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Guest of Honor

Peter Emmerich is the illustrator of A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z, B Is for Broadway: Onstage and Backstage from A to Z and most recently, The Gay Icon’s Guide to Life, by Michael Joosten. He has worked with DreamWorks and the Walt Disney Company, for which he illustrated the U.S. Postal Service's “Art of Disney” stamp series. Peter is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Follow him on Instagram at @peteremmerich

Accounting for Artists

A special business seminar for our U.S. based members!

Nitin Bhojraj carefully walks the tightrope between the worlds of business and art. In his role as a CPA, Nitin has taught accounting at multiple universities in the Chicago area, prepared a variety of tax returns, assisted individuals and small businesses with financial planning, and presented forensic accounting and fraud examination topics at accounting conferences.  As an artist, Nitin writes and illustrates "Incremental Maturity," an accounting themed one-panel comic that has been published in 11 different accounting industry magazines, reaching about 140,000 industry professionals.  Nitin joined ISCA in 2020 and has been improving his skills ever since through workshops, ISCA competitions, instructional books, and YouTube tutorials starring many of you.  

Nitin will share his knowledge on individual taxation and financial planning, as a thank you to all the ISCA members who have helped him improve his drawing skills along his journey.  If you have an accounting question that you want Nitin to address at the convention, send him a direct message on Instagram - @NitinDrawsThings, an email to, or find him in person at any Chicago area comic convention dressed as Kylo Ren.

Caricature 101

Caricature 101 is a recurring seminar where we invite a top tier caricaturist to break down the basics. Whether you’re a first year artist or 20 year veteran, learning how someone else handles the fundamentals is beneficial for everyone!

Dave Smith has been a Professional Caricature Artist for 45 years! He began his career at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Virginia in 1979 and started with Rubio Artists Company from 1979-1984. Then he worked for Kaman’s Art Shoppes, Inc. from 1988-2003. Dave freelanced from 2003-2010, concentrating on his live event business. He returned to Kaman's Art Shoppes in 2011 and has continued working there through present day. He is currently a Regional Manager with Kaman’s, overseeing operations in Florida, the Philadelphia Area and Denver. Dave has worked at both Busch Gardens in Virginia and Florida as well as at Kings Dominion in Virginia. He has traveled extensively to parks all over the country as a trainer. Drawing live caricatures in either a retail or event setting is his passion. Teaching and training has become a huge part of his career, in which he is equally passionate about! Follow Dave on Instagram at @davedrawsyou.

Caricature 101 is sponsored by

Getting Silly: Tips & Tricks for Crazy Caricatures

At age 19, Svetlana Novikova moved to the US to pursue her dreams and education. She now has 25 years of professional painting experience, specializing in creating colorful, impressionist paintings, from animals to cityscapes and florals, some of which have been featured in various magazines and publications, including Austin Woman magazine, Discover Fort Collins, Tribeza, Saddle & Stirrups, The Daily Texan and Voyage Austin. About 12 years ago, she founded SILLY ARTIST, initially focusing on live event caricatures and other event services. In recent years, Svetlana has found joy in participating in Caricature Resolution and other caricature competitions, discovering a newfound passion for drawing exaggerated silly celebrity caricatures. 

She looks forward to sharing some of her tips and tricks of creating crazy caricatures with Y’ALL (as they say in Texas). Follow Svetlana on instagram @austinsillyartist


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