Ryan North

I'm packed and I'm stacked, specially in the back. You may want to thank my mother for a butt like that.

Work in Print

How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler

Writer | 2018

Have you ever wondered about what you'd do if you were sent back in time? Have you ever worried that you don't know enough about how our modern technological world works to be able to rebuild it from scratch? I KNOW I HAVE. And that's partly why I wrote my new book: a hilarious non-fiction book wrapped in a fictional candy coating. With this book, you're going to make history... better.

"A fun, thoughtful, and thoroughly accessible reference for curious readers, students, and world-builders, as well as wayward time travelers." - Publisher's Weekly (starred review!)

"Despite being genuinely funny in the mode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 'How to Invent Everything' is consistently accurate in engineering terms and proof, were it needed, that our technological evolution has been one of the unsung wonders of the world. A superb, exciting and entertaining read." - Engineering and Technology Magazine

How to Be a T.Rex

Writer | 2018

Being a regular old human is kind of a drag. That's why Sal is not going to be a teacher or doctor or lawyer when she grows up. She is going to grow up to be an awesome Tyrannosaurus Rex. Her brother thinks it's impossible, but Sal sure shows him! And in the beginning, being a T. Rex is AWESOME. But did you know that it's kind of hard to make friends when you are a super-giant, super-loud, super-stompy dinosaur? If only there were a way for Sal to be 100% awesome, 100% of the time...

It's my picture book debut with a bright, bold, and quirky story about finding--and taming--the beast within!

"Hilarious, emotionally poignant, and just a little bit sassy." - Kirkus (starred review!)

Choose-Your-Own-Path Shakespeare

Writer | 2013 - Present

I turned Shakespeare into adventure books where you decide what happens next! To Be or Not To Be became the #1 most-funded publishing project on Kickstarter when it launched, and Romeo and/or Juliet was an instant New York Times bestseller and won an YASLA Alex Award, as a book written for adults that has special appeal to young adults!

"North has taken an idea that is, by most conventional literary standards, terrible, and pushed it so far past terrible that it wraps around like a comet slingshotting around the sun and comes back as utterly brilliant. - Time

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Writer | 2014 - Present

The acclaimed (and Eisner-winning!) Marvel Comics series!

Marvel Rising
Marvel Rising

A special stand-alone story, co-written with Devin Grayson and G. Willow Wilson, showing Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel meeting for the first time!
"North makes "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #1 (and the series in general) work with a strong sense of humor and a distinct style of superheroism." - Comics Book Resources


Writer | 2016 - 2017

The Eisner-award winning run on the burger-loving teen!

"I have to confess that honest-to-God, hand-on-my-heart, the first chapter of this was among the very best single issues of a comic book series I read last year." - the School Library Journal

Adventure Time

Writer | 2012 - 2014

The Harvey and Eisner-award winning run!

"At this point, I seriously doubt that anyone really needs to be told that Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb's Adventure Time comic is really, really good. It's been a smash hit since it debuted, and made appearances on almost everyone's Best Of 2012 lists, with good reason. It's consistently great [...]" - Comics Alliance


Writer | 2014, 2019

What if King Midas was scientifically accurate, and also in space? This space opera comedy explores a galaxy of gold, dinosaurs, and conflict. The complete series was been collected as "The Midas Flesh" in two trades in 2014, and then collected into a single book - as was always intended - under the title "Midas" in 2019!

"[...] head straight to your local comic book store and pick up Midas Flesh volume one! You know what, tell your dinosaur-loving friends to get this book, too. Also buy one for all your friends, family, strangers on the street and grab yourself a copy as well." - Bleeding Cool

Machine of Death

Editor, Contributing Writer | 2010, 2013

What if there was a machine that could tell you how you were going to die... but not when? These two books - spun off from a Dinosaur Comic - collect tons of amazing short stories exploring the full potential of that premise.

"Machine Of Death is a marvelous collection, riddled with intelligence, creative reach, and a frankness that makes the best use of the central gimmick." - AV Club

Dinosaur Comics

Creator | 2003 - Present

It's the same pictures with different words - and it's way better than it sounds! You can read Dinosaur Comics online too!

These collections of the webcomic include crazy introductions, impressive appendices, and some ALL NEW CHUCKLEPROMPTS.

Stand-alone stories

Writer | 2008 - Present

Not sure if you want to commit to reading a entire book by me? I get it. Try these bite-sized short stories instead!

