Festival Info

Live Marvel: Heroes of Tomorrow

Marvel Editor Lauren Bisom moderates an unmissable panel of prose and graphic novel writers for super hero fans of all ages!  Nic Stone takes you to the wonderful world of Wakanda in Shuri, as the titular genius strives to preserve the source of the Black Panther’s power. Preeti Chhibber speaks to what it means to be a hero at Avengers Institute in the pages of Marvel: Avengers Assembly. Acclaimed writer/artist Skottie Young is on hand to discuss his newly-launched Strange Academy series and the adventures of its sorcerous students. And finally– Saladin Ahmed talks about his sensational smash-hit teen hero series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Magnificent Ms. Marvel! Join in on the fun to get the latest news on these stories and much more!

WHEN: 04:00PM EST on Friday, 1 May 2020


Skottie Young started his career at Marvel with Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider ClanHuman Torch, and Venom. He adapted L. Frank Baum’s OZ novels with Eric Shanower and began writing and drawing Rocket Raccoon, illustrating Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman, and the Young Marvel variant covers. He created the series I Hate Fairyland at Image Comics. He followed that writing Middlewest with artist Jorge Corona and Bully Wars with artist Aaron Conley. He wrote Deadpool for Marvel with artists Nic Klein and Scott Hepburn. Skottie is currently writing Strange Academy, a new Marvel series, for artist Humberto Ramos.

Preeti Chhibber is a YA author, speaker, and freelancer. She’s written for SYFY, Polygon, The Nerds of Color, and The Mary Sue, among others. Her latest, Orientation (Marvel’s Avenger’s Assembly #1) will be out from Scholastic in August 2020. Her first picture book, A Jedi You Will Be, will be out this Fall. Find her co-hosting the podcasts Desi Geek Girls and Strong Female Characters (SYFYWire). She’s appeared on several panels at NYCC, SDCC, and on screen on the SYFY Network. You probably recognize her from one of several BuzzFeed “look at these tweets” lists.

Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. Her debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and a William C. Morris Award finalist. She is also the author of Odd One Out, a novel about discovering oneself and who it is okay to love, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, and Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality. Dear Justyce, the sequel to Dear Martin, will be published this fall. Nic’s first middle grade novel, Clean Getaway, was published this past January and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Nic lives in Atlanta with her family.

Saladin Ahmed is an acclaimed novelist and poet with a reputation as one of the comics industry’s brightest talents. His book Throne of the Crescent Moon was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. The critical praise continued for his Marvel Comics debut on Black Bolt with artist Christian Ward, which won the 2018 Eisner Award for Best New Series. Ahmed followed that project with Exiles, then went on to chart the adventures of two of Marvel’s brightest young heroes in Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Magnificent Ms. Marvel.

Lauren Bisom first determined she was destined for publishing in middle school, when she began accompanying her librarian mother to ALA conferences during summer vacations. She has since earned her MS in Publishing from NYU and edited everything from picture books to comics to YA novels, working with such writers and illustrators as New York Times-Bestselling authors Shannon and Dean Hale, Marie Lu, Minh Lê, and Victoria Ying. As the Editor of Marvel’s juvenile publishing programs, she helps shepherd stories featuring the earth’s mightiest super heroes to young readers of every age.