Tom Hart, Park Ranger, Snake Wrangler

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Tom Hart is the New York Times #1 Bestselling Graphic Novelist of Rosalie Lightning, and the Executive Director of SAW. He is the creator of the Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, and has been nominated for all the major industry awards.

His The Collected Hutch Owen was nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. He was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. He has been called “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by Eddie Campbell and “One of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Scott McCloud. His daily Hutch Owen comic strip ran for 2 years in newspapers in New York and Boston, and his “Ali’s House”, co-created with Margo Dabaie was picked up by King Features Syndicate.

He was a core instructor at New York City’s School of Visual Arts for 10 years, teaching cartooning to undergraduates, working adults and teens alike. Among his students were Dash ShawSarah Glidden Box Brown and other published cartoonists like Leslie SteinJessica Fink,  Josh BayerBrendan Leach and many others.  He has taught comix and sequential art at schools and institutions all around New York City for more than 10 years, and has conducted week-long workshops from Maine to Hawaii. His  Daddy Lightning, was published in March 2012 from Retrofit, and Let’s Get Furious, a 380-page new Hutch Owen digital collection for tablets, is available from Top Shelf. He also teaches sequential art in the School of Art and Art History at UF.

His website is http://www.tomhart.net