Cihan Sesen is a writer-illustrator living in southern of California. He's been making comics since he was a little infant. His first drawing ever was of a volkswagen beetle on a napkin at the age of two.
He was born and raised in Istanbul. Cihan studied French in middle school where his drawing teacher tore up one of his drawings because he drew a happy face on the sun and the logo of something he saw in a Tintin book. That bastard will surely rot in hell. His uncle also tore up his drawing of him because he looked as old and as angry as he was at the time. Unlike his drawing teacher, his uncle is very rich because he broke up the band and moved on to a luxurious career as a TV actor. His brothers, Burhan and Gokhan still make music as Gundogarken.
At age of sixteen, he bareky spoke any English when he came to America to study art at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Idyllwild is a small town in the mountains; at times you can hear your own heartbeat because it is so quiet. You can also witness how a bunch of hippie-fallouts, religious fanatics, enlightened artists, tourists and rednecks get along at 4000 feet. After graduating from high school as a visual arts major, he went on to study filmmaking at San Francisco Art Institute. There, he fell in love with a strip of unprocessed film and minored in sex, drugs and alcohol.
During college he made a short, awkward video series called the Figures. He collaborated with Paul Waddell and made three part art videos called the Psychological Metapthors. Aside from making art videos, he still kept up making comics. In 2002 he finished his first graphic novel, BoneBite The Mad. This hand colored book depicts the story Alec Eiffel with a talking severed head called BoneBite The Mad. Together, they slay a room full of zombies, tackle down the norwegian cocaine mafia and double team a blue haired bartender named Enid.
In 2003, he started writing and illustrating his second graphic novel: Merry Go Round. This black and white book tells the story of Alec's exploration of an imaginary town called Merry Go Round in the sewers of San Francisco. In 2009, Cihan allied up with Paul Waddell and Justin Holmes to form the Invisible Triangle. Together, they created a film version of Merry Go Round and published the book.
In the meantime, he was also publishing a series called Amish Warrior: Long Ass Plane Ride to Britain and Stop The Rain. Amish Warrior got published in Madhappys magazine for a year. Stop The Rain's first issue was published and distributed in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2006 and now it's available to purchase from Invisible Triangle.
In 2008, Cihan started working as an illustrator at Idyllwild Town Crier on a weekly comic strip called On The Fringe, written by Steve Hudson. They don't do the On The Fringe anymore but Cihan Still makes comics.
Currently, he's working on a webcomic called Spine: Blindknot. The story depicts a post-apocalyptic, distopian future where Spine makes the best of it, and by best of it I mean skydiving half-naked. He also does boatloads of artwork on the side for Audigraffiti, a bad ass rock band that you need to hear. Doing websites, random time-lapse videos, playing with his Viceroy working at a spaceship, reminiscing about Stop The Rain, his days get smoked by.
One more thing,
- SPINE COMIC - My Webcomic, SPINE