Contributors to this issue
Colin Beineke is a first-year masters student in literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he currently specializes in comics studies. He received his B.A. in English from Arkansas State University in 2009 with a minor in folklore studies. His current comics interests include: alternative, underground, punk, and web comics, violence in comics and the prominence of the anti-hero, the relationships between the classic literary canon and comics, the adaptation and application of folklore and mythology to comics, and using comics to teach literary theory.
Eric L. Berlatsky
Eric Berlatsky is an Assistant Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University. His first book, on postmodern historical fiction, is forthcoming from Ohio State University Press, and includes a chapter on Art Spiegelman's Maus. He is also working on editing/compiling a book of Alan Moore interviews for the University of Mississippi Press. He has published critical essays in Narrative, The Journal of Narrative Theory, Cultural Critique, The Arizona Quarterly, Dickens Studies Annual, and elsewhere.
Megan Condis is a Ph.D. student in English literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on a dissertation project on drawn women in a variety of media including comics, animation, and video games.
Ellen Grabiner is a painter, writer and digital artist. She teaches Digital Imaging and Cinema and Media Studies at Simmons Colleger in Boston, MA. Grabiner lives in Cambridge with her 3-year-old pit bull, Shanti, and is currently working on a graphic memoir.
Rex Krueger is a doctoral student at the University of Florida. His interests include comics, film, word and image, media studies, and American Literature.
Vyshali Manivannan received her M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University and has taught composition and rhetoric for the past five years at institutions in and around New York, including research courses on graphic novels such as The Dark Knight Returns, Neuromancer, Maus, and Watchmen. Her first novel, Invictus, written at the age of fifteen, was published in 2004. Most recently, she presented at Purdue University's Graphic Engagement 2010 conference. She currently teaches first-year writing at Montclair State University and tutors part-time at the Harlem Children's Zone.
Mervi Miettinen is a PhD Candidate at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her PhD dissertation explores the connections between superheroes, ideology and American geopolitical identity.
Paul Petrovic is a Ph.D candidate in the English Department at Northern Illinois University. His comics interests involve the intersection between gender and visual representation in this wonderful medium. He has other work published in Studies in American Naturalism, Extrapolation, and Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal.
Native Texan Laura Perna received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MA in Italian studies from New York University, where she wrote her thesis contemporary Italian comics. Currently, she resides in Austin, where she works in the non-profit sector and continues to write and speak about Italian, American, and British comics as often as she can get away with.
Matthew Pustz is the author of Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers, published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2000. He has his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa and currently teaches history at Fitchburg State College and popular culture at Endicott College in Massachusetts.
Katherine Shaeffer is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida specializing in Medieval/Renaissance literature and Comics Studies. She is also the current Production Editor for ImageTexT.
Caleb Simmons is a PhD student in the Religion Department at the University of Florida. His research interests include religious imagery in South Asian popular culture, portrayal of hypermasculinity in iconographic imagery, and the translation of popular Indian mythology into comic books and graphic novels. He is currently researching the creation and production of Virgin Comics' (now Liquid Comics') Shakti Series with particular interest in Ramayan 3392 AD.
Jack Teiwes received BA degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, majoring in theatre and film studies, and was awarded First Class Honours by the latter. He is currently completing his PhD on adaptation in comics at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. He has published articles on theatre in Australasian Drama Studies and the book Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright (Rodopi), and delivered papers on Alan Moore at the 2009 Comics Arts Conference in San Diego, and on intertextual continuity revisionism at the 2010 inaugural conference of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand, in Sydney. Jack is also a theatre critic for AustralianStage.com.au
Anastasia Ulanowicz is an assistant professor of English at the University of Florida, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on children's literature and critical theory.