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Shawnti Therrien is an American creator, writer, illustrator and editor. She is the creator of the twin vampire tales, Am I Immortal, and Meth. Born on November 18th, 1975 at Windham Hospital in Willimantic, CT she was a Connecticut resident until the age of 5. At the age of 6 she and her father, Bruce Kanzelmeyer moved to Nevada, returning to Groton, CT for the summers until the age of 12. It was at that time that Shawnti attended classes at Connecticut College where, her mother, Sheri modeled for various art instructors including David Smalley and Barkley Hendrix, as well as the sculptor and painter Lloyd Glasson in Hartford, CT.
Shawnti attended Ledyard High School in Connecticut graduating in 2002 with credits in the agri-science department. Shawnti attended Three Rivers Community Technical College in Norwich, CT for Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Fine Arts option. In 2003, she married local radio personality, and artist Sean Therrien. Together with their son, Damon they currently live in Gales Ferry, CT.
Shawnti’s first published work as a professional writer and illustrator appeared in Am I Immortal, her own title, in 2003. Shortly after, she joined a networking group, the Comicbook Artists Guild (CAG) when she met Rusty Haller who soon introduced her to CAG's president, Keith Murphey. In October of 2006, she became the East Coast Vice President of that same organization, CAG. During that time, she contributed stories to all three issues of Guild Works Productions, Psychosis! which featured her character Meth. Those stories earned her a CAG Award for Best Storyteller in 2009. In that same year, Shawnti started the CAG Manga graphic album, With Honor as the creative director for the upcoming anthology.
In 2010, Shawnti's professional relationship with GWP partner, Mark Mazz grew into her current position with indie publisher Atlas Unleashed. Once Mazz started his new venture, she joined as the VP of New Product Development. In this role she has fostered the development of new talent and projects, including their flagship suspense-fantasy title, Schizophrenia. One of those projects includes Static Lullaby the creation of Nathan Baker, and Shawnti Therrien.
Her dark personal vision of vampires, and their emotionally striking motives landed her a contract in 2009 with the comics publisher, Free Lunch Comics as the title, Am I Immortal. Wanting to market her own work, and be the sole creative voice for Am I Immortal Shawnti started her own publishing venture, Immortal Gothic in 2010. In addition to publishing print versions of her stories, Shawnti also produces a number of web-comics that can be found on her Immortal Gothic site. The premiere web-comics strip, The Origin is the origin story of her character Cain from the Am I Immortal title. Others strips include; Rose Against the Moon illustrated and edited by Shawnti, and written by Nathan Baker, and lastly Cracked Masks, which is based on a short story that Shawnti wrote for Screaming Samurai Studio's founder, and creator Micheal Cervantes.
Shawnti’s creative accomplishments extend beyond the boundaries of comics, including creating artifacts and artistic collage. From her rural Connecticut home she works with her husband, Sean, to create music and independent films. Additionally, she has numerous other commissioned projects including costume creation, jewelry design, portraits, and murals.
Date of Birth: November 18th, 1975
Birthplace: Willimantic, Connecticut
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