Q-Collection Comic Book Advisory Committee
Project Founder: JOHN OFFERMAN SINDALL, Ph.D. (Massachusetts, USA) Dr. Sindall began this comic book preservation project in 2001. His background includes serving in U.S. Air Force Intelligence for five years (three years in Vietnam). John studied philosophy at Denver's Metropolitan State University (B.A.), The University of Hawaii (M.A.) and The University of Sydney - Australia (Ph.D.). He is now retired from Harvard University administration. John has been a member of MENSA - the international high IQ society - since 1981. The Q-Project founder is also the founder of The League Of Extraordinary Comic Book Collectors - an eBay group with well over 5,000 members residing in 54 countries.
Deceased: JERRY WEIST (Massachusetts, USA) Jerry Weist was a long-time member of the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Sadly Jerry passed away in January 2011. His advice and guidance have been sorely missed. Jerry had a lifetime of experience grading, cataloguing, writing historical articles, identifying restoration on comics, confirming original artwork from fakes, making finds that become PEDIGREE comics collections - and a wide range of experience with the comic book and comic art mediums. Author of BRADBURY: AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE, THE COMIC ART PRICE GUIDE, and THE ART OF FRANK R. PAUL. From 1990 to 2001 he was a consultant at Sothebys specializing in popular culture. Mr. Weist was a Senior Advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Buyers Guide.
The Q-Collection Comic Book Project Committee Members/Advisors:
- AMANE CHU YI MIN (pen name: JDC Amane) (Singapore) JDC Amane has a degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. He is one of the founding members of the Association of Comic Artists Singapore http://www.acas.org.sg/ and currently serves as the Assistant Secretary and Senior Instructor for that organization. JDC Amane has published six comic book titles and is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, Hokkien and English. His official webside can be found at www.facebook.com/VACCINATORIAN.
- ROBERT BEERBOHM (Nebraska, USA) Robert Beerbohm set up at his first comicon in Houston, Texas in June 1967 as a 14-year old teenager. Bob operated comics-oriented Bay Area stores for 22 years. Mr. Beerbohm is the owner of BLBcomics.com and has been an advisor to the Overstreet Comic Buyers Guide since 1981 - authoring numerous articles for that Guide. Bob Beerbohm is an expert on platinum-age comics and is currently finishing up a history of the comic book business.
- JOHN PHILIP BORGER, Esq. (Minnesota, USA) John Philip Borger is one of Americas finest law experts. John is a life-long comic book collector. His collection of 40,000 comic books (including secondary materials such as action figures and posters of comic book heroes) was donated to the Childrens Literature Research Collections department, University of Minnesota. John Borger has participated in legal cases at all levels of the judicial system, from conciliation court to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Borger is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the Who's Who in American Law. John has received the First Amendment Award and the Freedom of Information Award.
- DR. TIM BOLLINGER (New Zealand) Tim is a Wellington cartoonist with a thirty-year career drawing and writing comics. He has drawn regular strips for Salient, City Voice and Tearaway magazine, he was comics editor for Pavement magazine, has researched and written about the history of New Zealand comics and has produced more than fifteen of his own self-published comic book titles. He is currently a regular contributor to White Fungus magazine for whom he both writes and draws comics.
- HARLAN JAY ELLISON (California, USA) Harlan Ellison is an American writer. His principal genre is speculative fiction. His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, teleplays, essays, a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. He was editor and anthologist for two ground-breaking science fiction anthologies and Dangerous Visions. Harlan Ellison has won numerous awards including multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars. He wrote the screenplay for The Oscar movie, starring Stephen Boyd and Elke Sommer. Mr. Ellison also sold scripts to many television shows: The Flying Nun, Burke's Law, Route 66, The Outer Limits, Star Trek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Cimarron Strip and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
Harlan Ellison served as creative consultant to the science fiction TV series The Twilight Zone (1980s version) and Babylon 5. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), he has voice-over credits for shows including The Pirates of Dark Water, Mother Goose and Grimm, Space Cases, Phantom 2040, and Babylon 5, as well as making an onscreen appearance in the Babylon 5 episode "The Face of the Enemy". He does all his writing on a manual Olympia typewriter, and has a substantial distaste for personal computers and most of the Internet.
- PROFESSOR WILLIAM H. FOSTER (Connecticut, USA) William H. Foster III has been a writer since the age of 8 and published since age 11. Poet, essayist, playwright, and editorialist, he has written 15 books and 10 plays. A long-time comic book collector and researcher, Professor Foster has been an expert commentator for both CNN News and National Public Radio. His exhibit on the CHANGING IMAGE OF BLACKS IN COMICS has been displayed at a number of venues across the country. He presented his research at the 2001 bi-annual conference of The International Association for Media and History in Leipzig, Germany and at the 2002 Conference on Analyzing Series & Serial Narrative at John Moores University in Liverpool, England. He is the author of LOOKING FOR A FACE LIKE MINE published in 2005 by Fine Tooth Press. His new collection of essays on Black comics, DREAMING OF A FACE LIKE OURS, was published in 2010.
Professor Foster has been an invited panelist for both the Harlem Book Fair and the Studio Museum of Harlem. In 2007 Professor Fosters exhibit was displayed at both the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York, New York. He was an invited speaker to the 2007 International Symposium on Langston Hughes at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China. Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Comic Art.
- CYRIL GRANDIN (France) Cyril Grandin is currently at the Charles De Gaulle University. Mr. Grandin resides in Lille, Nord, France. Cyril Grandin began reading comic books at the age of 7. At the age of 15 he travelled in Manhattan, New York City and a visit to the New York Midtown Comics Store sparked his passion for comic book collecting. He now lives near two comics shop that sell American comic books and that, according to Mr. Grandin, is PURE HAPPINESS. Dr. Sindall, the founder of the Q-Project, added Cyril Grandin to the Q-Collection Executive Committee based upon the recommendation of Richard Williams (our Welsh advisor). Cyril wrote the first article on the Q-Project to appear in France - in French, of course. In addition, Cyril has volunteered to write the much anticipated WIKIPEDIA article on our Q-Preservation Project.
- DR. MICHAEL HILL (Australia) Michael Hill is the founding father and former Director of the Master of Animation course at UTS (University of Technology, Sydney). He has a Master's degree in animation and a PhD in comics, prompting his introduction on ABC Radio as DOCTOR COMICS. His research interests include comics and animation studies, visual communication, film and visual culture. He has lectured on Anime and Manga at the Art Gallery of NSW, Electrofringe, DiGiT Expo and the Powerhouse Museum. An artist as well as an academic he has exhibited work at the Silicon Pulp Animation Gallery, DAB LAB, Knot Gallery, Gallery Adagio, Blacktown Arts Centre and the Bunker Cartoon Gallery. Michael Hill has donated his collection of research materials of more than 400 Australian alternative comics and associated materials to the National Library of Australia. It will be known as the MICHAEL HILL COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIAN COMICS and available to researchers. The collection is currently in the process of being catalogued.
- USMAN ALI KHAN (India) Usman Kahn is a professional computer graphics artist in Delhi, India. He works with Picasso Productions as a character designer and texture artist. Usman currently collects information on Indian comic books and is the founder of the INDIAN COMIC BOOKS blog at http://indiacomic.blogspot.com/ Comic books, particularly Indian comics, are the passion of Usman Ali Khan.
- CHRIS LAUNDER (Canada) Chris Launder is a member of the Q-Collection Executive Committee. He has been the an advisor to the Q-Project since 2002. Chris is a regular contributor to the on-line Grand Comics Database. And Mr. Launder is the proud owner of one of the largest private comic book collections in the world. Chris has served with the Canadian military during the height of the conflicts in both Bosnia and Afganistan.
- PROFESSOR JOHN A LENT, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania, USA) Professor Lent is the founder/publisher/editor-in-chief of the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART. The INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART is a non-profit journal established in 1999 about comic art, published twice a year. The journal was established to create a new venue for scholars around the world to publish academic work on comics.
- ANTONIUS "TONI" MASDIONO (Indonesia) Toni Masdiono studied graphic art at the Bandung Institute of Technology from 1981, and stayed in Bandung, West Java, afterwards. He has done illustration work for several magazines and novel covers. In the mid-1990s he made science comics for the album GANESHA BOBO. In 1998, he published 14 JURUS MAMBUAT KOMIK (14 WAYS TO MAKE COMICS). Toni makes monthly strips for Komunikasi magazine since 2000, as well as old testament comics for Langlang Mitra, a local Sundanese magazine and contributions to Sequen (including PAHLAWAN and SHIMA). He is a lecturer at STDI (Indonesian School of Design) and also a visiting lecturer at Jakarta Institute of Arts.
- ANDY MASON (South Africa) Andy Mason is the founder of the Durban Comix Circle - South Africa's only association of alternative cartoonist. He is currently involved with the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA) at South Africa's Stellenbosch University. Andy Mason is the author of the first comprehensive compilation of South African political cartoons, DONT JOKE! THE YEAR IN CARTOONS (with a second volume now in the works) and author of the soon-to-be published WHATS SO FUNNY? UNDER THE SKIN OF SOUTH AFRICAN CARTOONING.
- PROFESSOR FUSAMI OGI (Japan) Fusami Ogi is an associate professor at Chikushi Jogakuen University, Japan. She graduated with a Ph.D. in English (Comparative Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook) in 2001. Her dissertation title is "READING, WRITING, AND FEMALE SUBJECTIVITY: GENDER IN JAPANESE COMICS (MANGA) FOR GIRLS (SHOUJO)." Ogi has written a number of chapters in books, articles, and conference papers on SHOUJO MANGA.
- IGOR PRASSEL (Slovenia) Igor Prassel was born in the Slovenian coast town Koper. He is currently finishing his Masters degree in Media Studies at the Ljubljana Faculty for Graduate Social Sciences Studies. He was a long time co-editor of the only Slovene comics magazine, STRIPBURGER, where he was writing articles and reviews, lecturing on comics history, translating, planning and setting up exhibition. He is a freelance animation film programmer and board member for many different film and contemporary arts festivals in Slovenia. For almost ten year he was running a monthly animation film program at the SLOVENE CINEMATHEQUE. In 2004 he founded the INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL ANIMATEKA, where he is the artistic director and organisational co-producer.
- SCOTT PRESTON (Oregon, USA) Scott Preston has been an advanced Golden Age & Silver Age comic book Collector for decades. Scott is a valuable member of the the Q-Advisory Executive Committee. Mr. Preston is also the Group Co-Leader of the eBay comic book group THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY COMIC BOOK COLLECTORS - a group with nearly 5,000 members.
- DAVE REEDER (Dubai, UAE & England, UK) Dave Reeder is a long-term comics fan, still trying to recover from the losses of his silver age DC comics bought on the way home from school and thrown out by his mother when he wasn't looking. He is still waiting for the return of Rainbow Batman! A degree in philosophy and a librarianship diploma did nothing to discourage his love of the medium, solidified when he worked for a couple of years for fellow committee member Dez Skinn, re-launching HALLS OF HORROR and helping out on WARRIOR. He has been a magazine editor and writer ever since, currently working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates ( UAE).
- TRINA ROBBINS (California, USA) Trina Robbins (an extraordinary woman) is a writer and self-described HERSTORIAN. Ms. Robbins comic book background includes Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller, Inker, Editor and Letterer. Trina is the author/co-author of WOMEN AND THE COMICS, A CENTURY OF WOMEN CARTOONISTS, THE GREAT WOMEN SUPERHEROES, FROM GIRLS TO GRRRLZ: A HISTORY OF WOMEN’S COMICS FROM TEENS TO ZINES, NELL BRINKLEY AND THE NEW WOMAN IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, ETERNALLY BAD: GODDESSES WITH ATTITUDE, TENDER MURDERERS: WOMEN WHO KILL, WILD IRISH ROSES: TALES OF BRIGITS, KATHLEENS, and WARRIOR QUEENS, THE BRINKLEY GIRLS, FORBIDDEN CITY: THE GOLDEN AGE OF CHINESE NIGHTCLUBS.
- CHARLES "CHUCK" ROZANSKI (Colorado, USA) Chuck Rozanski is the President and CEO of MILE HIGH COMICS INC. Mile High Comics was started out of Mr. Rozanski's parents' basement in 1969, and since then has become one of the largest comic book retail companies in the United States. Charles Rozanski is widely recognized as an industry leader and in 2003 he was awarded the DEFENDER OF LIBERTY AWARD by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his long-standing dedication to the protection of free speech. It was Chuck Rozanski who discovered and brought to the world the pedigree MILE HIGH COLLECTION of comic books. In addition, Mr. Rozanski is a senior advisor to the Overstreet Comic Buyer’s Guide.
- DEZ SKINN (England, United Kingdom) Dez Skinn is known as the "British Stan Lee," During the 1970’s Dez Skinn was headhunted (& "arm twisted") by STAN LEE to reshape Marvel's floundering UK reprint division. Mr. Skinn founded and edited the comics anthology WARRIOR. Warrior went on to win 17 Eagle Awards, introduce V for Vendetta, and revive Marvelman/Miracleman. Dez founded STARBURST, which won the 1978 Eagle Award for Best UK Title. In 2010 Skinn received a Guinness Book of World records certificate and credit for creating the world's longest-lasting TV tie-in magazine for DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY. Dez Skinn writes a column called "The Skinny" for Future plcs comics trade magazine COMIC HEROES.
- PROFESSOR WALDOMIRO VERGUEIRO (Brazil) Professor Vergueiro is one of the greatest Brazilian comic book authorities. Waldomiro Vergueiro is a professor at the School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo, where he coordinates the Centre for Comic books, teaches discipline Publishing Comics and has been head of the Department of Library Science and Documentation. Professor Vergueiro edited the book "Tico-Tico: Centenary of the First Comics Magazine in Brazil" and is author of the book "La Latinoamericana anecdote. Tomo III: Brazil" (La Bañadera del Comic Publisher). Waldomiro Vergueiro co-authored "How to Use Comics in the Classroom.".
- RICHARD WILLIAMS (Wales, United Kingdom) Richard Williams is an advanced Welsh Comic Book Seller/Collector. Rich is an active member of the Q-Advisory Executive Committee. Mr. Williams is the founder, designer and webmaster of the Q-Collection FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages. Richard is also an active group moderator of the eBay LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY COMIC BOOK COLLECTORS group - with nearly 5,000 members.
- DR. WENDY SIUYI WONG (Hong Kong) Dr. Wendy Siuyi Wong teaches at the Department of Design of Faculty of Fine Arts at York University in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Wong conducts research on Chinese and Hong Kong visual culture and design history. She is the author of Hong Kong Comics: A History of Manhua (2002), published by Princeton Architectural Press, four books for Chinese readers, and numerous articles in academic and trade journals. She has curated two major exhibits on Chinese design, at the Cooper Union School of Art in 2000, and Design Exchange in Toronto in 2008.
- HUGO YONZON (Philippines) Mr. Yonzon graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, where he was a Ramon Roces scholar. Hugo is a Filipino komiks illustrator, cartoonist, and fine artist. His most famous komiks strip was SAKAY AND MOY, a cartoon serialized in the defunct Manila Times. He is also widely known for his art for the novel SAWA SA LUMANG SIMBORYO, written by Amado Yasona and serialized in MABUHAY KOMIKS in early 1950s. He also created DALAGINDING, a strip in the defunct Kislap-Graphic magazine from 1967 to 1970. He served for a time as the head editorial cartoonist of Pilipino Express.
- STEVE YOUNIS (Australia) Steve Younis wrote of himself, AN AUSTRALIAN FIGHTS THE NEVER-ENDING BATTLE FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY Steve took over the international SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE in 1996. Today the site boasts around 12,000 unique visitors daily, and continues to grow in size and content, with more news, more reviews, more interviews and... well... more Superman!
- DR. MIKHAIL ZLATKOVSKY (Russian Federation) Mikhail was born in 1944. He has Ph.D. degree in the art research sciences. Now he works as professional artist at the fields of the cartoons, illustrations, posters, animations, mass media design. He was also an extraordinary educator. His work was published in the foreign press from 1973 to 2011, including NEW YORKER, THE NEW YORK TIMES, GUARDIAN and etc. He had held personal expositions in many countries and won many awards in many international animation contests and festival. He won KNIGHT OF THE ORDER OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, France for his great achievement in art. Also he is an activist of promoting comics. He has been president (15 times) and member (37) of juries in many countries. He is the author of the book THE HISTORY OF THE CARTOONING IN RUSSIA, published in 2005.