Meet the illustrators for It's Showtime at Your Library!
Patrick Girouard is the illustrator of numerous children's books, among them Halloween by Alice K. Flanagan, More or Less a Mess! by Sheila Keenan, and Yikes—Lice! by Donna Caffey. Girouard's illustrations for Halloween were described by School Library Journal reviewer Betsy Barnett as eye catching and effective in enhancing the nonfiction text through the artist's use of "bold colors and black outlines." Carolyn Phelan, writing in Booklist, stated that, "with clean lines and clear colors, the illustrations add to the fun" of More or Less a Mess!, as a young girl attempts to clean up her bedroom by piling all the clutter on top of her bed under the bedspread. Although Yikes—Lice! was described by Phelan as "a book library patrons hope they will never need," the critic added that Girouard puts a whimsical spin on a still-commonplace childhood trauma by portraying head lice as "dressed animals having cookouts (and plenty of little cooties) in a person's hair."
For more information: http://www.pgirouard.com/Patrick_Girouard_Illustration/welcome.html
Kevan Atteberry is an illustrator/writer living in the Seattle area. He has been drawing since he was knee-high to a crayon. He has designed and illustrated many award-winning children’s books, including Bunnies!!! and Puddles!!! His biggest claim to fame is creating Clippy the paperclip helper in Microsoft Office which still annoys millions of people every day.
For more information: www.kevanatteberry.com
Gregg Schigiel’s worked as a penciller and assistant editor at Marvel Comics, character artist for Nickelodeon Consumer Products, and has illustrated a litany of licensed story/chapter/coloring books. He is a regular contributor to SpongeBob Comics. In 2014, he self-published (under his Hatter Entertainment imprint) Pix: One Weirdest Weekend, the first of a series now published by Image Comics. In addition to making comics, Gregg produces and hosts the comics-centric podcast Stuff Said. He likes doughnuts, enjoys comedy, and makes sure he drinks plenty of water.
For more information: hatterentertainment.com
Dennis Pryber is an artist, graphic designer, and photographer. He works regularly with the Illinois Library Association and created the 2010 and 2011 Banned Books Week campaigns for the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. His photographic assignments documenting live music opened the door to work creating gig posters for bands including Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Little Big Town, Plain White T’s, Everclear and others.
Janet K. Lee
Janet K. Lee made her first foray into illustration in 2010, co-creating Return of the Dapper Men with writer Jim McCann. Return of the Dapper Men garnered a record-setting five
Eisner nominations in 2011, and won the Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album. Since then, she has illustrated many more books, including Emma and Northanger Abbey for Marvel Classics, and Wonderland Alphabet for BOOM! Archaia. Janet lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, novelist Mike Lee, son Ethan, two very sweet dogs and four very bad cats.
For more information: j-k-lee.com
Kill Shakespeare artwork by Andy Belanger
Bonus teen posters, with artwork by Andy Belanger, accompany Kill Shakespeare: The Dramatic Reading, included in the 2019 iREAD Resource Guide. Kill Shakespeare: The Dramatic Reading is a stage show that allows a comic book to come alive, combining images from the acclaimed comic book series, acting, and music.
Kill Shakespeare, published by IDW Publishing, is a comic book series that pits the Bard’s greatest heroes (including Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff, Puck) against his most menacing villains (including Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in a quest to track down and kill—or save—a reclusive wizard by the name of William Shakespeare.*
For more information: killshakespeare.com.
Alexander Hage is a graphic designer and artist, specializing in print, editorial, identity, and exhibition design. He has worked with the Walker Art Center, IDEO, Equal Exchange, the State of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis, Georgetown University, Intermedia Arts, the Design Studio for Social Intervention, and Resist, among many other clients in the arts and social justice fields. Alexander has held artist residencies in Cambridge, MA and Mexico City. Alexander is currently based out of Intermedia Arts, in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where he grew up, and where he now lives.
For more information: alexanderhage.com
Terri Murphy is a children’s book and media illustrator. She is also the Illinois Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and is a part-time youth librarian. In addition, Terri develops Young Artists Workshops for libraries. It’s safe to say Terri lives in a world of children, art, and books.
Terri illustrates picture books, magazines, children’s music cds, posters, and books for the educational market. She is known for her quirky style and rich color palette.
You can see Terri’s illustrations and learn more about her workshops at http://www.terrimurphyart.com.