Carlos Gabriel Ruiz is a writer, illustrator, designer and art director based in St. Louis. He is the creator of Pretentious Record Store Guy and Parade of Freaks. He was a finalist on DC Comics' Zuda website with the submission Development Hell in 2007. Shorts and Losses Vol. 1 and The Baron Age, with collaborator Jim Mosley, are his latest works. Currently he is working on the autobiographical comic Comic-Con-A-Sewer and the graphic novel The Revengers. Carlos graduated from the University of Missouri with a BFA in painting and drawing. His work can be found online at and at