Graphic Novels and Mini-Comics
Maus is a gut-wrenching two volume graphic novel documenting the experiences of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of the holocaust. The comic was written and drawn by his son, Art Spiegelman, who explores his father's experiences in Nazi Europe and the father-son relationship they maintain. All characters in the story are portrayed as animals, Jewish people are depicted as mice, the Nazis as cats, and other nationalities are depicted by various other animals. Maus is the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize and has been honored with many other awards including the Harvey and Eisner awards.
P. Craig Russell
P. Craig Russell is a master at creating art that appeals to wider audiences through the use of well-known stories and even opera. Russell has found success not only in interpreting classical work, but also contributing to popular comic series such as Sandman and Elric. He has won numerous Harvey and Eisner Awards, and is heralded by his peers for being one of the first mainstream comic artists to come out as gay.
The first appearance of Miller's noir comic Sin City was in April 1991 for a 5th anniversary anthology by Dark Horse Comics. It was well received and presented in several subsequent issues of Dark Horse Presents and later in its own series. Using a two-tone black-and-white style, Sin City explores the lives of the inhabitants of crime-ridden Basin City.
The series has received several honors including a Harvey award and an Eisner award in 1997, and was made into a motion picture in 2005. In addition to Sin City, Miller has been responsible for such graphic novel successes as 300 and Martha Washington.
Matt Kindt displays a mastery of visual storytelling with his tales of pirates, spies, espionage, and intrigue set in the 1920s-1960s. Kindt, a St. Louisan, has a unique web presence. Some of his work has been serialized online before a print version was made available. He has even formatted some of his work online for Sony PlayStation Personal users. Most recently, he was awarded "Indie Book of the Year" in 2007 by Wizard magazine and a Harvey award in 2008. Kindt was also listed in Booklists' "Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2008."
Ted May has been drawing comics from an early age, and has more recently been a part of the St. Louis comics scene as a published comics artist. May has contributed to various comics anthologies including Kramers Ergot and Non, and has also self-published many works, such as It Lives. May was named "Mini-Comics Artist of the Year 2002" by the Comics Journal. May produced Injury Comics with collaboraters Jason Robards and Jeff Wilson, as well as comic strips appearing in Arthur Magazine, the Riverfront Times, and Vice Magazine. Injury Comics, a series published by Buenaventura Press, was nominated for a "Best Series" Ignatz award in 2008.
Born in Manchester, England Mardou now lives in St Louis, Missouri with her cartoonist husband Ted May. She works in collage and watercolors as well as pen and ink. She self-publishes the comic series Manhole, and also contributes to a comic anthology of female cartoonists, Whores of Mensa. In 2015, she published Sky in Stereo, a graphic novel about growing up in Northern England.
Jeff Zwirek is the Ignatz-nominated artist behind the mini-comics Burning Building Comix, Black Star, and Jack Rabbit. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son. Burning Building has an innovative design, where each of five issues details the goings-on in two stories of an apartment building on fire. When all of the issues are stacked on top of one-another, it completes the tale and forms the entire 10-story building.