Growing up, I loved comics and was always drawing pictures from them and making up stories of my own--even though I never tried to draw those stories out in paneled pages--just in single illos. I didn't know that I wanted to be a comic book artist, but I always knew I wanted to be an artist and initially thought I'd like to illustrate book covers. I attended college for a degree in Fine Art, but discovered, on graduating, that it had not trained me for anything in particular as the commercial aspects of art had not been covered. That summer, I was talking to the owner of a local comic book shop and mentioned how I wanted to illustrate covers. I showed him my portfolio and he mentioned the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. I looked into it and within two weeks (it was already August, I had to move on this!) I had interviewed and was accepted for the coming school year. It was just one of those serendipitous things for me--walking into the school, and seeing all the comic art on the walls was a homecoming for me, I just knew it was what I wanted to do. I don't know of any better place to have learned storytelling.