Rae Johnston – MC
Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning STEM journalist, Wiradjuri woman, mother, broadcaster, voice actor and MC. Rae is the first ever Science and Technology Editor for NITV, host of That Startup Show and voices “Janali Banks” in the upcoming children’s animated series for ABC & Nine, Space Nova.
With almost a decade of experience appearing on every national television and radio news program in Australia, Rae is a leading commentator on all things science, technology, video games and geek culture.
Rae is an enthusiastic, professional and passionate speaker and MC, hosting and talking at conferences, expos and festivals all over the country.
Rae is a founding mentor with The Working Lunch program, supporting underrepresented entry-level people in STEM. At the recent Australian Game Developer Awards, Rae was the recipient of the first “Lighting The Way” award for advocacy and support of the local games industry.Rae is a part of the prestigious “brains trust” Leonardos group for The Science Gallery Melbourne, and an Ambassador for St Vincent De Paul.
Nicola Scott is an Australian comic book artist working primarily in the American industry.
With a history in theatre and in costume design Nicola started pursuing a comics career in 2001 and by 2006 was the first Australian to become a staple of the U.S. mainstream.
She quickly became a fan-favourite working exclusively for DC Comics on iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman and team titles “Birds Of Prey”, “Secret Six”, “Teen Titans” and New York Times Bestseller “Earth 2”.
2016 saw the launch of her critically acclaimed creator-owned Image Comics maxi-series ‘Black Magick’ and DC’s ‘Wonder Woman: Year One’ to celebrate the characters 75th anniversary, both in collaboration with writer Greg Rucka.
Also in 2016 Nicola partnered with DC Comics and The United Nations to create the key art for Wonder Woman’s Honorary Ambassadorship For Women and Girls.
She’s appeared in W Magazine, Vogue Australia, Frankie Magazine, written for The Guardian and guest judged on both Australian and U.S. reality shows. She’s given talks at Graphic Festival, ACAF, Araza Women Presents and gave a keynote at the 2018 Adobe Max Creative Conference.
She lives in the Blue Mountains with her husband and their cat.
Maria Lewis is a best-selling author, screenwriter and journalist. Starting as a police reporter at the age of sixteen, her work on pop culture has been seen on SBS Viceland’s The Feed and in print for publications such as The Guardian, Penthouse, New York Post and Empire Magazine. Winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2019 for her fourth book The Witch Who Courted Death, her latest novel The Wailing Woman follows the plight of a teenage banshee and continues her globally published Supernatural Sisters series. Her debut novel, Who’s Afraid?, is currently being adapted for television.
Queenie Chan was born in Hong Kong, and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. Her first published work was ‘The Dreaming’, a mystery-horror series for LA-based manga publisher TOKYOPOP, which has since been translated into multiple languages. She then collaborated on several graphic novels with best-selling author Dean Koontz for his ‘Odd Thomas’ series, as well as with author Kylie Chan for ‘Small Shen’. After that, she worked on several anthologies, and completed a fairytale inspired fantasy series called ‘Fabled Kingdom’.She is currently studying a Masters of Research degree at Macquarie University, and creating a series of non-fiction children’s comics about historical queens. Please visit www.queeniechan.com for more information.
C.S. Pacat is the international best-selling author of the Captive Prince trilogy, and the GLAAD-nominated comic series Fence. Born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne, she has since lived in a number of cities, including Tokyo and Perugia. She currently resides and writes in Melbourne.
Alisha Jade is a Brisbane-based comics creator and the unstoppable force behind Petrie Press. Her major series, Seven has been collected in a kickstarted omnibus after being serialised in Oi Oi Oi magazine and her minicomics works are being distributed internationally by Sparkler Distro. Her work has also featured in several anthologies, including Fly the Colour Fantastica, as well as in featuring in and organising Starrytellers and Neither Here nor Hair. Her minicomics collection Strathpine came out in 2019 and a new anthology is due soon.
For her community work, Alisha was also awarded a Platinum Ledger Award. Outside of creating comics, Alisha is currently very obsessed with gardening.