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


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

Currently living in Portland, Oregon, with an incredibly awesome husband, a significantly stupid cat, and the cutest dog ever (super true, fight me).

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, laughing at stupid stuff on Reddit, and doodling all the dogs, ever. Also enjoys anime and video games, but don't tell anyone.

Currently employed at Oni Press Comics as an Executive Assistant to James Lucas Jones (Publisher) since August 2018.

Past Employment: manager of a team of amazing assistants at a financial firm & assistant to the CEO and President; an assistant manager at a quirky home decor retailer; and a project manager at a now-defunct marketing firm,



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 - Attended 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, I have 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 good ol' me, 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 & I 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