Roz Chast (Keynote)
Roz is an American cartoonist and a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker. Since 1978, she has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker. She also publishes cartoons in Scientific American and the Harvard Business Review. In recognition of her work, Comics Alliance listed Chast as one of twelve women cartoonists deserving of lifetime achievement recognition. In May 2017, she received the Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement at the Rhode Island School of Design Commencement ceremony.
A Wave Blue World
Founded in 2005 by Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner, AWBW is an independent publisher of high quality graphic novels, anthologies and art books with a focus on originality and cultural relevance. Titles include: All We Ever Wanted, Kismet, The Kids Stick Together, The 27 Run, Loved & Lost, Punkrock Jazz, The Killing Jar, American Terrorist, Broken Frontier and more!
Veronica is a Cartoonist and Illustrator from NYC. She graduated from SVA in May 2016 with a BFA in Cartooning. She’s half Indian and half Italian, and she loves plants, summertime, dogs and her 3 cats! Her work focuses on mental health, coming of age stories, and friendship! Currently she’s working on her first graphic novel, Just Roll With it, written by herself and her partner Lee Durfey-Lavoie. Just Roll With it will be published by Penguin Random House in 2021!
AHOY debuted in the fall of 2018 with the bold promise for readers to expect more from its line up of comic book magazines, featuring comic book stories, poetry, prose fiction, and cartoons. The independent, Syracuse-based company is the brainchild of Publisher Hart Seely, an award-winning reporter whose humor and satire has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. AHOY’s Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer is committed to publishing comics with a (dark) sense of humor with titles like the superhero parody The Wrong Earth, the religious satire High Heaven, the sci-fi spoof Captain Ginger, and the anthology series Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter Of Terror.
Chris is the owner of Magnus Art Agency. A former Talent Manager for Marvel Entertainment, Chris helped to launch the comic careers of artist’s Rafa Sandoval, Marko Djurdjevic and Mico Suayan. He currently runs Magnus Arts Agency and does conventions doing portfolio reviews and panels talking about what it takes to be a working comic book artist in the industry today.
Cristian S. Aluas
Cristian is a New York City-based professional artist, writer, and filmmaker born in Romania. He’s an active member of the New York comic community and has taught a few online courses on comics. His “Big Boss” character was adapted into a short live-action film and his “Big Boss Comic” just launched.
Heather was born with secret aspirations to become the next James Bond. However since her lack of British heritage has pushed that dream aside, she now spends her days as the girl who will never grow up. Having worked as an editor at Marvel, primarily on the Star Wars and Deadpool lines, as well as being one of the creators of breakout character Gwenpool, she now spends her days as a freelance comics editor and story consultant on titles like Redlands and Injection for Image. She is an advocate for diversity and representation in pop culture.
Amit is a British comic writer now residing in New York City. He has worked with companies such as Image Comics/Top Cow Publishing and IDW Publishing. He is a past winner of the Top Cow Talent Hunt and creator of many independent works including Yakuza: Demon Killers, The 13th Artifact and the highly successful Kickstarter – Butcher: A Lesson In Criminality.
Stan is a Taiwanese American writer/artist who has been working in comics since 2013. He is currently publishing his comic Mind Transfer on Webtoon and is an art director at the newly formed comic publisher Artists, Writers, Artisans (AWA). Prior to AWA, he worked for Double Take.
Andrea is the former VP, Editor in Chief at Lion Forge Comics where she worked to fulfill the company’s mission of publishing “comics for everyone.” She was previously VP of Content, Book Division, for Andrews McMeel, where she co-founded the AMP! line of middle-grade graphic novels; Director of Publishing Operations for Open Road Integrated Media; and Executive Managing Editor for Abrams Books. She was an adjunct professor in NYU’s Graduate Publishing Program in 2011 and completed the Yale University Publishing Course in 2013.
