Friday, March 21, 2014
Someone once told me that I didn't look like I was weird, but when they read my comics, they realized how weird I am. Works: Words and Phrases for Getting Arahnd Pittsburgh: an illustrated guide; The Orbs of Power; Virginia is a People Name Volumes I & II.
COWBOY HOUSE is an artists' collective/publishing house/paramilitary organization that the government has its eyes on. Members include Fred Frances (Fred Frances Sucks, BMW20), Jeff Gibbons (Helper Bot, Pretty Jeff), Matt Glove (Matty Glovebox), and Mike Madsen (Aceman Spaceman, Guts). Their collaborative zine Pizza & Beer will be available for the first time to non-subscribers at PIX, and they can be found at CowboyHouseInternet.com.
Bruce Worden, one of the most underemployed comic illustrators of our time, is best known for his rock-n-roll picture book Goodnight Keith Moon and the ongoing comic series Woodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies. He lives (that is to say, bikes, eats chocolate, and collects records) in Ann Arbor with his wife and son, and doesn't update www.SketchSketchSketch.com frequently enough for it to be very useful.
Jade F. Lee is a DC-based teacher-in-training by day, and an aspiring cartoonist/illustrator (cartoonistrator?) by night. Her work often extracts from and combines influences from childhood nostalgia with her personal current-day experiences. She has exhibited her work at various indie comic shows and fan conventions such as Small Press Expo and Otakon. In 2013, her self-published comic Weapon Girls Vol. 01: Waltz was selected to be donated to the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress. She is currently working on a webcomic titled Ursula Minor, a magical realist dramedy about a girl raised by bears and her antics involving campers, girl scouts, and the like as she figures her way through adolescence. More of Jade's work and updates can be found on her tumblog!
Tara Helfer is an animator, illustrator and cartoonist living in Columbus, Ohio. She navigates the fantastical and grotesque with the animation studio Rad Fortress and is currently working on a psychedelic and graphically violent mahou shoujo animated web series. Comics and progress images can be viewed at http://tarahelfer.com and http://tarahelfer.tumblr.com
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Christopher "Mav" Maverick is an artist, author and photographer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the writer (and colorist) for Cosmic Hellcat Adventures as well as the writer and artist on the various spin-off projects, Rodentech, Starfox Fire, TEDD:IJAµ and Rodentech. His comics are an eclectic mixture of satire, manga, science-fiction and super heroics, combined in with anthropomorphic animals and glamour photography of cosplay models portraying the characters from the books (Mav is also the official Cosmic Hellcats photographer). While not working on comics, he has been employed as a software and graphic designer, since 1998. From 2003 to 2010 he also competed as am independent professional wrestler throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. He has recently given all of this up to return to grad school where he is currently working on a PhD in English, specializing in Comic Books and pop culture as representations of culture, class and gender while still continuing his own art and writing.
In 2006, Mav founded the Internet community 365 Days on the website flickr.com. The community challenges its members to take a photographic self-portrait once a day for a year as a means of self-exploration. In seven years, the community has grown to cult-like status and counts more than 21,000 members worldwide. His erotic and glamour photography can also be found at the website: http://zivity.com/photographers/chrismaverick. He is currently in the process of relaunching his long dormant personal website http://www.chrismaverick.com, which contains photography, artwork, critiques on culture and whatever general nonsense fills his head. The Cosmic Hellcats webcomic as well as information on the print comics and other related projects can be found at http://www.cosmichellcats.com.
Maximilianis an artist and musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He likes Transformers, Scandinavian music, mountains and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can frequently be found at Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Cafe, guzzling coffee and drawing naked people. His latest music can be found at http://ShutterdownMusic.com. Max is the penciller, inker and co-plotter for the webcomic, Cosmic Hellcats (http://cosmichellcats.com).
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Cynthia Lee is a freelance illustrator who makes comics, portraits, and prints in the charming city of Pittsburgh. She founded the college publication The Green Stripe, and is part of the comics and music anthology, Love and Monsters.
Stop by and say hi! If there's time she'll draw an exquisite cadaver with you.