Vera (Hernán Vera Alvarez, Argentina, 1977) sometimes just known as Vera, was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. He is a writer and a cartoonist. He has published the books of stories, Una extrana felicidad (llamada América) (A Strange Happiness Called America), Grand Nocturno, and a comic book, La gente no puede vivir sin problemas! (People Can’t Live Without Problems!). Much of his work has been featured in magazines and newspapers in the United States and in Latin America: El Nuevo Herald, Meansheets, Loft Magazine, El Sentinel, Nagari, Sea-Latino, TintaFrescaUS, La Nación, and Clarín. He lived in the United States for eight years as an illegal immigrant, working in the shipyards, in the kitchen of a nightclub, in discotheques, and in construction.