Michelle Nguyen is an illustrator & comic artist based in Portland, OR


Born in Anaheim, California, in the summer of 1986.

Currently living in Portland, Oregon, with an incredibly awesome husband, a significantly stupid cat, and the cutest dog ever.

2017 Ignatz Award (Outstanding Anthology) and 2018 Eisner Award (Best Anthology) winning contributing artist.

Studied at University of Puget Sound and Portland State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese (which is widely no longer used, ever). 

Enjoys reading, Tumblr stalking, and doodling all the dogs, ever.

Employed at a financial investment firm based in Portland, Oregon, where she reads a lot of resumes and cover letters, and laments the death of English grammar.

Past Employment includes a home decor retailer as an assistant manager, and a marketing firm as a project manager.



Dynamite Entertainment - Illustrated and colored three short stories for the comic The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat (and Pokey!) in 2015, and two more in 2016 for Grumpy Cat (and Pokey!).

Plenty More Fish - Created and designed all of the art assets for the dating website, including the header, footer, and main page assets.

State Farm - Attends events in the Portland, Oregon area to offer caricatures and drawings for clients of State Farm Insurance.

DoveLewis - Illustrates dogs that participated in the Super Heroes event, a doggy blood donation drive.

Freelance - Currently available for freelance, Michelle has worked with a multitude of clients, and completed a number of projects including portraits, comics, t-shirt design, invitations, business cards, and logo designs.

Web Comic

Reckstar - Written by Joey Cruz, with artwork by Michelle, this webcomic follows Thade, Finn, and Daisy through various galaxies and numerous adventures.

Reckstar launched in 2014 after nearly a year of planning and development by Team Reckstar. It has about three completed chapters and is currently on hiatus while Joey & Michelle work on different projects.

Visit ReckStarComic.com for more.


Tumblr & Twitter

Tumblr - Kubits

Twitter - @kubits

Gallery Showings


In college, I believed that the life I would lead would involve showing my work at galleries and gaining my living through selling paintings. After several shows and being around the gallery crowds, I decided that wasn't for me. Nonetheless, here are the lists of gallery showings I participated in:


Solo Shows

Seven Planet's Ephemeral Gallery
Solo Exhibit, March 4th, 2010:
412 Northwest Couch St., Portland OR 97209


Group Shows

Portland Love Show
Gallery Homeland, February 12th - 27th, 2011:
2505 SE 11th St., Portland OR 97202


Siren Nation - "The Journey", featuring female artists from Portland
Olympic Mills Building, Thursday, November 5th, 2009:
107 SE Washington St., Portland OR 97214