lainey's-carport-600-portfolioSharon Haanes Bryant’s web cartoon ROCKYDALE UNIVERSE has garnered her an international following of readers young and old. Sharon’s drawn worlds have taken her readers as far away as the NORTH POLE ACADEMY (World’s Top School) and as close to home as the fictional cul-de-sac of ROCKYDALE inspired by her own small Vermont village that has itself become a destination for fans hoping to stay at the Rockydale Tourist Home or meet up with its diverse residents at Ken’s Café. Even Sharon admits that “walking around town feels, at times, like I’ve stepped into one of my own cartoons.”

Sharon has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of THE EARTH KITCHEN, a middle-grade novel published by HarperCollins in 2002 and named one of the top 10 kid’s novels of its year by the Washington Post. Her natural science illustrations have hung at the Smithsonian and Santa Barbara Museums of Natural History. In 2009, when a real-life event sparked a moment of invention, Rockydale Universe was born.

Sharon’s drawings and sketches are created on a variety of papers using watercolor, marker pen, colored pencils, gouache, and pen & ink with digitized color.

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