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Editor in Chief
Frederik hails from Belgium, the land of insanely good beer, chocolates and french fries. It’s also a country with a very strong comics culture and comics have been a part of Frederik’s life for as long as he can remember. Comics inspire him because of the greatness achieved when words and art are perfectly in sync, making them an unparalleled exponent of creative expression. He also wants you to know that he’s a lefty with a right hand of doom that would make Hellboy proud.
Andy is BF’s Managing Editor and its resident specialist on small press, self-published and altcomics through his regular ‘Small Pressganged’ column. He is also a contributor to Paul Gravett’s book 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die and an independent judge for the 2014 Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition. In the 1990s his name was a regular fixture on Marvel/DC letter columns although he now claims said missives were either the work of a genetically altered actress, a clone, or possibly the Andy Oliver of Earth-2.
Tom Murphy has been poring over comics since being drawn in by the promise of “Sophisticated Suspense” on the cover of an Alan Moore Swamp Thing. However, he’s never known a more exciting time for the medium. A MA graduate in screenwriting, he’s particularly interested in narrative technique and the relationships between comics and other art forms. He lives in London and works in publishing. He’s also on Tumblr.
As a resident of Belgium, Bart is our very own continental canary. With his eagle-like eye for standout graphics coupled with a strong love for solid narrative fiction, he reports from the deviate world of Europe’s bandes dessinées. He writes the ‘Crossing Borders’ column where he focuses on the ephemeral, exceptional and esoteric publishing efforts of eccentric Europe, all solidly embedded in a cultural landscape.
Richard Boom, a handsome chunk of 100% Dutch ground beef, has always loved to connect with other comics fans and creators over the internet. He was the driving force behind the Bad Grrl Comics fan club (2001-2010) and has since set up websites for Arthur Suydam, Eric Basaldua, Broadsword Comics and others. In 2009 at F.A.C.T.S., an annual Belgian convention, he met Frederik and shortly thereafter started manning BF’s news section. He proclaims he’ll never stop.
Conori is a student in Manchester, a wannabe journalist, and a wide-eyed newbie to the comics world, and shamelessly entralled by all the shiny new stories she’s discovering. When she’s not drowned in studies or seeking refuge in artisan cocktails she’s blogging, reviewing and writing on music, arts and anything else quirky enough to catch her eye.
After graduating from the renowned Kubert School for Cartoon & Graphic Arts in 2006, Tyler co-founded the small press publisher, A Wave Blue World, with his wife, Wendy. He is the author of the two graphic novels, Adrenaline (2009) and American Terrorist (2012) and is currently working on an upcoming project as well as publishing other creator’s work through AWBW. He lives in Portland, OR with his wife and two daughters.
Karen O’Brien is a Chicago-based editor and writer who edits by day and plays percussion with local orchestras by night. A former columnist for Comics Buyer’s Guide magazine, she has a healthy appreciation for small press and indie comics. She avidly supports efforts to use comics to promote literacy. At cons she can usually be found wandering through the Artist Alley sections, searching for mini-comics and finding inspiration.
Reid Vanier is a writer, theatre artist, and comic book junkie hailing from Canada. He is fascinated by cultural practises surrounding oral tradition and mythology – both of which intersect beautifully in the comic book medium. The first comics he ever read belonged to his father, including old issues of Flash, Justice League of America, and Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes. His knowledge and appreciation of the wider comic medium has grown exponentially since that time, but he continues to show his love for DC as Editor and Lead Writer of Modern Mythologies.