James Asmus


James Asmus has written for books, theater, comedy, video games and TV. He’s won several awards for his work, including the plays Hearts Full of Blood and Love Is Dead: A NecRomantic Musical Comedy, as well as his run `reimagining the comic Quantum and Woody, which also garnered him five Harvey Award nominations, including Best Writer. He currently lives outside Portland, OR with his wife and two weirdly wonderful kids.

Amelinda Bérubé


Amelinda Bérubé writes about ghosts and monsters and other things that go bump in the night. She is the author of two YA novels: The Dark Beneath the Ice and Bram Stoker Award finalist Here There Are Monsters. In her other lives, Amelinda is a mother of two and a passionate gardener. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in a perpetual whirlwind of unfinished craft projects, cat hair, and dog toys.

Deniz Camp


Deniz Camp is an award-winning writer of comics, prose, television, and film. The first generation son of Turkish and Filipina immigrants raised in the heart of the Midwest, after undergrad and med school Deniz worked in medicine and political organizing abroad, then left medicine to pursue his passion for writing. He’s done work for Image Comics, Millarworld, Vault Comics, Scout Comics, and Red Cabin Comics and has been featured on The Guardian, CBR,, io9, and more. He’s also a regular contributor to the Eisner-nominated PanelxPanel Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 13 chickens. He’s never been happier.

H. Leighton


H. Leighton Dickson grew up in the wilds of the Canadian Shield, where her neighbours were wolves, moose, falcons and deer. The threads of science and wonder are woven throughout all of her novels, most especially in the award-winning DRAGON OF ASH & STARS: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon. She loves to travel and has many adventures with 3 creative children, 1 terribly serious grandbaby, 3 big dogs, 2 wild cats, a fat horse and a very patient husband. The wolves, moose, falcons and deer still come to call.

Asher Elbein


Asher Elbein a freelance journalist, fiction writer and artist based in Austin, Texas. His bylines have appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, Atlantic and other outlets. He likes—in no particular order—hats, folk music, back roads and wild places, and listening to people’s stories.

Naomi Franquiz


Naomi Franquiz is a Latina freelance illustrator and comic book artist currently based in delightfully dank Florida. She focuses on diverse and inclusive character-driven narratives that explore concepts such as found family, identity, and independence. She is perhaps best known for her expressive character work, as well as her penchant for giving everyone an excellent pair of eyebrows.

Mark Friel


Mark Friel never knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. He still doesn’t. He was born in San Francisco and moved every few years, bouncing around the western half of the U.S. As a child he spent most of his time building starships with LEGO, exploring the woods, and staring off into space. He joined the swim team in high school, ran the student publications darkroom in college, studied Latin American art history in grad school, practiced law for a while, became a mediator, and finally figured out how to solve a 3×3 cube. He also writes stories for children. He earned his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, two sons, and two cats who appear to have it all figured out. He’s always up for a road trip, or a game of MTG.

Parker Goodreau


Parker Goodreau is a writer, illustrator, and theatre artist from New England. They focus on queer speculative fiction and graphic novels, especially for young readers. Their work frequently deals with gender, mental health, and found family dynamics. Though entirely too much of their time is lost to the internet, they can also be found exploring the woods, haunting libraries, and looking for art in unexpected places.

Luke Healy


Luke Healy is an author and comedian who grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate of The Centre for Cartoon Studies, and author of three graphic novels: Americana (and the Art of Getting Over It), How to Survive in the North, and Permanent Press. He currently lives in London.

Nathalie D.


Nathalie D. Medina is a graduate of Haverford College, where she obtained her B.A. in East Asian Studies. She lives and works from home in the Bronx, New York, with her wife, comics and fiction writer Danny Lore, and her cat, a senior rescue named Lucy. Nathalie is inspired by anime like the Gundam series and Yu Yu Hakusho, video games like Mass Effect and Fire Emblem, and legends in sci fi and fantasy like K.A. Applegate, Mercedes Lackey, and Lois McMaster Bujold. She writes weird, queer speculative fiction for all ages and enjoys bullet journaling and collecting plushes in her spare time. Her current project is a young adult fantasy.

David Precht


David Faroz Precht is a Persian-American writer living in Brooklyn, but grew up outside of Chicago and was born outside Dallas. He was a tech and healthcare copywriter for over a decade before self-publishing his first graphic novel Tethered, an existentialist zombie story. David explores identity, intersectionality and philosophy through comics, prose and, like, words, man. He loves baseball, cooking, Persian tea in 100 degree heat, reading, better understanding cultures, traveling, walking his dog and collaborating on projects with his wife Lindsay.