Dirk I. Tiede was born in California, grew up in the Midwest, and cut his teeth as a graphic artist in Chicago. He holds a BFA in commercial art from Millikin University, and has been illustrating professionally for 10 years.
His graphic novel series "Paradigm Shift" started life as an online comic in 1999, and is a founding contributor to premiere comics portal ModernTales.com. His artwork is showcased in the books "Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning" and "Webcomics", appears the documentary "Adventures In Digital Comics", and was featured in Season 3 of NBC’s "Heroes."
Dirk now works as a professional graphic novelist and illustrator on Boston’s North Shore.