About John Novak

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John Novak is a highly skilled colorist, illustrator, and graphic designer,

with over 15 years of experience working with publishers, universities, independent filmmakers, and nonprofits.

Recent work has included digitally coloring the all-ages graphic novels Giants Beware! and Dragons Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre, published by First Second Books. For that project, John created several related color palettes in order to unify the book’s style, as well as painting the background for the covers. He is currently coloring the third book in the series.

Other work has included coloring 10 books for Lerner Publishing Group—the six-book Tricky Journeys series, and several Summer Camp Science Mysteries—as well as illustration and graphic design work for the Phat Shorts Film Festival, various small businesses, and the American Foundation for the Blind.

Check out his new minicomic, Lamby Life!, featuring the glamorous escapades of two ninja lambies, Boomba and Bubba.

After spending many years in New York City, John now lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. He received his bachelors degree in Art Education from Ohio State University, and teaches comic book creation as an after-school class for grade schoolers, as well as offering occasional workshops on coloring comic books at local public libraries.

John’s earliest commissions involved sketching X-Wings and TIE Fighters for all of his friends.



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