Alexander Danner is the author of the graphic novel Gingerbread Houses (Illustrated by Edward J. Grug III) and has written many short comics, including Web Cartoonist’s Choice Award winners “The Discovery of Spoons” and “Five Ways to Love a Cockroach.” His comics and other writings can be found via his website,

Alexander is co-author of two textbooks about comics: Comics: A Global History, 1968 — Present with Dan Mazur (Thames & Hudson, 2014) and Character Design for Graphic Novels with Steven Withrow (Rotovision/Focal Press, 2007). He has written numerous articles about comics for the online magazines and The Webcomics Examiner, among others. He teaches online courses in Graphic Novel writing and literature at Emerson College, in addition to providing guest lectures on comics and graphic novels to various schools and libraries.


Alexander grew up in the cultural wastes of central Long Island before earning his B.A. in philosophy from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He now lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and son. He received his M.F.A. in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College. He currently teaches Writing the Graphic Novel at Emerson College, works as a bookseller at Porter Square Books, and serves as President of The Writers’ Room of Boston, a non-profit organization providing secure, affordable workspace to Boston-area writers.