Chris Giarrusso began his writing career early in life by whiting out the word balloons of newspaper comic strips and filling in his own dialogue. His art career followed soon afterward when he started whiting out the pictures, in addition to the dialogue, to replace them with his own. Eventually, he realized that he could save a lot of time and a lot of whiteout by starting out with blank paper.
Today, Chris Giarrusso is best known for writing and drawing G-MAN, a series of graphic novels loved by all ages, featuring a young superhero who gains fantastic powers when he wears a magic cape. G-MAN, VOLUME 1: LEARNING TO FLY and G-MAN, VOLUME 2: CAPE CRISIS are available now at bookstores. Chris is currently hard at work promoting the newest G-MAN book – G-MAN, VOLUME 3: COMING HOME, released May 1, 2013.
In 1999, Chris Giarrusso created the world-famous MINI MARVELS for Marvel Comics, writing and drawing dozens of comic strips and short stories which have been published in countless Marvel comics and collected editions. Chris even contributed a brand new character to the Marvel Universe, fantastic fan-favorite “Elephant Steve.” He also illustrated the covers and comic inserts for all four volumes of the 2010 Scholastic series THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF NATE BANKS.
Chris currently lives and writes and draws in Queens, New York. Check out more of his art and animation at his official website, chrisgcomics.com.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: How can I buy your G-MAN graphic novels?
A: You can purchase signed copies of G-MAN Volume 1 and Volume 2 right here at the chrisgcomics.com store! The G-MAN graphic novels are also available at most bookstores and comic book shops. Please ask the bookstore managers for help finding or ordering them for you. G-MAN graphic novels can also be ordered on the internet through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.
Q: Will there be a G-MAN VOLUME 4?
A: You betcha.
Q: Are you the writer or the artist on G-MAN?
A: Both. I created, wrote, penciled, inked, lettered, and colored all the G-MAN stories.
Q: How did you first start working in comics?
A: I got my start as an intern at Marvel Comics while I was in college. Following the internship, I accepted a staff job in Marvel’s production department where I helped to format comics to make them ready for printing. After much pestering, Marvel finally agreed to start publishing some of my comic strips.
Q: How did you learn to draw? Did you go to an art school?
A: I didn’t go to an art school, but I took some art classes while I was in college. I mainly learned to draw comics by practicing on my own.
Q: How do you draw your comics?
A: I draw on bristol paper with a 2H pencil and I ink with a brush using black india ink. I letter by hand with different Speedball pens using black india ink. I scan the black and white artwork in to my computer and then color on my computer with Photoshop.
Q: Do you draw commissions / can I buy a sketch from you?
A: I’m very busy, but I sometimes take on commissions if time allows. In the meantime though, you can find original artwork like sketches, and the original art from published comic covers and pages for sale in the store.
Q: What was the first comic book you read?
A: It was an old Fantastic Four comic where Ben was playing some sport on another planet or something.
Q: Do you have any advice for young comic creators?
A: Draw for fun and draw a lot. Don’t let anybody tell you that you’re doing it wrong.
Q: Can I send you a book in a self-addressed, stamped envelope for you to sign?
A: Sorry, but no. There are far too many variables outside of my control involved in trying to fulfill these kinds of requests. Review the events page and I can sign books in person if I’m in your area.