Sunday, October 16, 2016

American Artists Valentina tributes to Promote Fantagraphics Crepaxcollection

Dear friends and artists,
I've decided to create a Facebook Professional account to promote your awesome Tributes to Valentina to promote Fantagraphics Crepax collection.
https://www.facebook.com/manuel.faria.754918
 Don't judge me wrong, I love you all a lot and I sincerely apreciate all your support with some of my ideas, but I need to split in my mind what's Professional and what's personal in order to gain more focus in the work that I do, be it curating exhibitions, book collections, interviews, presentation videos, prefaces to books or book presentations.
I'll organize the tributes by artist in alphabetical order and put each artist in bold to be easier for you to see your tributes and where they were exhibited along your quotes about the character Valentina and your Biography aswell.
 Many thanks to all of you for all your work and hope that you continue to support some of my ideas.
 Special thanks to Gary GrothCaterina Crepax and my muse and source of inspiration, my kitty Ilvie that was stolen from my sight recently.

Andy Bennet 
Ohio native Andy Bennett has been illustrating for books, games and comics pince 1995. Titles include Saint Germaine and Ghost Sonata for Caliber Comics/TransFuzion, Vampire The Masquerade, Kolchak the Night Stalker and The Phantom: Generations for Moonstone Books, and other titles from IDW Books, Fulcrum Press and BOOM! Studios. Last year he illustrated the critically-acclaimed “Do You Remember Rock ’N Roll Record Stores” for Nix Comics, and a follow-up in 2015: "Jim Shepard: Negotiate Nothing".

Exhibited at second exhibition at boémia caffe in Porto 



Arnold Pander
Arnold Pander has 25 years of experience in creative arts and media, having touched nearly every aspect of popular culture. From writing and Illustrating graphic novels like Batman to writing and producing feature film, directing music videos that have appeared on MTV and more recently an appearance on America's Next Top Model as on-camera illustrator. 

Behind the camera, Arnold provides pre-visualization and concept development art for film, television and commercials, working closely with clients to  create strong visual engagement for productions and internal communications. 

As one half of the creative team the Pander Brothers Arnold directs film, commercials, and web based entertainment with his production company, Collaborator Studios. You can see a wide range of his art and media projects at www.arnoldpander.com

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016



Sketch study - 01 



Sketch study - 02



Sketch study - 03



Sketch study - 04



Sketch study - 05


Benjamin Marra

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and Fantagraphics Bookstore and gallery 

Never exhibited artwork 


Study


Beto Hernandez 
Quote: "I first saw images from VALENTINA when I was in my early teens and I never forgot how beautiful she was. I look at Crepax's art now and I feel the same way."

In the early 1980s, both Jaime and Gilbert created flyer and cover art for local bands. He also did the cover artwork for the record Limbo by Throwing Muses. The alternative rock band Love and Rockets was named after the Hernández brothers' comic book

The first wider recognition of Gilbert and his brothers' work occurred in 1982, after they had sent in a copy of their Love & Rockets comic, which up to that point they had been self publishing, to the Comics Journal, the foremost U.S. magazine of news and criticism pertaining to comic books and strips.
This led to their work being published by the then just established Fantagraphics books. 
Between 1996 and 2001, the Love & Rockets series was temporarily suspended, while each brother, including Gilbert, pursued solo projects. 
During  this time Gilbert created New Love, Luba, and Luba's Comics and Stories.
After its resumption, Love & Rockets continued to be published by Fantagraphics on an annual basis. 
In 2009, Gilbert published The Troublemakers, his second solo graphic novel with the publisher, inspired by pulp novels and heist films.
This has continued a trend he started with Chance in Hell and Speak of the Devil; all three books are faux adaptations of fictional B-movies.

He is best known for his Palomar/Heartbreak Soup stories in Love and Rockets, an alternative comic book he shared with his brothers Jaime and Mario.


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and published in the first free limited art booklet for the 1st Fantagraphics Crepax book 




Bill Koeb
Quote: "I think that the Valentina books always had a healthy dose of humor in them along with the sexuality. It was Crepax's brilliant design and sense of storytelling that allowed these two aspects to seamlessly meld together with a flash of skin, and a wink and a nod to the reader. Many young men first encounter sexual content through media, movies, magazines, and even comics. It was this coming of age, this awareness and desire to look that I wanted to capture."

