A By-No-Means-Comprehensive List of Austinite Comics Writers and Artists

Some of the most illustrious comics creators to have made their home in Austin sometime between 1960 and 2006

Jack "Jaxon" Jackson – first underground comic God Nose (1964); co-founder of Rip Off Press (1969); graphic novels Comanche Moon (1979), Los Tejanos (1981), The Alamo (2002), et al.

Gilbert Shelton – comic strips/series Wonder Wart-Hog (The Texas Ranger, various, 1961-2006), The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers (1968-1992); co-founder of Rip Off Press (1969)

Berke Breathed – comic strips The Academia Waltz (The Daily Texan, 1977-79), Bloom County/Outland (nationally syndicated, 1980-1995), Opus (nationally syndicated, 2003-present)

Chris Ware – comic strips Quimby the Mouse, et al. (The Daily Texan, 1986-1990; Raw; The New Yorker); comics series Acme Novelty Library (1993-present); graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000)

Shannon Wheeler – comic book/strip Too Much Coffee Man (1991-present)

Sam Hurt – comic strips Eyebeam (The Daily Texan, 1979-81; elsewhere, 1981-1990, 2006), Queen of the Universe (nationally syndicated, 1990-1992)

Robert Rodriguez – comic strip Los Hooligans (The Daily Texan, 1988-1991); also director, El Mariachi, Sin City

Bill Willingham – comics series The Elementals (1980s), Pantheon (1998-2004), Fables (ongoing)

Jim Franklin – founder, Armadillo Comics (circa 1970); poster artist, Armadillo World Headquarters

Kerry "Kerry Awn" Fitzgerald – contributor, Austin Stone, The Rag; poster artist, Armadillo World Headquarters; also, performer with Uranium Savages, Esther's Follies

Guy Juke – poster artist, Armadillo World Headquarters, Kinky Friedman gubernatorial campaign; also performer with Cornell Hurd Band

Martin Wagner – comic strip Hepcats (The Daily Texan, 1987-89) and series Hepcats (1989-94)

Walt Holcombe – comics series The King of Persia (1997), Poot (1998); also, animator, The Courtship of Sniffy LaPants (2001)

Ethan Persoff – Web comics Teddy (2001), A Dog and His Elephant (2002-2003), The Pogostick (ongoing)

Bill Williams – comics series Pantheon (1998-2004); founder, Lonestar Press

Tom King – comic strip Snookums, That Lovable Transvestite (The Daily Texan); comics series Futurama; also, character layout artist, Futurama TV series

Jeanette Moreno – comic strip French Dressing; also, character layout artist, Futurama TV series

Korey Coleman – comic strips Eddie the Albino Squirrel, The Reel Deal (Austin American-Statesman, ongoing)

Cayetano "Cat" Garza – Web comics Magic Inkwell Comic Strip Theatre (1999), Whimville (ongoing)

Penny Van HornRecipe for Disaster (1999); also, animator, Waking Life

Roy TompkinsTrailer Trash (1992-ongoing); News of the Weird

Matthew Sturges – comics series Jack of Fables (ongoing)

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