GIDEON KENDALL was born on December 12, 1966 in Austin, Texas, and lived on a commune in rural West Virginia between the ages of 5 and 12. His mother instilled in him a love of drawing at an early age. She left a ballpoint pen in his crib, and Gideon covered his sheets with drawings of cars, roads, and buildings. He developed an equal love for Dr. Seuss, M.C. Escher, Robert Crumb, Durer, Daumier, and superhero comics. He graduated high school in the Philadelphia area and then moved to New York City to attend art school. He graduated from The Cooper Union for Science and Art with a BFA in 1989. For the past 25 years he has been working as an artist, illustrator, animation designer, and musician in Brooklyn. He animation design credits include "Pepper Ann"for ABC/Disney and "Codename: Kids Next Door”. He is currently the lead designer on Disney’s “Goldie & Bear”.
In 2001 Gideon published his first children's book; "Littlebat's Halloween Story", written by Diane Mayr and published by Albert Whitman & Co. "Dino Pets", written by Lynn Plourde, which was published by Dutton in 2007. The sequel, "Dino Pets Go To School" came out in 2009. In addition to picture books, Gideon also enjoys illustrating Middle-grade novels. He illustrated The Seems series for Bloomsbury and the Elliot series for Sourcebooks. His most recent children’s book is The Fall of General Custard, written by Matt Damon (White Cloud Press). He is currently working on the art for“Marley’s Ghost”, Harvey Kurtzman’s unfinished graphic novel adaptation of A Christmas Carol, coming fall of ’17 from ComiXology Originals and Kitchen Sink Press. In October of 1998 Gideon married Julie Peppito, a sculptor, painter, jewelry maker, and playground designer. In 2008 they had a little boy and they named him Milo. They share a house and studio in Brooklyn.
Albert Whitman & Co.