Stephen R. Bissette won many industry awards in his quarter-century in comics as a cartoonist, writer, editor and publisher. A pioneer graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, he is best-known for Saga of the Swamp Thing, Taboo, ’1963,’ Tyrant, co-creating John Constantine, and creating the world’s second ’24- Hour Comic,’ invented by Scott McCloud as a challenge for Bissette. His comics efforts fueled many films, (CONSTANTINE, FROM HELL, TMNT II: SECRET OF THE OOZE, etc.) and he and his son Daniel created the comic that appears in the award-winning indy feature HEAD TRAUMA. He illustrates books and has authored fiction (including the Stoker Award-winning novella Aliens: Tribes) and non-fiction (co-authoring Comic Book Rebels, The Monster Book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and solo articles/essays for film books, magazines and his own book series Green Mountain Cinema). His previous work in education includes lecturing at Yale, Dartmouth College, Duquesne University, Smith College, Marlboro College, etc., and Middlebury College’s Breadloaf Young Writers Workshop. His papers reside in the Special Collections of HUIE Library at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Jon Chad has been producing handmade minicomics and zines since 2006. Jon has illustrated children’s books for clients including the Atlanta Braves and the FBI. His comics Leo Geo Acquires Ancient Knowledge and Shortstack were both nominated for the Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration in 2008 Jon Chad’s book Leo Geo and his Miraculous Journey through the Center of the Earth is forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press in March 2012. Jon attended college at the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated from the Sequential Art program in May 2008.
Alec Longstreth has been self-publishing his minicomic Phase 7 since2002. In 2005, it won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Minicomic. Alec also won the Ignatz Award for Oustanding Debut in 2007, the same year that he graduated from Pratt Institute’s illustration program with highest honors. Alec’s gag cartoons have been featured in Nickelodeon Magazine and National Geographic Kids, and he has illustrated promotional items for Weezer and Harry and the Potters. Alec also colored Aaron Renier’s graphic novel The Unsinkable WalkerBean for First Second Books. In 2008, Alec moved to Vermont for a fellowship at The Center for Cartoon Studies, where he has been teaching ever since. Alec is currently working on his first graphicnovel, Basewood.
Jason Lutes is the cartoonist responsible for the critically acclaimed Jar of Fools, which was serialized in the weekly paper The Stranger. He is currently working on the ambitious historical graphic novel Berlin. His other works include The Fall with Ed Brubaker and Houdini the Handcuff King with Nick Bertozzi.
Bill Scavone received his BFA in General Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and his MA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical and scientific illustrations have won awards from the Association of Medical Illustrators and Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, including a Members’ Choice Award from the Guild’s Annual Juried Exhibition. In the Upper Valley since 2000, he designs the interfaces for multimedia educational programs at the Interactive Media Lab at Dartmouth Medical School, teaches drawing workshops at AVA Gallery and Art Center, and continues to work as a freelance medical illustrator.
R. Sikoryak is best known for his collection Masterpiece Comics. He was formerly an associate editor and contributor to RAW, the groundbreaking 1980s comic anthology. He’s drawn for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Onion, Nickelodeon,The New Yorker, and other media titans. Sikoryak is also known for his “Carousel” series of multimedia comics slideshows, featuring cartoonists like Lauren Weinstein, Michael Kupperman, Jason Little, and himself, which have been presented in various venues in the United States and Canada since 1997. Sikoryak relocated to White River Junction for the 2011-12 academic year to teach at The Center for Cartoon Studies.
James Sturm’s comics and graphic novels have been translated into several languages and have won numerous awards including “Best Graphic Novel of 2001″ by Time Magazine.
Sarah Stewart Taylor was educated at Middlebury College and Trinity College, Dublin. She is the author of four mystery novels published by St. Martins Press, O’ Artful Death (2003), Mansions of the Dead (2004), Judgment of the Grave (2005), and Still as Death (2006). Her work has been nominated for an Agatha Award and two of her novels have been chosen as Booksense Notable Books. She has taught writing at Lebanon College, Granite State College and the Bread Loaf Young Writers Conference, as well as The Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Hartland, Vermont.
Kriota Willberg teaches anatomy in the dance department of Marymount Manhattan College, pathology and massage at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, has taught at Bard College and NYU, and teaches anatomy and injury prevention classes in New York and internationally. She has studied personal training and exercise, and is a licensed massage therapist. With encouragement from her husband, cartoonist R. Sikoryak, she has also become an anatomical illustration hobbyist.
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