Visiting Artist Fall 2007

Lynda Barry is an artist, novelist, and playwright whose work appears, as she says, “all over tarnation.” Her syndicated alternative comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek is nationally known. She has published several illustrated novels, including The Good Times Are Killing Me, which won the Washington State Governor’s Award. Her critically acclaimed second novel, Cruddy, was described by The New York Times as “a work of terrible beauty.” Her graphic novels include One Hundred Demons!, The Greatest Of Marlys! (both named Comics Of The Year by The Comics Journal) and What It Is, which won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work.

Alison Bechdel is the author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, a graphic novel memoir. Fun Home has been nominated for a slew of awards, including a National Book Critics Circle Award, and made literally dozens of “Best of” lists, including Time Magazine’s #1 Best Book of the Year, Entertainment Weekly’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year, People’s Top 10 Books of the Year, and USA Today’s Best Graphic Title of 2006.

Harry Bliss is a staff artist at The New Yorker. A regular contributor to Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly’s series “Little Lit,” Bliss has illustrated many children’s books, including A Fine, Fine School by Sharon, The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory, and two New York Times best-sellers, Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin.

Brendan Burford, in addition to his duties as puzzle editor for King Features Syndicate, is the creator of Despondent Duck and numerous minicomics, several of which have been collected into a volume entitled Brendan Comics. Brendan is the creator/editor of the comics anthology Syncopated Comics, now celebrating the release of its third volume. Brendan lives in Sunnyside, NY with his wife and fellow cartoonist Rina Piccolo.

Eleanor Davis was introduced to minicomics when she was fourteen years old and has made thirty-three minis since then, depending on your definition. She went to Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in Sequential Art, and graduated in 2006. She has appeared in several anthologies and currently contributes to Mome. She is also working on a graphic novel for kids called The Secret Science Alliance.

Paul Karasik was the associate editor of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly’s avant-garde international comics and graphics review, RAW. His graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass, done in collaboration with artist David Mazzucchelli, has been published in six languages and was named one of the best 100 comics of the century by The Comics Journal.  Karasik edited the Fletcher Hanks collection I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets!, published by Fantagraphic in 2007.  Another Fletcher Hanks volume, You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation! will be published in 2009.

Miriam Katin was born in Hungary during WWII. Miriam and her family left Hungary for Israel after the Uprising of 1956, and moved to the USA in 1963. She often uses her memories of the Russian occupation in the 1950s for her comics.  She has worked as background artist for Disney Studios and MTV Animation, and has illustrated several children’s books. In 2006, Drawn & Quarterly published her graphic novel We Are On Our Own.

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.

David Macaulay’s books include Cathedral, Mosque, and The Way Things Work. His books have sold more than two million copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered a number of the most prestigious awards. Amongst these are the MacArthur Fellows Program award (The “Genius Award”), the Caldecott Medal, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, and an American Institute of Architects Medal. In June 2007 he was the subject of the exhibition “David Macaulay, the Art of Drawing Architecture” which opened for a limited run through January of 2008 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Hilary Price grew up in Weston, Massachusetts, and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English literature. In 1995, at age 25, she became the youngest woman ever to have a syndicated daily comic strip. Rhymes With Orange appears in 150 newspapers nationwide, and has made cameos in People magazine, Forbes, Glamour, and The Funny Times.

R. Sikoryak’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Drawn & Quarterly, Raw, Fortune, Business 2.0, among many other publications, and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He was awarded artists’ fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts and The American Antiquarian Society for his comics adaptations of the classics. Sikoryak presents his cartoon slide show series, “Carousel,” around the U.S. and Canada, and he teaches in the illustration department at Parsons School of Design.

Garry Trudeau is the creator of Doonesbury. Today Doonesbury is syndicated to almost 1,400 newspapers worldwide. In 1975, he became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1990. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1977 in the category of Animated Short Film for The Doonesbury Special, in collaboration with John and Faith Hubley. The Doonesbury Special eventually won the Jury Special Prize of Cannes Film Festival in 1978. Other awards include the National Cartoonist Society Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 1994 and the Reuben Award in 1995. In addition to his work on Doonesbury, Trudeau has written plays (such as Rap Master Ronnie and Doonesbury: A Musical Comedy) and the 1988 HBO miniseries Tanner ’88, directed by Robert Altman and the miniseries sequel Tanner on Tanner in 2004.

Drew Weing, since graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001, has done a variety of web- and mini-comics, including The Journal Comic, and Pup for He’s done illustrations and comics for children’s publications, such as Nickelodeon Magazine, and is currently doing a monthly series for Disney Adventures Magazine called Wulf and Merl. His other current project is a nautical adventure comic, Set to Sea, currently being serialized panel by panel at

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.