First off, I am totally stealing this list of up and coming cartoonists at TCAF by Ardo Omer.
The first name on her list is Ru Xu, definitely an up and comer. This Chinese-American SCAD grad already has a full length graphic novel coming out from Scholastic/Graphix, Newsprints, which is about a girl who disguises herself as a newsboy in an imagined steampunk city during wartime and has adventures. It looks amazing. Also, so many kids GNs coming out that I haven’t even heard of!
Xu is also the creator of the webcomic Saint for Rent which has this logline:
Saint runs an inn for Time Travelers, which leaves him little time to write his trashy romance novels. Always a pit stop in the crisscrossing lives of his out-of-date friends and family, Saint wonders where his place is in a world that is quickly passing him by.
Unfortunately, he also seems to attract more… supernatural “guests,” too.
This comics uses touches of gif animation for panels here and there. I could only read the first chapter and the story is just getting going, but the art is…amazingly gorgeous.
I haven’t seen much “comics” press for Ru Xu yet but I’m pretty certain that will be changing.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.