American painter, illustrator, and sequential artist whose work includes illustrations for Washington City Paper, The Village Voice, and Bill Graham Presents. His paintings have been exhibited in shows in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He has illustrated stories for the Marvel Comics' series Clive Barker's Hellraiser, the Vertigo miniseries Faultlines and Allen Moore's song, "Hair of the Snake That Bit Me". He created the artwork for the character Sarah in the film The Crow: City of Angels (1996).


Never exhibited artwork 




Never exhibited artwork 




Never exhibited artwork 




Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016



Bill Sienkiewicz
Biography
Boleslav William Felix Robert "Bill" Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) (born May 3, 1958) is an Eisner Award-winning American artist and writer best known for his comic book work, primarily for Marvel Comics' The New Mutants and Elektra: Assassin. Sienkiewicz often utilizes oil painting, collage, mimeograph and other forms generally uncommon in comic books.
Sienkiewicz continued as artist of the Moon Knight color comics series, starting with the first issue (November 1980). Four years later, after a stint as artist on the Fantastic Four, he became the artist on Marvel's X-Men spin-off New Mutants, beginning with issue No. 18 (August 1984), producing cover paintings and character designs. From this period on, Sienkiewicz's art evolved into a much more expressionistic style, and he began experimenting with paint, collage, and mixed media. He illustrated New Mutants from 1984–1985.
Sienkiewicz produced covers for a range of Marvel titles, including Rom, Dazzler, The Mighty Thor, Return of the Jedi and The Transformers, and drew the comic adaptation of Dune.
Sienkiewicz's own first writing credit was for the painted story "Slow Dancer" in Epic Illustrated in 1986. Sienkiewicz both wrote and illustrated the 1988 miniseries Stray Toasters, an idiosyncratic work published by Epic Comics about a criminal psychologist investigating a series of murders.
His first major interior work for DC Comics was contributing to Batman #400 (October 1986).
He illustrated the 1986–87 eight-issue limited series Elektra: Assassin written by Frank Miller. Miller and Sienkiewicz crafted the Daredevil: Love and War graphic novel as well. After which, he collaborated with writer Andrew Helfer on the first six issues of DC Comics' The Shadow series. In 1988, he contributed to the Brought to Light graphic novel with writer Alan Moore. In 1990, Sienkiewicz and Moore published the first two issues of the uncompleted series Big Numbers. Sienkiewicz painted the Classics Illustrated adaptation of the novel Moby-Dick.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and published in the first free limited art booklet for the 1st Fantagraphics Crepax book 



Bob Burden
"I first met Valentina in Madrid, down by that lovely waterfall and those curious, bulbous trees at the Park Retiro. Twilight was just upon us and the loons cooed in the distance, softly like silk across an infant's cheek. I told her the park was named after a Power Ranger that never made it to the show, she smiled and took me by the hand. The next morning I found her lollipop stuck to my forehead and a poem or Haiku about passion written on the hotel room mirror in lipstick. I shared a cab to the airport with an Egyptian or Assyrian mummy. As I rolled the window down and took out my bubble pipe I sighed "Ah, Valentina...". Hearing her name, the Mummy turned to me, startled. "Valentina, she gets around, eh?" I handed him the vial of bubble-bath water I was using in my pipe. "Stay thirsty my fiend!" I told the Mummy, smiling wryly. The cabdriver winked back at me through the mirror. We weren't really heading to the airport. 
Biography 
I am Bob Burden, North American cartoonist, surrealist and raconteur extrordiaire. I created Flaming Carrot, The Mysterymen and am currently working on a cure for the American Dream (delayed release formula). I go for long walks, hum sad ballads and make things up a lot. 
Bob Burden  is an American comic book artist and writer, best known as the creator of Flaming Carrot Comics and the Mystery Men.
Burden's Mystery Men was the subject of a 1999 film adaptation, directed by Kinka Usher and starring Ben Stiller  and Geoffrey Rush.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at boémia caffe in Porto 


