Jean Marie Pilario was born and raised on the island of Guam in the mid-Pacific Ocean. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
While at UNLV, Jean actively participated in the Filipino American Student Association, the Vagina Monologues, and Raising Our Asian Rights holding key leadership positions in each student group.
After college, she used her talent in art along with the experience she acquired to pursue a career as a comic artist. In only a short while, her choice began to pay off as she was hired to illustrate for Deadly Mistakes by the Cox Brothers, a compilation of funny obituaries. Shortly after, Jean was employed to design a full-size mural for the Western Regional Brain and Spine Surgery Center’s pediatric room.
Pilario started her comic blog Green Machine Comix in the summer of 2009 where her fan count continues to grow. Inspired by the growing momentum of her blog she has expanded her skills in sequential art by attending the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS). When she returned to Las Vegas, she co-founded “Hungry Creators: We Starve for Art” where she serves as the communication director. The business was founded on the simple principle of expanding and appreciating the budding art community of the Las Vegas Valley. She made her first self-published comic When Guam was My World, the story of her experiences in an all-girl school and how that world seemed large as an adolescent but is actually very small.
Through her comics, Jean desires to portray a voice of the everyday person; one who is often confused and intimidated by the existing archetypes of society. She does this by using her talents in the unique sub-genre of true world comics and debunking stereotypes. Jean Marie Pilario vows to continue to create comics as long as there is an audience to read them.
Jean Marie volunteers for WRIN often. She actively attends campus events — and passionately supports the NEWL program. She credits her awareness of the need for diversity, in part, to the enlightening experience she had during her participation in the NEWL class of 2009. She feels a need to give back to a program that she feels has done so much for both her personal and professional growth and so has spoken at WRIN events, acted as a moderator for panels and contributed to fundraising efforts.
“Networking: It was in me; I just hadn’t fostered it yet.”
What about NEW Leadership (has) impacted you most?
Jean Marie Pilario describes her professional development since NEW Leadership and the outgrowth of NEWL skills as she applies them in her field.
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