April 2017 Guests

Kate Beaton

beaton authorKate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist from Nova Scotia. Her comics have appeared in the New Yorker, the Guardian, Harpers, the National Post, and The Best American Comics anthology. She is the author of the bestselling comic collections Hark, A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops, as well as the picture books The Princess and The Pony and King Baby from Scholastic.

Kate’s comics have earned her multiple Harvey awards, an Ignatz and the Doug Wright Award for Canadian cartooning. Hark! A Vagrant was named by Time magazine as one of the top ten fiction books of the year also topped the New York Times Graphic Novels Bestseller list.

Lucy Bellwood

Lucy Bellwood is a professional adventure cartoonist best known for her book Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea. Lucy specializes in traveling the world and bringing back tales of unconventional derring-do in visual form. She has covered two accounts of whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon, sailing aboard the last wooden whaling ship in the world, and mapping the ocean floor between Guam and Oahu aboard the research vessel Falkor.

Lucy also contributes comics journalism to The Nib, investigating issues of environmentalism, gender politics, and social change. She is an international teacher, lecturing on comics and the Internet, the economics of being a independent creator, and best practices for bringing history to life in modern classrooms.

She lives in Portland, Oregon and works out of Helioscope, the largest collection of freelance comics professionals in North America. Find out more at, or say hello on Twitter @LuBellwoo.

Vera Brosgol

verabVera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. She received a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, and worked several years at Laika Inc. in Portland, Oregon drawing storyboards for feature animation.

She has done illustration work for clients such as Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Simon & Schuster. Her first graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second Books. Her first picture book, Leave Me Alone!, was published in 2016 by Roaring Brook Press.

She loves knitting, baking, and trying not to kill her plants.

Seth Boyer

get-rektSeth Boyer is a songwriter from Alaska who turned into a ghost and floated to Seattle a few years ago. He currently haunts dive bars across the country making sad people feel validated and less alone with songs about also being sad.

One day he will live on an island full of dogs. Dog Island.

Jason Caffoe

Jason Caffoe graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in sequential art. After working as a freelance artist he moved to Los Angeles to work with Kazu Kibuishi full-time as a collaborating artist on the Amulet series. He has also contributed to Explorer: The Lost Islands and Explorer: The Hidden Doors.

Marian Call

marianSinger-songwriter Marian Call is grounded in Alaska, though she spends a lot of the year on the road. She has released nine albums since 2007, and her shows have been well-received on years of tours in all fifty United States, Canada, Europe, and the UK. Marian’s 10th album, “Standing Stones,” is due out in 2017.

Call’s sound is soulful, honest, and clever, by turns humorous and heartbreaking. She sounds a little like Joni Mitchell & Ani DiFranco raising the love child of Jason Mraz & Regina Spektor.

Scott Chantler

Scott Chantler is the acclaimed creator of the graphic novel TWO GENERALS, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, selected for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2012, and named by the CBC as one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all time. His other work includes NORTHWEST PASSAGE (nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards) and the THREE THIEVES series (winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Best Comic for Kids and listed by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens). He recently served as the writer-in-residence at the University of Windsor, the first cartoonist so appointed by a Canadian university.

Tony Cliff

dirkTony Cliff is the author and illustrator of the generally well-regarded Delilah Dirk series of adventure graphic novels, the first of which, The Turkish Lieutenant, is a New York Times Bestseller and a nominee for Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster awards. The second volume, The King’s Shilling, was published in 2016 and Disney has acquired the feature film rights for the series.

Tony hails from Vancouver, BC, where he is a twelve-year veteran of the city’s animation industry.

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks (Angela Webber and Aubrey Webber) are a nationally-touring, Billboard charting nerd band with a cello, a meowing cat keyboard, and songs about dinosaurs, Cats & Netflix, space and Dungeons and Dragons. Their YouTube videos boast over 2 million views and have been featured on BoingBoing, Kotaku, the Huffington Post, and on NPR shows Live Wire, All Things Acoustic and State of Wonder.

Angela and Aubrey are sisters who launched their band in 2011 with a weekly new-song project on YouTube. The Doubleclicks have toured their clever brand of folk music around the country, usually in comic shops, game stores or in their fans’ living rooms.

Lucas Elliott

Lucas Elliott is the Alaskan Illustrator of the Graphic Novel & Movie, MOOSE, written by Chad (Tundra Comics) and Darin Carpenter.

Lucas has worked for IDW on their TMNT Amazing Adventures comic, Blind Ferret Entertainment, The Gutters and Non-Playable Character.

