Born in Washington D.C. in 1975, Fox spent most of his childhood living just outside of Houston. His early infatuation with cartoons, video games, and other forms of commercial media led him to pursue a lifelong exploration of narrative art, kickstarted by the visual over-stimulation typical to his generation. In hopes of turning such an addiction into a career, Fox left Texas and made tracks for Missouri. He enrolled in post-secondary studies there, and years later received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.
The next four years brought with them the eye opening experience of being a small-town Southern kid with a quiet upbringing, plunged into a world of Art. Fox's horizons exploded as he discovered Anime, Yoshitoshi's Yukiyo-e Prints, Sideshows and Comics. These revelations would guide him down what he describes as "the happily twisted path he still follows today".
Having graduated in '97 from the Kansas City Art Institute, Nathan went after illustration gigs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Two years of chasing editorial illustration jobs and working as an offset pressman, however, yielded little success. Frustrated with his work, he moved to New York City in 2000 to attend grad school. The two years he spent in the Illustration As Visual Essay graduate program at The School of Visual Arts would prove to be one of the most fruitful seasons of his life.
Nathan has been freelancing as a full-time illustrator ever since. His work has appeared in The New York Times newspaper and magazine, Interview, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, Print, Spin, Mad magazine, to name a few. In the realm of comics, his mind-blowing graphics have graced publications from DC Comics, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics, Marvel, and many others.
Nathan Fox currently chairs the MFA Visual Narrative program at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. He intends to spend his future pursuing more work in comics (you can currently see his covers gracing the front of Simon Oliver's ongoing Vertigo series Collider), telling excellent stories, and saying "Cheers!" to everyone he meets.