The Comics Studies Society

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The Futures of the Field
The 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society | August 9-11, 2018
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, and If This Be Sin. They are the editor and publisher the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics For Choice. Their work has been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Hazel's debut full-length graphic novel, No Ivy League, will be published by Lion Forge in 2019. (
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Whitney Taylor is a cartoonist, writer, editor, and public health educator from New Jersey. She has a BA in cultural anthropology from Brown University and received an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University School of Public Health. Her comics have been published by The Nib, The New Yorker, Rosarium Publishing, BOOM!, Sparkplug Books, Kus, Ninth Art Press, Illustrated PEN, and others. (