September 14th, 2:00 PM
Columbia Public Library
This panel discussion of young, up-and-coming comic artists will be moderated by Dr. Kristin Schwain, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Missouri. Each artist will address their own personal experiences as present-day artists who are in the beginning stages of a career, including how they use technology in their work. Cosponsored by Columbia Public Library
Matt Kindt is an award-winning graphic novelist who has been reading, writing, and drawing comics for as long as he’s been able to hold a pen. His most recent work, Super Spy, was named the 2007 Indie Book of the Year by Wizard magazine and made Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2008. Matt won a 2008 Harvey Award for his work on Alan Moore’s Lost Girls (he’s been nominated four times previously). His first graphic novel, Pistolwhip, was on Time Magazine's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2001.
He has worked with Random House, Top Shelf, Dark Horse and DC Comics as an author, illustrator and graphic designer.
Mardou has been making and self-publishing mini comics for 8 years. Born in Manchester, England she now lives in St Louis, Missouri with her cartoonist husband Ted May where she is working on a graphic novel.
Ted May has been drawing comics since an early age, and has more recently been a part of the St. Louis comics scene as a published comics artist. May has contributed to various comics anthologies including Kramers Ergot, and Non, and has published some of his own books such as It Lives. May was named “Mini-Comics Artist of the Year 2002” by the Comics Journal. Currently May produces Injury Comics, a series published by Buenaventura Press, as well as comic strips appearing in Arthur Magazine and the Riverfront Times.
Along with his comics work, May works at Xplane, a visual communications company. May lives in south St. Louis with his wife (and fellow comics artist) Sacha Mardou.
Jeff Zwirek is the Ignatz-nominated artist behind the mini-comics Burning Building Comix, Black Star, and Jack Rabbit. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.
Thanks to United Media, Dr. Kenneth Mares, Martha Mares Lebo, Columbia Public Library, and the MU Libraries Faculty Speaker Series for their generous support.