Marlon McKenney is a San Francisco-based author, illustrator, and creative director with over 20 years of professional advertising experience working in San Francisco’s top ad agencies. As a hands-on creative leader with real production chops, he has a diverse skill set including video, interactive and a strong communication and presentation background. Solution oriented and optimistic, Marlon has worked with Fortune 500 brands like Apple, Sony, Suzuki, EA, Motown, Universal Records, and Chase Bank, and continues to push creative boundaries.
He began his career as a Flash designer and Art Director for Gap Inc, Electronic Arts, and a plethora of advertising agencies including DDB, Publicis, and Digitas. Shifting his focus from interactive to broadcast, he later expanded his skill set to include video directing, motion graphics and editing. Working on a wide variety of brands from technology and pharmaceutical to video games and urban culture, Marlon develops strong client relationships and delivers emotionally-resonant creative that successfully achieves business goals.
In 2016, he founded the independent publishing company, Conscious Culture Publishing, that focuses primarily on delivering diverse multicultural content to educate and empower children across the globe. With the release of Alice in Wonderland Remixed in 2017, Marlon became one of the first artists to create a children’s book entirely illustrated using 3D technology. Combining classic stories with contemporary narratives, Marlon incorporates elements of self-empowerment African and African-American history. His latest release, The Genius of Egypt is the incredible story of the world’s first multi-faceted genius, Imhotep, and his amazing adventure from humble student to magical healer to eventually becoming the savior of the entire kingdom of Egypt.