Cynthia Nugent, play designer and animator
Cynthia is an award-winning children’s book author and artist. She has published 14 books, and her Mister Got to Go trilogy is considered a Canadian classic. She is a three-time winner of both the Chocolate Lily award and the VEPVPA Choice for her picturebook illustrations, as well as the recipient of the Time to Read: BC Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy for The Aunts Come Marching.
Cynthia recently completed her MA thesis in children’s literature at UBC, focusing on story apps for touchscreen devices. She has been profiled in print and broadcast media, and is a much-requested visitor to schools and libraries for her lively presentations on the making of a children’s book. She has acted as a judge for literary prizes, taught Writing For Children at Vancouver’s Langara College, and belongs to the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Society of BC and the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable. As a visual artist Cynthia has had over 25 solo exhibitions of paintings and automata in public and commercial galleries. Her publishing bio can be seen here.
Among the Pythons, Terry Jones has pursued perhaps the broadest range of artistic and intellectual pursuits, from writing and performing to directing; from comedian and children’s book author to Middle Ages scholar; from documentary host to political columnist.
Born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, Jones teamed with fellow Oxford student Michael Palin to write and perform revues for the university’s theatre club. They later contributed their surreal humour to “The Frost Report,” “Do Not Adjust Your Set,” “Broaden Your Mind,” “Marty,” and “The Complete and Utter History of Britain.”
Jones was the Python most likely to appear in drag (usually as a haggard housewife having to contend with gas cooker deliverymen, rat tarts or poets) or nude (playing the organ). His most notable characters include Arthur “Two Sheds” Jackson, Cardinal Biggles of the Spanish Inquisition; Scottish poet Ewan McTeagle; aspiring but hopelessly untalented filmmaker L.F. Dibley; a Spam restaurateur; Superintendant Harry “Snapper” Organs; a collector of butterfly hunters; Arthur Mee, the cheesy host of the All-England Summarise Proust Competition; the Dirty Vicar; prospective bridegroom Prince Herbert; Mandy, the mother of Brian (not the messiah, but a very naughty boy); and the gluttonous Mr. Creosote.
Jones co-directed (with Terry Gilliam) “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and thereafter directed the subsequent Python features “Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life.” His other directing credits include “Personal Services,” “Erik the Viking,” “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” and “Absolutely Everything.” He also penned the screenplay for the Jim Henson fantasy “Labyrinth.” His books include “Fairy Tales,” “Nicobobinus,” “The Knight and the Squire,” “Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery,”
“Crusades,” “Terry Jones’s War on the War on Terror,” “Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic,” and (with Palin) “Bert Fegg’s Nasty Terry Jones Terry Jones is a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director, historian and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.
Tom Saunders, voice of the king, pigs, sheep and effects recording.
I met Tom at the Vancouver Ukulele Circle. We went on to create a picturebook together called I Want to Go to the Moon (Simply Read, 2011). Tom is a multi-instrumentalist who has written music for theatre & TV, including the opening theme songs for CTV’s Robson Arms . Tom wrote his first song at age 11, an ode to his guinea pig. When he’s not working as a televison camera operator, he likes to laugh, sing, and build things.
Judy Ng, Lead programmer
Judy Ng has 14 years’ experience as a software developer in the financial industry. She has a BSc in Computer Science from UBC and an associate’s degree in Illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Judy is also an artist and printmaker. She has exhibited at the Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition and the Wayzgoose Bookarts Fair. Her book of original drypoint monoprints, Love Stories from the Bible, was acquired by UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library. Judy is excited about combining her artistic and technical knowledge to create interactive story apps.
Trevor is a self-taught game developer and enthusiast with over 10 years of professional experience in programming and quality assurance. He has produced several titles for Windows Phone, played a leading role in iOS and PC projects, and worked on many large teams helping ship console games such as Ghostbusters and Army of Two – 40th Day.
Trevor is excited to be working on The King’s Ears. “There’s no aliens, nobody gets shot– it’s great!” It also gives him a chance to rekindle his love for interactive fiction and expand his knowledge of storytelling. “There is so much to learn from good picture books and kid’s apps, it’s insane. Children are brilliant. Adults are probably just as bright.”
Elisa Gutiérrez, graphic design, animation, editing
Elisa Gutiérrez is an award-winning designer, and author illustrator. Her book Picturescape was shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes, was honoured by the Alcuin Society and was the subject of a scholarly paper by the renowned Dr. Lawrence Sipe. She has designed over 100 books and specializes in book design for children. She has judged for the BC Book Prizes, and is a frequent guest speaker on book design in the Continuing Studies program at UBC. Her book design work has been recognized by prestigious organizations such as Quorum and Premio A Diseño in Mexico City and by the Alcuin Society in Canada. She received her BA in Graphic Design from the Universidad La Salle (Mexico City), part of which was earned at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design exchange program.
I have had the honour of working with Elisa on 3 books and a CD package and booklet for the CBC anthology recording for the Books for BC Babies project. Elisa was also the book designer for The King Has Goat Ears, the print book that this app is based on. She
enjoyed revisiting the book in this new medium and was responsible for designing The King’s Ears’ text, navigation icons and menu. A mother of two, she made numerous insightful suggestions based on her knowlege of young readers, such as a reload button on every screen of the app so that children can instantly restart a screen and repeat its interactions, animations, sounds, and activities as many times as they wished. This is particularly desirable when small groups of children are enjoying an app together and wish to take turns at fun activities like cutting the cat’s hair or making a flute. Elisa helped with cutting up the illustrations in photoshop in preparation for animation and created many of the assets such as the pig hairstyles on the penultimate screen, and several of the animations. Elisa brought her considerable picturebook experience to help and advise me with editing the text for the small screen. We tried to make sure that words and other modes weren’t redundant, removing words when the same information was presented in images, animations or sounds. www.picturescape.ca