John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside and the publisher of Megascope, a brand-new imprint of Abrams ComicArts, dedicated to publishing graphic works exploring the experiences of people of color. John has been invited to speak widely at universities, libraries and cultural institutions, including most recently at the Museum of African American History in Boston. He is the illustrator of the New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-winning graphic novel adaptation of Kindred, Octavia Butler's classic dark fantasy novel, which offers an unflinching look at the effects of slavery on people, both black and white. John’s work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. He has co-founded and organized several comics festivals, including the Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival, the MLK NorCal's Black Comix Arts Festival, and SOL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo at the Ohio State University. As part of the collaborative team, “Black Kirby”, John and artist Stacey Robinson create graphic novels, gallery exhibitions and lectures that deconstruct the work of artist Jack Kirby to re-imagine Black resistance spaces inspired by Black diasporic cultures. John is currently at work, again with Damian Duffy, on the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.