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Brannon Costello

Brannon Costello is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he teaches and writes about southern literature and comics (sometimes even at the same time). He is the author of Plantation Airs: Racial Paternalism and the Transformations of Class in Southern Fiction (LSU Press, 2007), the editor of Howard Chaykin: Conversations (UP of Mississippi, 2011), and the co-editor of Comics and the U.S. South (UP of Mississippi, 2012). His current projects include a volume of interviews with novelist Michael Chabon and a critical book on the comics of Howard Chaykin.

Bruce Dadey

Bruce Dadey is an assistant professor of English at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada. He teaches courses on the history and theory of rhetoric, American literature, prose studies, and graphic narratives. He has presented on graphic narratives at conferences in both the United States and Canada. He is currently researching how the critical theory associated with different visual media such as film and photography might relate to the analysis of graphic narratives.

Rachel Dean-Ruzicka

Rachel is currently a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology where she teaches literature and communication. She has a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University with a focus in Media Studies and English. She researches power, privilege, and identity in American culture and adolescent literature. She has published articles and book reviews in Quarterly Review of Film and VideoThe Lion and the Unicorn, and Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.

Charles Fanning

Charles Fanning is Professor of English and History and Distinguished Scholar Emeritus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His books include Finley Peter Dunne and Mr. Dooley: The Chicago YearsThe Irish Voice in America: 250 Years of Irish-American Fiction, and Mapping Norwood: An Irish-American Memoir. Recently, he has published essays on the Irish contribution to the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair, Irish-American culture in the Depression Era, and the role of the piano in traditional Irish music.

Kathryn Hemmann

Kathryn Hemmann is a graduate student in the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focuses on Japanese fiction and graphic novels written during the past three decades and explores issues of gender, authorship, and the narrative and visual strategies used by authors to challenge and subvert gender-related tropes and genre conventions. Her other research interests include horror cinema, console-based video game, and international fan communities.

Aaron Kashtan

Aaron Kashtan is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on media studies, materiality, and the future of the book. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida.

Cameron Kunzelman

Cameron Kunzelman is a graduate student in Moving Image Studies at Georgia State University. His work focuses on nonhumans in their myriad forms. He blogs frequently at and tweets @ckunzelman.

Tim Lanzendörfer

Tim Lanzendörfer is a lecturer at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany. He has presented on comics studies questions at various conferences and is the co-editor of a 2011 special issue of the Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik dealing with literary approaches to contemporary comics.

Matthew Levy

Matthew A. Levy lives by Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington and teaches writing and theory courses. His writing explores conditions and traditions of cynicism that influence and reveal the connection between affect and ideological practices.

Heather Mathews

Heather E. Mathews teaches art history at Pacific Lutheran University. Her research centers on the intersection of cultural production and politics, from art in the Cold War to gender issues in contemporary art and representation.

John Rodzvilla

John Rodzvilla is the Senior Electronic Publisher-in-Residence at Emerson College. At Emerson he teaches course on digital and transmedia publishing. He holds an MLIS from Simmons College and current sits on the board for the Book Builders of Boston. His research includes work on markup language, ebooks, database development and content analysis.

James E. Siburt

James Eric Siburt is a Ph.D. candidate at Alvernia University. His research interests are interdisciplinary examining forms of resistance and power through the intersection of popular culture media, leadership theory, religion, and communications, with a primary research interest in the role visual semiotics plays in revealing these forms. He is currently finishing a dissertation that examines the forms of resistance and power represented in pop-culture media.

Jeremy Stoll

Jeremy Stoll is a folklorist and researcher of creativity and community in New Delhi’s comics culture. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at Indiana University and a draft of a book manuscript based on his dissertation research. As a comics and textile artist, himself, Stoll is grounded firmly in ethnographic fieldwork and plans to return to New Delhi later this year to continue his research.

Lia Yoka

Lia Yoka is assistant professor of modern art history and theory at the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and coordinator of the “cultural theories” module at the Interuniversity Postgraduate Programme in Museology. She is interested in media studies and modern cultural/intellectual history, specifically the history of comics, the critique of technoscience, modern European painting. She edits and writes for the Editions des Etrangers in Thessaloniki and is currently completing a study of Metaphors of Reproduction.

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