EDITOR IN CHIEF – Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and is currently serving on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and blogs for Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award. Robin’s CV can be found here.
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FEATURES EDITOR – Caitlin Plovnick is the former managing editor of Diamond Comic Distributors’ BookShelf website and newsletter for educators and librarians, where she continues to contribute feature articles and graphic novel reviews. A graduate of the inaugural class of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT, Caitlin has also worked with comics and graphic novels as a self-published cartoonist, comic shop manager and teaching assistant. She has given presentations on using comics and graphic novels in schools and libraries at conferences for the Massachusetts Library Association, Maryland Association of School Librarians, Reading with Pictures Graphic Novel Institute and New England Comic Arts in the Classroom. She recently graduated from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and hopes to be a real librarian one day soon!
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CONTENT EDITOR, KIDS – Emily Heath was a children’s book editor at Penguin Books before making the jump over to the librarian side of the book world. As an avid reader of graphic novels, manga, and comic books ever since she spent a long weekend locked up in a college dorm room with her freshman roommate’s Love and Rockets collection, she was overjoyed when graphic novels began to make their way into libraries and classrooms. She now spends as much time as possible trying to get them into the hands of New York City public school kids. Emily has been a part-time librarian from grades PreK-5 at PS84 in Manhattan since 2009, and now teaches a Graphic Novel Reading Club afterschool class at PS107 in Brooklyn.
REVIEW EDITOR, KIDS and ANIME & MANGA – Eva Volin is Supervising Children’s Librarian for the Alameda (CA) Free Library. She cowrote “Good Comics for Kids: Collecting Graphic Novels for Young Readers” for Children & Libraries and is a contributor to the forthcoming ALSC Popular Picks for Young Readers. She has served as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. She has also served on several YALSA committees, including Great Graphic Novels for Teens and the Michael L. Printz Award. Eva is a regular contributor to School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids blog and is an occasional reviewer for Booklist.
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COPY EDITOR, ADULT & TEEN – Kasia is one of Falmouth Public Library’s Reference Librarians and she also splits her weekends at the Ames Free & East Providence libraries. She graduated with her MLIS in 2011 from the University of Rhode Island. She is also active as a freelance writer, editor, and social media manager & consultant. She is passionate about creative writing, bicycling, and Iphone photography.
CONTENT EDITOR, TEEN & MANGA & ANIME – Kat is a Teen Services Librarian at Chicago Public Library. A teacher once told her parents that she liked reading TOO much. Kat holds a dazzling array of liberal arts degrees and might be willing to trade you one for an out-of-print edition of Sandman: Fables and Reflections. She is most likely to be found scheming or herding cats.
COPY EDITOR, KIDS – Latasha Watters is currently pursuing her MLIS at the University of Alabama. Although her reading tastes are specific, she’ll try to read anything once (for about a year in undergrad, she binged on romance novels with damsel in distress covers. It was a rough year). She works in the marketing department for a scholarly publisher learning about topics that would have never crossed her mind otherwise. Random fact: She giggled after reading the “Red Wedding” scene in A Storm of Swords and believes Martin will eventually kill them all.
COPY EDITOR, MANGA & ANIME – Marcela Peres works at Lewiston Public Library in Maine, where she purchases items for the teen and graphic novel/manga collections, and has been known to plan awesomely geeky events like Star Wars Reads Day and World Book Night. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of ALA, MLA, and YALSA, where she is currently serving on the jury for the MAE Award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program, and is a board member for her local Literacy Volunteers chapter. In her reading life, she is a lifelong Marvel Comics reader, (especially any and all X-Men titles) and has recently started to dabble in independent series and manga. She may or may not carry an emergency Sharpie in her purse for correcting typos she sees on commercial signs and ads.
CONTENT EDITOR, ADULT – Renata Sancken is the teen services librarian at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library in New Albany, Indiana. Her favorite parts of the job are collection development and getting members of Teen Anime Club to explain the plots of different animes to her. She has her MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (where she got an A in Carol Tilley’s graphic novels class, thank you very much) and is a member of ALA and YALSA. Renata blogs alongside her teens at her library’s blog and tweets @renatasnacks.
