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, Dark Horse Comics, Tor.com, Sagacity, and Powell’s City of Books.
My first graphic novel, Americus, was illustrated by me, written by MK Reed, and was published by First Second Books in Fall 2011. It was picked as an ABC New Voices 2011 title, 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.
In addition to working as a freelance artist, I love teaching about comics and visual narrative. I am adjunct faculty in the BFA Illustration Department at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and have 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.
I am represented by Herman Agency Inc. for all Children's Market Publishing.