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Meet some of the incredible writers and illustrators represented by Maria Vicente.

 
 

Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs is the bestselling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks, Wonder Women: 25 Innovator, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, and Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships that Changed History.

She is a Senior Writer for Insomniac Games, a writer on BioWare’s forthcoming game Anthem, and her comics can be found in IDW’s Star Trek: Waypoint and Jem and the Holograms. Sam has contributed to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, Becoming Dangerous, and DK's Marvel Fearless and Fantastic!: Female Super Heroes Save the World.

An authority on women in pop culture, Sam was named "Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year" by Women Write About Comics, speaking or writing on the topic for VultureThe New York TimesNPRMarie ClairePC GamerThe GuardianThe National Post, and more.

A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk.

>> sammaggs.com
>> @sammaggs


Whitney Taylor

Whitney Taylor is a YA writer that only speaks one language—fangirl. When she’s not obsessing over fictional characters, she spends her time taking selfies, going on adventures with her husband, and eating way too much Texas barbecue. She resides in Dallas, where she works as an Executive Coordinator slash Professional Daydreamer. Her friends call her The Queen and she has a monogrammed robe to prove it. Bow down. 

Her debut novel, Definitions of Indefinable Things, was published in April 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.


RuthAnne Snow

RuthAnne Snow was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. She was a sorority girl in college and social activities director in law school—which was a lot like being back in the sorority.

She has interned for the U.S. Senate, worked on policy papers for Congress and the State Department, and once spent a year sorting through emails looking for fraud. It wasn’t nearly as fun as writing fiction.

She loves travel, dogs, horror movies, and baking.

Her debut Contemporary YA, When the Truth Unravels, will be published by Sky Pony Press in January 2019.

>> @ruthanne_snow
>>
ruthannesnow.com


  Yao Xiao  is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form.  Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry’s single ‘Dark Horse.’ She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers.  Yao’s debut book,   Baopu  , will be published by Andrews McMeel in Spring 2020.  >>   yaoxiaoart.com   >>   @yaoxiaoart

Yao Xiao is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form.

Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry’s single ‘Dark Horse.’ She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers.

Yao’s debut book, Baopu, will be published by Andrews McMeel in Spring 2020.

>> yaoxiaoart.com
>> @yaoxiaoart

 Caitlin Rose Boyle is a cartoonist, working in comics and animation. She makes work that oscillates between manic, exuberant energy, & quiet reflection.  She is the co-creator and illustrator on Boom! Box's comic   Jonesy  , and co-created the 2014 Nickelodeon Short Toon  Buck n' Lou and the Night Crew .  Caitlin holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art. She was awarded the 2017 Emerging Artist Nemo Award by the Toonseum in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her early reader graphic novel series,   Frankie and the Creepy Cute Critters  , will be published by Oni Press starting in Spring 2020.  >>   caitlinroseboyle.com   >>   @rattusrose

Caitlin Rose Boyle is a cartoonist, working in comics and animation. She makes work that oscillates between manic, exuberant energy, & quiet reflection.

She is the co-creator and illustrator on Boom! Box's comic Jonesy, and co-created the 2014 Nickelodeon Short Toon Buck n' Lou and the Night Crew.

Caitlin holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art. She was awarded the 2017 Emerging Artist Nemo Award by the Toonseum in Pittsburgh, PA.

Her early reader graphic novel series, Frankie and the Creepy Cute Critters, will be published by Oni Press starting in Spring 2020.

>> caitlinroseboyle.com
>> @rattusrose

  Sabrina Scott  has been reading tarot and doing witchcraft for 18 years. They went to their first séance at the age of eight and grew up alongside Modern American Spiritualism.  Sabrina lives in Toronto and, aside from providing professional witchy services, they are also an illustrator, graphic novelist, and academic. They have lectured, taught, and facilitated workshops in Canada and internationally.  Their first graphic novel,    Witchbody   , was nominated for the Doug Wright Awards, the biggest comics award series in Canada.  >>   witchbody.com    >> instagram:    @immaterialty

Sabrina Scott has been reading tarot and doing witchcraft for 18 years. They went to their first séance at the age of eight and grew up alongside Modern American Spiritualism.

