Life has taken Charles Beyl from studying Fine Art and Graphic Design at Washington State University; to being a designer, illustrator and art director in Alexandria, VA; to being an illustrator and educator (with a wonderful stop at Syracuse University for grad school) in Lancaster, PA. Charles currently lives in Sugar Land, Texas and continues to create humorous illustrations while wrangling his pug, Peaches and keeping an eye out for snakes and alligators. When Charles is not in his studio you can find him teaching at the University of Houston in their Digital Media Department or at the Houston Community College in their Digital Communications Department.
For twenty years Charles’ editorial cartoons appeared in Lancaster Newspaper’s Sunday News, Lancaster, PA.
From 1995 to 2015 Charles worked with an amazing group of students and faculty at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA.
Visit Charles’ website at Charlesbeyl.com.
Teresa Bonaddio has built her life around books. As a writer, illustrator, and designer, she values curiosity, play, and hard work. Her collaborations with a multitude of creatives in children’s book publishing have spanned over 13 years. She grew up in Scranton, PA and earned a BFA in Printmaking/Book Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Post-Baccalaureate Graphic Design certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She resides in Middletown, Delaware, frequents Philadelphia, and you can visit her at www.teresabonaddio.com and on Twitter @teresabonaddio.
Simona was born in Italy and, after an exceptionally nerdy childhood, entered adult life with a passion for both art and science, a large library (which has been growing without control ever since) and the idea that life should rather be wide than long – better still if generous in both dimensions. She went on to study science, move to Germany and then to Switzerland, work as a research scientist, and travel the world.
Art eventually called her back to pursue “the road not taken.” Since 2011 she has done illustration and animation projects for magazines, advertising, corporate marketing and scientific education and has been Creative Director in Corporate Communications.
Simona earned a MFA in Visual Development from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She currently lives in Basel, Switzerland with her husband and two children and enjoys the view of the river Rhein while painting.
Michael Cho is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator based in Toronto. He’s painted covers for Penguin Classics and Random House, drawn numerous editorial illustrations for clients like the New York Times Book Review and Billboard Magazine, as well as publishing an art book of his drawings, “Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes” with Drawn & Quarterly. His comic story “trinity” was selected by editor Neil Gaiman for the Best American Comics anthology in 2010. Cho’s comic story “Stars” won a 2008 Canadian National Magazine Award Silver while another story, “Night Time”, was a finalist for a 2005 Canadian Magazine Awards. His webcomic “Papercut” was a finalist for the 2008 Shuster awards in the webcomic category. Cho has also written and illustrated other comics for publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image and Adhouse Books. “Shoplifter” is his debut original graphic novel, Pantheon Fall 2014.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://chodrawings.blogspot.com
Raised in Ottawa, award-winning illustrator Wally Edwards is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. He lives now in Toronto and has worked for 20 years on books, commercial art and editorial art for magazines. He works in pencil and watercolour and is currently working on a number of children’s books.
Agent: Shaun Bradley
Born in Seoul, Korea, Robin Ha grew up reading and drawing comics. At fourteen she moved to the United States. After graduating from RISD with BFA in Illustration, she moved to New York City and started a career in the fashion industry. Her work has been published in independent comics anthologies including Secret Identities and The Strumpet, as well as Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She is currently working on WHY OH WHY ALABAMA, a graphic memoir about her immigrant experience, and also a Korean recipe comic BANCHAN IN 2 PAGES. You can find out more about her work on her website: robin.megaten.net and on twitter, @RobinHaArt.
CS does illustrations for the children’s markets, but goes wherever his pencil will take him. Publishing, gaming, editorial, advertising, entertainment, animation, commercial, apparel, apps, greeting cards—yep, he has pretty much done everything.
CS loves writing and illustrating for children. He wrote Hello, Texas! (Sterling Publishing). He was the author-illustrator of the picture book Animal Band (Sterling Publishing). As an illustrator he has drawn books for Penguin Group Books, Scholastic, Stone Arch Books, and Sterling Publishing. CS loves collaborating with art directors and editors. Storytelling has always inhabited CS’s drawing. As CS writes more, his stories find their expression in words.
CS honed his illustration chops in newspapers; he’s a master of the quick turnaround. Whether it’s knocking out pirates and sharks for Duracell, box-top skunks and porcupines for the Would You Rather? series of games, character and environment concepts for Disney Interactive, or a bunch of player caricatures for an ESPN: The Magazine article.
Design has been a guiding force in CS’s life. CS has a degree in graphic communication with an informal study in illustration. In CS’s career he has been a graphic designer, art and creative director. Informed by his design training, shape and movement are key elements in his illustration work. CS believes that good design is a foundation of the industry regardless of the medium.
CS has a passion for animation. It was therefore a dream come true when CS had the chance to be an animation lead for Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly. Character design and sequential story telling are what CS has to offer to the industry.
