DAN THOMPSON began his professional career doing character design and animation for FunnyBone Interactive, part of Vivendi Universal, then moved into freelance cartoon illustration and gag cartooning. A member of the National Cartoonists Society, he writes and draws cartoons for magazines, greeting cards, comic books and Web sites. Thompson also draws for the Brevity comic panel. A New England native, Thompson was born and raised in Lowell, Mass. He now lives in Graham, N.C., with his wife and two sons.
LIL’ RIP HAYWIRE: ESCAPE FROM CAMP COOTIES by DAN THOMPSON: (Middle Grade Chapter Book from Andrews McMeel Publishing) Rip Haywire thinks he’s got it made. Instead of going to bed early, doing fractions and eating Brussels sprouts, he gets to accompany his soldier-of fortune dad on laughably dangerous international missions. He’s the only 12-year-old in the world with a working knowledge of the Seven Most Common Booby Traps Used by Ancient Civilizations to Protect Their Precious Treasures. It sure beats school, right?