Esther Claudio has been researching comics since 2006, when she completed her studies in English at Universidad de Alcalá, and is currently developing her research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She was a founding member and co-editor of the Journal of Comics Scholarship comicsgrid.com, and has presented her research at a number of international conferences. In 2011, she organized the First International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels at Universidad de Alcalá, with Charles Hatfield, Roger Sabin, Antonio Altarriba, and Jessica Abel as keynote speakers. Her current research interests include ergodic readings of comics and cyberculture, reception theory, comparative studies of US-Europe cultural transfers, canon formation, feminism, syncretism and visual culture, and memory and popular culture. Julio Cañero received his PhD in American Studies from the Universidad de Alcalá in 1998. Most of his publications are focused on the study of American society, culture and literature. He is a member of several associations of Americanists, and has served on various university representative bodies, including the Board of Governors of the Universidad de Alcalá from 2004 to 2012. He is Senior Lecturer of American Culture at the English Department of the University of Alcalá, and the Director of the Instituto Franklin-UAH.