Maureen Burdock is a graphic storyteller. She was born in the Black Forest, Germany. The summer after first grade, her mother brought her to the Chicago area to escape domestic violence. In the third grade, after learning English quickly, Burdock won her first prize for an illustrated short story about two hot dogs who bravely escape from a frying pan…only to be carried off by a stray dog! The award included a personal meeting with a published children’s book author. Burdock knew then that her destiny was to become a writer and illustrator. Her art and comics have been exhibited and published in ten countries, and she has won numerous awards. Graphic Mundi published her graphic memoir, Queen of Snails, in November of 2022. Burdock is also the author of Feminist Fables for the Twenty-First Century: The F Word Project, and she has contributed comics to various collections, including the Eisner-winning anthology Menopause: A Comic Treatment; Covid Chronicles: A Comics Anthology; and Pathographics: Narrative, Aesthetics, Contention, Community. Burdock earned dual master’s degrees from the California College of the Arts, and a PhD in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis.