We are so excited to welcome Kat Leyh and Clara Meath to RodCon this year as representatives on the Women in Comic Book Industry panel.
Women in the Comic Book Industry
Kat Leyh is a freelance comic book artist and writer currently living in Chicago, IL. Her series Supercakes and Bird Witch are available in print form through Yeti Press. She has contributed back-up stories to the following BOOM! and KaBOOM! books: Adventure Time #33-34; Bravest Warriors #26-28,35-36; Bravest Warriors Impossibear Special; Bravest Warriors Paralyzed Horse Special;Munchkin #21; Adventure Time Comics #1. As well as covers for Marceline Gone Adrift #2; Lumberjanes#10, Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1-4; Goldie Vance #1 ECCC exclusive; Goldie Vance #8-9; Coady and the Creepies #1-4. She's been the co-writer of Lumberjanes since issue 18 and cover artist since issue 24. The best way to see what she's up to is to follow her Tumblr and Twitter.
Clara Meath is comic book artist and writer living in Minnesota. She earned a degree in Sequential Art from SCAD Atlanta, where she graduated with the honor of Valedictorian in 2016. Her work has appeared in the ‘Tellos Anthology’ and she draws ‘Shadow Play’ for Scout Comics. Her credits also include three self-published short comics—‘Swamplights’, ‘The Lowermost’, and “Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm’. You can follow her work on Instagram, Facebook, and Behance, or purchase prints and other artwork from her online store, Comics and Art by Clara Meath
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