Brian Biggs
"I was 20 years old and living in Paris France when Valentina broke my heart on the Pont des Arts. She left me for a guy called Guido, and I've never been the same. Now I stalk her on Facebook and Instagram, and I wonder what she's up to. I hope you're happy now, Valentina. What did Guido have that I didn't?"
Biography
Brian was born in Arkansas in 1968, moved to Texas in 1979, fled to New York City in 1987 to attend Parsons School of Design, lived in Paris France for a few years, ran away to San Francisco in 1993, and since 1999 he has lived in Philadelphia. He works in an old garage and writes about himself in the third person.
He has worked as an art director and graphic designer, animator for interactivity and multimedia projects, teacher, writer, and illustrator. He has written and drawn comics and graphic novels, designed publications, and illustrated for many many magazines and newspapers. He illustrates children's books; for magazines, newspapers, and advertising; posters, toys and puzzles. He also works with animation, music, and various other media. Examples of all this stuff can be found on this site.
Some notable clients include The Museum of Modern Art NY, The New York Times, HarperCollins, Random House/Knopf, Simon & Schuster, Hyperion/Disney, Penn Gazette, Bell Sports, and Galison/Mudpuppy.
find Brian here on the internets as well:
my store on Etsy
my photos on Flickr
my videos on Vimeo
twitter: @mrbiggsdotcom.
Be a fan on the Facebook.
my beepity music site

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016



Brian Quinn 
"I initially discovered Guido Crepax's work in the pages of Heavy Metal magazine in the early 1980s. Although at the time I was put off by his more expressionist style of art (I was a young teenager at the time) I have grown to love his storytelling and page layouts and see him as one of the true greats of European comics."
Biography
Brian Quinn is an illustrator/cartoonist that lives and works in central New Jersey with his wife & growing family of felines.  He has done work that has appeared at Image Comics, Warner Bros, as well as illustration work for Barnes & Noble.  Brian has recently rebooted his comic book career and is working on several projects, some of which will be self published under his new publishing imprint MRDRfly.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016



Danielle Otraki 


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at Scott's Eder Gallery in New York - U.S.A





David Lasky 
"With just a few lines, Crepax made Valentina seem as alive as anyone else."
David Lasky has been a published cartoonist since 1989. Among his best known work is the award-nominated “Urban Hipster,” in collaboration with Greg Stump, and “No Ordinary Flu,” in collaboration with King County Public Health. He recently completed work on his first graphic novel, “Carter Family Comics: Don’t Forget This Song,” the story the first family of country music, in collaboration with Frank Young.


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery at Seattle - U.S.A



David Mack
"In the panels of Valentina is the imagination of Crepax. In between the panels is the imagination of the readers.
Valentina lives as the intersection of cinema, dream, photography, line, attitude, life, inspiration, imagination.
In each direction."
Bio
David Mack is the New York Times Best Selling author and artist of the KABUKI Graphic Novels, cover artist for FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk, the writer and artist of Daredevil from Marvel Comics.
Mack's work has garnered nominations for seven Eisner Awards, four International Eagle Awards, and both the Harvey and Kirby Awards in the category of Best New Talent, as well as many other national and international awards and nominations.
For the #1 hit film Captain America The Winter Soldier, Mack created the art & concept for the credit sequence with Sarofsky Desgin.


Never exhibited artwork 



Ethan Persoff 
"The sex in Valentina is very fun. I've always also enjoyed the hallucinations."
Biography.
Ethan Persoff is a cartoonist, archivist, and sound artist, based in Austin Texas. His work includes the comics Teddy, Pogostick, and Radio Wire. He's currently working on a comics biography with Scott Marshall on 1960s journalist John Wilcock. The strip is serialized on Boing Boing.


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016


George Pratt
"To a kid hooked on comics in the 1970’s Valentina was instrumental in raising more than just awareness in the sexual revolution. Crepax’s art was in a class by itself.”
Biography
George Pratt (b. October 13, 1960, in Beaumont, Texas) is an American painter and illustrator known for his work in the comic book field.
Pratt's first published comics work was for Marvel Comics' Epic Illustrated #20 (1983). Since then, his work has appeared in Heavy Metal, Eagle, and many other publications. He has also inked other artists' work and created painted covers for DC Comics.
In 1990, DC published Pratt's first graphic novel, Enemy Ace: War Idyll, which was nominated for both the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award. Enemy Ace: War Idyll has been translated into nine languages and at one point was on the required reading list at West Point. The book won the France Info Award for Best Foreign Language Graphic Novel, and the British Speakeasy Award for Best Foreign Language Graphic Novel.
Pratt's painted graphic novel Batman: Harvest Breed (DC) was nominated for two Eisner Awards.
The Wolverine: Netsuke limited series for Marvel won Pratt the 2003 Eisner Award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist.
As of the late 2000s, Pratt is working on the book See You in Hell, Blind Boy: A Tales of the Blues, based on his research of the Mississippi Delta. With Steven Budlong and James McGillion, Pratt made a documentary film about his Mississippi travels, also called See You in Hell, Blind Boy. The film won Best Feature Documentary at the 1999 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
Pratt's cover for Legends of the Dark Knight #2 (DC, Dec. 1989).
Pratt's first published comics work was for Marvel Comics' Epic Illustrated #20 (1983). Since then, his work has appeared in Heavy Metal, Eagle, and many other publications. He has also inked other artists' work and created painted covers for DC Comics.
In 1990, DC published Pratt's first graphic novel, Enemy Ace: War Idyll, which was nominated for both the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award. Enemy Ace: War Idyll has been translated into nine languages and at one point was on the required reading list at West Point. The book won the France Info Award for Best Foreign Language Graphic Novel, and the British Speakeasy Award for Best Foreign Language Graphic Novel.
Pratt's painted graphic novel Batman: Harvest Breed (DC) was nominated for two Eisner Awards.
The Wolverine: Netsuke limited series for Marvel won Pratt the 2003 Eisner Award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist.
As of the late 2000s, Pratt is working on the book See You in Hell, Blind Boy: A Tales of the Blues, based on his research of the Mississippi Delta. With Steven Budlong and James McGillion, Pratt made a documentary film about his Mississippi travels, also called See You in Hell, Blind Boy. The film won Best Feature Documentary at the 1999 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016, at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Seattle, at Scott's Eder Gallery in New York and published in the first free limited art booklet for the 1st Fantagraphics Crepax book 




Never exhitibited artwork 

Never exhitibited artwork 




Jason Shawn Alexander
Biography
Jason Shawn Alexander or J. Alexander (born c. 1975) is a painter, illustrator and draftsman from Portland, Tennessee.
Alexander has produced illustrations for Dark Horse Comics, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, Hasbro, White Wolf, Inc, and Dalmatian Press.
His creator-owned Empty Zone was published for years by Sirius Entertainment. He also contributed to Poison Elves: Lusiphur and Linlith, also for Sirius Entertainment.
Brad Martin, a contributing writer with Juxtapoz magazine, describes Alexander's fine art pieces thus: "His gritty, drippy, and dark style lends an ominous air, like a fresh grave, and the subject's poses humanize the whole thing."
Alexander's work can be seen at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles and 101/exhibit in Miami and New York.

Never exhitibited artwork 



Jeffrey Alan Love - Quote: "Valentina came into being before my time, yet somehow she is of my time, and of all time."
Biography 
Jeffrey is an illustrator living in California. 
Recognition:
Gold Medal (Books), Society of Illustrators 56
Academy of British Cover Design Award (Best Series Design with Nick May/Gollancz)
Academy of British Cover Design Award (Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy with Nick May/Gollancz)
Nominated for BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Award for Best Artwork (2014) 
Clients: Gollancz, Tor.com, Scholastic, HarperCollins, TIME, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Solaris Books, Science Fiction Book Club, Jurassic London, Nautilus, PLANSPONSOR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Scientific American, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Treehouse Brands, Johns Hopkins, and more


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at boémia caffe in Porto 



John Marroquin - "Valentina is beautifully crafted, and perfect in her simplicity."
Biography
    John "boy" Marroquin is an American born artist from Detroit, Michigan. An aspiring comic book artist that is currently working on a webcomic, and his co-created book titled "El Mariachi ".


Never exhitibited artwork 



Jude Harzer - "For me, the appeal and genius of Guido Crepax's , "Valentina" is in his creation of a female protagonist whose power lay simultaneously in her physical, sexual, psychological and intellectual capabilities. The complexity of her character , her eroticism , boldness and introspection, are particularly enticing to me as both an artist and a woman. Valentina is a timeless and alluring figure."
Biography:
Jude Harzer (American ) is an award winning artist who lives and works in Ocean County, New Jersey. Her figurative paintings are inspired by childhood, memories and the power of thought to define lives and overcome circumstances. Using oil paint as her preferred medium, she creates psychologically provocative visual narratives featuring adolescents as observers and guardians of inter generational mythologies.
Born in 1963, Jude is the third of six children, raised by a single visually impaired mother. She earned her Bachelors degree in 1987 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. And her Masters of Fine Art in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA.
Jude has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in venues that
include the Misciagna Family Center, Penn State, Pa, George Segal Gallery, NJ, Pen and Brush, Salamagundi Art Center, ACA Gallery and Prince Street Gallery , NYC. Her works and writings appear in multiple university publications .Before pursuing her studio practice, Jude became an award winning educator and an art director and game graphic designer for a NJ based amusement company. Jude’s paintings belong to both national and international private collections.


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at Scott Éder Gallery in New York - U.S.A.



Justine Mara Andersen"When I look at the work of Guido Crepax (his Valentina in particular), I see not only the work of an artist who has steadfastly mastered his own vision, but I see how his influence impacted many of my favorite filmmakers; artists such as Jean Rollin, Jess Franco, and obviously Hubert Frank. I see in Valentina a character in search of life, and mostly I marvel at the delicious lines and contours that brought her to life." 

Biography 
"Barefoot" Justine Mara Andersen announced in the fourth grade that she was going to be a comic book artist or a dolphin trainer. Ultimately she lived up to her announcement having worked for DC Comics, Image, and more importantly Fantagraphics on her her own sensual and erotic comics. Beyond that she has worked for such clients as Lucasfilm, WOTC, and has continued to create animation and award winning illustrations. Currently Justine lives barefoot, stoned and happily on a lake, deep in the woods, in Gainesville Florida where she chants the names of the Lord in her free time and works at teaching drawing, and more importantly, how to live life as an artist, at SAW (The Sequential Artists Workshop). You can keep up with her art and divinely inspired rants at barefootjustine.com.


Exhibited at second exhibition at boémia caffe in Porto 



Katie Skelly - 
Biography 
Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her comics include Nurse Nurse (Sparkplug Books, 2012) and Operation Margarine (AdHouse Books, 2014), and she is a contributor to The Comics Journal.

Never exhitibited artwork 



Kelley Jones"Crepax...his art was filled with good taste and adventureful...He could present his beautiful images with an eye for detail that was unique.His work resonated to me on that level....little things that cascaded to a great effect.I tried to capture that in my drawing..a brief passing moment that you never forget."
Biography 
Kelley Jones (born July 23, 1962,in Sacramento, California) is an American comic book artist best known for his work on Batman with writer Doug Moench and on The Sandman with writer Neil Gaiman.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at boémia caffe in Porto 



Mark Wheatley - "Guido Crepax had the good sense to take inspiration from Louise Brooks when he created Valentina. I was only vaguely aware of Brooks when I first read Valentina, but that was enough to make her seem all the more real as a character. I think he was also inspired by classic illustrators, such as Coles Phillips. This lifted his art style beyond standard comic art approaches and makes his work timeless, today."
Biography 
Mark Wheatley holds the Eisner, Inkpot, Mucker, Gem and Speakeasy awards and nominations for the Harvey award and the Ignatz award.  His work has been repeatedly included in the annual Spectrum selection of fantastic art and has appeared in private gallery shows, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Huntington Art Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum and the Library of Congress where several of his originals are in the LoC permanent collection. He has designed for Lady Gaga, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast, the CBS Super Clyde and the hit CBS comedy, The Millers. Several of his original graphic novels have been optioned for motion pictures with Blood of the Innocent currently in pre‑production. His graphic novel creations include Return of the Human, Ez Street, Lone Justice, Mars, Breathtaker, Black Hood, Prince Nightmare, Hammer of the Gods, Blood of the Innocent, Frankenstein Mobster, Miles the Monster, Skultar and Titanic Tales.  His interpretations of established characters such as Tarzan, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Jonny Quest, Dr. Strange, The Flash, Captain Action, Argus and The Spider have brought them to life for a new generation of readers.  He has written for TV, illustrated books, designed cutting-edge role-playing games, hosted a weekly radio program, and was an early innovator of the on-line daily comic strip form.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery - Seattle - New York 



Michael Avon Oeming 
Biography
Michael Avon Oeming is a fan of ancient mythology, having written or drawn several projects centering on the Norse gods. He frequently collaborates with long-time friend Bryan J. L. Glass, and with Brian Michael Bendis. He is part of the M.O.B. crew of comic book creators, along with David Mack, Brian Bendis and Daniel Berman.
His 1998 comic book Bulletproof Monk was made into a film of the same name.
The previous mentioned collaborations are The Mice Templar from Image Comics, which he draws and co-authors with Bryan J.L. Glass,[1] and Powers from Icon Comics which he draws, and sometimes co-authors, with Brian Bendis. His creator-owned projects include Rapture, on which he collaborated with his wife, Taki Soma,[2] and The Victories, both for Dark Horse Comics.

As of 2010, he is employed as a staff member of Valve Software, working on Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2 and Portal 2 webcomics.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016



Michael Gaydos - "Erotic, elegant and forever enchanting... that is Valentina."
Biography 
Michael Gaydos has established himself in various artistic channels. For the past twenty plus years he has worked in the world of the illustrated word and the graphic novel. His list of credits include work for Marvel, DC, Archie, Dark Circle, Boom, Virgin, Dark Horse, Fox Atomic, Image, IDW, NBC, Tundra, NBM, Caliber, and White Wolf among others.
He has received two Eisner Award Nominations for his work on ALIAS with Brian Michael Bendis for Marvel and is co-creator of Marvel's Jessica Jones who will be getting her own Netflix series " Jessica Jones" in 2015.
In addition to his Illustration work, Michael's fine art paintings, drawings and prints have been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions and his art is in private collections worldwide.


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016



Mike Huddleston - Quote: "Crepax's stylish mix of abstraction and eroticism kind of blew my mind when I first discovered Valentina, and it's still fascinating today."
Biography
Mike Huddleston is an American comic book artist. In 2014 he is in his third year of working on The Strain comic book adapted from the novel series.Frequently described as "creepy", Huddleston's drawings are bold, dark, and action-filled, and often illustrate horror stories.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016



Olivia de Bernardinis - 


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016




Not yet exhibited


Noah Van Sciver - 
Biography 
http://www.nvansciver.wordpress.com or http://www.noahvansciver.tumblr.com
Noah Van Sciver (born July 7, 1984, in New Jersey) is an independent American cartoonist. He is the younger brother of comics artist Ethan Van Sciver.
Van Sciver began putting out his one-man anthology, Blammo in 2006, first in zine format, and later in the traditional "floppy" comic book format. After four issues in the floppy format, he handed publishing duties over to Kilgore Books & Comics, an independent comic and bookshop in Denver. To date he has put out nine and a half issues of Blammo. The sixth issue, published in June 2010, was nominated for an Ignatz Award. A story from issue #6, "Abby's Road," appeared in the Best American Comics 2012.
 In 2007 he began drawing 4 Questions for Westword, a weekly newspaper in Denver.
Beginning in December 2011 Van Sciver's work began appearing in Mad magazine.
Van Sciver's work has appeared in The Comics Journal, Mome, and Mineshaft.
In October 2012, Fantagraphics Books published The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a narrative biography of Abraham Lincoln that spans the years 1837-1842. The Hypo, Van Sciver's first full length graphic novel, earned positive critical praise, and made it onto several "best-of" lists for 2012, including MTV Geek (#3),[4] Boing Boing (tied #3),Publisher's Weekly Critic's Poll (#4),and was ranked as one of the Best Graphic Novels of 2012 by the Library Journal.

Not yet exhibited



Paul Pope - Quote: "Crepax is one of the modern masters of European comics. Every page is a surprising and daring composition, his inking is forceful yet supple, and his heroine Valentina is an icon of Italian pop. I cannot express how much I love his work."
Biography
Paul Pope (born September 25, 1970) is an American alternative comic book writer/artist. Pope describes his own influences (listed in his book P-City Parade) as Daniel Torres, Bruno Premiani, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Tony Salmons, Hugo Pratt, Silvio Cadelo, Vittorio Giardino, Crepax and Hergé.
Pope introduced THB in 1995, the same year he began work for Kodansha, Japan's best-known manga publisher. Pope eventually developed the manga Supertrouble for Kodansha, which mined the "cutie-pie" girl adventure vein that THB exists in. Pope has self-published some of his work through his own Horse Press, with other work such as One-Trick Ripoff coming from Dark Horse Comics and Heavy Liquid and 100% published under DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.
Pope's work combines the precision and romance of the European artists he studies with the energy and page design of the manga tradition. His storytelling narratives continue to mature with well-paced, deftly-shaded combinations of science fiction, hardboiled crime stories and the Romeo and Juliet archetype. Pope's two protagonist types are the silent, lanky outsider male of One-Trick Ripoff, Escapo and Heavy Liquid, or the resourceful, aggressive, humorous young teenage girls of THB.
In black and white.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016




Not yet exhibited



Not yet exhibited


Not yet exhibited

Peter Kuper - Quote: "There's a word that describes Valentina... Shagadelic"


