Dana Simpson first caught the eyes of comics readers with the webcomic Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, she developed the syndicated strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn.
There are now nine books in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, including the latest, Unicorn Bowling. Ozy and Millie have a book, too.
To date, she’s sold more than a million books, made the New York Times bestseller list, and won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Wendy Xu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comics artist. She is co-creator of “Mooncakes”, a graphic novel out in 2019 from Lion Forge Comics. Part of it can be read on mooncakescomic.tumblr.com. Her work has been featured on Catapult, Barnes & Noble Sci-fi/Fantasy Blog, and Tor.com, among other places. She currently works as an assistant editor curating young adult and children’s books. You can find her on twitter @angrygirLcomics or on instagram @artofwendyxu.
Kate Leth is a cartoonist and writer for comics and animation. She’s written Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat, Spell on Wheels, Mysticons, Edward Scissorhands, Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time, Vampirella and many more. She’s worked on shows like Transformers: Cyberverse, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and Littlest Pet Shop. Her ongoing webcomic Valley Ghouls has some people on instagram saying, “She’s pretty funny.”
Taneka Stotts is a queer little tumbleweed who has finally rolled back into the warm embrace of Los Angeles. Off the heels of winning an Eisner, Ignatz, and taking silver at the Independent Publisher Book Awards for ELEMENTS: Fire A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color! Taneka hopes to do it again with ELEMENTS: Earth! Currently working on the queer supernatural comic Casual Hex with Ria Martinez and the queer sci-fi rom-com Love Circuits with Genué Revuelta.
Remember, diversity can’t be solved with the fill bucket, #WeNeedDiverseCreators!
Tamra Bonvillain is a colorist working on such titles as Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Captain Marvel, Doom Patrol, Angel Catbird, Rat Queens, Wayward, and more. Her color work has been published at many of the major comic publishers including Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, etc. She’s a graduate of The Kubert School in Dover, New Jersey, and currently resides in North Augusta, South Carolina.
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and The Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with 20th Television for the small screen. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.
Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart is a St. Louis based cartoonist and editor. She is the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award winning Archival Quality from Oni Press and is featured in several short story anthologies such as the Eisner Award Winning Elements: Fire and Mine!. Steenz has created and run comics related programming from her time as a comic shop manager and a comics-focused librarian. She is currently an Associate Editor at Lion Forge Comics!
Terry Blas is an illustrator and writer based in Portland Oregon. His auto bio comics Ghetto Swirl and You Say Latino were featured on NPR, OPB, Vox.com and New Now Next. Some of his writing credits include the comics: The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe. His first graphic novel, a murder mystery set at a weight loss camp, is titled: Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom. Hotel Dare is his second book and a love letter to his childhood memories of Mexico.
Magdalene Visaggio is the Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer behind Kim & Kim, Eternity Girl, Vagrant Queen, Dazzler: X Song, and Morning in America. A lifelong comics reader, she studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University and did graduate work in Ethics & Moral Theology at Seton Hall before dropping out to focus on writing comics where people hit each other with guitars. When not writing, she’s probably passed out on her couch at three in the morning with a cat on top of her while Netflix asks if she wants to continue watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. She lives in Manhattan.
Vita Ayala is a queer Afro-Latinx writer out of New York City, where they live with their wife and cat sons. They have written for Black Mask Studios, DC, Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Marvel, Valiant Comics, and Vault Comics. They’re non-stop, like Hamilton!