Bettina M. Kurkoski

Comic Artist - Illustrator - Artisan
Drinker of Coffee, Consumer of Chocolate & Entertainer of Cats

Bettina was born March 26, 1973 in Montague, Massachusetts. Now residing in Plymouth, Mass, where she works as a freelance illustrator through her business, Dreamworld Studio.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 1996 with a BFA in Illustration, she entered TOKYOPOP's Rising Stars of Manga vol. 2 competition in 2003, placing as a runner-up, her work Axis Lumen published in the winners' compilation. My Cat Loki, volumes 1 & 2 available from TOKYOPOP, was Bettina's first professionally published series.

She has also contributed the Star Trek 40th Anniversary Convention exclusive cover for Star Trek: TOS manga vol. 1, cover and story art for Star Trek: TOS manga vol. 2, story art for Star Trek: The Next Generation vol. 1, story and art for the Princess Ai/My Cat Loki crossover story in Princess Ai: Encounters, cover and story art for Warriors: Rise of Scourge one-shot and Seekers manga series based on the best selling Seekers novel series, all available from TOKYOPOP and Harper Collins.

Her artwork depicting late night talk show host Conan O'Brien's "alter ego", Flaming C, was featured along with other selected Flaming C artworks and displayed in a Fanart Gallery show in San Diego, CA during the San Diego Comic Con in July 2011. You can watch Conan comment on my artwork during the Conan Crashes Comicon episode here! Timestamp 1:06... "Look at that! That is impressive! He's got a Roladex from an office jammed down in there!"

From 2014-2021 Bettina collaborated with friend and writer, Mary Dumas, as co-creator and artist on their self-published graphic novel, FIRST DATE: A Romeo X Julien Story.

She is currently working on several projects; including designing stationary goodies (planner stickers, journals, washii tape, etc.), knitting accessories (project bags and stitch markers) and a graphic novel series or two. And yes, she hopes to open her online shop in the near future! :D

In her spare time (LOL!!!), Bettina greatly enjoys running around her island in AC:NH, knitting & spinning yarn to relax and unwind, while keeping her cat, Dr. Cooper, entertained and somewhat out of trouble!