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A Giant Imagination

Oct 09, 2012

Fantasy writer and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi’s world is devoted to creating imaginative characters and stories—like a 12-year-old girl being raised by a robot called Muthr in WondLa, a well-read and cultured dragon in Kenny & the Dragon, and a fire-breathing giant in A Giant Problem. “[Growing up] I achieved the most satisfaction from sketches drawn from my imagination, and those images always had a story to go with them,” Tony explains. “So I guess I was hard-wired to be a storyteller from the start.”

Tony was writing and drawing stories for 10 years when he partnered with Holly Black to create the wildly popular series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was made into a feature film. In it, twins Jared and Simon, 9, and sister Mallory, 13, move into a Victorian house teeming with faeries, ogres, brownies, griffins, trolls, and goblins.

“Stories mean so much to me,” Tony says. “This is what I have always dreamed of doing. I keep waiting for my mom to wake me up and it has all just been one middle school-aged escapist dream.”

Find out more about Tony’s work and why you should never abandon imagination on The Studio.