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  • Contributors

Alisia Grace Chase is Associate Professor of Art and Visual Culture at SUNY Brockport and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, N. Y., with a focus on extra-cinematic culture, contemporary art, time-based media, and comics. Her articles include “Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art”, “The Great American Makeover: Television, History and Nation; Virgin Territory: Representing Sexual Inexperience on Film; Difference Reframed: Considering the Legacy of Feminist Art History”; and she regularly contributes to AFTERIMAGE: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.

Jocelyn Sakal Froese researches comics and visual texts, with a focus on feminist and queer inquiry. They teach academic writing at Wilfrid Laurier University, and live in Hamilton, Ontario, with their partner, cat, and dog.

Shawn Gilmore is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and writes on comics, prose, film, and the like, teaching the same. He has written and presented on comics since the mid-2000s, completing a dissertation in 2013 on how the graphic novel became a viable conceptual and publication format and publishing articles and reviews in a variety of collections and journals. In addition, he is the editor of The Vault of Culture (, a public scholarship site that features work by a range of scholars and lay writers over a variety of cultural objects, from comics to film to novels to video games and everything in between.

Dru Jeffries teaches film and comics studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of Comic Book Film Style: Cinema at 24 Panels per Second (University of Texas Press, 2017) and the editor of #WWE: Professional Wrestling in the Digital Age (Indiana University Press, 2019).

Shiamin Kwa is Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Bryn Mawr College, where she is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature. The cover of Kwa’s latest book, Regarding Frames: Thinking with Comics in the Twenty-First Century (2020), features an original illustration by Marnie Galloway.

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, Shelf-dust, and Apex Magazine. He is the editor and primary writer for The Middle Spaces, a public-facing scholarly blog examining popular culture, race, and gender, especially when it comes to comic books. He is the first winner of the Gilbert Seldes Prize for Public Scholarship awarded by the Comics Studies Society. Osvaldo lives in Pittsburgh, PA, but he’ll always be a Brooklyn kid at heart.

Marc Singer is a professor of English at Howard University in Washington, DC. He is the author of Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies (University of Texas Press, 2018) and Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012) and the co-editor, with Nels Pearson, of Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World (Ashgate, 2009).

Zoë Smith is a PhD student at the University of Chicago. She grew up in Philadelphia and, despite the contents of this article, is a dyed-in-the-wool DC girl. Zoë’s dissertation research questions the category of the storyworld and the laws and narrative principles that hold storyworlds together across installments. She and her partner Charlotte live in Hyde Park, where they serve as Resident Heads for the College.

Daniel F. Yezbick, Ph.D., is a professor of English and Communications at STLCC-Wild-wood, where he also serves as Campus Intercultural Educator Director and Lead English Faculty. He is the author of Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson (2014). His work in Comics Studies has appeared in numerous anthologies including Comics Through Time (2014), The Blacker the Ink (2015), Animal Comics (2017), Articulating the Action Figure (2017), Comics Studies: Here and Now (2018), The Oxford Handbook of Comics Studies (2019), and American Political Humor: Masters of Satire (2019). He is an ongoing contributor to Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks Library series and his recent critical work on 1950s Disney comics appears in the International Journal of Comic Art and the 2020 University Press of Mississippi anthology, Monstrous Women in Comics...


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