Melanie Gillman is a cartoonist and colored pencil artist who specializes in LGBTQ graphic novels for kids and teens. They are the creator of the webcomic and graphic novel As the Crow Flies, published in 2017 by Iron Circus Comics. As the Crow Flies has won multiple awards, including the 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award for Best Middle Grade Graphic Novel, a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, and a 2018 Stonewall Honor Award from the American Library Association. Their work has also been nominated for an Ignatz, Eisner, and Dwayne McDuffie Award. Their next book, “Stage Dreams”, a queer western romance graphic novel, which will be published by Lerner/Graphic Universe in 2019. They are also a senior lecturer in the Comics MFA Program at the California College of the Arts, where they teach classes about making comics and professional practices.