A few of the talented folks attending our comics camp in 2020!
Kate 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 and also topped the New York Times Graphic Novels Bestseller list.
Lucy Bellwood (she/her) is a professional adventure cartoonist and author of the graphic novel BAGGYWRINKLES: A LUBBER’S GUIDE TO LIFE AT SEA and 100 DEMON DIALOGUES which is all about cohabiting with a petulant (if oddly lovable) Inner Critic. 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.
Lucy lives in Portland, Oregon and works out of Helioscope, the largest collection of freelance comics professionals in North America. Find out more at lucybellwood.com, or say hello on Twitter @LuBellwoo.
Singer-songwriter Marian Call (she/her) lives in Alaska and has toured her music in all fifty states, Canada and Europe.
Marian’s tenth album, “STANDING STONES,” was released in 2017.
Tony 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 KING’S SHILLING and THE PILLARS OF HERCULES, similarly well-regarded, continue Delilah’s globe-trotting, sword-swinging, tomb-raiding adventures.
Tony hails from Vancouver, BC, where he is a fourteen-year veteran of the city’s animation industry.
Gale Galligan (she/they) is a cartoonist living in Pleasantville, New York. They’re best known for their three bestselling BABY-SITTERS CLUB graphic novels: DAWN AND THE IMPOSSIBLE THREE, KRISTY’S BIG DAY, and BOY-CRAZY STACEY.
Gale holds an MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When she isn’t making comics, Gale enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with her roomies: Lemon the leopard gecko, rabbits Dipper and Serena, and Patrick the husband.
Shing Yin Khor
Shing Yin Khor (they/them) writes comics about feelings, monsters, and the immigrant experience, and builds big collaborative immersive installation art about new human rituals. They are a co-organizer of the Resistance Cranes endurance art activism project, founder of the installation art collective Three Eyed Rat, writer/illustrator of THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO(Kokila 2020), and won an Ignatz in 2018.
Kazu 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.
Nilah Magruder is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. She is the author of M.F.K., a middle-grade graphic novel and winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and HOW TO FIND A FOX, a picture book. She has published short stories in Fireside Magazine and the All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages anthology. Nilah has also written for Marvel Comics, illustrated children’s books for Disney-Hyperion, Scholastic, and Penguin, and worked as a writer and storyboard artist in television animation. She is currently illustrating CREAKY ACRES, a middle-grade graphic novel about horseback riding. When she is not working, Nilah is watching movies, growing herbs, and fighting her cat for control of her desk chair.
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.