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ryan dunlavey is an artist, author and cartoonist in New York City.

Ryan is currently available for freelance and contract work.

He is especially interested in visual storytelling opportunities - both as a writer and an artist. For inquiries, please fill out this contact form or send an email to

Author representation by Jason Yarn Literary Agency


Ryan's books are available online through  and at book storescomic shops and public libraries everywhere. Signed books, prints and original comic book art pages are available at Ryan's Etsy store.

Ryan loves hearing from readers is available for school visits, store signings, comic cons and other events, both virtual and in-person - contact him here.

Upcoming events and signings:

  • C2E2 - Chicago, IL, March 31-April 2, Artist Alley table P-07

  • Fanfaire NYC - High School of Art & Design, NYC, April 29,30

  • Beer City Comic-Con - Asheville, NC, Sept 29 - Oct 1


Ryan Dunlavey is the artist and co-author of multiple non-fiction graphic novels including Action PhilosophersAction Presidents, The Comic Book History of Animation, The Comic Book History of Comics and Action Activists - all co-authored with 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. Reign Delay for Marvel Comics (which he also wrote), the inspiration for the M.O.D.O.K. animated series on Hulu. 


Ryan is a seasoned illustrator, designer, writer and animator and has been published by HarperCollins, Penguin, Scholastic, Taschen, Random House and MAD magazine. He has drawn comics for Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Marvel, Oni, Webtoon and Z2. His freelance clients include Disney, Warner Brothers, The Children's Place, Hasbro, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, The WWE, Spencer Gifts and his mom.

Ryan lives and works in New York City with his partner Liza Pagano and their children. He enjoys traveling, cooking, cycling, snacking, camping and watching lots of cartoons - luckily for him, his family likes all those things too. 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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