Ed Brubaker (USA)
Multiple-Eisner Award-winning comics legend Ed Brubaker is the creator of the Captain America: Winter Soldier storyline and many other important stories at DC and Marvel. The equally prolific Sean Phillips, although hailing from the UK, has been one of the premier comics artists for every major American publisher for the past twenty-five years. These days, however, the pair dedicate their talent to their best-selling creator-owned works. They are best known for their masterful contributions to the crime fiction genre - from period noir (THE FADE OUT) to Lovecraftian horror (FATALE) to contemporary psychological drama (KILL OR BE KILLED). Brubaker has also written for television, on HBO’s epic Westworld and with Nicolas Winding Refn on the contemporary LA noir Too Old to Die Young (Amazon Prime).
Hugo Canuto (Brazil)
Jefferson Costa (Brazil)
Jefferson Costa is an award-winning, critically acclaimed artist and animator from São Paulo, Brazil. His animation work has been featured on Cartoon Network and MTV. Costa has won multiple Troféu HQ Mix awards, the "Eisner" of Brazilian comics, for Best Anthology, Best Graphic Novel, Best Graphic Adaptation, and Best National Special Edition, including Best National Artist for 2020. His book ROSEIRA, MEDALHA, ENGENHO E OUTRAS HISTÓRIAS is a series of intersecting stories of the people of rural northeastern Brazil, told through a landscape of collective and individual memories. ROSEIRA won Best National Special Edition for 2020.
Matt Fraction (USA)
Matt Fraction is a multiple-Eisner Award winner, known for his prolific and defining runs on Marvel properties like Hawkeye, The Invincible Iron Man, and Uncanny X-Men. His creator-owned works, like SEX CRIMINALS, SOLID STATE, and ODY-C are renowned for being simultaneously irreverent and profound. His latest book with Terry Dodson, ADVENTUREMAN, harkens back to the swashbuckling pulp comics of the 1940s, with a decidedly modern take.
J. Gonzo (USA)
J. Gonzo is a Chicano artist, born and raised in Southern California, now working in Phoenix, AZ. Artwise, his formative years were shaped by the rigid tradition and Byzantine iconography of his Catholic school upbringing juxtaposed with the DIY aesthetic of the late 70s, Orange County Punk counterculture, and peppered with the bright, bold, Latino hues from his grandparents' house. Gonzo has spent the past 25-plus years using his creative skills at ad agencies, design studios, toy companies, and as a professional tattoo artist. He has turned his talents to creating the comic LA MANO DEL DESTINO, set in the Technicolor world of lucha libre in 1960s Mexico. He is also the artist for the lauded biographic comic, La Voz de MAYO: Tata Rambo (Top Cow/Image Comics).
Eric Peleias (Brazil)
Z2 Comics (USA)
Z2 Comics is the premier producer of top quality music-based comics and graphic novels - ranging from fantasy and sci-fi musician-character narratives to artistic interpretations of important moments in music history to stories inspired and/or written by the most important musical talents in the world. Z2 is where music + comics collide.
Silver Sprocket (USA)
Silver Sprocket is a San Francisco-based radical indie publisher, art-crew, gallery, and comic shop. It strives to build a better world without forgetting to have a good time, often achieving the trick of combining whimsy and social justice. Silver Sprocket describes itself as “an anti-professional art crew, comic and zine publisher, record label, and ‘all-around raging dumpster fire.’” It is fiercely pro-creator, with complete transparency in all business and publishing practices. Fans of Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly, who don't take themselves too seriously, will fall in love with Silver Sprocket.
Leviathan Labs (Italy)
IHQ Studios (Brazil)
Berith and Brimstone (UK)
Berith and Brimstone is a London-based laboratory for esoteric innovation founded by Andrea Aste and Neil Kelso, embracing magic in all its forms. Aste and Kelso explore the shadowy places between art, books, theatre, immersive technologies, and the occult. Inclusive collaboration is at the heart of Berith and Brimstone’s work - ancient rituals meet new technologies, and facts flirt with fiction. Exciting things happen when different worlds and different voices are brought together.
Beehive Books (USA)
“A House of Quixotic Publishing.”
Beehive Books is a boutique company committed to producing book-art editions of distinctive literary and pictorial works with singular design sensibilities, the highest production values, and a special emphasis on comics and graphic art. Beehive’s books and artworks crackle and seethe with true, unmistakable magic.
Beehive’s audience is a select group, with idiosyncratic and highly discerning taste. Lovers of the weird and unique - collectors, code-breakers, archivists, infonauts, futurists, scholars, fellow-travelers, and literary adventurists - are drawn to their distinctive creations.
A publishing company based in London that helps aspiring creators reach their potential and is a home to the geniuses that the mainstream has yet to recognize. Their canon ranges from the deeply personal to the wildly fantastic, including autobiographical, psychogeographical mappings; eco-anarchist wizards; and a bad canine named Greasy (to name just a few).