I’m a cartoonist, illustrator, designer and arts educator. My previous employment included a position as a UX designer for Slide Inc., Google and YouTube. As a cartoonist, my work has been included in the Ladies Night Anthology vol 4: Eat it Up and I was also featured as a guest reader for the San Francisco Zine Fest’s Thinking Captions Zine Reading in September of 2017 and the Bay Area Book Festival in May of 2018. I recently graduated with an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts and I hold a BFA in Digital Media from Otis College of Art and Design. I”m currently employed at Know Yourself, an educational design company where I work as an illustrator and product designer. I reside in Oakland California with my husband and two cats and often times you can find me working from my studio at Tom Franco’s Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley. I create comics with kids and teens in mind but I hope that people of all ages can find something to relate to.
I create comics that I would have liked to read when I was younger. They reflect the communities that I grew up in and explore universal themes surrounding human relationships and empathy. In them I hope to create work that people both young and old can relate to. Stylistically my artwork is playful, colorful, and heavily influenced by my love of manga and independent comics. While I do not live in Arizona, I do find myself there several times a year as much of my family resides in Mesa. I even got married in Phoenix so it's fair to say that the city holds a very special place in my heart. Because of this connection, I really want to learn more about the independent artwork being created there and get to know the people hungry for something different.
I am Damon Begay. I draw comics and self publish my books. I moved from the Navajo reservation to Phoenix 13 years ago. I have been in Phoenix since. I have been making more one off comics. Right now I am making jam comics with my wife. My main comic is an anthology series called Interstellar Comix.
Most of my comics are science fiction stories involving Native Americans. Lots of people make comics but not a lot of native people. I wanted to just add more perspective in comics. For the past two PHX zine fest I had a good time. I love reading zines and finding new local zinesters.
My name is Greg. I'm a 1st grade teacher from Albuquerque. I have 10 years of teaching at Title 1, dual language schools. About 5 years ago I began making comic strips around teaching. They are some times the funny things kids say, at other times they are the heart breaking conditions that kids have to deal with, and the politics that controls our public education department. I have collected the strips into a zine named Teech and fleshed it out with interviews, biographies, and other education related materials.
Teech is a comic that gives a voice to children who are often overlooked. It can be silly and sad in the same sentence. Zine fests are an inclusive environment of mutual respect. They are SO MUCH FUN.