Giving back and mentoring is crucial for CS. CS has taught at the university level, spoken to elementary and high school classrooms, and is a part of informal industry groups across the city. In that vein, in October 2016 CS took over the mantle Illustrator Coordinator for the Austin chapter of The Society of Children’s Book Writer and Illustrators, a vibrant community of writers and illustrators.
CS Jennings lives in Austin, Texas.
Visit CS’s website at Csjennings.com.
Sarah is a writer and cartoonist in Vancouver, BC. Her first book, Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, a graphic memoir, has been published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany and France to international critical acclaim (LA Times, Vanity Fair, Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Die Welt). It was published in Korea in the fall of 2015.
Her second book, Agnes, Murderess, is a graphic novel set in nineteenth-century British Columbia, forthcoming in the fall of 2019 from Freehand Books.
Sarah is working on an online interactive project based on Tangles for the National Film Board of Canada, and with Giant Ant Media on a feature length animation of Tangles.
Her prose and comics have appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US and the UK.
Sarah has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, but is largely self-taught as an artist and cartoonist. She’s taught workshops, developed university courses on comics, and appeared at numerous conferences and festivals.
Learn more at: http://www.sarahleavitt.com/
Ron Lightburn’s career as a children’s book illustrator was launched with his Governor General’s Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other best selling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles, from the touching realism of How Smudge Came to the exuberant whimsy of The Happily Ever Afternoon. During the past quarter century his artwork has graced the covers of over sixty books and has been featured in magazines, calendars, posters and advertisements across North America. His client list includes the Province of British Columbia, Aliant, McDonald’s Restaurants, The Walt Disney Company, CP Hotels, Heritage Canada Foundation and General Foods. His artwork has been recognized and exhibited by The Society of Illustrators in New York and is included in the permanent collections of Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books in Toronto and the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy in Toronto. In 2005 his paintings for A Poppy Is To Remember were selected to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Library and Archives Canada publication Read Up On It.
Ron and his partner Sandra reside in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Their popular perennial picture book, Pumpkin People, reveals the secret life of the folk art figures that gather each year to celebrate the Kentville Harvest Festival.
Agent: David Bennett
Since 1979, Canadian artist John Massey has exhibited nationally and internationally. He has worked variously in installation, video, photography and sculpture. Over the years he has developed a collage language that embodies an emotional content while asking rigorous structural and rhetorical questions of his chosen media.
Selected exhibitions: La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, 2014; Looking Out and Looking In: A Selection Of Contemporary Photography, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 2013; Envisioning Buildings: Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art Photography, MAK Exhibition Hall, Vienna, 2012; “Marburg! The Early Bird!” Marburger Kunstverein, Germany, 2010; “Cinema Paradiso,” Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2007; “Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection,” Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2006; “Adorno,” Franfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, 2003; “Passages de l’image,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1990.
John Massey’s work is available on his website at www.johnmassey.ca
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Capucine Mazille graduated from the Royal Art School in the Hague and has exhibited in Holland, Switzerland, and France. Though originally from Holland, she is married to a Frenchman and lives in the French Alpes. Capucine paints with watercolours.
Self portrait Capucine Mazille
Agent: David Bennett
Learn more at: http://www.capucinemazille.com
Cinders McLeod was born in Toronto. In 1979 she moved to Britain and studied graphics in Somerset, art in a social context in Devon, and filmmaking in London. She wrote, sang and played doublebass in a two-woman band recorded on Billy Bragg’s label. In 1991 she moved to Scotland where she cartooned for the British Press and had two children. Her regular political cartoon strip, Broomie Law, was published in book form by Luath Press in 2000.
In 2001, she moved back to Canada and cartooned, animated, wrote, designed and art directed for the Globe and Mail. She is a recipient of a National Newspaper Award, a Gold Society of Newspaper Design award and a National Magazine Award finalist. In 2011 she began her daily blog, My Life as a Sketchbook: A Visual Autobiography. In 2013 she left the Globe and Mail so she could focus on her own projects: I’m A Girl! and I’m a Boy! published by HarperCollins, a video called My Life as a Political Cartoon, a novel about her Scottish-Canadian great-great-grandmother and a series of children’s financial literacy books.
Rosalind B. Penfold walked into what she thought would be a love story – with a recently widowed executive and his young children. It turned out to be the kind of life she had never experienced before. While many people might keep a diary, Rosalind drew what she witnessed – as it was happening – in harrowing detail, and then hid the images in a cardboard box. Now, many years later, her drawings have been compiled into this shocking, graphic account.
Her experience – of what it was like to be enmeshed in an abusive relationship, and how she eventually found the wisdom she needed to get out, will educate, inform and astound. Her images illustrate many of the known warning signs of intimate partner violence, and answer the common question, “Why did you stay?’ Many women in similar circumstances have said, “If you’ve never been there, you wouldn’t understand.” Rosalind B. Penfold’s images take you there. Disturbing, yet compelling, they show the destructive force of domestic abuse facing many families today.
