Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas is the 2015 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence of Smith College. She is the author of Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (Aqueduct Press) and is the award-winning editor of the groundbreaking anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and its sequel, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2001 and 205 World Fantasy Awards). Sheree is an alumna of the Clarion West Science Fiction Writers Workshop in Seattle (Class of ’99) and has served as an awards juror for the Speculative Fiction Foundation, the Carl Brandon Society, and the James A. Tiptree Awards.  A Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, Sheree was
awarded the Lee Hope Award for Diverse

Voices and the Ledig House / LEF Foundation
Award for Fiction.

Whit Taylor

Whit Taylor is a cartoonist, writer, and editor from New Jersey. She won a 2012 Glyph Award (Rising Star) for her comic, Watermelon, and received two subsequent nominations in 2013 for her comic, Boxes. Her series, Madtown High, was nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2013 for Outstanding series, and her webcomic, The Fabric of Appropriation, was nominated for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize for best webcomic of the year in 2016.


In addition to self-publishing, her comics have been published by Sparkplug Books (2015 Best American Comics Notable Comic, The Anthropologists), Ninth Art Press, The Nib, Fusion, and others. She has also written for The Comics Journal, Panel Patter, Nat Brut, and Comics Workbook. She currently lives in New York City with her boyfriend and cacti.

Anthony Summey

Anthony Summey is originally from the small southern town of Walhalla, South Carolina, where he drove his grade school teachers crazy with doodles of super heroes all over his homework assignments. Needless to say, he has always and will always love to draw.


Besides being a cartoonist, Anthony is currently a freelance artist and a professor at Sanford-Brown Online in the Animation Program. He has received his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Sequential Art. That’s right: he went to college to study comic strip, comic book, storyboarding, and children’s book illustration. His previous work has appeared mostly in small press horror anthologies, and you can find his current work featured at

Vern E. Smith

Vern Smith's work as a journalist, author and screenwriter spans four decades.


His 1974 novel The Jones Men, a New York Times Recommended Book, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and has been reprinted in several foreign editions. He joined Newsweek as a correspondent in the Detroit bureau in 1971. His report on “Detroit’s Heroin Subculture” won the Detroit Press Club Foundation Magazine Award in 1973 and was the inspiration for The Jones Men.


From 1979 until 2002, Smith served as the Atlanta Bureau Chief and as a national correspondent for Newsweek.
As a principal reporter with
Newsweek's Special Projects Unit, he contributed to four cover stories later published as books. One of the stories, “Charlie Co.: What

Vietnam Did to Us,” won the 1981 National Magazine Award for Single Topic Issue. [more]

Francesco Verso

Francesco Verso (Bologna, 1973) has published several novels, Antidoti Umani (finalist at 2004 Urania Mondadori Award), e-Doll (2008 Urania Mondadori Award), and Livido (aka Nexhuman in English; 2013 Odissea Award, 2014 Italia Award for Best SF Novel). In 2015 he won the Urania Award for the second time with BloodBusters. His stories have appeared in various Italian magazines (Robot, iComics, Fantasy Magazine, Futuri) and has been produced for the stage (The Milky Way); they have also been sold abroad (International Speculative Fiction #5, Chicago Quarterly Review #20).


In 2014 Verso founded Future Fiction (a book series by Mincione Edizioni), publishing the best speculative fiction from around the world with such authors as James P. Kelly, Ian McDonald, Michalis Manolios, Clelia Farris, Ken Liu, Xia Jia, Ken McLeod, Cixin Liu, Pat Cadigan, Olivier Paquet, Ekaterina Sedia, and others. Francesco lives in Rome with his wife Elena and daughter Sofia.

