We had the pleasure of chatting with some amazing artist at NYCC Artist Alley! Be sure to check out the video to learn more about who they are in these quick and fun interviews!
Jarrett Melendez grew up on the mean, deer-infested streets of Bucksport, Maine. A former chef and line cook, Jarrett has worked in restaurants, diners, and bakeries throughout New England and Mexico, and got instruction on Japanese home cooking from some very patient host mothers when he lived in Tokyo and Hiroshima. He’s been a professional writer since 2009, but started working as a recipe developer and food writer in 2020. His work has appeared on Bon Appétit, Saveur, Epicurious, and Food52, and he is the author of My Pokémon Baking Book, and The Comic Kitchen, an upcoming fully illustrated, comic-style cookbook.
When not cooking and writing about food, Jarrett is also an award-winning comic book writer. His best-known work is Chef’s Kiss from Oni Press, which won the Alex Award from the American Library Association and a GLAAD award nomination for Outstanding Graphic Novel, in addition to being nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens. Jarrett has contributed to the Ringo-nominated All We Ever Wanted, Full Bleed, Young Men in Love, and Murder Hobo: Chaotic Neutral. He is currently working on Tales of the Fungo: The Legend of Cep, a middle-grade fantasy adventure, to be published by Andrews McMeel.
He lives in Massachusetts with his collection of Monokuro Boo plush pigs.
Daniel Barnes is a writer from Fresno, CA. After serving in the U.S. Navy for four years, he enrolled in Academy of Art University and studied Writing for TV & Film and Animation Production.
His current works include THE BLACK MAGE (an original graphic novel co-created with D.J. Kirkland) and various issues of AGGRETSUKO and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. He also works as a Narrative Designer on GUILD WARS 2 — a popular MMORPG developed by ArenaNet.
Daniel derives much of his inspiration from anime, ‘90s video games, and Saturday morning cartoons… and it shows! He hopes to inspire other creatives of color to pursue their artistic dreams, and to push for representation in mediums that they don’t often see themselves reflected in.
My name is Diego Casasola, but you can call me Dingo (He/They). I’m an author/illustrator based in Jersey City. I’m the creator of the webcomic Scoob and Shag on Webtoons and founder of the brand Misterie Krew.
Working on sapphic comics 24/7 Current comics ‘My Dragon GF’ & ‘Big Cats’
Damian has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Mount Ida College. He has experience in creating graphics, from apparel to social media ads, designing websites, and print based designs. He also has extensive experience as a print production manager for a school photography company. He dreams of one day starting his own production business that would cater to freelance artists within the community who want to expand their brand or have a place to start. He loves nothing more than spending time with his wife and his son.
Comics creator and illustrator in Buffalo, NY.
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