Marcus To is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator whose previous work includes Soulfire and DC's Red Robin.
To, who was born in Alberta, has been drawing since childhood. With the hopes of keeping her very active son occupied, his mother started drawing pictures for him, then gave him a pencil and encouraged him to do his own.
He’s been drawing his own comics since his early teens, working on his storytelling and drawing hockey players for classmates. But, he never dreamt that he would be able to do it professionally.
A one-year animation program in North Vancouver, involving 13-hour days, and nights spent drawing his own comics to build his portfolio, helped prepare him for his future career. After a year studying computer science, he decided to take the plunge and work with a family friend at a photography studio in Los Angeles while trying to break into the comics industry.
After receiving great feedback at a Wizard World convention, he revamped his portfolio for San Diego Comicon, meeting the Aspen Comics crew and going on to work with them on such projects as Fathom and Soulfire.
In 2009, he made the move to Toronto, and that same year he started working with DC. In 2010, he joined the Royal Academy of Illustration and Design, or R.A.I.D. studio, in downtown Toronto.
His two years on Red Robin were a dream come true – as a fan of the Bat series, it was a chance to work on a character close to his heart.
Since Red Robin wrapped, he’s most recently worked on a project for the Green Lantern video game and a Huntress mini-series.
When he’s not burning the midnight oil penciling, To can be found hanging out with his friends, trying new foods, playing dodgeball and ball hockey, watching sports and rocking the mic at karaoke. He also organizes a regular Drink and Draw pub night for local artists.
His friends think his life would be further enriched by adopting a puppy named Barkus.
You can follow him on Tumblr or on Twitter.