Look at this lineup!
Eisner Award winners! Book award winners! Famous illustrators! Cool cartoonists! Bestselling authors! Fan favorites! All at the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco this weekend!
Yeah, I expect great authors to show up at every American Library Association conference (some to accept awards), but this… WOW! And this is just Artists Alley! Lord know what the various publishers have planned at their booths!
|0150||Alex Woolfson – Artist Alley Alex Woolfson creates gay male action-romance comics for women and other cool folk. He will be bringing copies of his science-fiction Lambda Literary award nominated graphic novel Artifice and his superhero graphic novel The Young Protectors to ALA 2015.|
|0109||Alexis Fajardo / Artist Alley Kid Beowulf is the graphic novel series wired.com calls “a gateway drug to the classics!” Meet cartoonist, Alexis E. Fajardo and dive into his fun, action-adventure comics inspired by mythology and literature. Visit www.kidbeowulf.com for more!|
|0104||Andy Warner / Artist Andy Warner will be selling minicomics showcasing comics in journalism and fiction. He will also be representing the Irene anthology, a critically acclaimed biannual indie comics collection featuring fantastic new work by cartoonists from all corners of the world, including Lebanon, Australia, France, Canada, Colombia and the United States.|
|0130||Aron Steinke and Ariel Cohn / Artist Alley Aron Nels Steinke and Ariel Cohn are married authors and will be showcasing their newest book from First Second called, The Zoo Box. Mr. Steinke, a Xeric Award Winner, will also have his previous children’s books and graphic novels available, as well as self-published all-ages comics. Ms. Cohn and Mr. Steinke will have buttons, original art, and prints.|
|0141||Becca Hillburn / Artist Alley The primary focus of Nattosoup Studio’s table is the studio’s two watercolor books- 7″ Kara, an all ages comic that follows Kara, a Lilliputian girl, and Gizmo Granny, a children’s chapter book written by Lenore Salazar and illustrated by Becca Hillburn. In addition, Becca Hillburn hopes to have copies of comic anthologies that have recently featured her work, such as Hana Doki Kira, the shoujo anthology, Chainmail Bikini, an anthology that focuses on female gamers, and 1001 Knights, an anthology of lady knight illustrations and comics. Although Becca Hillburn’s work is entirely kid friendly, these anthologies are geared more towards a YA audience.|
|0112||Ben Collison / Artist Alley I will have on hand original and unique artwork: paintings, tee shirts, drawings, postcards, stickers, coffee art. I will also be selling self published art books and Trade Paper Back books I have worked on.|
|0151||Carlos Nieto III – Artist Alley Former Simpson’s and King of the Hill artist Carlos Nieto III travels across the country providing libraries with a comprehensive, engaging and in depth Anime drawing workshop. Teaching the basics of the Anime face, expressions and body construction, your patrons will learn the necessary elements to create their very own Anime characters. No previous drawing experience needed.|
|0106||Chris Giarrusso / Artist Alley Chris Giarrusso will be selling and signing copies of the G-MAN SUPER JOURNAL as well as three volumes in the G-MAN graphic novel series. He will also be giving away G-MAN posters/prints, bookmarks and trading cards.|
|0108||Chris Schweizer / Artist Alley Chris Schweizer will be showcasing galleys from his new middle reader horror graphic novel series THE CREEPS (Fall 2015, Amulet Books). Special ALA event: The protagonists of THE CREEPS attend Pumpkins County Middle School, and are often stymied in their monster hunts by their inability to check out the spooky books which are closely guarded by the grand high librarian. But the librarians that attend ALA can show their patrons that they’ve got the privileges that our eponymous detectives don’t! “Pumpkins County Middle School Library: Forbidden Section Access” badges will be available, and Chris will be making them with small watercolor portraits of conference attendees in the style of THE CREEPS. He will also be signing books from the CROGAN ADVENTURES series and his sketchbook collections and is happy to talk about why TRUE GRIT by Charles Portis is one of the best YA novels ever.|
|0117||Christopher Herndon / Artist Alley Christopher Herndon has been feeding himself by way of the funnybook industry for over a decade. Most recently he has undertaken the gargantuan task of illustrating the Terra Tempo series. This has given him the great opportunity to educate and entertain those young and old about the real life monsters living in our Earth’s past. Smilodons, Mammoths, and Dinosaurs. Oh MY!|
|0118||Concrete Park / Artist Alley Concrete Park is the award-winning graphic novel series from Dark Horse Comics. Artist Tony Puryear and writer Erika Alexander create a diverse, compelling sci-fi world the Berkeley Graduate calls “Brilliant.”|
