Adam Rex

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Adam Rex
Adam rex 2007.jpg
Rex at the 2007 Texas Book Festival
Born (1973-05-16) May 16, 1973 (age 41)
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Occupation Illustrator, writer
Nationality American
Genre Role-playing games, Children's books
Website
adamrex.com

Adam Rex (born May 16, 1973[citation needed]) is an American illustrator and writer of children's books living in Tucson, Arizona.

Career[edit]

Adam Rex received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona.[1] He has contributed illustrations to Magic: The Gathering and other fantasy art[2] and has illustrated several children's books. Adam has noted that his history with fantasy drawings initially hurt his entry into children's books.[3] His first books, Tree-Ring Circus and Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, were published in 2006. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich went on to become a New York Times best seller. Another picture book Pssst! and the illustrated novel The True Meaning of Smekday were published in 2007.

Adam received the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2005.

His first foray into illustration of children's books, 2003's The Dirty Cowboy, written by Amy Timberlake, received positive reviews, including from The Capital Times, which described Rex's work as "gorgeous... This is his first book, but you wouldn't know it from looking. His artwork has real resonance".[4] The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote, "The consummate skill of Rex's illustrations combines with wit and knowledge of the physical and emotional terrain".[5] The book, which is about a cowboy taking a bath, was banned at W.C. Andrews Elementary School in Texas in 2006[6] and by the Annville-Cleona School District in Pennsylvania in 2012.[7] The ACLU report on the Texas incident noted that the "Principal did not want this book in the library."[6]

His illustrations of the book The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, written by Mac Barnett, were reviewed favorably by The Gazette's critic, noting "a lively set of endpapers."[8]

DreamWorks Animation is adapting for 2015 The True Meaning of Smekday into an animated feature film, titled Home, starring Rihanna and Jim Parsons.[9]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  1. Cold Cereal (Feb 7, 2012)
  2. Unlucky Charms (Feb 5, 2013)
  3. Champions of Breakfast (Feb 11, 2014)
  • Smek For President (Hyperion, forthcoming) OCLC 876833401 – sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday

As illustrator only[edit]

  • The Dirty Cowboy, written by Amy Timberlake (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Aug 8, 2003)
  • Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me, Katy Kelly (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Sep 14, 2004) – Lucy Rose novels by Katy Kelly, books 1–3; book 4 (2007) illus. by Peter Ferguson OCLC 74963738
  • Ste-e-e-e-eamboat a-Comin'!, Jill Esbaum (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Mar 24, 2005)
  • Lucy Rose: Big on Plans, Katy Kelly (Delacorte, Jun 14, 2005)
  • Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can't Believe, Katy Kelly (Delacorte, Sep 12, 2006)
  • Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara, Elvira Woodruff (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Sep 12, 2006)
  • Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Mac Barnett (Hyperion, Jun 23, 2009)
  • Guess Again!, Mac Barnett (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Sep 15, 2009)
  • Brixton Brothers novels by Mac Barnett, published by Simon & Schuster Children's – books 1–3; book 4 (2012) illus. by Matthew Myers OCLC 827714401
  1. The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (Oct 6, 2009)
  2. The Ghostwriter Secret (Oct 5, 2010)
  3. It Happened on a Train (Oct 4, 2011)
  • Manners Mash-up: a goofy guide to good behavior, collaboration by Tedd Arnold, et al. (Dial Press, 2011) – "Each page is illustrated by a different artist." OCLC 535490588
  • Chloe and the Lion, Mac Barnett (Hyperion, 2012)
  • Chu's Day, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, Jan 8, 2013)

As writer and illustrator[edit]

  • Tree-Ring Circus (Harcourt Children's Books, Jun 1, 2006)
  • Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (Harcourt, Sep 1, 2006), poetry
  • Pssst! (Harcourt, Sep 1, 2007)
  • Frankenstein Takes the Cake (Harcourt, Sep 1, 2008), poetry

Role-playing games[edit]

Changeling: The Dreaming (White Wolf)

  • The Autumn People (1995) Interior Artist
  • Immortal Eyes: Shadows on the Hill (1996) Interior Artist
  • Immortal Eyes: Court of All Kings (1996) Interior Artist
  • Changeling Players Guide (1996) Interior Artist
  • Kithbook: Nockers (1997) Interior Artist
  • Isle of the Mighty (1997) Cover Artist
  • Changeling: The Dreaming, 2nd Ed. (1997) Interior Artist
  • Kingdom of Willows (1998) Cover Artist

Planescape (TSR)

  • Something Wild (1996) Interior Artist
  • On Hallowed Ground (1996) Interior Artist
  • Hellbound: The Blood War (1996) Interior Artist
  • Doors to the Unknown (1996) Interior Artist
  • A Guide to the Astral Plane (1996) Interior Artist
  • The Great Modron March (1997) Interior Artist
  • Faces of Evil: The Fiends (1997) Interior Artist
  • Dead Gods (1997) Interior Artist
  • Monstrous Compendium Planescape Appendix III (1998) Interior Artist
  • The Inner Planes (1998) Interior Artist
  • Faction War (1998) Interior Artist
  • A Guide to the Ethereal Plane (1998) Interior Artist

Dungeons & Dragons, 3rd edition (Wizards of the Coast)

Other

  • A Medieval Tapestry: Personalities of Mythic Europe (Ars Magica) (1997) Atlas Games, Cover Artist
  • Guide to the Sabbat (Vampire: The Masquerade) (1999) White Wolf, Interior Artist
  • Guide to the Camarilla (Vampire: The Masquerade) (1999) White Wolf, Interior Artist
  • Dark•Matter Campaign Setting (1999) Wizards of the Coast, Interior Artist
  • Wheel of Time Roleplaying Game (2001) Wizards of the Coast, Interior Artist
  • Prophecies of the Dragon (Wheel of Time) (2002) Wizards of the Coast, Interior Artist
  • Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (Call of Cthulhu d20) (2002) Wizards of the Coast, Interior Artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ironic Sans: Interview with Adam Rex, illustrator and author of "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich"
  2. ^ Adam Rex :: Pen & Paper RPG Database archive
  3. ^ Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex - Interview - Harcourt
  4. ^ Schroeder, Heather Lee (August 15, 2003). "Even adults will hoot at 'Cowboy'", The Capital Times, p. A9.
  5. ^ Harrelson, Barbara (September 7, 2003). "Drawings boost hilarious story about a cowboy's bath", The Santa Fe New Mexican, p. F2.
  6. ^ a b http://www.aclutx.org/files/2006%20Banned%20Books%20Report.pdf
  7. ^ "A-C: Too dirty". Lebanon Daily News. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  8. ^ Goedhart, Bernie (June 12, 2010). "For the beach, the car or a rainy day: Once school is out, there's time to read for pure pleasure", The Gazette, p. J8.
  9. ^ "Rihanna, Parsons lead 'Smekday' vocal cast". UPI.com. June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 

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