BoJack Horseman Wiki

Lisa Hanawalt is the main and head illustrator of animation at Tornante TV. She created the series BoJack Horseman out of her own sketches and animations along with her high school friend, Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

Personal Life

Lisa Hanawalt was born in Palo Alto, California, to Stanford biologists Philip Hanawalt and Graciela Spivak. Her mother was born and raised in Argentina by a family of Jewish refugees originally from Odessa.


Hanawalt is a former member of Pizza Island, a cartoonist's studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which included cartoonists Kate Beaton, Domitille Collardey, Sarah Glidden, Meredith Gran, and Julia Wertz.

Her illustrations and writings have been published in print and online periodicals including The New York TimesMcSweeney'sVanity Fair, and Lucky Peach magazine. From 2011 through 2013, she was a regular contributor to The Hairpin and produced a series of illustrated film reviews.

Her first comic series, I Want You, was published in 2009 by Buenaventura Press. In 2010, Hanawalt was the first woman to win an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic, for "I Want You #1." In 2012, she illustrated her first children's book, Benny's Brigade, published by McSweeney's and authored by Arthur Bradford.

In 2013, Drawn and Quarterly published My Dirty Dumb Eyes, Hanawalt's "one-woman anthology" of comics and illustrations, including previously-commissioned works. The collected stories and shorts range from autobiographical narratives to cultural observations, frequently featuring anthropomorphic animal-people and scenes of nature rendered in bright, detailed watercolors, and likened by one reviewer to "a grown-up Richard Scarry turned absurdist social commentator."


  • Raphael Bob-Waksberg saw Lisa's sketches of a "Horse Guy" whilst she was living in New York and him in L.A. and was inspired. He teamed up with Lisa and pitched the show to Netflix, who accepted and produced the show known as BoJack Horseman.


Lisa Hanawalt's Website & Portfolio