Lawrence Lindell

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Lawrence Lindell
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Born (1988-02-04) February 4, 1988 (age 35)
EducationB.F.A.& M.F.A degree
Alma materOtis College of Art and Design
California College of the Arts
Years active2009
Known forKnown For His Autobiographic Comics

Lawrence Lindell (born February 4, 1988)[1] is an American cartoonist, educator, and musician.[2] He is known for his autobiographic comics which include From Truth With Truth and Couldn’t Afford Therapy, So I Made This.[3][4] His work covers mental health issues, blackness, and queerness.[5] He lives in the Bay Area, California (U.S. state)| California.[6]


Lindell received a B.F.A. degree from Otis College of Art and Design, where he majored in illustration and animation.[5] He will complete his M.F.A from California College of the Arts in 2020.[6]

In 2017, he produced the autobiographical comic Couldn’t Afford Therapy, So I Made This[7] and “From Black Boy With Love” which was featured on a number of media outlets, including Huffington Post,[8] Afropunk,[9] Atlanta Black Star,[10] and NowThis.[11]

In 2018 he published The Section, which is a web comic about blackness.[12]

In 2020 he self published his Graphic novel|graphic memoir "From Truth With Truth".[3][13][14] Specifically, the memoir deals with how Lindell navigated his mental health issues, parents divorce and healing.[3][15]

Other work

Lindell has been releasing music since 2009, under various aliases and his own name.[16] He started an independent label called Noise Met Sound in 2013, to release his music.[16][17]

Lindell also teaches, leads zine workshops, hosts comic workshops and gives lectures.[18][19][20]

In 2018 he was a special guest at Small Press Expo, where he was on the panel “Writing With Bipolar” alongside of Ellen Forney, Keiler Roberts and moderated by Rob Clough.[21][22]

In 2019, he was the guest of honor for San Francisco Zine Fest.[23][24] He gave a lecture at Indiana Tech as part of their Tech Talk series.[25] He was also a featured guest at Comic Arts Brooklyn 2019, where he was on the Decolonizing Comics Panel with fellow cartoonists Trinidad Escobar and Breena Nuñez, moderated by Minnie Phan.[26]

Lindell also creates comics for The New Yorker.[27][28]

Personal life

Lindell lives in California. He is engaged to fellow cartoonist Breena Nuñez. The two became engaged in 2018 at the East Bay Alternative Zine Fest, which is where they met in 2015.[20]

He plays piano and performs live electronic sets.[29][30][31]

Lindell is very open about living with Bipolar Depression and PTSD. These are two of the main themes of his work.[13]


  • From Black Boy With Love, Self Published (2017).[32]
  • Couldn't Afford Therapy So I Made This, Self Published (2017).[33]
  • From Truth With Truth, Self Published (2020). ISBN 978-0-578-63103-5[15]


  • Queer Comics Saves Lives, Solo Art Exhibition (2020).[34]
  • We are more: Stories by Queer Artist, Group Art Exhibition (2019).[35]

Film Scores

Year Title Director Notes / Accolades
2016 When Noise Met Sound: Apocalyptica Raymond Metoyer First film score
Film released in 2016[36]


  • A Nomad Story (2014)[37]
  • Eclectic Frequencies (2014)[38]
  • Magic Megaphone (2015)[39][40]
  • Cinema of Soul(2015)[41]
  • Lawrence Lindell (2015)[42]
  • Raw Imperfections (2016)[29]
  • Life of Color (2017)[43]
  • Afrospacetable (2019)[44]

In the media



  2. "Lawrence Lindell". Spotify.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Seven, John (February 5, 2020). "Syndicated Comics". The Beat.
  4. "This Man Couldn't Afford Therapy, So He Made This". The Mighty.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Papalii, Whitney. "Artist faces mental health through comic art".
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Nat. Brut | Issue Eleven | Lawrence Lindell". Nat Brut Fall 2019.
  7. "Syndicated Comics". The Beat. February 7, 2018.
  8. Hill, Zahara (April 3, 2017). "New Children's Book Teaches Black Boys To Treat Black Girls With Respect". HuffPost.
  9. "PREMIERE: Empowering picture book promotes self-love for black boys". AFROPUNK. June 20, 2017.
  10. Willis, Kiersten (April 4, 2017). "Children's Book 'From Black Boy with Love' Pays Homage to Girls with Darker Skin".
  11. "This Book Encourages Black Boys To Respect Black Girls" – via
  12. "This biting comic series dives into black anxieties, intersectionality, and self-love". AFROPUNK. March 5, 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dueben, Author Alex (December 17, 2019). "Smash Pages Q&A: Lawrence Lindell". SMASH PAGES. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  15. 15.0 15.1 "From Truth With Truth".
  16. 16.0 16.1 ""Never apologize for being who you are" — The DIY ethos of Lawrence Lindell | The Deli Magazine".
  17. "Noise met Sound". Noise met Sound.
  18. "Comics and some important updates!".
  19. Grimason, Maggie. "Arts Interview: Print Magic". alibi.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "We Want the Airwaves: 95: Breena Nuñez and Lawrence Lindell".
  21. "Comics Grinder". Comics Grinder. September 14, 2018.
  22. "Lawrence Lindell « SPX: The Small Press Expo".
  23. "Guest of Honor". San Francisco Zine Fest.
  24. "SF weekend: Desert NightLife at California Academy of Sciences, yoga on the beach, Zine Fest, more". Hoodline.
  25. NEWS, ADAMS (October 16, 2019). "Indiana Tech's annual Tech Talks series to explore identity Thursday | 963XKE | Fort Wayne's Classic Rock | Fort Wayne, IN".
  26. MacDonald, Heidi (October 11, 2019). "Syndicated Comics". The Beat.
  27. Lindell, Lawrence. "Group Meet-Ups Be Like". The New Yorker.
  28. Lindell, Lawrence. "Feelings Be Hard". The New Yorker.
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Looking Back to Lawrence Lindell's "Raw Imperfections" | The Deli Magazine".
  30. "Lawrence Lindell's final album, release party Friday | The Deli Magazine".
  31. "The Cutting Room on 4.25: Experimental music, live visuals, and haircuts | The Deli Magazine".
  32. "From Black Boy With Love".
  33. "Couldn't Afford Therapy, So I Made This".
  34. "Sister Dana Sez, "So now that we're in a new month since New Year's resolutions, how many of those resolutions have we already broken?!"". January 29, 2020.
  35. "OAKLAND―We Are More: Stories by Queer Comic Artists". California Humanities.
  36. "Lawrence Lindell". IMDb.
  37. "A Nomad Story" – via
  38. "NEW MUSIC: Lawrence Lindell's 'Eclectic Frequencies' is the bold new record experimental electronica has been waiting for. #SoundCheck". AFROPUNK. March 19, 2014.
  39. "Magic Megaphone" – via
  40. "AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Stream Experimental Electronica Artist Lawrence Lindell's new album 'Magic Megaphone' #SoundCheck". AFROPUNK. February 4, 2015.
  41. "NEW MUSIC: Stream 'Cinema of Soul,' the Newest From Experimental Producer Lawrence Lindell #SoundCheck". AFROPUNK. May 12, 2015.
  42. "Lawrence Lindell" – via
  43. "Life of Color" – via
  44. "Afrospacetable" – via

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