About Craigmore Creations

Craigmore Creations was founded in 2008. The initial vision was the creation of the Terra Tempo series, with the idea of bringing natural history to life in a full-color graphic novel series that would engage young readers with intelligent, entertaining stories. With the growing concerns of climate change and the loss of biodiversity occurring, reaching the next generation with material that could educate about Earth history while being entertaining was of the utmost importance. Terra Tempo lead into Blunderbuss Wanderlust, which lead into Right Where You Are Now, which then opened the way into Craigmore Creations becoming a fully operational publishing house. As a small, independent publisher, Craigmore Creations works very closely with authors, illustrators and in-house design staff to produce quality books that are works of art in and of themselves.

DS-web President | David R. Shapiro
David R. Shapiro is the founder of Craigmore Creations. Entrepreneur, entertainer and naturalist, David earned his BA in Natural History and Creative Writing from Prescott College. His work experience includes tracking rare carnivores for the USFS, guiding children through a mythic theater naturalist learning camp, and acting as a liaison for large scale art and music festival production. As an author David has been inspired by the imagination of his two children. David lives in Portland, but travels often to be a part of the rest of the world.

Business Development Director | Thea Kuticka
Thea Kuticka is the business development director at Craigmore Creations. She oversees the editorial projects, manages distribution and sales, and directs trade shows. Thea’s experience in the industry, includes stints as an editor, a bookseller, and a library reference assistant. She previously worked for Dark Horse Comics and Bilingual Press (ASU) before joining Craigmore Creations. She holds a MFA in writing from the University of Virginia and a BA in English from the University of Oregon.
Creative Director | Christopher Herndon
Christopher Herndon has been in the comic book industry for over a decade. He is the creator of two acclaimed comic book series, as well as the co-creator of the Terra Tempo graphic novel series. His work can been found in numerous comic books, album covers, museums, and national parks across the United States. He is looking forward to the future of Craigmore Creations as it gives the great opportunity to educate and entertain both the young and old about the real life monsters living in our Earth’s past: smilodons, mammoths, and dinosaurs—oh my!


Design and Production Director | Brian David Smith

Brian David Smith is an artist specializing in print + digital production, publishing design, and creative thinking. He has a MS in Writing and Book Publishing from Portland State University, and a BS in Art and Mass Communications from the University of Montevallo. Brian handles the management, conception, execution, and coordination of production and design for Craigmore Creations. You can see some of his design projects at brian-david.com
TLehmann_Headshot Marketing Manager | Tara Lehmann
Tara Lehmann is the marketing manager at Craigmore Creations. She navigates the daily twists and turns of social media, marketing, and publicity. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a BA in English Literature, and graduated with a MS in Writing and Book Publishing from Portland State University in 2013.
Fay Administrative Coordinator | Fay Funk
Fay Funk is the administrative coordinator for Craigmore Creations. She manages the day-to-day operations for Craigmore Creations, including shipping and mailing, office organization, and communications with partner companies. She also does research and assists on creative projects. Fay is a graduate of New York University, and holds a BA in political science.