Lynda Barry's recent book What it Is (2008) is based on her writing workshop "Writing the Unthinkable," through which the playwright, novelist, and cartoonist has sparked the creative processes of artists ranging from beginning writers to the creators of the Broadway production [title of show]. Barry's other works include The Good Times Are Killing Me (1988), Cruddy (1999), One! Thousand! Demons! (2002); her critically acclaimed strip Ernie Pook's Comeek ran from 1984 to 2008.
Mary DiLulloMary DiLullo has been making films in the area for over fifteen years while holding down a position as buyer for Haverford College Bookstore. Her short films Christmas at the Cemetery and A Hat Like That! have screened in multiple film festivals, on cable TV and WHYY. She has also completed two feature length films, Dollface and Helen Back – Under the Music. Mary is currently working with Theresa Tensuan on the Documentary A Cartoonist in the Classroom, funded by the PA Council on the Arts. The production coincides with Drawing the Line and will explore the effects of Lynda Barry's workshop Writing the Unthinkable! on a diverse group of participants from the region, including teachers, ESL students, and inmates at a Philadelphia correctional facility.
Eric Drooker is the author of numerous books, including Flood! A Novel in Pictures (1992), Street Posters & Ballads (1998), Blood Song: A Silent Ballad (2002), and Slingshot (2008). He has worked alongside poet Allen Ginsberg to produce Illuminated Poems (1996), a combination of Ginsberg's poetry and Drooker's artwork. A native New Yorker, Drooker's artwork often reflects his roots, and many of his paintings have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker. His novel Flood! won the American Book Award and was named The New York Times notable book of the year. Drooker is currently working on paintings for an upcoming book.
Jared GardnerJared Gardner is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University (home of the Cartoon Research Library). His research focuses on American literature, film, and popular culture, and he is the author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1998) and articles and reviews on identity, citizenship and media in American literature and culture. He is currently working on studies of early American magazines, myths of origins in popular culture of the 1920s and 30s, and the intersections between film and comics at the turn of the 20th century. Strands from these various ongoing projects are converging into a book tentatively entitled Serial Citizenship.
Jeet Heer is a Toronto-based journalist focusing on arts and culture. His articles can be found in The National Post, The Boston Globe, The Literary Review of Canada, and several other publications. He is the co-editor, along with Kent Worcester, of Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (2004). The winner of a Fulbright Fellowship (2000-2001) and the Thomas Inge Award (2002), Heer is currently pursuing his doctorate at York University, writing his thesis on "the cultural politics of Little Orphan Annie."
Artist/illustrator John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jennings frequently lectures on visual literacy, popular culture, and the visual communication found in Hip Hop culture. Jennings is also the co-author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture and a co-founder of Eye Trauma, a web based collective of sequential artists, activists, and curators who seek to expand the public's perception of the comics medium. He recently co-curated OUT OF SEQUENCE: UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES IN AMERICAN COMICS with Damian Duffy. By focusing on work by women and minority artists; experimental and small press comic creators; webcomics creators; and the contributions of comic book writers, inkers, colorists, and letterers, OUT OF SEQUENCE seeks to explore alternate histories of American comics and explicate the limitless possibilities for the medium in the 21st century; from early newspaper comic strips to the internet to virtual narratives in simulated three dimensional space.
Sharon Mizota is a writer and designer based in Los Angeles. A journalist with a visual arts background and many years of experience with interactive design, Mizota writes on architecture, design, visual art, film, and food. She is the co-author of Fresh Talk, Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art (2003). She also received the Creative Capitol, Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2007. Her articles can be found in The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and several other publications.
Theresa Tensuan is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Haverford College. The focus of her work, both inside and outside of the classroom, is on feminist theory, race, autobiography, and the connection between art and culture and social transformation. After taking a year to study visual culture under the Rockefeller Fellowship and the Penn Humanities Center Fellowship, Tensuan began a project focusing on comic books and social change. Recent articles include "Crossing the Lines: Graphic (Life) Narratives and Co-laborative Political Transformations" (2009). Her upcoming book Breaking the Frame: Comics and the Art of Social Transformations centers on the work of David B., Lynda Barry, Jaime Cortez, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Joe Sacco.
Drawings by K-Fai Steele