Heidi MacDonald is the editor-in-chief of Comicsbeat.com and the author of Secret Teachings of A Comic Book Master.
Regine L. Sawyer is the writer/publisher at Lockett Down Productions; a cutting-edge small press company specializing in Horror and Sci-Fi comics. She is also the Coordinator and Founder of the Women in Comics Collective International. It’s an organization that supports marginalized voices working in the comic book industry. In addition, Regine has written articles, essays, […]
Eric Orner is a former Congressional aide to Barney Frank and the acclaimed author of Smahtguy and The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, one of the country’s first and longest-running gay comic strips. A feature film of the same title appeared in 2005, the same year that Orner retired the comic strip. Orner has also […]
Leigh Hurwitz is Coordinator of School Outreach Services at Brooklyn Public Library. Leigh is also the creator and curator of Cool Work x Interesting People, an ongoing programming series by cartoonists and for cartoonists, also at BPL. When not moderating comics panels, Leigh can be found volunteering at Interference Archive, listening to WFMU, or watching […]
MALAKA GHARIB is a writer, journalist, and cartoonist. She is the author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir, which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, and the New York Public Library, and went on to win an Arab American Book Award. By […]
Emma Grove could draw before she could write. A classically-trained animator, she lives in New England with her cat, Little Mischief. The Third Person is her graphic memoir.
Kate Schneider is an artist, writer and therapist living and working in Philadelphia. Her books include Dew Drop Diary (F.I.N.E. Editions, 2021) and Headland (Fantagraphics, 2022). Her work has appeared in The Rumpus and WFIU.
Calvin Reid is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, the trade news journal of the book industry, editor of PW Comics World, PW’s online coverage of the graphic novel marketplace, editor of The Fanatic, PW’s e-newsletter on comics and pop culture, and cohost of More To Come, PW’s weekly podcast on comics and graphic […]
Didier Fassin is a French anthropologist and sociologist. He is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and in 2019 was appointed to the Annual Chair in Public Health at the Collège de France, where he delivered the lecture “The Inequality of Lives.” He has conducted research in Ecuador, […]
Elizabeth A. Trembley is a Lambda Literary Award-winning mystery writer who now tells her stories in comics. Look Again, published by Street Noise Books in September of this year, is her debut graphic novel. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Chicago. Elizabeth currently works for the Sequential Artists Workshop. She lives […]
Julio Anta is a writer based in New York City. Raised in Miami, in a Cuban and Colombian family, his writing focuses on the intersection of Latinx identity and American life. His debut comic book Home was published in 2021 by Image Comics. Forthcoming work includes Frontera, a YA graphic novel from HarperAlley, and Sí, […]
Laura Gao is a comic artist and bread lover currently living in San Francisco. She is the creator of the graphic memoir Messy Roots. Laura’s art career began by doodling on Pokémon cards and has since blossomed to be featured on NPR, HuffPost, and most notably, her parents’ fridge. She is a proud queer Asian-American immigrant and […]
Robyn Smith is a Jamaican cartoonist known for illustrating DC Comics’ Nubia: Real One (written by L.L. McKinney) and her mini-comic The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town. She is the creator of Wash Day Diaries, along with Jamila Rowser. She has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has worked on comics […]
Ivy Noelle Weir
Ivy Noelle Weir is a writer of (mostly) comics. She is the author of The Secret Garden on 81st Street and Anne of West Philly (both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) and the co-creator of the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality (Oni Press). She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and their two tiny, weird dogs.
James Spooner is a graphic novelist, tattoo artist, illustrator, and filmmaker. He directed the seminal documentary AFRO-PUNK which premiered at national and international film festivals, including Toronto International and The American Black Film Festival. James also co-founded the Afropunk Festival, which currently boasts audiences in the hundreds of thousands around the world. His debut graphic […]
Kate Gavino is the author and illustrator of Last Night’s Reading (Penguin, 2015) and the graphic novels Sanpaku (Archaia/BOOM, 2018), and A Career In Books. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Believer, Longreads, Oprah.com, and more. She was both the greatest and the worst editorial assistant.
Sofia Warren has been a contributing cartoonist at The New Yorker since 2017. Her work has been published in MoMA Magazine, Catapult, Narrative Magazine, and the books Send Help! and Notes from the Bathroom Line. Sofia was born in Rhode Island and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Radical is her first book.
Nadia Shammas is a Palestinian American writer from Brooklyn, New York. She’s best known for creating CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments as well as being the writer of Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin. Her latest publication is a young adult graphic novel Squire. Her work often focuses on identity, memory, and decolonizing genre tropes. When she’s not writing, […]
Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning cartoonist who teaches comics, gouache, and drawing at The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL and at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, The Boston Globe, The Nib, and Pantheon books. In 2017, her comic I Trained to Fight The Enemy was shortlisted for Slate’s Cartoonist Studio […]
Jeremy Holt is a non-binary author whose most recent works include Made in Korea, Virtually Yours, Before Houdini, After Houdini, and Skip to the End. They have received high praise from Brian K. Vaughan (Y the Last Man, Saga, Runaways) and NYT crossword constructor David Kwong.