In Our Image
Claudia Chinyere Akole (@claudinsky) is an exhibiting artist, freelance illustrator, designer, animator, and cartoonist based in Sydney, Australia (traditional lands of the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora Nation). She works as a graphic designer in TV broadcast, teaches comic-making workshops to high school students from migrant and refugee backgrounds through the NSW organization STARTTS, and creates illustrations and comics in her personal practice. She’s an art hag who bleeds pink—and a notorious crybaby with work that tends to cover cultural identity, loneliness, abstraction, and mental health. See her work at claudinsky.com.
Prologue / Barrier
Sarah Pincock is a queer artist working in Nampa, Idaho. Their work consists of fabulist interpretations of medieval iconography and archetypes to provoke unexpectedly relevant tales of queerness & quest; read: swords & goblins. Prologue / Barrier is first in a part of a comic collection of short stories centered around the folklore surrounding the Hawthorne tree—its innate dichotomy of mischief and misfortune vs. springing-forth and growth; that it is both a symbol of fertility and that a blooming branch brought inside will cause death to mothers; and its occupation as a hedgerow, both as a welcome barrier to ward off ne’erdowellers and the thin line drawn between us and the folktale. Say Hi at @artmuseum.edu or https://www.instagram.com/artmuseum.edu_.
Cole Johnson is a comics artist in San Francisco. His work has been published by L’employé du Moi, Fantagraphics, kuš!, Kuti, VICE, Viking Books for Young Readers, Yale University Press, and many others. He posts work on colejohnsoncomics.com.
Laying Hands (Black Magic # 26)
Johnny Damm is the author of The Science of Things Familiar (The Operating System, 2017), a finalist in the Publishers Weekly Graphic Novel Critics Poll and one of Lit Hub’s “10 Small Press Books to Read This Summer,” and two chapbooks, including Your Favorite Song (Essay Press, 2016). His work has appeared in Poetry, Denver Quarterly, the Rumpus, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA and teaches at San José State University. See more of his work at johnnydamm.com.
Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
Momo Meow is a painter living in Portland Oregon. She creates narrative illustration and alternative comics inspired by costume and architecture.