McCloud was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent most of his childhood in Lexington, Massachusetts. He obtained his B.F.A in illustration from Syracuse University. McCloud created the light-hearted science fiction/superhero comic book series Zot! in 1984, in part as a reaction to the increasingly
Cartoonist Lauren Weinstein received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and is the author of Inside Vineyland, the Goddess of War and Vineyland. She is also the lead singer of the band Flaming Fire.
Graphic novelist Charles Burns, known for is surreal and dark comics Black Hole and Big Baby, chronicles childhood trauma and teenage angst with a sleek visual style and brooding sensibility. His work is published by fantagraphics books and is among the most beautiful examples of the genre.