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Andrés Vera Martínez
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Andrés Martínez
Andrés Vera Marténez was born in a small west Texas town called Lamesa, and grew up in Austin. He received a bachelor's degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Andrés has illustrated over twenty pieces for the The New York Times Op-ed Section. His first cartooning work was illustrating a children's graphic novel, Babe Ruth: Before They Were Famous, for Simon & Schuster. He received a grant from the Brooklyn Historical Society to adapt a 17th century Dutch journal about Brooklyn into a comic book, which is titled Breuckelen 1679. His second graphic novel, Little White Duck: A Childhood in China, was co-written with his wife, Na Liu. The book is about her childhood experience in mainland China from the late '70s to early '80s. Andrés has received awards and recognition for his work from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and 3x3 Magazine.
Black Eyed Susan Book Awards
Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
Horn Book Best Books of the Year
Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus Best Children's Books
New York Public Library's Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
School Library Journal Best Book
Shelf Awareness 10 Best Books of the Year
Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List
The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel of the Year
5 QUESTIONS for  Andrés Vera Martínez
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Marvel Comics
What’s your favorite line from a book?
"By Odin's Beard!" or "Hulk Smash!" Or "My Spider Sense is Tingling!"
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Gabriel Garcia Márquez, David Mazzuchelli, Mike Mignola
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I like to draw.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Work hard and be persistent.
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