2017 Guests

keithknightKeith Knight is the award-winning creator of three comic strips His auto-bio multi-panel, The K Chronicles, the socio-political single panel  “(th)ink”,and  the daily syndicated “Knight Life”.  He has performed his lauded cartoon slideshow “They Shoot Black People, Don’t They?”, at colleges, universities, churches and comic cons worldwide, and is a co-author of the new children’s book series “Jake the Fake”. http://www.kchronicles.com/

FabianRangelJrFabian Rangel Jr is a coffee addicted comic book writer based out of Corpus Christi, Texas. He’s the writer/co-creator of Doc Unknown (Dark Horse Comics), Space Riders (Black Mask Studios), Helena Crash (IDW), ‘Namwolf (Albatross), and Blood Brothers: Hermanos de Sangre. He’s also worked on such properties as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, and Lucha Underground.  http://fabianrangeljr.tumblr.com/

Alexis Zirrit, artist of this year’s Staplegator, is originally from Venezuela but has lived in Florida for the past decade. He’s been published in Complex Magazine, Heavy Metal, BOOM! Studios and Dark Horse Comics among others. His kung fu is strong.  http://www.aziritt.com/


UkazuNgozi_InStudio-webNgozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Computing and The Arts, and received a masters in Sequential Art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  https://www.ngoziu.com/


paulbenjaminPaul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters, Inc., G.I. Joe, and more. His first prose short story appeared in The Protectors anthology. His original manga series Pantheon High was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee. More at http://paulbenjaminwrites.com/ 

bio-picNatasha Alterici is a writer and artist from Oklahoma. She earned her Bachelor’s in Art from Northeastern State University in 2009, and soon after found herself working on freelance illustration and comics projects. Her work includes Heathen, Dinosaur Project, Gotham Academy: Yearbook, Grayson Annual, The Lez Film Review, Mixed Signals, Lovers and Other Strangers, and more. When not drawing, she enjoys watching cooking shows with her girlfriend and their cat.  http://www.alterici.com/ 


Jake Wyatt has made (occasionally Hugo Award-winning) comic books for clients like DC, Boom, and Marvel. Currently he makes an online comic called Necropolis for himself, and writes, draws and directs animation for clients in TV and Advertising like Nickelodeon, Ubisoft, and Gatorade. He is currently a writer and director at Flight School Studios in Dallas, Texas, where he lives with Kathryn, his wife, and their tiny son. http://jakewyattriot.tumblr.com