Michelle Ann Abate is Professor of Literature for Children and Young Adults at The Ohio State University. Her latest book, Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics, was released by the University Press of Mississippi in 2019. She has published journal articles on a variety of comics and graphic novels, including Calvin and Hobbes, Fun Home, Garfield, and Raina Telgemeier's Drama.
Joshua T. Anderson is an Associate Professor of American literature at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. He is the former editorial assistant at Western American Literature, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and Poetics Today. His recent publications include essays on the art and activism of the Deer Woman comics anthology and the genre play in Stephen Graham Jones's werewolf bildungsroman Mongrels. Josh is also a creative writer with work appearing in Bourbon Penn and Sonora Review.
Matthew William Brake is the creator and founder of the website Pop Culture and Theology. He holds dual Master's degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Philosophy at George Mason University. He is the editor of the Theology and Pop Culture series from Lexington/ Fortress Academic and co-editor (along with A. David Lewis) of the Religion and Comics series from Claremont Press.
Blair Davis is an Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago. His books include The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-Budget Cinema (2012), Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page (2017) and Comic Book Movies (2018), and his comics-related essays are featured in such anthologies as The Blacker the Ink: African Americans and Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art (2015), Working Class Comic Book Heroes (2018), Books to Film: Cinematic Adaptation of Literary Works (2018) and Comics and Pop Culture (2019). He edited an 'In Focus' section for a 2017 issue of Cinema Journal on Watchmen and a roundtable on comics and methodology for the inaugural issue of Inks that same year. Davis has served on the Executive Board of the Comics Studies Society and has been interviewed about comics, cinema and popular culture for AMC, ABC, CBC, The Chicago Tribune, PRI, Reel Chicago and Voice of America.
David Gedin is an Associate Professor (docent) at the Department of Literature, Uppsala University. He is currently president of the Strindberg Society and a member of the NNCORE-board (Nordic Network for Comics Research). His research is about the author's role in society at the turn of the twentieth century, book history and comics/graphic novels. [End Page 352]
Osvaldo Oyola is a public scholar, editor, and member of the International Comic Arts Forum executive board. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Shelfdust, and Apex Magazine, and he has a forthcoming chapter in Unstable Masks: Whiteness and the American Superhero (The Ohio State UP). A one-time regular writer for Sounding Out!, Osvaldo now posts his thoughts (and those of guest writers) on popular culture, race, and gender on his own blog, The Middle Spaces, focusing on popular music and comic books. He is the first winner of the Gilbert Seldes Prize for Public Scholarship awarded by the Comics Studies Society, the international comics studies professional organization and conference.
Daniel Reboussin is the African Studies Librarian at the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries. As an affiliate of UF's Title VI National Resource Center for African Area Studies and in support of the university's academic research and teaching programs, Reboussin selects both special and circulating library materials, improving access to print and online resources by offering advanced reference services. He is responsible for the archival processing of unique manuscripts related to the African continent, facilitating digitization by interpreting their scholarly context and creating descriptive metadata to support online discoverability. Dan taught a graduate course in library research methods for fifteen years. He has received national and international recognition for employing Search Engine Optimization techniques to connect scholars with relevant research collections. He served as Chair of the Cooperative Africana Materials Project, an independently governed project of the Center for Research Libraries that preserves and...