Colleen Frakes grew up on a prison island (really!) then moved to the mainland to attend The Center for Cartoon Studies. She was awarded a 2007 Xeric Grant for her first graphic novel Tragic Relief and in 2009 won an Ignatz Award for her second book, Woman King. She has created comics for Zest Books, Mirage Studios (Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Dark Horse, and many others. She currently lives in Seattle with her spouse, daughter and cat.