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Liz Mayorga

 Liz Mayorga is a working class artist from Southeast LA. She was raised in her parent’s restaurant, where a strong demand for tacos and burritos taught her how to hustle, but where art didn’t seem to have a place. But luckily, she also grew up in the 90s, LA’s Punk and Hip Hop movements shaped her ambitions in DIY art. Liz moved to the Bay Area for college. She has since become an organizer of the San Francisco Zine Fest, and has self-published her stories and comics as zines. He stories are often about class and identity, popular culture, and horror.  Some of her zines include: “Outgrowing Plastic Dolls,” “A Caxcan Guerilla takes over the Awkward Girl,” “Inked,” and “Monstrous Love Stories.” Her work has been featured in Tayo Literary Magazine, Apuentes Literary Journal, Atom Magazine, and Razorcake. She enjoys working with Youth and leading zine workshops.

Tommy Nguyensmith

Brooklyn artist from the sunny suburbs of Los Angeles by way of Buffalo, Toronto, and Houston, Tommy Nguyensmith started drawing with the intent of being an animator for Disney but then wanted to become an X-Man. The cheerful fantastic Americana mythology could not keep pace with his Queer Techno Orientalist social reality. Through community-focused performative installations to weirdo pop blazed events, he hopes for people to find their kink and enjoy that weirdness. Living in between cultures, comics, hip hop, technology, anime, clothes, and coffee is life.

Keith Miller

Keith A. Miller was born but not completely bred in Brooklyn, New York. When he’s not busy corralling thirteen-year-olds (he's a teacher), he writes independent comics. He likes to play around in the science-fiction and urban fantasy genres but is not above a good slice-of-life graphic novel. He is the
co-creator of
Triboro Tales and Insensitives. His
latest graphic novella,
Infest, will hit the convention floors in 2015. He is currently producing the prison horror tale, Manticore, for Rosarium Publishing.


Carmelo Rafala

Carmelo Rafala’s work has been published in various venues, including the following anthologies: Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (Rosarium Publishing, July 2015), Submitted For Your Approval
(Rod Serling Books, April, 2015), The World and the Stars (Chris Butler/Deborah Jay, April, 2015), The Anthology of European SF (Europa SF, 2013), The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (Wildside Press,

2012), Rocket Science (Mutation Press, 2012), and

The West Pier Gazette and other Stories (Three Legged Fox Books, 2008). [more]

Vincent Sammy

Vincent Sammy is a freelance illustrator working in
the fields of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre.


He has provided artwork for magazines such as Something Wicked, Black Static, and Interzone,

as well as for book publishers such as Jurrasic

London and Doghorn. His artwork has been

featured in the movie, Chronicle, and he has

been nominated for an “Artist of the Year”

award by the “This Is Horror” Awards for 2012

and 2013. [more]

James Moffitt

James Moffitt is a writer and teacher living in Richmond, Virginia. He holds an MA in Writing & Rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has published two collections of short stories, Swamp Gospels and What to Do When You Give Up. Moffitt has also been published in several academic and fiction journals and as a freelance journalist.


James sees writing and teaching as a means to facilitating social change at the structural level.

His publishing company Sink/Swim Press embraces

a DIY ethic and strives to remind people of the

value of tangible art. [more]

Kim Miranda

Kim Miranda was born in the Philippines and grew up both there and in the U.S. She is currently a freelance artist located in Pearland, TX and does children’s book illustration on the side. She is also passionate about studying art history, comics, poetry, indigenous world culture, and human rights.

Stacey Robinson

MFA candidate at the University at Buffalo. His work examines the African-American form through various media. By comparing and contrasting pop culture aesthetics with AfroFuturism, he utilizes the African American experience to create narratives that construct a space of healing from Black trauma.

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl’s collection, Filter House, was one of two winners of the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Her work has been published at Strange Horizons, in Asimov’s SF Magazine, and in anthologies including Dark Matter, The Moment of Change, Dark Faith 2, and The Other Half of the Sky. Nisi was WisCon 35’s Guest of Honor. She edited The WisCon Chronicles 5: Writing and Racial Identity and Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, and she co-edited Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Science Fiction, Feminism, and African American Voices with Dr. Rebecca Holden. With classmate Cynthia Ward, Nisi co-authored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach.. She is a co-founder of the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her website is

Mahendra Singh

Mahendra Singh is an author, illustrator and editor in Montreal. He has worked on a variety of SF, humor, children’s and literary titles such as Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner D.A. Powell’s Cocktails (Lux Books), BSFA-award winner Adam Roberts’ 20 Trillion Leagues Under the Sea (Orion/St. Martins) and Martin Olson’s NYT-best selling Adventure Time Encyclopaedia (Abrams). His most recent solo project was a GN version of Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark (Melville House) and he also edits the Knight Letter, the journal of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. He blogs at
In his spare time he promotes atheism by

distributing blank pamphlets on the subway.

