About us

The Pittsburgh Comics Salon is a cultural initiative dedicated to creating an ecosystem for Comics Making in Pittsburgh. This includes hosting workshops, readings, gallery exhibitions and publishing solo works and anthologies by Pittsburgh based artists. 

The goal of the salon is to build solidarity, get new conversations started between cartoonists and comics-makers in the area and to push the frontiers of comics. 

The Pittsburgh Comics Salon strives to provide a safe and positive experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. 

our Facilitator:
Juan José Fernández

Juan José Fernández is a cartoonist and educator. He is the managing editor of Comics Workbook, the online magazine for comics makers, leads the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, and co-organizes the annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair.


A Pittsburgh comics community organizer, he was most recently named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Creative Forces: 12 People to Meet in 2017” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and one of seven 2016 Fuerza awardees by Café Con Leche for providing Pittsburgh Latinx leadership. He was selected as a participant in the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre's inaugural FUTUREMAKERS Labs Incubator program.

He studied lingustics at Carnegie Mellon University and received an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies (2014).