Rosalind B. Penfold says, “I believe I turned to art instinctively because I couldn’t believe what was happening to me. I needed to see it in black and white. Ironically, although my illustrations give me distance, they give others a close-up. They turned out to be far more personal than prose could ever be. I am hoping that my book will lead to more open discussion, and a greater understanding of the nature of domestic abuse. Abuse needs to be recognized, named, and stopped. I feel strongly that this is not only my story. It is the story of millions of families across North America. I have chosen a pseudonym because there are many ‘Rosalinds’ and I was just one of them.”
Learn more at: http://www.dragonslippers.com/
Like most artists out there in the world, Jason Platt was known as that kid in the class who could draw. Jason was the one who could mimic Charles M. Schulz or Jim Davis’s characters on a dime and make the other kid’s smile. And as he grew older his tastes changed too. Jason became enthralled with Mad Magazine‘s Mort Drucker and, famed movie poster artist, Drew Struzan. With Drucker’s work Jason would always pick up his copy of Mad at the Eagle grocery store and study his amazing line work before Jason even read a line of copy. And with Struzan, Jason would find himself admiring his work for, what seemed like, ages wondering what adventure the movie was going to be about. This was pre-internet days, and it wouldn’t be until years later that Jason realized that his first name was Drew, and not his last.
And being a kid who also loved to write, Jason would often find himself imagining what would happen in the book he was holding after his eyes feasted on its cover art. And, at times, would find himself liking the stories he had created by looking at the covers more than the actual book itself.
You could say that Jason was that person who would buy a book for it’s cover. That and a natural born storyteller.
Working his way as a professional actor and puppeteer (yes, those jobs actually exist), Jason focused on the art of illustration and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD for those in the know).
Jason is particularly drawn to the art of humorous and children’s illustration (pun not intended), but he’s done other types as well. Including paintings, technical illustration and portraits. But, since being a kid Jasonhas always taken to the humorous illustration.
Visit Jason’s website at Plattinumpictures.com.
Kass Reich was born in Montreal, Canada. She works as an artist and educator and has spent a majority of the last decade traveling and living abroad. Kass graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University in 2010. Since then, she has been traveling and living abroad in Beijing, Melbourne, Hong Kong and London. Kass’ work revolves around painterly textures. She does a majority of her work by hand using acrylic and watercolour paint, adding further details in Photoshop. She makes a point to preserve all the charming imperfections that come with illustration done by hand. Kass now lives in Toronto, Canada and is currently illustrating a picture book for Penguin Random House.
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.kassreich.com
Matthew Rivera is an illustrator from central Arizona where he grew up on a diet of Tom and Jerry cartoons, Brady Bunch reruns and Star Wars. In fifth grade Matthew won the program design contest for his school’s Christmas musical, “Santa and the Snowmobile”. He’s been in love with illustration and design ever since.
Matthew graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and then moved to Los Angeles. He worked many years as an art director for agencies, large corporations and toy companies.
Now, Matthew makes art and writes stories for kids!
You can find Matthew at his desk–painting, drawing and writing; listening to classical music while sipping unlimited cups of coffee.
Visit his website at Matthewdidit.com.
Awards and Achievements
SCBWI Central California Artworks 2018 portfolio showcase winner
SCBWI.org’s featured illustrator of the month: August 2017
SCBWI Southern California Agent’s Day 2016: portfolio contest winner
SCBWI Illustrators Day 2015: Professionals Choice portfolio winner
SCBWI Los Angeles Chapter 2015 Mentorship Contest winner
Roger Roth has been an illustrator since graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in 1980. Roger’s work appears regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other publications. His work is also used by advertising companies for national and international campaigns. Roger has illustrated more than fifteen children’s books (two of which he also wrote). In addition, Roger serves as senior lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is a frequent presenter at area schools.
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.rogerroth.com
Georgia Webber is the Comics Editor for carte blanche, a Coordinator for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and a freelance comics artist and educator. Her personal project, evolving into a full length graphic novel memoir, DUMB, explores the subject of voice through multiple disciplines, including performance, listening events, sound art, and her Doug Wright nominated comics series chronicling her severe vocal injury and ongoing (mostly silent) recovery. She wants you to consider your voice. See how at georgiasdumbproject.com.
Liza has loved to make art for as long as she can remember. Her interest in children’s literature developed while working at The Horn Book Magazine during art school. The beautiful, funny and creative picture books that filled the offices of the book review magazine inspired her to focus her studies on children’s book illustration.
After receiving her BFA, she dove into children’s books and has since illustrated twenty-three of them. It had long been a goal of hers to write her own stories to illustrate. Her debut picture book, Emerson Barks, was published in 2016 by Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt.
Liza lives with her husband, two teenage children, and their various pets in an old farmhouse in Northern Vermont.
To learn more about her, visit her website: Lizawoodruff.com.
For thirty years, Bruce Zick has been a visual development artist in the animation industry for Disney, Dreamworks, Blue Sky, Pixar, Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and others. He has also illustrated for Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics. More recently, he has written a published novel, The Anubis Tapestry, produced stories for Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, as well as written screenplays for Fox Feature Animation.
Agent: Fiona Kenshole