Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

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The Author

Photo: Niki Bern

Scott Westerfeld is best known as the author of the Uglies series, a number-one New York Times bestseller, and the Leviathan and Zeroes trilogies, both NY Times bestsellers. His standalone novels include Evolution’s Darling, So Yesterday, and Afterworlds. His other works include the Midnighters trilogy, the Peeps and Risen Empire duologies, and the eponymous first book of the Horizon multiplatform series. His novels have won the Philip K Dick Special Citation, the Aurealis Award (twice), the Victorian Premier’s Award, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children’s Books of the Year.

He co-wrote the Shay’s Story Uglies-based graphic novels with Devin Grayson. Spill Zone is his first solo-written comic.

Scott was born in Texas and lives in Sydney and New York. He is married to fellow YA author Justine Larbalestier.

The Illustrator

Photo: LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland

New York Times best-selling artist Alex Puvilland was born in France and grew up reading his father’s collection of comic books. After having gone to study art and animation at the Gobelins School of Animation in Paris, he moved to California to work for Dreamworks Feature Animation.

Alex has worked on a number of their feature films, such as “Shrek 2”, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”, and the upcoming “Boss Baby”, to name a few. Somewhere between the multiple “Madagascar” sequels, Alex finally realized that he wanted to make comics for a living, and began doing them on his free time.

In 2006, he and his wife LeUyen Pham illustrated “Prince of Persia, The Graphic Novel”, written by A.B. Sina. In the following years Alex teamed again with his wife to produce two amazing sons as well as ‘Templar’, written by Jordan Mechner.  Alex is now to be found living happily in Los Angeles with his family, as he continues to work for Dreamworks Animation and create comics on the side.  “Spill Zone” is his first book as a solo illustrator.