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Saturday, August 19 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Queer Heroes in YA and All-Ages Comics
The writers and illustrators behind The Backstagers, Steven Universe, Life with Kevin, and Patsy Walker A.K.A Hellcat! explore the creation and complexities of young adult characters in comics today, and how they might evolve in the future.

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James Tynion IV

James Tynion IV is a GLAAD Award winning, New York Times best selling comic book writer, best known for his work on the Batman titles for DC Comics, and creator-owned titles like The Woods, The Backstagers and Memetic.

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Vita Ayala

Vita Ayala is a writer out of New York City, who has done work for DC Comics (Rebirth Wonder Woman Annual #1, Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Amanda Waller & El Diablo) and Image Comics (Bitch Planet Triple Feature #4), as well as penning creator owned work for Black Mask Studios (Our... Read More →
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Katy Farina

Katy Farina is a queer comic artist and illustrator based in Charlotte, NC. She's done work with Boom! Studios, Oni Press, and Z2 Publishing. She's currently the main series artist on the Steven Universe comic series as well as the main colourist of the Rick & Morty comic series and mini-series Rick... Read More →
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Kate Leth

Canadian writer and artist Kate Leth specializes in teen and all ages stories. Her superhero/romance genre-blending Marvel series Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! received a 2017 GLAAD Media Award nomination. Kate’s previous work includes three Adventure Time original graphic novels including New York Times Best... Read More →
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Dan Parent

Dan Parent has been a writer and artist on multpiple Archie Comics titles for almost 30 years. In 2010, he created Archie Comics’ first openly gay character Kevin Keller, whose solo series won a GLAAD Media Award in 2013. Joining his current ongoing series Life With Kevin and the Kickstarter-backed Die Kitty Die... Read More →
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Nicky Soh

Nicky Soh is an author and artist who has published with BOOM! Studios (Adventure Time) and Image Comics (Liquid City 3). Currently, he is the creator of the ongoing series RockMaryRock, an all ages story about a young teen girl who accidentally awakens a legendary rock guitarist... Read More →
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Rian Sygh

Rian Sygh is a transgender freelance comic artist and living enigma working out of Charlotte, NC with his Partner and two cats. He's done both illustration and sequential work with Boom! Studios, Diamond, HarperCollins, ONI Press, Valiant, and Z2 Publishing. He is the Artist and... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room A