Interview with Raul Colón

Monday, July 20, 2009.

His art has graced the New York Times, Time Magazine, The New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal as well as record sleeves, theatre posters, annual reports and advertisements. His most important work, though, has been as an illustrator of children’s picture books.

Raul Colón’s illustrations together with Richard Michelson‘s engaging storytelling earned the 2009 Sydney Taylor Book Award for their book As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heshcel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom.

Illustrator, Raul Colón, joins me during a quiet moment at the Association of Jewish Libraries 2009 Convention to talk about illustrating the intersection of two lives in one event, getting excited about a book project and striking the balance between fact and fantasy.

MORE RAUL COLON: Click here to listen to Raul Colón talk about arming yourself with inspiration and exercising your creative muscles.

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July 20, 2009 @ 1:01 am

[...] RAUL COLON:  Click here to listen to Raul Colón talk about illustrating the intersection of two lives in one event, [...]

Comment by Rich Michelson

July 21, 2009 @ 7:23 am

The unnamed individual who walked with King and Heschel was Ralph Bunche, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and the first African -American to win a Nobel Peace prize. Raul did an amazing job with my words. he brought these men to life and I am forever grateful.

Comment by Ba

July 21, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

Raul Colon’s illustrations are a perfect pairing for the inspirational text in AS GOOD AS ANYBODY. It is rare to find a book that recreates a significant historical event so beautifully – and touches the hearts of readers.

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July 22, 2009 @ 12:35 am

[...] Mark  Blevis interviews illustrator Raul Colón at the Jewish Libraries 2009 Convention. Click here for the podcast on the engaging blog hosted by him and Andrea Ross Just One More Book. [...]

Comment by Kate Kelly

August 4, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

Hi there,

I wanted to say a quick thank you for your wonderful interview with Raul Colon. It was wonderfully conducted, and it was such a treat to discover
your website! I will definitely take the time to listen to additional podcasts.

As one of Raul’s agents, thanks again. It was truly fun to listen to!

Kind regards,
Kate

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August 17, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

[...] During his visit, Raul graciously offered insights to his illustration approach for this wonderful story. You can listen to the podcasts here. [...]

Comment by teacherninja

August 17, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

Awesome illustrator, awesome interview–thanks so much.

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