Gareth Hinds has always been an artist. Growing up in small town Vermont, he was a “nerdy kid who drew all the time.” He wrote his first comics in elementary school. “I used to make these thirty-page Star Trek stories with markers on scrap paper, with wallpaper samples for covers. But I never said, ‘I want to draw comics when I grow up’; I just liked telling stories with pictures.” He started illustrating in earnest during high school. “I did editorial illustrations and comics for my high-school newspaper, co-edited and illustrated the literary magazine, and painted a mural on the wall of one of the school hallways.”
While he briefly considered becoming an engineer, Gareth ended up studying illustration at Parsons the New School of Design and Rochester Institute of Technology. He also studied painting, printmaking, bookmaking, and sculpture. After graduating he found a job making computer games and worked in that field for more than ten years, creating animation, characters, and environments for numerous PC and console games.
Gareth Hinds is the creator of several graphic novels, including Beowulf, a retelling of the oldest extant poem in English, and The Merchant of Venice, an adaption of Shakespeare’s play. In a starred review, Kirkus called it “the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation. Gareth Hinds lives in New York City and writes graphic novels full-time.