Patricia Storms is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. And she draws Chirp! Patricia lives in Toronto with her husband and their two cats, in an old house that is full of books. She works really hard to illustrate the Chirp cover and to write and illustrate the Chirp comic each month. Some of our readers got to ask her a few questions:
Q: Why does Chirp look different than he used to? – Felicity, 4
A: Chirp looks different because he is now being drawn by a different cartoonist – me! Chirp used to be drawn by Bob Kain. But in 2010, Bob handed the job down to me. No two cartoonists draw exactly the same, so Chirp and his friends will look a bit different from now on.
Q: How do you come up with your ideas for the comics? – Skye
A: That’s a good question! I’m not exactly sure, but I do know it helps to take long walks and hot baths, and read lots of books when I’m trying to come up with fun ideas.
Q: When does Chirp not wear his red boots? – Thomas, 6
A: Maybe when he has a bath?
Q: How do you keep the colours inside the lines? – Wendy
A: When I colour Chirp, I work on a computer. The computer helps me stay inside the lines. The more I practise colouring, the better I get. I like to practise drawing and colouring every day.
Q: What type of birds are Chirp and his friends? – Sophie, 4
A: I’m not a bird expert (bird experts are called ornithologists), but I do know that Chirp, Squawk and Tweet are very special birds who have very interesting adventures!
Q: When is your birthday? – Timmy, 3, and Miranda, 5
A: My birthday is this month! It’s March 28th.
Do you have a question for Patricia? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie, Chirp Editor
P.S. Patricia also writes and illustrates books, too. Her latest picture book The Pirate and the Penguin was chosen as one of the best books of 2011 by the Canadian Toy Testing Council.