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Clients Include


︎The New York Times
︎The New Yorker

︎Complex
︎Beyond the Streets
︎Adult Swim
︎Liquid Death
︎Dr.Martens
︎TEDxKC
︎Garbage Pail Kids 
︎Best Friends x AEW
︎Ash vs Evil Dead 
︎Pabst Blue Ribbon
︎Topps
︎Curbed

︎Blink-182
︎Nordstrom 
︎Mike Tyson Mysteries
︎Disenchantment x Netflix
︎The Boston Globe 
︎Runner’s World 
︎Nylon 
︎Valley Cruise Press
︎Asset International
︎Technology Review
︎The Globe & Mail
︎The Washington Post

Various Bands, Professional Wrestlers, Music Venues, Alternative Weeklies, Record Labels, Punk Houses, DIY Spaces, & more.

Interviews & Features


︎AIGA Eye On Design I
︎AIGA Eye On Design II
︎BldgWlf
︎Cooler Gallery I
︎Cooler Gallery II
︎The Design Kids
︎Gallery 1988
︎Gutter Boys
︎Juxtapoz
︎Kirkus Reviews
︎Nucleus Portland 
︎Shillington



John F. Malta is an illustrator, author, comic artist, and art director who works in the West Bottoms neighborhood of Kansas City.



John spends most of his days drawing alongside his tiny dog Porky, surrounded by his collections of Halloween decorations, old toys, puroresu artifacts, and punk posters coated in xerox fuzz.


His picture book Intergalactic Moving Day was published on March 1st, 2022 via POW! Kids Books.

His paintings and installations have been exhibited widely across the country at galleries such as New Image Art, Hashimoto Contemporary, Spoke Art NYC, Superchief, Good Mother Gallery, Gallery Nucleus, and Think Tank LA.

John co-curated Zig Zag Art Book Fair a new book fair an art exhibition. The inaugural fair took place at Cooler Gallery in Brooklyn in July of 2019 and the follow-up in August of 2022. He is the editor and publisher of Universal Slime an annual comics and art anthology that is in its eighth issue, a Xeric Foundation grant recipient, and his comics Haunted Francis [2019] and Living Land [2017] were awarded Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators.



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Exhibitions & Art Book Fairs




2022



Zig Zag Art Book Fair
Cooler Gallery
New York City

30 Years Later
Gallery1988
Los Angeles, CA

Noah Harmon & Friends
Fashion Brand Company
Los Angeles, CA

MoCCA Fest
Metropolitan Pavilion
New York City

Fake Gig Posters
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA

Paper Plains Zine Fest
Van Go Art Center
Lawrence, KS

Kansas City Zine Con
PlexPod Commons
Kansas City, MO

2021


Idiot Box
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA

Stardust Antennas
Wow x Wow
Online

Crazy 4 Cult
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA

Mall Dayz
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA

NES One-Sheet
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA

Salute! 6
Gallery Nucleus
Portland, OR


2020


Haunted Francis Storybook Village Cooler Ranch
Long Island, NY

Salute! 5
Gallery Nucleus
Portland, OR

Coast to Coast
1700 NAUD
Los Angeles, CA


2019


Comic Arts Brooklyn
New York, NY

Comic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

MoCCA Fest
Metropolitan West
New York, NY

TCAF
Toronto Reference Library
Toronto, Canada

CAKE, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Chicago, IL

Sick Sad Summer Art Book Fair Cooler Gallery
New York, NY

Kansas City Zine Con
UMKC
Kansas City, MO

Glazed
Elder Place
Brighton, England


2018


Velvet Ropes
Patrick Parrish Gallery New York, NY

Life is 2 Short
Delicious Vinyl
Los Angeles, CA

Unboxed
Fem Foundry
New York, NY

The Great Outdoors
Permanent Maintenance
New York, NY

Comic Arts Brooklyn
Pratt Institute
New York, NY

Comic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

MoCCA Fest
Metropolitan West
New York, NY

One of Design
Brooklyn Pop Up Gallery
New York, NY

Kansas City Zine Con
UMKC
Kansas City, MO


2017


Go Figure
Spoke Art
New York, NY

Flash Me
Canal Street Market
New York, NY

Sort & Repeat
Good Mother Gallery
Oakland, CA

Pop Up ShowBrainfreeze Comics
Nashville, TN

Till Doomsday Book Launch
Desert Island
New York, NY

Comic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Comic Arts Brooklyn
Pratt Institute
New York, NY

Release the Hounds Book Launch
Desert Island
New York, NY

Five Year Anniversary
Superchief Gallery
New York, NY

TCAF
Toronto Reference Library
Toronto, Canada

MoCCA Fest
Metropolitan West
New York, NY

Pop Up Show
Friend Mart
Los Angeles, CA

Snail Farm and Friends
Spoonbill Books
New York, NY

Kansas City Zine Con
El Torreon
Kansas City, MO


2016


Comic Arts Los Angeles

Think Tank Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Comic Arts Brooklyn
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
New York, NY

Flash Me
Cooler Gallery
New York, NY

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus
Columbus Library
Columbus, OH

Tomorrow
Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery
San Francisco, CA

MoCCA Fest
Metropolitan West
New York, NY

Kansas City Zine Con
UMKC
Kansas City, MO


2015


Everything’s Cool and Nothing Sucks

New Image Art Gallery
Santa Monica, CA

Comic Arts Los Angeles
Think Tank Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Comic Arts Brooklyn
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
New York, NY


2014


Good Grief
Roy G Biv Gallery
Columbus, OH

Chilled Air
Think Tank Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Comic Arts Brooklyn
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
New York, NY


2013


Tonight We Fight

New Image Art Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Pop Up Show
Space 15 Twenty
Los Angeles, CA

John Doe Show
Double Punch Gallery
San Francisco, CA

Four Square
Double Punch Gallery
San Francisco, CA

Greatest HitsWonderfair Gallery
Lawrence, KS


2012


Eye Candy x Society of Illustrators

Fowler Arts Center
New York, NY

Dude Monsters
Think Tank Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival w/ Space Face Books
New York, NY

100 Ghost Stories
Wonderfair Gallery
Lawrence, KS


2011


Shut the Door

Paradigm Gallery
Philadelphia, PA

Revibe
Gallery 831
Columbus, OH

This Might Be It
Skylab Gallery
Columbus, OH

Decay
Junctionview Studios
Columbus, OH


2010


Psychedelic Summer
Rare Gallery
New York, NY

The Delusion of Eating
Shelf Gallery
Columbus, OH

Penny Pinch
Mahan Gallery
Columbus, OH

This is Black Sail
Canzani Gallery
Columbus, OH

What’s the Big Idea
Double Punch Gallery
San Francisco, CA

All Hallow’s EveGallery 831
Columbus, OH


2009


CCAD Artist Market

Columbus, Ohio


F%$@ing Life
Spore Print InfoShop
Columbus, OH

Be Safe My Little Viking
Solo Exhibition
Skylab Gallery
Columbus, Ohio





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