Monday, May 4, 2009

May 25, 2009: Chris Tougas

Our last meeting of the year is on Monday, May 25th at 7:30 pm, at the Nellie McClung Library at Cedar Hill Rd. & McKenzie Ave. (back entrance, library is closed). Chris Tougas, a writer-illustrator with nine children's books to his name, will be speaking.

For the last 10 years Chris has worked as both a concept developer and character designer for film, television and new media companies such as Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Sesame Workshop, Bardel Entertainment, Animation Lab, Nelvana, Fox and many others.

Chris's recent work with Canadian companies has received wide recognition. Concept and design direction for location-based game development company, Blister Entertainment's, Mobile Pooch helped earn the runner up spot for the Navtec Global Challenge. Design work and commercial direction for the Alberta Chiropractic Association's television campaign earned an Ace advertising award and most recently, designs for Hotrocket Studio's C.I.E. project contributed toward winning first place in the 2007 Kidscreen International Pitch-It competition in New York City. Chris brings highly valued expertise in character and concept development; skills that are acutely tuned to merchandising and other business development triggers.

Chris' recent book Mechanimals has been nominated for the BC Chocolate Lilly and the Saskatchewan Willow award. It was runner up for best illustrated book by the Canadian Library Association and won the Alcuin Award for excellence in book design and the City of Victoria's Bolen Book award.

Chris has several new picture books in development. You can check out his blog at