|0115||Daniel Corey / Artist Alley Daniel Corey is a writer of comics and graphic novels, and works with mega-publisher Image Comics. Corey’s Image series to date include MORIARTY, which follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ greatest foe, and RED CITY, best described as “L.A. Confidential” on Mars.|
|0122||Fillbach Brothers / Artist Alley THE FILLBACH BROTHERS. Associated with FIRST COMICS we will have a library of our books for sale at discount. Plus we will have comps copies of new books and extras such as catalogs, t-shirts, and more. We will also be more than happy to sign every book as well as do free sketches for all who visit us.|
|0136||Frank Cammuso / Artist Alley Books for sale, limited edition posters & prints, buttons and original art work.|
|0107||Gareth Hinds / Artist Alley The award-winning author/illustrator of graphic novel adaptations such as Beowulf, the Odyssey, Romeo & Juliet and King Lear will be sketching, signing and selling his books, including his latest, Macbeth, which the NY Times calls ”stellar.”|
|0132||Gene Luen Yang and Thein Pham / Artist Alley Come visit cartoonists Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham at their booth! Buy a book, get an autograph, and pick up a poster!|
|0110||Gregg Schigiel / Artist Alley Gregg Schigiel presents his original middle-grade graphic novel, PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, a suburban superhero adventure starring a costumed teen hero claiming she’s a fairy princess (a claim as-yet unconfirmed)! Copies of the book will be available for sale, as well as art prints, and free giveaways of a preview book of the first chapter.|
|0119||Ivan Brandon / Artist Alley DRIFTER v1: OUT OF THE NIGHT is in stores on June 17th from Image comics. DRIFTER v1 collects issues 1-5 of the sold out sci-fi series by Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein. In its frantic rush to survive itself, mankind has spread across the universe, colonizing and strip-mining countless planets. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. What starts as a struggle for survival quickly becomes a journey to the very edges of what it means to be human, as Pollux searches for answers among the ruins of this forgotten world. And if he can’t have answers, he’ll at least have revenge. FROM THE CREATORS OF VIKING: Writer Ivan Brandon (Wolverine, Men of War) and artist Nic Klein (Captain America, Thor) reunite to bring you a chilling sci-fi tale from the strangest planet in the universe.|
|0139||Janet K. Lee / Artist Alley Janet Lee is the artist for several graphic novels (RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN), comics series (Marvel’s EMMA and NORTHANGER ABBEY, Image’s LOST VEGAS), and a contributor to sequential anthologies (Marvel’s ONCE UPON A TIME: INTO THE PAST, AMP’s READING WITH PICTURES). Her booth will include original artwork and prints, as well as copies of the books themselves.|
|0144||Jeremy Whitley / Artist Alley Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin are the creators of the Eisner Award Nominated and Glyph Award Winning All-Ages comic series Princeless. Princeless is the tale of a young black princess who decides to escape her tower and save herself. Jeremy is also a frequent writer for the My Little Pony comic book series and Emily is an art teacher here in Northern California.|
|0140||Jimmie Robinson / Artist Alley Writer, artist and illustrator for a wide array of comic books, children’s books, and graphic novels. Published by Image Comics for over 20 years and a contributor to museums and feature films. Offering original art and books for sale.|
|0114||John Green / Artist Alley I will be exhibiting books and my original art from work co-created with DAVE ROMAN: the graphic novels “Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden” and “Teen Boat.” The second Teen Boat book comes out this September, so I’ll be showing off a lot of that one, possibly giving away bookmarks or posters or things. I will also be talking about and showing art from my new young reader graphic novel, “Hippopotamister”, from First Second Books. And I’ll also have original art from the Phineas & Ferb comics I’ve drawn for Disney Publishing.|
|0145||John Hendrix/Artist Alley Using my new book, Drawing is Magic, i’ll be doing drawing games and exercises to teach drawing and creative storytelling for all ages. Live drawing, demos, book signing, etc.|
|0124||Jonathon Dalton / Artist Alley Jonathon Dalton draws comics about strange worlds and the ordinary people who live there. His self-published young adult graphic novels include Lords of Death and Life, a superhero story set in a Mayan city, and A Mad Tea-Party, a sci-fi story about a poorly planned revolution.|
