Pro Critique Provider, Creators Workshop, Art Instructor
Reilly Brown has worked as an artist on a number of Marvel’s fan-favorite stories such as the mutant buddy-team of Cable & Deadpool, the infamous “Thorcules” fight in Incredible Hercules, and Spider-Man’s gig as a substitute teacher at the Avengers Academy in Amazing Spider-Man.
Brown is a also a digital comics pioneer with his creator-owned Power Play, as well as the recent Deadpool: The Gauntlet, which rethink comics for digital devices.
Meredith Nudo is a writer, editor, social media manager and comedian. Her work has appeared in Dork Shelf, Space City Nerd, Gutterfags and other digital, print and stage outlets, and she currently serves as the editor of Speak No Evil at Gray Bear Comics. She has also run social media accounts in the healthcare, oil and gas, publishing and performing arts sectors. You can find her on Twitter at @meredithnudo, on Facebook at /hardcorenudoty and on her blog at hardcorenudoty.com.
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.
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.
Mentoring, Pro Critique Provider, Creators Workshop
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.
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.
“Andy has been a huge help in refining my skills. Through a combination of written critiques and phone calls, he has helped me evaluate our beat sheets, scripts, thumbs and finished inks. The entire process has really helped me grow as a comic creator.”
Dave Castlenuovo Creator of the hit video game and comic book Pocket God