He is the author of Visionary Physics: Blake’s Response to Newton (1974) and Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William Blake’s The Four Zoas (1987), co-editor of Critical Paths: Blake and the Argument of Method (1987), and editor of Carl Barks: Conversations (2003). He served as consultant and contributor to The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney’s Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge (1983–90) and The Barks Library in Color (1992–98). His work has appeared in journals such as Studies in Romanticism, Modern Philology, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Wordsworth Circle, The Keats-Shelley Journal, and The Comics Journal, as well as in various essay collections, including Comics & Culture: Analytical and Theoretical Approaches to Comics (2000). He was executive producer and editorial supervisor for the videotape production The Duck Man: An Interview with Carl Barks (1996).
Isaac Cates holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University, where he currently teaches as a part-time lecturer. He has taught courses on comics at Yale and at Connecticut College. Cates has written on Rick Geary’s and Jack Jackson’s history comics, and on Daniel Clowes’s serialized narratives, for the University of Florida conferences on comics, and has also published on contemporary poetry. (from NACAE)
Daniel Clowes was formally schooled at New York’s Pratt Institute, but he slowly developed his style as an alternative comic artist. In the 1990s, Clowes’ work became more mainstream, with his work appearing in Esquire, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His works include the long-running comic book series Eightball and the Lloyd Llewellyn series. In 2001, his graphic novel Ghost World was also a hit was made into a film which was directed by Terry Zwigoff.
Kim Deitch has worked in underground and alternative comics since the 1960’s. During that time, he has created a vast body of work that are significant for both quality and impact. His works include: The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, The Mishkin File, along with many others and along with stories in Little Lit and Raw.
Will Eisner has been a major force in comics for over sixty years. He has written groundbreaking newspaper comics as well as graphic novels, a term he popularized with his release of A Contract with God. Will Eisner was born March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY. As the son of Jewish immigrants, his early life and experiences growing up in New York tenements provided the inspiration for much of his graphic novel work along with his indepth studies in comics of faith and other serious topics for comics. Eisner’s works include: the newspaper serial, The Spirit, the graphic novels Last Day in Vietnam, A Contract with God, and theoretical works on comics, Comics and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling. In addition to these, Eisner is well known for the army comics he created that were read by thousands of American soldiers.
Andrew Gordon received his BA from Rutgers in 1965 and his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1973. He has been a member of the UF faculty since 1975, teaching American Fiction since 1945, Jewish-American Fiction, and Science Fiction Literature and Film. He has also been a Fulbright Lecturer in Spain ( 1973-75), Portugal (1979), and Yugoslavia (1984-85), a visiting professor of contemporary American Literature in Hungary (1995) and Russia (1997), and an invited lecturer at universities in France, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, and Poland. In the summer of 2001, he taught in the UF program in Rome.
Charles Hatfield is the author of a forthcoming book on alternative comics, and is now co-editing a collection on the underground comix movement. Besides comic art, his teaching and research specialities include children’s literature and culture, text/image relationships, and animation. He is one of the organizers of the annual International Comic Arts Festival.( http://go.to/icaf )
Leonard Rifas is an American comics creator and scholar who is interested in various techniques for visualising our global predicament. In 1976, he made All-Atomic Comics, about the use of nuclear energy. Also in 1976, he also started the publishing label Educomics, which prints educational comics. His other works include: Corporate Crime Comics, Tobacco Comics, Food First Comics, and AIDS News. Since 1986, he has taught cartooning while writing books and articles on comics, such as ‘The Forgotten War Comics: the Korean War and American Comic Books” published in 1991.
Joe Sacco was born in Malta. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. His comic book Palestine, about his time in the Occupied Territories, won an American Book Award in 1996, and his graphic novel Safe Area: Gorazde, about his time in Bosnia won the Will Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Novel in 2001. Sacco has also contributed graphic journalism pieces to Details, Time magazine, and Harper’s. His works include: Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995, Soba, and Christmas with Karadzic.
Laurie Taylor, PhD student at the University of Florida, researches video games, games, and digital media. She is currently working on a book length project on survival horror video games and she has had articles published in Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research and Media/Culture. She has also written a number of radio programs on games and digital culture for the public radio program “Recess!” with her most recent program on the history and popular play of word games.
Robert Williams has been reading and working with comics from an early age. Yet, the Underground Comix work drew him into working as a cartoonist in the Comix movement, contributing comics to Gothic Blimp Works, Felch Comics, Cootchy Cooty Men’s Comics, Snatch, The Snatch Sampler, Tales from the Tube and most issues of Zap comics, and creating Malicious Resplendence. Since 1970 Williams has worked with fine art oil paintings, while continuing to critique the distinction often made between ‘art’ and ‘comics.’ In addition to painting, he edits Juxtapoz and produces books.
Joseph Witek, Professor of English at Stetson University, is the author of Comic Books as History : the Narrative Art of Jack Jackson, Art Spiegelman, and Harvey Pekar (1989) and many other influential works in comics theory and criticism.
Terry Zwigoff is a director and comics enthusiast responsible for Crumb, a biography of the influential comic artist, and Ghost World in collaboration with Dan Clowes.