Queen Batty Comix is the result of two horror nerds who wanted to explore socio-cultural coming of age stories via comix. Queen Batty Comix is comprised of Monika Estrella Negra (Philadelphia, PA) and Jonathan Kociuba (Mississauga, ON, CA). With Monika’s penchant for writing and exploring her past, and Jonathan’s illustrations, they have managed to collaborate on a heartfelt story that highlights a never before seen look into the life of a Black, radical, queer Millenial. Our story follows Bella – an awkward, punk Black girl who is queer. She plays bass, writes radical zines, practices witchcraft and leads a double life. After the loss of her best friend and bandmate, she discovers that her friend’s death was no accident. A creature who feeds on the fears of others faces off with Bella and Sequin, who go on a mission to discover what *really* happened to their friend, Ravin. Filled with ghosts, teenage angst, and vengeful club promoters , we take a deeper look into the harsh realities of growing into your own identity – without the fear of rejection or misunderstanding.
Monika Estrella Negra is a queer, Black punk/goth hybrid of mystery. Her first short titled “Flesh” is about a Black femme serial killer navigating the Chicago DIY punk scene (of which was included in the ‘Horror Noire’ syllabus). She has directed three additional shorts, ‘They Will Know You By Your Fruit’, ‘Succubus’, and the in production ‘Bitten, A Tragedy’. A writer, a nomadic priestess, spiritual gangster and all around rabblerouser – Monika has written essays for Black Girl Nerds, Grimm Magazine, Black Girls Create, is the author of a zine series (Tales From My Crypt), the creator of Audre’s Revenge Film and Black and Brown Punk Show Chicago, a GRRL Haus Cinema Resident Filmmaker (2019), Co-Chair of Communications for Alliance of Women Directors, a 2018 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grantee, and is aspiring to become a Meme Lord. Hailing from the Midwest, she now resides in Philadelphia, focusing on completing her Vengeance Anthology.
Jonathan Kociuba is an illustrator known for his one shot comic book Paperhead. He frequently illustrates album covers and gig posters for bands and is the lead singer for the indie rock band Summer and Youth.