Kelly Fernández is a Dominican-American creator from Queens, New York.  She specializes in bold, playful hand-drawn graphics and typography.

Her debut graphic novel, MANU, was published by Scholastic Graphix in November 2021. Since then, the book has received 4 starred reviews, was a Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year, and won a silver medal for Best Graphic Novel from the International Latino Book Awards.

Her work has been featured in numerous comic anthologies including Dates, Mine!, and Tales from la Vida. In 2017, she received the Cupcake Award from the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE).

Kelly is represented by McKinnon Literary. For any professional inquiries, please contact Tanya McKinnon at

For freelance illustration projects, send an email to  

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