Michael Paraskevas (b. 1961 in New Jersey) is an illustrator, cartoonist, and animation producer best known for co-creating along with his mother Betty the Canadian animated children's television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. The program was based on the 1996 book The Ferocious Beast with the Polka-Dot Hide and its sequels, all of which were also created by the Paraskevases. Together, they authored 20 children's books. and created three very popular animated series: Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, and The Kids from Room 402. They also produced and created The Tangerine Bear as a home video Christmas special.
|Born||1961 (age 58–59)|
New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||School of Visual Arts|
|Occupation||Illustrator, Cartoonist, Animator|
|Years active||c. 1985–present|
|Maggie and the Ferocious Beast|
Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse
The Kids from Room 402
The Tangerine Bear
|Family||(mother) Betty Paraskevas(father) Paul|
Michael Paraskevas's illustration work has appeared in magazines all over the world, including Time, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Town & Country, Esquire, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
The Paraskevas strip Junior Kroll ran weekly for ten years in Dan's Papers in Bridgehampton and New York. Junior Kroll also ran as a monthly feature for five years in United Airlines' Hemispheres magazine. Paraskevas's Green Monkeys is currently running in Dan's Papers as a weekly comic strip and is soon to be syndicated.
- With Betty Paraskevas, unless otherwise noted
- On the Edge of the Sea (Dial Books, 1992)
- Junior Kroll (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1993)
- Shamlanders (Harcourt Childrens Books, 1993)
- The Strawberry Dog (Dial Books, 1993)
- Junior Kroll and Company (Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994)
- A Very Kroll Christmas (Harcourt Childrens Books, 1994)
- Gracie Graves and the Kids from Room 402 (Harcourt Childrens Books, 1995)
- Cecil Bunions and the Midnight Train (Harcourt Childrens Books, 1996)
- The Ferocious Beast with the Polka-Dot Hide (Harcourt Childrens Books, 1996)
- The Tangerine Bear (Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1997)
- Hoppy and Joe (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1999)
- Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: The Big Scare (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1999)
- The Big Carrot: A Maggie and the Ferocious Beast Book (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2000)
- On the Day the Tall Ships Sailed (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2000)
- (solo) L.A. Times (Paraskevas Gallery, 2001)
- Nibbles O'Hare (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2001)
- Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2001)
- The Green Monkeys (Paraskevas Gallery, 2002)
- The Green Monkeys in the Hamptons (Paraskevas Gallery, 2012)
- (solo) The Green Monkeys' Daily Comics: The Daily Adventures of Spider and Flytrap (Kindle Edition, 2014)
- (solo) Mr. Moon (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2016)
- (solo) The Green Monkeys Making America Green Again (Kindle Edition, 2017)
- Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (Nickelodeon) — co-creator, writer, producer
- Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse (PBS, now on Qubo) — co-creator, producer
- The Kids from Room 402 (Fox Family Channel) — co-creator, producer
- The Tangerine Bear (ABC and Hyperion) - writer, creator, producers
Currently in developmentEdit
- Jerolemon Street
- Junior Kroll (Paraskevas Studios)
- Green Monkeys (Paraskevas Studios)
- Peter Pepper Pet Spectacular
- Hoppy and Joe (Paraskevas Studios)
- Leo Spats Ratcatcher (Paraskevas Studios)
- Taffy Saltwater
- The Cheap Show (Plum TV)
- Weiner, Sue. "Hamptons Artist Michael Paraskevas On His New Book And His Inspiration: His newest children's book, Mr. Moon, is a collaboration with his wife, Maria," Patch (Aug 12, 2016).
- Stamler, Bernard (June 18, 2000). "Mother, Son and TV Animation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
- "Inside Maggie and the Ferocious Beast". Parents-Choice.org. Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- Tagliaferro, Linda (May 19, 1996). "Writer Mother and Artistic Son Beget an Impish Offspring". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
- "About," Michael Paraskevas official website. Accessed Dec. 3, 2019.
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