Comic Con 2011: Kirstie Sheperd

Kirstie (rhymes with thirsty) Sheperd is the writer on “Finding Frank and his Friends,” the Eisner nominated Best Graphic Album New. These are the lost images for everyone’s favorite comic that never existed. These images were hidden in a garage that never existed for the past 60 years, so no one has ever seen them. Kirstie is co-owner of Curio and Company, which creates entertainment memorabilia for books and things that never happened. (I have mucho simpatico with that idea; the idol of our parent company, Fabrice Eugene Wapshott, is the most fabulous gay man that never lived.) Kirstie is an American living in Vienna (I’m so jealous), she and her partner came over for Curio and Co’s second Comic-Con. Curio and Co is a new company, only a year old. Last year they debuted “Frank and his Friends.” This year they are debuting “The Gadabout GM 10-50,” which is user’s manual for a time machine. “Everyone says they need more time,” Kirstie told me, “We’ve finally got the book that gets it.” Kirstie is originally from San Diego. She and the artist, Cesare Asaro (sp?), met at the Discovery Science Museum in Santa Ana, where the Gadabout idea sparked and gelled. They share an interest in science and making sciency things more accessible. Now that they live in Europe, they have that “the farther you get from home, the better you see it” thing, so a lot of their products are based on Americana. One such item is “Spaceman Jax,” a 1950s TV spaceman show that never existed. They’ve been in Vienna for 10 years, so, she mused, maybe this is a way of dealing with voluntary ex-pat homesickness. They had cool stuff; I’ll keep an eye on the webpage to see what they’re up to next year.

See Comic Con 2011 for links to all these artists:
Anson Jew (
Ron Brown (
Sabrina (
Ben Henderson (
Steam Crow (
Kirstie Shepherd (
Paul Roman Martinez (
Ryan Claytor (
The Frantic Meerkat ( and The Mincing Mockingbird (
Karen Knighton (
Mary Bellamy (
John L. Brooks II (
Mike Bocianowski (
Anthony Hon (
Shannon Wheeler (
Brett Bean (
Celine Chapus (
Amy Mebberson (
Sho Murase (
Katie Cook (
Cat Staggs (
Bryan “Kaiser” Tillman (
Sze Jones (
Maddox (
Thien Pham (
Ben Costa (
Jeannie L.S. Galster (
Debbie Huey (