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Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold is a comic book, animation, and feature film historian and writer living in Saratoga, California. He has had numerous articles published on these and other subjects and has an online comic strip (“Protecto the Little Robot”) and multiple Web sites devoted to comic books, collectibles, and food. He has been editor and publisher of The Harveyville Fun Times! since its inception in 1990.

Véronique Bragard

Véronique Bragard is a lecturer and researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Her work Voyages into Coolitude (Peter Lang 2007), which establishes new comparative dialogues between the Caribbean and Mascarene islands, interrogates and illustrates the concept of Coolitude with the analysis of women writers’ creative fiction. She has published on Indo-Caribbean literature, coolitude and the creative works of Ananda Devi and Khal Torabully in English and French in journals such as KunapipiInternational Journal of Francophone StudiesNouvelles Etudes Francophones. She has just returned from a post-doctoral year at UCLA.

James Bucky Carter

James Bucky Carter is a Ph.D. student in English Education at the University of Virginia. Currently, he is a visiting instructor of English/English Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. His work involves teacher preparation and studying the literacy connections inherent in sequential art narratives and education. His essays have appeared in journals such Contemporary Literary CriticismImageTexTMarvels and Tales, and The International Journal of Comic Art. He is a contributor to and the general editor of Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel (NCTE, 2007), a collection that details how K-12 educators are using comics and graphic novels and which offers ideas for integrating sequential art narratives into the secondary classroom.

Meredith Collins

Meredith Collins is a Ph.D. student at Temple University. She will soon be speaking at the Men and Madness conference in Manchester England about uniquely late nineteenth century types and understandings of men’s mental health. She’s currently attempting to forge her widely varying interests into a logically connected constellation. Currently, Oscar Wilde, Victorian pornography, 19th century visual culture, fairy tales, queer theory and the sensation novel will all find their places as she continues to explore the subcultures and countercultures of the fin de siècle.

Jesse Cohn

Jesse Cohn is an Associate Professor of English at Purdue University North Central, where he teaches courses on the graphic novel and a variety of other pop-culture forms as well as contemporary fiction and poetry. His recent work includes “Breaking the Frame: Anarchist Comics and Visual Culture” (forthcoming in a special issue of the online journal Belphégor: Littérature Populaire et Culture Médiatique) and the book Anarchism and the Crisis of Representation: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, Politics (Susquehanna University Press, 2006). He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with his wife, Darlene, and their daughter, Rosa, whose picture books frequently strike him as at least as odd and experimental as a lot of the postmodern stuff he enjoys.

Tof Eklund

Tof Eklund is a doctoral student in the English Department at the University of Florida. He is the author of the “Comics Studies” entry in Modern North American Criticism and Theory and his dissertation is on issues of the surface and radical flatness in visual media.

Charles Hatfield

Charles Hatfield, associate professor of English at California State University, Northridge, specializes in comics, word and image studies, and children’s literature and culture. His first book, Alternative Comics, was published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2005, and he is now writing a monograph on cartoonist Jack Kirby and co-editing a collection of essays on underground comix. His essays and reviews have appeared in ImageTexTThe Lion and the Unicorn,the Children’s Literature Association QuarterlyThe Comics Journal, and other periodicals. Charles currently serves on the Executive Committee of the annual International Comic Arts Festival, or ICAF (, which he chaired in 2004-05, and on the editorial boards for ImageTexT and the International Journal of Comic Art.

Sam Hester

Sam Hester is an independent scholar from Calgary, Canada. When not thinking about children’s literature, she works as a portrait and mural artist. Some of Sam’s indy comics can be found on her woefully neglected website: Sam received a B.A. Honours in English from the University of Toronto.

Kathy Merlock Jackson

Kathy Merlock Jackson is Batten Professor and Coordinator of Communications at Virginia Wesleyan College, where she specializes in media studies and children’s culture. A past president of the American Culture Association, she currently edits The Journal of American Culture and writes a monthly column on television for PortFolio Weekly, a local lifestyle magazine. She has published books and articles on various topics in film, animation, child studies, and American culture.

Cari Keebaugh

Cari Keebaugh is currently a PhD student in English at the University of Florida. Her primary area of research is fantasy literature for children and young adults, but she also enjoys dabbling in comic studies and YA culture. She teaches English at UF, works as a tutor for the University Athletic Association, and is serving a term as president of the English Graduate Organization. Mrs. Keebaugh currently resides in Gainesville with her husband, Aaron. For more information, please see her website: http://www.nwe.ufl/~keebaugh.

Kenneth Kidd

Kenneth Kidd is an associate professor in English at the University of Florida, where he teaches courses in children’s literature and culture. He is author of Making American Boys (Minnesota UP, 2004) and coeditor of Wild Things: Children’s Culture and Ecocriticism (Wayne State UP, 2004).

Ġorġ Mallia

Ġorġ Mallia, Ph.D, lectures in print, graphic design, presentation media and instructional design at the Division of Communications and Instructional Technology, Centre for Communication Technology, University of Malta. He has also lectured in instructional communications, transfer of learning in literature teaching, and Instructional Media at the Department of Arts and Languages in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malta. Dr. Mallia is a writer and illustrator of children’s books, and a published cartoonist. He is also an avid collector of comics and has edited Maltese comic anthologies.

Cathlena Martin

Cathlena Martin, a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, researches and teaches children’s culture through literature, comics, film and new media. Her dissertation work focuses on the changing nature of children’s literature and culture in a digital age.

Philip Nel

Philip Nel is Associate Professor of English and Director of the graduate Program in Children’s Literature at Kansas State University. His most recent book is The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats (2007).

Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer is a PhD student in English at the University of Florida focusing on media theory. She is working on the self-definition of emerging media. She is the managing editor of ImageTexT.

Joseph T. Thomas, Jr.

Joseph T. Thomas, Jr. is an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches contemporary and avant-garde poetry, literature and the visual arts, and children’s literature.

Daniel Yezbick

Dan Yezbick is Professor of English at Peninsula College, Washington, where he currently teaches English, film, and drama. Originally from northwest Detroit, Dan grew up on Motown, Shakespeare, Spider-Man, and Citizen Kane. Ever since then, he’s been feeding his triple addiction to screen, stage, and comic strips non-stop. He has lectured and published on diverse topics in literature, theater, and media studies including Victorian stereoscopic views, American radio drama, Blaxploitation cinema, and New Deal Shakespeare. He has taught in both Great Britain and the U.S. where he also pioneered the first undergraduate surveys of American comic art at the University of Illinois and Peninsula College. He recently edited R. C. Harvey’s mammoth critical biography of the legendary American cartoonist, Milton Caniff, and is currently at work on a book-length study of George Carlson.

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