About the Artist
Dave

My name is…

Dave Whamond.

I live in…

the staggeringly beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta.

The best part of my city is…

the skyline. I love architecture and we have some of the nicest skyscrapers and buildings around. I could stare at them for hours. Come on down to Calgary and check it out!

My favourite things about libraries are…

the books and the librarians, not necessarily in that order. I have always loved books, and the fact that you can read as many as you want for FREE is fantastic. If they just came up with the idea for a library today, people would go crazy, like at a Black Friday sale. I can see the signs: “ALL BOOKS! ALL FREE! ALL DAY!”

And I have a special place in my heart for librarians, who are some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. My mom was a librarian, which may or may not have something to do with it!

Some of my favourite things to read as a kid were…

comics and newspapers. I couldn’t wait for the newspaper to come every day. (I know, weird, right?) I loved the smell of newsprint. And I totally geeked out over comics, before it was cool.

I didn’t get into books until later, after I finished high school. Now I read a few books a month and sneak a few comics in now and then too.

My favourite art supplies are…

crow quill pens and watercolour paints. I still love the feel of scratching a nib filled with ink on an illustration board and then slapping on paint. I do most of my work digitally now, but a lot more “happy accidents” can happen when you can’t hit the delete button.

My favourite thing to draw is…

anything created out of my imagination. There are no limits to where you can go. Aliens, strange creatures, wacky animals, flaming skulls, a bird with extremely awkward long legs… Excuse me, I’ve got to go and draw something!

My favourite children’s book illustrator is…

Dr. Seuss. I LOVED his books when I was a kid and rediscovered my love for his work when I read his books to my own kids. There are so many great modern day children’s book illustrators but, if I had to choose one, it would be Oliver Jeffers. And Jon Klassen. Okay, that’s two. Oh, and Renata Liwska. Now I’m getting carried away. Somebody stop me!

You would never catch me…

eating my vegetables! Yes, I know I’m supposed to. If I do eat a vegetable, I reward myself with a cake.

If I could have one super power, I would choose…

invisibility, but it would only work when people aren’t looking. I would have chosen flying, but whenever I am flying in my dreams, it kinda freaks me out.

My favourite snack or dessert is…

you guessed it, cake. My favourite flavour of cake is “more.”

As a kid, I loved to play…

road hockey. “Car!” My friends and I would spend hours outside on cold winter nights, playing in minus 20 degree temps. And it was all uphill! There’s nothing like getting a frozen sponge puck in your already frozen face—makes you feel alive!

My favourite Summer Olympic sport is…

the 100-metre sprint. I get SO into that race. I even feel nervous at the start, especially if Canada has someone contending for a medal. I would love to be able to run super-fast like that. Okay, I’m changing my superpower answer. Invisibility? What was I thinking?

Dave Whamond's Books
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Meet the Web Comic Author
Author en

My name is…

Kean Soo!

I live in…

Toronto.

The best part of my city is…

all the different restaurants with all the different things to eat!

My favourite thing about libraries is…

all the books that you can take out and read!

Some of my favourite things to read as a kid were…

comic books! If it was in comics form, whether it was a newspaper comic strip, manga, a translated French bande dessinée or a more traditional western comic book, I was all over it. Some of my favourites growing up were Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama, Asterix by Goscinny and Uderzo, and Uncanny X-Men, which was being written by Chris Claremont (and illustrated by various artists) at the time.

My favourite art supply is…

my rOtring 600 mechanical pencil. It’s like most mechanical pencils, but built out of solid metal parts so it just feels more solid and fun to use than other pencils. It always makes me want to pick it up and just start drawing with it!

My favourite thing to draw is…

my dog, Oliver. He’s a Chihuahua mix and looks like a cartoon dog—he has a really long, bendy body and he sits in ridiculous positions, so it’s always fun to draw him!

My favourite children’s book illustrator is…

Quentin Blake, who illustrated most of Roald Dahl’s books. I love his art because it can be so fun and funny, disgusting and gross, and all things in between. His illustrations are so light and effortless they look like anyone can draw them!

You would never catch me…

eating durian. It smells gross and tastes terrible! I love food and trying all sorts of crazy new things, but there’s no way you can make me eat durian again!!

If I could have one super power, I would choose…

invisibility! That way, if I wanted to read, write or draw, I could turn myself invisible and no one would bother me while I worked!

My favourite snack or dessert is…

potato chips. I love trying weird new flavours of potato chips!

As a kid, I loved to play…

video games. Most of those video games are really old now, but I used to love playing the old LucasArts point-and-click adventure games like Full Throttle and Sam & Max.

My favourite Summer Olympic sport is…

beach volleyball! About 10 years ago, I was OBSESSED with beach volleyball—my friend and I would spend our entire weekends on the beach playing pickup games against other teams.

Kean Soo's Books
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