REVIEW EDITOR, TEEN and ADULT – Sadie Mattox is the Electronic Resources Librarian for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. She served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee, reviewed for School Library Journal and blogged for the Daily Oklahoman at the now defunct Extremely Graphic. She squeezes in time for graphic novels between growing and raising two boys, Fox and Leo.
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Allen Kesinger is a Reference Librarian at the Newport Beach Public Library in California. He maintains the graphic novel collections at the library, having established an Adult collection to compliment the YA materials. When not reading graphic novels, he fills his time with other nerdy pursuits including video games, Legos and steampunk.
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Andrew Fuerste-Henry is an Adult Services Librarian at Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa. Among other duties he selects books for the adult graphic novel collection, runs a graphic novel discussion group, and keeps an eye out for fun things to share on the library’s Facebook page. He loves that his job lets him talk to people about comics, but wishes people would also come to the library with questions about Dungeons & Dragons and complex German board games.
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Andrew Shuping is currently the Interlibrary Loan & Public Services Librarian at Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University Macon, GA. He has been involved in libraries for over nine years and and has had an interest in graphic novels since before that time. Andrew began the graphic novel collection at Mercer, works with an English professor from time to time on a class on graphic novels, and just recently started a graphic novel book discussion group. He loves attending comic conventions, especially the smaller ones when he can, and one day may just have a comic of his own. Andrew can be found at ashuping.net and goes by the user name ashuping where ever he can, such as on Twitter: @ashuping.
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Anna Call is the head of the reference department at Boxford Town Library. She manages the adult graphic novel collection and springs comic books on the unsuspecting public as often as possible. Anna also writes for ForeWord Reviews, The Big Brown Chair, and Isotropic Fiction.
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Beth Rogers is Coordinator of Reference, Instruction, and Outreach at the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she has worked to introduce and develop the library’s graphic novel collection. Also a part-time lecturer in English, Beth has taught courses on graphic novels for college students, lead book discussions on graphic novels including Watchmen and American-Born Chinese, and guest lectured on superheroes in American culture. She also maintains a book review blog, Do I Wanna Read THAT?!?!? When she’s not working, Beth enjoys action movies, knitting wee Avengers, and spoiling her dog.
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Cari Rerat (“Rerat” rhymes with “Carrot”) is the Teen Librarian at the Joplin Public Library in Joplin, MO. Cari joined the JPL staff in the summer of 2005 as a Page, was hired as the Teen Librarian in late 2006, and earned her MLIS from Missouri University in 2008. As the Teen Librarian, Cari selects and maintains materials for the Teen Graphic Novel, Teen Fiction, and Teen Nonfiction collections (among many other duties). One of Cari’s proudest accomplishments as Joplin’s first Teen Librarian has been taking her library’s graphic novel collection from All Super Heroes All the Time to a nice intermingling of traditional super hero sagas, manga series, and amazing off-the-beaten-path comics. When she’s not writing reviews for her own blog, rhymeswithcarrot.blogspot.com, or her library’s reading competition blog, joplinloves2read.blogspot.com, Cari stays busy with her family and various craft projects like yarning a Totoro and using plastic table cloths to turn the library’s stacks into a maze.
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Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai is the youth services coordinator for the Anchorage Public Library system. Desperate to get collection development experience, she volunteered for the only free area – juvenile graphic novels. To her completely surprise, she found that she loved them, became a voracious graphic novel reader, and eventually finagled her way into control of all graphic novel collections, serving as graphic novel selector for three years. Originally raised in the Midwest and the South, she relocated to Alaska where she learned to cross country ski and carry bear spray. When not reading, she hikes, camps, knits and cooks.
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Emilia has been reading graphic novels rabidly since her best friend handed her Craig Thompson’s Blankets over winter break during her sophomore year of college. From that day, her fate was sealed — at Grinnell College, she created, edited and drew strips for a student comics magazine called The Sequence. As an MLS Student at the University of Illinois, she spent way too much time filling up her backpack (and her roommate’s backpack) with the treasures of the Undergrad Library’s comics collection — never less than 40 books at a time. Just in the past few years, she’s worked at libraries and archives in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Indiana, and Austin, Texas and consumed their graphic novels collections with great gusto. She has been drawing her stick-figure avatar, Flippy-Do, since she was about 10 years old.
