Born: 1972 June 8 in Massachusetts, United States
Biography: Leela Corman is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and Middle Eastern dancer of Russian and Polish descent. Corman created the 2012 graphic novel Unterzakhn, which follows the lives of Jewish twin sisters growing up in the tenements of New York City's Lower East Side at the turn of the last century.
Corman's self-published three issues of the minicomic, Flimflam, while still in college, and won a 1999 Xeric Grant for the graphic novel Queen’s Day. Her illustrations have appeared on album covers and for PBS, The New York Times, and BUST Magazine. She also has other short comic publications in Nautilus Magazine, The Nib, Tablet Magazine, Symbolia, and The OC Weekly. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida's College of Fine Arts and a founding instructor at Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida, a low-cost school for comic arts. Corman met her husband, cartoonist Tom Hart, in Gainesville, where they currently reside and he was also a co-founder of the Sequential Artists Workshop.
Corman has had works published in the US, as well as Portugal, Spain, and France.
Tom Hart's book Rosalie Lightning (St. Martin's Press, 2016) is named after Hart and Corman's daughter, who died suddenly when she was almost two, and is about their grief and their attempts to make sense of their life afterwards. Corman addressed the loss of the child in her work, “PTSD: The Wound That Never Heals,” published by Nautilus Magazine. The couple have since had another child.