Taylor Dow is a cartoonist, teacher, and game designer from Sitka, Alaska. In 2021, he earned an MFA in Illustration and Visual Culture from Washington University in St Louis where he was graduate speaker and received the Rose O'Neill award for distinction in illustration.
Taylor's comics have appeared in Propublica, MIT technology review, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly. He has two books published by Seattle's Cold Cube Press, Apocalypse Dad (2016) and How 2B King (2017). IN 2016, original pages from Apocalypse Dad appeared alongside work by Petter Bagge and Jim Woodring at the WSU Museum of Art. His comic Bird Knight is syndicated online.
In 2017, his illustration work on the tabletop role-playing game Fall of Magic earned him an Indie Groundbreaker award for Best Art. He was nominated for five ENNie awards at Gencon 2020 for art direction and illustration on BFF!, another tabletop RPG.
Taylor has been teaching since 2015. He has taught classes and camps at Gage Academy of Art, Centrum, SAM, BAM, and Maryland University. This spring, he will be returning to Washington University to teach undergraduate illustration and drawing. He is known for his collaborative world- building classes, which combine principles of game design with comics and cartooning.
He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is directing and illustrating Bad Baby Lich Lords, a visually-driven card game that will be published in 2022.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.