The Center for Cartoon Studies

White River Junction, VT.

MFA, 2012.

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY.

BA, 2006 Summa cum laude in Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies. Dean’s List; Distinction in all subjects.

American University of Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon.

Visiting Student, Fall 2005.


Freelance Designer and Illustrator

09/08 – present

Created illustrations, infographics, comics, murals and websites for clients including Slate, Popular Science, Symbolia, Dartmouth University, Columbia University, KQED, The Bold Italic, Wells Fargo, One Smart Kid, Red Bricks Media and many others.
Illustration Portfolio Design Portfolio

Co-Founder and Co-Editor
- Irene

09/12 – present

Curated and edited submissions for Irene Comics Magazine; designed layout of the magazine; negotiated printing, launch, and distribution of the magazine; designed and set up the Irene blog and Irene store .

Designer, Concept Artist, Writer and Webmaster
- Frown Town Puppet Show

02/09 – present

Created concept art, sculpted maquettes and head patterns for puppets; wrote and edited scripts; designed sets; designed, built, and maintained website.
Frown Town Website

Guest Editor
- Samandal

06/12 – 08/12

Reviewed submissions with other editors for issue 11 of Samandal, the premier comics magazine in the Middle East. Designed promotional poster for issue. Production design on entire issue and cleanup of submissions for printing.

Associate Art Director
- The Commonwealth Club of California


Designed, laid out, and coordinated acquisition of art and photography for the Commonwealth Club's monthly magazine, the Commonwealth; created spot illustrations for the Commonwealth; designed and produced promotional materials for Commonwealth Club events, including the Club's Annual 2008 Fundraising Dinner, the California Book Awards; redesigned and rebranded the Commonwealth Club's San Francisco offices at 595 Market St.

Editorial and Design Intern
- McSweeney’s Publishing

06/06 – 09/06

Reviewed submissions for, fact checked and proofread articles appearing in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and The Believer magazine; assisted in the cover layout for McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern: Issue 21; worked on layout and chart section of The Believer: Issue 37; painted a mural in the basement of McSweeney’s Publishing headquarters in San Francisco.

Founder, Editor in Chief
- The American Walrus Magazine

09/05 – 06/06

Reviewed, edited and proofread submissions for The American Walrus Comics Magazine; designed layout of the magazine; negotiated printing, launch, and distribution of the magazine; designed, set up and blogged for the American Walrus website.

Published Work

Comics (nonfiction and journalism)

Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, serialized online by Tapastic, serialized in print 7 Days (2013 Stumptown Comics Arts Award Nominee for Best Webcomic)

Shape Matters, 2013, Popular Science, Tumblr Storyboard & Symbolia

Sex Workers of the World, Unite!, 2013, The Cartoon Picayune

Water and Power (with various writers), 2012, KQED (2012 Society of Professional Journalists Best Multimedia Explanatory Journalism Award, Northern California Chapter; 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Large Market Radio News Series)

Live Long, Die Quick (with Lauren Sommer), 2012, Symbolia

An Illustrated History of the Muslim Brotherhood, 2013, Slate

A Coup in Syria, 2012, Slate

The Accidental Autocrat, 2012, Slate

The Man Who Built Beirut, 2011, The Cartoon Picayune (2011 shortlist for ExpoZine Best English Language Comic)

Comics (fiction)

Champions, 2013, Irene #2

Whisper, 2013, As You Were

The Diagnosis, 2013, Psychotherapy Comics #2

The Adventures of Ned the Neuron (with Erica Warp), 2012, Kizoom

Come Into My Heart, 2012, Irene #1

Two Stories, 2012, Self Published

The Creeping Things, 2012, Self Published

A Ghost, 2012, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #13

Squirrel, 2012, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #12

Millie, 2011, The Cartoon Cryer

Behind the Stars, 2011, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #11

Under My Bridge: The Great Dwerf Migration, 2011, Elfworld, Volume 4

Failed State, 2010, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #10

Doppelganger, 2010, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #9

Death Machine, 2009, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #6

The King of the Cats, 2009, Something Wicked

The King of the Cats, 2009, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #5

A Tough Break, 2008, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #3

Bad Dreams, 2008, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #2

The Vacant Lot, 2007, Samandal Comics Magazine, Issue #1

Gallery Shows

Meltdown Gallery, These Are Their Stories, Los Angeles, CA. 2010

Nisus Gallery, CCS Show, Portland, OR. 2011

Mission Comics and Art, Tales Show, San Francisco, CA. 2011


Samandal and Modern Arab Comics, The Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT. 2011


A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi - (Boldtype, April, 2009)

Fantagraphics' Ignatz series - (Boldtype main feature, August, 2007)

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel - (Boldtype, February, 2007)

Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie - (Boldtype, January, 2007)

Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury - (Boldtype, December, 2006)

Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott - (Boldtype, October, 2006)

Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson - (Boldtype, April, 2006)


Cartooning, Illustration, Art Direction, Print Design, Web Design, Poster Design, Promotional Campaigns, Prepress and Print Packaging, Concept Art, Murals, Puppetry, Photo Correction and Retouching, Adobe Suite, MS Office, Windows, Mac OS X, HTML, CSS.