Eliamaría Madrid is a cartoonist, illustrator, and content creator based in Dallas, Texas. Having doodled and drawn for a majority of her youth, she got started her first big project at age 17, which was Elia in a Box Webcomic, a slice-of-life comic strip retelling of the silly moments in her life. She also illustrated comics for her high school newspaper, the Campus Corral and marketing campaigns for her high school’s theatre department, having been a finalist at the State and International levels of the Thespian Festivals.
While in college pursuing a theatre degree, she drew comics for the university newspaper, The Shorthorn. Her comic strips, featuring famed-UTA professor Dr. Allan Saxe, won her the Colombia Scholastic Press Award for Comic Cartoons in Digital Media. Upon graduating with her Theatre degree, she realized her passion for comedy, design, and performing was better executed in an illustrative-storytelling manner. From then on, she decided that’s what she wanted to do and has loved it ever since.
Elia is currently working on wrapping up her first Graphic Novel while creating silly art content online and collaborating with fellow creatives to build the art and creative communities. Elia is a proud ambassador with the JDRF, being a type 1 diabetic herself, and hopes to use her art and platform to help raise awareness and fund for cure research.
Awards and Honors
- Winner, The Professor Latinx Outstanding Emerging Latinx Comic Creator Award 2022
- Columbia Scholastic Press, 1st Place Certificate in Comic Cartoons in Digital Media 2014, for Allan Saxe comic strips featured in The Shorthorn university newspaper
- Finalist in Theatre Marketing, Texas State Thespian 2009, featuring my Almost, Maine illustrations from the 2009 Central High School theatre production
- "The PochCast: Featuring SpicedEliastrations" The PochCast - August 2022
- “An Hour with Elia in the Box” My Primos Podcast - July 23, 2020
- “Women of Wonder Con: A Time To Appreciate Women" Article by geekgalsteam March 12, 2020
- “Animefest 2019 - Artist Alley Interviews” KabOOOOOm, Article by Matt Morrison - August 19, 2019
- “Meet Eliamaria Madrid Crawford of Elia in a Box Studios in Plano” Voyage Dallas - November 19, 2018
- “A Weekend of Comics, Zines, and Art” Book Riot Article by Christine Hoxmeier September 21,2018
- “Get Acquainted with Elia from ‘Elia in a Box Comics’” Shuffle Online, Article by Chinlin Pan - October 21, 2016
- “A Comic Professor” Article by UTALibarts - June 30, 2016
- “Wise Words” Article by UT Arlington Magazine - 2016
- “Elia In A Box’ Captures A Slice Of Life” KRLD, Interview and Article by Kristin Weisell - May 14, 2015