Bart Beaty is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He is the author, editor or translator of more than a dozen books in the field of comics studies including, most recently, Twelve-Cent Archie and The French Comics Theory Reader. His monograph The Greatest Comic Book of All Time was published by Palgrave in 2016.
Scott Bukatman is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Stanford University. He has been published in abundant journals and anthologies, including October, Critical Inquiry, Camera Obscura, and Science Fiction Studies. His most recent book, Hellboy’s World: Comics and Monsters on the Margins, shows how our engagement with the work of Mike Mignola is also a highly aestheticized encounter with the medium of comics and the materiality of the book. His research explores the phenomenology of such popular media as film, comics, and animation.
Ivan Brunetti is cartoonist, scholar and educator. Best known in comics for his series Schizo, Brunetti has also illustrated covers for The New Yorker, curated exhibits, edited anthologies, and published a number of collections of his work. A leader in comics instruction and theory, Brunetti has published Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice in 2011. He is currently an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago.
Blair Davis is an Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University. His books include The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-Budget Cinema and Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page. He edited an ‘In Focus’ section on Watchmen for a 2017 issue of Cinema Journal, and co-chairs the SCMS Comics Studies Scholarly Interest Group.
Sarah Glidden is best known for her comics and graphic novels which are primarily non-fiction journalistic pieces, including the highly acclaimed How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less and the recently published Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. Her work has been published in The Nib, The Guardian, and Cartoon Movement, Jewish Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Art and Education at the University of Southern California. He is the author or editor of 19 books, including Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and the forthcoming By Any Media Necessary: The New Activism of American Youth. He is currently [End Page 121] writing Comics … and Stuff, a book about contemporary graphic novels and their relationship to material culture.
Susan Kirtley is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of Comics Studies at Portland State University. Her book, Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass, was the 2013 Eisner winner for Best Educational/Academic work. She served as a judge for the 2015 Eisner Awards and is currently the Secretary for the Comics Studies Society and a member of the Executive Group on Graphic Narratives for the Modern Language Association.
Andrew J. Kunka is Professor of English and Division Chair at the University of South Carolina Sumter. He is the author of the book Autobiographical Comics forthcoming in 2017 from Bloomsbury’s Comics Studies Series. He has also published on Kyle Baker, Gene Luen Yang, crime comics, and race and comics. He is co-founder and co-host of the Comics Alternative podcast and website with Derek Parker Royal.
Nate Powell is the first cartoonist to win a National Book Award for his work on March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis. Powell is a prolific creator who entered the industry by way of mini-comics and zines, and has published multiple graphic novels, including Swallow Me Whole and Any Empire. He is currently writing and drawing his next book, Come Again (Top Shelf, 2018), and drawing Two Dead with writer Van Jensen.
Frank Santoro wears many hats in our community. Originally known for his accomplishments as a cartoonist with works like Storeyville and as an impassioned writer for The Comics Journal, Comics Comics and other publications, Santoro has recently shifted gears to focus on running his comics correspondence school Comics Workbook, which has also evolved itself into a residency program in Santoro’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.