About the Author

Dave Devries PhotoI've loved art from the time I was a little kid-- especially comic books. When I got older, I actually got a chance to draw my childhood heroes--and get paid to boot. It was a dream come true. I was asked to paint Spiderman swinging over New York and Wolverine slashing robots with his unbreakable claws. My job was to make these heroes real for all the people who loved them. It wasn't easy but I learned to make them colorful, detailed and full of action. Comics, however, weren't the only thing I painted--I also painted monsters for Universal Studios, but those monsters weren't as cool as the ones I saw lurking in my niece's sketches. It was then, at age 33, that I decided to take all the lessons about color, action and detail and apply them to little kid's drawings. It made me remember my childhood and also realize that no matter how old I became I could always see things like a child.

Dave DeVries, Author

Reviews

  • "I can say that The Monster Engine is, without a doubt, the most ingenius idea I've ever seen. A creation that is original, inspired and honest...just like the artist who created it."

    Keith Ciaramello
    Curator,Kustom Kulture Gallery
  • "An intriguing book, The Monster Engine is a creative thought provoking adventure, sometimes shocking and often ticklishly funny."

    Erin Gray, Actress
  • "A captivating and insightful book that synthesizes the limit-less vision of a child and the talents of one of comic's most respected artists."

    Bill Harbort
    Professor, Minot State University

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