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


Carolyn Arcabascio

Carolyn Arcabascio is an illustrator for books, albums, tabletop games, and editorial. When she’s not painting of teaching, she likes to read and poke around the woods with her husband and two dogs, Prudence and Greta.

Her work has been published by Penguin Random House, Albert Whitman & Co., Atlas Games, The Big Issue, Capstone Publishing, Cities West Publishing, Blue Line Media, Wordsworth Editions, The North American Congress on Latin America, The Archaeological Conservancy, Northern Woodlands, The Stranger, and more.

Books, as Illustrator:
The Bar Mitzvah Boys (Albert Whitman)
The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women (TarcherPerigee, 2020)


Caitlin Rose Boyle

Caitlin Rose Boyle is a cartoonist working in comics and animation. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art.

Books, as Author/Illustrator:
Frankie and the Creepy Cute Critters (Oni Press, 2020)

Books, as Illustrator:
Jonesy (Boom! Box)


Stephanie Cooke

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.

Oh My Gods, Book 1 (HMH, Fall 2020)
ParaNorthern (HMH, Spring 20201)
Oh My Gods, Book 2 (HMH, Fall 2021)


Insha Fitzpatrick

Insha Fitzpatrick is a writer of many things. She’s the comics gal for and the Co-Managing Editor & TV/Film Editor for Rogues Portal. She's written for the sites Woman Write About Comics and Birth.Movies.Death. She talks on the podcasts Film Runners and Weird & Wayward, and loves true crime, Twilight Zone, character design, D&D, and comics. She forever aims to stay the weirdest.

Oh My Gods, Book 1 (HMH, Fall 2020)
Oh My Gods, Book 2 (HMH, Fall 2021)


Austin Gilkeson

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

His writing has appeared at Catapult, Vulture,, The Rumpus, The Toast, Points in Case, Unbound Worlds, and more.

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Olivia Gossett Cooper

Olivia Gossett Cooper was an advertising and creative copywriter from 2009 to 2016. Cooper started 'Today We Will' newsletter in 2016, with the goal of making sustainable lifestyle choices more approachable. She followed her passion for environmental sustainability and graduated with an MBA in Sustainability 2018.

Today, she continues to make sustainability more inclusive through the Today We Will newsletter and her company Silvr Inc., which develops more attractive alternatives to widely used plastic products.

Cooper was born in and currently lives in New York City.


Ruth Hammond

Ruth is a tea-loving and chocolate addicted freelance illustrator based in York, United Kingdom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Lincoln with a first class Bachelor of Arts in Illustration. She now spends her time working from home, usually in the company of her little white cat and covered in paint, as she combines both traditional and digital media to create colourful, whimsical pieces for children’s books and editorial works.

When not illustrating, Ruth enjoys spending her time reading as many books as she possibly can, getting very lost on walks, and making many new animal friends.


Stephanie Haught

Stephanie Haught is an illustrator and author based in Cleveland, OH. They love to tell stories about queer people set in fantasy worlds. They create picture books and comics that often incorporate magic and focus on characters and their relationships.



Mat Heagerty is a chipper bartender and comic book writer. He writes often funny, sometimes sci-fi stories for middle grade and young adult audiences.

Unplugged and Unpopular (Oni Press, October 2019)
Martian Ghost Centaur (Oni Press, 2020)
A Jaywalker’s Journal (Oni Press, 2021)
Indoor Kid (Oni Press, 2022)

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Jen Lee

Creator of the webcomic Thunderpaw, Jen Lee’s work consists of juvenile animals trying to make sense of their world. Jen grew up in a Florida beach town as a goth and first gen Chinese American and now resides in Los Angeles, working in animation.

Vacancy (Nobrow)
Garbage Night (Nobrow)
Garbage Night: Black Thistle Acres (Nobrow, 2021)



Kara Leopard is a twin and nonbinary writer and artist who currently resides in Los Angeles. Their projects include illustrating Clean Up from CCP Comics, twice successful Kickstarter project [Super]Natural Attraction, and their webcomic Mr. Hare & Mr. Bear.

Kara has experience from working on small personal projects to working with large teams on major licenses. They work hard to support their fluffy cat at home.

Pandora’s Legacy (BOOM! Studios)


Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs is a bestselling author and a Senior Writer for Insomniac Games. Her comics can be found in Star Trek: Waypoint, Jem and the Holograms, Invader Zim, and My Little Pony. She has also contributed to the anthologies The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and Becoming Dangerous and collaborated with Jordandené on an apparel line.

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy (Quirk Books)
Wonder Women
(Quirk Books)
Girl Squads
(Quirk Books)
Marvel Fearless and Fantastic!
(DK Books)
DC Bold and Brilliant! (DK Books, December 2019)
Con Quest!
(Imprint/Macmillan, 2020)
Sirens of the Southern Seas
(Abrams Books, 2020)

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Catherine Min

Cat Min is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in New Jersey. She studied animation/film at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, is a member of SCBWI, and can be found in Women Who Draw. She loves to doodle everything on anything.


Juliana Moon

Juliana Moon is a communications student and digital artist focused on sequential art and storytelling. She creates stories that make people’s hearts warmer. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Books, as Illustrator:
Oh My Gods, Book 1 (HMH, Fall 2020)
Oh My Gods, Book 2 (HMH, Fall 2021)


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.

The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion (ECW Press)



Ari W. North is a comic artist and writer living in Sydney, Australia. She has a passion for character-driven science fiction and fantasy stories that center marginalized identities.

