Our Team

Dave BartosPanels Coordinator
Dave is the supervisor of reference services at the Morse Institute Library in Natick. But long before a career in books and reading, he was a comic book reader! Dave grew up reading Spider-Man and Calvin & Hobbes, and loves the way that words and art blend together to tell immersive stories.

Tony Davis – Co-Founder and Creator Liaison
Tony is the beloved owner of The Million Year Picnic, the oldest comic-book shop on the East Coast. Tony is an ardent supporter of independent comic-artists.

Jerel Dye – Workshop Coordinator
Jerel Dye is a cartoonist, illustrator, and artist living and working in the Boston area. He has been creating art and comics since 2009 and has produced several self-published mini comics and has created comics stories for several anthologies Much of his art stems from a deep interest in science and technology though frequently contains a healthy dose of wonder. Jerel received his BFA from Umass Dartmouth in Painting, and his MFA at MassArt in the Studio for Interrelated media. Jerel also teaches courses in drawing, cartooning and comics in Massachusetts. Learn more about Jerel on his website HERE.

Liza Halley – Social Media Maven
Liza Halley, school librarian, baker and poet, loves graphic novels and comic and tries to read everything she can get her hands on. Her two boys make their mom laugh by reading their favorite parts of Calvin and Hobbes, Foxtrot and Sherman’s Lagoon out loud to her and their cat, Itsy Bitsy. Liza loves how comics open the word of reading for all ages. She is passionate about building community – especially around creative arts and writing. She can’t wait to see all of the kid comic book creators and readers at the Boston Kids Comic Book Festival.

Jennifer Gehly HeWeb Guru
Jennifer is a web designer, developer, and graphic artist who builds visually stunning and user-friendly websites. She is very excited to be involved with the Boston Kids Comics Fest as it gives children the opportunity to grow their imaginations, deepen their intellects and hone their artistic skills all by practicing the art of making comics. See Jennifer’s creative work at HERE.

Meena JainChief Operating Officer and Sponsorship Chair
Meena is a grant writer for Historic New England by day, a librarian on the side, and an avid comic book reader by night! “I’m so pleased,” says Meena, “to be part of this effort to encourage budding comic creators to follow their dreams. I’m also a mom, a wife and a traveler both in my imagination and in real life.”

Rachel Maguire – Workshop Coordinator
Rachel lives in a world filled with cats, naps, and teaching comics. After realizing that a career as unicorn princess wasn’t a viable option, she pursued the next best thing (this of course being a self directed journey through animation and comics). She has designed characters, props and backgrounds for PBS programming “WordGirl” and “SciGirls. She was lead artist on Galactic Hot Dogs, an illustrated graphic novel series published by Simon & Schuster. Currently she is teaching high school students the secret to happiness (ceramics!) and skiing as much as possible. Learn more about Rachel on her website HERE.

Zoe Piel – Graphic Designer
Zoe is a cartoonist, illustrator and animator. She is creating all of the graphics for BKCFest 2019 and we couldn’t be more thrilled! You can see learn all about Zoe on her Website, on Instagram and YouTube.

Jonathan ToddCo-Founder and Illustrator
Jonathan is an art dad and an author/illustrator of graphic novels for kids. His first graphic novel, TIMID, is expected to be published in 2020. See his work HERE.

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