Meet AMA-Con 2013 Special Guest Orpheus Collar

Orpheus Collar

Orpheus Collar was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1987, and has been encouraged to draw and create since. As a child, he was mostly interested in acquiring comic books, drawing superhero combat, and wandering the neighborhood. As a young man, he enjoys drawing, painting, museums, zoos, & world travel, with time spent in Budapest, Lisbon, Beijing, Zurich, and many spots across the New World. He’s made Los Angeles, California his home since 2010.

Most recently, Collar adapted the bestselling The Kane Chronicles, Book 1: The Red Pyramid to a 192 page New York Times best-selling graphic novel. Prior to this, he drew layouts for the NY Times best-selling Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel and worked as a freelance storyboard artist.

Collar is a 2009 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. All through college he worked as colorist’s assistant for titles such as Amazing Spider ManUltimate X-MenConan, and Batman: Confidential. In high school, he attended Carver Center for Arts and Technology, where he was taught the basics of observational drawing and painting, and how to effectively compete for awards and scholarships.

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Publications (credited):
2014 Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero (Color Artist)
2012 The Kane Chonicles: The Red Pyramid (Adaption, Illustration, & Color Artist)
2010 Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief (Layout Artist)
2010 Devastator Quarterly (Contributing Artist)
2007 Gamut (Publisher, Editor and Contributing Artist)

Publications (uncredited, as colorist’s assistant or intern):
2006-2010:Amazing Spider Man, Ultimate X-Men, Conan, Batman Confidential, Mythos:Fantastic Four, City of Others, Manhunter, Sweet Tooth, Batman Black and White, Wednesday Comics, various other titles & cover art

Screen (credited and uncredited):
2014 “Space Racers” animation storyboards&animatics (co-production of Space Racers LLC & NASA)
2011 “Evidence” feature film storyboards (Bold Films)
2010 Nissan presentation boards (
2010 More than a Flying Man motion comic illustrations (W+K, Nike Shanghai)
2010 Pac Man trailer storyboards (Fame Films)
2009 New York New York music video storyboards&animatics (self-promotional)

2005-2009: MICA (BFA in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude)
2001-2005: Carver Center for Arts and Techology

Awards and Recognition:

2012 New York Times Bestseller list, The Red Pyramid: the Graphic Novel
2010 New York Times Bestseller list, The Lightning Thief: the Graphic Novel
2009 Summa Cum Laude, BFA
2008 MICA Illustration Acheivement Sholarship
2007 MICA Achievement Scholarship
2006 NFAA/Youngarts Silver Portfolio
2005 Fanny B Thalheimer Scholarship
2005 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Silver medal
2004 Marie Walshe Sharpe Summer Seminar

2007 Graphic Novels: A Force to be Reckoned With (Baltimore Examiner)
2006 One Student Finds His Niche in Graphic Novels (Baltimore Sun)