Editor for Viz Media, America's leading publisher of Japanese comics. Content editor of the webcomics site Modern Tales and copy editor for the comics site Sequential Tart. Award-winning cartoonist and scriptwriter. Freelance writer widely published in print and online.
2000: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY: Bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in English
2000-present: Freelance cartoonist and comics scripter
2003-present: Freelance Editor, Viz Media
2010-present: Instructor and Writing Tutor, Academy of Art University
Editor of over 20 Viz manga series, including Naruto, One Piece, Inuyasha, Kingyo Used Books and Case Closed. As editor, is responsible for rewriting, copyediting, and supervising the publication of the English editions of Japanese manga.
Rewriter for Viz manga, including Kekkaishi, Tokyo Boys and Girls and Love*Com.
Editor of ModernTales.com, one of the foremost online comics anthologies.
Reviews and articles on comics published in numerous magazines and online publications, including The Comics Journal, Nickelodeon Magazine, Shonen Jump, Shojo Beat, Audrey: The Asian-American Women's Lifestyle Magazine, Comixpedia, SequentialTart and the Japanese magazine Studio Voice.
Regular manga critic for Animerica, Otaku USA and About.com.
Contributing writer to the Eisner Award-nominated Manga: The Complete Guide (Del Rey, 2007).
Contributing writer to The Hundred Greatest Looney Tunes (Palace Press, 2010).
Author of the upcoming book CLAMP in America (Del Rey, 2011).
Biweekly columnist for Comixology, contributing the column "All the Comics in the World."
Teaches comics scriptwriting for the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Tutors at the AAU writing lab.
Has moderated panel discussions on comics at the San Diego Comic-Con, the Alternative Press Expo, Wondercon and the Cartoon Art Museum.
Has taught cartooning classes and workshops for San Francisco Public Libraries and the Asian Art Museum.
Cartoon Art Museum volunteer and exhibitions assistant.
Narbonic, daily online comic strip, 2000-2006: Writer/Artist
Trunktown, daily online comic strip, 2001-2002: Co-writer (with Tom Hart)
Li'l Mell, weekly online comic, 2003-present: Writer
"Alien Watching," short comic published in Broad Appeal, 2003: Writer/Artist
Smithson, weekly online comic, 2004-present: Writer
"Moleman's Christmas," short comic published in the 2005 Marvel Holiday Special: Co-writer (with Andrew Farago)
Next Stop: Germany, promotional comic produced for U.S. World Cup Soccer, 2006: Writer
Pennyroyal Foods, monthly comic strip produced in conjunction with Marvel Comics for Food Service Director Magazine, 2006: Co-writer (with Andrew Farago)
"AIM Lang Syne," short comic published in the 2006 Marvel Holiday Special: Co-writer (with Andrew Farago)
"Piece of Cake," short comic published in the 2007 Marvel Holiday Special: Co-writer (with Andrew Farago)
"The Librarian," short comic published in Secrets and Lies, 2008: Writer
Skin Horse, daily online comic strip, 2008-present: Artist and Co-writer (with Jeffrey C. Wells)
Uncrossed Lines, weekly comic strip produced for X4 Communications, 2008: Writer
"you had sideburns and a mullet and a hat with a wild pony on it," short comic published in I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections, 2009: Writer/Artist
"Glamazonia PSA," one-page comic published in Glamazonia! The Uncanny Super-Tranny, 2011: Artist (script by Justin Hall)
"O Valencia!" short comic published in The Comic Book Guide to the Mission, 2011: Co-writer and Co-artist (with Andrew Farago)
"Prison Knife Fight." Published in Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die, October 2010. Podcast available here.
"The All-Night Truck Stop Polka Band." Published in Strange Horizons, June 2011.
"Thieves of Mercy." Published in Ocean, September 2011.
"Librarians in the Branch Library of Babel." Published in Strange Horizons, October 2011.
Awards and Recognition
2001 Friends of Lulu nominee for Best New Talent
2004 Websnark Shortbread Award for Narbonic
2005 Webcartoonists' Choice Award for Best Writer
2005 Lulu of the Year Award from Friends of Lulu
2006 Harvey Award nominee for Best Anthology (Marvel Holiday Special)
Narbonic cited as one of the best comics of 2006 by The Comics Journal
2007 Stumptown Trophy Award nominee for Outstanding Small Press (Narbonic, Volume 4)
October 2007 artist in residence at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
2008 Stumptown Trophy Award winner for Outstanding Small Press (Skin Horse)
2009 Friends of Lulu nominee for Lulu of the Year