Issa was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico and attended Carleton College in Minnesota. He became an art major and found no other subject as fun to draw as people. Through Carleton’s resources in the arts, Issa has been able to make art across the globe: he has traveled to New Zealand, The Cook Islands, Australia, Japan and within the US he has been to New York and New Hampshire. He is currently learning 3D modeling and hopes to become a character artist for video games and a working artist.


Growing up in a small, rural ski town, Issa spent much of his time snowboarding, hiking and swimming. He continues to enjoy all three and is a big fan of summer camp. He is currently learning guitar and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. 




Carleton College, Northfield, MN

BA Studio Art, Distinction in Major, Distinction in Senior Thesis, Phi Beta Kappa 




Educational Associate Carleton College Art and Art History Department. Perlman Teaching Museum. Northfield, MN. 2018-2019


Roy Grow Fellow Roy Grow Fellowship. Tokyo, Japan. Summer 2017

Learned about the art and culture of manga and anime while improving my Japanese


Character Artist Carleton College. Northfield, MN. Winter 2017 – Spring 2018

Creating a historical video game with a team of two professors and eight other students about the Boston Massacre. Editing characters and clothes in Adobe Fuse and Adobe Mixamo


Editor Carleton Graphic. Northfield, MN. Fall 2016 – Spring 2018

Write, edit and publish comics. I use Photoshop for editing and InDesign for publishing


High School Teaching Intern The Dublin School. Dublin, NH. Winter 2017

Learned about private boarding school culture, art curriculum and teaching practices. I taught Spanish classes as well as art classes


Learning and Teaching Center Fellow Carleton College. Northfield, MN. Fall 2016 – Winter 2018

Facilitated and participated in book groups in 2015. Became a student fellow Fall of 2016 and as a student observer, I worked to provide feedback to professors who requested assistance in improving specific teaching pedagogy concerns. I also support the Learning and Teaching Center’s program development