Hamish Steele is an Eisner-award winning creator of comic books and animation. He is the creator of Pantheon, Croc and Roll and DeadEndia, which this summer was adapted into the Netflix animated series Dead End: Paranormal Park by Steele as the show-runner and lead writer.
Amy Reeder hails from the superhero/action world of comics, working with characters including Madame Xanadu, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Harley/Ivy, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. She has contributed to both DC and Marvel Pride, and co-created the new Moon Girl for Marvel, who will soon be starring in her own cartoon series on Disney+. Amy draws interiors and covers, she writes, she colors, and she letters, because nobody puts Amy in a corner!
Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) is a National Magazine and GLAAD award-winning author, film programmer, pop culture critic, and PhD living in Toronto. His work is in a myriad of genres, often incorporating queer themes, and spans comics, prose, journalism, and academic research.
He is a recurring contributor to Marvel Comics (for which his work has won the 2020 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book and been nominated for the 2021 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel/Anthology). His other work has appeared in Hazlitt, The Washington Post,Xtra, Torontoist, Fangoria, StarTrek.com, Birth Movies Death, and others. He is a frequent TIFF red carpet host, CBC The National pop culture panelist, and a The Year in Movies Hollywood Suite guest expert. He is the weekly host of The Devil’s Party, a podcast exploring the classics of Christian literature from a queer scholarly perspective. His first novel, Dayspring, is forthcoming from Strange Light Press in 2023, and his YA graphic novel project Apocrypha is announced from Harper Alley.
In prose, he is the five-time nominee and three-time winner of the National Magazine Awards – awarded gold once for his short story “Dayspring” (Best Fiction 2020), and twice for his work “Death in the Village” (Best Essay and Best Long-Form Feature 2019), which chronicles the aftermath of the Bruce McArthur murders. He has adjudicated both the 2019 Best Essay prize for Event Magazine and the Best Personal Journalism category for the 2020 National Magazine Awards.
His other graphic novel work includes “Act of Grace” for the 2022 Young Men in Love: A Queer Romance Anthology; The Queer Guide to Comic Con for Dark Horse’s Pros and Cons anthology; “Sunlight” for the Shout Out Anthology of Queer YA; and “When the Light Breaks” (the story of Steven Universe’s first Pride Parade) for Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe.
His graphic novel, Apocrypha, about queer teens versus the Christian apocalypse, has been acquired by HarperTeen. He is also at work on his first novel, Dayspring, for which he has received the Ontario Arts Council grant, and which will be released by Strange Light Press in 2023.
During his degree and beyond, Oliveira also worked with the Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore, as it became a multi-function queer event space, including drag bar, restaurant/diner and queer community hub in the heart of the village.
He can be found on Twitter at @meakoopa, where he tweets about the arts, politics, and LGBT culture, or on his podcast, The Devil’s Party, as he reads through the classics of Christian literature (including Milton’s poetry and the Gospels) through a queer scholarly lens.
Nadia Shammas is a Palestinian-American writer from Brooklyn, now living in Toronto. She is best known as the co-creator of SQUIRE, a Middle Eastern YA fantasy graphic novel, with Sara Alfageeh. Nadia is the writer of MS MARVEL: STRETCHED THIN and the creator/curator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments. Her work often focuses on identity, memory, and the body. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to perfect her cold brew recipe and win the love of her cats, Lilith and Dash. Nadia’s forthcoming adult eldritch horror graphic novel, WHERE BLACK STARS RISE, releases from Tor Nightfire on October 18th, 2022, and was co-created with Marie Enger.
Tanya DePass is the founder & Director of I Need Diverse Games, Rivals of Waterdeep Producer & Cast Member on twitch.tv/rivalsofwaterdeep, a partnered Twitch variety broadcaster, and RPG developer/writer/consultant. She’s the Creator & Creative Director for Into the Mother Lands RPG, as well as a Senior Annenberg Civics Media Fellow at USC. Additionally she’s part of the Inaugural TGA Future Class of 2020. She was also named as one of Gamers of the Year 2020 by Kotaku along with three of her contemporaries. She was also invited to the Xbox MVP program in February 2021.
Her work to make the industry more inclusive has been highlighted in Game Changer, Directed by Tina Charles, WNBA star & olympian as well as filmmaker. The short documentary premiered at Tribeca 2021, as part of the Queen Collective; an initiative started by Queen Latifah, supported by Proctor & Gamble in an effort to get more Black women into film making. Game Changer was also featured as part of BETHer’s 2021 Juneteenth Programming on 19 June 2021. Most recently she was named The Gayming Awards Icon for 2022.
Connor Goldsmith is the host of the podcast CEREBRO, a character-by-character exploration of Marvel’s X-Men franchise. CEREBRO was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 10 best podcasts of 2021, and hailed by The New York Times’s Ezra Klein as one of his favorite podcasts. By day, Connor is a Senior Agent at Fuse Literary whose clients include celebrities, journalists, cultural critics, novelists, and comics writers.
Jadzia Axelrod is an award-winning author, illustrator, activist, gadabout, and circus performer. She is the author of comics and graphic novels for Tor, Quirk Books, and DC Comics. She lives in Philadelphia where she cooks overly-elaborate meals for her wonderful wife and delightful child.
Barbara Perez Marquez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, now she lives in Baltimore, MD. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College and writes short stories and fiction, usually using coming of age and LGBTQ themes in her work. During her career, she has also been an editor for several publications and projects. She’s part of the team behind the acclaimed Eisner-nominated graphic novel series The Cardboard Kingdom. Her next graphic novel co-created alongside Lissy Marlin, The Library of Memories, is due out in 2025 from Little, Brown.
Steve Orlando writes and edits, including VIRGIL, Undertow, and stories in the Eisner Nominated Outlaw Territory and Eisner-Winning Love is Love at Image Comics. As well, he launched 2015’s Midnighter and 2016’s Midnighter and Apollo, both nominated for GLAAD awards, and took part in Justice League of America, Martian Manhunter,DOOM PATROL: MILK WARS, Supergirl, Batman/The Shadow, Wonder Woman and DC Pride for DC Entertainment, where his 2018 sold-out launch Martian Manhunter was one of Tor’s Best Single Issues of 2018. For Dynamite Entertainment, he created the sequel The Shadow/Batman, as well as NAMESAKE for BOOM! Studios, CRUDE for Skybound Entertainment, Dead Kings, Kill a Man, Search for Hu, Party and Prey,Project Patron, and the Eisner-Nominated Rainbow Bridge for Aftershock Entertainment. In 2020, he returned to Image Comics with Commanders in Crisis, as well as The Pull, a headline release from TKO Studios. In 2021, he launched Transformers: King Grimlock at IDW Publishing, as well as the serial STARWARD with Heavy Metal Magazine. In October 2021, he took over the magazine with the Boulet Brothers in the BOULET BROTHERS HEAVY METAL HALLOWEEN TAKEOVER. Outside of comics, he has been featured in Hello Mr and National Geographic. In animation, he’s worked with Man of Action Studios on season four of Ben 10, and in translation, has produced localizations for Arancia Studio’s Best-Selling UNNATURAL, MERCY, SWEET PAPRIKA and DEEP BEYOND at Image Comics, and UN/SACRED with Ablaze Publishing. In 2021, he debuted at Marvel Comics with Curse of the Man-Thing, as well as Magneto and the Mutant Force, Extreme Carnage, Star Wars: Life Day, Marvel Voices: Pride, and the relaunched Marauders and X-Men Green.