Kelly Sue DeConnick:
DeConnick's been working hard in the comics industry for years, but over the last two or so she's pretty much exploded thanks to her work on stuff like Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, and the relatively new but already iconic Bitch Planet. She's one of the most visible, most outspoken writers in comics, and as a result she's become a fan favorite, a feminist icon, and an avatar of the more forward-thinking parts of the industry. Last year she earned a Best Writer nomination at the Eisners, and this year she's nominated again. It's just one category, sure, but it's part of something much bigger.