Lisa Hanawalt is the creator of Tuca & Bertie.
Lisa Hanawalt is an American illustrator and cartoonist. She is known for her work as a production designer and producer of the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman, and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller.
In February 2018, Netflix ordered a 10-episode animated series, Tuca & Bertie, created by Hanawalt. The series is "a comedy about the friendship of two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building: Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird."
Hanawalt was born in Palo Alto, California, to Stanford biologists Philip Hanawalt and Graciela Spivak. Her mother was born and raised in Argentina, in a family of Jewish refugees originally from Odessa.
She is a former member of Pizza Island, a cartoonist's studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn which included cartoonists Kate Beaton, Domitille Collardey, Sarah Glidden, Meredith Gran, and Julia Wertz.
Her illustrations and writings have been published in print and online periodicals including The New York Times, McSweeney's, Vanity Fair, and Lucky Peach magazine. From 2011 through 2013, she was a regular contributor to The Hairpin and produced a series of illustrated film reviews.
Her first comic series, I Want You, was published in 2009 by Buenaventura Press. In 2010, Hanawalt was the first woman to win an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic, for "I Want You #1."
In 2013, Drawn and Quarterly published My Dirty Dumb Eyes, Hanawalt's "one-woman anthology" of comics and illustrations, including previously-commissioned works. The collected stories and shorts range from autobiographical narratives to cultural observations, frequently featuring anthropomorphic animal-people and scenes of nature rendered in bright, detailed watercolors, and likened by one reviewer to "a grown-up Richard Scarry turned absurdist social commentator."
In 2016, Drawn and Quarterly published Hot Dog Taste Test. This book is a collection of comics and illustrations often featuring animal-people in vibrant watercolors. Publishers Weekly said about her book, "Hanawalt takes a kebab skewer to the pomposity that's grown up around food and dining. The cartoons evoke an idiosyncratic absurdity akin to Roz Chast's work."
On August 21, 2018, Hanawalt released another book with Drawn and Quarterly entitled, Coyote Doggirl. Unlike her previous two, Coyote Doggirl features a singular narrative. The novel follows its titular character and her trusty steed, Red, on their escape from a vengeful bulldog and his cronies.
In 2019, Hanawalt joined other WGA writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.1