Flight Vol 5
Flight Vol 5
, 2008: A story about what happens when the world stops spinning and everyone flies into a wall. Art by John Martz!
Lightspeed Magazine
Lightspeed Magazine Issue 38
, 2013: My short story "Cancer" was printed in Lightspeed magazine, and now you can click to read it online!
Original Sins
Original Sins
, 2015: This book is a collection of stories taking place during Marvel's "Original Sin" event, and I wrote a story about the Young Avengers! It features MIND READING, with art by Ramon Villalobos!
Oh Joy Sex Toy: Vol 2
Oh Joy Sex Toy, Vol 2
, 2015: While this book mostly features Erika Moen's great educational comics about sex, there's some guest comics in it too, including one by me and Trudy "Oglaf" Cooper about the most SFW sexual fetishes you can find on YouTube! :0
Bill and Ted
Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return
, 2016: I wrote a backup story for this series, starring Bill, Ted, and a programming problem with the Good Robot Usses. Ian McGinty brought it to life!
Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix Up #1
Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix Up #1
, 2016: Nathan Stockman and I bring you the story of when Spider-Man met Galactus on the most special night of the year.
1001 Knights
1001 Knights
, 2017: Kevin Jay Stanton and I contributed a comic about the real story of Medusa, and why she's so great. Spoiler alert: she is extremely great.
Free Comic Book Day with the CBLDF
Defend Comics! (Free Comic Book Day to Help the CBLDF)
, 2017: Braden and Shelli and I told the true story of the secret encryption devices Mattel doesn't want you to know about... hidden within a Barbie typewriter.
A Year of Marvels
A Year of Marvels
, 2017: A special Valentine's Day comic about Spider-Man and the Vulture!
Not Brand Echh
Not Brand Echh #14
, 2017: Erica and I contributed the story of Squirrel Girl's own dating service for super villains!
Boom Box Mixtape
Boom Box Mixtape
, 2018: Braden and Shelli and I revisited the world of The Midas Flesh for a short comic featuring dinosaurs in the distant future.
Inhumans: Once and Future Kings
, 2018: Gustavo Duarte and I created five two-page minicomics about Lockjaw, The Giant Inhuman Dog! I love that dog.
Thanos Annual #1
Thanos Annual #1
, 2018: Will Robson and I made the bleakest, darkest Thanos story we could. Guess what? It's pretty bleak and dark!
Infinity Warps #1
Infinity Warps #1
, 2018: What if Squirrel Girl and Moon Girl were mashed up into one character? Wonder no more! Featuring art by Moon Girl artist Natacha Bustos.
Vault of Spiders #2
Vault of Spiders #2
, 2018: If Aunt May had been bitten by a radioactive spider, instead of Peter, you might end up with a comic like this. Art by David Williams!
Gender And The Superhero Narrative
Gender And The Superhero Narrative
, 2018: A great set of essays about superheroes and gender - I wrote the introduction!

Research papers

Author | 2004 - 2007

Besides creating science fiction, I've also created actual science.

Statistical Measures of the Semi-Productivity of Light Verb Constructions
Statistical Measures of the Semi-Productivity of Light Verb Constructions
, S. Stevenson, A. Fazly, and R. North., 2004: Proceedings of the ACL 2004 Workshop on Multiword Expressions: Integrating Processing, 1-8. Barcelona, Spain, August, 2004.
Automatically Distinguishing Literal and Figurative Usages of Highly Polysemous Verbs
Automatically Distinguishing Literal and Figurative Usages of Highly Polysemous Verbs
, A. Fazly, R. North, and S. Stevenson: Proceedings of the ACL 2005 Workshop on Deep Lexical Acquisition, 38-47. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, June, 2005.
Computational Measures of the Acceptability of Light Verb Constructions
Computational Measures of the Acceptability of Light Verb Constructions
, R. North: A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Master of Science, 2005.
Automatically Determining Allowable Combinations of a Class of Flexible Multiword Expressions
Automatically Determining Allowable Combinations of a Class of Flexible Multiword Expressions
, A. Fazly, R. North, and S. Stevenson: Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing (CICLing 2006), 81-92. Mexico City, Mexico, 2006.
Automatically Learning Semantic Knowledge about Multiword Predicates
Automatically Learning Semantic Knowledge about Multiword Predicates
, A. Fazly, S. Stevenson, and R. North: Language Resources and Evaluation, 41(1), 61-89, 2007.

Current Projects

Squirrel Girl (art) by Erica Henderson, © MARVEL, Ophelia (art) by Kate Beaton, Midas Flesh (art) by John Keogh, Adventure Time (art) by Chris Houghton, © Cartoon Network