Bio: Jamaica Dyer is currently working on designing storyboards, Flash animation and comics. She's also known to do freelance illustration, set design for indie filmmaking and art direction for print and film. Currently residing in the Bay Area and (at the point of writing this) one month away from receiving her BFA in illustration and animation from San Jose State.
Jamaica's been drawing comics since she was a kid, and has self-published numerous zines and has appeared in various indie anthologies and magazines. In college she's learned to cultivate her love for visual storytelling in the animation department, and also branch out into the film department, fine art department and English department.
Her latest project is Weird Fishes, her first stab at doing a graphic novel in webcomics, available at jamaicad.com/comic. It features two kids on the brink of becoming teenagers: Dee is a girl who behaves a little too crazy for her age and hallucinates giant talking animals and monsters, while her best friend That Bunny Boy is a young rebel who has worn a little yellow Halloween bunny suit for many years. Together they're complete outcasts, and while Dee senses an impending doom, they decide to go play in the park.
A partial list of publications:
- Spark Generators II - Xeric-award winning comic anthology ’03
- Suicide Pact, April ’05. Comic, color cover and publishing assistance.
- Access Magazine, Aug ’05. 4 color illustrations for 2 articles.
- Kitchen Sink Magazine 11, Dec ’05. Illustration for article.
- Spartan Daily Newspaper, Fall ’06. Twice-weekly comic strip.
- Reed Magazine, June ’06. Featured artist, 4-page spread of illustrations.
- Other Magazine 10-11, Nov ’06. Illustrations for articles.
- Girl’s Guide to Guy’s Stuff, July ’07. Comic anthology.
- Juicy Mother 2, Sept ’07. All-woman comic anthology.
- Women's Review of Books, Nov/Dec 2007
Jamaica recently got a page from her new comic into the Society of Illustrator's Scholarship Gallery, apparently the first piece of sequential art to be accepted in the show.
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MEET BRIAN ANDERSEN AT WEBCOMIC-CON 2009 AT SF’S CARTOON ART MUSEUM ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH! ALSO, SEE HIM EXHIBITED AS ONE OF THE “MONSTERS OF WEBCOMICS”!
[News, Posted 12/4/09]
The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to host Webcomic-Con 2009, a single-day mini-convention dedicated to online comics and their creators. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet local webcartoonists and talk with them about their work. The featured artists will sell and sign copies of their comics, draw sketches for patrons, and conduct writing and drawing workshops throughout the day. Free with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum, this event takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2009,…
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[Source: MTV Geek!, Added: 1/30/12]
For writer/artist Jamaica Dyer, her original graphic novel Fox Head Stew has been a long time coming. The story started as a continuation of her highly acclaimed web series Weird Fishes, then grew...
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[Source: Frontiers, Added: 10/13/06]
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