Mike Cavallaro

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Mike Cavallaro
BornNew Jersey, U.S.
Area(s)Writer, Artist, Colourist
Notable works
Parade (with Fireworks)
The Life and Times of Savior 28
Foiled and Curse! Foiled Again
Nico Bravo series
CollaboratorsJ. M. DeMatteis
Jane Yolen

Mike Cavallaro is an American comic book writer and artist. He must notable work is in the realm of middle grade comics, including collaborations with Jane Yolen and his own graphic novel series Nico Bravo (both published by First Second Books).

Cavallaro grew up in New Jersey. He attended The Kubert School.[1] He has performed in punk bands in the New Jersey area, and has a song on the 1995 The Bouncing Souls' album Maniacal Laughter.

He is the author of the semi-autobiographical Parade (with Fireworks), which debuted on the webcomics collective Act-i-vate[2] and was later collected as an Eisner Award-nominated two-issue limited series by Image Comics.[3][4]

Cavallaro has collaborated with comics writer J. M. DeMatteis on a number of projects, most notably The Life and Times of Savior 28, published by IDW Publishing in 2009; as well as a story in Occupy Comics #1 (Black Mask Studios, 2013), Shield backup stories in The Fox vol. 1 (Archie Comics, 2013–2014), and Impossible, Incorporated (IDW, 2018–2019).

Cavallaro is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts.[5] He is Vice-Chairman of the Manhattan Chapter[citation needed] of the National Cartoonists Society.[1]


  • 2008 Eisner Award nomination for Best Limited Series for Parade (with Fireworks)
  • 2008 Young Adult Library Services Association [YALSA] Great Graphic Novels For Teens selection for Parade (with Fireworks)
  • 2010 Graphic Novel Reporter Best of 2010 selection for Foiled
  • 2011 Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Reading List selection for Foiled
  • 2011 YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens selection for Foiled
  • 2019 New York Public Library Best of 2019 list for Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades[6]


Solo projects[edit]

  • Parade (with Fireworks), 2 issues (Image Comics, 2007)
  • Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades (First Second, 2019) ISBN 978-1626727519
  • Nico Bravo and the Cellar Dwellers (First Second, 2020) ISBN 978-1250220370

Graphic novels[edit]

Other comics/illustration work[edit]


  1. ^ a b Member directory, National Cartoonists Society website. Accessed Dec. 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘Parade (With Fireworks)’,", New York (Oct. 3, 2007).
  3. ^ "Comic-Con Begins! Plus: Vulture Excerpts This Year’s Eisner Award Nominees," Vulture (Apr. 18, 2008).
  4. ^ Warmoth, B. (2007). "Launching 'Fireworks' From the Web" Archived 2008-01-04 at the Wayback Machine. Wizard Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2007.
  5. ^ Faculty bio, School of Visual Arts website. Accessed Dec. 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Best Books for Kids: 2019 Picks," New York Public Library website (2019). Accessed Dec. 16, 2019.

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