Nikhil Singh

Nikhil Singh is an artist, writer, musician and film-maker. They have fronted the critically acclaimed South African art-rock bands, The Wild Eyes and Hi Spider, as well as releasing a plethora of solo albums under the moniker, “Witchboy” (released on Aural Sects). They have recently written and directed a feature-length film, Trillzone (2014), which was commissioned by the South African National Arts Festival as part of a J.G. Ballard symposium.


As an artist, they have illustrated the graphic novels, The Ziggurat (Bell-Roberts 2003) by The Constructus Corporation (now Die Antwoord) and Salem Brownstone with writer John Harris Dunning (Walker Books, UK, 2009), which was long listed for The Branford Boase Award. Their work has also been featured in Pictures and Words: New Comic Art and Narrative Illustration (Laurence King, 2005), Dazed, I-D Online, Creative Review, The Times (UK), Mail & Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), Rolling Stone (SA), GQ (SA), and featured as part of the COMICA festival exhibition at the ICA.

Amir Naaman

Amir Naaman was born near Tel-Aviv in 1984. He has been publishing stories and poetry in Hebrew and English since the year 2000.


He currently resides in Berlin where he manages
a bookshop, writes for occult magazines and is
the editor and co-manager of Topics Press,
specializing in edgy comic books.

Jason Rodriguez

Jason Rodriguez is an Eisner and Harvey award nominated writer and editor living in Arlington, VA.
His work has been published by Random House,
Dark Horse Comics, and several small publishers.
He is currently editing three anthologies for Fulcrum Publishing that focus on unconventional narratives
from colonial America and is authoring a collection
Twilight Zone-inspired short stories for young
adults with Rosarium Publishing. On any given
evening you can find Jason on a street corner,
staring into the future.

Supreet Singh Manchanda

Supreet Singh Manchanda – Co-Creator.


I was born at a very young age.  I was one of the only 3 month early premies that survived that year in New Delhi.


Inevitably, I began to grow up. This happened while living with my family in Africa.  First in Ethiopia and then in Zambia. I am a good "TWK - Third World Kid" born in one culture, raised in another and then living in a third. Most of the TWK due to the nature of the travel and moves often keep having to change friends and as a result one tends to live through stories in books which included comics in my case, as a way to anchor themselves. so my exposure included westerns, Si-fi and stories of the cultures i grew up in. Also my parents were teachers and I got a healthy dose of history and politics. [more]



Robert Love

Robert Love formed Gettosake Entertainment with his brothers, Jeremy and Maurice in 1998, publishing their signature character, Chocolate Thunder. In 2004, Dark Horse published Fierce, written by Jeremy Love with art by Robert Love, followed by Shadow Rock in February of 2007. He was also the co-writer (along with David Walker) and artist on Number 13, which was also published by Dark Horse Comics in 2012. In 2013 he was the artist on Never Ending, another 3-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Coimcs. His other credits include, Alpha Girl (Image Comics), The Blind Monkey Stlye (POPGUN, Image Comics), and The Mad Mauler (POPGUN, Image Comics), Outside of comics, Robert sold the rights to a movie to 20th Century Fox called The Adventures of Venus Kincaid and has optioned Fierce to Zucker Productions as well as Number 13

with Legendary Pictures.

