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I had fun putting together last year’s post on all the lovely things that followed me home from Drink & Draw Like a Lady, so here goes again! Left-right and roughly top-bottom, assuming three rough rows:

Top row:
Lost Girl by Caroline Percello- lovely little drawings in this comic.
Alisa Harris’s card! Lovely cooking/ recipe comics at the linked site, and she also makes the excellent Urban Nomad and Counter-Attack! series.
Marion Vitus not only makes sweet illustrations and comics, but she also acted as the photographer for DDLL this year!
Alice Meichi Li makes pretty illustrations.
9 PM by Melanie Gillman is full of this lush colored pencil work that you’ve gotta see to believe. Great stuff.
Patricia Burgess’s card says she’s a swell lady, and I agree!
Laura Kovalcin does cool costume design as well as illos.
Wendy M. Xu makes some cute daily drawings.
Jane Archer throws around these rich saturated colors like it’s nothing! They’re great.

Middle row: 
Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman put together a Dirty Diamonds preview for DDLL this year! It’s awesome and they’re awesome too.
Lucy Knisley (who continues to be a lovely, brilliant DDLL host) and Raina Telgemeier (who is a font of encouraging words) put together adorable sketchbooks for everyone who donated!
The Dragon’s Wife by Angelina Fernandez is chock-full of gorgeous linolium carvings.
School of World is a comic about life, lessons, and life lessons by Megan Brennan and Rel. You should read it.

Bottom row:
Up she Goes by Amy Falcone deserves your attention both for its adorable story and its lovely artwork!
Kristin Kemper’s illlustrations have a sweet soft atmosphere to them.
I’ve followed Sarah Becan’s stuff for a while and it was lovely to meet her! She’s got a kick-butt collection of comics going on at Sauceome.
Tara Abbamondi makes fantastic, articulate, crisply-drawn comics. I picked up The Stolen Lovelight (actually a collaboration with her husband, Paul) from her this year and it’s excellent- well worth a read!
Ellen Crenshaw’s hourlies were so good, I actually bought them on the show floor on Saturday too (oops :) )! Another person I followed on Twitter before ever meeting in person, but it was excellent to do so. Her hourlies are incredibly clean and composed– I should do a giveaway for my bonus copy.
Diana Mallery does really cool things with interestingly-structured comics! This one was a neat little fold-out called Motherland.
Not pictured- Melissa Zhang, who combines food and artwork into excellence.

PS- Do you have a post about your DDLL/ MOCCA 2012 comics? I’d love to see it! Hoping to put together a collection of what I bought on the show floor later tonight.

2014 Creator Spotlights: Rothman, Harris, Wilgus, Tsurumi, & Davis

Some creators who’ll be appearing at Philadelphia's Locust Moon Comics Festival on October 25…

Alexander Rothman

A cofounder of Ink Brick, Alexander Rothman has been combining comics and poetry since 2007. His work has appeared in publications including the Seneca Review, the Indiana Review, Suspect Device, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Rumpus. He cohosts Comics for Grownups, a comics-review podcast available for free on iTunes. Rothman lives in Queens, New York, and posts additional work on his different websites.

Websites :
Tumblr: versequential
Twitter: @inkbrick

Alisa Harris

Alisa Harris is an animator who lives in Queens, New York, and makes comics about the quirks of living in the city, her crazy cats, and vegetarian cooking.

Twitter: @CookingUpComics

Alison Wilgus

The most important things to know about Alison Wilgus are that she lives in Brooklyn, she makes comics, she has cried while watching NASA TV, and she permanently imprinted on the women of Deep Space Nine as a teenager. Everything else is gravy.

Twitter: @aliwilgus

Andrea Tsurumi

Andrea is an illustrator and cartoonist who likes (in no particular order) history, absurdity, dogs, and monsters. Born and raised in New York, she received an MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Now living in Queens, she draws and makes books in Brooklyn.

Tumblr: andreatsurumi
Twitter: @AndreaTsurumi

Andrew Davis

Somehow, “Samantha Peartree, age 5” has managed to remain 5 years old even after starting her own webcomic over four years ago! She’s the main character of her self-titled Samantha Comics, drawn in reality by the 27-year-old Andrew Davis. Is your inner child fascinated by fairy tales, pop culture, obsessive behavior, cruel, untimely death, and puppies? You might get along well with Samantha.

Twitter: @Samantha_age5

Philadelphia, PA / October 25, 2014
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Hey all! I wanted to take a minute to talk up all the comics, cards, prints, and zines I got at DDLL and MOCCA this year.  DDLL remains one of my favorite things across all possible categories of things. The new location was wonderful - and actually allowed some drawing to happen!- and big thanks to Lucy Knisley for organizing it in the middle of her new book tour.

