Comics

DiNK Announces More 2019 Guests

This year marks the fourth year of awesomeness for the award-winning Denver Independent Comics and Art Expo (DiNK), an annual festival of indie comics that shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, the show is picking up speed, as well as many new and great special guests. Last year saw DiNK bring in noted Cerebus artist Gerhard, actor/writer/comic book fan John Leguizamo, and Denver-based artist (and Westword comic artist) Karl Christian Krumpholz. That's pretty cool stuff, especially for a small con that’s only been around for a few years.

Credit the team running the show: Founder Charlie LaGreca and the whole DiNK gang work tirelessly to gather the coolest stuff — a “laundry list of talent,” as they put it — each year.

DiNK will make its artistic mark again on Denver the weekend of April 13-14, at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. Start making your plans now: This short list is only the beginning of the big announcements that DiNK will be rolling out through February.

Bill Amend
If you’re a fan of newspaper comic strips, then you know Bill Amend — or at least his work. His popular daily Foxtrot ran from 1988 to 2006 and still runs new material every Sunday; it has spun off into several best-selling collections in book form. Amend himself is a five-time Gold Crown winner and was named Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society — all thanks to a quintessentially American family, a pet iguana and an eye for sharp pop-culture satire.

Paul Pope
Inimitable artist Paul Pope credits his inspirations as Jack Kirby, Bruno Premiani, Tony Salmons and Alex Toth, to name only a few. And you can see those influences in his impressive work, which itself has won five Eisners to date. Recently, his comic book Strange Adventures (from DC Comics) won the coveted National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Best Comic Book of the Year. Perhaps best known for his long-running 1995 indie series THB, as well as a trunk-load of amazing work for DC and its Vertigo imprint over the years, Pope has a unique and dramatic style that feels both old-school and absolutely fresh.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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