Saturday, October 24, 2015

Day 267: Drawing Boo-La-La Witch Spa with Samantha Bergar and Isabel Roxas

Samantha Berger writes and writes and writes (she even wrote *this*). 

She has written picture books like CRANKENSTEIN! illustrated by Dan Santat (Little, Brown, 2013), A CRANKENSTEIN VALENTINE (Little, Brown December, 2014), WITCH SPA illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Dial, August 2015), and SNOOZEFEST illustrated by Kristyna Litten (Dial, January 2015).

She also has written picture books like SANTA'S REINDEER GAMES illustrated by John Manders (Cartwheel, 2011), MARTHA DOESN'T SHARE, and MARTHA DOESN'T SAY SORRY illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Little, Brown 2010, 2009), which won a Parent's Choice Award Honor. 

She has written cartoons and promos for Nickelodeon and other networks. She has written comic books and commercials. 
She has written movie trailers, theme songs, slogans, magazine articles, poems, TV-books, sticker books and professional books.
You name it, Sam writes it. 

And when she ISN'T WRITING.... She's doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. 

she writes about that, too! 

Samantha splits her time between New York City and sunny California. 

These days, she's in New York City, living in a dee-luxe apartment in the sky with her dingo-chihuahua dog, Polly Pocket.

Isabel's bio, in her own words:
My name is Isabel, I illustrate books for children, paint pictures and design stuff for grown-ups.

I have two new books fresh from the press. One is called Boo La La Witch Spa (written by the fabulously wicked Samantha Berger). It was published by DIAL book for Young Readers, in time for Halloween 2015. The other is called Mang Andoy’s Signs (written by Mailing Paterno), published by Tahanan Books for Young Readers, Fall 2015.

I am currently putting finishing touches on a book called Let Me Finish (words by Minh Le) with a super duper team at Disney Hyperion (Summer 2016).

In 2013 I had the good fortune to create a spread (and cover) for the NY Times best-seller Goodnight Songs (Sterling, 2014), a collection of lullabies from Margaret Wise Brown (YES, THAT Margaret Wise Brown!).

I was born in Manila, the cacophonous, idiosyncratic capital of the Philippine Islands. I was raised on luscious mangoes, old wives’ tales, handcrafted mats, and woven toys, as well as a healthy dose of American encyclopedias, Sesame Street, Japanese animation and British children’s stories. I have a taste for the slightly odd and uncommon, and for tales that go awry.

Today I work in a small studio in Brooklyn, in a former Pencil Factory full of other illustrators and small-business owners. I share the space with my husband and we co-manage a contemporary art gallery that is a showcase for the interweaving histories of America, Asia and Europe, with a special focus on Southeast Asia.

Remember to visit Samantha and Isabel's websites!

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