Pan Morigan

Pan Morigan is a songwriter, singer, poet. She created songs for over 30 original plays for the award-winning theater ensemble, Chrysalis. She has toured with author Andrea Hairston as the musician half of Dangerous Women Inc. As a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet, she performs with Chrysalis Theater and with The Blackbird Effect, (a roots/originals duo.) As a singer, she toured Europe (and Istanbul,) with Bobby McFerrin's vocal ensemble, Voicestra. Recently, she edited the forthcoming poetry collection by Tamim Al-Barghouti, In Jerusalem and Other Poems. (Interlink Press,) She has collaborated with scholar Sujane Wu on editing and re-translating a forthcoming work, Selected Biographies of the Later Han Dynasty, as well as a project in progress about the poet Lu Yun. Pan's writing was published in Scarab, edited by Sheree R. Thomas. (Wanganegresse Press,) and 80!, in honor of Ursula K. Le Guin. (Aqueduct Press.)

Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus’ fiction has been published in numerous venues, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, and Weird Tales Magazine.  He co-edited Streets of Shadows (Alliteration Ink) and the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books) and was the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books).

Candy Briones

Candy Briones has always had a love for cartoons. Developing stories with her toys and drawing mermaids and E.T. in her sister's textbooks are among her most cherished childhood memories. By 2000, she had already created Taco El Gato, inspired by many '90s anthropomorphic characters. After turning 20, Candy was a full-time cartoonist, traveling across the country creating caricatures and other artwork. Candy has worked mostly in animation, including many independent projects as well as work such studios as DreamworksTV and Smorgasborg as a storyboard artist, all the while constantly working on various Taco El Gato projects.

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Eileen Kaur Alden

Eileen Kaur Alden is the Co-Creator and Writer of Super Sikh® Comics. She is a Sikh, a single mom, and hails from Oakland, California. Together with Co-Creator Supreet Singh Manchanda and award-winning artist Amit Tayal, the team launched Super Sikh comics with a successful kickstarter in 2015 and continues to bring the adventures of Secret Agent Deep Singh to fans all over the world. [more]

Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.

Joyce Chng

Joyce Chng writes science fiction, steampunk, urban fantasy, and things in between. Her fiction has been published in such publications as Crossed Genres, The Apex Book of World SF II,
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic.
She co-edited
The Ayam Curtain, a Singaporean anthology of SFF micro fiction. She blogs at A Wolf’s Tale. She is interested in social justice, feminism and its intersectionalities, permaculture, and bread-making.

Brett Cottrell

Brett Cottrell was born and bred in Las Vegas.
His writings blend religious and political satire with whimsical, action-packed absurdity. He’s been a bartender, drummer in a rock and roll band, legislative intern, and attorney. He studied political theory at Boise State University and graduated from The George Washington University Law School. Cottrell lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their opinionated dog, Tico.

Marguerite Dabaie

Born in San Francisco, Marguerite Dabaie moved to New York City in her early 20s and has been rooted there since. Her first major comic, The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories--an autobiography about Palestinian-Americans--was awarded two grants. The cultural differences she has felt between Arab and American cultures heavily informs her work. She strives to combine comics with academia, something that dovetailed into her work on A Voyage to Panjikant.


She is a freelance illustrator and has worked with such publications as the School Library Journal, Mizna, and Just World Books, among others. She also regularly contributes to the Electronic Intifada and the Journal of Palestine Studies.


Once a year, Marguerite co-hosts Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, the fest-in-a-bar, in Brooklyn.

In their free time, Marguerite and her husband, Chris, love to play video games, participate in pen-and-paper RPGs, and watch good-bad movies. They are self-proclaimed nerds.

J. M. DeSantis

J. M. DeSantis is a writer and artist of fantasy, horror, and humor. He is best known as the creator of the fantasy heroine, Chadhiyana, though his short stories and artwork have appeared under many publishers including Heavy Metal Magazine, Static Movement, Innsmouth Free Press, and Atlas Unleashed. Notably, he was the cover artist for The Book of Charlie: Spirit of the Pompey Hollow Book Club (Little York Books) and wrote the short story, Diwali, for Steampunk Originals: Volume 1 (Arcana). [more]

Damian Duffy

The cartoonist Damian Duffy is a writer, letterer, curator, lecturer, teacher, Glyph Award winning graphic novelist, and PhD candidate at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. His many publications range from academic essays (in-comics-form) about new media & learning to a forthcoming graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. He has given talks and lead workshops about comics, art, and education internationally.

