Discipline: Literature – fiction

Eric Orner

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Larchmont, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Eric Orner is a cartoonist who worked as a storyboard artist at Disney animation earlier in his career. His graphic fiction publishes widely in publications like Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics, Buzzfeed, The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and Boston Globe. His long-running indie comic feature, "The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green" is anthologized in four books from St. Martin’s Press, and was adapted as a feature film in 2006. An "Ethan Green" omnibus was published by Northwest Press in 2015.

He used his time at MacDowell to work on the final stages of his graphic biography of U.S. Congressman and LGBT pioneer Barney Frank, to be published by Henry Holt in late 2020 or early 2021. Eric spent an hour each day of his residency simply enjoying sketching the wooded landscape in and around the Colony. Eric's last book The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green was published by Northwest Press in 2016, following four previous Ethan Green collections published by St. Martin's Press. In 2018 he contributed a graphic story to It Occurs to me that I Am America a fiction anthology published by Simon & Schuster.


New Jersey

Eric Orner worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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