Melanie Gillman is a graphic novelist and colored pencil artist who specializes in queer and trans comics for middle-grade and YA readers. They are the author of several graphic novels, including As the Crow Flies, Stage Dreams and most recently, Other Ever Afters. Their work has won numerous awards, including a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, an Excellence in Graphic Literature Award and a Stonewall Honor Award. In addition to their comics work, they are a senior adjunct at the California College of the Arts, where they teach classes in the Comics MFA Program.