Ari is the author, illustrator and music composer of the webcomics Always Human and Aerial Magic.


Laura Obuobi

Laura Obuobi was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. She moved to the United States for college, graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2003. During the eight years Laura worked as a Preschool Teacher, she developed a strong appreciation for picture books and began exploring the idea of writing for children. She is now a full-time writing student at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Laura is fascinated by West African history and how it connects West Africa to the Black diaspora. Her time in the United States has opened her eyes to the many links between her culture, African-Americans, and people with backgrounds from the Caribbean and Latin America. She explores these deep and rich connections in her books for children.


Sam Owen

Sam Owen is a freelance artist specializing in comic art and character design. He makes fantasy and science-fiction art geared towards young adults and children.


Nathan Page

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

The Montague Twins (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2020)
The Montague Twins, Book 2 (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2021)


Josh Palange

Josh Palange is a writer and English educator based in Tampa, FL. He works from home under the direct supervision of his meticulous, and oftentimes demanding, furry pet overlords. His three regal cats and vexing Kishu pup keep him focused on work and away from binge-watching video game streamers and superhero movie marathons during work hours. Josh writes funny and nerdy stories about kids that often remind him of himself. He holds a B.A. in English Creative Writing and Communications from the University of South Florida.


Samantha Puc

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

Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture.


Sabrina Scott

Sabrina Scott has been reading tarot and doing witchcraft for 18 years. They went to their first séance at the age of 8 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.

Witchbody (Red Wheel/Weiser)
Ancestor Work (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2020)

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Amanda Scriver

Amanda (Ama) Scriver is a freelance journalist and award-winning social strategist best known for being fat, loud, and shouty on the Internet.

Amanda has been profiled for her advocacy work on Mashable, CBC Metro Morning, NOW Magazine, VICE, FASHION Magazine, Bustle, and The Toronto Star. She’s also spoken on panels and moderated chats for everyone including Bumble, The Word on the Street Festival, Naked Heart Festival, Without/Pretend, the Toronto Public Library, and the University of Toronto.

Known for telling it like it is, Amanda has racked up bylined with noted publications including Healthline, Buzzfeed, Leafly, The Washington Post, Allure, FLARE, The Walrus, and Playboy on topics ranging from body politics, mental health, and cannabis.


Drew Shannon

Drew Shannon is a freelance illustrator in Toronto. He graduated from Sheridan's Illustration program in 2011. Some of his clients include the Globe and Mail, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, NPR, Unicef, and more.

Books, as Illustrator:
Extreme Battlefields (Annick Press)
Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past (Kids Can Press)
The Montague Twins (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2020)
The Montague Twins, Book 2 (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2021)


Gennelle Smith

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.

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Meg Smitherman

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, and is often touted by strangers on Twitter (@megsauce) as “the reason I got into hockey.”


Sarah Sawler

Sarah Sawler is an award-winning author living in in Saint Margaret’s Bay. When she’s not writing books, she’s working as a publicist for graphic novel publisher Conundrum Press, reviewing children’s literature, and writing web content for tech companies.

100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia
(Nimbus Publishing)
100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada - For Kids (Nimbus Publishing)
Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything
(Nimbus Publishing)

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Mya Smith

Unable to face a day job or growing up, Mya took to writing books. She has an incorrigible affection for bloody fairy tales, climbing up inadvisable objects, and breathing fire. One day, she hopes to walk away from an explosion, preferably with sunglasses on. The only way she falls asleep is listening to punk rock.


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.

When the Truth Unravels (Sky Pony Press)


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/Professional Daydreamer.

Definitions of Indefinable Things (HMH Books for Young Readers)


Tara Theoharis

Tara Theoharis is the creator of The Geeky Hostess, a geeky recipe and party site. She has been creating recipes based on her favorite fandoms for 9 years and has written for Dungeons and Dragons, Nerdist, and many others. She loves conventions and has spoken about geeky food at Emerald City Comic Con, GeekGirlCon, PAX West, and PAX East.

The Minecrafter’s Cookbook (Skyhorse Publishing)
Broadway Bites (Insight Editions, Fall 2020)


Andrea Towers

Andrea Towers is an accomplished writer, journalist, and public relations professional. She is currently an Associate Editor at Nerdist, with previous experience working at some of the world’s biggest and most influential entertainment brands, including Marvel t and Entertainment Weekly.

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.

Geek Girls Don’t Cry: Real-Life Lessons From Fictional Female Characters (Sterling Publishing)


Kendra Wells

Kendra Wells is an illustrator and comic artist based in New York. Their clients include Lion Forge Comics, Z2 Comics, Boom! Comics, Geek & Sundry, and MTV Networks. They also publish comics with The New Yorker, The Nib, and The Lily. They like Dungeons & Dragons, karaoke, and swords.

Books, as Illustrator:
Sirens of the Southern Seas (Abrams Books, 2020)


Yao Xiao

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. She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers.

Books, as Author/Illustrator:
Baopu (Andrews McMeel, 2020)

Books, as Illustrator:
How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion (Make Me a World, 2020)



Wyeth Yates is a comic book artist and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. A life-long fan of comics, he decided to try making them and then forgot how to stop. He lives with a very talkative cat in a quiet end of town, where he runs D&D games and listens to music too loud. He hopes to be telling stories for the rest of his life.

Books, as Illustrator:
The Castoffs, Volume 2 (Lion Forge)
The Castoffs, Volume 3 (Lion Forge)
The Castoffs, Volume 4
(Lion Forge)
The Mars Challenge (First Second, 2020)