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I was born on Long Island, NY on March 20th, 1975. Like many children of the late seventies, one of my biggest influences was Star Wars. I grew up reading comic books so it was just inevitable that I'd end up in the field.

I went to School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where I majored in Graphic Design. During college I met Dave Roman, and we soon formed Cryptic Press, the company we publish our comics Quicken Forbidden and Teen Boat through. Upon graduating I became Assistant Art Director of the now defunct Penthouse Comix. Shortly after I went on to become the Comics Consultant at Disney Adventures Magazine. After a brief stint as an Assistant Editor, I went freelance. In addition to handling layout and production of the comics that appeared in Disney Adventures, I wrote, colored, and lettered a number of them. Other comic work includes layout and production of graphic novels for Scholastic and First Second Books.

I've done a lot of work in the video game industry, from writing narratives for virtual worlds, designing multiplayer mini-games, to doing background art and animation. Teen Boat has since been collected into two volumes from Clarion Books, and my latest graphic novel is Hippopotamister—my first as both writer and artist—from First Second Books.

I currently live in Brooklyn. You can find out more of what I'm up to at Facebook or Twitter, or possibly even my old blog HERE.

You can reach me by e-mail at johngreenart at or at

Photo by Ellen B. Wright