Vita Ayala is a queer Afro-Latinx writer out of New York City, where they live with their wife and cat sons. They learned to read and write much later than their peers, and have been making up for it since by hoarding books like a dragon and using up ink like it’s going out of style.
Vita came to comics via working on and off at a comic shop for ten years. After battling with the ghosts, demons, and Eldrich horrors that lurked in the basement, they knew they might have what it takes to try and pursue a career in the Thunderdome that is the industry.
BROWN & QUEER is their brand and their agenda.
They have written for DC, Dark Horse, IDW, Image, Marvel, and Valiant Comics, and have creator owned work through Black Mask Studios (THE WILDS) and Vault Comics (SUBMERGED). They’re non-stop, like Hamilton!
(Some) FAVE ALBUMS:
Union Black – SKINDRED
I Against I – BAD BRAINS
Gris-Gris – DR. JOHN
Hellbilly Deluxe – ROB ZOMBIE
Parallel Lines – BLONDIE
Lemonade – BEYONCÉ
Dengue Fever – DENGUE FEVER
Grabaciones Completas – PARÁLISIS PERMANETE
Dirty Computer – JANELLE MONÁE
Marie Enger looks like a vampire but isn’t. A friend to all cockatiels, an enemy to all fascists, you can find Enger skulking around the dark clutter of HEK studios in St. Louis and punk bars when there isn’t a deadline. It’s pronounced like “ANGER!” but with an E.
A jack of all trades, Enger’s work (story, art, colors, letters, book design) keeps showing up in books by BOOM! (Adventure Time, Rocko’s Modern Life), Dark Horse (Pistolwhip, 2 Sisters, Dept. H, TBA, TBA) , Oni Press (TBA, TBA, TBA), Image (Regression), Toonhound (Table Titans) and [SECRET TO BE REVEALED], on stage with bands like PUP and the Dollar Signs, on Adult Swim, and in international pop-culture galleries. When not working for someone else, Enger is self publishing the eldritch stoner comic Fhtagn and Loathing, along with the extremely bleak short horror collections We Are in a Dark Place and I Am Coming Home.
Some people have described Enger’s art as the visual equivalent of licking a car battery. You can lick that art-battery over at so-engery.com and www.patreon.com/hek_studio and yell about it to @so_engery on twitter and instagram.
Matt Miner is a New York Times featured comic book writer, pit bull rescuer, and aging punk living in Queens, NY with his wife and millions of dogs. Matt is well known for his politically charged and punk rock infused work including GWAR: Orgasmageddon for Dynamite Entertainment, Toe Tag Riot, Liberator, and Critical Hit for Black Mask Studios, and Poser for Waxwork Comics.
Matt also co-edited/spearheaded the new political horror anthology This Nightmare Kills Fascists for A Wave Blue World and is working to bring to life a new anthology titled All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World, that takes a look at a more positive future vision.
(Some) FAVORITE ALBUMS:
GWAR – Carnival of Chaos
Subhumans – The Day the Country Died
Dead Kennedys – Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
Clan of Xymox – Clan of Xymox
Sisters of Mercy – First and Last and Always
Ray Nadine makes comics in St Louis with their cat, Nico. They’re into knives, crime, and fictional boys crying. If they ain’t working, they’re spending way too much time making curated playlists and watching way too much anime.
They’ve been making webcomics since 2013, beginning with their self-published comic Dollhouse (dollhousecomic.com), and currently with Messenger (written by Paul Tobin, published by Webtoon). They’ve also made a handful of one-off comics and zines (Satellites, Anchored, Prick/Punch Drunk/Penalties, NSFW, Knives Out). Their work could be described as melodrama with a sensual stab in the back.
My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
Ghost – Prequelle
Against Me! – White Crosses
Leftöver Crack – Constructs Of The State
Cursive – The Ugly Organ
Eric Palicki lives and writes in Seattle, Washington, and he’s not as angry as he looks. In addition to his self-published graphic novels ORPHANS, Red Angel Dragnet and Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists, Eric has written for Darby Pop Publishing (Fake Empire), Marvel Comics (Guardians of Infinity), Black Mask Studios (No Angel, co-created with Eric’s sister, Adrianne) and Red Stylo Media (Baroque Pop). Alongside fellow Circle Pitter Matt Miner, Eric co-edited the anthologies This Nightmare Kills Fascists and All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World, both published by A Wave Blue World. Eric’s upcoming projects include stories in The Death of The Horror Anthology, The Good Fight and the Terminal Anthology Series.
Find him online at ericpalicki.com and @epalicki on Twitter.
(Some) FAVORITE ALBUMS
The Clash – LONDON CALLING
Rancid – …AND OUT COME THE WOLVES
Tom Waits – MULE VARIATIONS
Elvis Costello and The Attractions – THIS YEAR’S MODEL
Bad Religion – STRANGER THAN FICTION
Social Distortion – WHITE HEAT, WHITE LIGHT, WHITE TRASH
The Reverend Horton Heat – LIQUOR IN THE FRONT
The Riverdales – RIVERDALES
JB Roe is a Chicago-based artist and writer. He has been published by Hidden Fortress Press, Really Easy Press, Black Mask Studios, American Nature Comics, Image, and Comicker. He also co-owns Hardway (hardwayltd.com), a clothing brand.
You can find him on Twitter & Instagram @mortcrimpjr.
SOME FAVORITE ALBUMS:
The Wipers – Over the Edge
Terrorizer – World Downfall
Blasphemy – Fallen Angel of Doom
Death – Human
Bell Witch – Longing
Electric Wizard – Dopethrone
Autopsy – Mental Funeral
JONATHAN BRANDON SAWYER
Jonathan Brandon Sawyer is an illustrator from Atlanta, GA. Jonathan’s comic credits include illustrating GWAR: Orgasmageddon for Dynamite Entertainment and Critical Hit for Black Mask Studios, as well as co-creating and illustrating the Boom! Studios series WE(L)COME BACK and Running Blood from Two-Headed Press. Outside of comics, Jonathan has also designed merch for bands such as GWAR, The Powder Room, Manray, Mind Powers, and others.
Black Tusk – Set The Dial
Future of The Left – The Peace and Truce of Future of The Left
Young Widows – Old Wounds
Motorhead – Overkill
Night Birds – The Other Side of Darkness
Kelly Williams is a grumpy cave troll who occasionally comes out of hiding to skateboard and battle Alan Moore for “most epic beard in comics.” Kelly’s art is evocative and eerie, and radiates his deep love of horror and the bizarre.
Find Kelly’s art in Eerie from Dark Horse Comics, A Letter to Jo from Top Shelf, the groundbreaking and astonishing Metaphase from Alterna Comics, Frolic, updated weekly on Cullen Bunn’s patreon, and various cover art from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Puppet Master, as well as anthologies such This Nightmare Kills Fascists from A Wave Blue World and his own horror series The Dark.