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, and Powell’s City of Books.
My first graphic novel, Americus, which was illustrated by me and written by MK Reed, was published by First 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 am currently working on a couple of new graphic novels and a kids' book.
I also love teaching about comics and visual narrative. I'm a Writer in Residency through Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program, and I also teach comics and illustration classes at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Drop me a line if you’re interested in hiring me for some work or setting up a talk or lecture. I'd love to work with you!