Julia Mata is an illustrator and comic book author with roots in Central America and the Eastern European Jewish Pale of Settlement. In her illustrations and comics, she centers nuanced narratives with space for joy, beauty, and emotional growth.
She is one-third of Spicy Mango Comics, a publication collective and independent press run by three friends who make comics, zines, and other publications. Julia writes and draws the comics series, “Crisis!” and creates visuals and imagery for women of color-run projects and initiatives.
At MacDowell in 2022, Mata wrote and completed the first draft of her debut graphic novel Crisis!, to be released by Drawn & Quarterly in late 2023.