About the Artist Gary grew up in Salinas, CA and is a self-taught artist. His interest in comics and art first began at a young age, while in the sixth grade. Gary first created the independently produced comic book series Pakkins' Land in 1995, plotting out the stories and scripting, lettering, penciling, and inking the illustrations for the series. Pakkins’ Land tells the adventuresome and engaging tale of Paul, a young boy who finds himself in a magical world filled with talking animals, mystery and excitement. Pakkins’ Land has been heralded for excellence by both critics and peers alike, accumulating an international following and numerous award nominations. Certain characters in the Pakkins' Land stories are named after the Shipman's children. Gary resides in Illinois with his family and, at times, makes appearances as a guest artist at comic conventions in the region. Gary has struggled with dyslexia all his life and has shared about coping with it, at times, on his youtube live streams. In late 2013, a 46-page color collection of his artistry: The Gary Shipman Sketchbook Volume #1, ISBN 1600392016 was published by Lamp Post, Inc., released as both a perfect-bound paperback edition and also as a Kindle e-book. In 2016, the Gary Shipman Sketchbook 2016, a 45-page paperback collection of Shipman's artwork, was self-published and offered online. In late 2018, Gary Shipman 2018 Sketchbook, A full-color 70 page collection of his art, was crowdfunded in an Indiegogo campaign. The campaign offered incentives such as original art, a republished Pakkins Land issue 1 & 2, and collectible Pakkins Land trading cards.