Jon Peter Buzio
Jon is a graduate of the Kubert School, pursuing a career in Comic Book and Commercial Art. He recently served as inker for the independently published “Mr. Crowley” (2018) by Dan Ball and penciled by CJ Oechsle. He is also an official Upperdeck Sketchcard artist, having done five sets with them since 2016. He has an upcoming project entitled “Danger Cat”, written by Dan Ball, which he will be penciling, inking and coloring.
Gina is easily one of the most influential people in graphic novel publishing today. Gagliano attended Reed College in Portland, OR where she first discovered her love for comics. Since then she has been the marketing manager for First Second Books and now heads up the graphic novel division of Random House. She also co-hosts the very informative podcast Graphic Novel TK.
Glenn is an American editor, publisher, writer of novels and short stories, book illustrator, and comic book colorist. He has worked in a variety of roles in print and electronic publishing, including software and website development, as well as his TV and novel work within the Star Trek and X-Men franchises.
Gamal is a comic book attorney and author with twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry. During his career, he’s represented major corporate clients including animation and manga companies, Marvel Comics, After Shock, Mad Cave Studios as well as independent artists and writers. He is currently writing a book on the business and legal aspects of publishing independent comics, scheduled for release in 2020.
Micheleine was born and raised in New York City. She started her professional comic book career in the early 90s with Milestone Comics as a colorist. She has several creator owned works such as the award-winning fantasy-adventure comic, book series ‘Malice in Ovenland’, ‘The Anansi Kids and the All Saints’ Day Adventure’, and the children’s book ‘The Island Cats of Cunga Ree.’ Micheline is most adept at creating characters and stories that provide a safe and fun way to inspire young children, especially girls. Through colorful flights of fun and fancy, she hopes to encourage a stronger sense of self-love, friendship, and a hunger to embrace all things new and different in the world around them.
Kyle is a freelance artist based in Long Island. He graduated with his bachelor’s and Visual Communications from SUNY college at Old Westbury continuing his pursuits in the arts from an early age. Currently, he is illustrating children’s books like the Amazing Annabelle & Mrs. Smith’s anti-bullying topic class.
Mindy is a professional cartoonist working in New York City. She regularly exhibits in comic conventions, selling her independent comics and creating commissioned art. Her coloring work has appeared in Marvel comics. She is currently working on a sci-fi/comedy comic series called “AER HEAD” on Patreon! She also has taught comics at Harlem Children’s Zone and is currently teaching “Business Basics for Freelancers” classes to all kinds of freelancers.
Also known as Indira J or MetalSorcery, Indira is a self-taught artist and writer born and raised in Bronx, NY. Lacking the resources to attend art school, she persisted, spending every waking moment trying to answer the lifelong question of “How Do I Draw Good?” She currently dedicates her life to her two webcomics: The Misadventures of Buddy and Friend and Sacrimony: A Tale of Love, Life and Death – In No Particular Order
An alumni of FIT, Karina is NYC-based artist. She has been working on bettering her art skills with different types of mediums and inspirations from her favorite cartoons. Her major body of works are recreations of her favorite shows into her own art style. She is constantly selling fan art and traditional works online and at attended art cons.
Originally from a very small town in California and studied film and new media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Kathleen has been creating zines and comics for the last six years in the Bay Area and now in New York City. She recently produced an oracle deck. You can see her work at kathleenkralowec.com.
Born to Cuban parents in Puerto Rico, “Quique” has always been fascinated with telling stories. Writing from early age, he discovered comics and the love affair never waned. Though mostly an inker, he also sketches and will spin a nice yarn if asked nicely. Currently, he is working on a collection of stories set in a fantastical world which should see the light of day late 2019. Quique was recently a finalist for the NJ Live Story Telling Contest prevailing over 200 other entries. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter : studiomaenefl. https://elopezgil.myportfolio.com/
A writer, editor and journalist, Heidi is also the publisher of The Comic Beat. She created her long-running blog The Beat: The News Blog of Comics Culture at Comicon.com in June 2004, before moving it to Publishers Weekly in 2006, and to an independent site in 2010. She is a former editor for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and Disney Adventures, and she edited the graphic novel The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning from Fox Atomic Comics that served as a prequel to the 2006 film. MacDonald also served as an editor and writer at Publishers Weekly.
