Michael K. Lyman is founder and creative director of Magnum Arts, an arts-related business whose motto is Inspire, Create, Engage. His first graphic novel, Dark Office, will be published this year, with more graphic novel projects in the works.
He is a military veteran with a degree in graphic design and photography who provides inclusive art and photography instruction to home-school students and online. In Florida, he has taught Cartooning and Drawing since 2007 at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, the towns of Belleair, Safety Harbor, Largo, Seminole, and the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.
He has provided art therapy to at-risk teens at juvenile detention facilities in the Tampa Bay area and conducted art activities at the prestigious Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. He is also an annual guest art teacher at the Shorecrest Preparatory School, Our Savior Lutheran School (both in St. Petersburg), and the Lighthouse Center for Creative Learning in Brandon, where he teaches kids how to unleash their creative potential. He has participated in area comic-cons and street festivals and also volunteers at The Spring, a domestic violence shelter in Tampa, providing drawing workshops to residents and their children. Most recently, he has become a substitute teacher for the Pinellas County School System.