Comicon.com’s Mission Statement:
The origin of Comicon.com as a website dates back to the late 1990’s and the origin of comics communities online. The first iteration of Comicon.com acted as a virtual platform where creators and fans could meet, and fans could encounter new works to spur their enthusiasm for the medium. That focus on enthusiasm for the medium of comics, as well as for the popular culture that is so much a passion in fans’ daily lives, is what has led to the re-launch of Comicon.com.
Comicon.com aims to light that spark of enthusiasm in readers once more, leading them to explore the world of comics more fully, as well as the worlds of TV, Film, and many other fandoms. Comicon.com’s goal is to engage with fans in ways that create a personal drive to support these arts and build communities that continue to celebrate them in the future. The role of Comicon.com is to be educative, incisive, balanced in critical approach, and also relentlessly inclusive in attitude.
Hannah Means-Shannon, Executive Editor of Comicon.com, is a former Associate Editor at Dark Horse Comics and former EIC at BleedingCool.com. With a background in academia, and in writing comics scholarship, she got drawn into pop culture through conventions and is still an avid convention-goer. She continues to be a comics editor and author of books about comics.
Erik Amaya is the host of Tread Perilously and the former Head Film/TV writer at Bleeding Cool. He has also contributed to sites like CBR, Comics Alliance and Rotten Tomatoes. He is also the voice of Puppet Tommy on “The Room Responds.” Erik sorted into Gryffindor, which still surprises him.
James Ferguson has been writing about comics since 2008 on his own blog, WhatJamesKnows.com and HorrorTalk.com. He hosts Funny Book Splatter, a horror comics podcast, and co-hosts Raging Nerdon, a pop culture discussion show. He lives in the suburbs of New York with his wife, Monica and his two kids, named after comic book characters, Oliver and Parker. He is @JamesFerguson on Twitter.
Christine Marie Attardo is a 28 year old writer, poet, and all around creative human. She loves all things nerdy and Gail Simone related. When she’s not writing, you can find her nose in a book or her face glued to her computer screen playing video games.
Olly MacNamee teaches English and Media, for his sins, in a school somewhere in Birmingham, UK. Comics are his first love, but just don’t tell his family. Follow him on twitter @ollymacnamee. Or don’t.
If Rachel Bellwoar could guest star on any TV show it would be Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Her beta fishes’ names are Philip for The Americans and Max for no reason. Coca Cola is her coffee, and when she’s not writing for Comicon you can find her reviews at That’s Not Current, Flickering Myth, The Geeked Gods, and Diabolique Magazine.
Noah Sharma is a freelance comic editor living in Brooklyn and trying to ignore what a cliché that makes him. He started writing about comics on his own blog, Reviews by Lantern’s Light, and was then brought on as a reviewer and convention correspondent for Weekly Comic Book Review. He has a soft spot for character driven stories and loves his old copies of Spectacular Spider-Man #200 and the original New Mutants graphic novel. When he’s not writing, Noah can usually be found having strong opinions about media you outgrew years ago and teaching children how to play board games at his day job. You can see even more nerdery from him by following his twitter: @N1ghtwing17.
Swifty Lang, former film critic for The Miami New Times, was the founder/lead buyer of Bushwick, Brooklyn’s legendary video store The Archive. His short film The Showing won a Van Gogh Award at the 2015 Amsterdam Film Festival. He is co-creator of the critically acclaimed, FEEDING GROUND (Archaia) and PLUNDER published by BOOM!/Archaia in 2015. You can follow him on Twitter @SwiftyLang
Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? Yep! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.
Tito W. James writes action adventure comics for all ages that juxtapose creepy content with beautiful imagery. He is the mastermind behind CROSSBONE JONES and GANGSTERS VS GATORS. Tito’s goal is to create comics that capture the bombastic fun of old comics with the emotional resonance of new ones.
Ben Martin is a life-long movie & TV lover. In his teens, he decided he wanted to do more than just watch the things he enjoyed. So Ben decided to start writing his opinions on TV & movies a well. Mr. Martin also writes screenplays, short stories and opinion columns.
Sage Ashford is a freelance writer that’s been covering a variety of geek-related things for his blog, Jumping in Headfirst, since 2008. He stopped being awful at it around 2012. He’s written for Bleeding Cool, Tokusatsu Network, and CBR. When he’s not writing, Sage enjoys geeking out over anime, video games, comics, nostalgic TV, and more stuff he probably forgot to mention. Follow him @SageShinigami on Twitter.
Gary Catig is West Coast raised, East Coast educated, and has a touch of Southern charm. He has spent most of his adult life making science fiction a reality as an engineer conducting research in the military, microprocessor, and biotechnology fields. While currently living in San Diego, he enjoys all facets of pop culture including but not limited to comics, TV, movies, and music.
Koom Kankesan has loved comics ever since he first laid eyes on them. His other interests include film, literature, and the narrative arts in general. His published works of fiction include The Panic Button (2011), The Rajapaksa Stories (2013), and The Tamil Dream (2016). He lives in Toronto.
CJ Stephens wants to be a ninja or a rock star when he grows up. For now he works as an Adjunct Professor of English. He may one day actually finish his PhD, but at this point in time his part-time superhero gigs and binge TV habits tend to take up too much time. He taught himself to read at the age of 4 using a secret combination of Sesame Street, superhero comics, and the love of his mama, and once came in 4th in a High School spelling bee… when he was in 6th grade!!! Cash him outside at https://twitter.com/CJStephen1 and http://cstephensjr.tumblr.com/
Andrew Edwards has been writing about comics since 2007, completing reviews, encyclopedia entries and articles for a number of publishers including Sequart, ABC-Clio/Greenwood and Comicon.com. With a background in teaching and librarianship, Andrew has also undertaken scholarly research into intertextuality and gender in the work of Alan Moore. He is currently writing his first book on the Moore-Bissette-Totleben-Veitch issues of Swamp Thing for Sequart.
Deconstructing Comics is a podcast of comics reviews and creator interviews, with a focus on how comics are made and how this storytelling medium works, and providing inspiration and tips for comics creators. Every week, a rotating cast of contributors reviews a current or classic comics work, or interviews a creator who either is famous or may soon be. And twice a month, Tim and Mulele critique a comic made by a listener on the spinoff podcast Critiquing Comics. Find them online at: http://deconstructingcomics.
Stay tuned for updates on contributors joining Comicon.com!