Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator. She lives in Chicago.
She specializes in personal, confessional comics and travelogues.
Her last name is confusing and has a silent K. It's pronounced kind-of like "nigh-slee.”
She was born in 1985 and grew up in New York, reading comics despite her artistic and literary parents' mild objections. To Lucy, comics have always combined these two inherited loves: the written word and the drawn image.
After years working for her mother in a catering kitchen, waiting tables and manning a booth at farmer's markets, she decided to pursue the lucrative and glamorous life of a comic book artist.
She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Merit Scholar, BFA 2007), followed by The Center for Cartoon Studies (Diamond in the Rough Scholar, MFA 2009).
She published her first book, French Milk (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) in 2008.
She has made comics for various anthologies and publications, including a number of pieces for Marvel and Valiant comics, and a series of back-stories and covers for the Adventure Time comics from Boom Studios. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies such as The Letter Q, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and I Saw You.
She also teaches and lectures on comics at conventions, after-school programs, camps and workshops, to both adults and tiny, immature adults. Below is an illustrated talk she has given on travelogues, and how she constructs her own.
Her second book, Relish, was widely acclaimed, and featured as a New York Times best-seller, Goodreads top book of the year, and an American Library Association award winner in the YA category. It has been translated into five languages. The book focuses on her childhood growing up with a chef for a mother, and the world of food and cooking that surrounded her youth.
She toured the book all over the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe, meeting with readers and eating the local food they recommended to her.
She has had the pleasure of appearing and speaking as a special guest at San Diego Comic Con, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, Renegade Crafts, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, MoCCA Arts Fest, Small Press Expo, New York Comic Con, Webcomic Weekend, The Maine Comic Arts Festival, Raptus Fest, Stumptown Comics Fest, Brooklyn Book Fest, Miami Book Fest and more.
Her most recent book, An Age of License, is a story of one of those touring trips. A travelogue, the book explores the excitement and freedom that comes from being young and unattached.
The follow-up, Displacement, follows Lucy on a elderly tour aboard a cruise ship with her aging grandparents. This book explores the flip side to being a young adult; family, responsibility and aging. This book was featured in an interview with Lucy on NPR's Fresh Air.
Watch the video below to hear Lucy talk about her latest books and projects on this Comic Book Resources interview:
Lucy continues to crank out the comics. Presently, she is at work on two graphic novels; Something New is the story of her romantic adventures and traversing the confusing path towards getting married. (To be released, Spring 2016)
New Kid is the story of her high-school years, and the frustration that arises when one is constantly switching schools.
She lives and works in Chicago, where she cohabitates with her husband, John Horstman, and their fluffy, orange cat