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Michelle Ann Abate

Michelle Ann Abate is Associate Professor of Literature for Children and Young Adults at The Ohio State University, where she as also serves on the Advisory Board for The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Michelle has published previous articles on Jim Davis’s Garfield, Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers, Marge’s Little Lulu, and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Michelle is also the co-editor (with Gwen Athene Tarbox) of Graphic Novels for Young Readers: A Collection of Critical Essays (University Press of Mississippi, 2017).

Victoria Addis

Victoria Addis is a graduate of the MLitt Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture at the University of St Andrews where her dissertation focused on classical music and U.S. graphic narratives. She will be taking up a PhD English at the University of Leeds in October 2017.

Paul Atkinson

Dr Paul Atkinson teaches in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University, Australia. His publications investigate many aspects of visual culture, in particular medial differences and the relationship between time and aesthetics. He has written on comics from a range of perspectives, including the temporality of superheroes, post 9/11 comics, animation, metafiction and aesthetic contemplation. He is currently working on a book on Henri Bergson and a series of articles that explore the relationship between processual theories of time, aesthetics, visuality and performance.

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.

Kieron Brown

Kieron M. Brown holds an M.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Amsterdam. His primary areas of research are comics and intermediality. His previous work has appeared in The Comics Grid, and Studies in Comics.

A. Cheree Carlson

A. Cheree Carlson is a Professor of Communication in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University, Downtown Campus. Her research has historically been focused on court room oratory as cultural text. Her interest in comics and popular culture is mainly focused on non-fiction, especially graphic journalism.

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.

Fiona Farnsworth

Fiona Farnsworth is a PhD student in English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. She pursued her academic interest in comics narratives within her master’s thesis, examining testimony in Joe Sacco’s Palestine narratives. Fiona’s doctoral research focuses on literary representations of food in contemporary West African women’s writing in the United States, locating this work within intersecting critical discourses of gender, gastronomy, and immigrant identity.

Robert Hutton

Robert Hutton is a PhD graduate in English from Carleton University. He has previously been published in South Central Review and TOPIA. His dissertation, “Comics and Literature: A Love Story” discusses how discourses around alternate comics’ literary status intersect with narratives of deviance and maldjustment. In addition to his academic work, Robert has been published in Jacobin and blogs about television history at The Eternal Couch Potato (

Kathleen McClancy

Kathleen McClancy is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of English at Texas State University. Her research focuses on the creation and manipulation of historical memory in popular culture, with particular emphasis on the influence of medial form on representation. She has published in Film & HistoryThe Journal of Popular Culture, and The Journal of Popular Film and Television. She is presently working on a project exploring Cold War nostalgia after September 11th. She is the guest editor of an upcoming issue of Feminist Media Histories on comics, and is the primary organizer of the Comics Arts Conference.

Carlos D. Acosta-Ponce

Carlos D. Acosta-Ponce is a doctoral student and instructor at the University of Tulsa. He is currently writing his dissertation on intersectionality, representation, and the British Invaders of the Late Cold War.

Danielle Reid

Danielle Reid’s research encompass both the Early Middle Ages and American comic books. She recently completed an MA in Medieval Studies at Cornell University, with a focus on Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium. She previously completed an MA in History, with a focus on the Middle Ages, at University of Florida and a BA in Medieval/Renaissance Studies and Classics at New College of Florida. In studying Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium, her research focuses on history as literature, visual arts and architecture, and the reception of the classical world. Ms. Reid’s research interests in comics include the history of the medium in the United States, the superhero genre, and theoretical approaches to word and image. She has published one article called, “Apotheosis of the Batman? Symbolism and Allegory in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne,” in the volume Bilder, Stories und Sequenzen in religiösen Deutungskulturen.

Houman Sadri

Houman Sadri is a doctoral candidate and teacher in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research currently examines the continued relevance of the monomyth in modern texts and text-types, including comics, graphic novels, cinema and YA literature. He also helps to run the department’s Popular Culture research profile, and is the co-presenter of its bi-weekly academic GotPop Popular Culture Podcast.

Thomas E. Simmons

Thomas E. Simmons is an associate professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law. Although his scholarship typically focuses on trusts and estates, he has also written on space law and zombie law. His first published comics criticism can be found in the “Dear Uncle Creepy” letters page in Creepy issue number 114 (January, 1980).

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