Visiting Artist Spring 2008

T. Edward Bak is a North American artist and cartoonist whose work has appeared in various anthologies and his own self-published comics. In 2002, he produced his first handmade experimental narrative comix-loteria project, The Firefly Waltz, and founded the small press comics and music showcase, Fluke, in Athens, Georgia. His comic strip, Service Industry, appeared in Athens’ alternative arts newsweekly, Flagpole Magazine, from 2002-2005. His work has also appeared in the anthologies Studygroup12, Project:Romantic, Orchid and the upcoming Drawn & Quarterly Showcase. He is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Fellowship at The Center for Cartoon Studies and is currently at work on his first graphic novel.

David Berona has written and published many articles and reviews concerning the history of woodcut novels and wordless stories. Berona’s articles have appeared in The Comics Journal and The International Journal of Comic Art, and the book The Language of Comics: Word and Image. His book Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels will be published by Abrams in 2008.

Brenda Bowen is a literary agent with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.  Previously, she was Vice President & Publisher of the Bowen Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Bowen has spent some 26 years in children’s publishing at various houses — Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Holt, Hyperion. At S&S, she oversaw the launch of Olivia, The Spiderwick Chronicles and the relaunch of Eloise. She accosted James Sturm at Comic-con 2004 and subsequently collaborated with James and CCS to launch CCS/Hyperion titles Houdini: The Handcuff King, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, and Thoreau at Walden. Books edited by Bowen have won the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, and Caldecott and Printz Honors; she hopes someday to add an Eisner to the list.

Howard Cruse’s comic strips and humorous illustrations have appeared in Playboy, The Village Voice, Artforum International, Harpoon, Heavy Metal, The Advocate, Starlog, and numerous other national magazines. Five books have been published compiling Cruse’s own comic strips and stories from underground comic books and elsewhere: Wendel, Dancin’ Nekkid With The Angels, Wendel on the Rebound, Early Barefootz, and Wendel All Together. Cruse’s critically acclaimed graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby was the winner of Eisner and Harvey Awards as well as a United Kingdom Comic Art Award and a British Comics Creators Guild Award.

One of the founders of the New York City-based Meathaus Collective, Farel Dalrymple has received several awards, including a Xeric Foundation grant, a 2002 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, and a Russ Manning Award nomination. His comic Pop Gun War had been optioned and a film is rumoured to be in pre-production. Dalrymple is currently working on the second volume of Pop Gun War, to be published by Dark Horse Comics, as well as illustrating the 10 issue series Omega the Unknown, written by author Jonathan Lethem and coming from Marvel Comics.

Judith Hansen is a 20-year trade book publishing veteran with companies including Simon & Schuster, NAL, Crown, Doubleday, and the comics and graphic novel publisher Kitchen Sink Press. At Kitchen Sink Press she supervised sales, marketing and licensing of comics and graphic novels, working with creators including Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Mark Schultz, Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore. Hansen, an intellectual property lawyer, has considerable agenting and licensing experience negotiating book, magazine, TV, film and merchandising deals. Judith Hansen is the President of Hansen Literary Agency in New York.

Paul Hornschemeier was born in 1977 and reared in rural Georgetown, Ohio, where he lived until leaving for college in 1996. He attended the Ohio State University, later graduating with honors in philosophy. During his time in Columbus, Paul began work on his experimental comics series Sequential, which ran a total of seven issues, spanning two hundred eighty pages. Shortly after his graduation and the release of the final issue of Sequential, Paul moved to Chicago. There he began work on Forlorn Funnies, a series that yielded the graphic novel Mother, Come Home, which garnered multiple Eisner, Ignatz, and Harvey nominations, and has been translated into several languages.  Paul’s work has been highly praised by mainstream media including The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, and Rolling Stone, who chose him as one of the “Next List” for 2005, a short list of up-and-coming artists and performers. He is currently serializing a graphic novel called Life with Mr. Dangerous, in the pages of Mome, an anthology published by Fantagraphics Books.

