I graduated as valedictorian of the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2003 with a degree in Sequential Art. After graduating, I moved to Portland, Oregon and realized that I needed to relearn everything I learned in school.
Since then I’ve been freelancing as an illustrator and cartoonist. Some of the clients I've done work for include Hollywood Entertainment, Fantagraphics Books, the Willamette Week, the Viet Nam Literature Project, Reed College, Image Comics, Tor.com, Sagacity and Powell’s City of Books.
My first graphic novel, Americus, which was illustrated by me and written by MK Reed, was published byFirst Second Books in Fall 2011. Since then it’s been picked as an ABC New Voices 2011 title, was nominated by the YALSA as a 2012 Best Graphic Novel for Teens, and was a Fall 2011 Junior Library Guild Premier Selection. In 2012 it won the NAIBA's Carla Cohen Free Speech award, becoming the first graphic novel to win the award.
The first chapter of Americus was published in the Papercutter comics anthology and was nominated for an Ignatz Award.
I also love teaching about comics and visual narrative. I've been Writer in Residence through Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program since 2012. I also teach comics and illustration classes for teens at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in the summer, and am adjunct faculty in the BFA Illustration Department at The Pacific Northwest College of Art.
I am currently represented by Herman Agency Inc. for all Children's Market Publishing.