Maria Photinakis is an illustrator and comic book artist exploring autobiographical narratives about resilience, alienation, self-discovery, and immigrant experiences. Her professional background is in journalism, and she started making comics in 2014. She has self-published several zines and minicomics including a YA horror in space “Red Flag”, and has been published in several successfully crowdfunded anthologies, including “Boundless #1: A Science Education Anthology,” “SubCultures,” and “Why Faith?” She is currently developing a graphic novel about generational trauma and the Greek civil war. Maria lives in Waltham, Massachusetts and enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter and sketching their adventures. Her website is https://photinakis.com and her Instagram is @mphotinakis.