Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed – Designer

I am a professional illustrator with over 15 years experience in book and album cover illustration, my specialty is comic illustration.


Daniel is an award-winning Melbourne based illustrator and writer who has been working in comics for over twenty years. His own titles include ‘Grubby Little Smudges of Filth’, and ‘The Mycelium Complex’, Stories that explore fantasy and sci-fi genres with a mix of dark humour and original concepts.

With a unique illustration style that is highly detailed and full of character, Daniel has become a sought-after collaborator with other writers. Such projects include the post-apocalyptic ‘Evermore’, with Isobelle Carmody, epic crime thriller ‘The Boar’ with Lee Roy Kunz and Max Barsness, and the dark, brutal series ‘The Chain’ with Sean Webley.

Any day that he is at the drawing board is a good day as far as Daniel is concerned and he has no plans slowing down any time soon.

Comics & Graphic Novels Dystopian Fantasy Horror Middle Grade Fantasy Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera
  • Australian Shadow Awards Graphic Novel - The Mycelium Complex Issue 2
  • 2016 Ledger Award, Bronze - Evermore (Windy Hollow)
  • 2014 Ledger Award, Bronze - Grubby Little Smudges of Filth (Slave Labor Comics)

Work experience


Mar, 2017 — Jun, 2023 (over 6 years)

Illustrator of 500 comic pages (pencils and inks) for the psychadaelic/crime graphic novel 'The Boar', written by Lee Roy Kunz and Max Barsness.


Apr, 2012 — Apr, 2014 (about 2 years)

I illustrated 135 full colour pages of the award winning, post apocalyptic book 'Evermore', written by Isobelle Carmody. 'Evermore' was part picture book, part graphic novel and received wide distribution throughout Australia.


Aug, 2020 — Present

I worked as an illustrator for the single issue, Kafkaesque comic 'The Boatman'. A technique was engaged that used both linework and inkwash.
I also have illustrated two issues (60 pages), of the ongoing comic series 'The Chain'. A dark, horror comic set in a crumbling mission building in the Amazon. Both stories written by Sean Webley.


Jan, 2011 — Jan, 2013 (about 2 years)

I wrote and illustrated the award winning fantasy graphic novel 'Grubby Little Smudges of Filth', published in the U.S.A by Slave Labor Comics. The 160 page book was an intricately drawn fable aimed at readers 12 and over.

Daniel has 1 review





Elizabeth M.

Elizabeth M.

Mar, 2024

Daniel Reed is incredible, patient, and shows great attention to details. I had never done anything like this before and working with him was a great experience! His art work speaks volumes and does an amazing job of expressing the tone of the story.

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