Comic Con has become a huge pop culture event, and this year, two Rapp artists, Asaf Hanuka and Michael Cho, were on the scene in San Diego to sign copies of their graphic novels, participate in discussions and meet their fans! Entertainment Weekly devoted an entire issue to the event, and commissioned an illustration from Martin Ansin. Asaf and his twin brother Tomer collaborated on The Divine scheduled for release July 15th. It is also the opener for the E Weekly comics section and has received great reviews. Last year, Michael Cho published his first graphic novel, The Shoplifter. He was then asked to create the cover for the Comic Con souvenir book. While Martin Ansin was not actually at Comic Con, his poster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was at the Mondo booth.
Asaf Hanuka is a comics artist whose books have been published in the U.S, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Israel and Korea. With his twin brother Tomer he created Bipolar comics (2000–2005), which garnered nominations for both the Ignatz and Eisner Awards. Asaf was also nominated for an Eisner Award for his book Pizzeria Kamikaze with writer Etgar Keret (2006). His latest book, The Realist (2012), an autobiographical comic about his life in Tel Aviv, has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, and was translated into many languages. Asaf has contributed to the art of Oscar-nominated doco-animation film Waltz with Bashir.
Michael Cho is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator based in Toronto. He has drawn stories for books such as Batman Black and White for DC and X-Men First Class for Marvel. His comic story “Trinity” was selected by editor Neil Gaiman for the Best American Comics Anthology in 2010, and he’s won a few other awards and nominations for his comic work. Michael has also put out an art book of his drawings, Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes with Drawn & Quarterly. His first graphic novel, Shoplifter, was published by Pantheon and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List.