Jonathan Hill is an Ignatz nominated cartoonist, illustrator, and educator living in Portland, OR.
In 2003 he graduated as valedictorian of the Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in Sequential Art. After graduating, he moved to Portland, Oregon and realized that he needed to relearn everything he learned in art school.
Some of his clients include the Viet Nam Literature Project, the Willamette Week, Fantagraphics Books, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Tor.com, Roar Comics, The Believer Magazine, and Powell's City of Books.
His first graphic novel, Americus, 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, was a Fall 2011 Junior Library Guild Premier Selection.
In 2012 Americus 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 Papercutter #7 (Tugboat Press) and was nominated for the Best Short Story Ignatz Award in 2008.
His short story 'Jeremiah' was selected as part of the 2016 Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Annual exhibit and publication.
Jonathan also teaches comics and visual narrative for various organizations around Portland. He is an associate professor in the Illustration Department at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, teaches comics and illustration classes for youth programs at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and was Writer in Residence through Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program from 2012-2016, where he now serves on the Youth Programs Advisory Council.
He is currently working on two graphic novels: Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate will be released in April 2019 by First Second books and The Searchers, the first graphic novel I will have written and drawn on my own, will be published by Oni Press 2020.