Marlena is a cartoonist/illustrator based in New York City. She graduated with a BFA in Cartooning at the School of Visual Arts.
From a young age, she has been influenced by the art of animation, video games, and Japanese comics. And as an artist, she aspires to become one that can share her love of storytelling, illustrating, and drawing with the world -- just like the artists who have continued to inspire and influence her throughout the years.
During her spare time she teaches, makes art, watches documentaries, and sells artwork at art conventions.
2015 Visual AIDS: 17th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY
2014 The Illustrated Gallery, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY
2014 Visual AIDS: 16th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Boy, I Love You
2014 Rookery: Dreams & Nightmares
2014 Rookery: Urban Legends and Myths
Fan Projects / Zines
Dec 2018 Majima Everywhere Zine (A fanzine celebrating the character Majima Goro from the series, Ryu Ga Gotoku)
Nov 2017 Dark Horse Zine (A Yuri on Ice!!! fanzine celebrating the character, Otabek Altin)
Sept 2017 Eat, Skate, Love Zine (A collection of recipes and illustrations centering the characters from the series, Yuri!!! On Ice)
June 2017 Fairy Punk Zine (A Yuri on Ice!!! fanzine celebrating the character, Yuri Plisetsky)
June 2017 NinoJean Zine (A collection of illustrations & writings centering the characters from the series, ACCA)