Visiting Artist Fall 2012

Connor Willumsen is a cartoonist from Alberta, Canada. After attending school in Canada and briefly in the USA, he has been living and working in Montreal for the last few years. Connor has spent most of this time publishing small books and strips both in print and for the Internet, in addition to other sorts of visual arts.

Alex Noriega was born and raised in Barcelona.  There he attended Llotja, and graduated with a degree in illustration.  Post-graduation Noriega lived in Holland for two years and then moved back to Barcelona, where he worked as a print designer before returning full-time to his work as an illustrator and cartoonist.

Maris Wicks graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, and has dabbled in such professions as “Orchard Tour Guide”, “Pie Maker”, “Americorps Volunteer”, “Museum Educator”, “Tractor Driver”, and “Sea Creature Wrangler”. Wicks has been self-publishing minicomics since 2003, as well as doing work for Adhouse Books (Project:Romantic, Superior Showcase #2) and a number of comics anthologies (SPX 2005 Anthology, Ghost Comics).  She also illustrated Yes, Let’s!, a children’s book for Tugboat Press written by Galen Longstreth.  She most recently illustrated Primates, a graphic novel about three great woman primatologists, written by Jim Ottaviani.  She currently resides in Somerville, MA.

Liz Prince was born in Boston, MA, in 1981, grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and returned to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where she received a BFA. Her first book, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf Productions, 2005), has been nominated for several awards, and received the Ignatz for Outstanding Debut in 2005. It has since been published in both French and Spanish.  Her book, Delayed Replays, was published by Top Shelf in 2008.  Liz posts journal comics online as well as self-publishes her series I Swallowed the Key to my Heart.

Tom Devlin was an editor of the highly influential, now defunct Highwater Books, which published titles from many artists including Brian Ralph, Marc Bell, John Porcellino and James Kochalka.  He is now the creative Director at Drawn & Quarterly and resides in Montreal.

Paul Levitz, born in Brooklyn, New York, is an American comic book writer, editor and executive. The president of DC Comics from 2002–2009, he has worked for the company for over 35 years in a wide variety of roles. Along with publisher Jenette Kahn and managing editor Dick Giordano, Levitz was responsible for hiring such writers as Marv Wolfman, John Byrne and Alan Moore, artists such as George Pérez and Keith Giffen, and editor Karen Berger, who contributed to the 1980s revitalization of the company’s line of comic book heroes.

Mark Siegal is an author, illustrator, as well as the editorial director of First Second Books. His published illustration work includes Seadogs, An Epic Ocean Operetta, Long Night Moon, To Dance, A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel and Moving House, his first picture book as author and illustrator.   His graphic novel, Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson has been serializing online since 2010 and was released from First Second in October 2012.  Siegel is also an editor, and in 2005 he launched First Second books, a new imprint of Macmillan Publishers, dedicated to quality graphic novels for every age. In 2006, First Second published American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, the first graphic novel ever nominated for a National Book Award, and the first ever to win the American Library Association’s Edward L. Printz award.

Closed Caption Comics began with late nights of manic production in 2005. Maryland Institute College of Art’s laser printers were abused in the wee hours of the morning and the following day 200 copies of sequential juvenilia were distributed around campus. Seven years later, the group consists of Chris Day, Noel Freibert, Mollie Goldstrom, Lane Milburn, Andrew Neyer, Molly Colleen O’Connell, Pete Razon, Ryan Cecil Smith, Conor Stechschulte, Zach Hazard Vaupen, and Erin Womack. The nine and a half volumes of their critically acclaimed anthology series are known for their diversity of approach to the comics medium.

Conor Stechschulte lives and works in Baltimore Maryland. He is a member of Closed Caption Comics, the editor of the anthology Sock, and the author of the comic The Amateurs. Conor also co-founded the Open Space Gallery and plays guitar in the band Witch Hat.

Chris Day is an artist, designer, printmaker & musician. He is a founding member of Open Space gallery in Baltimore, MD, an active member of the Baltimore band Witch Hat, and performs solo electronic music under the name Vlonde. Chris has been publishing zines, releasing cassettes, and designing posters for events along the eastern seaboard since 2004. MICA graduate 2008, BFA Printmaking.

David Berona, in addition to being the Dean of Library and Academic Support Services at Plymouth State University, is an authority on the history of wordless books and woodcut novels. In 2008 he released Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels, which focuses on the works of Frans Masereel, Milt Gross and other early masters of the silent visual narrative. His forthcoming book, Eric Gill’s Masterpieces of Wood Engraving: Over 250 Illustrations is slated for release in Fall 2012.

Michael Maglaras has performed widely as a singer and opera director. He has also formed a well-respected international business consulting firm head-quartered in Ashford, Connecticut. In 2001, he started 217 Records, specializing in alternative rock, jazz, and spoken word recordings.  In 2003, he founded 217 Films and launched this venture with a film about the American painter Marsden Hartley’s epic narrative of love and loss, Cleophas and His Own: A North Atlantic Tragedy. Maglaras directed and starred in this movie. In 2008, he completed a documentary about Marsden Hartley called Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and PoetJohn Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!, the first-ever full-length documentary on this important American artist, was released in 2009.

Terri Templeton is executive producer of 217 Films and 217 Records. She has been performing professionally since the age of 16, as musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. Lena Spenser, founder of the renowned Caffe Lena, offered Terri her first solo seat before an intimate concert audience, upstairs at the Caffe, where the likes of Bob Dylan, Patty Larkin, Sonny Matthews, Mississippi John Hurt and Tom Paxton had sat before her. Since that time, she has continued to develop a career characterized by a loyal and dedicated following among both fellow artists and fans that appreciate the poetry of her performances.

Carla Speed McNeil is the author and artist of Finder. In addition to eight printed volumes of Finder, she illustrated Queen & Country: Operation: Stormfront, with Greg Rucka, (Oni Press); adapted and illustrated Pendragon: The Merchant of Death, based on the book by D. J. MacHale (Simon & Schuster); illustrated Here, In My Head with writer Elizabeth Genco; illustrated Frank Ironwine by Warren Ellis (Apparat/Avatar) and illustrated two pages of Transmetropolitan, also by Warren Ellis (DC/Vertigo). She’s been nominated eight times for an Eisner award and won one. She’s also the winner of two Ignatz awards and the Kim Yale New Talent award from Friends Of Lulu.

Michael Rex learned to draw in Chatham, New Jersey, and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is the author and illustrator of the best-selling children’s book Goodnight Goon, a parody of Goodnight Moon. Along the same lines, he is also the author/illustrator of The Runaway Mummy and Furious George Goes Bananas: A Primate Parody.  His first graphic novel for kids, Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian, was released in 2012 and was quickly followed by The Egg of Misery: Fangbone, Third Grade Barbarian, and Fangbone! Birthday Party of Dread. Michael Rex currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Warren Bernard is the executive director of the Small Press Expo, the annual independent comics exposition held in Bethesda, Maryland. Starting in 2002 as a volunteer Bernard began to handle the PR duties in 2004 and in 2010 became the Assistant Executive Director. 2011 was his first year as executive director.