Ryan Estrada is a bestselling, award-winning author, artist, and adventurer who travels the world making comics. He started submitting comics to newspapers at age six, and has since written for Star Trek, Popeye, Garfield and Flash Gordon. His graphic novel Banned Book Club was named one of the best books of 2020 by NPR!
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Ryan Estrada is an author, artist, adventurer and educator.This means he travels the world having unusual experiences, and turns those experiences into books and comics that can share what he learns with the world. Here's a little bit about each of those titles!
Ryan loves crafting original stories that share the excitement he has for the world and the importance of finding your place in it. He has worked with some of the biggest publishers in the world, including Scholastic, DC Comics, Hachette, Random House, The Nib, and more. You can see all of his books at ryanestrada.com
His work has won many awards. His YA graphic novel Banned Book Club was named one of the best of the year by NPR, The New York Public Library, The Junior Library Guild, YALSA, and Kirkus, It won a Freeman award and was nominated for the American Library Association's Excellence in Young Adult Non-Fiction Award. It earned stars from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal. His middle-grade graphic novel Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon was named one of the best of the year by the Texas Library Association.
Ryan does more than write. He makes all sorts of art. He works as an illustrator for some of the biggest properties in history. He wrote and illustrated Star Trek: Dreamcaster and Star Trek: Connected To The Truth for CBS. He wrote and illustrated strips for Popeye's Cartoon Club and Flash Gordon's Flash Forward for King Features. He created Garfield's Forgotten Friends for Paws, Inc. He illustrated for New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei.
He is also an award-winning screenwriter. His films The Captain and The Thinking Machine were both official selections at the Oscar-qualifying Busan International Film Festival after winning Best Film at the Liquid Arts Film Festival. He has written and directed radio dramas starring folks like Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Felicia Day, Paul F. Tompkins, Samm Levine, and more. He has won poetry slams, done stand-up comedy, and performed in plays!
Ryan has spent his life traveling all around the world having unique experiences that he can draw upon to be a better writer and teacher.
He was a gator wrangler in America, an ambassador to Australia, an undocumented animator in Canada, a ghostbuster in South Korea, a Bollywood star in India, wandered Kim Jong Il's secret tunnels to North Korea, slept on a bench in a typhoon in Japan, dug toilets for tsunami refugees in Thailand, did an accidental illegal border crossing into Burma, got kidnapped in Cambodia, sang songs in Singapore, got lost in Laos, visited Vietnam on the day that sharks ate the internet, created a carnival in Colombia, befriended blue-footed boobies in Ecuador, motorbiked to Malaysia, swam with sea turtles in Indonesia, rafted under a waterfall in The Philippines, ran with the bulls in Mexico, hunted lost hyena skulls in Kenya, climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, skinny-dipped with piranhas in Peru, kayaked through a Costa Rican rainforest and kissed a monkey on a Panamanian volcano. All of these experiences have helped make him a better storyteller!
Ryan has been teaching for 25 years. He's taught English in South Korean schools, public speaking in international universities, writing in libraries, reading in Thai refugee camps, sales in Indian call centers, literature as the host of the Busan International Shakespeare Festival, history as a radio host at BeFM.
When he's not teaching in person, Ryan uses his work to educate. His viral comic Learn To Read Korean in 15 Minutes helped millions of people master hangul, even if he forgot to put his name on it. It was so successful that someone even made a bootleg-themed restaurant based on the comic in China. He has also made comics teaching how to read Russian, how to count to a billion in Korean, how to travel the world on a limited budget, and many more topics. He believes that the best way to learn is through enjoying your experiences!
Ryan has done many things and has had many experiences that he loves to share! Learn more about him at ryanestrada.com