Philip Amara eats, drinks, and breathes, comic books.
As a kid, he spent Saturdays at Boston comic shops. He wrote about comics for newspapers and magazines. In college, he did a comics radio show. In graduate school, he wrote even more about comics. Phil worked as an editor for one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators, as well as Kitchen sink Press, the publisher of The Spirit.
He lived in Japan, where comic books are everywhere! He is the co-creator of Burglar Girls, The Nevermen, and Sky Ape.
In Oregon he worked as an editor for Dark Horse Comics. The books he edited have won some cool awards, and he’s worked many talented creators.
He wrote for Star Wars and Aliens, among others. He was the editor of SpyBoy, Planet of the Apes, Terminator, Predator, Superman and Green Lantern DC Comics crossovers, Madman, the Eisner Award-winning Sock Monkey, as well as co-editor on the American Illustration Award-winner, Scatterbrain.
He’s currently a teacher for Boston Public Schools, where he created the Mighty Writers program to introduce his students to the power of animation, film, and of course, comic books. When Phil's not writing about comics, he might be writing about food for the Boston Phoenix. His new children’s book is called The Treehouse Heroes. It’s not a comic, but it certainly could be.
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"Amara's expertise, practical tips, and entertaining style make this a rewarding read for any young person with a playful or professional interest in the field."
— ALA Booklist
"A fast-paced and practical introduction to the creative and production aspects of working in the cartoon-art field. Offering advice on materials, drawing practice, story development, self-promotion, and submitting work to publishers, the text is direct and accessible."
— School Library Journal