Chris Riddell is British illustrator and political cartoonist, known for his cartoons in The Observer, and for a series of children’s books he has illustrated, written or co-written, including The Edge Chronicles, Goth Girl, Muddle Earth, and his new colaboration with Neil Gaiman, The Sleeper and the Spindle (images above, top three). The latter title is not yet formally released in the U.S.; there is a review on The Guardian, with an image gallery.
His own website focuses on his cartoons, including “Illustrations to Unwritten Books”; the latter consisting mostly of terrible (i.e. wonderful) literary puns.
There is also an Edge Chronicles blog at Weird New Worlds. In addition, Riddell contributed an illustrated essay to the Guardian’s series, “Love Letters to Libraries“.
Don’t miss his absolutely wonderful sketchbook blog (yellow pages above), which is an extensive Tumblog with some of his most imaginative, off-the-cuff and delightfully loopy work, along with various sketches, and a sort of intermittent visual diary of his comings and goings, some of them sketched in a lined accounting ledger used as a sketchbook.
Weird new Worlds
Political cartoons on The Observer, also here
Chris Riddell children's books on Amazon
Sleeper and the Spindle review on The Guardian
Love Letters to Libraries, on The Guardian
Articles tagged "Chris Riddell" on Neil Gaiman's website
Page on PanMacMillan
Bio on PanMacMillan, with image gallery
Bio on Childern's Book Illustration
Bio on Wikipedia
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Exciting to see Chris Riddell pop up on here! I fondly remember reading the Edge Chronicles books as a kid, and his fantastic illustrations were one of the things that inspired me to get into art. It is nice to see people outside the UK noticing him too.
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