Hi, I’m Justin Campbell, a Puerto Rican/Liberian-American author/illustrator and professional performer based in Brooklyn, NY.

A New York native, I grew up surrounded and inspired by the creativity of a special kind, especially the work of my Great Uncle, Augustine Jurry, a performer of our West African culture and history. With the desire to be the “griot” of the family, I constantly wrote stories, drew the characters, and even performed them in plays for my relatives. Holidays were LIT!

Graduating from Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Art Studio & Design (Illustration), I’ve worked with many theaters companies such as Disney, Opera Philadelphia, and more, granting me the opportunity to travel the world.

For more information about my performance career, visit www.justincampbellnyc.com.

As an exploration, celebration, and expression of my African/Black American/Latinx heritage, much of my work is centered around Black/Brown representation in its many forms. I am drawn to work that explores interconnectivity, imperfection, and uniqueness while challenging stereotypes and narrow constructions of identity, gender norms, and the stigmatization of queerness. My work aims to reveal the softness, gentleness, and vulnerability of Black/Brown characters and themes. Let’s celebrate our differences!

I love mixing visual and performance art, being inspired by my background in dance, movement, and theater. I champion those who dare to be different and march to the beat of their own drum (Mine is a bad BUT GLORIOUS rendition of “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree <3).

I write for the child I was who struggled to navigate a world that did not see him. My greatest wish is to be a true storyteller OF and FOR the world by adding to the legacy of BIPOC stories and characters, paying tribute to ancestral influence, and helping facilitate change for the future.

Proud member of SCBWI.

Influences include: International Folklore, Americana Folk Art, African stories and art (specifically West African), the Black experience, Caribbean and Native American stories, Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy, Nature, the OCEAN <3, Dance, Music, Steven Universe, Pokemon, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Emperor’s New Groove, Disney Animation, Bollywood, Hayao Miyazaki, Brett Helquist, Anoosha Syed, Lina Iris Viktor, Loish, Gregory Maguire, Gravity Falls, Avatar the Last Airbender, Happily Ever After, Harry Potter, Prince (Owwwah), Aaliyah, Beyonce, Musicals, Bravery, Love, Acceptance, Curiosity, Exploration, the complexity of being just HUMAN, and so much more 😉