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Emily’s favorite anime as a child was Mysterious Cities of Gold. Fast forward many years. After receiving a BA in English at the University of the South, she went on to study for her MLIS at the University of Alabama. It was here that a friend reintroduced her to the beauty of anime. After receiving her MLIS, she spent some time as a Youth Services Librarian in Winston-Salem, NC. Then, she went on to serve as Youth Services Librarian at the Huntsville Public Library in Huntsville, AL. At the Huntsville Library, she developed a sizeable (but not big enough) collection of manga and fostered a thriving Anime Club. Now, Emily has recently begun serving as the Youth Services Librarian at the Germantown Community Library in Germantown, TN. In her spare time, Emily reads, cuddles her kittens, and cosplays characters from Hetalia.
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Emily is a Sophomore and proud nerd. She likes reading shonen manga in her spare time and loves indie visual novels. She has a website she’s been managing since 6th grade all about international music (kaerumusic.com). She enjoys programming visual novels and coding websites in her spare time and in her freelance jobs.
Emily is one of NFNT’s teen reviewers.
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Emma’s first real job was in high school in tech services at her local library. Her love affair with libraries continued in college where she did her work study at the Media Center in the college library. She worked at the Cambridge Public Library for seven year while sloooowly working on her MLS. She is now very excited to be the Youth Services Librarian at the Flint Memorial Library in North Reading, MA. Through it all, she has read more comics and graphic novels than she can count.
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In addition to teaching at the School of Library and Information Studies (University of Alberta) where she is an adjunct professor, Gail tells stories and conducts workshops on a wide variety of topics across Canada and the United States. Each year she teaches the following courses for the University of Alberta. All of her courses, with the exception of the Storytelling course, are delivered online: Storytelling, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in School and Public Libraries, Canadian Children’s Literature for School and Public Libraries and Young Adult Literature. She will be teaching an online course on Comic Books and Graphic Novels in School and Public Libraries for SLIS, San Jose in 2012. Gail is the award-winning author of nine books on storytelling and folklore in popular culture.
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Garrett Gottschalk is an adult reference librarian at the Elmwood Park Public Library, Chicagoland, Illinois. He grew up on the great plains of Kansas, where he enjoyed subscriptions to Captain America, Thor, and Mad Magazine. After a fantasy detour during high school, he re-discovered comics of all flavors in college, and he currently spends his workdays ordering and promoting graphic novels (and music, video games, assorted non-fiction, etc) for the library, among other programming, outreach, and educational activities. Besides reading comics, Garrett enjoys spending time with his amazing wife, brewing and drinking beer, getting out of the country once in a while, gaming, rock shows, and organizing tabletop RPGing in Chicago as a volunteer community representative for Paizo Publishing. His mustache is a labor of love, and has been with him in spirit his entire life.
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Jennifer Wharton is the Youth Services Librarian at Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, Wisconsin where she maintains the juvenile and young adult graphic novel collections and was responsible for creating the library’s adult graphic novel collection. She is constantly looking for great new comics for kids and teens and new ways to incorporate graphic storytelling in programming. Jennifer blogs for preschool through middle grade at JeanLittleLibrary and has an MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Jessikah graduated with her MLS from The Palmer School of Library Science and has been working at the Syosset Public Library as a children’s librarian since 2003. She enthusiastically developed a children’s graphic novel collection for her library and enjoys developing programs around some of her favorite titles. As a child, Jessikah grew up on a healthy diet of Matsumoto, Toriyama and whatever anime series she could find. She often had a hard time deciding if she would prefer to be recruited as a Mahou Shoujo (Magical Girl) or a Gundam Pilot, a debate that still plagues her to this very day. If she could have any power it would definitely be telekinesis.
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Lindsey Tomsu is the Teen Librarian for the La Vista Public Library in La Vista, Nebraska, where she took a failing teen program in 2009 and turned it into a successful teen program that has been nationally recognized for its innovations in serving teens. Her Teen Advisory Board recently nominated her as a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. Before becoming a librarian, she was an English tutor and editor. She obtained bachelor’s degrees in sociology and philosophy from Bellevue University and English (with a youth and Gothic concentration) from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is currently finishing her MLIS at San Jose State University as all she has left to finish is her thesis entitled “A Social and Cultural History of America as Seen Through the Pages of Youth Series Fiction, 1899 to the Present Day.” Since there currently aren’t any online Ph.D. programs that meet her needs right now, she began a MA in History at Southern New Hampshire University to continue her series book research. While she is currently teaching a CE workshop at Simmons College (Nancy Drew & Friends: A Historical Survey of Youth Series), she would eventually love to branch out into teaching future librarians and hopes someday to share her love and knowledge in a materials class focused solely on series books throughout history.
