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Michelle Ann Abate is Professor of Literature for Children and Young Adults at The Ohio State University. She is the author of six books of literary criticism, including Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics (2019). Dr. Abate has published peer-reviewed articles about topics ranging from Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, and Peanuts to Little Lulu, Ziggy, and Terry and the Pirates. Dr. Abate is also the co-editor of Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults: A Collection of Critical Essays (2017).

Dr. Jackson Ayres is associate professor of English at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, where he teaches courses, primarily, in modern and contemporary British literature as well as comics studies. He is the author of the book Alan Moore: A Critical Guide (Bloomsbury, 2021). His articles have appeared in Inks, Contemporary Literature, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Journal of Modern Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, among other venues.

Ryan Bedsaul is an MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. He writes short stories, screenplays, and essays. His latest publication is a video essay on There Will Be Blood in Issue 9 of MOVIE: A Journal of Film Criticism.

Jason D. DeHart is an assistant professor of reading education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. DeHart’s research interests include upper elementary/adolescent literacy, comics and film, and multimodal literacy. His work has been published in English Journal and The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, among other publications.

Daun Fields is a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Florida focusing on theories of energy in Victorian spiritualities, as well as 20th c. U.S. witchcraft texts and cultural rhetorics. Her current creative inspiration is watching (and smelling and tasting) the cycles of orange trees.

Rachel Hartnett is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Her dissertation, “Base Camp Literature: US Structures of Franchise and Settler Colonialism,” focuses on texts written by native and indigenous writers living in spaces occupied by the U.S. military. She earned her M.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University. Her thesis focused on postcolonial resistance and reinforcement in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series and was titled: “Mhysa or Monster: Masculinization, Mimicry, and the White Savior in A Song of Ice and Fire.” She has been published in the Journal of Popular Culture and Tropical Imaginaries and Climate Crisis, a special issue of eTropic

Matthew Holder is currently a PhD candidate in the English department at Saint Louis University. His work appears in Disability Studies Quarterly, and you can read his book reviews at Strange Horizons.

Nicholas Orlando is a PhD student at the University of Florida Department of English where he examines the intersection of film and media studies, political economy, and aesthetic regimes of epistemology. For his master’s thesis, he reconceptualized David Fincher’s film Zodiac (2007) as a melodrama of failure, arguing for a revisioning of failure as a productive social medium. Most recently, he has written a forthcoming paper investigating Netflix’s Stranger Things (Matt and Ross Duffer, 2016 – present) and its representation of media space. At UF, his work explores the aesthetics of information and technology, critical theory, and the politics of American moving-image culture.

Chester Scoville is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of English and Drama at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he has taught for over 20 years. He teaches and publishes on comics, fantasy fiction, teaching and learning, and medieval literature and drama.

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