David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. He is best known for his work in graphic novels and comics, including the Eisner and Ringo Award–winning series Bitter Root (Image Comics), the Eisner-nominated series Naomi (DC Comics), and the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Black Panther Party (Ten Speed Press). His most recent project is The Hated, soon to be a Netflix series. He has written for Marvel Comics (Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Deadpool) and DC Comics (Cyborg, Young Justice). He also teaches part-time at Portland State University
Lisa Wood, known by her pen name Tula Lotay, is an English comic book artist. She is best known for illustrating Supreme: Blue Rose, written by Warren Ellis (Image Comics) and All Star Batman with Scott Snyder. She was also an artist on Si Spencer's eight-part series Bodies for Vertigo. Tula illustrated issue #13 of The Wicked + The Divine, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. In 2007, she founded the annual Thought Bubble Festival in Yorkshire, England, to promote comic books to the general public, especially children with reading difficulties. For this work she received Comic-Con’s Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2019.
Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. As the Library of Congress’s fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second Books, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. It’s recently been greenlit as a TV show for Disney+. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the L.A. Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. His most recent books are the Eisner-winning Dragon Hoops from First Second Books and Superman Smashes the Klan from DC Comics.
Skottie Young got his start at Marvel on titles like Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider Clan, Human Torch, and Venom. He soon began adapting the L. Frank Baum Oz novels at Marvel with writer Eric Shanower, garnering four Eisner Awards along the way. Other projects included writing and drawing the hit series Rocket Raccoon and illustrating the children's book Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. He then created, wrote, and drew the series I Hate Fairyland at Image. Skottie followed that with co-creating and writing Middlewest with artist Jorge Corona and Bully Wars with artist Aaron Conley. His most recent series are Strange Academy, with artist Humberto Ramos, and The Me You Love in the Dark, with Corona.