Floyd Cooper

Author and illustrator, Floyd Cooper, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how a weatherman in Tulsa, Oklahoma—and a character named “gusty”—stoked Floyd’s love of drawing. He also talks about his bumpy experiences with Hallmark; how Mark English became a friend and mentor; and why Eloise Greenfield’s insistence—in 1987—that her publisher hire a black illustrator launched Floyd’s publishing career.

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Jim Hoover, Part 1 of 2

Multi-award-winning children’s book art director, Jim Hoover, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his failed attempt at working for The Simpsons; what it’s like to talk to Maurice Sendak and Hilary Knight on the phone; how he finds illustrators; and why he never wants to hear, “Are we married to this illustrator”.

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Mark Mills

Mark Mills, founder of Plum Pudding—one of the world’s leading children’s illustration agencies, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about the origin of his agency; how art schools (and other agencies) are taking advantage of artists; and why every illustrator who submits to Plum Pudding for representation gets a reply. “Every one.”

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Lisa Brown

Author/Illustrator and educator, Lisa Brown, talks with Giuseppe Castellano about the world of Edward Gorey; why Twitter is a “nest of vipers”; where they stand on digital vs. traditional media; and how contemporary children’s book illustration is going through a revolution.

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