Ross Wood Studlar is an American cartoonist, storyteller, and nature interpreter. He has a propensity for drawing and writing about animals. He takes inspiration from his life experience. Ross has been a Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park, where he guided hikes and boat tours; a volunteer in a work camp to protect sea turtles in Mexico, where he ferried the tortugitas to the Pacific; and a Homesteader at Denison University, where he cared for chickens and organic gardens. During his youth, Ross kept a tarantula and various frogs and lizards as pets, and his family kept guinea pigs.
Ross was born in Kentucky, and spent some of his formative years in Oklahoma and West Virginia. He earned a BA in Studio Art from Denison University (Ohio), and was the first-ever student to create a comic book as a senior project. He next became part of the first-ever class at The Center for Cartoon Studies (Vermont), where he earned his MFA.
Ross' comics work has appeared in The Connecticut Valley Spectator and The Cover Page, and will appear in the upcoming Tales of the Uncanny anthology from About Comics. His work was featured in the National Park Service art show Beyond the Blue: Interpretations of Crater Lake.
Notable comic books by Ross include A Humble Joy (2004), a science fiction story about a research physicist and his pet guinea pig; The Raven and the Crayfish (2010), a mythic fantasy which is based upon Native American legends about Crater Lake; and Frog Stories (2012), which contains dramatic tales about the eat-or-be-eaten world of the swamp. Ross is currently at work on a book-length collection of stories about animals. And he regularly updates his blog, rosswoodstudlar.blogspot.com .