image credit: Greg Shea 


Jackie Roche is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator specializing in nonfiction comics about history and current events. She works both independently and in collaboration with writers and journalists.

She illustrated journalist Samya Kullab's graphic novel Escape from Syria,(colored by Mike Freiheit), which was shortlisted for the School Library Association's Information Book Award and won the School Library Association’s Children’s Choice Award. 

Clients include:
Blunderbuss Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, Columbia Magazine, Firefly BooksHarvard University Library, LA News Group, SymboliaThe Cartoon Picayune, The Marshall Project,The Nib, and The Nib in partnership with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, VICE News, Wishing Step Pictures.

Comics in anthologies: Colonial Comics: New England, 1750 – 1775 (vol. II), Irene #4, Irene #6, Unknown Origins and Untimely Ends, Then it was DarkSweaty Palms, Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, vol. 1.

Jackie has previously written online course material for Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and she designed and taught Art, Comics, and Transformative Journalism, a multidisciplinary workshop-style course at Cornell College.

Jackie graduated from the University of Hartford honors program summa cum laude with majors in illustration and American history, and earned her MFA at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Despite half-tuition scholarships at both institutions, she carries a burdensome amount of student loan debt. 

Jackie lives in Hamden, CT with her partner and works a day job in financial tech.

See her CV page.
Interview: Q+A with Josh Kramer of The Cartoon Picayune


For freelance inquiries:

jackie.a.roche [at] gmail dot com


In Human Form

Internet Presence
Goodreads author page.


I use the current Graphic Artists' Guild Pricing and Ethical Guidelines Handbook to determine my rates.

Please get in touch to work out a project rate for illustrations or longform work, or a day rate for teaching, event, or on-location work.

I do not do spec. work


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