- ICAF Chair: José Alaniz (University of Washington)
- Academic Director: Toph Marshall (The University of British Columbia)
- Fundraising Coordinator: Brittany Tullis (St. Ambrose University)
- Program Director: Brannon Costello (Louisiana State University)
- Promotions Coordinator: Mark Heimermann (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)
- Secretary: Elizabeth Nijdam (University of Michigan)
- Members-at-large: Bill Kartalopoulos, Casey Brienza (University of Cambridge)
- 2016 Site Liaison: Qiana Whitted (University of South Carolina)
José Alaniz, Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature (adjunct) at the University of Washington - Seattle, published his first book, Komiks: Comic Art in Russia (University Press of Mississippi) in 2010. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art, the Comics Journal, Ulbandus, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema and Kinokultura, as well as the anthologies Russian Children’s Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2007), Other Animals: Beyond the Human in Russian Culture and History (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010) and The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov (I.B. Tauris, 2011). In 2009 he edited a symposium on Czech comics for IJOCA. His research interests include Death and Dying, Disability Studies, Cinema, Eco-criticism and Comics Studies. His current projects include a study of disability in American superhero comics and a history of Czech comics.
Casey Brienza splits her time between social science and comic books. Regarded as one of the top manga experts in the United States, she has lectured and published extensively on the American manga publishing industry in both academic and journalistic contexts. She joined City University London as Lecturer (a.k.a. Assistant Professor) in Publishing and Digital Media in March 2013. Casey holds a first degree from Mount Holyoke College, an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge.
Brannon Costello is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he teaches and writes about southern literature and comics (sometimes separately and sometimes together). He is the author of Plantation Airs: Racial Paternalism and the Transformations of Class in Southern Fiction, the editor of Howard Chaykin: Conversations, and the co-editor of Comics and the U.S. South. His current projects include a monograph on cartoonist Howard Chaykin and a study of the relationship between speculative fiction and southern literature.
Mark Heimermann is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. His work has been published in Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and he has an essay in an anthology about children in post-apocalyptic cinema. Mark is currently co-editing a collection with Brittany Tullis regarding representations of childhood in comics from around the world.
Bill Kartalopoulos is a Brooklyn-based critic, educator, curator and publisher. He is the series editor for the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt beginning with the 2014 volume and is the publisher/editor of Rebus Books. He is the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo, was a co-founder and the programming director for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, and has taught classes about comics and illustration at Parsons the New School for Design and elsewhere. He has worked as an assistant to Art Spiegelman for several years and is a frequent public speaker about comics and comics education. He previously published the comics newsblog EGON and edited Indy Magazine, which was the first online publication about comics to be nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards.
C. W. (Toph) Marshall is Professor of Greek at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on Greek and Roman theatre (esp. stagecraft and performance practices) and modern popular culture (esp. television and comics). He is the author of The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and has edited two books with Tiffany Potter (on Battlestar Galactica and HBO's The Wire), and one with George Kovacs (Classics and Comics, Oxford University Press, 2011). His interest in comics focuses on the medium's representations of the ancient world and the mythic and narrative structures in American superhero comics.
Elizabeth (Biz) Nijdam is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on German-speaking comics, but she has also published and presented on using comics in the classroom. Biz's dissertation project traces East German artistic traditions into post-unification German-speaking comics through the artistic production of three comics collectives that emerged in the 1990s, PGH Glühende Zukunft, Renate, and monogatari. Biz has published on post-unification German film and has an essay on using comics to teach German history coming out in Matthew Miller’s edited volume Graphic Novel Pedagogy.
Brittany Tullis is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies at St. Ambrose University. Her work, which revolves primarily around transatlantic Hispanic comics studies, has been published in the International Journal of Comic Art and Hispanic Issues Online. Brittany is currently co-editing a collection with Mark Heimermann regarding representations of childhood in comics from around the world.
Qiana J. Whitted is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Ph.D from Yale University. She is co-editor of the collection, Comics and the U.S. South (University Press of Mississippi, 2012) and the author of "A God of Justice?": The Problem of Evil in Twentieth-Century Black Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2009). Her current research interests focus on EC Comics and the intersections of race, cultural history, and censorship in 1950s comics.