2022 Autoptic Festival Special Guests

Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen is the author and artist of Big Questions, Dogs and Water, The End and several other graphic novels and books of comics. His work has appeared in Kramer’s ErgotThe New York Times, The Believer, The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine and elsewhere and has been translated around the world. He’s currently serializing a major graphic novel loosely based on the Greek myth of Prometheus, called Tongues. After growing up in South Minneapolis he spent time in Albuquerque, San Francisco, Chicago and elsewhere. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Ari S. Mulch

Ari S. Mulch is a cartoonist, painter, printmaker, and connoisseur of women. Created in a horrific experiment by two small-town goths, they are the most influential person to come out of Springfield Illinois since Abraham Lincoln. Ari fled the flatlands in 2015 to study comic art and printmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Their soul was soon captured by the dark forces of lesbianism and comics with lots of sex and swearing, and they have been toiling away at their tales of dark hysteria ever since.

Caroline Cash

Caroline Cash is a cartoonist from the South currently living in Chicago.

Entropy Editions

Entropy Editions is a Minneapolis-based comics micro-publisher founded in 2018. Focusing on a mixture of narrative & experimental comics produced with a unifying design theme, our goal is to provide readers an affordable option to discover work by artists in both the domestic & international small-press comics community.

Hyena Hell

Hyena Hell is a cartoonist, illustrator, and sometimes-printmaker. She lives in rural Kentucky (for some reason) with a pack of unruly dogs and a multitude of personal demons. Her comics have been published by Silver Sprocket, Tinto Press, Birdcage Bottom Books, and her own imprint Horror Vacui Press.

Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip. From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Kameron White

Kameron White is an artist that specializes in fantasy, superhero, and slice-of-life comics while also illustrating stylized depictions of diverse groups and putting out bold and colorful pieces. He’s worked on horror anthologies, LGBTQ+ anthologies, and Indie comics. One of his stories was featured in the “We Are Here: All-Trans Anthology,” where he shared his story with other amazing Trans artists. The book won the Ignatz 2019 award for Outstanding Anthology. He also has illustrated a story in “Proud,” an anthology of stories and poetry by LGBTQ+ YA authors. The book won Book of The Year in the 2020 Visionary Honours awards. Besides art, he lives with his partner, their three cats, and dozens of squishmallows.

Sean Knickerbocker

Sean Knickerbocker is a cartoonist, and the editor for Rust Belt Review. He graduated from the Center For Cartoon Studies in 2012. His comics have appeared in Ecotone, Irene, and The Nib among other publications. He is a native of West Valley, New York and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tom K.

Tom K(aczynski) is an immigrant, cartoonist, writer, teacher, and founder of Uncivilized Books. His comics include the Eisner-nominated Beta Testing the Apocalypse (Fantagraphics) and the forthcoming Trans Terra (check progress on Instagram). He writes the Event Horizon column on The Comics Journal. He also teaches comics at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his partner Nikki, two cats, and a dog. English is his third language.

Zak Sally

Zak Sally is a cartoonist, printmaker, publisher, musician, and educator. He self-published his first comic zine on a photocopier at the age of thirteen.

Sally has been nominated for two Eisner awards for the third volume of his Recidivist series; a fourth volume was published in September 2014. He owns and operates his own award-winning micro-press concern, La Mano, for which he runs the risograph and offset presses.

Sally has designed and/or drawn record covers, posters, zines, illustrations, and comics on an international platform for over twenty years. He has also curated gallery exhibitions, served as the United States liaison to the PFC (an international experimental comics residency/think tank based in France), formed an experimental art school (Schoolhaus, with Dan Ibarra), and is one of the eight organizers, board members, and founders of AUTOPTIC, a bi-yearly festival of independent culture in Minneapolis. His current ongoing project is Sammy the Mouse.