Visiting Artist Fall 2015

David Sipress graduated from Williams College as a history major in 1968. After starting a Master’s degree in Soviet Studies at Harvard, he left to pursue a career in comics. He has become a regular contributor to the Boston Phoenix Newspaper since 1971. He was first published in The New Yorker in 1998 and was their first daily cartoonist during the 2012 Presidential Election. Sipress’s work has also appeared in Time, Parade, Playboy, Funny Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, Gastronimica, and Shambhala Sun. He is still immensely interested in history, carrying with him tomes on the English Civil Wars, or a biography of Julius Caesar.

Noelle Stevenson is The New York Times bestselling author of Nimona, has been nominated for Harvey and Eisner Awards, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic in 2012 for Nimona. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Noelle is a writer on Disney’s Wander Over Yonder, the cowriter of Boom! Studios’ Lumberjanes, and has written for Marvel and DC Comics. She lives in Los Angeles.

Dylan Horrocks was born in 1966 and has been making comics since the mid-80s. His breakthrough comic, Hicksville, has been translated into French, Spanish, and Italian and won the 2002 Eisner for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. That year, his comic Atlas won the Harvey Award for Best Single Issue or Story. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kriota Willberg writes, draws, needlepoints, and performs about body-oriented sciences. She teaches (or has taught) anatomy, pathology, drawing, and massage in a variety of colleges and studios littered around the country. Her blog, thecinematologist examines medical themes through the lens of Hollywood films. Willberg/Dura Mater dance and film projects include the feature film, The Bentfootes and the short Sunscreen Serenade. Kriota has studied stage combat and worked as a researcher for a Hollywood screenwriter. During a twenty-odd-year career as a massage therapist she has worked on everyone from cancer patients to the New York Giants football team. She works as a massage therapist at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, BUT it would be a mistake to assume her opinions reflect the views of MSKCC.

Bob Sikoryak specializes in making comic adaptations of literature classics, producing a mashup of high and low cultures. Under the series title Masterpiece Comics, these include Crime and Punishment in Bob Kane–era Batman style and Waiting for Godot mixed with Beavis and Butt-Head, becoming Waiting to Go. Sikoryak earned his BFA from the Parsons School of Design in 1987 and is currently on staff at that school.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award winning cartoonist, illustrator and comic publisher from Philadelphia.  His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, released in 2014, spent three weeks on The New York Times Graphic Novel Best Sellers List.  He launched the comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011, where they make use of a subscription service for readers to get comics all year. Retrofit Comics is dedicated to publishing and distributing floppy alternative comics.

Gregory Benton has been making comix since 1993. He cut his teeth on the political anthology World War 3, moving on to writing and drawing stories for Nickelodoeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, and many more. Gregory has also produced numerous limited-edition mini-comix, some of which reside in The Library of Congress’ rare books collection. His book B+F was awarded the inaugural Award of Excellence at MoCCAFest 2013. An expanded version of B+F was published in the autumn of 2013 through Adhouse Books (USA) and was translated into French. The long form edition of B+F was selected for the Society of Illustrators first Comics and Cartoon Art Annual in 2014.

Ricardo Liniers Siri (Buenos Aires, November 15, 1973), better known by the name Liniers, is an Argentine cartoonist. He studied advertising, but ultimately decided to pursue a career in comics. He started working in fanzines, then moved on to magazines and newspapers. The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book published in 2013, is the first book by Liniers published in the U.S.

Julie Delporte is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator. She lives in Montreal, Canada. She is one of the organizers of Montreal’s annual 48 Heures comics festival. In 2011, Delporte was a fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies. She is perhaps best known for The Dream of the Disaster, published in 2009 with Vincent Giard, the zine The Last Mile, published in 2011, and Journal, published by Koyama Press in 2013. Delporte has also worked as a journalist, studied film, and illustrated textbooks. Colored pencils and dogs with long ears are her favorite antidepressants.

Katie Skelly is the creator of of the comics Nurse Nurse (Sparkplug Books, 2012) and Operation Margarine (AdHouse Books, 2014), as well as Agent 8, a monthly digital comic for slutist.com.  In addition to her comics work, she has contributed to The Comics Journal, moderated comics panels for organizations like Small Press Expo and Japan Society, and written for a forthcoming Guido Crepax collection from Fantagraphics.  She also co-hosts Trash Twins, a podcast dedicated to lobrow arts and culture with Sarah Horrocks.  She holds a BA in Art History from Syracuse University and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Glynnis Fawkes has a background in art and art history:  a BA from University of Oregon, a BFA from the Pacific NW College of Art, and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University.  During a Fulbright Fellowship to Cyprus, she published a book of paintings, Archaeology Lives in Cyprus, and a book of cartoons, Cartoons of Cyprus (2001).  She spent almost 10 years working as an illustrator on archaeological projects and excavations in Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and continues to work in Greece.  Glynnis began a doctorate at the University of Wollongong in Australia, but instead of finishing, she married the famous archeo-musicologist John Franklin, and had some children (now in school). Glynnis has exhibited paintings in Boston, London, Nicosia, Wollongong, at the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland, OR, and in Burlington, VT, where she lives today. She is also a member of the NY-based web comic collective Activatecomix.com.

Noah Van Sciver first came to comic readers’ attention with his critically acclaimed comic book series Blammo, which has earned him 3 Ignatz award nominations. His work has appeared in Mad magazine, Best American Comics 2011, and The Stranger, as well as countless graphic anthologies. He currently is the writer/artist on a comic strip titled Rufus Baxter for the alternative weekly newspaper Westword. Van Sciver has four graphic novels: The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, Youth Is Wasted, Saint Cole and Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer.