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Comic/Zine Expo & Career Workshop: Panelists

Comic Zine Expo and Career Workshop Poster Contest Panelists

Phil Yeh

In 1977 Phil Yeh wrote, illustrated,and published one of the first modern American graphic novels (“Even Cazco Gets the Blues”) He was one of the first publishers of graphic novels to push for acceptance of this art form in general bookstores and libraries.    In 1985, Yeh formed Cartoonists across America & the World to promote literacy, the arts, and creativity using humor and comics. To date they have painted 2000 murals in 49 states and 18 countries. Yeh has written over 90 books & comics.    He was given the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award by the SDCC in 1989 and in 2009 received an Ink Pot Award.

Isaac Rodriguez

Independent comic and storyboard artist based in Highland and Redlands. As a student of biochemistry and molecular biology, I endeavor to use storyboard art to advocate for social justice by addressing bioethical concerns and making communication in science more accessible to the greater public.

Rob Ray

Rob Ray is a creative technologist, Associate Professor of Design at California State University, San Bernardino, and a senior technical experience designer at Electronic Arts.

Rob has spent 18 years creating digital experiences, leading interactive UX and technology teams, and building interactive electronics for a broad range of applications, users, and creators. He has served in leadership roles at Electronic Arts, NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, Leo Burnett, Omnicom, and the Blitz Agency. 

From 2017 to 2020, Rob was a senior lead designer for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). At the JPL, he led the human-centered design practice for ProtoSpace, the Lab’s flagship collaborative augmented reality (AR) platform for scientists and engineers. He also led the user interfacing practice for JPL’s VITAL project, two FDA-approved emergency-use ventilators developed as part of NASA’s national response to COVID-19. 

Rob also currently co-hosts the Opposable Thumbs podcast with Taylor Hokanson. They invite a guest to tackle a new creative challenge every two weeks and discuss their accomplishments, failures, and lessons learned.