Internationally acclaimed as the creator of the Zippy the Pinhead, Bill Griffith is one of the founders of the movement towards creator-owned, independent comics in North America that PIX serves to celebrate. Griffith combined writer and artist skills with those of editor in producing many important comics of the underground era, including the seminal Young Lust and, together with Art Spiegelman and R. Crumb, Arcade. And, of course, there is Griffith’s most famous creation, Zippy, now in his fifth decade of pen & ink life that began in 1971, in the pages of Real Pulp Comix #1. Zippy steadily rose to prominence, and since 1986 has been a syndicated comic strip appearing in over 100 newspapers nationwide – but, sadly, no longer in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Here’s hoping that his appearance at PIX will restore Zippy to his rightful place on the Pittsburgh Comics Scene.). And that’s not all! Fantagraphics Books has just published Griffith’s Graphic Memoir, Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist.