Dustin Harbin is a funny cartoonist and illustrator (I think he might be a master of kung fu too, but I'm not positive about that). He's also a contributor to the Drawn Blog, your daily source of inspiration for illustration, animation, cartooning, and comic art. Koyama Press has published 4 volumes of his Diary Comics. He's a prolific artist whose work can be found on dharbin.com, dharbin.tumblr.com, and Flickr. Follow him on twitter @dustinharbin. You can purchase books, prints, drawings, and more directly from Harbin at the Dharbmart.
IMAGES Top: Diary Comics 4 cover; bottom - "Out of the Woods", from the One Hour Drawings series
Matt Furie is an artist, illustrator, cartoonist, zinester, and biker. His self proclaimed "children’s book illustrations for adults” combines traditional and modern mark-making for his ripe, cartoon-inspired characters. McSweeney's recently released his first children's book, The Night Riders - a wordless wonder about an unlikely group of characters on a road trip through nature. Four issues of his comic book series, Boys Club, have been published by Pigeon Press and Buenaventura Press.
Mark Zingarelli is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer. His influences include EC Comics and Robert Crumb. His work has been published in the New Yorker, Weirdo, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, and Blab. You can see more at the House of Zing or in his comic book, Real Life (Fantagraphics).
After a career in film-making and advertising, Anne Koyama founded Koyama Press in 2007 in Toronto. Koyama Press’s mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, art books and zines. Koyama Press titles are distributed by Last Gasp, Tony Shenton, and Spit and a Half. They are available for purchase online through Secret Acres.
A selection of new and recent Koyama Press titles
The Kickass Annie Project features different artist interpretations of the Koyama Press Kickass Annie logo. The original Kickass Annie logo (seen at the top of this post) was created for Koyama Press by artist Aaron Leighton; the animated GIF was designed by David Huyck. You can check out the whole set on Flickr.
Benjamin Marra is the creator, writer and artist of the comics NIGHT BUSINESS, GANGSTA RAP POSSE, THE INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF MAUREEN DOWD (A WORK OF SATIRE AND FICTION) and LINCOLN WASHINGTON: FREE MAN! and is the publisher of TRADITIONAL COMICS. His art is influenced by important artists who are in museums, like those guys, Picasso and Michaelangelo. His personal interests include deep stuff, cultural things, plays, art shows, the mall, sciences, fashion trends, different books and different kinds of music. He is disinterested in lots of stuff though, like, being insensitive.
Marra has been recognized as a serious artist by quality institutions like The Society of Illustrators, The Society of Publication Designers and American Illustration. In 2006, the Art Directors Club, in their eternal wisdom, named Marra as one of their Young Guns. He has also been hired to make art for serious publications and companies like Playboy, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vice, Marvel Comics, Paper, Nylon, Radar, Widen+Kennedy and McCann-Erickson. But he also is street. He has done album covers for the underground rapper Lil B.
Mike Mignola is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning creator of Hellboy, the Amazing Screw-On Head, and BPRD. His comics career began in the early 1980s as an inker at Marvel. His work has been adapted in movies, animation, and video games. In 2007, he co-created Baltimore, an illustrated novel, with Christopher Golden. This December, he returns to drawing comics full-time, with Hellboy in Hell (Dark Horse Comics)!
Paul Nosa sews imaginations! Give him five words and he'll sew you a drawing (our words were "Hot Air Balloon Cat Pilot"). Since 2004, artist/musician Paul Nosa has been making drawings with a souped-up, custom-built solar and/or bicycle powered sewing machine called the Solar Sewing Rover! Learn more about Paul's art on pnosa.com and follow his tour across the country. Check out the video clips below to see examples of Paul Nosa in action!
This video focuses on Paul's Solar Sewing Rover and how he generates his own energy: