Casey Roonan

Casey Roonan is a Connecticut-based illustrator and an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In addition to his work for Narratively, he also designs album covers for Brooklyn recording studio Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen and web comics and print zines available online at Since 2015 he has worked as part of a team of Teaching Assistants with fine artist and RISD adjunct professor Clara Lieu to create Art Prof, a free online education platform for the visual arts. Perhaps most significantly, he is a cat person.

Stories By Casey Roonan

How Helping a Stranger With a Severed Finger Saved My Life

I was suicidally depressed, until a bloody emergency reminded me what I'm capable of.

Grooving to the Oldies at New Orleans’ Temple of Uncool

Tourists love the legendary jazz clubs. But if you really want to know NOLA, step back in time aboard a retro riverboat casino docked just off an interstate near the airport.

How Ray Charles Convinced Me to Be His Stand-In

I met the music legend as a journalist, and before I knew it, we'd grown close – close enough that when reporters interviewed him, I answered the questions.

My Father Worked Proudly for Both Parties at Seven Inaugurations. I Can’t Stand Trump — But I’ll Be There For Dad.

From Reagan to Obama, Dad taught me that patriotism transcends partisanship.

Step Inside Madam Jones’ Bawdy Blue House of 19th-Century Pleasure

When Maine became the first state to pass Prohibition in 1851, supporters dreamed of a pine-strewn moral haven. One freethinking former seamstress had other ideas.

Did I Kill Anyone in Iraq? The Truth Is, I’ll Never Know.

In the murky world of modern warfare, I'm far from the only one who wonders if any of my bullets ever took out a civilian.

My Family’s House Burned Down…Twice. Then the Bank Took It Away.

After years of rebuilding our beloved house (then doing it all over again), my parents had nothing left. But by that time I’d realized home is more than four walls.

That Time I Hit a Parked Car—and Just Walked Away

Recently divorced, extremely broke and terrified of yet another bill, I was shocked to learn of my own capacity to shirk responsibility.

The Lonely and Dangerous Life of a Non-Believer in Saudi Arabia

Abandoned by my father and bullied by schoolmates, I once dreamed of becoming a teenage Jihadist. But it wasn’t until I abandoned Islam that I truly became a pariah.