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Joel Christian Gill, cartoonist and historian, speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He wrote the words and drew the pictures for Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride (published by Lion Forge, 2019) and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as Tales of The Talented Tenth (Fulcrum Publishing). He has worked for diverse clients including the People's United Party of Belize, NBC, and the Boston Globe, and has written for The Huffington Post. His latest work is a memoir chronicling how children deal with abuse and trauma: Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence (Oni Press January 2020). He was Chair of Foundations and then Comic Arts at The New Hampshire Institute of Art before assuming his current role as Associate Professor of Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories and building connections with readers through empathy, compassion, and ultimately humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BA from Roanoke College.