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Notes on Contributors

Charles Acheson

Charles Acheson is a doctoral student in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Charles’s areas of research include nonfiction comics, trauma, memory, as well as remix and remediation studies. His previous publications have appeared in Studies in the NovelImageTexTThe Lion and the Unicorn, and Under the Sun. Charles currently serves as Reviews Editor for ImageTexT.

Ho Che Anderson

Born in London, England, Ho Che Anderson was named after the Vietnamese and Cuban revolutionaries Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara. Anderson is the author of several graphic novels, including the Martin Luther King biography, King, and the horror thriller, Sand & Fury, as well as the children’s novel, The No-Boys Club. As an illustrator he has produced images for numerous clients including The Boston Globe, Time Magazine, Fox Television, and a series of stamps for Canada Post. He is also a former Toronto Star reporter and CBC radio producer.

Anderson turned to filmmaking in 2009, with the short film The Salesman and has since written and directed 10 narrative shorts and one documentary short, and acted as director of photography on more than forty short films. He is a graduate of Sheridan College and the Toronto Film School. His short film Lotus Eaters played at the 2012 ReelWorld Film Festival and won best picture at the 2014 TFS Film Fest. In 2015 Anderson became a member of IATSE Local 667 where he works as a camera assistant on such shows as Reign, Designated Survivor, Taken, The Next Step, The Beaverton, and American Gods. Anderson is currently working on the science-fiction graphic novel Godhead, to be published in February of 2018 by Fantagraphics Books.

Jan Baetens

Jan Baetens is professor of literary and cultural studies at KU Leuven (Belgium). He has published various books on comics, including Hergé écrivain (Paris, Flammarion, 2006) and The Graphic Novel (NY, Cambridge UP, 2014; coauthored with Hugo Frey). He is also the author of several studies on the photo novel, on which he has published in journals such as Critical Inquiry and History of Photography. Email:

Bart Beaty

Bart Beaty is the author of 3 monographs devoted to the study of comics. Additionally, he is the editor of 7 volumes of the Critical Survey of Graphic Novels (2012) and co-editor of The French Comics Theory Reader (2014). Besides his many articles and book chapters on comics, he has translated three seminal books for the study of comics: Groensteen’s The System of Comics (2007), Jean-Paul Gabilliet’s Of Comics and Men (2010), and Thierry Smolderen’s The Origins of Comics (2014). He is currently co-editing the Cambridge Companion to Comics for Cambridge University Press, and editing the Cambridge History of Comics for that same press.

Eric Berlatsky

Eric Berlatsky is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of The Real, The True, and the Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation (Ohio State UP, 2011) and the editor of Alan Moore: Conversations (UP of Mississippi, 2012). He has published journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including the fiction of Hanif Kureishi, Paul Auster, Julian Barnes, Graham Swift, Virginia Woolf, and Charles Dickens and the comics of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Posy Simmonds, Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore, and Dave Gibbons.

Catherine Corder

Catherine Corder is a Lecturer in English at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she teaches writing, literature, and courses in disability studies. She received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2006. Her current research focuses on the depiction of disability in graphic literature and on the role of the flâneur and urban settings in comics.

Thierry Groensteen

Born in Brussels in 1957, Thierry Groensteen curated the Comics Museum in Angoulême from 1993 to 2001. He has also been the editor-in-chief of two important journals: Les Cahiers de la bande dessinee and Neuvième Art. The latter has become the online journal NeuviemeArt2.0. Groensteen is the founder of the publishing company L’An 2, now an imprint of the group Actes Sud. He has long taught at the Ecole européenne supérieure de l’Image, in Angoulême, and curated many exhibitions.

An occasional scriptwriter and novelist, he is the author of numerous books about the history, the semiotics, and the aesthetics of comics, including Un objet culturel non identifié (2006), La Bande dessinée, son histoire et ses maîtres (2009) and Mr Töpffer invente la bande dessinée (2014). The University Press of Mississippi has already published his authoritative essays The System of Comics and Comics and Narration and will release The Expanding Art of Comics in 2017.

Christopher Haynes

Christopher Haynes is an Instructor in the Department of English and the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research explores the intersections of humanism, comic books, and the history of higher education. Dr. Haynes also designs and develops online learning experiences for Continuing Education and CU Boulder’s Graduate School.

Pascal Lefèvre

With some hundred publications (in 9 different languages) and more than 70 academic presentations, Pascal Lefèvre has become one of the leading European theorists and historians in the field of graphic narratives (comics, bande dessinée, manga, graphic novels). Recent or forthcoming publications include contributions to The Visual Narrative Reader, Routledge Companion to Comics, Drawn from Life, Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary. He is a member of the international editorial board or consultative committee of various academic journals such as Image [&] NarrativeInternational Journal of Comic ArtEuropean Comic Art and Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

Ashley Manchester

Ashley Manchester is a doctoral fellow in the English Department at the University of Florida. Her research interests include comics studies and queer theory, and her current work combines these fields by focusing on queer women’s comics from the 1960s to today. Ashley serves as the Managing Editor for ImageTexT, as well as the Editor for Sequentials, a TRACE Innovation Initiative project.

Erica McCrystal

Erica McCrystal earned her Ph.D. from St. John’s University where she focused her research on Gothic supervillains in urban multiverses. Her research interests include Gothic crime and aesthetics, Victorian fiction, and new media. Erica has published articles on nineteenth-century Newgate and detective fiction and has forthcoming articles on the posthuman Gothic in True Blood and liminality in representations of fin de siècle London and Gotham City.

Olga Michael

Olga Michael is a Lecturer in English Language and Literature at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests include women’s autobiographical performances, contemporary women’s writing and media representations of women. She has published work on women’s graphic memoirs, female beauty and sexual objectification and the Wonder Woman.

Nancy Pedri

Nancy Pedri is Professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her major areas of interest are graphic memoir and the use of photography in comics. She has published widely in the field, including a special issue of Image and Narrative devoted to the study of photography in comics, several articles on the use of maps or photographs in comics, and a co-authored award-winning article, “Focalization in Graphic Narrative,” which examines perspectival visual storytelling techniques in comics.

Molly J. Scanlon

Molly J. Scanlon, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Communication in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at Nova Southeastern University. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in writing, composition, and university (UNIV) first-year seminars. She also teaches research methods and visual media to graduate students in the department’s M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM). Dr. Scanlon’s research interests center around visual rhetoric and rhetorics of identity. For her doctoral dissertation, Scanlon studied teams of comics writers and artists and their collaborative multimodal composing processes. Her findings were published in Composition Studies (2015). Currently, she is engaged in a collaborative research project funded by the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s 2015 Research Initiative Grant and a 2017 President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant (PFRDG) to study how faculty construct professional identities through the transition from graduate school to the professoriate. Her work has also appeared in Reflections and ImageTexT. Scanlon received her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, her M.A. from the University of Maryland, and her B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania.

Irene Velentzas

Irene Velentzas is a PhD student at Memorial University, working under the supervision of Prof. Nancy Pedri. She has an academic background in Psychology, English, and Education. Using these combined disciplines in her doctoral work she will examine the comic medium’s capacity to reconstruct representations of mental illness through autographic narratives.

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