Ted Naifeh Bursting onto the indy comics scene as co-creator/illustrator of goth romance comic GloomCookie with author Serena Valentino. But he’s best known for Courtney Crumrin, the multi-volume horror-fantasy adventures of a tween curmudgeon witch and her warlock uncle. The Oni Press series began in 2003 and continued on for seven volumes, been nominated for several Eisner Awards, and remains a popular mainstay on the shelves of discerning comics shops.
In 2014, Ted wrote and illustrated Princess Ugg, also with Oni Press, the adventure of a barbarian princess going to princess finishing school. Princess Ugg has garnered much praise from the comics community and beyond.
Ted also wrote and illustrated the 2006 graphic novel Polly and the Pirates, an all-ages adventure of a quiet, shy girl kidnapped into the role of Pirate Queen. In 2012, he wrote a sequel illustrated by Spider-Gwen artist Robbie Rodriguez.
After finishing Princess Ugg, Ted’s next project was Night’s Dominion, a complete departure from his all-ages work, combining sword and sorcery adventure with modern superhero tropes.
Among Ted’s other credits are How Loathsome, a decidedly adult story of life in the SF cultural underground, art for DC’s Ame-Comi story of Duela Dent (leading to a popular meme), and contributions to other books ranging from Dave Petersen’s Mouseguard to Batman ‘66 to Dark Horse’s Creepy.
Currently, Ted is working on a follow up series to Courtney Crumrin, called The Crumrin Chronicles. It follows the continuing adventures of Courtney and her younger brother Will Crumrin, as he adapts to the ordinary world after a hundred years trapped in faerieland. The Crumrin Chronicles volume 1 was released in June 2021.
And coming up is Witch for Hire, a new series with Abrams Books about Faye Faulkner, a teenager girl who uses witchcraft to solve unusual problems. Witch for Hire releases in October, 2021.
Ted lives in San Francisco.