I’m Dylan Meconis,
a cartoonist, writer and illustrator
living in Portland, Oregon.
(Meconis is pronounced “Meh-KO-niss” and Oregon is pronounced “ORE-uh-gun.”)
While I’ve pursued visual art since I could hold a crayon steady, my formal education has been concentrated in the liberal arts. I studied Western history, literature, philosophy, and French in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, where I soaked up in-demand, market-ready skills like reading Chaucer in the original Middle English. (I have no regrets.)
My comparatively practical career as a professional comics artist began in college with the online publication of my first book, Bite Me!.
Having disembarked from academia, I spent several years daylighting as a visual communications consultant and designer, facilitating dozens of sessions with Fortune 500 companies, global NGOs, tech startups, and more. I worked directly with clients to produce illustrations, animations, information graphics and visually compelling presentations.
In 2008 I transitioned to work as a full-time comic book creator and freelance designer. In 2012 my short story Outfoxed was nominated for an Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic, and in 2014 Family Man was nominated for a Reuben Award in the category of Best Digital Comic – Longform.
My current project is a middle-grade graphic novel titled Queen of the Sea, forthcoming from Walker Books US (Candlewick) in 2019.
I’m a member of Helioscope, the largest studio of freelance comics professionals in North America. I live in Portland with my wife, the attorney and speaker Katie Lane, and a collection of small but demanding mammals.
I’m represented by Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary.
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Dark Horse Comics
Penguin Random House
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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