Robert is a scholar and filmmaker. A professor
of Communication & Cinema, his creativity extends beyond filmmaking and includes curating
popular art exhibitions that have focused on comic strips, illustrated children’s books, and circus history. His debut documentary film, Kings of the Pages, focused on the cultural impact of comic strips and has been praised by many in the comic strip industry.
Eric is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, produced, and directed numerous TV series and specials for US and overseas broadcasters for more than four decades. His most recent work includes the feature documentaries With One Voice (Kino-Lorber/Amazon Prime Video), Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness (PBS), and California Bloodlines (Independent). Eric has won five regional Emmy Awards, sixteen Telly Awards, and gold and silver medals at the New York Film and Video Festival. Previously, Eric co-directed the acclaimed PBS documentary The Mystery of Chaco Canyon and spent his earlier years working as a producer and executive producer for major market television stations across the U.S.
Brian has a diverse background in professional
cartooning and cartoon scholarship. He is a founder and former director of the Museum of Cartoon Art, where he worked from 1974 to 1992. Since 1984, he has been part of the creative team that produces the comic strips, Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois. He has written, edited or contributed to forty books on cartoon art, and he has served as curator for seventy cartoon exhibitions including three major retrospectives.
Jenny is the Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University. In addition to curating the museum’s extensive collection, she organizes world-class exhibits that feature the works of many popular artists. Jenny is also an avid proponent of comic art as an educational tool. She is a key contributor to the educational resources of the Opper Project, which is a unique venture that uses editorial cartoons to teach K-12 American history. Prior to her arrival at Ohio State, Jenny worked for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.
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George has been drawing cartoons and characters since he was a teen. He has worked with Parker Brothers, Tonka, Activision, Nintendo, Sega, and Microsmiths, to create games like Mean 18 (a golf simulation), Swamp Thing, ALF, Bimini Run, Microleague Sports and Talk Time with Tucker (a game for special needs children). Characters he created include Avid’s Multi-Media Man and a counterfeit-fighting superhero, Captain Rochester. With Boston’s Mayor Menino, he created videos to highlight the city. He recently completed a childrens book about a young Elvis called, Come On In, Young Man!
Gary is an award-winning cinematographer and director whose work includes Educating Peter (Academy Award 1992), Autism is a World (Academy Award nominee 2005), The Education of Shelby Knox (Sundance American Excellence in Cinematography Award 2005), Shut Up and Sing (TIFF 2006), Ms. Sharon Jones (TIFF 2015) and Desert One (TIFF 2019). Gary has taught at the University of Johannesburg, The Prague Film School, Hunter College, and he is currently Artist in Residence at American University.