FROM BURNOUT TO BRAINSTORM
SUNDAY, JULY 23 • 1:00 PM • ROOM 29AB
ADD TO MYSCHED
Award-winning writer Jamila Rowser, cartoonist and award-winning illustrator Nidhi Chanani, critically-acclaimed author and artist Victoria Ying, writer and graphic novel editor Kiara Valdez, cartoonist and educator Marco Finnegan, and Eisner-nominated comics editor Amanda Meadows discuss how they've navigated publishing to produce work that excites them, and how industry mindsets must change to offer creators more support and fans more stories that reflect a wider range of experiences. Moderated by Christine Pasalo Norland.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Jamila Rowser (she/her) is an award-winning writer and the founder of Black Josei Press. Her comics credits include the Broken Frontier Award-winning minicomic Ode to Keisha co-created with artist Trinidad Escobar, the minicomic Wash Day co-created with artist Robyn Smith, and hers and Smith's award-winning and Eisner-nominated debut graphic novel Wash Day Diaries, which won the LA Times Book Prize Award. Find Jamila on Instagram and Twitter at @jamilarowser.
Nidhi Chanani (she/her) is a freelance writer and the cartoonist behind the critically-acclaimed middle grade original graphic novels Pashmina and Jukebox, the early reader graphic novel series Shark Princess, and the illustrator behind the picture books I Will Be Fierce, written by Bea Song; Binny's Diwali, written by Thrity Umrigar; and the ALA Stonewall Honor-winning Strong, written by Rob Kearney and Eric Rosswood. In 2012, she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change. Her upcoming original graphic novel Super Boba Café will be released in October 2023 from Abrams Books. Follow Nidhi on Instagram and Twitter at @nidhiart.
Victoria Ying (she/her) is a critically-acclaimed author and artist whose solo book works include the graphic novels Hungry Ghost, Diana Princess of the Amazons, City of Secrets, and City of Illusion. She is also a character designer and visual development artist whose film credits include Big Hero 6, Over the Moon, Wreck it Ralph, and Moana. Follow Victoria on Instagram and Twitter at @victoriaying.
Kiara Valdez (she/her) is graphic novel editor currently at First Second and a writer. Works she has edited include the award-winning middle grade graphic novel Frizzy by Claribel Ortega and Rose Bousamra, Himawari House by Harmony Becker, Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying, Snapdragon by Kate Leyh, and New York Times-bestselling graphic novel adaptation of Ngozi Ukazu's Check, Please. Her written works include the Scholastic storybooks We Are Groot and Karma's World: The Best Slumber Party Ever. She is currently writing her debut graphic novel tentatively titled Stepping Up, which is the first of a two-book deal with HarperAlley. Follow Kiara on Instagram and Twitter at @dezinpub.
Marco Finnegan is a cartoonist and educator who illustrated the NAACP Image Award-nominated and Glyph Award-nominated graphic novel The Keeper written by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes. His credits include the critically-acclaimed historical YA graphic novel Lizard in a Zoot Suit, Dynamite Entertainment's 007 limited series, and Crossroad Blue and Last Fair Deal Gone Down with Edgar Award-nominated writer Ace Atkins. Follow Marco on Instagram at @marco.finnegan and Twitter at @marco949.
Amanda Meadows (she/her) is an Eisner-nominated editor of comics, illustrated books, and prose who has previously worked for Lion Forge Comics and Limerence Press, Oni Press' imprint dedicated to sexual wellness, gender studies, and romance in fiction and non-fiction. In recognition of her work, Publishers Weekly named her a "Rising Star" Honoree in 2015 as co-publisher of the critically-acclaimed indie humor press The Devastator. Follow Amanda on Instagram at @megamander and Twitter at @amandonium.
Christine Pasalo Norland (she/her) is the founder and president of Hello Barkada, and a contributing writer to Popverse and the forthcoming Gladiolus Magazine from Black Josei Press. In 2022, she was named a Kinnard Awardee by the indie press Laneha House for her work in cultivating an inclusive comics community. Follow Hello Barkada on Instagram and Twitter at @HelloBarkada.