Keynote Speakers

Phil Jimenez is an award-winning writer and artist who has worked for DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, and a host of other comic book companies for over 30 years. Best known for his work on TEMPEST, NEW X-MEN, WONDER WOMAN, INFINITE CRISIS, DC:REBIRTH, and his upcoming graphic novel HISTORIA, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jimenez has also worked for film, television, toy companies, design firms, as well as for museums and universities. Jimenez also teaches life drawing and comics art at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Paige Braddock is best known for her Eisner-nominated comic strip, JANE’S WORLD, the first gay-themed work to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate in the US. Braddock released an anthology celebrating the comic’s 20th anniversary in August 2018, LOVE LETTERS TO JANE’S WORLD, published by Lion Forge. Braddock published the first novel inspired by the comic series in 2016 with Bold Strokes Books. By day, Braddock is the Chief Creative Officer at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. She has illustrated several PEANUTS books, as well as numerous other comics and children’s books.