Karlo Antunes (he/him), or Karr, is an independent, lowbrow Visual Artist, Editor, Printer, and Publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. He has created comics, illustrations, and self-published zines for over 5 years. Karlo received his dual major B.A. in Creative Writing/Film and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2017. His love for cartoons and narrative images led him to a cartooning course at his university taught by NY Times #1 Bestselling Graphic Novelist, Tom Hart, which later led Karlo to further his education in comics, illustration, and animation at the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) and later at the School of Visual Arts.
His work has been published in: RAZORCAKE MAGAZINE, Bird Brained Zine Anthology #1, On What Matters: SAW 2020-2021 Certificate Program Anthology, Socially Distant: SAW Pandemic Comics Anthology, and more.
Professionally, Karlo has worked with the Sequential Artists Workshop for over 5 years in multiple roles. He is now aiding the school as their Communications Director and Head Editor for SAW’s student anthologies. He has also had experience as the Head Editor for Nickelodeon’s The Loud House and The Casagrandes comics for Papercutz Graphic Novels publishing house.
Karlo has knowledge and experience in script editing, art/layout editing, coloring, book compositing, and clean-up work for titles such as:
- Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City (A New York Times Notable Book of 2017) by Julia Wertz (clean-up work)
- Papercutz/NBM Graphic Novels titles such as Nickelodeon’s The Loud House, Nickelodeon’s The Casagrandes, Monica Adventures, The Smurfs, Geronimo Stilton, Vincent, Dinosaur Explorers, and more (script editing, art/layout design editing and coloring, book compositing, meta-data, and clean-up work)
- The Sequential Artists Workshops’ student anthologies including On What Matters: SAW 2020-2021 Certificate Program Anthology; Air On/Off: Science Fiction Comics Anthology; Socially Distant: SAW Pandemic Comics Anthology; and more.
- Bird Brained Zine Anthology (all issues)
Karlo is the founder, editor, and publisher of an off-beat, literary-art anthology titled Bird Brained Zine Anthology, which was created to urge unconventional and underdog creators to keep creating sustainably. He is also the founder of a small side project called GhostCactus Studio, which he hopes will manifest into a physical space for artists to create, print, and connect.
Aside from making comix, Karlo likes to dive into skate culture and woodworking by up-cycling used skateboard decks to breathe new life into them.
In his free time, Karlo enjoys vanilla lattes, visiting museums, diving into different genres, playing video games, being active, blasting music from metalcore to classical music, learning more about Risograph; printing; and screen-printing, and watching horror/psychological cinema as well as cartoons and animated films. FUN STUFF!
Karlo is available for freelance editing, storyboarding, and comix/zine/magazine contributing.
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