Willow Dawson is an illustrator and cartoonist working out of The RAID Studio in downtown Toronto. She illustrated The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, a science book with an environmental message (with Helaine Becker, Kids Can Press). She is the creator of Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung (Penguin Canada), Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club (Kids Can Press) and illustrated award-winning graphic novels: No Girls Allowed (with Susan Hughes, Kids Can Press) and Violet Miranda: Girl Pirate (with Emily Pohl-Weary, Kiss Machine). Dawson is currently in development of 100 Mile House (excerpts published at Top Shelf 2.0). Her books have been supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Dawson's illustration clients include: Metaviews, Jesse Hirsh, YWCA Canada, Owl Magazine, Kids Can Press, Top Shelf Comics, Penguin Canada, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd., LGBTQ Parenting Network, Mayworks, Trinity Square Video, Filmblanc, Shameless Magazine, Sumach Press, Kiss Machine.

Dawson teaches Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at U of T's School of Continuing Studies. She also teaches sequential art and scriptwriting to youth across the city for organizations the likes of The Toronto District School Board, The York School, St. Clement's Private School, The Linden School, The Toronto Public Library, The Parkdale Street Writers, Story Planet, Harbourfront, Spadina House Museum, The Design Exchange, and The Art Gallery of York University. In May of 2012, Dawson toured Prince Edward Island for TD Children's Book Week.

For all inquiries contact Dawson directly at jarsofhoney(at)gmail(dot)com

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