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American Authors and Comic Artists

American authors whose works were adapted into manga, manhwa, or OEL; as well as American creators of OEL or manga whose works are in the Anime-Planet database. Blurbs are taken from authors' websites, publisher sites, or Wikipedia.
1 Amy Kim GANTER


Born in 1980 in Binghamton, New York. She won the third-place prize of $1,000 in the fourth Rising Stars of Manga competition for her story The Hopeless Romantic and the Hapless Girl. Since then she has created OEL manga for the publisher Tokyopop.

2 Anne RICE


Famous for her many supernatural novels. Anne was born on October 4, 1941, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She began her professional writing career in 1976 with the publication of Interview with the Vampire, the first of what would become her most well-known series, 'The Vampire Chronicles'. She died on December 11, 2021, at the age of 80.

3 Atterozen


An American attracted to handsome older men and moth housewives who has published multiple series on Webtoon.

4 Augustine MANDINO II

Augustine MANDINO II

Augustine 'Og' Mandino II was born on December 12, 1923, in Framingham, Massachusetts. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over 25 languages. He died on September 3, 1996, at the age of 72.

5 Barbara KESEL

Barbara KESEL

Barbara Randall Kesel is an American writer and editor of comic books. Her bibliography includes work for Crossgen, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics.

6 Bettina KURKOSKI


She was born on March 26, 1973, near Montague, Massachusetts. She currently resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Bettina has created OEL manga for the publisher Tokyopop.

7 Bob KANE


Robert Kane was an American comic book writer, animator, and artist who co-created Batman and most early related characters for DC comics. He was inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993 and into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996. He died on November 3, 1998 at the age of 83.

8 Bryan GOLDEN


A freelance comic artist from Daytona, Florida who has created multiple series on Webtoon. He has also worked as a concept artist at Ironbelly Studios and illustrated various independent books and manga-style comics.



Bryan Konietzko is an American animator, writer, producer and musician. He is best known, together with Michael Dante DiMartino, as the co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.



Born in New York City to a German noble family on June 27, 1970. Cecily Brooke von Ziegesar is an author best known for the young adult Gossip Girl series of novels.

11 Charlie COCHET

Charlie COCHET

Charlie Cochet is an author of gay erotica by day and an artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there's bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in-and plenty of romance too!

12 Christina WEIR

Christina WEIR

Christina Weir is a writer of comic books and television. She writes with her husband, Nunzio DeFilippis In comics, they have written several graphic novels and miniseries for independent publisher Oni PressMarvel ComicsDC Comics, and Dark Horse. The duo also work in the expanding field of Japanese manga, providing English adaptations for Del Rey titles. They also write original English language manga for Seven Seas Entertainment.

13 Christine RIMMER

Christine RIMMER

Christine Rimmer is a USA Today and Waldenbooks bestselling U.S. writer of over 60 romance novels, which she began writing in 1987. She also published poems and short stories in a number of small literary journals. She was born in California and currently lives in Washington State.

14 Claudia GRAY

Claudia GRAY

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent, an American writer of paranormal romance young adult fiction, best known for the Evernight series and her Star Wars novels.



CRC Payne is a freelance writer from Seattle, WA. Batman: Wayne Family Adventures is her first webcomic series. She spends most of her free time writing, reading, and drinking way too much tea.



Dan Jolley grew up in a rural Southern town as a huge fan of all things science-fiction and fantasy and now makes a living writing novels, video games, comic books, and children's books. He and his very patient wife Tracy live with some largely inert felines in northwest Georgia.

17 Dean KOONTZ


Dean Ray Koontz is an American author. His novels are billed as suspense thrillers, but frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire.



E.K. Weaver is a fan artist and illustrator based in Austin, TX. Her most well-known work is the webcomic The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal, however she has also drawn fan comics for many other fandoms.

19 Edgar Allen POE

Edgar Allen POE

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic who is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He died on October 7, 1849, at the age of 40.

