Emil Ferris grew up in Chicago during the turbulent 1960s, and is consequently a devotee of all things monstrous and horrific. She has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. In a previous life, Ferris was an illustrator and toy sculptor for a diverse range of clients. In 2010, Ferris was made a Toby Devan Lewis Fellow in the Visual Arts. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is Emil's first, but not last, graphic novel.