Emerald City Comic Con, considered the first comic convention to kick off the season, is right around the corner. The Seattle Reed Pop show will take place March 1st – 4th; over 90,000 comic book fans come to see their favorite celebrity guests, writers, and of course the artists! Hands down our favorite place at these shows is the Artist Alley. So, if you’re looking for inspiration, Artist Alley is the place to be. It’s filled with hundreds of creators big and small displaying their prints, books, zines, and even buttons.
It’s also a great opportunity to meet that illustrator you’ve been following on Instagram. If you’re not already following these ECCC artists below, get on that!
Arielle Jovellanos: Artist Alley Table CC1
Arielle’s illustrations are marked by beautiful line quality, warm palette, and her impressive (and fashionable!) character designs that drive her narratives.
Some of her work includes Adventures in Feministory, My Family’s Ghosts, and the Eisner and Harvey nominated anthology, Fresh Romance, that includes modern romance comics with other talented contributors Sarah Vaughn, Kate Leth, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennet, and Trungles.
If you visit Arielle’s instagram (which you should) you’ll be blown away with sneak peeks of her sketchbook and first looks at warm up drawings.
Nicole Goux: Artist Alley T4
Pick up a book from Nicole at ECCC and you’ll notice that each comic has no two pages that look the same! Currently living and working in Los Angeles, Nicole uses color, pattern, and the human form most often in her work. She does an amazing job translating the story through the character’s dialogue or expression, and the creativity she uses to to bring the reader’s eye from one panel to another is a refreshing find in Artist Alley.
On Nicole’s ECCC table, you’ll find titles from her and her writing partner Dave Baker such as Murders, Suicide Forest, and their newest graphic novel, Fever Coast: A F*ck Off Squad Story.
Nicole is pretty active on Instagram, using the platform to share in progress shots of her comic pages, time lapse process videos, and even your occasionally Dark Shadows doodle.
Cassie Kelly: Artist Alley Table Q2
Cassie Kelly’s illustration style is reminiscent of screen printing, which balances black ink and the white of the paper or background, and maybe even using a bright spot color or two to add a dynamic feel to her pieces. Cassie also takes advantage of texture in her drawings, often using a variety of leads to create depth and shading.
While Cassie has done comic coloring work for Invader Zim and Cluster, she curates her Instagram with her beautiful original work and her creative endeavors.
Luke Schuler: Artist Alley Table F14
Looking through Luke’s colorful graphic novel, Boss Nostalgia 64, you can definitely pinpoint his background in traditional animation, passion for N64 video games, and a love for a good laugh. Seriously, this book is hilarious.
Having tabled at shows like Chicago Zine Fest and C2E2, Luke is ready to bring his prints, buttons, and books to Seattle for the first time.
Follow Luke on Instagram to know when the newest page from his webcomic is posted and to check out some of his original art!