Written by Paul Tobin, Art by Jonathan Hill
Appears in print in Bandette Volume Two: Stealers, Keepers!
The Urchin Artist
Jonathan Hill graduated as valedictorian of the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2003 with a degree in Sequential Art. After graduating, he moved to Portland, Oregon and realized that he needed to relearn everything he learned in school.
Since then he’s been freelancing as an illustrator and cartoonist. Some of his clients include Hollywood Entertainment, the Viet Nam Literature Project, the Willamette Week, Fantagraphics Books, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Tor.com, Roar Comics, Sagacity, and Powell’s City of Books.
His first graphic novel, Americus, was published by First Second Books in Fall 2011. It was picked as an ABC New Voices 2011 title, nominated by the YALSA as a 2012 Best Graphic Novel for Teens, and was a Fall 2011 Junior Library Guild Premier Selection.
In 2012 it won the NAIBA’s Carla Cohen Free Speech award, becoming the first graphic novel to win the award. The first chapter of Americus was published in the Papercutter comics anthology and was nominated for an Ignatz Award. His short story ‘Jeremiah’ was selected as part of the 2016 Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Annual exhibit and publication.
Jonathan also teaches comics and visual narrative for various organizations around Portland. He is an associate professor in the Illustration Department at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, has been Writer in Residence through Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program since 2012, and teaches comics and illustration classes for teens at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
He is currently making comics for Oni Press and First Second.