D. B. Johnson, a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years, has created editorial cartoons, comic strips, and conceptual illustrations for magazines and newspapers around the country. Mr. Johnson’s first picture book, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, was a New York Times Bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Bestseller as well as an American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists.” Henry Hikes to Fitchburg also won numerous awards and accolades including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Books, the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, the Massachusetts Book Award for Best Children’s Picture Book, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Flying Start.

Hope Larson is the author of Salamander Dream (AdHouse Books) and Gray Horses (Oni Press). Her latest graphic novel, Chiggers, will be released in June ’08 through Simon & Schuster’s ginee seo books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Aladdin MIX.  In 2006, Larson won the Ignatz Award for Most Promising New Talent, and in 2007 she received an Eisner Award in the Special Recognition category.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan Lethem trained to be an artist before moving to California and devoting his time to writing. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success. In 2003, he published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Bestseller. Lethem is also a prolific essayist and short story writer. Lethem was named one of the 2005 recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the genius grant.

Since 2002, Alec Longstreth has been self-publishing his subscription-based comic book PHASE 7, winner of the 2005 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Minicomic. He is also the mastermind behind The Dvorak Zine, an educational comic promoting the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard Layout. The web comic version of the zine became an internet phenomenon, garnering over 30,000 hits in its first two months. Alec lives and draws in New York City where he is currently working on his first graphic novel Basewood.

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series was selected as Indie Comic of the Year by both Entertainment Weekly and Wizard, and optioned as a major motion picture at Universal. O’Malley’s accolades include winning the Doug Wright Ward for Best Emerging Talent and the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Cartoonist. He has been nominated for three Harvey Awards, two Eagle Awards, and an Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist-Humor.

As Director of New Product Development at TOKYOPOP Inc., the leading publisher of English-language manga, Jeremy Ross is responsible for developing a wide variety of digital & analog manga products.  Ross leads the Online Manga program, exposing fans to new manga and contributing to the growing recognition that manga creation, much like rock n’ roll, is an international phenomenon.   Jeremy initiated manga development at TOKYOPOP, signing up over 100 worldwide creators to form the largest manga creation program outside of Asia.

Stan Sakai’s comic series Usagi Yojimbo was first published in 1984 and continues to this day, with Sakai as the lone author and nearly-sole artist. It has won multiple Eisner Awards and a Parents’ Choice Award. In 1991 Sakai won an Inkpot Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Cartooning.

Bob Schreck was a Group Editor in DC Comics’ Vertigo editorial line of comic books and graphic novels. He began his career in 1975 doing marketing, promotions and administration for various companies including, Creation Conventions, Marvel Comics. By the mid 1980s he began working at Comico, The Comic Company and eventually went on to becoming the Marketing Director at Dark Horse Comics by 1989. At Dark Horse, Bob then became Senior Group Editor of creator-owned comics, where he edited such projects as Sin City by Frank Miller and Madman by Mike Allred, and won two consecutive Harvey Awards for his efforts as editor of the groundbreaking anthology Dark Horse Presents.  Bob left Dark Horse in 1996 to co-found Oni Press with Joe Nozemack.

Charles Vess’ illustrations have appeared in many publications, including National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Reader’s Digest, and many other magazines. Vess has produced hundreds of pages of comic book art for both Marvel and DC comics.  In collaboration with writer Neil Gaiman, Vess contributed to the The Books of Magic and Sandman series, and the prose novella Stardust. He also collaborated with Jeff Smith on Rose, a full-color graphic novel. Through his own Green Man Press he has published the Ballads comic book series, with stories based on English and Scottish folksongs, featuring his illustrations with text by Jane Yolen, Charles de Lint, Midori Snyder, Neil Gaiman, and others.  Vess’ art has twice been awarded a World Fantasy Award, and he has also been the recipient of the two Eisner Awards.