Rosarium Publishing: Bill Campbell, Jennifer Cruté, Micheline Hess & John Jennings
Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, Poohbutt from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.
Jennifer Cruté started writing comics in 2003. She is featured in a Current TV segment about women in comics called KAPOW! The New Comic Book Heroines. She was nominated for a Glyph Comic Award for Best Rising Star. Her cartoons have been featured in Bitch magazine. She was a finalist in Lambda Legal’s Life Without Fair Courts contest. She has lectured at the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art, Miami University, Ohio, and Skidmore College, and her comics and oil and mixed media work has shown at the Medialia Gallery in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn; the Limner Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.; and the Ocean Hill Arts Sanctuary in Brooklyn.
Born and raised in NYC, Micheline Hess does design at a prominent ad agency in Chelsea and spends her spare time developing graphic novels, short stories, and interactive iBooks for kids. She has always been fascinated by the visual narrative in books and film and is constantly endeavoring to weave her own sense of humorous story-telling into both her personal and sometimes professional work.
A Mississippi native and University of Illinois native, John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Jennings is an award-winning graphic novelist and author. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media.
Shannon “Shoona” Browning
Shannon Browning, also known as Shoona, writes the comic Ellie of the Stars. Her favorite things in the world are comics, sharks, and marine biology. If she is not thinking about how much she loves making comics, she is probably at working or at home drinking too much green tea while watching cartoons. Her hope is to create comics for younger readers that everyone can enjoy!
Dr. Sheena C. Howard
Sheena C. Howard is Vice Chair of the Black Caucus (NCA), Assistant Professor of Communication at Rider University and Founder of NerdWorks. Howard is an award-winning author, including a 2014 Eisner Award winner for her first book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2013). She is also the author of Black Queer Identity Matrix (2014) and Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (2014). Howard has appeared on NPR (National Public Radio), 900 am WURD, and CCP-TV as well as other networks and documentaries as an expert on popular culture, race, politics, and sexual identity negotiation. She has also written opinion pieces for the Trentonian and been featured in the Washington Post.
Skuds Mckinley is a professional comic book artist and illustrator based in Doylestown, PA. His first self published comic work, I’ll Take You To The Moon & Leave You There Vol.1, was met with fantastic reviews and quickly sold out of print. In 2013, Mckinley also released Book Face (with illustrator Daniel Elisii) and Rumble Moon Vol. 1. He has designed merch and album covers for heavy metal and punk bands alike and works with some of the influential hip hop artists in his mind.