2018 Guests & Panelists

colleencoverColleen Coover is an Eisner Award-winning comic book artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her comics include the adult title Small Favors and the all-ages Banana Sunday. She has been published by Dark Horse, Top Shelf, Marvel, and many others. She works with her husband, writer Paul Tobin, on the Eisner-winning series Bandette. http://www.colleencoover.net/

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jenwangJEN WANG is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the co-author of the New York Times Bestselling graphic novel IN REAL LIFE with Cory Doctorow, KOKO BE GOOD, and THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER. Her work has also appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, Hazlitt, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Portland Mercury. She is the co-founder and organizer of the annual festival COMIC ARTS LOS ANGELES.”  http://jenwang.net/

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vanesadelreyVANESA R. DEL REY Cuban artist Vanesa R. Del Rey began her career doing concept art for animation. Her work in comics has been described as dark, gritty and mysterious with great dominance of figurative work. She has illustrated Scarlet Witch, Spider-Women Alpha, and Daredevil Annual (2016) for Marvel Comics. REDLANDS, co-created with Jordie Bellaire is her first creator-owned series with Image Comics. She currently lives and works by the beach in Miami, FL.  http://vrdelrey.com/

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Ngozi 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 her first graphic novel “Check Please: #Hockey” hits bookstores Sept. 18, 2018. https://www.ngoziu.com/

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lilahsturgesLilah Sturges is the Eisner and Ignatz-nominated writer of such comics as Jack of FablesHouse of Mystery, and Public Relations, in addition to the upcoming Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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paulbenjaminPaul Benjamin  is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters, Inc., G.I. Joe, and more. His original manga series Pantheon High was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee. He spends his days as a Senior Writer at Daybreak Games and his nights writing comic strips featuring various Disney princesses for the aptly named comic book series Disney Princess  http://paulbenjaminwrites.com/

Mark KistlerMark Kistler is an Emmy award winning PBS Artist who has taught millions of people around how to draw in 3-D.  He starred in the PBS children’s series “The Secret City With Commander Mark” 1988, “The Draw Squad” 1995, and won an Emmy for “The Imagination Station” 2012. Over a million of his bestselling How-to-draw books have sold and millions of visitors have drawn with him on his YouTube channel and at www.markkistler.com.  Now this new generation can learn to draw with Mark on Amazon Prime!

Mark has presented his “Draw! Draw! Draw!” LIVE interactive draw-along K-12 Visual Arts performances at over 7,000 schools, Art Museums, Universities, and Comic Cons around the world. Some of Mark’s past students have directed and animated hit movies like Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Toy Story! Tangled, and Frozen; created the animation company Pixar, and won Oscars and Emmys for their animation work; gone on to engineering and architecture, designing The Los Angeles Cathedral, Manhattan skyscrapers, components for the International Space Station, and the Mars Landers. Mark is now teaching the new generation of comic illustrators, digital game designers on his enormously popular YouTubeLIVE webcasts, (1 million viewers!)

https://youtu.be/JSAsR7nV-bI
https://monomythic.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/commander-marks-secret-city-creating-generations-of-art/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kistler