James Comey is a cartoonist living in Philadelphia. His work can be seen in the anthologies-- Once Upon A Time Machine, put out by Locust Moon Press and Dark Horse Comics; Colonial Comics, put out by Fulcrum Books; Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, put out by Locust Moon Press; Most of the Quarter Moon anthologies put out by Locust Moon Press; The Philadelphia City Paper; and his own catalog of self published mini-comix. His paintings and murals can also be seen on permanent display in restaurants and bars all over Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey. James also has a spectacular mustache.
Charles C Dowd is an author/illustrator of comics and kid's books, most notably Lilith Dark, Kidthulhu, and The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls. In addition to his own work, Charles is a founding member of Zazz Comics, a creator owned digital comics collective. Charles also administers the Webcomic Creator Group, a 3,000 member strong Facebook group of independent comic creators. Charles spends his free time covered in cats.
Dawn Griffin, of Havertown PA, is a designer/illustrator/cartoonist specializing in kids and young adult material. With 10 years of independent and small-publishing experience, she has honed her style to a perfect balance of “cute, funny & quirky”. Her creator-owned properties, both boasting 4 books each, are the sci-fi/humor comic “Zorphbert & Fred”, and the self-esteem kids book series “Abby’s Adventures” published under Eifrig Publishing. She has also contributed to multiple anthologies such as “Team Cul de Sac” from Andrews McMeel Publishing, and “RISE: Comics Against Bullying” from Northwest Press. Dawn is also a co-founder of Webcomic Alliance, a 5 year-running web resource & popular podcast for comic creators. “Creative Workhorse” may be an understatement.
Gordon Harris lives in Virginia with his wife, twin daughters Violet and Silver, and three gerbils whose names escape him. Sadly, Gordon's day job is NOT writing, drawing and painting mini comic books and graphic novels. He's always always had a desire to, but it seemed like a lot of work, so instead his day job consists of watching TV shows like Curious George, Odd Squad or Wild Kratts and writing promos for them - among other mundane, everyday tasks.
Locust Moon Press
Josh O’Neill, Chris Stevens and Andrew Carl are the founders of local darling, Locust Moon Press. With amazing collections such The Lost Work of Will Eisner and original comics Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream & Once Upon a Time Machine, they have solidified their presence in the comic world. Need proof? Look no further than their collection of Eisner and Harvey awards!
Victoria Jamieson is a children's book author and illustrator. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to receive her MA in Museum Studies at the University of Syndey. After living in Rome, Montreal, and Australia, she moved back to the United States, where she began working as a designer with a children's book publisher in New York City. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and young son. Along with writing and illustrating, she teaches children's book illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Aaron McClellan has been a cartoonist and illustrator for over 30 years. He has been a graphic and production designer for publication and print for over 25 years. He worked primarily as a professional inker in the late 80's to the mid-90's for Marvel, D.C. and several other indie publishers.
After the so-called "collectors' bubble" of the 90's burst, he went back to commercial art. One of his major clients included AAA Mid-Atlantic, producing brochures, advertising art and mailers.
He is now semi-retired and spends his time drawing and painting mostly for himself.
Steve Peters has been self-publishing under his imprint, Awakening Comics, for 20 years. Of the several series he's worked on, Awakening Comics, Chemistry, and The Comicverse, have won industry awards. His current project, The Comicverse, is a collaboration with writer Bianca Alu-Marr and is a sci-fi comedy about a comic book shop in outer space.
Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Druthers, Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the graphic novels The Storm in the Barn, Around the World, and Bluffton. Matt has been nominated for five Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, including best writer/artist and best new graphic album for Bluffton. His most recent graphic novel is the New York Times Bestseller Snow White. Matt lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
Kelly Phillips is a cartoonist living in West Philly, and the creator of the comic series "Weird Me" about her teenage years as the moderately successful webmaster of a "Weird Al" Yankovic fan site. She is also the co-editor and publisher of the award-winning all-girl comic anthology Dirty Diamonds. She is currently creating a lot of cat comics, and is collecting diary comics as a cheap form of therapy.
Mike Sgier (pronounced 'SKEER') is a printmaker and cartoonist currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a member of BYO Print, a Philadelphia print co-op, exhibits with the Phantom Hand collective, and appears in books published by Locust Moon Press. His current body of work is split between personal comics, stories and artwork set within a fantasy world, and explorations within printmaking that chronicle various elements of pop culture and fandom.
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Haverford Township Free Library was the original host of the HKCFest, and they continue to be a huge part of its success. Most of the preparation and volunteering is taken on by HTFL Staff. If you see any familiar faces from the library on the day of the Fest, make sure to thank them for all of their amazing support!