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Tara O'Connor is comic maker and illustrator currently residing in the woods of America. She was born in the year of the Highlander. When she's not drawing comics or teaching comics, she's probably working on an illustration of some sort. Her boyfriend, John, also draws comics. They're currently plotting their next projects together. On any given day there's a 90% chance that every meal was cereal. She drinks way too much tea and coffee.

She's been drawing since before she can remember and has been drawing comics since she was about 14. Most of those comics were awful and never saw the light of day, and very few of them made their way online. In 2010, however, she braved the comics world and self-published her first mini-comic, Puddles.

Ever since then she's been a comics addict. Since wrapping up a book with Scholastic, she’s now working with the new Random House Imprint, Random House Graphic, on her next two graphic novels!

She’s represented by Pete Ryan at Stimola Literary Studio

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads Author Page

Schooling: Graduated from Marywood University with a BA in Art Education, and a minor in Illustration.


Press:

Locus, Review, The Agony House, Dec 2018

Publishers Weekly, Rights Report for Fly by Night, Oct 2018

Kirkus, Review, The Agony House, Sept 2018

Doom Rocket, Review, The Altered History of Willow Sparks, Feb 2018

Foreword Reviews, Review, The Altered History of Willow Sparks, Feb 2018

Booklist, Review, The Altered History of Willow Sparks, Feb 2018

Publisher’s Weekly, Review, Roots, Jan 2018

Meet your Maker, Interview, Roots, Dec 2017

Talking Comics, Podcast Review, Roots Nov 2017 (Timestamp: 37:56-40:50)

Top Shelf Catalog, Roots (with blurbs), 2017

Hollywood Reporter, The Altered History of Willow Sparks Announcement, August 2017

Comicon, Top Shelf Announcement, Roots, June 2017

Top Shelf News, Roots Announcement, June 2017

Women Who Draw, Directory, 2017

Publishers Weekly, Rights Report for The Altered History of Willow Sparks, Feb. 2016

Comics Alliance, Hire this Woman, April 2015

Light Grey Art Lab: Artist Interview: Tara Abbamondi, February 2013

Published Work 2015- :

TBA, Random House Graphic, Spring 2022

Fly By Night, Random House Graphic, Spring 2020

Adventure Time, Variant Cover Artist, Boom Studios, Feb 2019

The Agony House, Scholastic, Written by Cherie Priest, September 2018, 38 pages

The Altered History of Willow Sparks, Oni Press, January 2018, 139 pages

Roots, Top Shelf Productions, September 2017, 176 pages

Dirty Diamonds, Sex, #8, September 2017, 2 pages

Dirty Diamonds, Imagination #7, September 2016, 4 pages

Mine Anthology, July 2016, 1 page

 Like Dreamers Do, The Dream Cluster, July 2016, 1 page

Wailing Heights: Spectre Comic, Outsider Games, February 2016

The Revenants, Comic Book Guys, Flatter, October 2015, 28 pages

Roots, Artist & Writer, Self-Published, April 2015, 128 pages

Where is Home, Artist & Writer, April 2015, 4 pages

 

Published Work 2010-2014 (as Abbamondi):

In Your Wake, Sawdust Press, Artist & Writer, July 2014, 31 pages

Princeless Short Story, Action Lab Comics, Artist, 2013,  7 pages

On the Morrow, Artist & Writer, August 2013, 30 pages

The Way We Sleep, Curbside Splendor Press, Artist & Writer, November 2012, 4 pages

The Stolen Lovelight, Artist, April 2012, 44 pages

I Was a Teenage Gargoyle, Sawdust Press, March 2012, 8 pages

Uncanny Very Near Mint: (500) Days of Mack, Adventuring Company, Artist, January 2012, 5 pages

Unite and Take Over, Stories Inspired by the Songs of the Smiths, Spazdog Press, Artist, November 2011, 8 pages

Panels for Primates, Act-i-vate, Artist & Writer, 2010, 5 pages

Puddles, Artist & Writer, April 2010, 30 pages


Illustration:

Previously On: How Recaps Changed the Way We Watch Television, The Ringer, August 2018

Can Real Life Compete with Instagram Playground, The Ringer, August 2017

Spider-Man Comes to Belfast, Comic Book Guys, July 2017

The Secret History of Dion Waiters, The Ringer, February 2017

 

Acknowledgements:

Young Adult Award Finalist, The Agony House (as the illustrator), 2019 Locus Awards

Award, 2019, The Altered History of Willow Sparks, Junior Library Guild

Maverick List, 2019, The Altered History of Willow Sparks, Texas Library Assoc.

Featured Guest, 2017 Dublin Comic Arts Festival, Dublin Comic Arts

Nominated, Roots, Best Biographical Comic of 2015, Comics Alliance

Nominated, In Your Wake, Best Small Press, 2014 Stumptown Comic Awards (as Tara Abbamondi/Abbamandi)

Nominated, In Your Wake, Best Letterer,  2014 Stumptown Comic Awards (as Tara Abbamondi/Abbamandi)

Nominated, In Your Wake, Best Cartoonist, 2014 Stumptown Comic Awards (as Tara Abbamondi/Abbamandi)


Group Shows:

Tobeyou, Light Grey Art Lab, March 2017

Cute and Rude, CSA Galleria, July 2016

Bower Bird, Light Grey Art Lab, December 2015

Boss Rush, Light Grey Art Lab, February 2015

Role Models, Light Grey Art Lab, October 2013

Message in a Bottle, Light Grey Art Lab, January-February 2013

GIRLS: Fact or Fiction, Light Grey Art Lab, 2012, Audrey Hepburn

Pokemon Battle Royale, April 2012, #37 Vulpix

Scranton First Friday, Bricolage, February 2009, Forest Rebirth