Jackie Roche

jackie.a.roche [at]
Hamden, CT


The Plastic Problem, (Illustrations), written by Rachel Salt (Firefly Books, Oct. 2019).

Escape from Syria, (cover, interior line art), written by Samya Kullab, interior colors by Mike Freiheit (Firefly Books, Oct. 2017).
*shortlist, 2018 Information Book Award, School Library Association.

The Derby Ram, (illustrator) adapted by John M. Feierabend, (GIA Publications, Inc., 2010).

Periodicals and Anthologies

The Marshall Project, "The Mercy Workers, Illustrated," written by Maurice Chammah, digital development by Katie Park (Dec. 2023)

The Nib, "You May Have Opium for Breakfast," written by Deshan Tennekoon,  2022. 

Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World, ed. Erin Bried of Kazoo Magazine, "Nellie Bly" (Feb. 2020, Knopf Books for Young Readers).

Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication, comics pages for "Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc." written by Kyle K. Courtney, (for Fair Use Week, Feb. 2019).

Columbia Magazine, "What the Ocean Floor Can Tell Us About Climate Change," written by David J. Craig, Dec. 2018.

The Nib, "Under God," Nov. 2018. 

The Nib Magazine, vol. 1 "Cruel and Usual: A History of Lethal Injection," written by Liliana Segura (Sept. 2018).

Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication, comics pages for "Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Books," written by Kyle K. Courtney, (for Fair Use Week, Feb. 2018).

The Nib, "Arlington is More Than a Cemetery," Jan. 2018.

Lost Objects, illustration for Michael Tisserand's "Walking Shoes," eds. Josh Glenn and Rob Walker (Q4. 2017).

The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volume 1adapted excerpt of Jo Nesbø's Headhunters, (Seven Stories Press, Oct. 2017).

The Nib, "Socialism: As American As Apple Pie" written by Andy Warner (Aug. 2017). 

Sweaty Palms, "Or Flight" (2017).

Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication, comics pages for "Fair Use of Unpublished Works," written by Sarah W. Searle and Kyle K. Courtney, (for Fair Use Week, Feb. 2017).

Colonial Comics: New England: 1750 – 1775, "This Detested Tea: The Origin of the Boston Tea Party Tea and Why it Matters," (Fulcrum, winter 2017).

Blunderbuss, "On This Very Spot: Dr. Brown" (Democracy issue, Fall 2016).

The Nib, "Graying World," written by Andy Warner (Aug. 2016). 

Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication, comics pages and additional writing for "Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music," and comics pages for "Bill Graham Archives v. DK," written by Sarah W. Searle and Kyle K. Courtney, (for Fair Use Week, Feb. 2016).

Crain's Chicago Business, "Seeing Red," written by Jeff Ruby, AD Jason McGregor (Jan. 2016).

Irene 6, "Hopes Up," (dist. by Hic & Hoc, 2015).

The Nib in partnership with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, "The Corner Store After Katrina: A Lower Ninth resident invests everything he’s got," written by Gary Rivlin (August 2015).

Fusion: Graphic Culture Section, "Underemployed" (May 2015).

Los Angeles News Group, Special Sections: Outlook 2015, "Your Guide to Financial Health," (March 29, 2015), 23 – 26.

Then it was Dark, "Sleep," edited by Sarah Benkin (Peppermint Monster Press, 2015).

Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication, comics pages for "Origin of U.S. Fair Use," written by Sarah W. Searle and Kyle K. Courtney, (for Fair Use Week, Feb. 2015).

Symbolia Magazine in partnership with Pacific Standard Magazine, "Survive and Thrive: How Big Data Is Transforming Health Care," (2015).

Irene 4, "Black Boots," edited by Andy Warner, dw, and Dakota McFadzean, (2014).

Symbolia Magazine, comics pages for Audrey Quinn's "What Happened to Lake Erie," and "Syria's Climate Conflict," End of the Line issue, April 2014.

The Cartoon Picayune no. 6, winter 2014, "Good Hands," edited by Josh Kramer, (2013).

Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends: A Collection of Unsolved Mysteries, "The Leatherman," edited by Emi Gennis, (Hic & Hoc Publications, 2013). 

Playlist, "The Devil and the Farmer's Wife," folk song adaptation, edited by Jen Hickman, (2013).

Travel: 2011 SCAD Sequential Art Anthology, "To Antietam," SCAD Sequential Art department anthology, 2011.


