We are proud to announce that
will be our Keynote Speaker!
Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Comics Squad: Recess!, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror. Dave was a former editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, and is currently editor for First Second’s Science Comics series. He lives in Astoria, NY and draws the weekly webcomic starbunny, inc.
Other Featured Guests Include:
Amanda Brennan is a Rutgers MLIS graduate who specializes in surfacing and analyzing viral content and trends online. Her work as a tumblarian includes research on internet memes, fandoms, slang terms, and other subcultures, especially those native to Tumblr. Before that, she used to archive the internet at knowyourmeme.com. She weblogs Homesick far art at felinearchivist.tumblr.com, writes poems about the Internat at wwwpoetry.tumblr.com, curates recipes at recipecardcatalog.tumblr.com, and co-runs the blog BoysWithBeardsWithCats. She likes to post pictures of cats, flowers, pizza, landscapes, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, and stuff from her Instagram.
Matt Cox is a playwright, actor, improviser, and former comic book retail associate based in New York City. He is the writer of the current Off-Broadway Harry Potter-inspired hit play Puffs or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School Of Magic & Magic, which has played to over 20,000 people. His other works include Happy Little Trees: A Bobyssey, Cool Chefs Jr., The Madness of Captain Dread, and the three-part epic Kapow-i GoGo (as well as it’s spinoffs The Kapow-i GoGo Holiday Special & I am Mr. Snuggles). He authored the radio play El Hombre Bovino for WNYC’s The Greene Space, and contributed to The Flea Theater’s The Mysteries. His work has been produced at New World Stages, The Elektra Theater, The People’s Improv Theater, The Tank, and The Flea Theater, among other places. His acting credits include: Kapow-i GoGo (The Pit), Blogologues, The Mysteries (Flea Theater), Sarah Flood in Salem Mass (Flea Theater), & Restoration Comedy (Flea Theater). Matt is also a director and actor for kid-friendly The Story Pirates performance group.
Author David Gallaher has received multiple Harvey Award nominations and won The Best Online Comic Award for his work on High Moon for DC Comics. David was an early pioneer of digital comics, developing projects for Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, and Spider-Man, as well as Comixology’s Box 13 — the first comic designed specifically for the iPhone. He has served as a consulting editor for series such as Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, and Fairy Tail for Kodansha.
Grady Hendrix is the author of Horrorstör, the only novel about a haunted Scandinavian furniture store you’ll ever need. NPR selected it as one of the best books of 2014 and it has been translated into 14 languages and is being turned into a television show by Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl). They have never met Grady, but that is their loss. He has also written My Best Friend’s Exorcism, about demonic possession, friendship, exorcism, and the Eighties. It’s basically Beaches meets The Exorcist and it caused the Wall Street Journal to call him “a national treasure” and received rave reviews from everyone from Kirkus to Southern Living. His latest book, Paperbacks from Hell, is a non-fiction chronicle of the boom in horror paperback publishing in the Seventies and Eighties.
Alisa Stern is an animation professional who has worked on commercials and music videos, as well as numerous TV series for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network (including Team Umizoomi). She’s also the creator, producer, and director of Doctor Puppet, a stop motion animated web series, based on Doctor Who, that began as a tiny side project and evolved into a rather large production with a wide following. Clips from Doctor Puppet have been broadcast on the BBC and can also be found on the official Doctor Who Series 8 and 9 DVDs.
Nick Tapalansky is the author of some comics you should totally read, including the graphic novels Cast No Shadow, Awakening, A Radical Shift of Gravity, and Samantha Loring and the Impossible World. His work has also been included in the Harvey Award-winning Popgun Vol. 4 and The Perhapanauts (both published by Image Comics) as well as Moon Lake and the Eisner-nominated Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 (published by Archaia/Boom! Studios), which is pretty neat if you ask him (and if you do he’ll answer in the third person).
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.