Sabrina lives in Toronto and, aside from providing professional witchy services, they are also an illustrator, graphic novelist, and academic. They have lectured, taught, and facilitated workshops in Canada and internationally.

Their first graphic novel, Witchbody, was nominated for the Doug Wright Awards, the biggest comics award series in Canada.

>> witchbody.com
>> instagram: @immaterialty


Andrea Towers

Andrea Towers is a writer and public relations professional currently working at Marvel Entertainment.

She has conducted interviews with top talent, writers, and directors, reported from hit television sets and red carpets, and provided coverage at major industry events such as San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, The Tony Awards, and The New York Television Festival.

Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine, Mashable, Bustle, Brit & Co., CVLUX, Variety, and more.

Andrea’s debut book, Geek Girls Don’t Cry, will be published by Sterling in April 2019.

>> andrea-towers.com
>> @_atowers

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Drew Shannon

Drew Shannon was born in London, Ontario, but moved to Toronto after graduating from Sheridan's Illustration program in 2011.

Some of his clients include the Globe and MailWashington PostReader's DigestNPR, Unicef, and more. His illustrations can be found in Extreme Battlefields (Annick Press, 2016) and Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past (Kids Can Press, September 2018).

Drew is the co-creator and illustrator of the The Montague Twins YA graphic novel series. The first book will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in Spring 2020.

>> drewshannon.ca
>> @montadrew


  Nathan Page  was born in Kingston, Ontario, where he began writing and acting at an early age. He moved to Toronto in 2010.  Nathan is the co-creator and writer of the   The Montague Twins   YA graphic novel series. The first graphic novel will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in Spring 2020.  >>   @aproposnothing   >>   montaguetwins.com

Nathan Page was born in Kingston, Ontario, where he began writing and acting at an early age. He moved to Toronto in 2010.

Nathan is the co-creator and writer of the The Montague Twins YA graphic novel series. The first graphic novel will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in Spring 2020.

>> @aproposnothing
>> montaguetwins.com

  Kendra Wells  is an illustrator, comic artist, and colorist based in New York. Previous clients include Lion Forge Comics, Z2 Comics, Boom! Comics, Geek & Sundry, and MTV Networks. They like Dungeons & Dragons, karaoke, and swords.  >>   kendrawcandraw.com   >>   kendrawcandraw.tumblr.com   >>   @kendrawcandraw

Kendra Wells is an illustrator, comic artist, and colorist based in New York. Previous clients include Lion Forge Comics, Z2 Comics, Boom! Comics, Geek & Sundry, and MTV Networks. They like Dungeons & Dragons, karaoke, and swords.

>> kendrawcandraw.com
>> kendrawcandraw.tumblr.com
>> @kendrawcandraw

  Stephanie Cooke  is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Her writing credits include "Home Sweet Huck" (Mark Millar's  Millarworld Annual 2017 ), “Miss Monster” ( Wayward Sisters ), "Lungarella ( Secret Loves of Geek Girls ), "Behind Enemy Linens" ( BLOCKED  Anthology), "Home and Country" ( Toronto Comics  Anthology 2017) and more.  In addition to writing comics, she also edits them, having worked on such titles as  We Are The Danger  (Black Mask, 2018),  Toronto Comics Anthology: Osgoode as Gold  (TO Comix, 2018), and  Project Solace .  >>   stephaniecooke.com   >>   @hellocookie

Stephanie Cooke is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Her writing credits include "Home Sweet Huck" (Mark Millar's Millarworld Annual 2017), “Miss Monster” (Wayward Sisters), "Lungarella (Secret Loves of Geek Girls), "Behind Enemy Linens" (BLOCKED Anthology), "Home and Country" (Toronto Comics Anthology 2017) and more.

In addition to writing comics, she also edits them, having worked on such titles as We Are The Danger (Black Mask, 2018), Toronto Comics Anthology: Osgoode as Gold (TO Comix, 2018), and Project Solace.

>> stephaniecooke.com
>> @hellocookie


Nina Nesseth

Nina Nesseth is a professional science communicator whose background is rooted in biomedical sciences and science communication, with a special interest in human biology.

She is a staff scientist at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario.

Nina's debut, The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion, co-written with Casey Griffin, was published by ECW Press in August 2017.