20 Edward E. SMITH

Edward E. SMITH

Edward Elmer Smith was an American food engineer and science-fiction author, best known for the Lensman and Skylark series. He is sometimes called the father of space opera. He died on August 31, 1965 at the age of 75.

21 Eleanor H. PORTER

Eleanor H. PORTER

Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter was an American novelist, most known for writing the children's classic Pollyanna. She died on May 21, 1920 at the age of 51.



Ellen Schreiber is a New York Times Best Selling author and former actress. Her work Vampire Kiss was adapted to an OEL manga by Tokyopop.

23 Emma WILDES


Award-winning author who was born in Minnesota and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Emma Wildes has been a # 1 bestselling author at Fictionwise, Capa nominee, and received several gold star awards from JERR. She has also garnered an Eppie, a Lories Best Published, and a WisRWA Reader's Choice Award. Also writes suspense as Kate Watterson.



Erica Spindler is a New York Times Best-Selling author, who specializes in romantic thrillers. She was raised in Rockford, Illinois and now lives with her husband and their two sons in New Orleans, Louisiana.

25 Eric WIGHT


Eric Wight is an author and illustrator and, prior to that, was an animator for almost ten years working for such companies as Walt Disney, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network. His debut graphic novel MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND was listed among the 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts and lives in Eastern Pennsylvania.

26 explodikid


LySandra Vuong (explodeikid) is a comic artist from Los Angeles, California. Formerly a mechanical engineer, they now draw hot priests for a living as the creator of COVENANT, a WEBTOON Originals series.



Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term he popularized in his short story collection Tales of the Jazz Age. He died on December 21, 1940 at the age of 44.

28 Felipe SMITH

Felipe SMITH

Felipe Smith is an American comic book writer and artist of Jamaican and Argentine descent. He is the creator, co-designer, and writer of Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider, and the author of Peepo Choo, a manga series debuting in 2009 in Kodansha's Morning 2 monthly magazine.



Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett was a British-American novelist and playwright born in Cheetham, Manchester, England.. She is best known for the three children's novels Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden. She died on October 29th, 1924 at the age of 74.

30 Frederick L. JONES

Frederick L. JONES

The Founder and Publisher of Saturday AM and its new sister publication, Saturday PM. Frederick is a former video game industry executive and long-time anime fan. Seeking to bring more diversity to the now global manga movement, he started Saturday AM in 2013 as a vehicle to showcase creators from all over the world. He has created several of the brand’s popular series including CLOCK STRIKER, MMWOG, and the FORGOTTEN.

31 Gabrielle CHARBONNET


Gabrielle Charbonnet is an American author. Writing as Cate Tiernan, she is best known for her Sweep series, which follows the Wiccan adventures of a cast of high school students.



Gene Luen Yang is an American cartoonist who wrote the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics series for Dark Horse Comics. He is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of graphic novels and comics, at comic book conventions and universities, schools, and libraries. Yang advocates the use of comics and graphic novels as educational tools in the classroom. In his final project for his master's degree at California State University, East Bay, he emphasized the educational strength of comics. In 2018, Yang joined the board of directors of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization founded in 1986 chartered to protect the First Amendment rights of the comics community.

33 Gene Stratton-Porter

Gene Stratton-Porter

Born as Geneva Grace Stratton, she was an American author, nature photographer, and naturalist from Wabash County, Indiana. In 1917 Stratton-Porter urged legislative support for the conservation of Limberlost Swamp and other wetlands in Indiana. She was also a silent film-era producer who founded her own production company, Gene Stratton Porter Productions, in 1924. Stratton-Porter wrote several best-selling novels in addition to columns for national magazines. She died on December 6, 1924 at the age of 61.



Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American writer of weird, science, fantasy, and horror fiction. He is best known for his creation of the Cthulhu Mythos. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft spent most of his life in New England. He died on March 15, 1937 at the age of 46.

35 Heidi ARNHOLD


Heidi Arnhold is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design whose published works have involved popular franchises like Star Trek, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock. She has a deep love for visual storytelling and its ability to speak and connect to others. Heidi is currently working on the COTTONS series with writer Jim Pascoe, published by First Second Books. She currently resides in Issaquah, Washington.

