The Creature Department

Robert Paul Weston

About the Author

Robert Paul Weston lives in London, England, in a crumbling old building, hidden behind shiny glass towers. He isn't sure if this is where the idea for DENKi-3000 Headquarters came from, but it's certainly possible. In 2008, he published his first novel-in-verse, Zorgamazoo, recipient of the California Young Reader’s Medal, the Silver Birch Award, the Children’s Choice Award, and an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor. His second novel was the hardboiled fairy tale, Dust City, which was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. In February 2013, he published Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff. Although he writes all of his books with a mechanical pencil, it's not electric and doesn't come with a telescopic lens.

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About the Illustrator

All of Zack Lydon's time is devoted to drawing things. When he is not drawing a blank, he is probably drawing a bath. Part of Zack's daily routine involves drawing attention to things that look pretty, smell curious, or sound eerie. Zack seldom draws attention to himself, because he dislikes drawing crowds - too many details. Additionally, Zack never draws guns, even when he is desperate and frightened.

Zack is currently a designer at Framestore NY where he draws a good deal of inspiration from the talented folks around him, and subsequently, draws pictures. Zack is a graduate of SVA's computer art program, where he met many fantastic people who inspired him to draw. At SVA, Zack collaborated with his good pal Sang Lee to create an animated short which consisted of more than 2,191 drawings. Their short, Still I Breathe, was well received at various festivals, and was recognized at Metrocaf, the Art Directors Club, and the Student Academy Awards. Using drawings to tell an original story was an amazing experience for Zack, and he intends to do it for the rest of his life.

It goes without saying that Zack's favorite bridge is a drawbridge, though he also appreciates a good warren truss.