Anthony has been an editor at Dynamite Entertainment and is currently an artist for Dynamite, IDW, and Dark Horse on titles such as Doc Savage, Red Sonja, Green Hornet, Back to the Future, Army of Darkness, and Vampirella. He has also taught at the Joe Kubert School and owns and runs Dewey’s Comic City in Madison, NJ.
The son of South Asian immigrants, Omar is the co-creator of Zindan, the best selling comic of Pakistan. A saga of South Indian superheroes and supervillains set in the 17th century Mughal Empire. Along with his co-creator Khurram Mehtabdin, they also produced the New York Comic Con hit The Incapable Trump. Omar comes from Cincinnati, OH and by day, is a medical doctor.
An Illustrator for over twenty years, Ed has been creating art for a wide range of clients. Starting off at the Marvel Comics Bullpen in the nineties, working alongside legendary cartoonists and moving over to the Topps Company, Ed immersed himself in the study of storytelling and illustration. He has also worked as a storyboard artist for various advertising, films and television productions for live action and animation. Ed is also a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s MFA in Illustration Program where he now teaches comic book art.
Lora Nicolas (Pageant Emcee)
Lora is an actor and singer living in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of…New York City. She has played Kim in Miss Saigon, Anita in West Side Story, Joanne in Rent, Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Janet Van de Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone, Christmas Eve in Avenue Q, and Meg in Little Women. She also originated the role of Hannah in Vital Theater’s StinkyKids the Musical—which won an Off Broadway Alliance Award Winner for Best Family Musical. Lora is also a huge geek for the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and “casually cosplays” for fun. Follow her cosplaying on Instagram @ dailycasualcosplays.
Rodney has been a professional comic book illustrator for over 25 years. He began his career at Marvel Comics as a Romita’s Raider doing art corrections under the direction of the legend John Romita. He started penciling for Marvel on such titles as Marvel Presents, Psi-Force, What-If , Thundercats and Conan. He then went on to inking a variety of books like Punisher War Journal, Amazing Spider-man, and Iron Man. Over the years he has worked for many clients including Marvel, Marvel U.K, DC Comics,Valiant, Malibu, Acclaim, Disney Publishing, and Neal Adam’s Continuity Comics.
Emily is a comic artist, writer and illustrator from New York. She is the creator of Anarchy Dreamers, an urban fantasy about undead kids fighting society’s worst nightmares, the inclusive romance anthology Marshmallow Horns, and the Museum Association of New York award winning Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial comic series. She is a 2013 graduate of FIT.
Andrew Frank Rodriguez
A graduate of NYIT, Andrew is a comic artist, fantasy map and game designer. He has been published by Pronto Comics, Animnation, Black Out and most recently in Robots vs Princesses by Todd Matthy for Dynamite. Currently he is working on a top secret tabletop RPG game. It was while studying to be a chef at Johnson and Wales University when he discovered his love for drawing Fantasy.
Born in the Bronx, Stephanie is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist who gets her voice from past experiences. Her characters are very relatable and touch on subjects such as self-love, being Latina, and getting over a breakup. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and since then she has been producing self-published comics and freelancing for clients like Buzzfeed and Penguin Random House.
Born in Paris in 1970, Fabrice Sapolsky has broken into the comic book world as creator of the French magazine about American comics Comic Box in 1998. He is also the creator of the Marvel comics character Spider-Man Noir, The Image book One Hit Wonder and Intertwined for Dynamite Comics. Currently he is based in Los Angeles as the senior editor with French publisher Humanoids. Fabrice edits, designs, draws and, of course, writes. He has many projects in development and likes the quote: “To Be Continued.” He is the co-founder of Jewish Con in Brooklyn.
Chris is a professional comic book colorist and head of Soto Color. Chris has worked for every major comic book publisher, including Marvel, DC and Image. His work includes titles such as Captain Marvel (vol 4), Avengers (vol. 3), Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Supreme Power, and Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four.
