draws things like illustration and comics, writes things like books and book reviews, and teaches things to kids and college students. Her debut picture book, How to Be, was one of the Thirteen Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy. Since then she has published a ton more books, including Vampire Boy’s Good Night and The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, a New York Times bestseller by elusive author Lemony Snicket. She co-authored Picture the Dead, an illustrated young adult novel, with acclaimed writer Adele Griffin, and created the award-winning Baby Be of Use series of board books for McSweeney’s. 

Lisa draws the Three Panel Book Review cartoon strip, and is a comics contributor at The Rumpus. She teaches illustration at the California College of the Arts, and is a long-time workshop instructor and field trip leader at the 826 Valencia tutoring center. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son, but can usually be found wandering around the internet.

Photo © Kristen Sard

Photo © Kristen Sard


The Bay Citizen
The Believer Magazine
Bitch Magazine
Cricket Magazine

Found Magazine
The Lifted Brow
Lucky Peach
McSweeney’s Quarterly

The Nashville Review
Popular Science
Grove Press



Children's Illustration by Lisa Brown, Presented by the School of Illustration.

In conjunction with the exhibition "Theres a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak", Litquake presents Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, Lisa Brown, Thatcher Hurd, Elisa Kleven and artist/writer/art critic Jonathon Keats as they explore the odd privilege of writing for and about children of all ages.