Richard Jenkins is a cartoonist and illustrator who has created comics for anthologies, a graphic novel series called Sky Ape, a teacher's manual titled Comics in your Curriculum, and a children's coloring story book called Princess Ann and the Magic Egg. In addition to his published work, Jenkins has exhibited his artwork in regional museums and galleries. He works as a freelance commercial artist, illustrating magazine and CD covers and television storyboards. Born with a hearing impairment, Jenkins learned at an early age how to read lips, facial expressions, and body language in order to better understand people. He has also trained educators across the country in arts integration and arts inclusion.