BioAjuan Mance is a Professor of English at Mills College in Oakland, California. She holds degrees from Brown University (BA) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MA and PhD). In both her scholarly writing and her visual art, Ajuan explores issues of race, gender, and the narratives, lives, and locations in which they intersect. Her zines and comics include A Blues for Black Santa; 1001 Black Men, a series of zines based on the online sketchbook of the same name; Check All that Apply, a web-based comic strip; and Gender Studies a comic series uses humor to explore her experiences as a Black nerd navigating the complexities of gender nonconformity.
Her work appeared in a number of publications and media outlets, including KPIX News, The San Francisco Chronicle, Transition Magazine, Mission at Tenth, The Women’s Review of Books, NewYorkTimes.com, PublishersWeekly.com, and NewYorker.com. Her comics have appeared in several anthologies, including Alphabet, We’re Still Here, Drawing Power, How to Wait, and the upcoming Menopause: A Comic Treatment