TJ has worked for Marvel Entertainment in New York City in it’s famous Bullpen and has done some cover work for Dark Horse Comics. In 2014, TJ started his own comic book company – RAE Comics. The first comic book produced by Tj and his team of professional artisans was “Okemus” which debuted at the San Diego Comic Con 2015 and sold out his first print run. The second print run also sold out at New York Comic Con. Currently Okemus is on the shelves at different comic shops across the nation and has been a fan favorite for the past 5 years.
Vivek J. Tiwary
A comic book geek at heart, Vivek is an award-winning Broadway producer and author of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle about the untold and tragic story of the Beatles’ gay manager, Brian Epstein. The Fifth Beatle won the 2014 Eisner Award for Comics. It is currently being adapted for Bravo TV as a six-part TV event series that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music.
Will is a self taught illustrator and the creator/writer/artist on Saint Of Assassins, KillBorg: Revenge, Mr.Venture and The Tweeting Trump from Vision Quest Comics. Prior to that, he was a contributing artist on the Official Walking Dead Magazine. Other popular comics work includes artist on pop music comic book titled Artist:J #1, pinup artist on DMC#1 from hip-hop legend Darryl ”DMC” McDaniels and Run DMC game, and artist on the indie rock music comic book The Apneist #0, from indie rock band A Life Of Science! He is also the creator of Mr.Venture: Man Of Adventure One-Shot Special #1, co-created with the help of comic legend STAN LEE!
Trevor Von Eeden
Trevor was the youngest and first black artist hired by DC Comics back in the late ’70s. Famous for drawing Batman and Green Arrow, and author of The Original Johnson, about the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. Trevor is also the co-creator of Black Lightning, currently a hit TV show.
An immigrant himself, from Jamaica, Jerome teaches under Computer Graphics at FIT and is the award winning writer, artist and publisher of Forward Comix which has produced the series Nowhere Man and The Gwan Anthology. A collection of immigrant stories which won the 2017 Independent Book Award. By day he runs his own design company called the Blue Griffin.
Alison is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and cartoonist who’s been working in comics for over a decade. She attended the Undergraduate Film and Television program at the Tisch School for the Arts, and got her start working for Cartoon Network’s “Codename: Kids Next Door” as a colorist and staff writer. Most of her professional work since then has been writing for comics, including two nonfiction graphic novels with First Second Books about aviation and human spaceflight. Her latest work is Chronin, a science-fiction duology from Tor books. In her spare time, she co-hosts a podcast about comics publishing called “Graphic Novel TK” with Gina Gagliano. She tweets and Instagrams as @AliWilgus and you can find many of her comics and stories at alisonwilgus.com
Women in Comics Collective International
Founded by comics writer and editor Regine Sawyer, Women in Comics Collective International, (WinC for short, pronounced as “Wink”), is an artistic and informative Initiative that began in May 2012. It serves to educate communities about the role and merit of women working in the Comic Book/Multimedia industries, as well as highlight the importance of literacy through the comic book medium. Our collective has an ever growing membership! With traveling art exhibitions, workshops, and a long-running Panel Series.
Keith is an American comic book and comic strip artist. He is best known for illustrating The Phantom for over a decade together with George Olesen. He also worked on Superman with John Byrne. Keith worked for Marvel for over 20 years, done many titles such as Spiderman, Punisher, Silver Surfer, The Phantom Daily Comic Strip. He has also inked other books like Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Buckaroo Banzai and Domino Lady from Moonstone Books.
Lynne is a comic book artist and illustrator, and an alumna of the 2016 DC Comics Artist Development Workshop and winner of the Dare2Draw reality show competition. She has done work for DC Comics, Boom! Studios, and Time for Kids magazine. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lynne currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Shea has been drawing since he was old enough to figure out what a pencil is and hasn’t stopped since. Being able to create people, objects, worlds, even history, thrills him. When not working on his personal comic projects, he is working on storyboards, designing characters, illustrating children’s books, creating sketchcards, and other work for clients.
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