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Known for his spontaneous, high-energy visual style, Bob Staake's humorous illustrations and cartoons appear in everything from magazines to books, animation to greeting cards, advertising to newspapers, cereal boxes to CD-ROM games.

His clients have included Time Inc, McDonald's, American Express, Sony, United Airlines, Nickelodeon, Sports Illustrated For Kids, Ralston Purina, Hallmark Cards, Kenner Toys, The Washington Post, AT&T, Sega, TWA, Dr.Pepper, The Chicago Tribune, Good Humor, Warner Books, Kellogg's, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting, The Wall Street Journal, Netscape, Forbes, Simon and Schuster, The Ren and Stimpy Show, MAD, Children's Television Workshop, Blockbuster Video, Disney, Anheuser-Busch, Doubleday, Klutz Press, Hershey's, Target Stores, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Fleishman-Hillard, DMBB, and countless others.

He has authored and/or illustrated over 30 books, including Headlines (written by Jay Leno, illustrated by Staake), The Complete Book Of Caricature and The Complete Book Of Humorous Art (both authored by Staake).The recipient of numerous awards, Staake recently won the National Cartoonist Society's coveted 'Reuben Division Award' as Best Cartoonist in the category of Newspaper Illustration.

Staake has appeared on Good Morning America, Sally Jessy Raphael, Entertainment Tonight, The Family Channel, National Public Radio, CNN, and has been interviewed by TIME, People, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and other national publications.

Staake is the founder of PlanetCartoonist.com. He resides and works in Chatham, Massachusetts.

 

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The Hello Robots Interview Author and Illustrator Bob Staake:

Blink and Zinc, Blip and Zip were visiting Cape Cod this summer, and they thought they would stop by to say hello to their creator, children's book illustrator/author Bob Staake. Luckily, it was a sunny day in Massachusetts, so the robots didn't have to worry about getting caught in a thunderstorm (remember what happened to the robots when the lightning and rain came down in Hello Robots?)

They all sat under the big Hawthorne tree in Mr. Staake's backyard and ate a lovely lunch of chocolate tarts, raspberry tea and metal bolts.

 

Blink: It's been a long time since we last saw you, Mr. Staake.

Mr. Staake: Please don't call me 'Mr. Staake', Blink. My friends call me 'Bob', though you four are the ONLY friends I have who are made entirely of metal.

Blink: Well then, 'Bob' ... how have you been?

Bob: I've been fantastic. I worked hard during this cold winter on Cape Cod creating the four of you, but I have to say it never really felt like 'work'. You guys were originally made by me on an Apple computer using a program called Photoshop. I don't think I've ever had more fun creating any characters for a children's book. In fact, this was the first book I produced completely in Chatham, Massachusetts.

Zinc: So, Bob ... Am I your favorite Hello Robot?

Bob: I can't pick a favorite, Zinc. ALL four of you have personality traits that are the same as mine. I love to cook like Blink, and enjoy building and repairing things like you, Zinc. It seems like I'm always puttering around the yard and garden like Blip, and when you work at home like I do, it seems like I'm always cleaning something up -- just like Zip. I'm a little like all of you, and you're all a little like me.

Blip: What came first with Hello Robots: The story or the pictures?

Bob: The story. I sat down and wanted to create a children's picture book built around the concept of a family of robots that all had to work together to accomplish things and to solve problems. Writing the story took maybe a couple days, but illustrating the entire book required about a solid month of work.

Blink: Did anybody else help you on the book?

Bob: Well, creating a children's book is always a group effort, and I'm so lucky to work with so many wonderful people at Viking, the folks who published Hello Robots. Regina Hayes (my publisher) was the one who agreed to publish Hello Robots in the first place, Joy Peskin (my editor) supported me throughout the entire process of completing the book, Denise Cronin (my art director) gave me the freedom to make the artwork in the book big, bright and colorful.

Zip: I heard that when Hello Robots was first printed, my teeth were green. Is that true?

Bob: Yes it is, Zip. We received what are called "proofs" from the printer in Hong Kong and we were all shocked to see that your teeth weren't yellow, but a weird shade of green. You looked as if you had been eating a lime popsicle for 96 hours straight. If it hadn't been for Jim Hoover (my assistant art director), that problem wouldn't have been fixed. Jim is a really great art director, but he's apparently just as good of a dental hygienist.

Zinc: Hey, there's something I always wanted to ask you: Why did you make us all different colors?

Bob: That's easy, Zinc. I wanted to make sure that your colors matched your specific talents. I made Blink red because that's the color of heat from a stove. I made you blue because you're sort of a 'blue collar' working class robot. Blip was made green like the plants and grass that he cares for, and Zip is yellow -- just like the clean and fresh scent of a lemon.

Zip: That's good to know. I thought you made me yellow for another reason.

Blink: I think you should do an entire picture book based on me. You know, like 'Blink Overcooks The Meatloaf' or 'Blink And The Kitchen Grease Fire Incident'.

Bob: Don't tempt me, Blink.

Blip: Your yard is absolutely spectacular, Bob. Who cuts your lawn?

Bob: We have a caretaker named Ed. Hey, could we get back to this interview?

Zinc: Important question, Bob: In Hello Robots, you see me using all sorts of tools -- from drills to hammers, saws to screwdrivers. If you were stranded on a desert island, what's the ONE tool you wouldn't want to be without?

Bob: That's easy. A Swiss Army Knife.

Blink: What new books are you working on?

 Bob: I'm actually working on four at the same time, Blink -- and one is a contemporary version of the classic 19th century German morality fables, Der Struwwelpeter.

Zip: Gesundheit!

Bob: Okay, guys. Time to get back to work. I'm sure you robots have plenty of stuff to do. See you in the next Hello Robots book!

Zinc: Really?! They're coming out with a second Hello Robots book?

Bob: Not unless you guys get out there and sell the first book!

 

 

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Hello, Robots
by Bob Staake
Published Fall 2004 by Viking Children's Books
32 Pages 10"x10"
Full Color
ISBN 0670059056
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"A high-energy picture book goes a long way on a little plot, thanks to a clean graphic style, a staccato rhyming text, and a surefire kid-pleaser of a subject. Young robot fans will thrill to this simple tale, and the strong rhythm of the text makes it an ideal candidate for storytimes".
- School Library Journal
 
"Fascinating computer-enhanced artwork that features crisp geometric shapes and Technicolor hues -- thoughtfully designed, right down to the diamond-encrusted endpapers."
- Booklist
 
"A charming rhyme ... chock-full of funny visual details with a thumping rhythm that make this an excellent read-aloud."
- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Bob Staake's bold, graphic art style is perfectly suited to the futuristic subjects of his clever, humorous story."
- Amazon.com
 
"Bob Staake's modern, crisp illustrations ... practically jump off the page."
- Publisher's Weekly
 
"Staake's illustrations (are) a stylistic collision of Russian constructivism and pop art that explode with energy playing off of basic geometric shapes and angles and swimming in saturated colors."
- Publishers Weekly
 
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Congratulations to Hello Robots -- a 2004 nominee for the Society of Illustrators prestigious 'Original Art Show', celebrating the fine art of children's book illustration!.
 
 
 
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