Illustrator Lance Tooks on Risking your Comfort

January 10, 2022

Growing up in a home bursting with creativity – music, literature, theatre and more – a young boy begins to draw and discovers that it is the source of his own joy.

I want you to imagine the stories in your head. (Lance, 10:21)


Lance Tooks has been drawing all his life. A former assistant editor at Marvel Comics, his artwork has since appeared in more than 100 television commercials, films and music videos. In addition to illustrating Black Panthers for Beginners, written by Herb Boyd, he contributed to a Hurricane Katrina benefit comic, as well as to the Graphic Classics line of books, adapting the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson and Ambrose Bierce. He recently completed “Narcissa”, his first graphic novel for Random House/Doubleday, which was recently translated for publication in Spain. And the list of his credits goes on. Lance Tooks lives in New York and Madrid. He merely exists everywhere else.

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Illustrator Lance Tooks on Risking your Comfort
Lance with Narcissa