Creator Guest Spotlight: Ali Cantarella

O Comic Con 2017 is shaping up to be a fantastic event! To give you a sense of the show’s features, we’ll be highlighting our comics guests, cosplay guests, and featured artists as the event approaches. OCC 2017 will be jam-packed with things to see and do on the Arena Floor, the ExHall, and in all the panel rooms. We hope you’ll join us! Purchase advance tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets — and we’ll see YOU at the Mid-America Center July 7th, 8th, and 9th.

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After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Ali Cantarella self-published her all ages graphic novel, “The Hasty Pastry” and dove into the exciting world of comic conventions around the country.  She has since illustrated multiple children’s books (“Monkey and Dragon in The Golden Hour”) collaborated with dozens of Chicago creatives on comic projects (“Eisegesis: Kings and Queens”, “The Grabber”, “Crisp”) as well as worked with corporate clients (Modern Luxury LLC, Cars.Com, The James Beard Foundation) while donating her playful caricature skills to such charitable organizations as PAWSChicago and The Humane Society Calumet.

When she’s not creating whimsical watercolor work, she can be found expressively painting with unique mediums such as wine and coffee in the bars, coffee shops, and loving homes of friends new or old around the world.  She enjoys creating food as colorful as it is tasty, biking around Chicago, and leaving half-drank cups of tea on various surfaces around her apartment.