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Karen Hallion is originally from Nahant, Massachusetts, located just north of Boston.


She is a 1997 graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design and holds a BFA in Illustration. Karen taught elementary school art until 2009 when she transitioned to working full-time as a freelance artist.


Karen’s clients and collaborators include:

  • Chronicle Books

  • Wizards of the Coast

  • Titan

  • IDW

  • Disney Imagineering

  • ReedPop

  • Her Universe

  • ACME Archives

  • ACLU

  • Ashley Eckstein

  • Hank Green

  • Patrick Rothfuss

  • Upperdeck

  • Cryptozoic


  • Lucky Puzzle

  • League of Women Voters

  • Eaglemoss

Additional properties worked on:

  • Star Wars

  • Disney

  • Marvel

  • Doctor Who

  • Studio Ghibli

  • Firefly

  • Adventure Time

  • My Little Pony

  • Star Trek

She has created variant covers for Titan Comics as well as IDW, and was a featured artist in the 2015 ImagineFX The Art of Film - Star Wars.


In 2015, Karen designed the “Wizard School” card game created by DFTBA Games and Hank Green, which raised more than $450,000 via Kickstarter. She also raised more than $70,000 in Kickstarter in 2017 to fund the creation of her original character, Celara, via a 13-month calendar. In 2018, she was a contributing artist for the book Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe. In 2019, she illustrated the exclusive covers for the Star Wars Celebration edition of Star Wars Insider Magazine. She has been a guest panelist throughout numerous years for Threadless, Nerd for A Living, and Tee Fury as well as a special guest panelist with John Green at the 2016 NerdCon to record the podcast ‘Dear Hank and John’. She was also a featured artist at the 2015, 2016 and 2019 Star Wars Celebration Art Shows and a 2017 guest at VidCon, NerdCon and Awesome Con.


Karen is currently working on writing and illustrating her first children's book entitled "Never, Never Quit."


She currently lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts with her two sons and husband, Brandon.

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