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Keeli McCarthy

Keeli McCarthy - Designer

Seattle, WA, United States

I specialize in pop culture and kids' books. From the big picture to small details, your book is in good hands!

Overview

Asking smart questions and helping authors envision the best visual solutions for their books is my job! My clients come to me when they want to work with a designer who is equally comfortable with solid typographic principles and hand drawing and lettering. The best solution may incorporate many approaches, but it will always be sensitive to its audience and faithful to your core brief.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Comics & Graphic Novels Humor & Comedy Literature Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Comics (non fiction) Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Music

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Summa Cum Laude

Work experience

Senior book designer/art director

Fantagraphics Books Inc.

March, 2014 – Present (almost 3 years)

Fantagraphics is well-represented on the New York Times Best Seller list as well as in Communication Arts and Print Magazine. As a senior designer with this independent publisher, I have art directed and designed book covers and interiors for comics, biographies, art anthologies, and historical reprints. Working closely with the print buyer and the artists, I incorporate finishes such as debossing, stamping, flocking, die cuts, and varnishes to create book objects that are of the highest quality in the field.

Freelance book designer

Klutz (a division of Scholastic Books)

January, 2001 – August, 2013 (over 12 years)

Klutz was first in the field of "all-in-one" books for kids. In addition to designing covers and interior layouts, I also created decorative illustrations, hand-lettering, and art directed photography. Many of these books have been on the New York Times Best Seller list, and a few have been winners of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio and Parents’ Choice Awards.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Angry Youth Comix

Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan is the "Louis C.K. of funny books," and this is an omnibus of all fourteen issues of his taboo-busting, career-defining series Angry Youth Comics―the stories, the covers, and even the letters pages. For the first time, all fourteen issues of Johnny Ryan’s career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comics (2000–2008) are collected in one place: all the comics, the covers, and eve... read more

Johnny Ryan is the "Louis C.K. of funny books," and this is an omnibus of all fourteen issues of his taboo-busting, career-defining series Angry Youth Comics―the stories, the covers, and even the letters pages. For the first time, all fourteen issues of Johnny Ryan’s career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comics (2000–2008) are collected in one place: all the comics, the covers, and eve... read more

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America

Bill Schelly

This biography reveals the true story of Mad creator Harvey Kurtzman―the man who revolutionized humor in America; it features new interviews with his colleagues Hugh Hefner, Robert Crumb, and others. Harvey Kurtzman created Mad, and Mad revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman was the original editor, artist, and sole writer of Mad, one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century... read more

This biography reveals the true story of Mad creator Harvey Kurtzman―the man who revolutionized humor in America; it features new interviews with his colleagues Hugh Hefner, Robert Crumb, and others. Harvey Kurtzman created Mad, and Mad revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman was the original editor, artist, and sole writer of Mad, one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century... read more

An Age Of License

Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley’s latest food-themed graphic memoir recounts her adventures (some romantic) on a European book tour. Acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley (French Milk, Relish) got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe/Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley’s comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) adventures. It’s... read more

Lucy Knisley’s latest food-themed graphic memoir recounts her adventures (some romantic) on a European book tour. Acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley (French Milk, Relish) got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe/Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley’s comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) adventures. It’s... read more

Fante Bukowski

Noah Van Sciver

This is a graphic novella about a talentless literary aspirant, told with Van Sciver’s trademark compassion. Noah Van Sciver’s latest graphic novella drops in on the life of the self-styled, aspiring young writer, Fante Bukowski, as he delusively makes his way to literary fame and fortune, one drink at a time. Living in a cheap hotel, consorting with the debased and downtrodden, searching for ... read more

This is a graphic novella about a talentless literary aspirant, told with Van Sciver’s trademark compassion. Noah Van Sciver’s latest graphic novella drops in on the life of the self-styled, aspiring young writer, Fante Bukowski, as he delusively makes his way to literary fame and fortune, one drink at a time. Living in a cheap hotel, consorting with the debased and downtrodden, searching for ... read more

Gast

Carol Swain

In this graphic novel by Carol Swain, a bird watcher investigates the disappearance of a rare bird, aided by talking dogs. Helen is an amateur bird watcher and naturalist who lives in a rural community in Wales. When a local farmer Bill tells Helen that a “rare bird” named Emrys killed himself at Cuddig farm, she decides to investigate. One of the dogs at the farm tells her, by way of explanat... read more

In this graphic novel by Carol Swain, a bird watcher investigates the disappearance of a rare bird, aided by talking dogs. Helen is an amateur bird watcher and naturalist who lives in a rural community in Wales. When a local farmer Bill tells Helen that a “rare bird” named Emrys killed himself at Cuddig farm, she decides to investigate. One of the dogs at the farm tells her, by way of explanat... read more

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