Bollinger, Peter

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Bollinger, Peter

Personal

Born in Australia; married; wife's name Cybele; children: Zak. Education: Degrees in industrial and environmental design.

Addresses

Home—Silverado, CA. Agent—Shannon Associates, Illustrator Representative, 333 W. 57th St., Ste. 810, New York, NY 10019. E-mail[email protected]

Career

Commercial artist and designer, futurist, comic-book artist, and illustrator. Creator of superhero characters for comic-book publishers, including Topps, Fleet, and Image. Designer of amusement parks and stadiums.

Awards, Honors

Children's Choice Award, for Myth Men series by Laura Geringer; Gold Award for magazine cover illustration, ASBPE, 2003; numerous major awards for design and illustration internationally.

Writings

FOR CHILDREN; SELF-ILLUSTRATED

Algernon Graeves Is Scary Enough, Laura Geringer Books (New York, NY), 2005.

ILLUSTRATOR

Kris Kirschmann, Space and the Planets ("Magic School-bus Fact Finder" series), Scholastic (New York, NY), 2003.

Tom Mason and Dan Danko, Shrek 2: The Movie Storybook, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2004.

Billy Frolick, Madagascar: The Movie Storybook, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2005.

Also illustrator for comic books.

ILLUSTRATOR; "STAR WARS: BOBA FETT" SERIES

Terry Bisson, Crossfire, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2003.

Elizabeth Hand, Maze of Deception, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2003.

Elizabeth Hand, Hunted, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2003.

Elizabeth Hand, A New Threat, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2004.

Elizabeth Hand, Pursuit, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2004.

ILLUSTRATOR; "KING KONG" SERIES

Catherine Hapka, The Search for Kong, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Catherine Hapka, King Kong: Coloring and Activity Book and Stickers, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Sadie Chesterfield, King Kong: Coloring and Activity Book and Crayons, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Julie Simon-Kerr, Kong's Kingdom, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Jennifer Frantz, Journey to Skull Island (reader), HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Jennifer Frantz, Meet Kong and Ann (reader), HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Julia Simon-Kerr, Kong Finds a Friend, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2006.

ILLUSTRATOR; "MYTH MEN" SERIES

Laura Geringer, Hercules: The Strong Man, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1996.

Laura Geringer, Perseus: The Boy with Super Powers, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1996.

Laura Geringer, Ulysses: The Solider King, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1996.

Laura Geringer, Andromeda: The Flying Warrior Princess, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1996.

Laura Geringer, Atalanta: The Wild Girl, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.

Laura Geringer, Theseus: Hero of the Maze, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.

Laura Geringer, Iole: The Girl with Super Powers, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.

Laura Geringer, Castor and Pollux: The Fighting Twins, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.

Sidelights

Australian-born American designer and futurist Peter Bollinger has won international awards for his graphic design work, which includes visionary amusement parks and public arenas as well as automotive and industrial designs. In addition, Bollinger is a prolific illustrator and comic-book artist whose works encompass digital illustration as well as airbrush art. His illustrations for Laura Geringer's "Myth Men" series bring to life the gods of the ancient world and can be seen in titles such as Iole: The Girl with Super Powers, Hercules: The Strong Man, and Andromeda: The Flying Warrior Princess. In keeping with his interest in futuristic and fantastic images, Bollinger has also created art for a series of books based on the 2006 feature film King Kong, as well as for a series of books based on the popular "Star Wars" film series.

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While primarily an artist and designer, Bollinger made his writing debut in 2005 with the children's picture book Algernon Graeves Is Scary Enough. In this Halloween-themed story, the titular lad is determined to track down the drop-dead-scariest Halloween costume ever to wear while trick-or-treating. While scouting around in the attic for costume parts, Algernon imagines himself dressed up as a mummy, vampire, zombie, and even a werewolf. When none strike the boy as being scary enough, he sets to work creating his own costume invention. Bollinger's simple text is accompanied by colorful computer-derived illustrations that saturate the pages in suitably dark and spooky hues. A Kirkus Reviews critic called the book "a seasonal treat that should appeal to monster-loving tiny tricksters who may be inspired to create their own scary Halloween originals," while in Publishers Weekly a reviewer praised the author/illustrator's "disconcerting, ethereal closeups" of the creatures conjured up by the imaginative child.

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September, 2005, Elizabeth Bush, review of Algernon Graeves Is Scary Enough, p. 9.

Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2005, review of Algernon Graeves Is Scary Enough, p. 909.

Publishers Weekly, August 1, 2005, review of Algernon Graeves Is Scary Enough, p. 64.

School Library Journal, August, 2005, Angela J. Reynolds, review of Algernon Graeves Is Scary Enough, p. 85.

ONLINE

Folioplanet.com, http://www.folioplanet.com/ (June 6, 2006), "Peter Bollinger."

Shannon Associates Web site, http://www.shannonassociates.com/ (June 6, 2006), "Peter Bol-linger."