RAUL GARCIA, Writer
Raúl Garcia was born in Madrid, and started his animation career in Spain . He worked as animator on more than 25 feature films ranging from “Asterix and Caesar Surprise,” “The Chipmunks Great Adventure,” and “Land Before Time.” After he completed work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, doors opened as an animator at Walt Disney Studios for nine years.
He was a character animator on such a modern classics as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and “Pocahontas.” After “Fantasia 2000” Raul moved up to sequence director for Paramount on films such as “The Rugrats in Paris” and “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature .
In 2002, he joined Kandor Graphics as Creative Director, with the award winning short film “The Tell Tale Heart,” and soon afterward as co-writer and director on the feature film “The Missing Lynx”, which won a Goya Award in 2008. He produced the Academy Award-nominated short film “The Lady and the Reaper” and recently finished the acclaimed animated film “Extraordinary Tales” based on the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
FRANCISCO HERRERA, Artist
Francisco Herrera was born in Campeche, Mexico. His professional career as a graphic artist and character designer has included work for numerous comic book companies, as well as Disney Consumer Products and Warner Brothers.
His career as a comic book artist spans years of work on classic titles such as Dark Horse’s “Spy Boy” and “Star Wars,” which led to collaborations with other prestigious publishers including DC, Marvel, and Soleil. He created the personal project “KMKZ,” developed with Humberto Ramos, Leonardo Olea, Olallo Rubio, and Carlos Lobo, and has worked on such best selling properties as “Peter Parker Spider-Man” and “Venom.”
In 2008, he worked for Dreamworks as a character designer on the animated feature film “Megamind” before moving to Paris to design the animated feature film “The Prodigies.” That led to a fruitful career in animation, redesigning “Top Cat” for the reboot of the iconic Hanna Barbera character. At the same time, he started his own toy company, “Rabia,” with Humberto Ramos and Jorge Juarez, working with Marvel and Disney once again as a character artist for the video game “X-Men Battle of Atom.”
In 2015 he came back to the world of comic books drawing his version of the new Mexican Spider-man as well as Cornelia Funke’s “Bitten”. He has self-published several sketch books and two educational books on character design.
CORNELIA FUNKE, Creator
Cornelia Funke was born in 1958 in the town of Dorsten in Westphalia, Germany. As a child, she wanted to become an astronaut and/or a pilot, but then decided to study pedagogy at the University of Hamburg. After finishing her studies, Funke worked for three years as a social worker. During her social work she focused on working with children who came from deprived backgrounds. She had a stint illustrating books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the sorts of stories that had appealed to the deprived children she had worked with. During the late 1980s and the 1990s, Funke established herself in Germany with the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (”Ghosthunters”) and the Wilde Hühner (”Wild Chicks”) line of books.
Funke has been called “the J. K. Rowling” of Germany; although she was highly successful in Germany, the first of her books to be translated into English was The Thief Lord by Scholastic in 2002, which made it to the number two spot on The New York Times Best Seller list. The fantasy novel Dragon Rider (2004) stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 78 weeks. Following the success of The Thief Lord and Dragon Rider, her next novel was Inkheart (2003), which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children’s Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which was continued with Inkspell (2005), which won Funke her second BookSense Book of the Year Children’s Literature award (2006). The trilogy was concluded in Inkdeath (published in 2008. Funke also worked as a producer on the film adaptation of Inkheart.
In 2010, Cornelia released the first book in her MirrorWorld series, Reckless, with the sequel, Fearless, published in the US in April 2013.