Michael Paraskevas

Michael Paraskevas (b. 1961 in New Jersey)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Together, they authored 20 children's books.[4] 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.

Michael Paraskevas
Born1961 (age 58–59)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
OccupationIllustrator, Cartoonist, Animator
Years activec. 1985–present
Notable work
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse
The Kids from Room 402
The Tangerine Bear
Spouse(s)Maria Bruno[1]
Family(mother) Betty Paraskevas(father) Paul
Websitewww.michaelparaskevas.com

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.

BiographyEdit

Paraskevas graduated from the School of Visual Arts[1] (SVA) in 1984. Studying illustration and journalism, he received his MFA from SVA in 1986.[5]

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.[citation needed]

Until her death in 2010, Betty and Michael owned and operate The Paraskevas Gallery in Westhampton Beach.[1]

BibliographyEdit

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)

AnimationEdit

Television seriesEdit

Television specialsEdit

Currently in development[citation needed]Edit

  • 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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d 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).
  2. ^ Stamler, Bernard (June 18, 2000). "Mother, Son and TV Animation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  3. ^ "Inside Maggie and the Ferocious Beast". Parents-Choice.org. Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Tagliaferro, Linda (May 19, 1996). "Writer Mother and Artistic Son Beget an Impish Offspring". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  5. ^ "About," Michael Paraskevas official website. Accessed Dec. 3, 2019.

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