Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas - Designer

Leominster, MA, USA

Illustrator and designer with 30 years experience in publishing and product design. Love kids’ puzzle and activity projects.

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I began my career as a Creative Director at Marvel, started my design company after that, and am now taking time to do what I really love—illustrating! My strength is that I’ve been on every side of the table so can offer input and advice from a big picture perspective in addition to creating fun picture and puzzle book pages. I love teaming up with new voices and experienced creators alike, and collaboration on new characters and locations. I genuinely love doing research on new topics and reference.

I’ve created coloring, puzzle and activity books (especially mazes), science books on animals, space, and STEAM, Superheroes, history, how to draw, and more.

Interested in children’s books, comics, historical fiction, education, reference, science, puzzles, maps, pop culture, and more.

Action & Adventure
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences

Work experience

Owner / Creative Director

April, 2001 – Present (over 21 years)

Own a creative agency with a focus on kids’ entertainment and publishing. We create style guides, product design, and package books for clients like Disney Publishing Worldwide, Mattel, Readerlink, Callisto Media, Wizards of the Coast, and more.

Creative Director

Marvel Entertainment
December, 1992 – March, 2000 (about 7 years)

Creative Director for Licensing and Promotions, creating style guides, setting brand direction, and working on products from video games and children’s books, to restaurants and collectibles.

How to Draw: DC

Bunche, Steve, Koblish, Scott

How to Draw: Harry Potter

Behling, Steve, St. Martin, Corina

Smithsonian Extreme Animals Activity Book

Behling, Steve, Bozek, Rachel

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