Paul Levitz is a comic fan ("The Comic Reader"), editor ("Batman"), writer ("Legion of Super-Heroes"), executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian ("Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel", "Abrams ComicArts", 2015) and educator (including the American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He has won Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award . His 75 Years of DC Comics (Taschen, 2010) won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award and Munich’s Peng Pris. His over 400 comics have been collected in over 20 graphic novels, and he is the first writer to have appeared on the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List for both fiction and non-fiction. He teaches at Princeton, Columbia, Manhattanville and in Pace’s graduate program.
Using her critically acclaimed textbook "You Can Do a Graphic Novel," Barbara Slate teaches students how to find their own drawing style regardless of artistic ability, navigate the creative process, and develop compelling dialogue. Students learn how to create characters, develop a plotline, and create eye-popping layouts. Slate is also the author of "Getting Married and other Mistakes." She created "Angel Love" for DC Comics, "Yuppies from Hell" and "Sweet XVI" for Marvel, and wrote hundreds of stories for "Archie, Betty and Veronica," Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "Pocahontas" comics, 65 Barbie comics, and more. Described by comic book legend Stan Lee as “titanically talented," Barbara was the Keynote speaker at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wildcat Comic-Con and is a panelist, speaker, and moderator at Comic-Cons across the country. (Barbara Slate portrait by Barbara Slate.)