I’m Dylan Meconis,
a cartoonist, writer and illustrator
living in Portland, Oregon.
I’ve been writing and illustrating my own stories since the first grade, and I’ve been making comic books since middle school (no, really! Seventh grade was a tough year for me socially, so I had a lot of time to draw). I started my first book-length comic (graphic novel) in high school.
Unlike a lot of people who become professional artists and authors, I didn’t go to art school or a creative writing program in college. Instead, I mostly studied history, literature, philosophy, and French in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. This means I have a brain full of weird facts, old books, strange art, and the extremely useful ability to read The Tales of Canterbury in the original Middle English. Except for the Middle English bit, it’s all come in very handy for writing and drawing historical fiction and fantasy.
I first started to get paid for making comics when I was still in college, when my first graphic novel was published online. After college, I worked as a graphic designer and visual communications consultant (which means “person who helps teach adults complicated stuff in cool new ways using pictures”). I’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies, global charities, technology companies, libraries, and a lot of other interesting organizations. I’ve made illustrations, animations, information graphics and cool presentations, explaining everything from how microchips work to the ways that clean drinking water can help communities in the third world.
For the last ten years, though, I mostly work as a writer, comic book creator and illustrator! Sometimes I make books totally by myself, and sometimes I get to team up with other writers or artists. It can be lots of fun, but it can also be very hard work. Luckily, I never get tired of making new stories.
I’m a member of Helioscope, which is the largest studio of freelance comics creators in North America. It’s in the middle of downtown Portland. A lot of comic book artists work alone at home, but I love working with friends around. We test ideas out on each other, explore the best new food carts together, take silly photos of our dogs, trade art advice, mentor young professionals from art schools around the world, sell our work as a group at conventions, and play some really silly pranks on each other. (It turns out I’m hard to prank, because I’m not very observant.)
I grew up in Seattle, but now I live next to a dead volcano (at least, I hope it’s dead) in the middle of Portland, Oregon . When it’s too rainy to go to Helioscope, I have a little home office that I can write and draw in. It’s not as fun for me, but my rescue dog, President Teddy Roosevelt, likes chasing squirrels out of the backyard at lunch time.
The best thing about my home is that I get to share it with my wife, the attorney and educator Katie Lane. Katie likes to listen to all my weird ideas, and she cares a lot about Star Trek, which were my two big requirements for marrying somebody.
Bite Me!, a very silly graphic novel for ages 7 and up, about a bunch of very panicky vampires trying to survive the French Revolution and not being very good at it. It has a lot of jokes about chickens and/or guillotines, and you can read it for free online or buy it as a book.
Outfoxed, a short story for all ages, about what happens when a talking fox meets a laundry girl. It was nominated for an Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic.
Family Man, a graphic novel series for adults about a young college professor in the 18th century falling in love with a very dangerous librarian. It was nominated for a Reuben Award in the category of Best Digital Comic – Longform.
The Long Con, an action-comedy comic book series/two-volume graphic novel for adults, about what happens when the world ends during a comic book convention…but everybody inside survives and keeps holding the convention. It’s published by Oni Press.
Queen of the Sea, a historical fantasy graphic novel for kids, about a girl who grows up on a tiny island with a bunch of nuns, and what she does when an exiled queen shows up to ruin everything. It will be published by Walker Books (Candlewick) on June 25, 2019.
I’m represented by Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary. Please contact the agency for any publishing inquiries! For interview requests, illustration, speaking, education, or consulting, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “QUERY” in your subject line.
Dark Horse Comics
Penguin Random House
Oregon Humanities Magazine
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Department of Defense
Cards Against Humanity
Wizards of the Coast
Oregon Children’s Theatre
Multnomah County Library
Seattle Children’s Hospital