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Marissa Lieberman is a full time Children’s Librarian at the East Orange Public Library in New Jersey, formerly working in various libraries in the Nassau County, Long Island library system. She received her MLS from Queens College in 2011. She currently reviews books for Voices of Youth Advocates and School Library Journal. Marissa has been reading manga, watching anime and obsessing over her favorite fandoms for 14 years. After starting an anime club at the Rockville Centre Library in 2008, she and the teens created Anime Tosho-con, the first library anime convention in Nassau County. The convention grew each year, attracting nearly 400 people from the tri-state area in 2012.. Marissa has presented about anime and manga programming and collection development in library school classrooms and at professional development meetings. You can visit her website, http://mangatizeyourlibrary.webs.com/, for more information. Reviewing for No Flying, No Tights is a dream come true!
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Mark Richardson is the Young Adult Librarian at the Cedar Mill Library in Portland Oregon where he selects adult and young adult graphic novels, YA fiction & nonfiction, video games and adult music for the library. He also plans lots of activities for local teens ranging from art contests to teen trivia to Pokemon parties. If this sounds like a dream job, it is. Sometimes he has to pinch himself to make sure he really gets to do all of this. He’s been reading comics for as long as he can remember and has been known to present an occasional conference sessions on graphic novels at the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference.
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Matthew Morrison is Teen Services Librarian for the Burleson (TX) Public Library. He has been blogging about comic books for nearly as long as they’ve had a word for it. Over the past decade, he has written regular columns, commentary, parodies and reviews for such websites and blogs as Fanzing , 411 Mania and Comics Nexus. He has served as an Expert in Residence for a seminar on Graphic Novels and Comics for Youth and Adults at the Universityof North Texas and has given several lectures on the history of comics, history of manga and cosplay culture at his library. Recently, he started a new website devoted to organizing all of his writings, where he continues to blog about comic books and his other hobbies at My Geeky Geeky Ways.
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Michael is a college freshman at SUNY Binghamton and aspiring librarian. He’s reviewed comics for years, but only to his family (annoying them to no end). This is his first chance to do anything as awesome as this at a professional level. In his spare time, he enjoys reading anything he can get his hands on and watching British Television. He reads mostly shonen manga with the occasional guilty pleasure of indulging in the magical girl genre. As for western comics he’s an equal opportunity reader. Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse, whatever. As long as it’s got a decent plot and an artist that isn’t Rob Liefeld. If you can’t tell, he might be a little bit of a geek.
Michael started as one of NFNT’s teen reviewers.
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Nic is the Teen Services librarian at the Brewster Ladies’ Library in Brewster, MA. The child of two artists, she grew up loving art, reading, and those oh-so-special books that combine the two. Nic got her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her thesis was on the best shelving scheme for graphic novels in public libraries; the proposal won an Elfreda Chatman Research Award. She spends her free time reading, drawing, blogging, and writing fiction.
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Rachel Hoover is an Adult Services Librarian for the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, Illinois, where she develops the library’s graphic novel collection. Rachel writes reviews for Library Journal, collaborates with the Who Do Collective of Arts and Music, and geeks out about horror on her own blog, Librarian of the Dead. Not surprisingly, her love of comics can be traced back to reprints of EC’s classic horror anthologies. She’s also an avid gamer, musician, fiction-writer and film buff.
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Richard Graham is the Media Services Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A proud graduate from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, he enjoys being a Hawkeye in Husker country where he’s the Art and Art History liaison, holds a courtesy appointment in the English department, and directs people to the bathrooms during his regular reference shifts. Richie’s claim to fame is his Eisner and Harvey awards nominations for his book, Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s to 2000s, a compendium of comics produced by and for U.S. Federal and State governments. He also maintains online databases that contain educational and political comic books while doing research on Nebraska-related comics and cartoon creators and artists.
