Artist, Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Riverdale
Alitha Evelyn Martinez never wanted to do anything other than draw comic books. In her teenage years, she was held back from a Marvel tryout by a teacher who was trying to spare her the feeling of being rejected by a major publisher because she was a girl, which prompted Alitha to head to New York and challenge the notion that girls did not draw superheroes. Since she began her professional career in 1999 pencilling Iron Man for Marvel, Alitha has also worked on X-Men, Black Sun, Black Panther and Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Moon Girl, NBC’s Heroes, DC’s Batgirl, Archie Comic’s New Crusaders and Riverdale, and Barbie for Paper Cutz. Her other large-scale projects include Vampire: My Boyfriend Bites, Kung Fu Masters, Quest for Dragon Mountain for Lerner Publications, and political cartoons for the New York Post.
Alitha visits schools at least once a year, to tell the next crop of storytellers that no one and nothing should stop them from telling their stories. She advises that drawing or writing every day, however small, helps to build stamina and strengthens dedication. The love of art never dies.