Originally hailing from the far north land of Santa, North Pole, Lucas currently resides in Anchorage, with his wife and their canine companion.

Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis is the illustrator of a number of books for kids, including the New York Times bestsellers Home (which she also wrote), The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy (who happens to be her husband). Her latest picture book, Du Iz Tak? was published by Candlewick in 2016. She has worked as an illustrator for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Poetry magazine, among others. She is also the illustrator-in-residence for The Decemberists and received a Grammy nomination in 2016 for her design work on the LP What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

Carson lives on a farm in Oregon with Colin, her two sons, one cat, two llamas, two goats, one sheep, eleven chickens, a family of barn owls and an unfathomable multitude of tree frogs.

Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke wrote and illustrated Zita the Spacegirl, Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He has also published comics stories in the Flight Anthology as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Georgina Hayns

georgeGeorgina Hayns is Creative Supervisor of Puppet Fabrication at Laika. Kubo and the Two Strings marks George’s fourth film at Laika, she also supervised puppet fabrication on The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline. She has been involved in all aspects of puppet fabrication for stop-motion films for over twenty years.

Her career began in the UK where she supervised children’s television series and commercials, including HIT Entertainment’s Bob the Builder and the Lipton Brisk Tea adverts. She also worked on animated feature films including Mars Attacks! and shorts including the Oscar-nominated Periwig Maker. Prior to joining LAIKA in 2006, George worked on Corpse Bride.

Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet-7-Front-Cover_Almost-FinalKazu Kibuishi is the author and illustrator of the Amulet graphic novel series, published by Scholastic Graphix. He is also the cover artist of the Harry Potter 15th anniversary edition paperbacks and served as editor and art director of the Flight and Explorer comic anthologies. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award, and his popular webcomic Copper is also published by Scholastic Graphix.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Film Studies degree in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After working on movies, commercials, and video games for several years, he began to produce graphic novels full time. Kazu lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife Amy, and their children, Juni and Sophie.

Katie Lane

blog_copyKatie Lane is a nerdy attorney, obsessed with negotiation. She works with comic book creators, authors, game designers, musicians, and freelancers of every stripe to help them protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do. Her speciality is teaching people who are intimidated by negotiation how to get what they want with confidence and calm.

Katie’s creative background is in theatre and she now funnels that energy into writing, learning new things, and having Very Strong Opinions about stories.

Molly Lewis

mollyMolly Lewis is a musician and comedian who is known for her ukulele playing and song writing. Her most recent album, Thanksgiving vs. Christmas, is an original musical about the magic of Thanksgiving.

Dylan Meconis

Dylan studied history and literature at Wesleyan University, graduating with Honors from the College of Letters in 2005. Her career as a professional comics artist began in college with the online publication of her first book, Bite Me!.

After graduation she spent two years as a visual communications consultant and designer before embarking on a full-time freelance and publishing career, beginning with online serialization and print publication of the first volume of her graphic novel Family Man.

Dylan is a member of Periscope Studio, the largest studio of freelance comics professionals in North America. In 2012 her short story Outfoxed was nominated for an Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic, and in 2014 Family Man was nominated for a Reuben Award in the category of Best Digital Comic – Longform.

Ryan North

Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist. He is the author of the choose-your-own-path Shakespeare adaptation To Be or Not To Be (which became Kickstarter’s most-funded publishing project when it launched) and its sequel, Romeo and/or Juliet.

Ryan also writes the popular webcomic Dinosaur Comics, the critically acclaimed Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comic for Marvel Comics, and he wrote the first thirty-five issues of Adventure Time, for which he won an Eisner Award. That’s like the Oscars of comics! There’s a gala and everything. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.

Katie Shanahan

Katie Shanahan is an animation storyboard artist and comic maker from Toronto, Canada. Collaborating frequently with her brother/writer Steven (Shaggy), she’s drawn comics for the internet including the Shuster nominated Silly Kingdom series, and her auto-bio-ish gag strip Shrub Monkeys. She’s also contributed short stories to many anthologies including Flight and Explorer.

Jeremy Spake

As head of the armature department at Laika, Jeremy Spake oversees the design and construction of the articulated metal skeletons inside the stop-motion puppets. He studied graphic design and jewelry and metalsmithing at Georgia State University, earning his BFA in 2004. He relocated to Portland in 2006 to join the Coraline production, followed by ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.

Jeremy also makes beautiful handmade knives.

Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, and Sisters, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies.

Raina’s accolades include two Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. Her newest graphic novel is Ghosts. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.