Gotham Chopra is a co-founder of Graphic India and Liquid Comics as well as an acclaimed filmmaker, journalist, author and entrepreneur. As a journalist, he has reported from dozens of countries and interviewed a range of leaders from former President Clinton to the Dalai Lama. He is the author of five books, most recently The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes. His latest film, Decoding Deepak, (about his father, Deepak Chopra) has earned multiple awards. He has collaborated with creators like John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Shekhar Kapur, Nicholas Cage, Michael Jackson and many others.
Diana Green (BFA, Comic Book Illustration; MA, Liberal Studies) has been teaching grade school to undergraduate level students about comics and rock music for over a decade. In addition to numerous published and presented academic works, she maintains a studio practice. Her comic strip Tranny Towers, which ran in Lavender Magazine in the early 1990s, was the first transgender funny-animal comic strip. She has been in several gallery shows, and is half an inch away from publishing her next comic, The Surrealist Cowgirls.
Charles Hatfield, Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, won CSUN’s 2014 Preeminent Scholarly Publications Award for his work in comics studies. He is the author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (UP of Mississippi, 2011), winner of a 2012 Eisner Award for Best Educational/Academic Work, and Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature (Mississippi, 2005), as well as numerous articles about comics. He is also co-editor, with Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester, of the Eisner-nominated Superhero Reader (Mississippi, 2013).
William B. Jones, Jr., is the author of Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History (2002, 2d ed. 2011), editor of Robert Louis Stevenson Reconsidered: New Critical Perspectives (2003), and a contributor to Icons of the American Comic Book (2013). Since 2003, he has written more than 100 introductions for titles in the revived Classics Illustrated series. He has published CI-related articles in such venues as the Journal of Stevenson Studies and Verniana and has spoken on Classics Illustrated at the Library of Congress and at literary conferences from New York to California.
For most of his 13 years at Marvel Comics, Carl Potts was Executive Editor, overseeing a third of Marvel’s publications. At Marvel, Potts discovered and mentored many top comics creators. He wrote and drew for a variety of comics titles. Potts also created the Alien Legion series and the Last of the Dragons graphic novel for Marvel’s Epic imprint. He currently teaches at School of Visual Arts and Academy of Art University while consulting for marketing and entertainment clients. Potts’ book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling was published by Watson-Guptill (Random House) in 2013.
Elisabeth (Lisa) El Refaie is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University, UK. The focus of her research is on new literacies and visual/multimodal forms of metaphor, narrative, and humor. She is the author of Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures (2012), and her articles have appeared in a range of journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a project with an HIV charity in South Africa, which uses comics drawing workshops to encourage teenagers to express their thoughts and feelings about living with the disease.
Joe Staton is best-known for his decades of work on DC Comics characters like Batman, Green Lantern, The Huntress, Plastic Man and the Justice Society of America, his co-creation (with Nicola Cuti), E-Man, and many popular “all-ages” comics like Jughead and Scooby-Doo. He is currently the artist on Tribune Media Services’ long-running newspaper strip, Dick Tracy.
Mark Waid, a New York Times bestselling author, has worked for every major publisher in the industry, has written thousands of comics, has been an editor, a publisher, a marketer, and currently runs his own digital comics website, Thrillbent.com, where he and his fellow creators explore the exciting new world of webcomics. He needs a nap.