Author Profile: Nick Drnaso

Author Profile:   Nick Drnaso is an American author and graphic novelist.

Name: Nick Drnaso

Timeline:

2016 – Beverly

2018 – Sabrina (first graphic novel)

Background: Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois, United States. He is 31 years old. He lives in Chicago with his wife Sarah and three cats. Extremely modest, he has not been especially particular about hitting any sales goals, as for him, being an excellent writer is very important. He works as an illustrator and cartoonist in Chicago.

He grew in Palos Hills, a suburb to the southwest of Chicago. He attended a local grade school and high school. He childhood was depressing, but as he grew up, he joined his elder brother who was into heavy metal music and started joining record stores and concerts. A close friend introduced him to cartooning, and drawing comedic panels.

Genre: Nick Drnaso believes in having a morbid curiosity in his own self. He is described as having a narrow black moustache, thinning hair on his head, wan complexion, polite and small dark eyes and has spent many hours in the darker corners of the internet for his work ‘Sabrina’.

Literary Contributions: Sabrina was his very first graphic novel nominated in 2018 for the Man Booker Prize. Nick Drasno has contributed to a number of comics anthologies and has self-published a handful of comics. He has co-edited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology and has been nominated for three Ignatz Awards.

Unique Stylistic Features: Beverly was Nick Drasno’s excellent debut in 2016 for which this native of Illinois was awarded the LA Times Book Prize. Beverly is a series of lyrical and sad stories that are interconnected with each other. Young and dysfunctional Americans are set against an uncanny backdrop of couches, despair, motels, lust and highways pushing up against pastel colours and clean lines of his artwork. In his work, Sabrina, a missing woman’s investigation is done by a US airman.

Nick Drasno has been nominated for best graphic album and  best writer / artist for the Eisner Award (2019), the L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize for Sabrina (2019) and Orwell Prize for Political Fiction for Sabrina (2019). His book Sabrina (2018) has mention as Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year.

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