“I’ve got these books and I’ll never read them, but I want them for some reason and I’ve never known why. And then I started drawing on them,”  says Stilkey.
“I like to think of my artwork as one giant poem. I never really have a concrete idea of what I’m going to do. I just kind of feel my way through it and it comes out in a way that I don’t always expect. I really try not to edit myself too much.” 
Mike Stilkey was born in Los Angeles, California in 1975 and received an Associate Degree from Santa Monica City College in 1997.