Guest Strip: Stephanie O’Donnell

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healthytzStephanie O’Donnell is a New York-based artist.  Her obsession with the “Witch House” music genre is borderline unhealthy.

She currently does the artwork for the online graphic novel Perfect Agent, which updates every Thursday.

For more information about O’Donnell’s interests and work credits visit crownofdonegal.com.

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Guest Strip: Lupi

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-2Lupi is an artist living and working in Northeast Minneapolis.

Her work has appeared in False Witness: the Michele Bachmann Story and Lutefisk Sushi. Catch up with her funny, irreverent comics online at lupiloops.com. Her Bantam and Little Pecker stories are among my favorites.

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Guest Strip: Rob Hovden, Rob Barton and Phil Ashworth

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nov5_tzSpork the World consists of two physicists and an illustrator living in Ithaca, NY. Rob Hovden and Rob Barton are Ph.D. candidates at Cornell who by good fortune met Phil Ashworth, a talented artist from the Rhode Island School of Design.

“Sometimes our ideas do not accommodate a general audience but we think there are always people out there who will enjoy them. We try to meet weekly to hash out ideas and get sketches down, which Phil then turns into a polished comic,” says Hovden.

Currently, their comics are only found in local publications.  In the future they plan to launch and distribute their comics in web form at sporktheworld.com.

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Guest Strip: Garry-Paul Bonesteel

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waterfalltz Garry-Paul Bonesteel is a recent graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies currently living in New York City. In addition to working on comics he also does illustration and writing work.

His comics include Ice Cream, Aliens: First Encounter, Surviving Life of Hanze Eneffer, Abortion Andy: Summer Lovin’ and Ninja GirlAbortion Andy: Baby Steps was recently reviewed by Rob Clough at The Comics Journal.

You’ll find Bonesteel’s comics at indie-friendly comic shops around NYC and at Quimby’s in Chicago and can find more of his work online at killerinkcomics.com.

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Guest Strip: Emi Gennis

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emitzEmi Gennis is a cartoonist from Chicago. She has published three issues of her minicomic SPAZ! and expects to finish SPAZ! #4 by Spring 2011.

Her weekly webcomic Owlex began as a drawing exercise but has since taken on a life of its own. She recently posted its 100th strip.

Gennis’ work is known for being semi-autobiographical.  However, her current projects have found new inspiration by way of Wikipedia and the many hours she wastes reading it.

She currently lives in Savannah, GA, and is pursuing an M.F.A. in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

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Guest Strip: Brian Bastian and Bob Lipski

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boblipski_tzBrian Bastian is the writer of Tommy Chicago and the occasional writer of Manly Tales of Cowardice which was created and illustrated by Danno Klonowski.   Bastian also wrote the upcoming Uptown Girl original graphic novel Big City Secrets.

Bob Lipski is the creator of Uptown Girl and has written and drawn her adventures for over 7 years. After 75 monthly issues, the series concluded in 2009. Lipski now focuses on creating original graphic novels based on Uptown Girl and her friends.

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Guest Strip: Ji Wook Moon

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moon_tzJi Wook Moon is a pastor and native Korean. He graduated from Korean Methodist Seminary and has worked as a pastor for several years. Last May, he graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, earning a Master of Divinity degree.

He became interested in cartooning through his experience as a pastor and theologian. During his ministry years, he made self-published books and sometimes printed out his cartoons to share with congregation members. He hopes to learn more about cartooning and has applied to the Center for Cartoon Studies.

Currently, Moon lives in Korea and continues to work as a pastor and save up for tuition. His ambition is to become a pastor and cartoonist with a Master’s degree in each.

Moon’s guest strip is called “Think T-shirt” and he has this to say about his piece:

One evening at Emory library, I found people around me wearing T-shirts filled with meaningless pictures and colors. I thought that I want to wear a T-shirt that gives me a challenge and time to think. Thus, I began to draw some reflective cartoons on the T-shirts format.

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Guest Strip: MJ

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bikestzMJ is an Editorial Cartoonist for The National Free Press and has been spilling ink on drawing boards since 1979.  In 2008, his first comic strip called FIDDLESTIX© celebrated 20 years in print.

The new feature Welcome To The Jungle© was created to replace the black and white FIDDLESTIX© dailies that were pulled from publication, and moved to a Sunday-only full-color, multi-panel format.

MJ is a member of the Comic Art Professional Society, the International Cartoonist Conspiracy and The St. Louis Gateway Arts.

Check out MJ’s work online through The National Free Press, The Nashville Free Press, Newsblaze Publications and Newropeans Magazine.  His work was also highlighted in Best Editorial Compilations.  Find more updates on his blog: http://blog.nationalfreepress.org/NFPCartoonist/

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Guest Strip: Donnie DeLay

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donniedelaytzDonnie DeLay makes historical non-fiction and autobiographical comics from his home in Florida.

He has contributed to such anthologies as The Gathering and Americans UK: Rocktronic, an anthology that adapted the songs of a NY-based band as mini-comics.

Currently, DeLay and his wife are working on a few short stories as well as their first long-form graphic novel Breakdown.  DeLay also plans to self-publish a 46-page book early next year called Hellhounds on my Trail and chronicles the legend of delta bluesman Robert Johnson.  Also look out for his 24-page mini-comic called Boston Strongboy which is slowly nearing completion.

Previews of these projects, as well as journal comics and curmudgeonly rants, can be seen on his blog: http://donaldelay.blogspot.com/

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Guest Strip: Chris Mostyn

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christzChris Mostyn was born in Rochester, NY, home of Eastman Kodak and the architectural marvel the Mushroom House.  He now resides in Missouri.

Mostyn is a middle school art teacher, husband and dad.  Although he does a number of comics-related things, his latest project is a strip called The Book of Violence.

Check out more of beautiful comics from Mostyn on his blog: mostyncomics.blogspot.com.

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