Photography by Graham Haber, 2014.
 

Born in San Francisco, Marguerite moved to New York City in order to attend the School of Visual Arts, where she earned her BFA in cartooning. While there, she was awarded two grants for her comic, The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, an autobiography about Palestinian-Americans. The cultural differences she has felt between Arab and American cultures heavily informs her work. She is currently working on a new comic, A Voyage to Panjikant, a work of historical-fiction about Central Asians during the height of the Silk Road. As a copy editor at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, she has been able to pursue her love for art history and meticulous researching, which has also helped her with her current comic.

Her MFA thesis that she wrote while at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Women in Middle-Eastern Comics, exemplifies her academic side. She strives to combine comic art with academia. She was awarded the Master of Fine Arts Medal during her time at FIT.

Marguerite has contributed to multiple comics anthologies throughout the years and also voluntarily created an informational comic to be passed out to diabetes patients.

Once a year, Marguerite co-hosts Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, the fest-in-a-bar, in Brooklyn.

She regularly teaches art to clients at Visiting Nurse Services, New York, as a form of therapy. She has also taught comic workshops for children and adults at various schools and libraries in the tri-state area. Speaking engagements—usually about comics—have occurred at various conferences and places of higher learning. Marguerite’s work has hung on many a gallery wall in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Italy.

In their free time, Marguerite and her husband, Chris, love to play video games, participate in pen-and-paper RPGs, and watch Star Trek. They are self-proclaimed nerds.

PROFICIENT IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS: Adobe After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop; Corel Painter; Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel; ZBrush; HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Work Experience

THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM, NEW YORK

Editorial Assistant: 2009–present

Proofread, copy edit, and correct all text created in-house, such as publications, informational labels, catalogues, brochures, and banners. Work in conjunction with curators and senior editor to assure the accuracy and quality of all materials. Keyboard in corrections before materials are sent to the printer.

Special Projects Assistant: 2007–2009

Imaging & Rights department. Manage the acquisition of images for use in the Morgan’s publications. Organize and file all correspondences exchanged. Coordinate invoices and payment for institutions that supply images for publication use. Execution of digital imaging applications.

  • Has assisted, thus far, with the creation of nearly seventy exhibitions and twenty publications.

  • Trained in the use of copy editor’s marks; is especially adept in the Chicago Manual of Style; has experienced the entire publication process, from first draft to final printing.

  • A strong eye for detail is a must; the high quality of the material must be maintained.

  • Cooperative attitude imperative; working with multiple staff members is necessary.

  • Earned reputation for strong work ethic and commitment to the organization.

 

VISITING NURSE SERVICE OF NEW YORK

Art Instructor: 2008–present

Regularly instruct VNS patients in art projects as a form of therapy. Instructions vary, and include drawing and painting in various wet and dry mediums, crafts, composition, and color theory.

 

Education

FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK

DEGREE: Master of Fine Arts, Illustration, 2013 (graduated with honors)

 

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, NEW YORK

DEGREE: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cartooning, 2007 (graduated with honors)

 

Published and Freelance Work

  • PUBLISHED COMICS: A Voyage to Panjikant, The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, Teta’s Cookbook, Starfish, He Also Has Drills for Hands, Unsichtbares/Sichtbares

  • FREELANCE CLIENTS (comics): King Features Syndicate, Women’s Review of Books, IM21, Learning About Diabetes, Non-commercial clients

  • PUBLICATIONS WORK WAS FEATURED IN: Wherever Magazine (2014), Mizna (2013), The Strumpet (2012), World War 3 Illustrated (2011), Creating Comics! (2010), Memoir (and) Magazine (2009), Mauled! (2007)

 

Workshops and Speaking Engagements

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (2012-13), Society of Illustrators, New York (2012), Radius of Arab-American Writers, Dearborn, MI (2012), Small Press Expo, Bethesda, MD (2011), DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, New York (2010), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (2010), Center for Book Arts, New York (2009), St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn (2009-present), Various elementary schools and after-school programs in the tri-state area

 

Organizational Work

  • Co-organizes Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, Brooklyn (2010-present)

  • Coordinated talks at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York (2006-8)

 

Awards

  • Master of Fine Arts Medal, Fashion Institute of Technology (2013)

  • Shakespeare and Co. Scholarship Award (2007)

  • Alumni Scholarship Award, School of Visual Arts (2007)

 

Exhibitions

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (2013), Bergen St. Comics, Brooklyn (2012), Launchpad, Brooklyn (2011-12), Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York (2010), Visual Arts Gallery, New York  (2010 and 2006), Cineclub Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy (2009), Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn (2007)

 

Zine Fests and Comic Conventions

ATTENDED: Small Press Expo, Bethesda, MD; MoCCAFest, New York; New York Comic Con; Brooklyn Zine Fest; Philly Zine Fest; New Haven Comics Fest; Toronto Comic Arts Festival; Grand Comics Fest, Brooklyn