2019 Guests & Panelists

SteenzChristina ‘Steenz’ Stewart is a St. Louis based cartoonist and editor. She is the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award winning Archival Quality from Oni Press and is featured in several short story anthologies such as the Eisner Award Winning Elements: Fire and Mine!. Steenz has created and run comics related programming from her time as a comic shop manager and a comics-focused librarian.

https://oheysteenz.wixsite.com/portfolio @oheysteenz @oheysteenz

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rosemary v-o portraitRosemary Valero-O’Connell is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist and illustrator born in Minneapolis, MN, and raised in Zaragoza, Spain. She’s published comics with First Second (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me), Shortbox (What Is Left), Boom! Studios (Lumberjanes, Steven Universe), and DC Comics (Gotham Academy). She’s worked with clients like CAPY Games, Kazoo Magazine, The City Pages, Mondo Prints and Tees, and Crunchyroll, and her work has been shown in galleries both locally and internationally.

www.hirosemary.com @hirosemaryhello @hirosemaryhello

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noahvansciverNoah Van Sciver is an Ignatz award-winning cartoonist who first came to comic readers’ attention with his critically acclaimed comic book series Blammo. His work has appeared in Spongebob comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Best American Comics, as well as countless graphic anthologies. Van Sciver is a regular contributor to MAD Magazine and has created five graphic novels including The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, Saint Cole and the Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer graphic novella series for Fantagraphics books.

https://nvansciver.wordpress.com @noahvscomics

pietsch_updated_photoCarey Pietsch is a cartoonist based out of Brooklyn, NY. She’s the artist and co-adaptor on The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited and Here There Be Gerblins graphic novels, and her previous work includes drawing two arcs of Lumberjanes and the artwork for the Mages of Mystralia webcomic. Carey also makes Keepsakes, No Swords, and other original comics and zines about magic and empathy. When she’s not making comics, she plays in tabletop campaigns, makes tiny clay cats, and fights a losing battle against the inevitable death of her houseplants.

careydraws.com @careydraws @careydraws careydraws.tumblr

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francatFrancesca Hause is the creator of Litterbox Comics; a comic strip about the highs and lows of parenting.  She is bombarded with inspiration from her own life as a mom of two boys, but changes everyone to animals, because she hates drawing people!  Originally hailing from England, she is now a local to Austin Texas

https://litterboxcomics.com     Twitter    Instagram

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UkazuNgozi_InStudio-webNgozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Computing and The Arts, and received a masters in Sequential Art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her first book Check, Please!: #Hockey was published by First Second in 2018.

https://www.ngoziu.com         Twitter        Instagram

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MadRupertMad Rupert is a comic artist and writer. She has been neck-deep in the online comics scene for over 9 years, and authors two ongoing webcomics. She has also worked with many comic publishers, including First Second, Boom! Studios, and Oni Press, on projects ranging from comic adaptations of popular cartoons to original graphic novels. When she’s not making comics, Mad enjoys spending time with her husband and small angry dog, going to the gym, and playing Minecraft. She is most active on Twitter, where you can find links to most of her comics and content:

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lilahsturgesLilah Sturges is a writer from Austin, Texas whose notable works include Jack of Fables, House of Mystery, The Magicians: Alice’s Story, and Lumberjanes: the Infernal Compass. Her work has been nominated for the Eisner, Ignatz, Prism, Dwayne McDuffie, and GLAAD Media awards.

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paulbenjaminPaul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, many DC characters in DC Universe Online, plus Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters, Inc., G.I. Joe, and more. He is a contributing essayist in books about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, G.I. Joe, and others. His first prose short story appeared in The Protectors anthology. His original manga series Pantheon High was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee.

https://paulbenjaminwrites.com @thepaulbenjamin @paulbenjaminwrites

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Amanda_WilliamsAmanda Williams is an illustrator and interactive artist specializing in 2D environment art for video games. Though a longtime resident of Austin, Texas, she has lived across the US and in Germany. She has contributed to award-winning video games, notably Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor by Tiger Style, and Where the Water Tastes Like Wine by Dim Bulb Games, which was voiced by Sting. She is currently focusing on her own interactive story projects and illustration. When not working, she haunts gardens and old buildings for inspiration, and seeks little mysteries everywhere she goes.

http://amandawilliams.art/ @amandawilliamsart

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narcisseEvan Narcisse is a journalist and critic who writes about video games, comic books, movies and TV, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture. He is a senior staff writer at io9, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and Kotaku. He’s taught a course on video game journalism at New York University and appeared as an expert guest on CNN and NPR. He’s currently writing the Rise of the Black Panther miniseries for Marvel Comics. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Austin, Texas.

https://kinja.com/evnarc @EvNarc

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paul_mayburyPaul Maybury is an artist and writer whose work has been featured by Marvel, Young Animal, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, BOOM!, Shortbox, Image, Lion Forge, Valiant and Nickelodeon. His latest work, Last Stop on the Red Line marks his debut as a writer. His previous works includes the original graphic novels Aqua Leung and DOGS of Mars, as well as his work on Catalyst Comix, Sovereign and Valhalla Mad. He also contributed work in Marvel’s Strange Tales and Eisner-Award winning comics such as Popgun, Blue Estate, Little Nemo: Dream another Dream and Comic Book Tattoo, as well as contributing supporting stories in Bloodstrike: Brutalists, Cave Carson has an Interstellar Eye. Paul is the co-creator and editor of the Hunters anthology published by Lion Forge. In 2016 Paul worked on early development for Nickelodeon’s Rise of the TMNT.

www.paulmaybury.com  @pmaybury  @playbury

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