Marcellus Hall

Marcellus Hall is a NYC-based illustrator. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Time, as well as in American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts annuals. His first cover for The New Yorker was published in 2005. He has self-published books of drawings and writings, including Hard Luck Stories and Legends of the Infinite City.


Hall has illustrated children’s books that include Because You Are My Baby (Abrams 2008), City I Love (Abrams 2009), The Cow Loves Cookies (Simon & Schuster 2010), Because I Am Your Daddy (Abrams 2010), Full Moon and Star (Abrams 2011), Because I Am Your Teacher (Abrams 2012), and the self-penned Everyone Sleeps (Penguin 2013).


As a musician Hall has recorded with bands Railroad Jerk and White Hassle and has toured the US, Europe, and Japan. He continues to make music under his own name. A solo album, The First Line, was recorded with accompanying musicians and released on Glacial Pace Recordings in 2011.  A follow-up solo album, Afterglow, was self-released in 2013 and is available at marcellushall.bandcamp. com/album/afterglow,

Available from Bittersweet Editions:

“His style reminds me a little of Ralph Steadman, but with a sort of weathered antiquated 1920s aesthetic. Faded watercolored line drawings of city scenes and whatnot that feel like something you’d find at the bottom of a hope chest in grandma’s attic.”

 - Vicky Wheeler



“Marcellus Hall is honest, straightforward, and cool. Now, 'cool' of course is one those words that doesn't mean much these days, if it ever did - teenaged kids and hipster post-kids alike might say 'cool' like, well, really a lot of times a day. But Marce approaches Platonic cool, real cool, the ideal cool - of Bob Dylan at Newport in '64, or Corey Feldman on the set of the Goonies in '85, or how the Marlboro Man used to be so unspeakably cool until those really sick anti-smoking billboards with the diseased organs and wrecked teeth on 'em started to get to you."

- Mike McGonigal

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