I was born in Boston in the fall of 1984 to an Irish American sailor and a Chinese Canadian librarian. My formative years were spent at the nation’s oldest coeducational institution and oldest continuously running boarding school, with a yearlong layover in the People’s Republic of China in 2001 to study language, culture, and delicious noodle dishes. In 2007 I earned my BFA from Cornell University with a dual concentration in painting and drawing, and I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator and comic-book artist ever since.
In the past few years I’ve taken on many diverse and thrilling jobs for comic book publishers, such as depicting the sequential exploits of vengeful cowboys and ghostly schoolgirls for Image, zombie superheroes and demonic cheerleaders for BOOM!, and dapper cabaret-going mutants for Marvel. I also draw a weekly tragi-comedic sitcom-style webcomic called The Loneliest Astronauts, written by my friend Kevin Church.
One of my favorite things about being a comic book artist is that my job changes almost entirely from book to book, and I never know what genre or galaxy I’ll end up working in next!
Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:
1. I love science fiction, so much so that when I was eight years old, I shaved off the tips of my eyebrows and stole my mother’s eyeliner in an attempt to look like my idol, Mr. Spock. When my parents saw me, they were horrified. I was unable to logic myself out of trouble.
2. I was inspired to pursue a career in comic books because of cartoons. I used to love watching the X-MEN and Batman animated series in the mid-1990s, and they made me curious about the source material. After I started reading the books my beloved Saturday morning characters were culled from, I was hooked on the immense amount of back story and decades of lore. Now I enjoy exploring the many archetypes and icons in established genres and properties as well as experimenting with the art form itself. Drawing a comic is a lot like directing a silent movie!
3. Though I adore working in black and white, I have an abiding love for slightly off-kilter and fancifully named colors, like chartreuse, mauve, and aubergine. Their names are part of their charm!