It's been like 5 years since I've taken updated headshots and I look a bit different since then.
This photo of 3 year old me captures my essence of today a bit more accurately.
Hi I'm Eliamaria Madrid Crawford, Elia for short. I’ve been drawing, coloring, and creating from a young age and was encouraged to harness my creativity and do what made me happy. I started drawing box-figure doodles as my primary go-to in high school and eventually started, what-was, my Elia in a Box Webcomic then as well as comics for my high school newspaper, the Campus Corral.
I went to college where I majored in Theatre. I had a love for performing comedy as well as designing and painting sets. While in college, I drew comics for the university newspaper, The Shorthorn, and started doing custom & freelance work. Upon graduating with my Theatre degree, I realized I loved where my comics and illustrations were going and I took off from there.
Now I have the fun of going to cons with art, streaming and making videos online, and just having fun illustrating.
Awards and honors
- 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
- “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