ALA 2014 Las VegasThe annual conference of the American Library Association kicks into high gear today (It’s been running since Thursday!), with the first full day of the exhibition hall being open.

Like BookExpo America, publishers are displaying their new titles, and scheduling authors to sign books!  Gene Yang signed his new book from First Second last night, and later this weekend, Judy Blume will be in attendance!

Meanwhile… there is the Artist Alley near the graphic novel/gaming stage, featuring an incredible selection of comics creators, mostly from the graphic novel side of publishing, not the smashbang genres of superhero adventures.  (Although, there are many fans of superheroes among them!)

Here’s the list!  Everything is from the ALA website, although I’ve added a few URLs to better promote these talents!

Frank Cummuso – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2138



Frank Cammuso is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde from Amulet Books. He also created the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table from Graphix/Scholastic. Frank drew the comic Otto’s Orange Day and Otto’s Backwards Day for Toon-Books. He also wrote and drew his self-published graphic novel Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective, for which he received an Eisner nomination.

Matt Dembicki – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2021



Matt Dembicki previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. He also served at the helm of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., a Harvey Award-nominated anthology that was named as one of the best books of 2012 by the Washington Post. His book Xoc: The Journey of a Great White won the 2013 SPACE Prize.

Steve Ellis – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2131

Matthew Fillbach and Shawn Fillbach-Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2025



Graphic Novels and comic books from the publisher FIRST COMICS. We have 5 graphic novels out presently: FREAKIN’ BUTT-KICKIN’ ZOMBIE ANTS, TALES OF THE S.S. JUNKY STAR, CADAVER DOGS OF WINTER, LIVES, CAPTAIN FREEBIRD. We will also have samples of the upcoming titles SHOTGUN TO SUGARLAND, DOG SOLDIER and NAKED LEONE.

Colleen Frakes – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2130

Darren Gendron / Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2033

Joel Christian Gill – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2133

Jimmy Gownley – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2135

Nathan Hale – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2136



Author/illustrator Nathan Hale, creator of the Hazardous Tales series of graphic novels for middle grade readers will be at this table, sketching, answering questions and signing books.

Christopher Herndon – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2124


Dave Kellett- Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2031


Janet Lee – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2137

Mike Maihack – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2139



Mike Maihack will have his newest Scholastic published Graphic Novel, Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice, on hand as well as a collection of art prints from a variety of genres.

Conor McCreery – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2122

Dan Mishkin – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2027

Jesse Moynihan- Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2134


Sean O’Neill – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2121

Jake Parker – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2023



Jake Parker is an illustrator based in Utah. For the last 15 years he has worked on everything from animated films to graphic novels to picture books. He illustrated the New York Times best-selling book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, written by Michael Chabon and writes and draws the Missle Mouse graphic novel series, published by Graphix.

Thom Pratt – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2029

Jason Rodriguez – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2132

Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2120

Gregg Schigiel – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2128

Kean Soo and Tory Woollcott Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2127

Aron Nels Steinke – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2035


Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2125

Phil Yeh – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2129



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