Creator Spotlight on Steenz

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Join AMU’s Shena Wolf as she shines a spotlight on Steenz’s career as a cartoonist, editor, professor and all-around comic arts entrepreneur. Steenz took over writing and drawing the wildly popular syndicated strip, “Heart of the City” in April 2020 from 2020 Reuben Nominee Mark Tatulli, who created the feature in November 1998.

The strip centers around Heart, a girl with big dreams and a love of drama. She lives with her mom, Addy, in Philadelphia, and has always had the support of her best friends Dean and Kat. Heart of the City follows Heart into a new phase of her life, filled with new challenges, new milestones, new friends and new adventures.

Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart is a St. Louis-based cartoonist, editor, and professor. She’s the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality from Oni Press and is featured in several short story anthologies such as Eisner and Ignatz Award-Winning Elements: Fire, Mine!, and the horror anthology Dead Beats. Steenz launched and edited the popular RPG periodical Rolled & Told. She currently teaches cartooning at Webster University while editing titles from Tapas Media and Mad Cave Studios.

Shena Wolf is Director of Comics and Acquisitions for Andrews McMeel Syndication, the world’s largest syndicate of comic strips, puzzles and columns. Her primary focus is acquisition and content development.

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