Cristina Durán (Valencia, 1970) is an illustrator and comic writer, winner of the 2019 National Comic Prize. She has a degree in Fine Art and studied at London’s Middlesex University on the Erasmus programme. In 1993, together with Miguel A. Giner Bou, she founded her own studio, LaGRUAestudio, where she works on comic and illustration projects. Her work as an illustrator has been for the press, marketing and children’s books. As a comic author, she has published several books (together with the writer Miguel Á. Giner Bou), including Una posibilidad entre mil (Sins entido, 2009) and La máquina de Efrén (Sins entido, 2012), compiled into a single volume under the title Una posibilidad (Astiberri, 2017); Cuando no sabes qué decir (Salamandra Graphic, 2015); and El día 3 (Astiberri, 2018), created with the journalist Laura Ballester. Since her early days, her work has contained a significant social component and has acted as a vehicle for activism, dealing with subjects such as functional diversity, adoption, cooperation, the prevention of gender violence and other social topics. Apart from the recent National Comic Prize, her comics have won her several awards, such as the Turia Prize, the Premi Dones Progressistes, a Special Mention in the French Les BDs qui font la différence, the Palma City Comic Prize, and Best Spanish Work at the Zaragoza Comic Fair. She has been in the Valencian Professional Illustrators’ Association for 22 years, and was the Chair between 2006 and 2009. She has also been on the board of the Federation of Professional Illustrators’ Associations, and the founding board of the European Illustrators’ Forum. She is currently a member of the AC comic authors’ collective.