Quentin Blake

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About Quentin Blake

Artist who illustrated the classic children’s books of Roald Dahl and other authors. He was awarded the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002 and was the first British Children’s Laureate from 1999 until 2001.

Early life

He studied at the Chelsea School of Art and later headed the Royal College of Art’s illustration department. One of his first professional assignments was illustrating Evan Hunter’s “The Wonderful Button,” first published in 1961.

Trivia

His art exhibition, “As Large As Life,” opened in 2012 at London’s Foundling Museum.

Family of Quentin Blake

He was born in Sidcup, Kent, England, and grew up in West County after his family was evacuated because of the war. He never got married and didn’t have children.

Close associates of Quentin Blake

He illustrated the first Dr. Seuss book not drawn by Seuss himself, “Great Day for Up!” from 1974.

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Sempe

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About Sempe

French cartoonist most famous for his 1950s comic Le Petit Nicolas. His work has also appeared on the cover of The New Yorker more times than any other artist.

Early life

After briefly serving in the Army, he relocated to Paris to study with the great Rene Goscinny, a French cartoonist who taught him the innerworkings of the business.

Trivia

In 2002, a film was made about his life: Sempé, Rêver Pour Dessiner.

Family of Sempe

He was born in Bordeaux, France.

Close associates of Sempe

He and Albert Uderzo are among two of France’s most famous cartoonists.

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Lincoln Peirce

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About Lincoln Peirce

He created the Big Nate comic strip, which was syndicated to over 300 newspapers. He is also remembered for his animated shorts for Nickelodeon.

Early life

He began drawing cartoons for the campus paper while studying art at Colby College in Maine.

Trivia

In addition to the Big Nate comic strip, he wrote and illustrated a series of Big Nate books and wrote several animated shorts for Nickelodeon.

Family of Lincoln Peirce

He married Jessica Gandolf in 1989 and has two children.

Close associates of Lincoln Peirce

Gary Larson is another popular cartoonist; he created the popular comic strip The Far Side.

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Jim Davis

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About Jim Davis

Cartoonist whose famously sarcastic cat, Garfield, first appeared in 1978. His other works include Gnorm Gnat and Tumbleweeds.

Early life

He grew up on a small farm in Indiana with his parents, brother, and twenty-five cats.

Trivia

He established the Professor Garfield Foundation to promote children’s literacy.

Family of Jim Davis

He and his wife, Jill, were married in 2000 and had three children together. Previously, he was married to Carolyn Altekruse, with whom he had one son.

Close associates of Jim Davis

Fellow cartoonist Charles Schulz had very little regard for Davis’ Garfield comic strip.

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Matt Groening

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About Matt Groening

Brilliant creator of animated TV shows The Simpsons and Futurama. He was also known for his long-running comic strip Life in Hell.

Early life

He went to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, a liberal arts college that gave out evaluations instead of letter grades.

Trivia

His Simpsons characters first gained popularity and exposure on The Tracey Ullman Show.

Family of Matt Groening

He was married to Deborah Caplan from 1986 until 1999, then married Argentinean artist Agustina Picasso in 2011. He has three sons, Homer, Abe and Nathaniel.

Close associates of Matt Groening

He created The Simpsons, but its primary producer was James L. Brooks.

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Edd Gould

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About Edd Gould

Best remembered for his popular Eddsworld web-based flash cartoons, Gould also contributed to the TomSka YouTube cartoon series as both an animator and a performer and to the Slomozovo, Action Bunnies, Skeff, and InkyKeyboard/Matt Lobster series as a voice actor.

Early life

He created his first flash animation series — a stick figure-based work titled Bendee — in the early 2000s. His debut Eddsworld flash cartoon appeared in late 2004.

Trivia

Maintained by his friends after his death, the EddsWorld YouTube channel has amassed more than 2.3 million subscribers.

Family of Edd Gould

He was born and raised in London, England. Tragically, he died of acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of only 23.

Close associates of Edd Gould

He was a friend and artistic collaborator of fellow web star Thomas Ridgewell (also known as Tomska).

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