Kathryn Hemmann is a Lecturer of Japanese Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Their research on social issues in popular media has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Games and Culture and Transformative Works and Cultures, as well as academic essay collections such as Woke Gaming and Gender and Contemporary Horror. Their 2020 monograph, Manga Cultures and the Female Gaze, traces the influence of manga on contemporary North American comics. Kathryn has contributed essays and book reviews to online magazines such as Women Write About Comics, Unwinnable, and Cosmic Double, and their fiction and comics have appeared in numerous venues, including fandom anthologies and self-published zines. They run a blog at DigitalFantasyDiary.com , and they tweet @kathrynthehuman ....

Areum Jeong is an interdisciplinary scholar and educator of Korean and Korean diasporic film, popular culture, theatre and performance. Her first monograph Beyond the Sewol: Activist Theatre and Performance in South Korea and the Diaspora explores how theatre and performance commemorate the Sewol Ferry disaster, and will be published via the University of Hawai’i Press. Her second monograph K-pop Fandom: Performing Deokhu from the 1990s to Today focuses on K-pop fan labor, and is under contract with the University of Michigan Press. Her writings are published in the Asian Theatre Journal, Film International, GPS: Global Performance Studies, Journal of Modern English Drama, Korea Exposé, Media Convergence Research, Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts, New Theatre Quarterly, Studies in Theatre and Performance, The...

Half Italian, half British and passionate about Japanese music, Kanako Hime has 13 years of experience on stage as a singer, mainly of anime music but also original tracks in Japanese. On her TikTok account she shares fun and educational videos on the famous anime and manga “Jojo's Bizarre Adventure”. Her live performances are a mix of music, singing and dancing, but mostly lots of energy. Her TikTok account is dedicated to the famous anime and manga "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure" by author Hirohiko Araki. Her videos and both fun and educational; in a short time span, she gained a large international following that appreciate the light hearted content and learning videos the tiktokker creates. She has many years of experience on stage as a singer, actress and dancer, winning prises such...

Patrick W. Galbraith is an Associate Professor in the School of International Communication at Senshū University in Tokyo. After earning a PhD in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, he went on to earn a second PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. His recent publications include Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan (Duke University Press, 2019), Erotic Comics in Japan: An Introduction to Eromanga (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) and The Ethics of Affect: Lines and Life in a Tokyo Neighborhood (Stockholm University Press, 2021).   You can check out his books on Amazon...

Meg is a fan fiction writer from the east coast. She discovered fan fiction over 20 years ago after looking up spoilers about an episode of Smackdown and has been writing ever since. She has dabbled in many fandoms, but right now is focused on writing fan fiction for My Hero Academia. When she is writing, Meg enjoys baking, crafts, chasing around her toddler, annoying my husband, and pole dancing....

Hailey Piper is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth, No Gods for Drowning, The Worm and His Kings, and other books of dark fiction. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, with dozens of short stories appearing in Pseudopod, Vastarien, Cosmic Horror Monthly, Daily Science Fiction, and other publications. She lives with her wife in Maryland, where their mad science experiments are secret. Find Hailey at www.haileypiper.com or on Twitter via @HaileyPiperSays....

James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies at Kanagawa University in Yokohama, Japan. He researches gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, with an emphasis on the consumers and producers of queer media, the lesbian community, and radical feminism, as well as the globalization of Japanese popular culture. He is currently researching the global fandom of queer media from Japan—particularly boys love (BL), yuri, and trans manga, anime, and other media—and the relationship between that fandom and local LGBTQ+ cultures. He is the author of Transfiguring Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan: Feminists, Lesbians, and Girls’ Comics Artists and Fans  (Hawai‘i, forthcoming) and the editor of Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (Hawai‘i, 2022), BL ga hiraku tobira: Hen’yō suru Ajia no sekushuariti...

Arden Powell is a speculative-fiction author and illustrator from the Canadian East Coast. They graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Honouring in English Literature, and published their first book five years later. As a hybrid author, they self-publish as well as publish with indie presses, and have short stories appearing in literary magazines including Baffling Magazine and Lightspeed. A nebulous entity, they live with a small terrier and an exorbitant number of houseplants and have conversations with both. They write across a range of fantasy, science fiction, and horror sub-genres, and everything they write is queer. They can also be found on Twitter @ArdenPowell. Pronouns: they/them...

Kelly McMahon is a celebrated illustrator and graphic designer, known for her minimalist style, composed of sophisticated vector shapes and bold colours. Whether working as a commercial illustrator, graphic designer, or as an artist creating personal pieces, Kelly’s designs are inspired by both an iconic sense of style and balance. Her work has been featured in collaboration with Clerks III, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Radiant Pink, The Massive-Verse, Deer Arrow amongst many others. Kelly’s unmistakable designs can be seen at Gallery 1988 (LA) and Hero Complex Gallery (LA). Store: www.kellymcmahondesign.com Socials: https://www.instagram.com/kmmcmdraws/...

Andres Perez is the creator and writer of the giant robot indie comic "Primal Warrior Draco Azul." He is also a freelance editor who has worked on projects such as the giant monster comic "Nagoraiar: Against the Terror of the Moon" as well as the mythology-themed novel series "Gods' Wrath: Tournament of the Divine." In addition to comics, he has also cowritten several novels including “Primal Warrior Draco Azul: Soulless Blood” and “Atomic Rex: Ballad of Bravura.” Outside of literature and comics, Andres is an aspiring film critic who makes reviews and podcasts covering movies, television, comics, and games on his YouTube channel, "KaijuNoir." In 2018, both Andres and thriller novelist Matthew Dennion started the ongoing Kaiju vs Cancer charity where...