Charlene Marion Green (b. 1991, Long Beach CA) is a Black American sequential illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. Influenced by the style of European bande dessine and Japanese manga, Marion focuses on making illustration-based narratives, using public domain fairy tales and personal experiences from her own life that involve mental illness, queer narratives, prejudice, and PTSD. She often uses traditional mediums such as pen, ink, and watercolor, but also enjoys using software such as Procreate and Clip Studio Paint to create work. As an artist who explores complex themes and elements, Marion gets inspiration from using modern and speculative re-imaginings of public domain fairy tales, inserting themes such as mental health, breaking generational trauma, and the complexity of women’s portrayal and representation in media. While using heavier thematic elements, Marion uses elements of speculative fiction to keep the guise of escapism to soften the harsher realities often shown in fiction.
In 2019, Marion premiered the rough animatic of her short film Mousetrap, a YA horror story set in the 1990s about a teenage girl who has the ability to communicate with rats but discovers sinister secrets behind her new home. The film was repurposed as a young adult graphic novel to be published in December 2024. She is also currently developing another graphic novel, Los Esmeraldus, a science fantasy deconstruction of The Wizard of Oz. Marion will have received her B.A. in Art from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2023.