James Kochalkais, without question, one of the most unique and
prolific alternative cartoonists working in America today. His
comics have been published internationally by almost every
alternative comics publisher; he's recorded several music albums
under the name James Kochalka Superstar (making him a favorite at
college radio stations across the country); and he's developed
animated cartoons for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Hangover.
He is the first official Cartoonist Laureate of the state of Vermont, appointed in 2011.
Among his best known works are theMonkey vs Robotseries, the belovedJohnny BooandDragon Puncherseries for children, and his magnum opus, the decade-plus span of daily diary comics known asAmerican Elf. James lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife, Amy; their two sons; and their cats, all of whom appear frequently in his comics.
“Fun for kids of all ages. It's AWESOME!" —DJ Lance Rock, host
of Nick Jr's Yo Gabba Gabba!
“A perfectly silly early chapter-book graphic novel for kids new to reading on their own… totally funny and appealing.” —Youth Services Book Review
"Kochalka's simple line drawings and bright crayon colors stand out in this sweet, silly graphic novel. Children will easily identify with Johnny Boo’s sense of fun." —Booklist
"A playfully wacky, colorful graphic novel... Highly recommended." —Children's Bookwatch
“Quirky, cute, imaginative, and endlessly re-readable.” —GeekDad
"A great series for young readers with its easy-to-follow panels and big word balloons." —Good Comics for Kids, School Library Journal