>> @cestmabiologie


  Crystal Smalls Ord ’s art and stories have appeared in multiple issues of the macabre children’s lit magazine,  Underneath the Juniper Tree . She has created several illustrations for Anchor Group Publishing and her art can been seen in hitRECord.com’s musical short,  Madamoiselle Noir .  In her free time, Crystal initiates dance parties and tickle fights with her kids, cleans house, plays ukulele, and lingers in the geekery corner of Pinterest.  >>   art portfolio   >>  instagram:    smallsord_art

Crystal Smalls Ord’s art and stories have appeared in multiple issues of the macabre children’s lit magazine, Underneath the Juniper Tree. She has created several illustrations for Anchor Group Publishing and her art can been seen in hitRECord.com’s musical short, Madamoiselle Noir.

In her free time, Crystal initiates dance parties and tickle fights with her kids, cleans house, plays ukulele, and lingers in the geekery corner of Pinterest.

>> art portfolio
>> instagram: smallsord_art

  Cat Min  (Catherine Min) is an illustrator, animator, & writer based in New Jersey, USA. She is a member of SCBWI and can be found in  Women Who Draw . She studied animation/film at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and completed the Illustration & Visual Storytelling Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  Her illustrations were recently featured in the 4th issue of  The Protagonist Magazine  and included in SCBWI’s Narrative Art Award 2017 gallery. She loves to doodle everything on anything.  >>   catherinemin.com    >>    instagram.com/thecatpark

Cat Min (Catherine Min) is an illustrator, animator, & writer based in New Jersey, USA. She is a member of SCBWI and can be found in Women Who Draw. She studied animation/film at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and completed the Illustration & Visual Storytelling Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Her illustrations were recently featured in the 4th issue of The Protagonist Magazine and included in SCBWI’s Narrative Art Award 2017 gallery. She loves to doodle everything on anything.

>> catherinemin.com
>>
instagram.com/thecatpark

  Gennelle Smith  is a writer based in Toronto. After receiving her MA in Film & Literature from the University of York (UK), she worked in film production and spent a lot of time daydreaming on film sets.  She currently works on the digital side of children’s television and, when not exploring new places or inventing oddball characters, loves discovering new animated films, historical lit, and live comedy.  >>   gennellesmith.com   >>   @gennellesmith

Gennelle Smith is a writer based in Toronto. After receiving her MA in Film & Literature from the University of York (UK), she worked in film production and spent a lot of time daydreaming on film sets.

She currently works on the digital side of children’s television and, when not exploring new places or inventing oddball characters, loves discovering new animated films, historical lit, and live comedy.

>> gennellesmith.com
>> @gennellesmith

  Austin Gilkeson  writes about all sorts of things, but the things he loves the most are the ones that go bump in the night.  After getting his MA in English literature from the University of Chicago, he spent two years teaching elementary and junior high school English on a remote Japanese island.  His writing has appeared at  The Toast , and his work for children has been published in the children’s literary magazines  Underneath the Juniper Tree  and  Spellbound , and on the YA podcast  Cast of Wonders . He lives with his wife and son in Chicago.  >>   blog    >>    @osutein

Austin Gilkeson writes about all sorts of things, but the things he loves the most are the ones that go bump in the night.

After getting his MA in English literature from the University of Chicago, he spent two years teaching elementary and junior high school English on a remote Japanese island.

His writing has appeared at The Toast, and his work for children has been published in the children’s literary magazines Underneath the Juniper Tree and Spellbound, and on the YA podcast Cast of Wonders. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago.

>> blog
>> @osutein


  Caitlin Rantala  lives in Nashville, TN but she writes YA books not songs. When Caitlin is not writing books or being Taylor Swift's BFF, she’s working on graphic design projects or planning out her next great cosplay outfit. Caitlin’s New Adult debut,   Industry Darling  , is available now.  >>   caitlinrantala.com   >>   @caitlinrantala

Caitlin Rantala lives in Nashville, TN but she writes YA books not songs. When Caitlin is not writing books or being Taylor Swift's BFF, she’s working on graphic design projects or planning out her next great cosplay outfit. Caitlin’s New Adult debut, Industry Darling, is available now.

