Illustrator based in New York City. Alumni of the School of Visual Arts and a native of China, Yao Xiao is an enthusiast for queer fashion, vintage cabaret, collecting odd objects, and absurd science fiction with a flair of whimsy. Her personal artwork depicts a decadent visual world where internalized unspoken sentiments take physical form in surreal situations. Her autobiographical comics deal with thoughts on cultural identity, sexual orientation, and experience of being an ‘extraordinary alien’ in America.
Will Laren is an artist and zine maker based in Philadelphia. He is a current member of the artist collective Space 1026. In addition to his Zine Series Slurricane, his work has been featured in Monster Children and on Vice Magazine’s UK website.
Valerie Starr is an artist, historian, and self-proclaimed polymath. She lives in Ohio with her husband and their tribe of felines. Her favorite color is purple. While she spent a lot of her youth learning about digital media techniques, Valerie also enjoys working with traditional mediums. Her current favorite tools to work with are studio markers and pen. Her comics focus on storytelling. She employs a playful use of color and expression in her art to illustrate a world full of curiosity and exploration.
Vanessa Satone is the creator of the webcomic Wasted Minds. She has self-published four graphic novels and several mini comics. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including Womanthology: Heroic. Vanessa lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a manga letterer.
Whit Taylor is a Boston-based cartoonist and comics writer. She was a 2012 Glyph Awards winner for her comic Watermelon and a 2013 Ignatz nominee for her series Madtown High. She also writes comics-related essays and reviews for Panel Patter and her own site.