June 20, 2015
1) When and why did you start illustrating children’s stories?
I began illustrating my own stories at a very early age. I’d take a few sheets of paper, fold them in half, staple it, and then set about filling my book with a story and drawings. My own kids now do the same.
2) What was your inspiration for “Capes in the Family”?
As I read through the story, I was reminded of many stories and characters, such as the movie Spy Kids, with all the gadgets and inventions. I also took inspiration from the many comic books I’ve read over the years, superhero and science fiction movies (the Incredibles, Batman, Star Wars), etc. You could say I drew inspiration from many, many sources.
3) What was your favourite book as a kid and why?
My favourite book was “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. I really loved the story, drawings, and the idea that this kid, Max, could be transported to this mythical land and command all of these beastly monsters. It is still such a joy to read.
A close second would be “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. As a kid who loved candy and fantastical ideas, it was such an engaging read. The version with illustrations by Joseph Schindelman is the edition that I loved.
Neither of these authors hid the grim nature of their characters, which made it all the more enthralling.
4) What’s your favourite childhood memory?
So tough to choose one – but I really enjoyed my summers spent all day on the beach at Lake Huron with my family. We’d build sandcastles, bury each other in the sand, swim, collect smooth stones, driftwood and “sea glass”, and then have big bonfires at night roasting marshmallows.
5) If you could have lunch with any your three favourite children’s book characters who would you choose and why?
I’d probably choose Willy Wonka because he can make the impossible possible. I’d also choose Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes, because he has such a wild imagination and warped sense of humour. He’s not technically a children’s book character, but certainly one of the most influential fictional characters from my youth. I’ll throw Max in there, too – just to see what he and Calvin could get up to together.
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Remie Geoffroi has been an active freelance illustrator for over 15 years, maintaining a wide client base of US and Canadian clients. He has been involved in children’s publishing for much of that time, working with publishers such as Scholastic, Canadian History Society, Formac, and illustrating the joke pages for chickaDEE magazine, published by Owl Kids for over 10 years. During that time, Remie reimagined the characters of Mish, Mash and Mush and co-developed a joke book featuring them.
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