I’m Tom Dell’Aringa, a graphic novelist living in the Chicago Area.
I’m a lifelong comics, art and story lover. When I was learning to read, I’d sit with my mom and read “Snoopy and the Red Baron” out loud. Comics made me want to read, so I would read them whenever I could.
In elementary school, every time the opportunity came to order books from the book club, I’d order the latest Peanuts collection. I read the comics in the newspaper every day. At some point I found superhero comics and indie comics like Bone and Cerebus the Aardvark. There’s something about the combination of a good story and wonderful art that’s magic.
I drew all the time, and when I ran out of paper I would draw inside the fronts of book covers (this didn’t go over too well with my mom). But it wasn’t just the art, I also fell in love with stories. I really loved watching shows like Dr. Who, Thunderbirds, Land of the Lost, Captain Harlock, Star Blazers, and Speed Racer.
I finally put all these elements that I loved together in my first project, “Marooned – A Space Opera in the Wrong Key!” which ran for 5 years from 2007 to 2013. In 2015, I published my second graphic novel “Rock & Tin.”
I’m currently working on my third graphic novel “The Genesis Girl.”