Executive Director and Lead Instructor
Alonso graduated from the School of Visual Arts majoring in Comic Illustration. A third generation San Diegan, he has always had a passion for the comic artform in all its various styles, genres, and purposes. He is an active comic professional, an advocate for the comic medium, and an original founder of Little Fish Comic Book Studio.
Instructor of Digital Arts
Serena attended the School of Creative and Performing Arts and is currently pursuing a comic arts career while she attends Miramar college. When she isn’t drawing, she’s writing, and when she isn’t writing, she’s reading ridiculous amounts of fiction (comics and otherwise). During her time at Little Fish, Serena discovered a love of teaching and hopes to continue as an arts teacher and comic creator into the foreseeable future.
Mario Torres Jr
Instructor of Illustration
Mario is an illustrator and cartoonist from New Mexico. As a kid and teen, he grew up on Heavy Metal magazine, JTHM, Dragonball, and fiction novels. His comic diet typically consists of independent/underground creators and prefers traditional mediums. Mario loves reading zines, DC Vertigo, Fantagraphics, and anything he sees as strange or artful. He also enjoys role playing games and books of all kinds.
TJ has had a long-time love affair with comics. Over the years, he has gone from simple comic fan, to comic retailer, to comic historian. In 2015, TJ had a hand in putting together local IDW Publishing’s San Diego Comic Art Gallery and retail space, of which he then went on to manage both for 3 years. Now, he has taken on the role of comic educator here at Little Fish, focusing on the art of script writing and storytelling.
Aubrianna graduated with a BFA in Illustration at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts at the University of New Haven and is continuing her education in animation at Mesa Community College in San Diego. She has experience in all illustrative practices including portraiture, traditional painting, and graphic design, but specializes in cartoons and comics. Aubrianna currently runs two webcomics and has multiple comics and books printed. She continues to create, sharing her process as examples during Littlefish classes.
Zyanya graduated with a BFA in Animation from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a lover of storytelling and has pursued it her whole life, both visual and performance. When she’s not lost in a story, she is creating her own. As an active illustrator and storyboarder with a passion for the craft, she brings her experience to teach others how to do the same.
Nikita is a webcomic artist (pen name “Shard”) from San Diego. She tends to dabble in a little bit of everything, from traditional to digital mediums, and from illustration to pixel art. She draws inspiration from all manner of Western and Eastern sources, and has a particular fondness for Squirrel Girl and One Piece.
A self-taught digital artist, Angela does a majority of her work digitally, mainly on an iPad Pro. She creates many of the banners used for Little Fish's website, as well as Facebook and Instagram accounts. She has made illustrated posters for the San Diego Italian Film Festival in 2016-2020 and even has had some of her art exhibited in Toronto in 2016. She loves Manga and Anime, and dabbles in both 2D animation and a little of 3D modeling in her spare time.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of the Arts in English from Arizona State University. It was during his studies there that he joined Little Fish as an intern and has been with the nonprofit ever since. He also serves as the Digital Marketer and a bookseller at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. When not working, he enjoys reading, traveling, and writing his own stories.