Lena Merhej (PhD) is a visual storyteller an expert in graphic narratives in the interdisciplinary field of visual studies, narratology, and computer science. She previously taught at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, and gave various workshops on animation, illustration and comic books. Her animation Drawing the War (2002), her comic book, كمان سنة (Another year, 2009), and her book مربى ولبن (Yogurt and Jam, 2011) received international awards. She is a co-founder and contributing member of the comics magazine Samandal.