New Haven Night Market, event poster May 2023
Cartoon Picayune #8: Unnoticed, wrap-around cover, 2016.
Symbolia MagazineThe Future, March 2015.
Pasadena's Rose Magazine, Rose Bowl issue, 2015.
Symbolia MagazineEnd of the Line, April 2014.
Society of Illustrators, cover, Student Scholarship Catalog 2009.

Multimedia Visual Storytelling

Wishing Step Pictures, illustrations for "Abolish" modern slavery documentary film campaign (release 2017 – 2018).

Wishing Step Pictures, illustrations for a human trafficking documentary film and outreach campaign trailer, working title "Slavery is Over," 2016. 

No Labels org, illustrations for social media coverage of the State of the Union Address, Jan. 2015.

VICE News, illustrations for "Correspondent Confidential: Uncovering a Mysterious Cholera Outbreak in Haiti" Produced by Carrie Ching, 2014.


Sulzer Library Comic Fest 2019 and Chicago Zine Fest 2018
Designed and taught The Human Camera, an interactive, collaborative all-ages workshop about how to use different framing devices to improve visual storytelling.

Cornell College

Distinguished Visiting Writer: Art, Comics, and Transformative Journalism
Mount Vernon, Iowa; Block 3: Oct – Nov. 2015

Designed and taught ENG 381, a multidisciplinary workshop-style course that taught students how to produce an original work of comics journalism by integrating concepts and techniques from comics, journalism, and writing.

Final project: students produced an 8 – 10 page comics script and thumbnail sketches for an original comics journalism story. Scripts integrated primary, secondary and personal interview sources, and all sources were documented in endnotes.

SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design)

Teaching Intern, SEQA 419: Children's Picture Books, Savannah, GA, winter quarter 2012.

Developed and delivered a materials demo and a presentation on the children's book industry. Provided feedback on student work and assisted students in book assembly.

East Haven Youth Service Bureau

East Haven, CT summer 2010
Developed and taught a summer book illustration workshop for teenagers.

Writing & Editing

Writer (freelance) 1/2014 – 9/2014

Wrote SCAD eLearning courses in collaboration with subject-matter experts and instructional designers.

Copy Editor (work-study) 10/2010 – 9/2012

Edited academic content for online courses with emphasis on organization, clarity, and tone.
Provided instructional designers with feedback on the specific writing issues and patterns in each course.

Content Producer (work-study) 7/2012 – 11/2012

Researched and wrote content for the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall using the Wordpress platform.
Created the Virtual Lecture Hall Content Guide, a content strategy and writing guide for future VLH content producers.

& Exhibitions

Eye of the Hurricane: Five Years of the Comics and Arts Anthology Irene
Group show, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT, Oct. 7 – Dec. 1, 2017.

Ragdale Foundation: Themed Residency, Rags to Witches 2017
Created spooky family portraits for the artist residency's second-annual Halloween event. Lake Forest, IL, Oct. 2017.

Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Annual 2016 
Works selected for the juried annual: "Survive and Thrive: How Big Data Is Transforming Health Care," and "Underemployed."

SND Makes
Society for News Design rapid prototyping event; Washington, D.C., April 2015

Prompt: "How might we tell better picture stories?"Collaborated with a team of designers and developers to create a tool (Z-Space) to navigate non-linear stories using images.

SND Makes
Society for News Design rapid prototyping event; Chicago, IL, Feb. 2016

Prompt: “How might we grow community around games, the artists who make them, the fans that love them?”

Collaborated with teammates to create Outpost, a community that helps indie game developers find each other, make referrals to journalists, and see what types of articles are getting published all in one place. (More info, repo, presentation)


Open Books

Chicago, IL. Feb. 2018 – present

Coaches second and third grade students through the Reading Buddies program by reading with them one-on-one twice a week, setting goals with students each session and tracking their progress, individual reading challenges, and reading preferences.    

CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) 
Coordinator, 2018
Organizer, 2019

2019: Organizing special guest nominations.
2018: Photographed artwork for art auction fundraiser, staff support at auction and other events, coordinated a workshop, and created and posted materials to social media. 


Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)

MFA, sequential art | Savannah, GA 2010 – 2012
SCAD Honors Academic Scholarship, 2010 – 2012
Sequential Art Dept. Scholarship, 2011

University of Hartford, Hartford Art School

BFA, illustration, American history subject-area major | W. Hartford, CT 2005 – 2009

University Honors Program
University of Hartford Presidential Scholarship
History Department Award for Excellence
Doris Kinsella Student Achievement Award, 2009
Senior Regents' Honor Award, 2009
Junior Regents' Honor Award, 2008
Roosevelt Institute: member 2006 – 2007, chapter secretary 2007 – 2008
Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

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