Jay Edidin & Miles Stokes

X-Perts Jay Edidin and Miles Stokes have spent the last five years detangling the text and subtext of comics’ greatest superhero soap opera–and they’re still going strong. Now one of the largest independent podcasts in circulation, Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men is a walking tour through the X-Men’s convoluted retcons, clones, and time-traveling clones–along with critical perspectives, cultural context, and creator interviews.

“Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men isn’t just a romp for obsessive nerds… it’s become a community for those who identify with the mutant metaphor – and who enjoy dissecting what it is and isn’t – and stand against the backlash politics that stretch from comics fandom to the White House.” -The Daily Beast

Luciano Vecchio

Luciano Vecchio is an Argentinian queer comic book artist, currently working on Marvel Comics’ IRONHEART. Previous works include Batman & Harley Queen, Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite Comics, while locally writing and drawing queer-lead creator owned series Sereno and coordinating Secuencia Disidente, a digital anthology of Argentinian LGBT+ comic creators.

Ed Luce

Ed Luce is the San Francisco-based creator of Wuvable Oaf, a two-time Ignatz nominated series of comics and winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Graphic Novel. The first seven years of Oaf comics have been collected into two volumes by Fantagraphics Books. Ed has also created covers, comics and illustrations for VICE, Image Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, Slate, Oni Press, IDW, Dark Horse, Decibel Magazine, the Eisner-nominated No Straight Lines anthology and the Eisner-winning Love Is Love anthology.

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist and illustrator born in Minneapolis, MN, and raised in Zaragoza, Spain. She’s published comics with First Second (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me), Shortbox (What Is Left), Boom! Studios (Lumberjanes, Steven Universe), and DC Comics (Gotham Academy). She’s worked with clients like CAPY Games, Kazoo Magazine, The City Pages, Mondo Prints and Tees, and Crunchyroll, and had her work recognized by the Society of Illustrators NY, as well as on platforms such as VICE and The A.V. Club. Her illustrations have been shown in galleries both locally and internationally.

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in Oakland, California. She is the co-creator of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, and This One Summer, which received Eisner and Ignatz awards as well as Caldecott and Printz Honors, with Jillian Tamaki. Her growing slate of comics writing credits includes Tomb Raider, Adventure Time, She-Hulk, X-23, and Supergirl: Being Super.

Crystal Frasier

Crystal Frasier is known for her frequent text contributions to the Pathfinder, Starfinder, Mutants & Masterminds, and Modern AGE roleplaying games, as well as her work writing the Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones comic series, co-writing State of Decay 2, and illustrating the Secrets of Cats roleplaying game. Excitable and easily confused, she lives in the Pacific Northwest under the watchful auspices of her corgi, Calamity.

D.J. Kirkland

D.J. Kirkland is a comic book artist based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a BFA in Sequential Art. His style has been best described as a hybrid of anime and American Saturday morning cartoons from the 90’s. He is best known for his work on the Dream Daddy comic series and his upcoming debut graphic novel, The Black Mage that is set to release in October.

Josh Trujillo

Josh Trujillo is a writer, and game designer based in Brooklyn. He created the inclusive sports comic DODGE CITY, as well as the tabletop gaming anthology DEATH SAVES. He has told stories for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Boom! Studios, Oni Press, The Nib, Telltale Games, and Zynga, among others. Trujillo’s work has been featured in the Eisner award-winning LOVE IS LOVE, as well as the Ringo! Award-winning MINE!

Melanie Gillman

Melanie Gillman is a graphic novelist, and a writing fellow in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. They are the creator of the webcomic and graphic novel As the Crow Flies, published in 2017 by Iron Circus Comics. As the Crow Flies has been named a 2018 Stonewall Honor Book, won the 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award for Best Middle Grade Graphic Novel, and been nominated for an Ignatz, Eisner, and Dwayne McDuffie Award. Their next book, Stage Dreams, a queer western romance graphic novel, will be published by Lerner/Graphic Universe in September 2019. They are also a senior lecturer in the Comics MFA Program at the California College of the Arts, where they teach classes about making comics and professional practices.