Biography 
Peter Kuper's illustrations and comics appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD, where he illustrates SPY vs. SPY every month.
He has written and illustrated many books including Comics Trips, a journal of an eight-month trip through Africa and Southeast Asia.
Other works include Stripped - An Unauthorized Autobiography, Mind's Eye, The System, a wordless graphic novel and adaptations of numerous short stories of Franz Kafka collected in Give It Up!. All of these are sampled in Speechless, a coffee table art book covering his career up to 2000.
In 1979 he co-founded the political comix magazine World War 3 Illustrated and remains on its editorial board to this day. Since 1986 he has taught courses in comics and illustration at the School of Visual Arts and currently at Parsons in New York City and is also an art director of INX, a political illustration group syndicated through the web at inxart.com.
His most recent books are adaptions of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Sticks and Stones, a wordless graphic novel about the rise and fall of empires, which was awarded the gold medal in the sequential arts category in the 2004 Society of Illustrators competition.
Peter Kuper lives in Manhattan with his wife Betty Russell, and their daughter Emily.
Website
http://www.peterkuper.com


Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at Fantagraphics Bookstore & gallery at Seattle - U.S.A





Richard Sala - Quote: “I first saw VALENTINA when I was a teenager - and reading the stories again now is like visiting a lost world of dreams, desire and adventure. It's a nice place to visit.”
Biography
Richard Sala has written and drawn a number of unusual graphic novels and has provided illustrations for a variety of clients all over the world. His books include THE HIDDEN, DELPHINE, CAT BURGLAR BLACK, PECULIA, MAD NIGHT, THE CHUCKLING WHATSIT and IN A GLASS GROTESQUELY. He lives in Northern California

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016



Roberta Gregory - Quote: "Valentina: GET IT, Girl....!"
Biography
http://www.robertagregory.com
Roberta Gregory (born 1953) is an American comic book writer and artist best known for her character Bitchy Bitch from her Fantagraphics Books series Naughty Bits.
Gregory was born in Los Angeles., California, where her father was Disney comics writer and artist Bob Gregory. Gregory began her career in 1974 by publishing comics in the all-female Wimmen's Comix anthologies and in other 1970s underground comix, and created the strip Feminist Funnies. In 1976, she published the first issue of a feminist comic book, Dynamite Damsels, which Gregory considered to be the first regulation-sized comic book to be published by one woman.[citation needed]
In 1990 Gregory created "Bitchy Bitch" Midge McCracken, a woman angry at the world who frequently explodes with rage. 
She starred in the in the 40-issue series Naughty Bits, which was published by Fantagraphics from 1991 to 2004. The stories were set in present-day, though occasionally strayed to such milieu as the Middle Ages.[citation needed] Bitchy Bitch has a lesbian counterpart named Bitchy Butch. Starting in 1999, Bitchy Bitch was featured in Life's a Bitch, an animated series that was shown on the Oxygen Network in the U.S. and on The Comedy Network in Canada.
Gregory's other work includes the fantasy graphic novel Winging It, the 3-issue series Artistic Licentiousness, and the comic strip Sheila and the Unicorn.
Gregory has contributed to a number of comic anthologies, including Robert Kirby's Strange Looking Exile. As well, she is one of the contributors to Free to Fight, the interactive self-defense project for women. Gregory has received several Eisner Award nominations in the humor, best short story, best writer, and best writer/artist categories. In 1994 she was given an Inkpot Award by Comic-Con International.
Bibliography
Comics & graphic novels Edit
Dynamite Damsels (1976) - 1,2
Sheila and the Unicorn (1988)
Winging It (1988)
Winging It 2 (1999)
Artistic Licentiousness (91-94) - 1-3
Naughty Bits (Fantagraphics 1991-2004) - issues 1-40
Collections Edit
A Bitch is Born (1994)
As Naughty as She Wants to Be (1995)
At Work and Play with Bitchy Bitch (1996) - material from NB 10-14
Bitchy's College Daze (1997) - stories from NB 15-19
Bitchy Butch: World's Angriest Dyke (1999) - stories from NB 21,23,26,and stories from Gay Comix
Burn Bitchy Burn (2002)
Life's a Bitch (2005) - first half of Bitchy stories plus one new story
Bitchy Strips One Shot (2001) - collection of weekly strips previously printed in newspapers
^ Roberta Gregory at the Lambiek Comiclopedia.
^ "Artist Bio - Roberta Gregory". Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
^ Constant, Paul (May 15, 2010). "Reading Today: Women We Love". The Stranger. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
^ Bitchy Bitch at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on March 6, 2015."

