Our Favorite Indie Artists in Artists’ Alley at SDCC 2022

When you hear about San Diego Comic-Con, you usually hear about the blockbuster franchises: Marvel, Star Wars, DC, and the major streaming platforms. All that stuff is great, but the SDCC exhibit hall also has a lot of hidden treasures, from tiny presses to funky vendors to rare comics. One of the best parts of the exhibitor hall is Artists’ Alley, where indie artists and illustrators sell their work. Now that SDCC 2022 has come to an end, here are some of the best indie artists we came across!

If you didn’t attend Comic-Con, or if you missed these artists’ tables as you strolled the exhibit hall, fear not – you’ll find links to their websites below.

Celine Chapus

Artist Celine Chapus creates a victory sign surrounded by her artwork.
Celine Chapus

Celine Chapus’ ethereal watercolor paintings explore the worlds of fantasy and fandom, featuring mermaids and other mythical creatures fumbling with Marvel and Star Wars characters.

Brian Garcia

Artist Briana Garcia poses at her booth at SDCC 2022.
Brianna Garcia

Full disclosure: I’m a Brianna Garcia fangirl. I even included her hilarious Sylkie art in this Loki Season 2 Update! Garcia’s cartoon-inspired drawing style is fun and energetic, and she’s worked professionally on features such as My little pony and Disney Princesses.

Harmony Gong

Artist Harmony Gong poses with her art at SDCC 2022.
Harmony Gong

Harmony Gong’s style blends anime with art nouveau to create breathtakingly luscious portraits. Her Sailor Moon art captures the beauty of Naoko Takeuchi’s original drawing style as she makes the character her own, and her original art focuses on fairies, witches, and other fantastical women.

Karen Hallion

Artist Karen Hallion poses at her SDCC 2022 booth.

If you’ve seen inspiring portraits of historical figures and fictional characters on the internet, each with a single word summarizing why that character is great, then you’ve come across Karen Hallion’s work. In fact, her “She” series has been turned into a middle-aged book coming out soon! But the series “She” is not only inspiring. Hallion also enjoys it.

Derek Knierim

Artist Derek Knierim smiles from his stand at SDCC.
Derek Knierim

Derek Knierim’s work includes many desert landscapes, full of androids, bounty hunters, superheroes and other fantastic creatures. His art is huge in scope with saturated color palettes popping out.

Joseph Michael

Artist Joseph Michael poses with his partner at SDCC 2022.
Joseph Michael (right)

Jospeh Michael’s intricate art is reminiscent of vintage serigraphs or woodcuts. Each image is amazingly detailed and his process roles on Instagram are fascinating.

Melissa Pagluica

Artist Melissa Pagluica smiles in her booth at SDCC 2022.
Melissa Pagluica

Another Art Nouveau-inspired artist (her table was right next to Harmony Gong’s, making for a serious eye-catcher for any Art Nouveau lover), Melissa Pagluica is the creator of the graphic novel Above the clouds and the webcomic Monster Heart. I particularly liked her tea-themed stickers, depicting cute vintage ladies representing Earl Gray and other flavors.

Take Vagner

Artist Toma Vagner waves from her table at SDCC 2022.
Take Vagner

Toma Vagner’s hallucinatory drawings explore themes of mental health, addiction and more. If you feel like you’ve seen her work before include her clients Harry Styles and The New Yorker.

(image: San Diego Comic-Con International)

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