Chris Giarrusso is the Harvey award-nominated artist and writer best known for creating, writing, and drawing G-Man, a series of books loved by all ages. G-Man features a young superhero who gains fantastic powers when he wears a magic cape. The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins, G-Man Learning to Fly, G-Man Cape Crisis, and G-Man Coming Home are available at bookstores and comic shops worldwide, and at online retailers like amazon.com. Chris’s work has been published by Andrews McMeel, Scholastic, Marvel, Image, IDW, and several independent publishers.
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 two brand new characters to the Marvel Universe, fantastic fan-favorites “Elephant Steve” and “Archeology Jackson.”
In 2012, Chris illustrated 12 Image variant covers, including The Walking Dead, Chew, and Invincible, in celebration of Image’s 25th anniversary. Chris illustrated the cover and wrote and illustrated the story, G-Man: Reign of the Robo Teachers, in the 2011 anthology book Reading with Pictures. 2010 featured Chris illustrating the covers and comic inserts for all four volumes of the Scholastic book series The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks, and contributing a Guardians of the Globe cover and 4-page story, Image Untied, to the Image Comics Image United series. He was the illustrator for the first two years of the successful Emerald City Comicon webcomic, Tales from the Con, written by Brad Guigar.
Chris is still hard at work writing and drawing in New York City. Check out more of his books, art, and animation at his official website, chrisgiarrusso.com.
Past Presentations and Panels
Archer Elementary | Greensboro, NC
Claxton Elementary | Greensboro, NC
Franklin Elementary | Rahway, NJ
Greensboro Day School | Greensboro, NC
Guilford Middle School | Greensboro, NC
Hyde Park Free Library | Hyde Park, NY
Metuchen Public Library | Metuchen, NJ
New Garden Friends School, Greensboro, NC
North Beach Elementary | Seattle, WA
Pierce Elementary | Oak Ridge, NC
PS169 Bay Terrace | Queens, NY
PS84 Jose de Diego | Magnet School for the Visual Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Roosevelt Elementary | South Plainfield, NJ
ComiCon-Way | Conway, AR
Comics, Libraries, and Education: Literacy Without Limits | Rochester, NY
Emerald City Comicon | Seattle, WA
New York Comic Con | New York City, NY
North Carolina Comicon | Charlotte, NC
Mid-Ohio Comic Con | Columbus, OH
San Diego Comic Con International | San Diego, CA
Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con | Philadelphia, PA
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: How can I buy The G-MAN Super Journal: Awesome Origins book?
A: You can purchase The G-MAN Super Journal everywhere books and eBooks are sold, including Andrews McMeel Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound.
Q: How can I buy your G-MAN graphic novels?
A: The G-MAN graphic novels are 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 and Noble, and other online retailers.
Q: Will there be more G-MAN books?
A: Definitely. I’m currently working on the next G-MAN Super Journal book.
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: Why does Amazon sometimes show different covers for your books?
A: They have a lot of books to keep track of and sometimes errors occur. Please let Amazon know that they’re showing the incorrect covers for my books and if enough people bring it to their attention maybe they’ll eventually fix the errors. You can always find the correct covers for all of my books on my official website.
Q: How did you first start working in books / 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 books / 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 original art from published comic covers and pages for sale here.
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 list of events and appearances and I can sign books in person if I’m in your area.
- Chris Giarrusso on G-Man, School Library Journal, 2015
- Preview: Tales from the Con: Year #1, Comic Book Resources, 2014
- All-Ages Day! G-MAN’s Chris Giarrusso, New York Post, 2013
- Jack Kirby Meets Charles Schulz: Chris Giarrusso’s “G-MAN” in Flight, LA Times, 2012
- Ain’t Nothin’ But a G Thang for Chris Giarrusso, Newsarama, 2010
- Giarrusso, Obama, & the “Real” Guardians of the Globe, Newsarama, 2010
- COMMENTARY TRACK: “Image United” #0, Comic Book Resources, 2010
- NYCC ’09 – Chris Giarrusso on G-MAN’s Future, Newsarama, 2009
- Exclusive 12-page Image Preview: G-MAN Volume 1: Learning to Fly TPB, Newsarama, 2009
- Chris Giarrusso Talks G-MAN!, Comic Book Resources, 2009
- Chris Giarrusso’s G-MAN Brings His “Cape Crisis” to Image, Comic Book Resources, 2009
- Chris Giarrusso Flies with “G-MAN: Cape Crisis,” Comic Book Resources, 2009
- Giarrusso Talks “Mini Marvels: Secret Invasion,” Comic Book Resources, 2009