Gaming Figurines Challenge Judges

Lauren Panepinto

After 14 years designing and art directing book covers, Lauren Panepinto has worked in every publishing genre and collaborated with artists of all disciplines. As the Creative Director of Orbit Books, Yen Press, and Redhook for the past seven years, she has been developing covers for commercial fiction, genre fiction, and graphic novels, as well as overseeing the advertising and promotion visuals of the imprint brands overall. She has designed bestselling covers for Iain Banks, Mira Grant, James S. A. Corey, Brent Weeks, and Gail Carriger, among many others.

Not content to just design covers, Lauren has written about science fiction and fantasy art for ImagineFX magazine,,, and as a columnist at Muddy Colors. Her latest essay will appear as an intro to the book Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art. Lauren has been very active in the role of art business education, not only at a panelist, presenter, and portfolio reviewer at SDCC, NYCC, Spectrum, and Illuxcon, but also as a adjunct professor in the graduate program at NYU. She is a frequent art competition judge, most recently for the Society of Illustrators and ImagineFXïż½s Rising Stars issue.

Lauren graduated from The School of Visual Arts with a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. She has worked in fashion (Perry Ellis), television (MTV), and for boutique design firms, but found her true calling in book publishing. She has worked at St. Martin's Press/Picador Books, at Doubleday/Random House, and now at Hachette Book Group, the parent company of Orbit, Yen, and Redhook.

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