Sam Maggs is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games. She’s an Associate Writer for BioWare on their next title Anthem, and the author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wonder Women, and the upcoming Girl Squads, all published by Quirk Books and distributed by Penguin Random House. Her comics writing can be found in recognizable titles like Star Trek and Jem & the Holograms at IDW.
An authority on women in pop culture, Sam has spoken or written about the topic for, among others, the New York Times, Vulture, Nerdist, NPR, Syfy, The Verge, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, PC Gamer, The Guardian, and the National Post. She is an active and vocal proponent for equality behind-the-scenes in video games and comics. Her books have received praise from the ALA, OLA, Indie NextList, GoodReads, YALSA, and more. If you’re up for the lecture, ask her sometime about how her MA in Victorian Literature has been surprisingly applicable to her current work.
Sam is also, occasionally, a host and on-air personality, recognizable as the once-host of the Cineplex pre-show (in front of six million Canadians a month), a regular co-host on Teletoon, and a frequent pop culture commentator on MTV Canada, Space, CBC, q, Newstalk 1010, and more. She’s moderated or appeared on panels all over the world, at events like San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comicon, YALLWest, MCM London, Fan Expo Canada, and Dutch Comic Con, speaking with the casts of rad shows like Stranger Things, Daredevil, and Agent Carter. Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat once berated her to her face. She made it!
Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope twenty-four times in theaters when it first came out and used to keep her home from school to marathon the Indiana Jones trilogy, so it’s really not her fault that she turned out the way she did. She was named after Bewitched‘s Samantha Stephens and collects original art of awesome fictional witches. Sam mostly loves K-skincare, tarot, Jeopardy!, nineteenth-century science texts, Ami Mizuno, Stargate, Tamora Pierce books, and the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack. Can you introduce her to Jeff Goldblum?
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