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Artists to Watch – From The Artists Alley To The Comic Stands

Artists to Watch – From The Artists Alley To The Comic Stands

I toured the artist alley at New York Comic Con with my sister this year. We are both artists, so we both love seeing other peoples work. It is very inspiring for us to see other techniques, subject matter, and artists sketching and painting on the spot. If you have never attended NYCC, the artist alley is a virtual garden of visual wonders. There were over 400 artists attending so it was impossible to see all of them in one day, but we tried! Here are just a few of my favorites to check out.

Erica Henderson

Erica Henderson is the fantastic talent behind Marvel’s Squirrel Girl. She trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and has worked on titles such as Jughead, Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures, Spider Gwen, and X is for X-tinction. Her images are bright, playful, and energetic. You can check out more of her work on her website at

Images Credit: Erica Henderson

James Zapata

Zapata’s work is the complete opposite of Henderson’s. Zapata uses digital painting to create dark and atmospheric images. He is currently writing and developing “Moon and Crow”, an illustrated fairy tale. His portfolio is online at:

Images Credit: James Zapata

Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen was born in Vietnam and grew up in the United States. Her work shows displays masterful color use and delicate yet powerful imagery. Much of her work includes natural elements such as animals and flowers. I was particularly drawn to the black, white, and red birds piece. The painting uses so few colors and yet is so expressive. You can find more of her work at:

Images Credit: Tran Nguyen

Corey Godbey

Corey Godbey’s work reminds me of fairy tales; full of fantastical creatures, gorgeous backgrounds, and adventurous spirits. For Free Comic Book Day 2013 and 2015  he illustrated comics in the Jim Henson’s Labyrinth world that are just delightful. He has also been featured in publications by Imagine FX, The Society of Illustrators, and Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and has illustrated a few children’s novels. Take a look at his art at:

Images Credit: Corey Godbey

Gillian Newland

I really liked Gillian Newland’s work as soon as I spotted it. Her work has a sketch-like quality that makes it feel ephemeral. I particularly liked her green man collection, which took a different take on the classic leafy character. Her versions have exposed golden hearts and come in a variety of plants including rose, ivy, and juniper. Explore her art at:

Images Credit: Gillian Newland

Dailen Ogden

Dailen Ogden is a freelance illustrator based from Denver, Colorado. She has created fan pieces for Game of Thrones, Studio Ghibli, Pokemon, Okami, and Adventure Time. Her original creations seem to tell stories of their own with witches, wolves, and dragons. You can see more of her work at

Images Credit: Dailen Ogden


These are just a handful of the truly talented people that displayed their work at NYCC. Who are your favorite illustrators? What about their artwork speaks to you? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured Image Credit: Dailen Ogden

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