Lightning in a Panel (Spring ’15): Speakers

Denny NoirDennis O’Neil is an award-winning comics writer and editor, and educator, best-known for his innovative work on Batman and bringing social relevance to superheroes with Green Lantern&Green Arrow, in collaboration with artist Neal Adams. He has also been a journalist, critic, television writer, best-selling novelist, and has published dozens of short stories, Most recently, his his work has been adapted for the big screen.. He lives in Nyack, N.Y. with his wife, Marifran.
Levitz12(Photo credit: Seth Kushner)Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Myth-Making (Taschen, 2010)) and educator (including the American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative. His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award and Munich’s Peng Pris, and is being
released in revised form as five volumes in 2013-5. His over 400 comics have been collected in over 20 graphic novels, and he is the first writer to have appeared on the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List for both fiction and non-fiction. His latest book is Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (Abrams ComicArts, 2014). Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and Boom! Studios.
Larry winkLarry Hama is a writer/artist/editor/actor who has is best known as the writer of Marvel’s “GI Joe” and“Wolverine” comics in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He has also written, edited or drawn for Avengers, Conan, Batman, Wonder Woman, X-Men, Spider-Man, and dozens more. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in National Lampoon, Esquire, New York and Rolling Stone. His most recent novel is “The Death of Captain America.” In advertising, he worked on the first USA print campaign for Nintendo for Dentsu Y&R. His Marvel comic “Mort The Dead Teenager” was optioned by Dreamworks, and he was a consultant on the first GI JOE movie.
idw_videoLouise Simonson has spent the last forty years absorbed in mythic universes and has contributed stories to a variety of very different shared worlds. At Marvel, she edited the fantasy comics of the Conan universe, and sci-fi epics Star Trek and Star Wars. Then, immersed in the Marvel Universe, she wrote Power Pack, Web of Spiderman, X-Factor—creating the super-villain Apocalypse-- and The New Mutants—leading to her co-creation of Cable. With Superman: Man of Steel, and then Steel, she explored the DC superhero universe. World of Warcraft involved her, and her husband Walter Simonson, in Blizzard’s world of epic online fantasy gaming. Perhaps strangest of all was the recent Super Secret Crisis Wars crossover for IDW, that featured five different Cartoon Network shows and their characters in a single storyline. She has written over thirty books of fiction for kids and adults, many of which featured comic book heroes. Her single, non-fiction book DC Comics Covergirls reproduced hundreds of DC covers showcasing DC heroines and sought to explore how the fantasy world of comics and the real world of publishing intersect.
WMS.SDCC2014Walter Simonson began drawing comics professionally in 1972, and began writing them a few years later. Since then, he has written and/or drawn a lot of comics for various companies including the NY Times bestselling graphic novel: Alien: the Illustrated Story, as well as such characters and comics as Manhunter, the Metal Men, Superman, Batman, Thor, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, RoboCop vs. the Terminator, X-Men vs. the Teen Titans, Orion, Wonder Woman, and Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer, the last written by Michael Moorcock.

On August 28, 2010, Walter received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harvey Awards ceremony held at the Baltimore Comic-Con. He hopes this doesn’t mean he’s retired and nobody told him.

Walter’s graphic novel, The Judas Coin, an exploration of some dark corners of the DC Universe, was published by DC Comics in September, 2012.

He is currently writing and drawing a creator-owned book for IDW called Ragnarök, a tale of Thor’s adventures in the Dusk Lands in the wake of the deaths of the Norse gods.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Writing Program, the Department of English, the Program in American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in Media + Modernity, and the Council of the Humanities.