Wilfred Santiago's career as an illustrator in the comics industry began in New York City in the 1990s, when he worked for companies like Marvel Comics and DC's Milestone Media. The first pencil work he did was for 'Static', which was written by Ivan Velez. He also guest penciled some other titles like 'Icon' and 'Blood Syndicate'. For Marvel he did an issue of 'Cable' (#28 for writer Joseph Loeb), a 'Maverick' one-shot and a couple of others.
My Darkest Hour
He eventually moved away from mainstream comics to explore more prolific themes in the alternative comics arena and so, he began to write. He co-wrote and drew a 120-page graphic novel called 'The Thorn Garden' for Eros Comix, which was followed by 'Pink'. His comic series 'Pop Life' was created together with Ho Che Anderson and published by Fantagraphic Books in 1999. Fantagraphics also published his first full-length book, 'In my Darkest Hour', in 2002. In 2011, his acclaimed sophomore graphic novel, '21: The Story of Roberto Clemente', about the baseball Hall of Famer was also published by Fantagraphics. Santiago's comics and graphic novels are innovative, with style-defying forms. He lives and works in Chicago.