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Artist Profile: John Garavaglia

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Whether you’re a fan of comic books, or not… the artwork featured through the pages of their adventurous and dramatic stories is eyecatching. One Northern Michigan artist hopes that his talents for drawing and writing can do the same. We learned more about him in this Artist Profile.

Who are you?

I’m , and I am an artist from Traverse City.

How did you get started?

My teachers growing up always encouraged me and told me to pursue art going into college. And I love comic books and graphic novels, so I practiced every day to create and design characters. Then I would go to comic conventions to showcase my work, I ended up getting published by a small publishing company, and it took off from there.

What’s the inspiration behind your comic book heroes?

‘Subject Zero’ was a very fun and different project. It was a short film made by a production company from Grand Rapids. A friend of mine who was connected to the film recommended me to help them with the script. They also asked me to help with the graphic novel and tie based on the film. ‘Subjet Zero’ is more of an anti-hero melodrama. The characters are misunderstood just because of their powers. They have to ask themselves if they want to use their abilities to good or evil.

‘Thunder Boy’ is more lighthearted, and good for kids to read. He’s the protector of Alpena. We created him based on the that happens every year in Alpena.

What do you hope people take from your artwork?

We all live in troubled times, especially with the Coronavirus. I want to give readers an escape, and as a way to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

You can see the artwork of John Garavaglia by watching the video above, visiting his , or you can see him in person at the , October 29-31, 2021, at the .

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