Ian Gabriel

Born in 1990, Ian Gabriel began his addiction to comics at the tender age of one with Batman: Year One. There is very little hope of his breaking that habit any time soon. Graduating from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art, he is breaking into the comic book scene where he hopes to build a fort with all the pages drawn from his projects.


Ian is currently working with Keith Miller on
their prison horror tale,

Jaymee Goh

Jaymee Goh is a writer, editor, and critic of science fiction, also known as the "steampunk postcolonialist." Her fiction has appeared in Expanded Horizons and Crossed Genres, and in steampunk venues such as the Steam-Powered Series and Steampunk World. She has been quoted in Jeff and Ann Vandermeer's Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, as well as The Steampunk Bible, and has written steampunk-related non-fiction in The WisCon Chronicles 5 & 6 and Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution. Her blog, Silver Goggles, tackles postcolonialism and racism in the various forms of steampunk.


Edward Austin Hall

Alabama escapee and lifelong Southerner Edward Austin Hall, a graduate of Tulane University, writes journalism, poetry, and fiction. His writings about comics and comics creators have appeared

in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Code Z:
Black Visual Culture Now
, and The Dictionary
of Literary Biography
. His forthcoming first
novel is titled
Chimera Island.

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez is the author of over 30 works of fiction, poetry, prose and drama. By day, he is an Associate Professor at the City University of New

York, where he teaches English courses at BMCC

and is a member of the doctoral faculty at The

CUNY Graduate Center. Carlos is also a game designer, currently serving as lead writer on Meriwether, a CRPG about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He lives in Queens, which is most

famous for not being Brooklyn.

Ayize Jama-Everett

Ayize Jama-Everett was born in 1974 and raised in Harlem, New York. Since then he has traveled extensively in Northern Africa, New Hampshire, and Northern California. He holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Divinity. He teaches religion and psychology at Starr King School for the Ministry when he’s not working as a school therapist at the College Preparatory School. He is the author of three novels, The Liminal People, The Liminal War, and The Entropy of Bones, as well as an upcoming graphic novel with illustrator John Jennings entitled Box of Bones. When not educating, studying, or beating himself up for not writing enough, he’s usually enjoying aged rums and practicing his aim.

John Jennings

A Mississippi native and University of Illinois native,

John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at The State University of New York at

Buffalo. Jennings is an award-winning graphic

novelist and author. His research and teaching

focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption

of African American stereotypes in popular

visual media.

Jason Scott Jones

Jason Scott Jones is a Brooklyn born, American artist, filmmaker and producer of Caribbean descent. A comic industry professional who gained his start through an internship at Milestone Media, which he evolved into becoming a contributing artist, editor and department manager in the historic company. Jones comic art contributed to flagship characters and titles with DC Comics as well as a collaboration on the Wu-Tang Clan’s Liquid Swords album cover. His artworks have been featured in the New York Daily News, exhibited in the Studio Museum in Harlem, Rush Arts Gallery and presented in across Japan and Spain. Currently Jones is at work on Flatbush Yard an original graphic novel to be published by Rosarium Publishing.

Bizhan Khodabandeh

Bizhan Khodabandeh is a Silver Medal awardee for comics and cartooning through the Society of Illustrators. He is a visual communicator who moves freely across the professional boundaries as a designer, illustrator, artist, and activist. Khodabandeh is particularly fascinated by how art and design can be a catalyst for social change.


He has received international and national awards

for his work, including placing in the Adbusters’ One Flag Competition, the Good 50x70, The Green

Patriot Poster Project, Poster for Tomorrow, and recognition by the American Institute for Graphic Arts. Khodabandeh has had work featured in publications such as Print, Creativity International

and Adbusters, among others. [more]