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Richard Burt

Richard Burt is the author of over forty articles and book chapters on topics including Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, literary theory, film adaptation, the Middle Ages in film and media, the erotics of pedagogy, telepolitics, cinematic paratexts, and censorship. He is the author of Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture and the editor of Shakespeares After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture and Shakespeare After Mass Media.

Cara Byrne

Cara Byrne is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Literature at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research interests include children’s literature, African American literature, and visual rhetoric. Prior to beginning graduate studies, she taught ninth grade English.

Brandon Christopher

Brandon Christopher is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg where he teaches courses on Shakespeare and on early modern literature. His publications include work on early modern admistration, early modern drama, and adaptation and repetition in contemporary comics.

Andréa Gilroy

Andréa Gilroy is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. She studies twentieth century and contemporary American, Latin American, and Japanese literature, with a specific interest in the problems of narrative in comics and genre fiction.

Jeremiah Massengale

Jeremiah Massengale is an assistant professor of communication arts at the University of the Cumberlands where he also advises the student newspaper. When he’s not teaching, he works as a freelance writer with interests primarily in popular culture, religion, and technology. He lives in Williamsburg, Kentucky with his wife and two sons.

Svenn-Arve Myklebost

Svenn-Arve “Sam” Myklebost, born 1979, is a PhD candidate at the University of Bergen in western Norway. He is currently in the third year (out of three) working on a thesis on the adaptation of the works of William Shakespeare into comic books and manga, under the supervision of Professor Stuart Sillars. He is a member of the Bergen Shakespeare and Drama Network (BSDN) and a founding member the Nordic Network for Comics Research (NNCoRe). See and

F. Vance Neill

F. Vance Neill earned his doctorate degree in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English (RCTE) after earning a master’s degree in English literature, specializing in medieval literature. His research interest is imagetext rhetoric, which includes the rhetoric of comics. He has presented on the rhetoric of comics at the Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition. He currently is an independent scholar.

Shauna Osborn

Shauna Osborn is an artist, author, community organizer, and instructor living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds an MFA from New Mexico State University and one of the strangest resumes you may ever see. Her first collection of creative nonfiction is currently being considered for publication.

Margaret Roper

Margaret Roper completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute in 2012. Her thesis ‘Shakespeare and Contemporary Adaptation: The Graphic Novel’ focussed on the reproduction of the plays in the graphic novel medium. It examines the history of editions and their reception, visual and textual analysis as well as analysis of sales data and marketing techniques.

Katherine Shaeffer

Katherine Shaeffer is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida specializing in Medieval/Renaissance literature and Comics Studies. She is also the current Production Editor for ImageTexT.

Nicholas A. Theisen

Nicholas Theisen received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and is currently a research fellow with the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa. His research is interested broadly with textual and formalist issues in poetry, popular music and comics, and he has written articles on the comics of Dave Sim, Tezuka Osamu and Miyazaki Hayao. In addition to speaking regularly about the relationship between manga historiography and theories of Japanese identity, he is also the author of the blog What is Manga?

Jason Tondro

Jason Tondro earned his Ph.D. at the University of California Riverside, where he recently taught courses on comics, the graphic novel, and Arthurian literature. He is now an Assistant Professor of English at the College of Coastal Georgia and is the author of Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (McFarland, 2011).

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