Writer/artist, André the Giant: Life and Legend, Tetris: The Games People Play
Box Brown (born 1980) is a comics artist from Philadelphia. In 2011 he founded the publishing house Retrofit Comics, which has now published over 60 comics. His graphic biography about the professional wrestler André the Giant (André the Giant: Life and Legend, First Second Books) was published in May 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His book Tetris: The Games People Play was released in 2016.
Cartoonist, The Worrier’s Guide to Life, A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette
Gemma Correll is a writer, artist, and cartoonist. Originally from England, she currently resides in Oakland, CA with her trusty pug sidekicks, Mr Pickles and Bella. Gemma’s published works include The Worrier’s Guide to Life, The Feminist Activity Book, and A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette, as well as her award-winning eponymous series of quirky, humorous greetings cards and gift products, which are sold all over the world. Gemma is particularly well known for her comics about mental health in collaboration with charities including Mental Health America. Her comics appear regularly on TheNib.com and GoComics.com and weekly in The Observer Magazine (UK). More info at www.gemmacorrell.com.
Writer, Dark Knight: A True Batman Story, Batman: The Animated Series
Paul Dini most recently authored the New York Times bestselling Vertigo graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story. Paul is known for his work on Warner Bros Animation projects including Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and the current Justice League Action. He has scripted numerous comic book series (Gotham City Sirens, Zatanna, Detective), video games (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City), and live television (Lost, Tower Prep), and last Christmas he released a collection of his creator-owned Jingle Belle comics through IDW. The co-creator of Harley Quinn, Paul continues to write frequent stories about America’s screwball sweetheart.
Writer, Poppies of Iraq
Brigitte Findakly was born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1959 and lived there until 1973. Poppies of Iraq is the story of her childhood, co-written with and drawn by her husband, cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. The graphic novel will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in Fall 2017. Findakly has worked as a colorist since 1982, with work for Disney and Spirou. She also colored a number of graphic novels including Lapinot, Le Chat du Rabbin, Le Retour à la Terre, and Ralph Azham. Findakly and Trondheim have two children and live in the south of France.
New York Times bestselling cartoonist Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) was born in Tasmania and currently resides in Seattle, WA. He spends his days meticulously watercoloring each page of comics he hand draws. Simon has found international success with his stoner witch comics, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. When not making comics, Simon can be found smoking cigarettes and walking a one-eyed dog.
Author, The Farseer Trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
Robin Hobb has been writing fantasy for over 35 years. Best known for The Farseer Trilogy, Robin has recently completed The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. Assassin’s Fate (May 2017) concludes the adventures of Fitz and his close companion, the Fool. Robin’s works are published in over 20 languages and have been adapted as graphic novels in French and Dutch by Soleil. Writing as “Megan Lindholm,” her works have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. Robin resides in Washington state, where she spends a great deal of time on a small farm near Roy.
Writer/artist, Roller Girl, The Great Pet Escape
Victoria Jamieson is the author and illustrator of several graphic novels for young readers. Her first graphic novel, Roller Girl, won a 2016 Newbery Honor award and was an Eisner Award nominee in the category of Best Publications for Kids. She is also the creator of The Great Pet Escape and The Great Art Caper, a series for young readers published by Henry Holt. Her next graphic novel for middle grade readers, All’s Faire in Middle School, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers in 2017. Victoria lives in Portland, OR with her family.
Writer, Monstress, Black Widow, Astonishing X-Men
Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. Her work with Marvel includes Han Solo, X-23, Black Widow, and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Her newest work is Monstress, a New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-nominated indy comic book series with artist Sana Takeda. She teaches comic book writing at MIT and lives in Cambridge, MA.
Author, Joe Ledger Thrillers, Mars One
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes in multiple genres, including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action, for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger Thrillers, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, and many others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, V-Wars, Scary Out There, Out of Tune, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. He lives in Del Mar, CA. Find him online at www.jonathanmaberry.com.
Writer, publisher, comics historian, The Jack Kirby Collector
John Morrow is one Morrow (and publisher) at TwoMorrows Publishing, the industry’s leading purveyor of comics history and appreciation publications. Starting in 1994 as creator and editor of The Jack Kirby Collector magazine (now in its 23rd year of documenting the life and career of its comics legend namesake), John has lived out his childhood dream of working in the comics field, albeit not as an artist like he’d envisioned. Instead, TwoMorrows has allowed him to rub elbows with most of his comics idols and produce a slew of award-winning magazine titles since 1994, including Comic Book Artist, Alter Ego, Back Issue, Write Now, Draw, Rough Stuff, and Comic Book Creator, working alongside some of the finest editors (and people) in fandom. Having now produced books on nearly every major comics creator—and bringing LEGO fandom into the TwoMorrows mix—he’s currently wrapping work on KIRBY100, going back to his roots to showcase the 100 pages that prove Kirby was “King,” just in time to celebrate Jack’s 100th birthday at Comic-Con 2017.
Writer, artist, Descender, Secret Hero Society, Li’l Gotham
Dustin Nguyen is a New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning American comics creator. Currently, Dustin illustrates Descender, a monthly comic published through Image Comics that he is co-creator of with artist/writer Jeff Lemire. He is also working on the next installment of Scholastic's Secret Hero Society series, as well as Li’l Gotham for DC Comics with Derek Fridolfs. What Is It? is his first children's book, illustrated by Dustin and written by his wife Nicole Hoang as a child in 5th grade. It is produced by BOOM! Studios and distributed by Simon & Shuster.
Artist, 100 Bullets, Moonshine, Torpedo 1972
Eduardo Risso was born in Leones, Argentina in 1959. His comics work includes El Angel, Julio Cesar, and Parque Chas in his native country, and (with writer Carlos Trillo) Simon: An American Tale, Video Noire, Borderline, and Chicanos, which were published in Italy and France. In 1997 he did Alien: Resurrection for Dark Horse and other American works followed. He teamed up with Brain Azzarello on the miniseries Jonny Double, which led to the creation of the multiple Eisner Award-winning series 100 Bullets. He has won the Eisner, Harvey, and Yellow Kid awards for 100 Bullets as Best Artist.
His latest work for DC Comics was Dark Night: A True Batman Story with acclaimed writer Paul Dini. He’s currently working on Moonshine with Azzarello and Torpedo 1972 with Enrique Sanchez Abulí. Since 2010, Eduardo has been president of Crack Bang Boom—International Comics Convention in Rosario, Argentina.