Friday, August 11, 2023

Ali Cantarella at New York Comic Con 2021

New York Comic Con is less than one month away. Running October 6-9, one month from today, it will be ending.

Last year was my first year at NYCC and despite the somewhat scaled back con due to the pandemic, it was still incredible. I plan on being "On the Beat" once again.

One of the cool creators I saw last year was Chicago artist Ali Cantarella. Yes, I traveled all the way to New York to catch up with one of my favorites from Chicago.

NYCC 2021 was the official debut of the special edition Cantarella Ink Johngy's Beat shirt. Ali was kind enough to lend her artistic skills to create the first Johngy deviant and I couldn't love it more.

I have followed Ali for several years. Her pet portraits first caught my eye. She does a lot more awesome stuff, too. She has done street art in and around Chicago. She also has done huge murals in offices, businesses and even apartments. I love watching her in-progress videos on social media.

Aside from her fantastic talents, Ali is just simply cool. She is one of the nicest, most fun creators or even people I have met.

Go to Cantarella.Ink to see more of Ali's work. Check for updates and scheduling on NYCC.

Ali Cantarella and me in New York, NY-October 2021.

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