Panel Patter-ers!

Rob on a Good Hair Day
Rob McMonigal, head writer and site editor, has been reading comics since they learned to read at age 4, which means the medium has been corrupting them for over thirty years now. A fan of comics of all kinds, preferring not to limit to any one sub-genre, most of Rob's mainstream work goes on as part of the Best Shots team at Newsarama. Panel Patter is for all the comics and related media that's not getting the attention it deserves, whether it's mini-comics, small press books, or even mid-majors flying under the radar. A self-proclaimed Comics Evangelist, the purpose of Panel Patter is to promote good comics, especially those who aren't getting enough attention at the larger comics news sites. You can also find them on Twitter.



Scott Cederlund is a recovering English literature major, spending the past 10 years writing about comics. He's written for Popdose.com, Newsarama.com and SoundonSight.org, trying to figure out this game we call comic books.  Truthfully, he just doesn't know what to do with his time other than writing about comics.  It's a sickness.  His old blog is at www.wednesdayshaul.com but he currently blogs and tumbles (is that a verb yet?) at Ilostitatthecomicshop.tumblr.com.

James Kaplan is a Boston-based practicing attorney by day, and avid reader of comics whenever he can. He loved comics as a kid, went away from them for a long time, but has come back with a vengeance in the past few years. He loves superhero books, science fiction, and is discovering an appreciation for other genres as well. He also gets a lot of joy from sharing his favorite comics with his wife, kids, and friends. He posts shorter comics reviews, along with opinions about all sorts of other subjects, at sinisterjhk.tumblr.com.

Rob Kirby is a Minneapolis-based comics creator and critic, well-known for his work editing various anthologies like the Boy Trouble series, Tablegeddon, Pratfall, and the Ignatz award-winning QU33R. Rob has received the Xeric Grant and the Prism Queer Press Grant. He writes for The Comics Journal, here at Panel Patter, Festival Season, and of course his own website.

Maia Kobabe attends California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she is working towards her MFA in Comics, as part of the college's first class for that major, and is scheduled to graduate in 2015. Maia is interested in everything to do with books- reading them, writing them, illustrating them, hand binding, self-publishing, book reviews, shelving books, etc. She's worked in libraries for the past 10 years because "I love being around books." Maia has an undergraduate degree from Dominican University of California, a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. She is currently (slowly) writing and illustrating an all ages medieval fantasy adventure comic called "The Thief's Tale" which started as a webcomic and has turned into her Master's Thesis. You can read the first two chapters online here: http://thiefs-tale.smackjeeves.com/.

AJ McGuire lives in the Boston area where he dedicates his free time to publishing fanzines (Succour Fanzine & Gratitude Fanzine) and writing about comics online (ajmcguire.tumblr.com & comicclubusa.tumblr.com).

Douglas Peach soon learned that your Earth's yellow sun gave him horrible, cooked-meat smelling sunburns and he doesn't like that.  So instead he spends a lot of time indoors reading comics, novels, playing what his family refers to as "crazy man shoot man" on Xbox, changing diapers, and working as a research assistant for the local university.  He's also a professional photographer, an unpublished writer unsuccessful at finding an artist so far, and the father of three lovable little girls who are destined to destroy Tokyo with mind-control death rays.
He tells people he was born in Kentucky, but who's born in Kentucky?
Answer: Nobody.
If you see him, check for gills.​  And tentacles.

Erica Satifka is a science fiction writer with credits that include Clarkesworld, Daily Science Fiction, and more. She doesn't read as many comics as Rob (not many people do!), but jumps in when one catches her eye and deserves a review. You can find her on the web primarily at her own site, where she talks about everything from biking to reviewing short fiction.

Whit Taylor is a Boston-based Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and indie comics critic. When she's not working in health education during the day, she enjoys making, reading, and writing about mini comics. Her work can be found on her Tumblr.

Guy Thomas is a time traveling space alien rock star from the future. He’s currently hiding out in Milwaukee, Wi, where he attends university in pursuit of a film degree and a whole lot of debt. He may seem kind of shy, but ask him about comics, David Bowie, or Studio Ghibli and he just won’t shut up. You can check out his blog at thetwopagespread.tumblr.com and his artwork at tuesdays-dusk.com.

Former Panel Patter-ers:

Sarah M. is mostly retired from blogging, but has a fondness for bad horror movies and good comics. Once in awhile, she'd share thoughts here.

K.M. Szpara lives in Baltimore, Maryland with a guard-poodle named Marley. When he's not daylighting as a Legal Secretary, Kelly writes queer, speculative fiction at the local coffee shop. Shimmer Magazine once paid him for the word 'cock,' amongst others. On Wednesdays, he wears pink.