36 Herman MELVILLE


Herman Melville was a  novelist and poet of the American Renaissance period who lived and died in New York City. His best-known work is the novel Moby-Dick. He died on  September 28, 1891 at the age of 72.

37 Ilona ANDREWS


“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They live in Texas with their two daughters and way too many animals.



J.L. Langley said her first words at six months of age. By the time she was a year old, she was talking in complete sentences, and, as most of her family and friends will tell you, she hasn’t shut up since. She lives in Texas, where she was born and raised, with her real-life hero, their rowdy two boys, two even rowdier German Shepherds, and ten goldfish, one of which is named Jaws. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book, appreciating the communication skills of other writers.

39 James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper was an American writer of the first half of the 19th century, whose historical romances depicting colonial and indigenous characters from the 17th to the 19th centuries brought him fame and fortune. He lived much of his boyhood and the last fifteen years of life in Cooperstown, New York, which was founded by his father William Cooper on property that he owned. He died on September 14, 1851 at the age of 61.

40 James L. BARRY

James L. BARRY

James L. Barry is a comic artist best known for his work on the Warriors manga series through Tokyopop. He has also done online comics and exhibited art in New York's Museum of Comic and Cartooning Art. He earned his MLA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.



James Brendan Patterson is an American author. Among his works are Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, and Daniel X, all of which were adapted to comics. In March 2023, Patterson's Maximum Ride was banned by Florida's Martin County School District. Patterson criticized the move, calling it a 'borderline absurd decision', and encouraged readers to 'send a polite note' to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in response to legislation passed to seek community input on school library materials.

42 Jane PORTER


Jane Porter is an American author of contemporary romance and women's fiction. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five titles, with over 12 million books in print, in 20 languages and in 25 countries. She was born in born in Visalia, California and, after spending several years living elsewhere, has returned to her home state where she currently resides. 



Jane Seville is an author living in Columbus, OH. She enjoys reading and writing about good-looking men doing naughty things to each other. She grew up around gay men; her mother directed the local gay men's chorus. Then she went off to a women's college, where as you might guess, she was surrounded by gay women. Despite not being gay herself, Jane has always had a deep connection to the gay rights movement and continues to do whatever she can to help its advancement.



Jen Holling is the RITA Award-nominated author of several romance novels, including My Shadow Warrior, My Devilish Scotsman, My Wicked Highlander, and the critically acclaimed Brides of the Bloodstone trilogy. She lives in Texas.

45 Justin A. REYNOLDS


Justin A. Reynolds has always wanted to be a writer. Opposite of Always, his award-winning debut YA novel, was recently adapted into a popular Webtoon. Justin is also the co-founder of the CLE Reads Book Festival, a Cleveland Book Festival for middle-grade and young adult writers.

46 Ken LIU


Ken Liu (Liu Yukun) was born in 1976 in Lanzhou China. He moved to the US with his family when he was 11 years old, first living in Palo Alto CA before moving to Waterford CT. He has a background in engineering and law in addition to writing award-winning novels, as well as being a prolific translator of Chinese SF. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Lisa Tang Liu, and their two children.

47 Kyutepastry


Also known by the penname kat.ariyn. Besides her obsession with cats, Kyutepastry likes cute things and window shopping for pastries. She lives in Redwood City, California.

48 Leehama


Leehama is an indie creator based in Hawaii. She loves food, science, and thoughtful storytelling, and is probably listening to a podcast right now.

49 Little Corvus

Little Corvus

Teo Hernandez DuVall is a queer Chicanx comic artist and illustrator based in Seattle, WA who graduated in 2015 with a BFA in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts. He has a passion for fantasy, aesthetic ghost stories, and witches of color, and loves being able to create stories for a living. Teo lives with his spouse, their two pets — a giant, cuddly pit bull, and a tiny, ferocious cat — and a small horde of houseplants.

50 Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was a 19th century American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. She died on March 6, 1888 at the age of 55.


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