Visiting Artist Spring 2016

Hal Mayforth is a humorous illustrator and painter who was born and raised in Vermont. He graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Fine Art. He started his illustration career in Boston and returned to Vermont where he lives with his wife and 3 sons. In addition to drawing little guys with big eyes and big noses for money, he is also serious about drawing in his sketchbooks every morning and fashioning those drawings into paintings. His illustration clients include: Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Coke, Pepsi, IBM, HBO, Chase, and Bell Atlantic and his paintings have been shown widely in the U.S.

Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal-based artist and an award winning illustrator, graphic novelist and animator. Fitzgerald is the author and illustrator of the non-fiction graphic novel, Photobooth: A Biography (spring 2014) and the graphic memoir, Long Red Hair (fall 2015), both published by Conundrum Press. Her illustration and comics clients include T-Mobile, The National Post, Bitch Magazine, The New Quarterly, Geist, Taddle Creek, She Does the City, and GUTS Magazine. In 2009, Fitzgerald earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design and completed her Post-Degree Certificate in Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art + Design University in 2012.

Melissa Mendes lives and works in Hancock, Massachusetts, where she grew up. She went to Hampshire College from 2002 to 2006, and then The Center For Cartoon Studies from 2008 to 2010, where she got her MFA. In 2010 she received a Xeric Grant to publish her first graphic novel, Freddy Stories. She has drawn comics with the Ladydrawers for Truthout.org and Bitch Media, and illustrated a chapter book called Jack Strong Takes a Stand for Roaring Brook Press. Her comic, Lou, was published in 17 issues by Oily Comics. She is drawing a series for Belt Magazine titled Harvey and Me, written by Anne Elizabeth Moore, about her adventures with Harvey Pekar. Melissa is currently serializing her next graphic novel, The Weight, an epic family saga set in rural New York state, spanning from the 1930s onward.

Charles Forsman was born in Pennsylvania in 1982. He is a 2008 graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. Forsman is a three-time Ignatz
Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil and his graphic novel The End of the Fucking World (Fantagraphics). Fantagraphics also published his Graphic Novel Celebrated Summer in 2014. He lives in Hancock, MA, where he runs Oily Comics and works on his mostly monthly action comic book, Revenger.

Susie Cagle is a 2015-2016 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, where she researches labor shifts, employment trends, and sustainable cooperative models to support freelance workers in media and other industries. She is a columnist at Al Jazeera America and Pacific Standard, and a frequent contributor of journalism to other outlets such as the Guardian, Forbes, Next City, Aeon, and others. She is currently working on an illustrated book about boom and bust economics in California. Susie’s work has been featured on NPR, in Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Print Magazine, BoingBoing and others, and she’s spoken at South by Southwest, Adobe MAX, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online Journalism Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Susie has a Masters in Journalism from Columbia, which still doesn’t offer a cartooning class.

Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of the comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature, as well as the author of Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a collection of diary comics, both published by Fantagraphics Books. She regularly contributes comics to VICE.

John Martz is an Ignatz winning illustrator, cartoonist, and designer living in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of A Cat Named Tim and Other
Stories (Koyama Press, 2014), Destination X (Nobrow, 2013), and the online comic strip Machine Gum. Martz also illustrated Dear Flyary by Dianne Young (Kids Can Press, 2011), Who’s on First? by Abbott & Costello (Quirk Books, 2013), and Black and Bittern Was Night by Robert Heidbreder (Kids Can Press, 2013). John was also the founding editor of the illustration blog Drawn.ca.

Bill Griffith, “Are we having fun yet?” This non sequitur utterance by the clown-suited philosopher/media star Zippy the Pinhead has become so oft-quoted that it is now in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Zippy has in fact become an international icon, even appearing on the (former) Berlin Wall. Zippy’s creator, Bill Griffith, began his comics career in New York City in 1969. His first strips were published in the East Village Other and Screw Magazine and featured an angry amphibian named Mr. The Toad. He ventured to San Francisco in 1970 to join the burgeoning underground comics movement and made his home there until 1998. His first major comic book titles included Tales of Toad and Young Lust, a best-selling series parodying romance comics of the time. He was co-editor of Arcade, The Comics Revue for its seven issue run in the mid-70s and worked with the important underground publishers throughout the seventies and up to the present: Print Mint, Last Gasp, Rip Off Press, Kitchen Sink and Fantagraphics Books. The first Zippy strip appeared in Real Pulp #1 (Print Mint) in 1970. The strip went weekly in 1976, first in the Berkeley Barb and then syndicated nationally through Rip Off Press.

Jennifer Hayden came to comics from fiction-writing and children’s book illustration. Her first Top Shelf book, the autobiographical collection Underwire, was excerpted in Best American Comics 2013 and named one of “the best comics by women” by DoubleX. She is a member of ACT-I-VATE (the premier webcomics collective in New York City), her webcomic S’crapbook earned a Notable listing in Best American Comics 2012, and she continues to update the diary strip Rushes at thegoddessrushes.blogspot.com. Her comics have appeared in print anthologies such as The ACT-I-VATE Primer, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, and The Strumpet. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, pets, and sometimes two college-age children.

Sarah Glidden is an American cartoonist and writer. Glidden wrote and illustrated the 2011 graphic novel How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less based on her trip to Israel with Birthright Israel in 2007. She won the 2008 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Since the publication of her first book, Glidden has been working in comics journalism. Her 20 page comic on Iraqi refugees in Syria was published on the website Cartoon Movement in 2011 and she has also done work for the comics journalism publication Symbolia Magazine. From 2010-2012, Glidden was part of Pizza Island, a studio consisting of cartoonists Julia Wertz, Lisa Hanawalt, Domitille Collardey, Karen Sneider, Kate Beaton and Meredith Gran.

Tracy Hurren is the Managing Editor at Drawn & Quarterly

Bill Boichel is the owner and proprietor of Copacetic Comics. Specializing in independent comics, music, film and literature, Copacetic opened their doors in 2000 and are located in Pittsburgh, PA. Bill has worked in comics retail for over 35 years, and has seen comic books go from disposable entertainment found on newsstands to an art form that is now accepted in galleries, museums and universities.

Joan Hilty is an independent editor, and editor-in-chief of the book producer Pageturner. She specializes in graphic novels and illustrated works, developing and managing projects for authors, literary agents, publishers, and media companies. As a senior editor at DC Comics, Joan directed an all-ages licensed property comics line and acquired and edited literary graphic novels, including Cairo, Cuba: My Revolution, Gone to Amerikay, Shooters, and Bad Houses. Her awards include the Eisner Award, Harvey Award, Best Graphic Story from the International Horror Guild, the Glyph Comics Award and Best American Comics 2013. From 2001-2012, Joan wrote and drew the syndicated comic strip Bitter Girl; her illustrated and prose writing has appeared in the Village Voice, The Advocate, Ms. Magazine, Women’s Review of Books, and The Guardian. She is a faculty member at NYC’s School of Visual Arts and the Maryland Institute College of Art; a member of the PowderKeg writers’ residency; and she serve on programming committees for the Miami Book Fair and Brooklyn Book Festival.

Jennifer Linnan studied English and chemistry at Williams College, but found herself more passionate about paragraphs than polymers. Before founding Linnan Literary Management in 2012 she worked for five years at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is most drawn to projects with incredible world-building (whether it’s Oz, Dublin, or the apartment next door) and characters that nag at her well after office hours. For illustrators, a keen sense of visual storytelling is a must. Jen lives in NYC and is desperately trying to teach her cat that she does not rise with the sun.