First pic is goodies from DDLL. L->R and top-> bottom, these are:

  • Kaitlin Sullivan- love the tetris motif!
  • Alisa Harris made a cute and informative mini! Cooking up Comics is excellent & highly recommended.
  • Ashley Austin drew this card on the spot based on a two-word prompt!
  • Katie McDermott has an awesome website URL and makes even more awesome illustrations.
  • Dre Grigoropol is sorely missed in Philly. 
  • Rel made a clever little mini with a neat twist!
  • Rebekka Dunlap’s zine Waterslide is lovely and deserves a few readings.
  • Rebecca Mock is killing it with her illustrations (and mentoring a whole host of brilliant MICA students while at it)! Her tiny chewable zine was excellent for getting folks to make fun faces. Check her work out!
  • Kelsey Sunday’s work is full of lovely palettes and neat game assets!
  • Michelle’s card doubles as a cool sticker!
  • Luca is a rockin animator and possessor of a host of hamster cards.
  • Elise Dinkelaker does wonderful things with ink.
  • Bridget Gibson is making some amazing creature (and everything else!) illustrations.
  • Maugerite Dabaie has a really gorgeous comic going on that you should all check out.
  • Dirty Diamonds- I’ll be sharing a table at SPX with DD editors Kelly and Claire! Now open for submissions for Issue # 4 : )
  • Aimee Fleck makes awesome fresh illustrations and comics!
  • Meg Brennan is currently making Pencil Pup, among many other wonderful things. It’s delightful and terrifying and worth your time. Pencil Pup loves you! ◑‿◐
  • And a bonus donation sketchbook because DDLL is a worthy cause. I met a bunch of other wonderful people who had run out of trading things –a whole crew of kick-ass illustrators from MICA included– and I can’t wait for next year!

I also bought a couple prints, continuing on my ridiculous goal to fill a whole wall up with artwork bought from illustrators I dig:

  • Othello by Steen- gorgeous screenprint with brilliant colors!
  • Smallest Feline by Hillary Blair - Hillary let me yoink the one blue variant of this super-sweet print, but I love the orange as well!
  • Sleep Sleep by Nora - I love the paisley & the pale pink goat together! Thanks to the artist for solving the mystery of who made it : )

And finally, an absurd hoard of comics- I went way overboard and over budget, but I’m really happy with everything I bought.

  • Women Warriors Zine, edited by Abby Boeh and Roxie Vizcarra- 100% full of amazing work by a ton of my favorite illustrators and comics folks. Should be available for purchase online soon!
  • Lead Paint Comics- a webcomic that makes me laugh; minicomic did the same!
  • Harbinger - stay tuned for a possible new URL for this comic, by Hillary Blair!
  • The Blacklight by Kelsey Sunday - intriguing and well-executed preview; looking forward to the rest of the comic!
  • Three Tales by Connie Li Chan- weird and wonderful retellings! Love the expressiveness of her drawing style.
  • Tomorrow and Boys with Flowers by Aimee Fleck-Aimee’s comics are a treat and her zine full of drawings is wonderful, too!
  • Sup Kids by Noelle Stevenson - fresh & fun & friendly & generally delightful drawings! I got to meet Noelle at DDLL, too, and was very glad to do so.
  • Moonlight by Katie McDermott- a one-pager with a delightful surprise of a gorgeous full-page illo on the back. 
  • Pocket Book by Gregory Benton- a gorgeous collection of drawings from life. Love the tiny format. 
  • Let’s Make Out by Annelise Capossela- fun accordian format and cute drawings. Check out her larger-scale color works!
  • Opposites Attract- a gorgeous zine collecting work from MICA’s new MFA in illustration. I got to chat with Kevin and Alex about the program- thanks again!
  • House of Women by Sophie Goldstein- Sophie’s work rules! Can’t wait to read more of this one, and be sure to read Betsy and Mothership Blues as well.
  • Life of Luna by Meg Brennan- if you don’t read Meg’s comics (see: Pencil Pup, above) then you’re missing out on a lot of clever, funny strange & wonderfulness!
  • Rockall, Part III by Amelia Onorato- no joke, this comic made me cry on the train. I think Amelia’s putting together a collection of all three issues soon- buy them!
  • 45* Dogs by Nora- super-cute little zine!
  • Animals with Jobs by Laura Kovalcin- funny & unexpected!
  • How to make strawberry milk by Milkyaway- I will never look at strawberry milk the same way.
  • Bug Boys 1 & 2 by Laura Knetzger- earnest, delightful, sweet, and fun. Read these!
  • Art Block by Chandler Moses- I laughed, I sobbed, I found my new life goal.
  • Freeze by Kelsey Sunday-really neat & well-drawn designs!
  • Between Blood & Water by Katie McDermott- another comic I very much want to read more of.
  • My First Time Buying Condoms, edited by Maritsa PatrinosRebecca Mock ’s and Kris Mukai’s might be my favorites for the moment, but they’re all brilliant and make a wonderful collection! 

In closing: it was amazing and I want to go again right now. Can’t wait for SPX this fall! : )