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My name is Scout Tran-Caffee (formerly Dax). I was born in the early \'80s, which puts me now in my early 30s. I grew up in Silicon Valley, spent a little time in Chicago for school, and currently live in San Francisco. I\'m a mixed-race 2nd-generation genderqueer, a trans woman and a professional independent artist, which is, I suppose, what this novel is about.

My first degree was a BFA in Drawing from the California College of Arts & Crafts, followed by an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My career has slid along from an art-supply monger to a sidewalk portrait artist, a guild artist model, and even an instructor of drawing (Ex\'pression College for Digital Arts). I have been off-and-on a freelance illustrator, touring puppeteer, and songwriter, although I have really yet to break even doing any of those things. I was Apprentice and Shop Foreman at Blair Thomas & Co. chamber puppet theater, with whom I performed at the Field Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Pritzker Pavillion. I have been Managing Director (and accordionist) for the Corpus Callosum music & performance art ensemble, 2009 recipients of the Belle Foundation Fellowship. I have been exhibiting puppetry at Maker Faire Bay Area since 2010, and received the Editor\'s Choice Award in 2011. My cardboard sculptures have been commissioned by the Exploratorium Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I have been an artist in residence of the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, which is about the most prestigious title in the world, so I figure I can die happy now. (Check out the Art of Tinkering book!)

In highschool I once submitted a draft to a local comic publishing company, but they politely declined. I started making performable sequential art in 2004, mostly involving mechanisms with a high rate of fail and illustrations that require way too much patience on the part of an audience; I perform these and other artworks under the title Villainette. Failing Sky is my first graphic novel.