>> caitlinrantala.com
>> @caitlinrantala

  Megan Orsini  has always wanted to run away with the circus and has been hugged by scores of homeless men. She has an affinity for street performers and the quirky, magical worlds they inhabit. Megan received her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and lives in a suburb of Northern Virginia where there are no street performers and too many politicians.  >>   meganorsini.com   >>   @morsini

Megan Orsini has always wanted to run away with the circus and has been hugged by scores of homeless men. She has an affinity for street performers and the quirky, magical worlds they inhabit. Megan received her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and lives in a suburb of Northern Virginia where there are no street performers and too many politicians.

>> meganorsini.com
>> @morsini

  Meg Smitherman  is an artist, podcaster, and novelist turned avid hockey enthusiast. She co-hosts the comedy hockey podcast  Shut Yer Five Hole , writes about hockey for GuysGirl.com, and is often touted by strangers on Twitter as “the reason I got into hockey.”  >>  @megsauce >> blog:    meg IRL

Meg Smitherman is an artist, podcaster, and novelist turned avid hockey enthusiast. She co-hosts the comedy hockey podcast Shut Yer Five Hole, writes about hockey for GuysGirl.com, and is often touted by strangers on Twitter as “the reason I got into hockey.”

>> @megsauce
>> blog:
meg IRL


  Amelia Quint  is a columnist and essayist living in her native South Carolina. She has a special interest in ancient divination systems as they relate to modern society, especially those of the classical era. In her own words, her goal is to “bring the occult arts into the present day without sacrificing their original rigor or integrity.”  She founded  The Midheaven , an online astrology platform, in 2013. Since then, her work has been featured in such publications as  Glamour,   Nylon , the  Vice  channels, and many others. You can read her regular astrology columns in  Coveteur ,  Rookie Magazine , and  MyDomaine .  >>   ameliaquint.com    >>    midheavenastro.com   >>   @ameliaquint

Amelia Quint is a columnist and essayist living in her native South Carolina. She has a special interest in ancient divination systems as they relate to modern society, especially those of the classical era. In her own words, her goal is to “bring the occult arts into the present day without sacrificing their original rigor or integrity.”

She founded The Midheaven, an online astrology platform, in 2013. Since then, her work has been featured in such publications as Glamour, Nylon, the Vice channels, and many others. You can read her regular astrology columns in Coveteur, Rookie Magazine, and MyDomaine.

>> ameliaquint.com
>>
midheavenastro.com
>> @ameliaquint

  Alex Nursall  is a writer and illustrator based out of Toronto (and occasionally Liverpool). Her work focuses mainly on makeup history and drawing dumb pictures of hockey players, two things that totally have nothing to do with each other. She’s had her work published on a number of sites, including  The Toast ,  Jezebel ,  Deadspin ,  McSweeney’s Internet Tendency ,  TSN/BarDown ,  Travel+Escape , and more.  >>   alexnursall.com   >>   @saltandketchup

Alex Nursall is a writer and illustrator based out of Toronto (and occasionally Liverpool). Her work focuses mainly on makeup history and drawing dumb pictures of hockey players, two things that totally have nothing to do with each other. She’s had her work published on a number of sites, including The Toast, Jezebel, Deadspin, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, TSN/BarDown, Travel+Escape, and more.

>> alexnursall.com
>> @saltandketchup

  Samantha Puc  is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on  Bustle ,  The Mary Sue ,  The Tempest ,  Rogues Portal , and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction.  She is the co-creator of  Fatventure Mag , an outdoors zine for fat women and non-binary creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture.  Samantha lives in Rhode Island with her spouse and three cats.  >>   theverbalthing.com   >>   @theverbalthing   >>     fatventuremag.com

Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bustle, The Mary Sue, The Tempest, Rogues Portal, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction.

She is the co-creator of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat women and non-binary creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture.

Samantha lives in Rhode Island with her spouse and three cats.

>> theverbalthing.com
>> @theverbalthing
>> fatventuremag.com


Sarah Sawler

Sarah Sawler is a publicist, author, and freelance writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the author of the regional bestseller 100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada - For Kids, and  Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything (with Frankie MacDonald).

Occasionally, she writes about children's literature for Atlantic Books Today, and has had numerous reviews published in the Quill & Quire's "Books for Young People" section.

>> @sarahsawler