Visiting Artist Fall 2006

Ariel Bordeaux collaborates with her husband Rick Altergott on the comic book series Raisin Pie, which received a Harvey nomination in the ‘best new series’ category in 2003. She is the author of the acclaimed minicomic Deep Girl and the novella No Love Lost, and has done comics and illustration work for several publications, including Bust Magazine, Bizarro Comics, Hate, Nickelodeon Magazine, The New York Press, and The Stranger.

Neil Cohn has written extensively about the structure of the comic medium, and has lectured in the US and Europe. His graphic novel with Thom Hartmann, We the People: A Call to Take Back America, addresses the influence of corporations on American government. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at Tufts University in Psychology, and is writing a graphic novel about the cognition behind “comics.”

Bert Dodson is a painter, teacher, author and illustrator. He has illustrated over 80 books for children.  He has authored two books on drawing; Keys to Drawing, and Keys to Drawing with Imagination.  In the 1980’s he created the political comic strip, Nuke, which was published in two volumes, as Nuke; A Book of Cartoons and Nuke II; Another Book of Cartoons.   He co-authored, with the biologist, Mahlon Hoagland, The Way Life, and Intimate Strangers; The Story of Unseen Life on Earth. He was animation designer for the four part PBS television series, Intimate Strangers (1998).

Jenny Hansen splits her time between New Hampshire and San Francisco where she earned both her Bachelor of Fine Art degree and Master of Fine Art degree from the Academy of Art College. In addition to painting, she works as a color designer in industries ranging from textile to animation. Recent projects include background painting and color styling for such clients as Disney, Warner Bros., and LeapFrog.  When not painting digitally, she works primarily in oils. Her favorite subjects are the human figure and the landscapes and light of New England and Northern California.

Michael Kupperman lives and works in Brooklyn, where he has been voted ‘most improved’ three years running. His comics and illustrations have appeared in publications ranging from The New Yorker to Screw. His book of comics, Snake’N’Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret, appeared in 2000 (good timing), and has recently been translated into French by La Cinquieme Couche (the title is the same). Also, an animated Snake’N’Bacon pilot with live-action segments was recently completed for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, and they’re “definitely” going to broadcast it sometime this year.

Sam Henderson’s boisterously entertaining work has been charming readers for years on the SpongeBob SquarePants television show, newspapers across the U.S., in Nickelodeon magazine, in DC Comics’ Cartoon Network Presents, and in comics anthologies all over the place. His on-going humor series, Magic Whistle, is now in its 11 issue.  Henderson’s work has been collected in two books: Humor Can Be Funny and The Magic Whistle Blows!

Allen Hockley is an associate professor at Dartmouth college.  His course include The Arts of China, Sacred Art and Architecture of Japan and The Japanese Painting Tradition.  He has written many scholarly works on Asian art, including The Prints of Isoda Koryu-sai: Floating World Culture and Its Consumers in Eighteenth-Century Japan.

R. Kikuo Johnson is a Maui-born artist who won a Harvey Award and Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award for his graphic novel Night Fisher.  He is a contributor to Mome, Fanatagraphic’s flagship anthology.  His clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer Magazine and
 Nickelodeon, among others.

James Kochalka’s comics have been published internationally by almost every alternative comics publisher; he’s recorded several music CDs under the name James Kochalka Superstar (making him a favorite at college radio stations across the country); and he’s developed animated cartoons for Nickelodeon. Best known for his graphic novel, Monkey vs Robot, and his critically acclaimed Sketchbook Diaries, Kochalka currently lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Ana Merino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Creative Writing. Prior to relaocating to Iowa, she was Assistant Professor of Latin American and Spanish Literature and Culture at Dartmouth College. She has published a scholarly work on comics titled El Cómic Hispánico (Cátedra, 2003) and four books of poetry. She has won the Adonais and Fray Luis de Leon awards for poetry. She is a member of the executive committee for the International Comics Art Festival and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Comic Art. Her articles on comics-now numbering over 40- have appeared in Leer, DDLV, The Comics Journal, International Journal of Comic Art, and Hispanic Issues. She has served as curator for two comics exhibitions, one in the US titled Comics Release, and another in Spain dedicated to Fantagraphics for La Semana Negra (she was the author of the bilingual catalogue entitled Fantagraphics creadores del canon). Ana Merino has also published five books of poetry: Preparativos para un viaje (1995), Los días gemelos (1997), La voz de los relojes (2000), Juegos de niños (2003), and Compañera de Celda (2006). Cell Mate (translated by Elizabeth Polli), Harbor Mountain Press, 2007.

Scott McCloud has been writing and drawing independent comic books since 1984. His book Understanding Comics was a New York Times Notable book for 1994, and is available in 15 languages. McCloud has lectured on comics and digital media at Harvard University, MIT, Pixar, Microsoft and The Smithsonian Institution. His latest book, Making Comics is based on his popular 5-Day Seminar “Comics: Theory and Practice.”

James A. Owen is the creator of the Starchild graphic novel series; the designer and editorial director of the International Studio and Argosy Quarterly publications; and the author of the Mythworld series of novels. In 2006 Owen published Here, There Be Dragons, the first book in The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. Filming rights were immediately bought by Warner Brothers, which contributed to the book’s success. The second book, The Search for the Red Dragon was released in early 2008.

Ron Regé, Jr. began publishing his own minicomics while attending Massachusetts College of Art in 1988 and has since been published by Highwater Books, Fantagraphics, Buenaventura Press and Drawn & Quarterly.  His comics have appeared in McSweeney’s, and his illustrations have appeared regularly in The New York Times and Canada’s National Post. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he plays drums in the band Lavender Diamond.

Paolo Rivera, a Marvel-exclusive artist, has been working professionally since 2002. Although he began his career as an oil painter, he has since moved on to penciling, inking, and coloring (not to mention sculpting). Rivera was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, where he studied under David Mazzucchelli, among others. Rivera’s best known work is Mythos, a series of six richly-painted origin stories written by Paul Jenkins. He now limits his painted work to covers such as The Twelve, The Iliad, and the Wolverine Art Appreciation Month series. He spends the remainder of his time on The Amazing Spider-Man, on which he is currently hard at work.

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.

Jay Stevens is a journalist, social historian, and novelist living in Vermont. He has written numerous magazine and newspaper pieces. Mr. Stevens co-wrote Drumming at the Edge of Magic and Planet Drum with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, published by Harper’s San Francisco.  His latest book, Storming Heaven: LSD & the American Dream, is a social history of America from the Forties through the Sixties that weaves an astonishing tapestry of Science, Psychology, Politics, the Arts, and the Counterculture.

Sara Varon is a comics artist, printmaker, and illustrator. Her previous projects include the graphic novel Sweaterweather and the picture book Chicken and Cat, a 2006 Parent’s Choice silver honor award winner. Originally from outside Chicago, Sara now resides in Brooklyn, where she likes to ride her bike, see movies, and hang out with dogs.

Tara Wray was born in Manhattan, Kansas and now lives in Vermont with her husband Josh Melrod and their dog, Nighthawk. Tara is working on a new documentary, Cartoon College, about a year in the life of several students at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT.

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.