Leslie Stein was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000, moved to New York and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2004. Her early interest in comics and cartooning was revitalized around the turn of the century by her introduction to such independent/alternative cartoonists as Jim Woodring and Gilbert Hernandez. She has self-published her own comics series Eye of the Majestic Creature since 2005, the short stories from which have been published in several Majestic Creature collections. Stein has also contributed a series of diary comics to Vice. She plays guitar and sings in the band Prince Rupert’s Drops. She lives in Brooklyn.