Featured Guests 2015

Keynote Speaker: Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. She is the creator of Smile, a #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir based on her childhood. It won a Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and has appeared on many state reading lists. She is also the creator of Drama, a #1 New York Times bestseller and the recipient of a Stonewall Book Award Honor. Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Her latest graphic novel is Sisters, which is her second autobiographical memoir based on her childhood.

Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow cartoonist, Dave Roman. – (retrieved and adapted from http://www.scholastic.com/raina/)

For more information about Raina Telgemeier and her work, visit http://www.goraina.com.

Additional Featured Guests


Brimstone is a professional wrestler, actor, author, philanthropist and comic book/animated hero. He has had a successful and rewarding career participating in and administering numerous entertainment careers spanning well over two decades. As the co-founder and CEO of Hound Comics, Inc., Brimstone and his team of creators launched his comic book series, “Brimstone and The Borderhounds” on October 31, 2010 at Borders Books and as of January 11, 2011 went nation and world wide via Barnes & Noble, Book World, and Amazon. Bridging the gap of wrestling star and the corporate world, Brimstone has an extensive background in marketing, advertising, management, and branding. At Newsday, under Times Mirror and the Long Island Voice, he worked in Senior Management. He created and directed one of the largest employment publications in the Tri-State Area, the Employment Journal, with distribution centers in Long Island, NYC, and NJ; and administered LI Career Fairs, Long Island’s top career fair company. Looking to train up and coming hopefuls in the art of professional wrestling, Brimstone launched Critical Mass Pro-Wrestling Corp, which was considered one of the biggest and best pro-wrestling training facilities in the North-East. Brimstone has also been a Head Trainer for Pro Wrestling Revolution and a guest trainer for FTW Wrestling and many other training facilities across the country.

For more information about Brimstone, visit http://www.brimstone.me.

For more information about Hound Comics, visit http://www.houndcomics.com.

Alex Chautin

Alex Chautin is the writer of the all-ages sci-fi adventure webcomic Eerie PD, as well as the creator of Gradually Yours and other autobiographical comics. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English education and is a strong advocate for the use of graphic novels as a teaching and literacy tool. Alex has also written comic reviews for sites such as Kabooooom and Comic Vine.

To learn more about Eerie PD, please visit http://www.eeriepd.com/.

To read Alex Chautin’s reviews on Kabooooom, please visit http://kabooooom.com/author/alexchautin/.

N. C. Christopher Couch

N. C. Christopher Couch holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Latin American art and on graphic novels and comic art, including The Will Eisner Companion: The Pioneering Spirit of the Father of the Graphic Novel (with Stephen Weiner), Will Eisner: A Retrospective (with Peter Myer), Faces of Eternity: Masks of the Pre-Columbian Americas, and The Festival Cycle of the Aztec Codex Borbonicus. He curated exhibitions at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library American Museum of Natural History, the Americas Society, the Oklahoma Air and Space Museum and the Smith College Museum of Art. He was senior editor at Kitchen Sink Press (Northampton), editor in chief at CPM Manga (New York), and has taught at Amherst, Columbia, Hampshire, Haverford, Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges, and the School of Visual Arts. Publications he edited won or were nominated for 17 Eisner and Harvey Awards, and he has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Dumbarton Oaks of Harvard University, and the Newberry Library. Current publications include the edited volume Conversations with Harvey Kurtzman, and a book on Batman artist and editorial cartoonist Jerry Robinson called Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics.

To learn more about N. C. Christopher Couch, please visit http://www.umass.edu/complit/people_fac.shtml#couch.

To view N. C. Christopher Couch’s Amazon page, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/N.-C.-Christopher-Couch/e/B001K8SJ9K/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1.

Tim Ferrara

Tim Ferrara is an independent writer and fantasy magic enthusiast. Tim Ferrara’s recent independent work can actually be found in Hana Doki Kira. He is also the creator of the webcomic Honey and the Whirlwind as well as a co-creator of the web comic Ode with Annie Stoll. Though Tim Ferrara has been known to illustrate his own comics, he is primarily a writer.

To learn more about Ode, visit http://www.odecomic.com/.

To learn more about Tim Ferrara and his work on Honey and the Whirlwind, visit http://www.honeyandthewhirlwind.com/.

