About the Artist

My name is…

Rob Justus. But sometimes I go by Robbie J!

I live in…

The capital, Ottawa

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

I didn’t read too many books as a child, but I loved comics! Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and pretty much any superhero comic out there: Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Spawn and the Savage Dragon were some of my favourites.

If I could be any mythical creature for one whole day, I would choose to be…

A dragon! I mean, is there any other real option here? I could fly and breathe fire! That’s pretty gnarly.

My favourite Canadian kids’ author or illustrator is…

Alice Carter! I love her fun watercolour paintings. Pierre & Paul: Avalanche! is such a fun book! She’s done more illustration, but I’ve been privileged enough to see some of the stories she’s written, and they’re so original and heartfelt that I can’t wait for them to see the light of day.

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

Time travel. Mainly because I’m just super curious to see what the future holds for us all.

My favourite thing about libraries is…

Librarians! So knowledgeable. So helpful. So friendly. Talk to your librarian, they’ll unearth a whole new world for you.

My favourite thing that starts with the letter “C” is…

My old dog Cooper. A lot of people like to think they have the best dog in the world. They are wrong. I had the best dog! Big, fluffy and friendly.

If I could invite any three fictional book characters to dinner, I would choose…

Well, that’s an easy one! First, I’d invite Batman. Why, you ask? BECAUSE IT’S BATMAN!!! Then I’d invite Harry Potter for magic tricks at dinner. Lastly, I’d invite Raven. I have a pretty sneaky suspicion that Batman and Raven might have some interesting conversations.

My favourite smell is…

Fresh baked bread.

If I could travel back in time for one day, I’d set the time machine to the year…

100,000 B.C.! I just really want to see a woolly mammoth. Maybe try to ride one, but I have a feeling I might get squashed.

A drawing tip I have for kids is…

Just do your thang! Don’t worry about what others think.

My favourite thing to do in summer is…

Naps in hammocks at the cottage. True bliss.

Rob Justus’s books
Meet the Web Comic Author

My name is…

Soyeon Kim (written in Korean: 김소연).

I live in…

Pickering, Ontario, where I am surrounded by beautiful hiking trails and forests!

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

fairy tales and folktales from around the world.

My favourite current Canadian kids’ author or illustrator is…

Julie Morstad. I love her whimsical illustrations, materials she uses, colour palette! Whenever I look at her illustrations, it makes me smile.

If I could be any mythical creature for one whole day, I would choose to be…

Dokkaebi (도깨비))! Dokkaebi is a Korean mythical creature that is similar to a goblin, but bigger and stronger, with a special skill to turn into a blue flame to travel around—at least this is what I was told by my grandparents!

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

time travel super power! That way I can meet all the legendary and mythical creatures!

My favourite thing about libraries is…

the atmosphere! I love being absorbed into the world of books.

My favourite thing that starts with the letter “C” is…

COLOUR. Yes, black and white are a classic style, but we don’t feel the same emotion as we experience from colours.

If I could invite any three fictional book characters to dinner, I would choose…

Sherlock Holmes, the Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, and monsters from Where the Wild Things Are. I will definitely be planning for an eventful dinner!

My favourite smell is…

forest and mountain (especially after a light spring shower).

If I could travel back in time for one day, I’d set the time machine to the year…

anytime 1950–1960! I love the fashion and design from this era. This is also when the Pop Art movement started!

A drawing tip I have for kids is…

try drawing with different materials! Yes, you can draw with pencil and/or pen, but drawing can be done with any materials that you can think of or that you are surrounded by (like yarn, glue, wooden stick and many more). Using different materials will challenge you to think creatively and even develop a new style!

My favourite thing to do in the summer is…

hiking and camping. I love being surrounded by tall trees, water, bugs and animals.

Soyeon Kim's Books