Parking and Transportation’s award-winning graphic novelist at Iowa City’s Lib Con on August 11

Parking and Transportation’s award-winning graphic novelist at Iowa City’s Lib Con on August 11

August 9, 2018

John Ira Thomas

You never know what talents a persons might have. In the Parking and Transportation office, you might have purchased your bus pass or parking permit from an award-winning writer. “I’ve always loved reading and comics. At times, I’d thought about working on my own. It wasn’t until I moved to Iowa City and connected with artists that I did,” says John Ira Thomas.

Thomas (University of Iowa, MA ’95, The Classics) has been an employee of Parking and Transportation for just shy of 20 years. Thomas has been a valuable member of the customer service team and is invested in helping the students, faculty, staff, and visitors who come to our office.  During that same time, he has been part of the talented team of writers and artists of Candle Light Press.

Dozens of graphic novels have been published by Candle Light Press and many have earned awards. The first graphic novel created by John Ira Thomas is a crime-inspired retelling of the story of Oedipus. The debut novel was sent on a whim to the American Library Association and to his surprise received a spot on their

Lost in the Wash excerpt
Booklist. Thomas added, “It sort of was a natural progression because it combines my passion for the classics and for crime novels”.

Thomas will be at the Iowa City Public Library’s Lib Con on Saturday, August 11 in the Artists Alley. The library’s comic convention is inspired by a growing trend for local libraries and comic fans to form small, low-cost conventions. Currently, he is working on a sequel to “Lost in the Wash” titled “Lost in the Woods”.