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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Q & A

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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Olympians Boxed Set
Olympians
George O'Connor
First Second

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...


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Aphrodite
Olympians
George O'Connor
First Second

In volume six of Olympians, graphic novel author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Look for the same thoroughly...


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Poseidon
Olympians
George O'Connor
First Second

In the fifth installment of the Olympians series of graphic novels, author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on that most mysterious and misunderstood...


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Hades
Olympians
by George O'Connor
First Second

Volume 4 of the highly acclaimed Olympians series! Hades: Lord of the Dead tells the story of the great God of the Underworld and one of the most famous of...


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Hera
Olympians
George O'Connor
First Second

The story of Hera, Queen of the Gods, and the heroes who won her favor. Volume 3 of Olympians, Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory, introduces readers to the...


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Athena
Olympians
George O'Connor
First Second

Boom! Pow! Crash!   Greek Gods as you’ve never seen them before!   The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the...


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Zeus
Olympians
by George O'Connor
First Second

George O'Connor is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan, and he's out to remind us how much our pantheon of superheroes (Superman, Batman,...


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Ball Peen Hammer

by Adam Rapp; illustrated by George O'Connor
First Second

The world is dying. After most of the city succumbed to the plague, Welton's staying inside -- permanently. But hiding in his claustrophobic basement room --...


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Alien Feast
Chronicles of the First Invasion
Michael Simmons, illustrated bu George O'Connor
A Neal Porter Book

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...


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Uncle Bigfoot

George O'Connor, illustrated by the author
A Neal Porter Book

WHAT'S TEN FEET TALL, completely covered in hair, hard to photograph, and has the largest feet in the world? Your uncle! When a spunky kid meets his...


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Journey Into Mohawk Country

George O'Connor, illustrated by the author
First Second

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...


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Sally and the Some-Thing

George O'Connor, illustrated by the author
Roaring Brook Press

Stuck at home with her mom and her new sibling, Sally heads for the swamp with her fishing pole and bike. What she discovers, in the form of a slimy, slithery...


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