Find an illustrator?
March 13, 2014 4:38 AM   Subscribe

Can you help me find an illustrator I used to love and have lost track of? I'm terrible with names but she used to draw a webcomic, and I remember other things, too...

Her webcomic was about, I think, a bookish demon. Kind of a beast fellow with glasses and horns, and brown hair, I want to say. She did gorgeous full color illustrations, and the comic was updated rarely. Something about a tree, maybe? There were scrolls and codices. This was in the early 2000s, I think. She also did some nice coloring tutorials - I know I learned how to color reflective transparent gems from her. I think she eventually got a job at LucasArts and was doing illustrations for Star Wars extended universe books, like flora and fauna sort of things, but I could be combining her with someone else. From there, my attention drifted, and I've since lost any bookmarks and forgotten all relevant names. I am almost certain she was a woman, but as with all internet people this is always possibly wrong. I'd love to know if she's online somewhere with more art, how her style has developed, and maybe even if the old comic ever had a conclusion. Relevant searchwords are turning up nothing. Does this ring any bells for anyone?
posted by Mizu to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I can't help with this particular comic but if she was worth her salt, so to speak, she should appear in some of the best of lists and that sort of thing? Have you checked out the Flight series at all? Edited by Kazu Kibuishi? She might appear in one of those?

Would you remember her name if you saw it?

If the Green doesn't help, then maybe try out the forums at

Good luck.
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 5:43 AM on March 13, 2014

Was it Andrea Rhodes?
posted by mikepop at 6:00 AM on March 13, 2014

Kind of a long shot, but is it Aeire? She did Xenith (I can't find it online anymore, but it might be what you're thinking of), and later went on to do Queen of Wands and Punch an' Pie.
posted by Margalo Epps at 11:58 AM on March 13, 2014

Best answer: I think you're talking about Stephanie Lostimolo.
posted by tautological at 5:21 PM on March 13, 2014

Response by poster: I think she predated Flight. I was really into Flight and preordered the first four volumes. It's possible she was concurrent with the first ones but she was definitely still a student or just not on level with the people who were in the first ones. I do recall her work getting progressively ....

The more I think about it the more I want to say that possibly her named was Stephanie? But I really am just awful with names and don't trust that memory.

Her style was almost a little Disney, with lots of great linework. I think the webcomic ...

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HOLY CRAP! Tautological is right! Stephanie Lostilomo! Thank you thank you! And it WAS Stephanie! Why couldn't I find her before? Amazing, thank you. And I even own the Kinuko Craft book she did the design for! Hooray!
posted by Mizu at 5:24 PM on March 13, 2014

I stumbled across this post by searching "webcomic." I like the art on her website and am trying to figure out the webcomic referenced in the question, because a webcomic about a bookish demon sounds amazing. If anyone sees this - hope me?
posted by bunderful at 8:05 PM on February 21, 2015

Response by poster: Sorry bunderful, after being linked to her site I poked around and couldn't find any references to its name at all, not anywhere in her web presence, although I'm pretty sure that this dude in her gallery is the main character. (Or reminds me greatly of him.) Although her blog is a few years old and her site doesn't appear to be otherwise updated, she seems to be actively selling things in her etsy shop. So I suggest, if you really care, emailing her to ask. I haven't because I know myself that sometimes artists want to make clean breaks from their old art, and it felt kinda weird? But heck, if you do ask her and she gets back to you, definitely let me know about it if that's okay with her!

I will also rec the webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court, which sounds like it might be right up your alley, if you haven't already enjoyed it.
posted by Mizu at 8:17 PM on February 21, 2015 [1 favorite]

Gunnerkrigg Court came up in one of my questions looking for more webcomics to read - I started it and then got distracted - thanks for the reminder!
posted by bunderful at 8:48 PM on February 21, 2015

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