About Jerzy Drozd – 2011 Artist in Residence
Jerzy Drozd began his comics illustration career at 19, self-publishing his own comic books. He has also worked for Antarctic Press on their flagship title Ninja High School. While at Antarctic Press, he and writer Tom Root (of Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken) co-created the mini-series PPV: Pay-Per-View. He is one of the artists behind Make Like A Tree Comics, a self-publishing comics company that specializes in all-ages comics serialized online and collected in print. This venture caught the attention of Glencoe McGraw-Hill, who contracted Drozd to co-create and illustrate a series of pro-social and educational comics stories for their Backpack Reader series of books. In 2006 he completed his 197-page online graphic novel, The Front, a retelling of the first comics story he self-published.
Though he continues to work as a freelance illustrator, Drozd’s main passion has always been comics, and he enjoys sharing that passion with others. In 2005 he began performing workshops at schools such as Central Michigan University and Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. He served as the Lead Teaching Artist with ArtServe Michigan’s Literacy Arts Comic Book Project, teaching the comics art form to over 700 Detroit 3rd and 4th graders as well as leading professional development sessions with teachers. In 2008 he worked with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to create a participatory workshop for teachers. In June 2010 he served as programming director for the annual
Kids Read Comics convention, an event he co-organized with teen librarian Edith Burney, DC Comics writer Dan Mishkin, and Green Brain comics store owners Dan and Katie Merritt.
Drozd lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and three cats. You can find more information about his teaching work at www.jdrozd.com.