|The 2017 Excellence in Webcomics Awards Judges|
Ben Howard is a writer and critic from Northern Florida. He reviews comics and interviews for The Outhouse, Graphic Policy, and Loser City. Along with his critical work, Ben has recently broken into writing comics with two short pieces: "The Beastly Dance" and "The Face You See", coming out next year.
Derik Diaz studied at The Savannah College of Art and Design where he graduated with a BFA in Sequential Art. Derik is a freelance artist, creating illustrations, storyboards and comics. Recently, he produced a weekly action/adventure webcomic called The Adventures of Toad. Derik is currently illustrating and coloring the urban fantasy comic book series Rewind, to be published by Amigo Comics in 2018.
Donathin Frye is a professional stage actor who has toured across America in roles large and small. He's also an energetic writer, having won a BroadwayWorld Award for Best Playwright and more recently authored a number of comics, including the Dungeons and Dragons inspired webcomic I, Necromancer for the EncounterRP Network -- and the print comic Rewind for Amigo Comics. He also published the graphic novella Survivor for the All the King's Men anthology, and is a contributing writer and podcaster for StArt Faire Magazine.
Draco Plato is a full time artist and comic creator with a BA in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, who is also the founder of StArt Faire Magazine and KhyatiX. They have a passion for webcomics and the webcomic community and hope to see the community continue to grow in years to come.
Erin Mehlos is an independent comic artist, publisher & [mostly] mom from the frozen wastes of Wisconsin. In addition to writing and drawing Next Town Over, which won her the Best in Writing EIW Award in 2016, she edits and contributes to inclusive frontier fantasy anthology Poor Wayfaring Strangers. She has also contributed to loads of other comics and literary projects, including the Eisner-nominated 24 Hour Comics Day 2005 anthology, NOBODIES, f(r)iction, and more. She can ride a horse, sure.
Jenn Lee is a comic artist who lives in Toronto and spends her waking hours pouring pencils into panels. She has training in animation, and three cats - two of which are named after cheeses. Too many tidbits of information about historical figures and space bounce around her head. When not listening to podcasts about murder, Jenn and partner Ty Dunitz create Rising Sand, which walked off with Excellence in Illustration, Coloring, and Best in Fantasy EIW Awards last year.
Katherine Lang - AKA Rommie - is a comic artist, writer and graphic design student from the land of Canada. When she's not being a workaholic, she enjoys petting cats, playing video games, and listening to the same song on repeat for a week. She is a member of the SpiderForest Webcomic Collective, and the creator of the supernatural drama webcomic, Soul to Call, which took home both Excellence in Drama and Best in Horror or Mystery from the 2016 EIW Awards.
Rebel Vampire is a writer, critic, homebrew game designer, and the current Writing Director for StArt Faire. Rebel possesses a BA in English Literature and has some training in art fundamentals. At current, she has a number of projects: her monthly webcomic review series RV Reviews, her blog Rebel of All Trades that's updated three times a week, as well as various in-development game projects. Rebel is also the coordinator for Comic Tea Party, the weekly indie comic bookclub hosted by StArt Faire.