Special Guest

Tom Richmond :

Caricaturist, cartoonist and humorous illustrator Tom Richmond began his career at age 18 as a caricaturist at a theme park in 1985. Now one of the most highly respected and successful freelance humorous illustrators working today, he does his award-winning art for a great variety of clients including Scholastic, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic World, Time Digital, Penthouse, GQ, Marvel Comics, The Cartoon Network, Warner Bros Animation, Simon and Schuster Publishing, Jeff Dunham Enterprises, and many more. He is best known as one of the “Usual Gang of Idiots” at MAD Magazine, where his caricatures and illustrations have been featured in film and TV parodies and articles regularly since 2000. He is the author of the best-selling caricature instruction book The Mad Art of Caricature, which has become the standard in the industry. His many awards include being twice honored as “Caricaturist of the Year” from the International Society of Caricature Artists, and the Reuben award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society, arguably cartooning’s highest honor. He works from a studio in his home in Burnsville, MN.

Nicolas Wild :

Nicolas Wild is the author of several graphic novels, including Le Voeu (The Vow), which he co-wrote with Marc Boulet and Lucy Albon, and a series of comic strips titled Le Bourreau (The Executioner). In 2005, he traveled to Afghanistan on an assignment to design an illustrated adaptation of the Afghan constitution, and stayed in the country to work on various other illustration projects. He recounts his life as an expatriate in the Middle East in the critically acclaimed books of graphic reportage, Kabul Disco: How I Wasn’t Kidnapped in Afghanistan and How I Did Not Become an Opium Addict in Afghanistan. Wild’s interest in the Persian-speaking world led him to write Thus Zarathustra Fell Silent in 2013.

Joe Harris :

JOE HARRIS is the creator and writer of myriad comics and graphic novels such as the hit Image Comics environmental sci-fi series, Great Pacific, and the fan-favorite, monthly paranormal investigations of Agents Mulder and Scully in The X-Files: Season 11 for IDW. As a young creator at Marvel Comics, Joe launched the cult-classic Spider-Man spinoff, Slingers and the Bishop: The Last X-Man series. He has written for just about all major comics publishers and characters including DC Comics, Dark Horse and others. Joe Harris conceived, and co-wrote the screenplay for, the hit Sony Pictures horror film, Darkness Falls after his short film, Tooth Fairy was acquired by Revolution Studios and developed into a feature. He went on the co-write the politically-themed slasher movie and Fox release, The Tripper with David Arquette before returning to comics with a focus on creating original, creator-owned titles such as the Hitchcockian portrait of spontaneous human combustion, Spontaneous and the fantasy graphic novel, Wars In Toyland for Oni Press.