Caroline Fuchs

Caroline Fuchs is an Associate Professor and Outreach Librarian at St. John’s University in New York. In addition to an M.L.S, she holds an M.A. in English and an M.A. in history. She is an active member of the library community. She is the Immediate Past President of the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL/NY), the ACRL/NY Legislative Liaison, and the co-chair and founder of the ACRL/NY First Year Experience Discussion Group. Caroline Fuchs is a 2012 Vincentian Research Fellow at St. John’s University. In 2011 she was awarded the Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Fellowship, and in 2009 she received the Center for Teaching and Learning Teaching with Technology Faculty Fellowship. At St. John’s, Caroline Fuchs created and teaches the Discover New York course “Exploring New York through Comics.”

For more information on Caroline Fuchs, visit http://stjohns.academia.edu/CarolineFuchs.

For the St. John’s University’s research guide to graphic novels and graphic novels in education, which was created by Caroline Fuchs, please visit http://campusguides.stjohns.edu/content.php?pid=189225&sid=1588170.

Sophie Goldstein

Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies.  In 2014 she won an Ignatz Award for her mini-comic, House of Women, Part I.  Her work has appeared in various publications including Best American Comics 2013, The Pitchfork Review, Maple Key Comics, Sleep of Reason, Symbolia, Trip 8 and Irene 3.

To learn more about Sophie Goldstein and her work, visit her website here: http://www.redinkradio.com/

Walter Hillegas of the Empire Saber Guild

Empire Saber Guild is the New York Temple of Saber Guild, an international Star Wars lightsaber performance and costuming organization. The organization is a Lucasfilm-recognized, not-for-profit fan group who performs at fan conventions, charity events, sporting events and official Star Wars events around the world. Its members are choreographers, dancers, actors, artists, costumers, filmmakers and photographers, all who volunteer their time to share their love of Star Wars with the community. The organization’s focus is on lightsaber performance for stage and film.

For more information about the Empire Saber Guild, visit their website at http://www.empiresaberguild.com.

For more information about the Empire Saber Guild’s parent organization, the Saber Guild, visit http://www.saberguild.com.

For the Empire Saber Guild’s Facebook page, visit http://www.facebook.com/EmpireSaberGuild/.

Jenny McKeon

Jenny McKeon is an artist based in Western MA. She draws the webcomic Eerie PD and her book ABC: Anime Boston Confidential is debuting in spring 2015.

To learn more about Jenny McKeon, please visit http://cargocollective.com/jchannel/.

To learn more about Eerie PD, please visit http://www.eeriepd.com/.

Annie Stoll

Annie Stoll is a freelance graphic designer for companies like Lucasfilm, an art director at Sony Music, and a comic illustrator. Annie Stoll creates comics and watercolor tutorials on her site, squidsalad.net. She is also the co-creator of the web comic Ode with Tim Ferrara. As a member of the Year 85 Group, she has also art directed a collaborative project called Hana Doki Kira, which is a shojo anthology with 26 different artists influenced by the shojo comic genre. Recently she was nominated for a Grammy in “Best Album Packaging” for her design work on the album Automatic Music Can be Fun.

To learn more about Ode, visit http://www.odecomic.com/.

To learn more about Annie Stoll and her work, visit http://www.anniestoll.com/news/.

Clive Young

Clive Young is a writer/editor based in New York. His latest book, Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind The Camera, melds together the histories of pop-culture fandom, amateur filmmaking and copyright theory, and has received stellar reviews around the globe. He is also the author of Crank It Up: Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers.

Clive Young is also Managing Editor of Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, and ProSoundNetwork.com. Additionally, he has presented more than 150 historical pop-culture programs at universities, museums, libraries and other venues around the U.S.

Clive Young has also written for a variety of mainstream print. Some of these include MTV To Go, Gig, American Songwriter, Icon, Thoughtstyle, Music Business International (UK), Goldmine, Videography, DVDWorks, EQ En Espanol, Medialine, Long Island Voice, VH1.Com, Musicplayer.com, Sonicnet.com, iPodlounge.com, and many others.

To learn more about Clive Young, please visit http://www.cliveyoung.com.

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