Hicks is best known for her indie series Demonology 101. She's the author of Zombies Calling! and Friends with Boys, as well as the co-author of Buffy: The High School Years.
Cold War Inc. is the gaming and comics company created by Ashley Witter and Ash Mackzo that's behind the card game and comic series Squarriors.
Marder, a cartoonist and writer, launched the Beanworld series back in 1984 and has been working on it off and on ever since.
In addition to a stellar lineup of guests, who will continue to be announced over the coming months, DiNK boasts panels, craft sessions, adult coloring, art auctions, comedy shows and the annual DINKy Awards, celebrating alternative geeky artists of all stripes.
Tickets, starting at $20 for two-day passes, are available online at the DiNK website.