Dave Whamond - Author/Illustrator
Dave Whamond has been a writer and illustrator for as long as he can remember. When he was a kid, he filled books with stories and illustrations, and his parents would get giant rolls of newsprint and tape long sections up in the hallway. Dave would fill them up and his parents would put up a fresh piece and he would start all over again. Kind of like what he does now.
When Dave was in middle school, he would sometimes draw pictures when he was supposed to be doing his math. His teacher said to him, “You'd better concentrate on doing your mathematics. You can't make a living drawing funny pictures!”
Dave's big moment in his life was when he realized he could actually do this for a living. He went to the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary for four years and hasn't looked back since. He started out doing editorial cartoons, illustrating for advertising campaigns and magazines, and even developed his own syndicated comic panel called Reality Check, which is going into it's twentieth year. But the thing he always wanted to do was a children's picture book.
It finally happened after he and his lovely wife, Carla, had their own kids. How convenient! He actually drew a lot of his inspiration from his own kids and they have appeared as main characters in many of his books. It was fun for Dave to see their reactions to being in their own books. Their friends thought it was pretty cool, too.
Dave also draws his inspiration from the people around him, and many appear in his comic panels and books. He believes ideas can strike at any time --- when you are out for a walk, brushing your teeth, etc. --- and you just have to be receptive to them. Over the years, Dave has learned to write these ideas down before he forgets them. Some of his best ideas have vanished into thin air because he forgot what they were.
Flash to present day, and Dave has written and/or illustrated over twenty-five books. They have even won a few awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Red Cedar Award, two Blue Spruce Awards and the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Best Illustrated Book.
Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, two kids and very enthusiastic dog. He considers himself the luckiest person in the world as every day he gets to wake up and do exactly what he loves for a living. Things have turned out pretty well in Dave's life, but he still can't snap his fingers for the life of him.