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ryan dunlavey is an illustrator and cartoonist based in New York City.

I am currently available for freelance work. Let's talk and see if I'm the right person for your project - just email

I love hearing from readers and I am available for school/classroom visits, book signings, comic cons and other events both virtual and in-person.

My 2024 convention schedule:


If you'd like to sponsor me for a comic convention or other event please contact me.

Author representation by Jason Yarn Literary Agency


Ryan Dunlavey (he/him) is a seasoned illustrator, designer, writer and animator with three decades of professional experience. His work has been published by HarperCollins, Penguin, Scholastic, Taschen, Random House and MAD magazine. He's the artist and co-author of Action Philosophers,
Action Presidents,The Comic Book History of Animation, The Comic Book History of Comics and Action Activists - all co-created with his frequent collaborator,​ writer Fred Van Lente. Ryan's other comics include Dirt Candy: A Cookbook with chef Amanda Cohen, The Illustrated Al with "Weird" Al Yankovic and M.O.D.O.K. for Marvel Comics, which he also wrote.

Besides illustration and comic books, Ryan's art and talents have been used in fashion design, journalism, educational software development, game design and television production and has made comics for Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Marvel, Webtoon and Z2. His diverse clientele list includes Disney, Warner Bros, Hasbro, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, The WWE and his mom. Ryan is fully posable (accessories sold separately) but will only be available on this planet for a limited time, so act now!

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