Christine Williamson. Find out more.
Raised, though not born, in rural New Hampshire, Christine Williamson graduated from Carleton College in 2002 with a BA in biology and her eyes set on a career spent studying marine wildlife. This sunny future was suddenly and irrevocably derailed when, being interested in Japanese Animation, she acquired her first manga from a sketchy looking comics shop near where she was living in Boston. Upon noticing that the drawing style was very similar to her own, she was suddenly seized by the realization that “she could do this,” and that she wanted to do it too.
This monumental discovery was serendipitously accompanied by two odd coincidences that happened within the year. The first epic breakthrough was the sudden “click” of her inability to draw people, which had previously plagued her entire doodling career. The second coincidence, which happened unceremoniously on her way to work at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals one morning, was the spontaneous creation of her first truly original character. Everything she needed was now within her grasp, and she went to work with a vengeance.
Nothing has come of that particular story so far, but Christine is now enrolled at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. She has produced two anthologies, Moonsong Serials Volume 1 and 15 Men and a Dead Man’s Chest, the latter of which she collaborated on with three other artists. She has produced several minis to date, and her current projects include, but are not limited to, a second entry for Tokyopop’s Rising Stars of Manga contest, numerous short stories, both written and drawn, of which the nearest to completion is “Feather’s of the Soul,” and her first young adult fantasy novel, currently known as Katlyn Zinger, Nature Keeper.