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016 and at Fantagraphics Bookstore & gallery - Seattle - U.S.A




Sam Henderson - Quote: "I was an odd kid. While most of the boys my age were looking HEAVY METAL the same way they'd look at PLAYBOY or PENTHOUSE and ogling over realistic renditions of nudity, I was actually reading the magazine. Sure, I would be titillated just like the rest of the kids, but I also appreciated many of the comics. One feature I was drawn to was the Guido Crepax Valentina stories they serialized. Later, I found out they were at least 5-10 years old at the time, translated from another language, printed out of order, and not originally in blue ink like I first saw them, but it was the first glimpse of comics I would appreciate over a lifetime. Anyone familiar with my work wouldn't see any similarity, but they say everyone's work has a piece of everything they've taken in somewhere. Well, somebody said that once. I don't remember who but they did. And you can't necessarily see the Crepax in my work but it's there.Trust me."
BIO: 
Sam Henderson has worked for Nickelodeon, DC Comics, Heavy Metal, New York Observer, and all sorts of places of varying degrees of respectability for almost 25 years. He was a writer for SpongeBob Squarepants in its third season and still writes for the comic. His main showcase, though, is a series called Magic Whistle, a solo book turned anthology.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016




Tim Sale - Quote: "Valentina is a character that lends herself to so many beautiful interpretations in so many styles, as you can see by looking at all the wonderful art here in this collection. It was an honor to be asked to be a part of it."
Bio:
Tim Sale is an American comics artist, known primarily for his superhero work with Jeph Loeb such as Batman The Long Halloween and Spider-Man Blue. He also is a great fan of illustrators such as Rene Gruau, Saul Bass and Al Parker.

Exhibited at Finland comic book festival 2016




Timothy Georgarakis - Quote:  Guido's Valentina - after hours of private study, I concluded that every ink line undulates some primal sex cortex" 
Biography 
Shuffled around brooklyn running from crack heads with steak knives in the 80's
Lived and worked in Hollywood for Kasky Csupo in the 90's.
I was lucky to work with a hodgepoge of russian and hungarian super talent, they are a big influence on me. 
Gabor Csupo's memorable concept for a new animated TV show "Make a Fucking Funny Snail go really fast "  later to be titled Turbo Snail, like most of the best never to be aired.
Today I'm in  the south of france, growing vegetables, and chasing monsters in the hills with my dogs Zeus and Zora. 
The rest of the time I draw and print on my heidelberg wind mill, none of which would be possible without my lovely Catherine.

Artwork still not exhibited 


Vince Locke - 
Biography 
http://vincelocke.com
Vincent Locke is an American comic book artist known for his work on Deadworld and A History of Violence and for his ultraviolent album covers for death metal band Cannibal Corpse.
Locke began work in 1986 illustrating Deadworld, a zombie horror comic that soon became an underground hit.
Since then, his illustrative talents in comics have included The Sandman, American Freak, Batman, Witchcraft: Le Terreur, The Spectre, and A History of Violence, which was later made into a movie directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen. He has done work for 2000 AD, including one Judge Dredd story.
Locke has also gained notoriety by creating ultra-violent watercolor paintings to be used as album covers for the death metal band Cannibal Corpse. Also, he has provided illustrations for the "weird erotica" of dark-fantasy author Caitlín R. Kiernan, providing black and white artwork strongly reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley's style for her collections Frog Toes and Tentacles and Tales from the Woeful Platypus, as well as for Kiernan's monthly Sirenia Digest. Recent projects have included illustrating the first issue of Polluto: The Anti-Pop Culture Journal. He is also known for providing art work for RPGs by White Wolf Publishing and Wizards of the Coast. A press release dated May 6, 2012 announced Locke's graphic novel collaboration with writer Jasmine Lyraka for the Wagnerian opera metal project Lyraka.
He lives with his wife and three sons in Michigan, where he continues to draw and paint.

Not yet exhibited 



Vincent Nappi - "Valentina has always been for me a seductive and inscrutable character, a sequential icon, bringing together the beautiful, the erotic, and the fantastic. I'm very excited to explore her world in English via Fantagraphics' new translations of Crepax's work, and I'm honored to be included among the artists paying him and his creation homage."
Biography: 
Vincent L. Nappi III is an illustrator and author.
He has been accused of inking to excess, wearing a beret, drinking too much coffee, and engaging in debauchery under the auspices of art.
His interests include Art, History, Women, Psychology, Suits, Strange Hats, Foreign Places, and many other Nouns.
He details his latest aesthetic acrobatics at the following…
www.vincentnappi.com
https://instagram.com/vincent_nappi/

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