Dave Whamond - Author/Illustrator
Dave Whamond's work has appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico, USA Today, Owl and Highlights. He has illustrated over fifty books, including three for Robert Munsch, and has written a few too. Dave has a daily syndicated comic, Reality Check, which has appeared internationally in newspapers and online since 1995.
His awards include two Blue Spruce Awards, a Silver Birch Award, a Shining Willow Award and seven Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society. His former high school chose him for a Hall of Fame award (which was a huge honor ... and super weird).
Dave has loved to draw and write stories since he was a kid. His parents would buy huge rolls of newsprint and hang them in the halls. Dave would fill them up with drawings, then they would buy more, and he would fill it up again.
He also drew in the margins of his math homework. Now he draws for a living and has accountants do the math.
Dave also loved to make people laugh. When he told people that he wanted to be a cartoonist, they all laughed. But there's no one laughing now! Which isn't a good thing, being a cartoonist.
Dave can't believe that he gets to wake up every morning and do what he loves for his job. He lives in Calgary with his wife, two kids and Aiko the wonder dog.
Fun facts: Dave often orders at the drive-thru in Homer Simpson's voice. His kids love it.
Hidden talents: Dave is a huge klutz but can catch anything he drops or knocks over with ninja-like reflexes.
Guilty pleasures: Kraft Dinner.
Annoying habits: Dave (almost) never answers his phone. Because he is usually eating Kraft Dinner.