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Katsumi Komagata (Shizuoka, Japan, 1953). Following a stint at Nippon Design Center, Inc., he moved to the United States in 1977, where he worked as a graphic designer. He returned to Japan in 1983 and three years later founded One Stroke, which began as a graphic design studio and later expanded into publishing. The birth of a daughter prompted him to take up picture-book authoring and he is now world-renowned for his exquisitely crafted books. He has also created picture books for children with disabilities, including tactile and sign-language books. He has held shows and workshops around the world, and won numerous honors, including an ADC Silver Cube (New York), the Prize for Creativity (Paris), a New Art Prize as well as a BolognaRagazzi Award Mention at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, an International Children's Book Award (Switzerland), and two Good Design Awards (Japan).
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Manuel Marsol (Madrid, 1984) is an illustrator specialized in the creation of illustrated and picture books. In 2017 he received the International Award for Illustration Children's Book Fair - Fundación SM, after having been selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition for four consecutive years. He received numerous awards including the Premio Internacional de Álbum Ilustrado Edelvives for Ahab y la Ballena Blanca (Edelvives, 2014), the Award for illustrations of the V Catalogo Iberoamericano de Ilustración for the book El tiempo del gigante (Orfeu Negro, 2015; Fulgencio Pimentel , 2016) and the Nacional Amadora BD Prize, awarded to the best foreign illustrator in Portugal. Among his publications, Yōkai (Fulgencio Pimentel, 2017) published in France as La Montagne (Les Fourmis Rouges 2018), Duel au Soleil (L'Agrume 2018 - Pépite Livre Illustré Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse de Montreuil) and La Leyenda de Don Fermín (SM 2018), as part of the Bologna Children's Book Fair - Fundación SM Award; Metamorfosis (Astro Rey, 2015), by F. Kafka, El gato de Brasil (Ekaré, 2016) by A. Conan Doyle, La Venus de las Pieles (Sexto Piso, 2016) by Sacher-Masoch and the Madrid book-map : a minha cidade (Pato Lógico, 2017).
Graduated in Advertising and Audiovisual Communication, he worked as an advertising creative between 2009 and 2012, obtaining awards in festivals such as El Sol and Cannes Lions. From 2010 to 2016 he dedicated himself to exploring the combination of editorial illustration and animation for Tiger Stores. In Mexico he has organized exhibitions, seminars and conferences for various events such as CCEMx, FILIJ and CILELIJ (Mexico City), FIL (International Book Fair of Guadalajara) and IAGO (Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca). His works have also been published in countries such as China, Japan and South Korea. In 2017 he held workshops for the production of books illustrated in the One Year of the IED in Madrid. He also collaborates with the newspaper El País.
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Fabian Negrin (Córdoba, Argentina, 1963). At 18, he moved to Mexico City, where he graduated in graphics from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana. He published cartoons for the main local papers, including “El Sol de Mexico” and “La Jornada”. In 1989, he moved to Milan and began working with national newspapers and magazines (“Corriere della Sera”, “Il Manifesto”, “Panorama”, “Marie Claire”), as well as with international publications (“The Independent”, “Tatler”, the BBC’s “Radio Times”); he also came up with campaigns for Italian railways, the City of Rome and Wagon Lits of France before at last dedicating himself to illustration and writing children’s books. He has won many high-ranking awards, including the UNICEF Prize at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 1995; the Andersen Italia Award for best illustrator in 2000; the prestigious BIB Plaque of the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (2009); the BolognaRagazzi Award in 2010; and Korea’s CJ Picture Book in 2011. He has been nominated several times for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. His most important books include: In bocca al lupo (orecchio acerbo, 2003); Jack London's L'ombra e il bagliore (orecchio acerbo 2010); Charles Darwin's The Riverbank (Creative Editions, 2010); Chiamatemi Sandokan (Salani, 2011); Frida et Diego (Seuil, 2011); Comment? Quois? (Seuil, 2015); La casa dell'aquila (orecchio acerbo, 2017); Cough! Cough! Cough! (CCPPG China, 2018); C'era una volta un cacciatore (orecchio acerbo 2019). Fabian Negrin lives and works in Bologna.
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Klaas Verplancke is a worldwide acclaimed speaker, lecturer, jury member, curator, author & illustrator of over 150 books published in more then 30 languages and 60 translations. He won a Bologna Ragazzi Award, was top five finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards and received 13 consecutive nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
His most recent picture book Magritte’s Apple was commissioned and published by MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He also works for international magazines and newspapers, such as The New Yorker and The New York Times and has been selected for the annuals of American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, AOI &3x3 magazine.
His qualities as an independent visual and text creator led to exhibitions in Belgium and abroad, international invitations as jury member (Bologna Illustrator Exhibition, Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award and currently for Nami Concours 2018, Korea), as guest teacher (Itabashi Summer School Tokyo, Japan) and as guest lecturer (USBBY Congress Chicago and St Louis, USA).Klaas Verplancke is also a professor at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.
At first glance, Verplancke’s drawings and paintings differ a great deal in appearance and execution. But they always display the qualities that characterize him as an illustrator, animator and designer: a sense of humor that can vary from mild to sardonic, a poetic imagination, a preference for illustrating abstract concepts and universal emotions – and a sideways, surrealistic view of reality.