Lisa Hanawalt self-published Stay Away From Other People in 2008 and established her comic-making style of funny illustrated lists and anthropomorphized animals, which she continued to explore in her first published work, I Want You #1 (Buenaventura Press, 2009) and I Want You #2 (Pigeon Press, 2010). Stay Away From Other People won an Ignatz for Outstanding Mini-Comic in 2009, I Want You #1 received an Ignatz for Outstanding Comic in 2010, and I Want You #2 won a Stumptown Award for Best Small Press in 2011.
Hanawalt draws illustrations and funnies for places like The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, McSweeneys, Chronicle Books and Vanity Fair. In 2012 she illustrated a children’s book for McSweeney’s, Benny’s Brigade, with Arthur Bradford.
Hanawalt was raised in Palo Alto, California, and graduated from UCLA in 2006.
She currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with a dog and a comedian.
My Dumb Dirty Eyes is the first major collection of Hanawalt’s work, and is debuting at TCAF 2013.