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John Feinstein

John Feinstein graduated from Duke University in 1977. He worked at the Washington Post for 11 years as both a political and sports reporter. He has also worked at Sports Illustrated and at the National Sports Daily. John is the author of a number of bestselling sports books, including LIVING ON THE BLACK, TALES FROM Q SCHOOL, THE PUNCH, THE LAST AMATEURS, A CIVIL WAR, A SEASON ON THE BRINK, and sports mystery novels for young readers.

Christine Heppermann


Christine Heppermann is a writer, poet, and critic. Her first book, CITY CHICKENS, is a nonfiction story about a shelter for abandoned and unwanted chickens in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her poems are published in 5AMThe Magazine of Contemporary PoetryPoems and PlaysKite Tales; Nerve CowboyThe Mas Tequila Review; and The Horn Book Magazine

“Comics are for kids.”
Craig Thompson’s BLANKETS is an autobiographical "illustrated novel" (as noted on the cover) that recounts events mostly from Thompson's late adolescence, wherein he questions the deep-seeded fait

Matthew Burbridge


Matthew Burbridge is an editorial intern for and  He is also an art instructor at the Renaissance Art Center of Sparta, New Jersey and does freelance art on the side.  He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in March of 2011 with a degree in sequential art.

I remember going into my local comic shop when I first started collecting comics circa 1994. I was mesmerized by the sheer vastness of comics there were, and had no real idea what direction my collecting would take me.

Justin Kramon

Justin Kramon is the author of the novels FINNY (Random House, 2010) and THE PRESERVATIONIST (Pegasus, 2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has published stories in Glimmer TrainStory QuarterlyBoulevardFenceTriQuarterlyAlaska Quarterly Review, and others. He has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, the Hawthornden International Writers' Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

Acclaimed cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel was named a fellow by the MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday --- the only graphic novelist of the 21 fellows selected in the 2014 class.