Maria Frantz is a cartoonist, illustrator, and animator currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. She spends her days baking, knitting, and drawing a ridiculous amount of comics.
Much of her work centers around the mystical and the fantastical, with a focus on facing the fear that often accompanies the unknown. Her stories tend to explore representation and gender roles, and aim to expand the limitations of the labels we carry with us throughout our lives.
Maria was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she spent the first years of her life playing in the woods, making up stories, and regularly perusing the local comic shop.
In high school she began seriously pursuing comics, and from 2012-2015 created a 75 page webcomic titled “Blue Street”.
In 2015 she was awarded a national gold medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, for her short comic “Death Wish”.
In 2017 her poster “The Golden Door” was chosen to be a part of Hank Green's Refugee Poster Project, alongside 15 other artists. Prints of artwork inspired by the refugee crisis were sold on dftba.com to help raise money for refugees in the United States. The project raised over $70,000.
Her debut graphic novel, The Chancellor and the Citadel, was published by Iron Circus Comics January 2019.