Websites: Sina's website, The Li’l Depressed Boy
Bio: Sina Grace’s parents had big plans for their son: Ivy League schooling, professional credentials, a 6-figure income as a doctor—the works! Fortunately for us, he found the wonderful world of comics instead. It was in this world of contradictions that he “matured,” one foot teetering on the edge of academia, the other drawn to the inescapable grasp of an ink-bound fantasy underworld.
At 14, Grace seemingly appeased his parents by interning at Top Cow Productions, under the guidance of Editor-in-Chief Renae Geerlings (his single mother figured at least he was collecting college credit). However the only thing he was collecting (other than comics), was the compulsive habit of drawing unrealistically proportioned, scantily clad women.
At 16, he got a perpetual summer-time job at the Santa Monica landmark: Hi De Ho Comics, where he would be inspired to create Books with Pictures. By 17 he wrote, drew, and self-published his first comic, The Roller-Derby Robo-Dykes versus the Cannibals. His knowledge of disproportionate harlots with weapons came in handy when depicting a story about Robo-Dykes bent on taking over the world. His mother was happy that he was taking interest in girls. The book went into a second printing, and received the praise of Lying in the Gutters critic, Rich Johnston.
Weeks after graduating high school, he was asked by Rilo Kiley front-woman Jenny Lewis to illustrate a limited edition comic book adaptation of their 2004 record, More Adventurous. In the spring of 2006 he was asked to apprentice under comics genius, Howard Chaykin (even though it may not be apparent in Books with Pictures, Grace did learn the function of a ruler and the meaning of a vanishing point).
Between the summers of 2005 and ’06, Grace’s partially-biographical indie dramedy, Books with Pictures, went from hand-xeroxed zines to full-fledged, full-sized comic books. Shortly after its debut at San Diego Comic-Con, Diamond Distributors accepted the series into their ordering catalogue, Previews. Grace’s work on the series was met with admiration from bloggers and reviewers alike, and has since taken on several projects for multiple anthologies due in late 2008.
To his parents’ delight, he graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, receiving an undergraduate degree in Literature, with an emphasis on Creative Writing.
Sina Grace recently self-published an illustrated novel about a sorcerer sleuth in Orange County, aptly titled Cedric Hollows in Dial M for Magic, and continues full-time art duties on S. Steven Struble’s webcomic, The Li’l Depressed Boy.
His next project will be providing illustrations for Amber Benson’s novel, Among the Ghosts through Aladdin Books, due Summer 2010.
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[News, Posted 7/11/13]
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[News, Posted 10/10/12]
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Check out Agent Burgos' article at Comic Book Therapy on Sina's new book here.
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[News, Posted 10/10/12]
NEW YORK, NY - Prism Comics has unleashed its Gay Agenda for New York Comic-Con 2012!
Come and get your copy during the convention at the Prism Booth #1875 and meet our booth partners Jeff Krell, Sean-Z and Tim Paul with appearances by JD Glass, Erica Friedman, Rica Takashima, Jennifer Camper and more!
If you can't wait, get the Gay Agenda online now by clicking here.
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[News, Posted 8/3/10]
Tim Fish! We were so glad to see one of the most prolific and prominent LGBT writer/artists in comics at the Prism booth and at the Gays in Comics panel at Comic-Con. Tim’s latest work appeared in none other than Marvel Comics, with a Northstar story in an issue of the mutant book, Nation X #2, written and drawn by Tim. Here’s an interview with Tim about this issue on marvel.com. Excellent work, Tim!
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[News, Posted 7/14/10]
Prism Comics, a nonprofit supporting LGBT comics, creators, and readers, has unveiled its slate of activities for San Diego Comic-Con International 2010, one of the world’s largest pop-culture gatherings, at the San Diego Convention Center from Wednesday, July 21st through Sunday, July 25th. Prism will host four jam-packed panels including Andy Mangels' legendary “Gays in Comics” panel, the 6th annual “Heroes vs. Villains” party, appearances by Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby) and the largest roster of LGBT Creators ever at its expanded booth, now filling three exhibit spaces (#2049/2146/2148). All the details are available in The Gay Agenda, Prism’s guide to everything LGBT at Comic-Con, which can be picked up at the Prism booth or downloaded in PDF format.
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