|0149||Joshua Hauke – Artist Alley Tales of The Brothers Three is a middle grade graphic novel series that chronicles the misadventures of three brothers with overactive imaginations and all the trouble they get into because of it. They fish for sharks out of the toilet, battle haunted mustaches, get sucked inside their mom’s vacuum cleaner, and they even have their very own sock-slurping monster.|
|0113||Justin Greenwood / Artist Alley Original 11×17 comic art, prints and a wide selection of the graphic novel collections of comics like THE FUSE, STUMPTOWN and WASTELAND.|
|0143||Kevin McCloskey / Artist Alley Original art from We Dig Worms!, 2015, Toon Books. As a tribute to worms, natures’ recyclers, the illustrations are painted on recycled grocery bags. Art directed by Françoise Mouly, We Dig Worms! is an educational hardcover comic book for children.|
|0147||Kill Shakespeare / Artist AlleyKill Shakespeare is an action-adventure graphic novel series (and board game) that pits the Bard’s greatest heroes against his most menacing villains.|
|0142||Kip Noschese / Artist Alley Meet Kip Noschese, author and illustrator of “Otto & the Grand Prix Bees,” a picture book for K-3. Autographed copies of “Otto & the Grand Prix Bees” will be available, as well as related educational materials and information on Kip’s upcoming titles.|
|0137||MariNaomi / Artist Alley MariNaomi will have her graphic memoirs, Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume and Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, available, plus handmade books/zines and original artwork.|
|0138||Matt Phelan / Artist Alley Display will feature a look at the process behind the making of my books. Books and prints for sale. Plus an exclusive sneak peek at my 2016 graphic novel, SNOW WHITE.|
|0134||Mike Maihack / Artist Alley Mike Maihack will have his newest Scholastic published Graphic Novel, Cleopatra in Space #2: The Thief and the Sword, on hand as well as Cleopatra in Space #1 and a collection of art prints from a variety of genres.|
|0128||Nathan Hale / Artist Alley Nathan Hale, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Hazardous Tales series will be signing, selling books, and drawing pictures at his table. He will likely also be working on the next Hazardous Tales book during the conference, so stop by to see it being created live.|
|0111||Nick Dragotta / Artist Alley Nick Dragotta is the artist and co-creator of the educational DIY comic book Howtoons and the New York Times bestselling comic book East of West with Jonathan Hickman from Image Comics.|
|0146||Nikki McClure – Artist Alley Nikki McClure of Olympia, Washington, is known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts. Armed with an X-acto knife, she cuts out her images from a single sheet of paper and create a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture.|
|0120||Oliver Chin / Artist Alley Called “an expert on Pacific Rim pop culture” by the San Jose Mercury News, Oliver features his multicultural, diverse, and wonderfully illustrated children’s picture books: The Year of the Sheep from the annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, Julie Black Belt, Welcome to Monster Isle poster, and limited edition prints from Baltazar and the Flying Pirates, Timmy and Tammy’s Train of Thought, and The Adventures of WonderBaby: from A to Z. He wrote the middle grade/YA sports commentary The Tao of Yao: Insights from Basketball’s Brightest Big Man and the comic book 9 of 1: A Window to the World (Library Journal named it one of the best graphic novels on 9/11). He shares Immedium’s popular titles such as The Octonauts, Justin Time, Sora and the Cloud, Billie the Unicorn, and Sid the Squid. Get free postcards and a show special discount for librarians.|
|0121||Otis Frampton / Artist Alley Meet comic book writer/artist and animator Otis Frampton, creator of “Oddly Normal” (Image Comics) and one of the artists on the popular animated web series “How It Should Have Ended.”|
|0148||Paul Roman Martinez – Artist Alley Paul Roman Martinez writes and illustrates the self-published webcomic and graphic novel series, The Adventures of 19XX. The series is set in the 1930s and involves a group, called The 19XX, trying to prevent the spread of war with the help of various historical figures along the way.|
|0116||Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman / Artist Alley Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman will have graphic novels, t-shirts, mini-comics and original artwork in support of their kidlit comics SMILE, SISTERS, DRAMA, BABY-SITTERS CLUB, ASTRONAUT ACADEMY, and TEEN BOAT!|
|0126||Tony Cliff / Artist Alley At ALA 2015, I’ll be signing copies DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT; I’ll have many handsome, colorful art prints, including the Delilah Dirk Travel Poster series, and most importantly I’ll be answering questions about and providing an sneak peek at DELILAH DIRK AND THE KING’S SHILLING, the second major DELILAH DIRK graphic novel.|
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