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MemberA. David Lewis

Dr. A. David Lewis is a college educator and comics studies scholar, most recently co-editing Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation with Martin Lund. He is also the co-editor of Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels as well as Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age. Dr. Lewis also serves on the board of NuDay Syria and has expanded his work to include the field of Graphic Medicine, specifically the representation of cancer in comics narratives.

MemberKay Sohini Kumar

I am a South Asian immigrant, a comics-maker and PhD candidate currently living in New York, originally from Calcutta, India. I am currently drawing my doctoral dissertation as a comic, which is an autoethnographic project about growing up in suburban India, homophobia in my hometown, living with chronic respiratory illness, and migrating to the US. In both my creative and academic work, I focus on how comics can be utilized by scholars and artists alike to amplify marginalized voices. My work on comics has been published in Assay: A Journal of Non-fiction Studies and Sequentials, and is about to be published in the Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives (de Gruyter) in 2020-21. In 2020, I received the Edward Guiliano Global Fellowship to fund the fieldwork for my comic “Resistance During the Fall of the World’s Largest Democracy”; this project aims to image textually capture the resistance movement against rising xenophobia in India, which has been exacerbated in the wake of COVID-19. I also serve as the Secretary of the International Comic Arts Forum, and write about comics and various precarities in Gradhacker, IHE. In 2019, I launched the webzine Comics from the Margins to highlight works by emerging diverse comic artists from the Global South Check out snippets of my work at my HCommons blog.