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Jennifer De Guzman

Jennifer de Guzman started out in comics as a publishing assistant at Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) and in within two years was editor-in-chief at the iconic underground publisher. There, she was editor for the early comics works of notable creators, including Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, Sonny Liew, and Sophie Campbell.

Jennifer remained at SLG until 2012, and then worked at Image Comics until 2015, managing marketing and publicity for the roll-out of titles like Saga, Sex Criminals, The Wicked + The Divine, and Bitch Planet.

Since 2015, she has worked as a freelance writer, published in outlets like Teen Vogue and ComicsAlliance, as well as doing freelance marketing and publicity work for the comics industry. She regularly appears on panels at comic book conventions and other conferences to discuss diversity, representation, and gender in the medium.

She also writes fiction in both prose and the comics medium. Find out more at her website and her Twitter account @Jennifer_deG.

Jennifer is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband, son, daughter, and two cats.

Dave Sharpe

Dave Sharpe

Dave Sharpe has been lettering for 20 years. He started in 1990 hand-lettering in the Marvel Bullpen. After freelancing and teaching lettering at the Joe Kubert School in the mid-90s, Dave came back on staff and developed and helmed the Marvel in-house lettering department. In 2002, he went back to life as a freelancer and continues to letter for DC Comics and many independent titles. Dave has worked on many titles such as Spider-Man Loves Mary JaneShe-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, The Defenders, and Spider-Girl.

Georgia Lee

Georgia Lee is currently a writer and producer on SyFy’s acclaimed space opera “The Expanse”.

Georgia got her start when Martin Scorsese saw her first short film and invited her to apprentice on “Gangs of New York.” Georgia then wrote and directed her first feature “Red Doors” which won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, Cinevegas, and Outfest.

Georgia has sold five television pilots to CBS, NBC, Fox 21, and ABC Family. She loves writing about strong women in heightened worlds of mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy. She worked for management consulting firm McKinsey & Company before pursuing her passion in film and television. Recovering victim of Tiger Parents.  Oldest of three sisters.  Lapsed atheist.  Sometimes she believes.

Georgia Lee in the writers room for The Expanse.

Marc Sumerak

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Eisner and Harvey Award nominated writer Marc Sumerak has spent the last 15+ years contributing to the legends of a number of today’s most popular characters, including The Avengers, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and many more.

Sumerak is best known for his writing work on Power Pack, as well as co-writing the award-nominated Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius series. He has also had memorable runs on the Marvel Adventures line of titles and has contributed to countless other Marvel publications as both writer and editor. His first creator-owned graphic novel, All-Ghouls School, was released in 2011 by IDW.

A seasoned lecturer, Sumerak frequently travels to schools, libraries, and conventions to teach up-and-coming creators the craft of making comic books. He also contuinues to write for a number of high profile clients in comics, books, advertising, and video games.

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Patrick Rieger

Patrick Rieger’s recent writing credits include Justice League Action (Cartoon Network), Niko and the Sword of Light (Amazon), Mission Force One (Disney Jr.), Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV), Slugterra (Disney XD), and Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (Netflix). In addition to teaching this class, he currently serves as co-head writer on an upcoming project for Warner Brothers Animation. He lives in Los Angeles with his family, and has spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.

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Stephen Pakula

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A 15-year veteran of the comics and entertainment publishing industries, Stephen has had major roles in just about all aspects of the business; from editorial and design, to sales and marketing, all the way through to production and distribution, his years of experience make him the perfect mentor for anyone that wants to be a writer, editor or artist in the comics industry (and for manga creators too!). As a mentor, Stephen will diligently work one-on-one with you, offering personalized guidance to help you achieve your creative goals.