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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 to get started.

Author representation by Jason Yarn Literary Agency.

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Events Schedule


I am available for school/classroom visits, book signings, comic cons and other events both virtual and in-person. Please contact me for scheduling.


Ryan Dunlavey (he/him) is an illustrator, designer and comic book author with three decades of professional creative experience.


He's the artist and co-author of multiple graphic novels and comic books, including Action PhilosophersAction PresidentsThe Comic Book History of Animation, The Comic Book History of Comics and Action Activists - all co-created 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, Growing Up Farley with Kevin Farley and Frank Marraffino, M.O.D.O.K. for Marvel Comics (which he also wrote) and comics for Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Webtoon and Z2.

Ryan's artwork has been published by HarperCollins, Penguin, Scholastic, Taschen, Random House and MAD magazine. He's applied his talents to editorial illustration, apparel graphics, educational software development, game design and film and television productions. Ryan's diverse clientele list includes Disney, Warner Bros, Hasbro, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, The WWE and his mom.


Ryan grew up in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Hong Kong and has been an avid artist his entire life. He is an alumni of Syracuse University's Illustration program (BFA '93) and studied animation at New York's School of Visual Arts. After earning his degree Ryan worked at several graphic design positions before starting a full-time freelance creative career in 2003.

Ryan is fully posable (accessories sold separately) but will only be available on this planet for a limited time, so act today!

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