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Kim Eley, Chief Editor

An author, writing coach, publisher, and speaker best known for snorting when she laughs. Kim brings magic to authors sharing their messages through her companies KWE Publishing and Zazu Zine + Comix.

A graduate of the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Kim proves that an English major can indeed find employment. While she worked for years in IT and project management, Kim is passionate about helping others become their best selves - to find a career they love, to pursue what makes them "tick", and to look forward to getting out of bed every morning (yes, even on Mondays!) In 2018, she collaborated with authors to publish 12 books.
Membership: National Speakers Association, FAB Women, and LeanIn, Kim is involved in helping her community including volunteering for Read to Them, a nonprofit that promotes children's literacy.

Featured on SmartFem Media's TV show "Behind the Lines".

She adores cats, orchids, cooking for her husband and friends, and gets all her news from comedy channels.

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David Patteson, Author

Written short stories, graphic novels, and poetry. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and children. When he’s not writing or drawing he’s walking—if it’s not his fingers, it’s his feet.

Books: The Cult, Coming Back: A Novella

You can find more of his work and publications at

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Maria Hargis, Illustrator

Maria is an illustrator and comic writer. She started out as a traditional artist using acrylic and watercolor mediums then moved on to graphic designs making her first comic series Nocturnal Orphan on Webtoons.

She is a graduate from NC A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering. She spent many years in retail jobs and not working in the area of her field due to unexpected life trouble; however, the experiences she gained from the troubled time in her life is her source for writing comics. She is a huge fan of anime and her favorite anime is Fairy Tail. One day she would like to ask Hiro Mashima (the creator of Fairy Tail) to be her mentor; he inspired Maria to create an epic comic.

Comics: Nocturnal Orphan

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Rebecca Taylor, Artist

Rebecca Taylor is an exhibiting and teaching suburban RVA artist who dips her hands in a number of artistic endeavors. She is a mostly self taught artist who teaches art classes to ages 4 to ninety-four from her home studio. Her most recent artistic project is a series of paintings of Haiti based on a trip to volunteer and bring art to the staff of Midwives for Haiti and a nearby orphanage in Hinche. You can catch this series on exhibit at the Richmond Public Library, downtown branch, during the months of November and December, 2019. Rebecca is passionate about sharing art and creativity, especially with beginning and special needs artists.

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THE GALACTIC GRIOT has worn many hats including those of journalist, educator, historian and social worker.
As a life long comic book and science fiction fan the Galactic Griot has also worked with the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention ( as well as


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