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George O'Connor

George O'Connor art by George O'Connor

George O'Connor is the author of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Kapow!, Kersplash, and Sally and the Some-thing. His debut graphic novel, Journey into Mohawk Country, was published by First Second, as was Adam Rapp's Ball Peen Hammer, which O'Connor illustrated. Poseidon is his most recent installment in his series, The Olympians.

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EIGHT QUESTIONS for GEORGE O'CONNOR
 
What’s your favorite book that wasn’t written or drawn by you?
I have a few—the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman is very special to me, as is The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso. Where the Wild Things Are will always have a special place for me as well.
 
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what one piece of media would you take with you?  If it isn’t your favorite book, explain how you came to this peculiar decision.
Does my Mac count? Because then I would have access to lots of things to watch and read, and maybe I could even use it to email for help.
 
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
There’s this place near where I live that makes an amazing mango passionfruit sorbet. Every time I get it, I’m still stunned at the first spoonful.
 
How are you planning to survive the zombie apocalypse?
I have actually given this a lot of thought. I’m a firm believer that zombies are slow, and that after a few weeks they will be so hideously decomposed that they will no longer pose a serious threat. So I’m gonna barricade the doors, sit tight and eat a lot of canned goods as I watch from the windows.  I also have a very well-stocked liquor cabinet.
 
What’s your favorite word?
dyspeptic
 
If you suddenly fell into a dimensional vortex and ended up in 1529, what profession would you adopt?
Is this the 1529 or our world, or the 1529 of some alternate earth? I ask because the cross-dimensional stuff is tricky. Either way, I’d become a prognosticator, but depending on how alternate the alternate history is of another dimension, I might also inadvertently become horribly burned alive at the stake.
 
Black or white?  Cats or dogs?  Apples or oranges?  Robots or vampires?
In order: black, cats, oranges and cyborg vampires with built-in sunscreens.
 
What’s the worst fortune cookie advice you ever got?  Did you take it?
I gotta say, I’m not really much of a Chinese food guy. I did have some hummus the other night that told me, “Vote Nader in ’08,” but I think it was confused at best.
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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS MEETS DOUGLAS ADAMS as two kids and one old man prepare to save the world.Things are getting better with the alien invasion. Sure it’s still not too uncommon...

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Journey Into Mohawk Country

George O'Connor, illustrated by the author

Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert was only twenty three when he ventured into Mohawk territory in search of the answers to some pressing questions: where were all the beaver skins that the...

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Ares

Olympians

George O'Connor

The myth continues in the tenth year of the fabled Trojan War where two infamous gods of war go to battle. The spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses...

Available 01/27/2015Pre-Order

Olympians Boxed Set

Olympians

George O'Connor

By Zeus, it's Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Aphrodite! This sturdy boxed set includes paperback editions of the first six Olympians books by multiple New York Times–bestselling...

Available 10/07/2014Pre-Order

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