"The Archery Contest," a personal project by Ben Hatke. From left to right, the archers are Cupid, Merida, Green Arrow, Legolas, Robin Hood, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Artemis, Katniss Everdeen, and Susan Pevensie. Courtesy of Ben Hatke.
Story last updated at 4/18/2017 - 3:02 pm
Bios courtesy of Pat Race and visiting artists
In honor of Juneau’s second annual comics convention, hosted by Alaska Robotics, the Capital City Weekly is running art from several of the visiting artists. For more information, see Clara Miller’s story about the convention "Second Mini Comic Con comes to Juneau."
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).
Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling “Zita the Spacegirl” trilogy, the Eisner award winning “Little Robot,” and the picture books “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures” and “Nobody Likes a Goblin.” Both “Zita the Spacegirl” and his graphic novel series “Mighty Jack” are being developed for film by 20th Century Fox. Ben lives and works out of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
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.
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 lucybellwood.com
Lucas Elliott is the Alaskan illustrator of the graphic novel and 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 from the far north land of Santa, North Pole, Lucas resides in Anchorage with his wife and their canine companion.
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 and Netflix, space, and Dungeons and Dragons. Their YouTube videos boast more than 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.
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.”
Several well-known artists who came to Juneau last year are returning. They are Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier, Vera Brosgol, Ryan North, and Kate Beaton.