Lisa Hanawalt

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Lisa Hanawalt
Lisa Hanawalt.jpg
Hanawalt speaking at the XOXO Festival in 2015
Born (1983-06-19) June 19, 1983 (age 35)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
  • Illustrator
  • cartoonist
  • production designer
  • producer
Notable works
I Want You
AwardsFull list

Lisa Hanawalt (born June 19, 1983) is an American illustrator and cartoonist. She is known for her work as a production designer and producer of the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman,[1] and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller.

In February 2018, Netflix ordered a 10-episode animated series, Tuca & Bertie, created by Hanawalt. The series will be "a comedy about the friendship of two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building: Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird". It will star Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong in the leading roles.

Life and career[edit]

Hanawalt was born in Palo Alto, California, to Stanford biologists Philip Hanawalt and Graciela Spivak.[2] Her mother was born and raised in Argentina, in a family of Jewish refugees originally from Odessa.[3][4] She is a former member of Pizza Island, a cartoonist's studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn which included cartoonists Kate Beaton, Domitille Collardey, Sarah Glidden, Meredith Gran, and Julia Wertz.[5]

Her illustrations and writings have been published in print and online periodicals including The New York Times, McSweeney's, Vanity Fair, and Lucky Peach magazine.[6][7] From 2011 through 2013, she was a regular contributor to The Hairpin and produced a series of illustrated film reviews.

Her first comic series, I Want You, was published in 2009 by Buenaventura Press. In 2010, Hanawalt was the first woman to win an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic, for "I Want You #1."

In 2013, Drawn and Quarterly published My Dirty Dumb Eyes, Hanawalt's "one-woman anthology" of comics and illustrations, including previously-commissioned works. The collected stories and shorts range from autobiographical narratives to cultural observations, frequently featuring anthropomorphic animal-people and scenes of nature rendered in bright, detailed watercolors, and likened by one reviewer to "a grown-up Richard Scarry turned absurdist social commentator."[8]

In 2016, Drawn and Quarterly published Hot Dog Taste Test. This book is a collection of comics and illustrations often featuring animal-people in vibrant watercolors.[9] Publishers Weekly said about her book, "Hanawalt takes a kebab skewer to the pomposity that's grown up around food and dining. The cartoons evoke an idiosyncratic absurdity akin to Roz Chast's work."[10]

In 2018, it was announced that Netflix had ordered Tuca & Bertie, an adult animated comedy series starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong.[11]

In 2019, Hanawalt joined other WGA writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.[12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Print magazine named Hanawalt one of the best new, young designers in 2013.[13] Her illustrated short story, "On the Trail with Wylie," won a James Beard Foundation Award for humor writing in 2014.[14]



  • 2013 James Beard Journalism Award for Humor, "The Secret Lives of Chefs," Lucky Peach[18]
  • 2015 James Beard Journalism Award for Humor, "Goodbye to all that sugar, spice, fat," Lucky Peach[19]

Selected works[edit]

  • 2012. Benny's Brigade, by Arthur Bradford. McSweeney's. ISBN 978-1-93636-561-6
  • 2013. My Dirty, Dumb Eyes. Drawn & Quarterly. ISBN 978-1-77046-116-1
  • 2016. Hot Dog Taste Test. Drawn & Quarterly. ISBN 978-1-77046-237-3


  1. ^ Berkowitz, Joe (August 22, 2014). "How a Funny, Horse-Obsessed Artist Created the Look of Netflix's First Animated Show". Co.Create. FastCo. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Hanawalt Collects "My Dirty Dumb Eyes"". May 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Graciela Spivak's Home Page".
  4. ^ Randle, Chris (May 31, 2016). "Lisa Hanawalt: BoJack cartoonist gets personal in Hot Dog Taste Test". the Guardian. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Ward, Katherine (April 3, 2011). "Books". New York. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "Visions of Thanksgiving". Sunday Review: The Opinion Pages. New York Times. 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  7. ^ Hanawalt, Lisa (April 13, 2014). "On the Trail with Wylie". Lucky Peach. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "My Dirty, Dumb Eyes". Publisher's Weekly. 260 (11): 67. March 18, 2013.
  9. ^ "Books". Lisa Hanawalt.
  10. ^ "Comics Book Review: Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt. Drawn & Quarterly, $22.95 (176p) ISBN 978-1-77046-237-3".
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 20, 2018). "Netflix Orders 'Tuca & Bertie' Animated Series Starring Tiffany Haddish From 'Bojack Horseman' Team". Deadline. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Writers Share Signed Termination Letters As Mass Firing Of Agents Begins After WGA-ATA Talks Fail". Deadline.
  13. ^ Lerner, Jane (April 2013). "Lisa Hanawalt". Print. 67 (2): 40–41.
  14. ^ "James Beard Foundation 2014 Award Winners List" (PDF). James Beard Foundation. 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Award Winners". The Comics Reporter. April 17, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  16. ^ "Illustrators 56: Part Two". Society of Illustrators. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  17. ^ Donnelly, Matt; Pond, Steve (January 17, 2016). "'Spotlight,' Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson Top Critics' Choice Award Winners". The Wrap. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "2013 James Beard Awards Nominees" (PDF). James Beard Foundation. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  19. ^ Borden, Maggie; Haak, Alyssa (April 9, 2015). "Meet the 2015 Humor Journalism Nominees". James Beard Foundation. Retrieved April 8, 2016.

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