Magdalene Visaggio is the Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer behind Kim & Kim, Eternity Girl, Dazzler: X Song, Transformers vs Visionaries, and Morning in America. A lifelong comics reader, she studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University and did graduate work in Ethics & Moral Theology at Seton Hall before dropping out to focus on writing comics where people hit each other with guitars. When not writing, she's probably passed out on her couch at three in the morning with a cat on top of her while Netflix asks if she wants to continue watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. She lives in Manhattan.
Daniel Kibblesmith is an Emmy-nominated writer from Oak Park, Illinois. He is a staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a founding editor of ClickHole. He has written comics for Valiant Comics and D.C. Comics, and comedy for The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Onion News Network, and Funny or Die. He is the author of Santa's Husband and co-author of the humor book How to Win at Everything. He works and lives in New York City.
Rachel Pollack melds the literary, the political, and the spiritual in her own unique way. An award-winning SF and fantasy author (Unquenchable Fire and Godmother Night), she is also an esteemed Tarot Grand Master with followers and students around the world. A progressive voice in the transgender community and a trusted guide to the ancient traditions of spiritualism, she has been for decades a teacher of writing at Goddard College.
Starting his career as an intern at Marvel Entertainment, Kwanza worked his way up in the comics industry to eventually launch DC Comics' first webcomics imprint, and drafted the blueprints for their digital comics initiative. He recently made a splash in the creative pool launching a crowdfund for what became the critically acclaimed BLACK - a graphic novel that asked the question: what if only black people had superpowers?
Ivy Noelle Weir has been writing stories for her entire life, and her essays on art, pop culture and librarianship have appeared in a variety of outlets. In addition to her writing, Weir is a visual artist and former librarian who studied photography at Parsons the New School for Design, art history at Goddard College, and holds an MLIS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. A native of Philadelphia, she currently works in publishing and lives on a crooked old street in an apartment full of Halloween decorations with her partner and tiny dog.
Liana Kangas is a comic artist and creator best known for her work on She Said Destroy by Vault and other works with 2000AD, Black Mask Studios and Ringo and Eisner nominated anthologies. Her clients include Legendary Pictures, King Features, Z2, Mad Cave, Vices Press and Scrappy Heart Productions. She has been featured on SYFY, Nerdist, Panel x Panel and more.
Sweeney is a comic artist and illustrator living in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in the southwest of France, where she studied graphic design and listened to really loud rock music. She started working as a comic letterer and colorist for french publishers right after graduation, while pursuing her dream of being a comic artist. In 2015 she made the decision to move to Montreal, Canada. One short year after the big jump across the ocean she started working at a mobile game company as a 2D Artist. She never lost sight of her true dream though, so she continued to draw comics during the nights and weekends. Her comic debut happened during the summer 2016 when she created a cover and a short story for Rat Queens (Image Comics). Later on, in December 2016 she launched a Kickstarter campaign for her first graphic novel called Eat, and Love Yourself, a 150-page story about eating disorders, depression, body dysmorphia, and ultimately self-love; a subject really important to her. The book was financed and picked up by Boom! Studios in 2019, for publication in 2020. In 2017, she had the chance to work on the costume designs of America Chavez, Inferno, and Patriot for the show Marvel Rising, combining two of her favorite things, fashion and superheroes. Today Sweeney lives a happy, full time freelance life of drawing all day, watching a lot of Game of Thrones and eating a lot of nice cheeses. All the while being kept company by her feline assistant Loki, who doesn't do much except sit pretty while being a fluff. Sweeney loves drawings edgy fashion ladies, especially if they are witches. She works now for various publishers such as Boom! Studios, Archie Comics, IDW, Marvel, and Image comics.
Steenz is an illustrator from St. Louis, MO. According to her mom, Steenz has only ever answered "an artist" when asked what she wants to be when she grows up. Here we are, years later. Steenz spends a lot of time watching reality TV, eating pizza, working at Lion Forge and drawing comics. She can officially call herself a professional artist. Steenz lives with her fiancé, Keya, and her cat, Marko. Steenz is short for Christina.
Lisa Sterle is a Columbus artist with work spanning from comic books to concept design to pop-culture-fueled illustration. She has worked with HarperCollins, IDW, Image, Archie Comics, Vault Comics, BOOM! Studios, and many others. She is the co-creator of monthly comics Long Lost, Submerged and Witchblood, as well as creator of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck, a modern and diverse interpretation of the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck. Currently she is working on the graphic novel Squad with writer Maggie Tokuda-Hall for Greenwillow Books.
Queer comic book artist and writer. GLAAD Award Nominee and Will Eisner Award nominee. Co-founder of Boudika Comics, where she self-publishes comics. Currently working for Black Mask, Oni Press, Legendary, Limerence Press and Boom! Studios.