Tim Miller was born in 1972 and grew up on a dairy farm in Snohomish, Washington. He became interested in writing and drawing comics at an early age after reading Garfield by Jim Davis. Among his favorite comic strips were Berkely Breathed’s Bloom County, Gary Larson’sThe Far Side, and Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes.
In 1990 Tim moved to NYC to attend the School of Visual Arts. He studied sequential art & satirical cartooning with Carmine Infantino, Joe Orlando, Klaus Janson, and Gahan Wilson, earning his BFA in Cartooning in 2004. In 2014, Tim also earned his MFA in Art Education from SVA.
From 2004 -2014, Tim taught grades K-12 at the Queen Museum where he served as the Manager of After School and Family Programs. While at the museum, he oversaw the Queens Teens docent program which received the 2008 Coming Up Taller Award, a President’s Award for Arts and the Humanities’ and the nation’s highest honor for arts-based after school initiatives. He also created the museum’s popular Big Time Summer Art Thing for Kids program, which TimeOut NEW YORK KIDS named “one of the best museum camps NYC has to offer”.
Tim’s picture book debut as an illustrator, SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK!) received four starred reviews from PW, Kirkus, Booklist, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books; and was selected as an Amazon 2016 Best Children’s Book of the Year, as well as, a Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards Best Picture Book. Tim’s debut as author and illustrator, MOO MOO in a TUTU was a 2017 Junior Library Guild selection, and his second book WHAT’S COOKING, MOO MOO? was a 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Tim is also the illustrator of SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR AND HIS BEST FRIEND FOREVER! (PROBABLY), MARGARASH, and the middle-grade series HAMSTERSAURUS REX.
Tim’s next picture book, HORSE MEETS DOG by Elliot Kalan, will be published in November by Balzer+Bray.