Kevin Cooley

I am a PhD Candidate in the English Department at the University of Florida, where I study animation, comics, and queer theory. I received my M.A. from St. Bonaventure University. Currently, I am the managing editor of ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, and I am a guest editor for Synoptique’s special issue “Animating LGBTQ+ Representations: Queering the Production of Movement.” Previously, I’ve served as a conference coordinator for the University of Florida Graduate Comics Organization, co-chairing the 16th Annual Conference for Comics and Graphic Novels: “Animation and Comics”: Imagetext in Motion.” My academic work is featured in Modernism/Modernity, The Journal of Postmodern Culture, iNKS, Animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Horror Studies, and more. I am particularly excited about my essay “Drawing Queerness Forward,” forthcoming as the first chapter in the first edited collection on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar.