Tracy L. Bealer received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and currently teaches literature and composition at Borough of Manhattan Community College. She specializes in the twentieth- and twenty-first-century American novel with a particular interest in pop culture and genre fiction. She has published on William Faulkner, Alice Walker, Quentin Tarantino Harry Potter and Twilight, and co-edited Neil Gaiman and Philosophy for Open Court's Pop Culture and Philosophy series. She is co-director of the Page 23 Literary Conference at Denver Comic Con.
Colin Beineke is an independent scholar whose writing has appeared in ImageText and The International Journal of Comics Art. He is the co-founder and former president of the Graduate Student Caucus of the Comics Studies Society.
Julia diLiberti is Professor of Humanities at the College of DuPage and the newly appointed Faculty Liaison for Globalization. She earned her PhD in Nineteenth Century French Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but has long been interested in Comics and graphic novels. Her essay "Defying Literary Colonization: Reading the African Comic Book (BD) as the New African Proverb," is part of the collection Defying the Global Language: Perspectives in Ethnic Studies (Teneo Press, 2014). Dr. diLiberti has presented research on Hergé, Gilded Age Comics, and Fotos and Sturm. For the 2012 and 2016 election cycles she has presented to the community on what political cartoons reveal about the framing of the elections. When she dances, people assume she owns multiple cats.
Damian Duffy is a cartoonist, scholar, writer, curator, lecturer, teacher, and a Glyph Comics Award-winning, New York Times Bestselling graphic novelist. He holds a MS and PhD in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mark McKinney is Professor of French at Miami University (Ohio). With Alec G. Hargreaves, he edited Post-Colonial Cultures in France (Routledge, 1997). He also edited History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels (University Press of Mississippi, 2008). He authored The Colonial Heritage of French Comics (Liverpool University Press, 2011) and Redrawing French Empire in Comics (Ohio State University Press, 2013). With Laurence Grove and Ann Miller, he founded the journal European Comic Art and co-edited it with them for nine years. He has published numerous essays on postcolonialism in comics and prose fiction. [End Page 264]
Anu Mary Peter is a PhD graduate scholar in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India. Her ongoing PhD dissertation concentrates on eating disorders and graphic medicine. Besides her interest in photography, she is an author of a collection of poems titled My Impossible Highway.
Ben Saunders is a Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is author of Desiring Donne: Poetry, Sexuality, Interpretation (Harvard, 2006) and Do The Gods Wear Capes: Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes (Continuum, 2011), and co-editor (with Charles Hatfield) of Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic Worlds of Jack Kirby (IDW, 2015). He founded and currently directs the UO Minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies (the first Minor of its kind in the country) and has curated several major exhibitions of comic art.
Louie Dean Valencia-García is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas State University. He has taught on the faculty at Harvard University, and has held fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon at the United States Library of Congress, amongst others. He is the author of Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism, which looks at how young people used poetry, partying, comic books, and punk rock to subvert the Francoist dictatorship (forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic, spring 2018). He is a research editor for EuropeNow, the monthly journal of the Council for European Studies at Columbia University.
Sathyaraj Venkatesan is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India. His research concentrates on graphic medicine and critical medical humanities. He is the author of Edgar Allan Poe: Tales and Other Writings (2017, Orient BlackSwan) and AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Scripting the Absent Subject (1980...