When Natasha Petrovic was attending Mid Valley Secondary Center, she wasn’t sure where her interest in art and story-telling would lead her. Little did she know, carrying that sketch pad by her side all the way through junior and senior high school would be her entry into a major book deal.
The former Throop resident will return to northeast Pennsylvania for a book signing for her graphic novel, “Ophiuchus,” on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Comics on the Green, 307 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.
At Mid Valley, Petrovic excelled in many subjects, graduated with honors in 2011, moved to Baltimore and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration in 2015.
While in Baltimore, where Petrovic currently resides, she pursued her passion for drinking tea and drawing characters that could help tell the stories forming in her creative mind. For several years, she pursued a variety of art mediums including book illustrations.
Petrovic’s popular web-based comic ‘Ophiuchus’ was compiled and printed as a book on Aug. 21 by Image Comics. The graphic novel is sold in comic shops, book stores and on Amazon. The book is a collection of comics that Petrovic wrote and illustrated in collaboration with Ali Leriger de la Plante of Canada. The “Ophiuchus” series is based on mythological-like characters that are trying to get to the epicenter of a virus that is infecting the universe. It deals with free will, loss and revenge and features a host of characters such as skeletons and robots.
Petrovic was featured as “an artist you should know” in 2018 by The Beat, a daily web-based news site that covers the world of comics, graphic novels, comic cons and popular culture. The writer introduced Petrovic as someone “who is creating one of the coolest webcomics I’ve seen in a long time.”
Petrovic is the daughter of Holly Mackar, also a Mid Valley alumna. Her grandparents are Marsha and Jerry Gilbride of Throop and Peter and Antoinette Mackar of Peckville.