I draw cute animals and zombies.

E-mail: n.magruder@gmail.com

Illustrator Extraordinaire

Nilah Magruder is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. From her beginnings in the woods of the eastern United States she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation.

She has written and storyboarded for television studios like DreamWorks and Disney. She also illustrates children's books, including the DACTYL HILL SQUAD series by Daniel José Older from Scholastic. Nilah is the author of M.F.K., a middle-grade graphic novel from Insight Editions and the winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and HOW TO FIND A FOX, a picture book. She has published short fiction in the anthology ALL OUT (edited by Saundra Mitchell), in Fireside Magazine, and for Marvel Comics.

When she is not working, Nilah is watching movies, growing herbs, roller-skating, and fighting her cat for control of her desk chair.


Selected Clients


  • February 28, 2018 - I'll be at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, March 23-25! Find me in Artist Alley, table C-36. Programming details to come!
  • February 20, 2018 - Emerald Comicon is almost here! Find me at these panels and signings all weekend, and in Artist Alley, table P-11. See you there!
  • February 6, 2018 - I have the pleasure of illustrating NY Times best-selling author Daniel José Older's latest middle-grade series, DACTYL HILL SQUAD! Read more about it and check out the cover reveal at Mr. Schu Reads!
  • January 29, 2018 - I am a featured guest at the inaugural Kilkenny Animated Festival in Ireland! Come join us, Feb. 23-25, 2018!
  • January 29, 2018 - I am a featured comic guest at Emerald Comicon in Seattle, Washington, March 1-4! You can find me in Artist Alley, table P-11. Stay tuned for panel and signing schedule.
  • January 28, 2018 - All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages hits bookshelves in one month! Pre-order your copy today!
  • July 31, 2017 - I will be exhibiting at Small Press Expo in September. I'll have copies of HOW TO FIND A FOX and limited copies of M.F.K. Later in the month I am also a guest at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. See you there!
  • May 25, 2017 - M.F.K. is up for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more! Be sure to tell your local indie bookstores and libraries that you want M.F.K.!
  • December 15, 2016 - I will be illustrating CREAKY ACRES, a middle-grade graphic novel coming in 2019! Read the Publisher's Weekly announcement here.
  • October 24, 2016 - HOW TO FIND A FOX will be in bookstores November 15! You can pre-order at your favorite bookseller or request it from your library.



Nilah Magruder
Los Angeles, California

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