Romas graduated with honors from Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Directly after graduation, he went to work for many book and magazine publishers and advertising agencies in New York City. Romas has illustrated a variety of subjects for such diverse clients as TV Guide, Readers Digest, Red Herring, Omni, Marvel Comics, the D.C. Comics Batman Masters Series, Union Carbide, Seagrams, Hasbro, The Bradford Exchange, The Danbury Mint. Romas has been featured in Science Fiction Age and Advertising Age magazine and on the Central Connecticut State University Pioneers television series featured on Connecticut PBS. Some of Romas’s best known sci-fi and fantasy covers include Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series, Anne McCaffrey’s The Rowan series, and the wildly popular Chronicles specialty books related to Scholastic Books’ Animorphs series.
He is currently working on SuperEgo, a graphic novel project with his wife, Allison Barrows. Returning to a childhood love of comics and superheroes and the freedom of schedule is the ultimate fantasy.
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Never satisfied, always trying harder.
Seeing what others don't, capturing what others can't.
Sparking conversations and inspiring the imagination, with a vision that cannot be taught, but must be personally experienced.
Harnessing creativity and perfecting the craft with practical experience.
Allison Barrows, the daughter of two art teachers, is married to illustrator and fine artist Romas Kukalis. They have two children; daughter Alex is a makeup artist and beauty influencer and son Guyon is an actor/singer/writer. Both kids live in Los Angeles and have popular YouTube channels.
Allison majored in advertising at Paier College (then School) of Art. She and her fellow student and husband-to-be moved to Manhattan, where she worked as an advertising coordinator at Bloomingdales' flagship store, and as an advertising photo stylist for an advertising agency.
The couple married in 1982 and moved to Connecticut, where Allison worked as the Advertising Copy Chief for Sage-Allen stores, and as the award-winning Special Sections Artist for The Hartford Courant.
When Allison and Romas moved to New Hampshire to buy their first home and start a family, she went to work for Peerless Insurance Company as the Marketing Art Director and Editor of the client magazine, Insight.
After her daughter was born, Allison wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, The Artists’ Model (Carolrhoda, Inc., Div. of Lerner Publishing), based on Alex’s experience modeling for one of her father’s book cover paintings. A second book, The Artist’s Model, followed a year later.
In 1999, she created the comic strip, Preteena, and was offered a development contract from two major syndicates; Universal Press and Tribune Media – both on the same day! She went with Universal and her strip appeared in over 100 newspapers around the world for nine years. She is still represented by Universal, and reruns of PreTeena appear on Uclick, Yahoo, and Liberty Island. Two PreTeena compilation books – PreTeena, the Paperback, and It’s LIKE Like!, and her latest children's book, Maynard May Not, are available on the Products page. She co-wrote a musical, Beauty and the Geek, based on the strip, which was performed on the professional stage in 2013.
Allison is also the author of the Goofyfoot Gurl graphic novel series (Thomas Nelson), and collaborated with her husband on the J.H.Sanderson’s Roadhouse Sons graphic novel series. They were exhibitors at New York Comic Con in 2013 and Boston Comic Con in 2014 and 2015.