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Featured Presenters

P. Craig Russell

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, P. Craig Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on Killraven and Dr. Strange, he went on to become one of the pioneers who opened new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (The Magic Flute), Strauss (Salome) and Wagner (The Ring of the Nibelung). Russell is also known for his Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series as well as his graphic novel adaptations of Neil Gainman's The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, Coraline, Murder Mysteries and American Gods.

Carol Tilley, PhD

Carol Tilley is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at University of Illinois. Tilley's comics scholarship focuses on young people's comics readership, especially in the US during the mid-20th century. Her research on Fredric Wertham was featured in the New York Times and other media outlets. An in-demand speaker, Tilley is president-elect of the Comics Studies Society and a 2016 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards judge.

Rafael Rosado

Rafael Rosado 

Born in Puerto Rico and based in Columbus, Ohio, Rafael is a seasoned writer, director and storyboard artist for the animation industry. Highly diverse, he has storyboarded on action, comedy and pre-school shows, shows as diverse as Scooby Doo, Transformers, The Batman, Looney Tunes and Curious George.

He’s the co-creator and Illustrator of the graphic novels Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware!, and the upcoming Monsters Beware!, published by First Second Books. His work is featured in the latest edition of the Comics Squad anthology, published by Random House books, and the upcoming

The Latinographix Collection, from OSU Press.