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Russ Harper was one of those kids in the late eighties who rode his bike miles through the city to visit his local comic store and pick up the latest titles. Unlike most others at the time he immediately destroyed any collectible value of his purchases by actually reading them. The comics-collecting crash of the 90s was actually a happy time for Russ, who eagerly moved out of the realm of monthly superheroes and found wonderful independent graphic novels waiting to be read. Russ has worked with youth for over 20 years, finally finding his dream job with the Omaha Public Library in 2000. He also started a webcomic which folded shockingly fast as time got away from him. He now works as a free-lance cartoonist and a Young Adult Library Specialist working towards his MLS, and helps develop his library system’s graphic novel collection.
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Saeyong Kim is currently studying in the MLIS program at the University of British Columbia, where she also took a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature. She wants to take all the fascinating courses and never graduate, almost as much as she wants to hurry up and become a real librarian (almost). She loves anime and manga, is introducing herself to comics (via Sandman, a wonderful first comic if there ever was one – Watchmen may be next), and her to-read list of children’s literature never gets shorter, which is a good thing. She is also learning to play games on Playstation 3.
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Sally Engelfried received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2013 and works as a librarian for Oakland Public Library in California. She reviews kids’ and YA books for CommonSenseMedia.org and the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL). Sally is the selector of juvenile graphic novels at her branch, and she loves getting great new graphic novels into the hands of kids at her library.
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Sarah Wright is currently a Homework Help Center Coordinator for the Columbus Metropolitan Library system. She recently graduated from Kent State with her MLIS and is a member of YALSA and ALA. She started as a closet graphic novel reader in 5th grade and has never looked back. Now proudly wearing her love of the graphic format on her sleeve (Wonder Woman and Batgirl t-shirts, anyone?), she has embraced her love of all things geeky. Balancing the Silver Age of superheroes with a steady diet of both manga and steampunk, Sarah can be found on her website: sarahkellywright.com or in the 741.5’s at her local public library.
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Tessa Barber spends her days working in teen and adult services in a branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and loves it. The first comic that ever blew her mind was Garfield: His Nine Lives. She has served as a member and chair of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee. She also blogs occasionally about teen lit, movies, and other stuff at Crunchings & Munchings, and is a staff contributor to CLP Teensburgh.
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Thomas is a teen services librarian for Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina. While studying for his MLIS at the University of South Carolina, he won a book-collecting award from Thomas Cooper Library for his curation of the works of “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka. He has spoken about Tezuka, manga, and graphic novels at NashiCon, DragonCon, ColaCon, and American Library Association Annual conferences. He is currently on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels For Teens selection committee and, as such, is constantly climbing out of a mountain of comics that only gets bigger. He has written articles for Public Libraries, The Hub, and Library Trends. He recommends comics and other good reads on his library’s website.
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Wayne Cherry is the head librarian at a small private academy in Houston, Texas. He received his MLS from the University of North Texas and his Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor University. He began his love of comics at an early age, but fell out of them during the crash of the 90s. Since becoming a librarian, his fascination with the artwork of comics and graphic novels has increased a great deal. He expanded a graphic novel collection of 5Peanuts anthologies to a collection of well over 100 titles encompassing everything from indie titles to DC and Marvel superheroes. He blogs erratically and is currently trying to reboot his blog, The Tweed Coat Librarian, into something meaningful to the universe.
SITE DESIGN - Alison Kotin was an English Literature major in college then ended up as an artist, which might explain her fascination with comic books. Currently, Alison is a graphic designer, web programmer, and interactive artist. A native of Boston, Alison holds an MFA from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. To finance her studio experiments with code, electronics, sound, and other materials, Alison teaches graphic design, and works as a freelance web and print designer. Alison is currently the Youth Programs and Outreach Coordinator at the Urbano Project, a Boston non-profit dedicated to fostering artistic partnerships between urban teens and professional artists.
So long, fare well!
This site would never have started or been maintained without the extraordinary work from our reviewers, site designers, and a whole crew of support folks over the years. I want to use this space to thank all of our previous reviewers, including Jen, Alison, Anna, Petra, George, Wil, Jack, Jennifer, Katie, Gina, James, Jonathan, Rachael, Candice, Bill, Whitney, Brazos, Sheli, Matt Moffet, Bonnie, Nichole, Sara, Abby , Jack, Jenny, Traci, and Snow. Everyone has gone on to greater things and we wish them all the best.