 22 to attend the School of Visual Arts. She is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, and the author-illustrator of several #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novels. These include Smile, which won an Eisner Award, a Boston-Globe Horn Book Honor, and many student-voted state book awards; and Drama, which recently received a Stonewall Honor Award.
Ed Piskor has been cartooning professionally in print form since 2005, starting off drawing American Splendor comics written by Harvey Pekar. The duo continued working together on 2 graphic novels, Macedonia, and The Beats. Ed began self publishing Wizzywig after developing a huge interest in the history of Hacking and Phone Phreaking. 3 volumes, making up 3/4 of the full story, have been published to date. Recently Ed has designed the characters for the new Adult Swim series, Mongo Wrestling Alliance.
Liniers appearance will be the first time SPX has featured a cartoonist representing Argentina. Liniers made his name in the Americas with his widely syndicated strip Macanudo, which is popular enough to have been collected in 8 reprint volumes. His latest book, The Big Wet Balloon, will be represented at SPX by children’s book publisher Toon Books, making their first ever SPX appearance. The Big Wet Balloon is Liniers first book to be translated into English, and is being released in both Spanish and English editions.
Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan returns to SPX for the first time since 2007 to promote her latest book and only second full length graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly, The Property. A founding member of the Actus Tragicus comics collective, Rutu’s Exit Wounds won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel.
Creator and advocate of a Canadian design aesthetic, Seth is best known to the comics world as the artist/writer of the long running Palookaville comic, as well as his graphic novels Wimbledon Green and George Sprott (1895-1975), which was originally serialized in the New York Times. He is also known for his book design work for such series as The Complete Peanuts, Nancy and Melvin Monster, in addition to The Portable Dorothy Parker.
Painter, poster artist, cartoonist, commercial artist, and set designer, polymath Gary Panter has covered the gamut. Best known to the comics world for his long running, post-apocalyptic Jimbo series as well as his graphic novel Dal Tokyo, he also won an Emmy Award for his work on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and the Chrysler Award for his influence in graphic design.
Lisa Hanawalt has vaulted from her Ignatz Award winning mini-comics Stay Away From Other People and I Want You, to illustrating for such periodicals as the New York Times Op-Ed page, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Bloomberg Business Week, as well as McSweeney’s and The Believer. Her latest book is My Dirty Dumb Eyes, a compendium of her work being published this May by Drawn & Quarterly.
Michael Kupperman has earned 2013 Eisner Award nominations for both Best Short Story and Best Single Issue for Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 from Fantagraphics Books. His stories have been selected for no less than four editions of the annual Best American Comics, including the 2013 edition for which Jeff Smith selected Quinceptionfrom Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7. In 2012, Time Out New York voted Michael one of the 50 funniest New Yorkers.
Gene Yang, creator behind the award winning American Born Chinese, is returning to the graphic novel field with a two volume set, Boxers & Saints, to be released this fall by First Second Books. Set in China in 1900, it tells the story of the Boxer rebellion and how the teemagers of the day used their “super heroes” from Chinese opera as inspirations to fight against foreign invaders.
Frank Santoro is back with his latest work, Pompei, published by Picturebox. His Storeyville was one of the most influential comics of the 1990’s, leading to its reprinting in book form in 2007. He now runs the Santoro Correspondence Course For Comic Book Makers, which carries on the tradition of correspondence courses for cartoonists that stretches back over century, now in an online form utilizing the latest in collaborative technology.