Meet the illustrators for Read Beyond the Beaten Path
When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books—the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.
Since then, Dav has written and illustrated a number of bestselling and award-winning children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor book The Paperboy. His Captain Underpants series and Dog Man graphic novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages.
Kayla Miller is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator living and working in New York. They have a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. When not busy working on graphic novels, Kayla enjoys watching bad movies, trying to cook new recipes, playing games (both board and video), and reading other people’s graphic novels.
Steenz is a St. Louis-based cartoonist, editor, and professor. She’s the cartoonist on the syndicated comic strip ‘Heart Of The City’, and the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality. She participates in and creates community building comics-related programming. Steenz currently teaches cartooning at Webster University. She lives with her husband and two cats, and watches a lot of esoteric social documentaries.
Jessica Gibson is a freelance illustrator born from the riverfront area of Detroit, Michigan. A love of animals, nature, and picture books has always inspired her to draw whimsical, expressive characters and led to a career in illustration. Jessica has produced illustrations for a number of publishers and brands, including picture books, editorial spot pieces, packaging design, and surface patterns. She says, “Whatever project I work on, I make sure the final outcomes have a real sense of fun!"
Zach Lehner graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 with a B.A. in Sequential Art and again with a Masters in 2010. Lehner is the illustrator for the Junior Braves of the Apocalypse series, written by Greg Smith and Michael Tanner. He lives in northern Chicago.