Michael C. Hsiung (b. 1976, Los Angeles) was raised in the San Fernando Valley where exposure to skateboarding, heavy metal and Dungeons & Dragons fueled his imagination. He is a self-taught artist and illustrator known for his portly, bearded hybrid creatures and signature line-drawn style. Hsiung was born to Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants and studied English literature at San Jose State University. His humorous illustrations have appeared in numerous zines and as tattoos, and his paintings and works on paper have been exhibited throughout Los Angeles and in New York.