About Black Bear Cat Press

Black Bear Cat Press

What is Black Bear Cat Press?

Black Bear Cat Press is a small art, design, and event setup boutique. 

What makes Black Bear Cat Press different from other businesses?

While there are many art and design businesses in the Southern California region, Black Bear Cat Press offers culturally competent design and event setup services that reflects the cultural background and quality wanted by our clients.

Please see our Past Projects page for what we have done in the past.

How did Black Bear Cat Press start?

Black Bear Cat Press started in California as an idea in 2016 when a couple saw a need for editing books and providing marketing services for authors. This idea grew as the couple attended business, marketing, English, and computer science courses to improve their craft. By 2018, the book services were set aside as the editor had to take a step back for school. The marketer/designer has renovated Black Bear Cat Press as an art and design boutique and event planning service with the same quality and quickness as the previous business.

And there's a cat that inspired it all: Learn more about the black cat who inspired Black Bear Cat Press.

Who are the people behind Black Bear Cat Press?

Jd Banks is the creative consultant, marketing specialist, and co-founder for Black Bear Cat Press. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2010 and taught English in Japanese middle and high schools for five years. During her time since English teaching, Jd gained a Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language certification and a Digital Marketing foundation diploma. Her professional background includes work at San Diego State University, MiraCosta College, Grossmont College, the General Consulate of Japan in Los Angeles, The Ryukyu Star Magazine, and Anime3000. She is the author and illustrator for Ang Nanay Ko and The Ends Don't Tie with Bunny Rabbits. She also runs Jade's Escape (anime, manga, Japan, and inspired art blog), Anime Ascendant (anime, manga, and Japanese club resource website), the Black Nerds Expo (black pop culture mini convention in San Diego), and her personal website, Jeridel.com.

Guillermo Galvan is the former book editor and co-founder of Black Bear Cat Press. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's degree in Art History and taught English as a Second Language in Japanese elementary schools for four years. After teaching English, Guillermo returned to school for programming, speech pathology, and animation. His professional background includes work at Vista Unified School District and the Board of Education in Naha City. Guillermo was featured in RatRod Magazine and has an honorable mention in the 33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest. He runs his book blog, Blubber Island