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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jeff Weigel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Illustrator

Born: 1958 in Freeport, Illinois

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Weigel lives in Belleville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jeff Weigel has been a graphic designer for many years. His career began at Warner Books and Warner Publisher Services in New York City, designing promotional materials for books and magazines as diverse as ''Mad'' and ''Playboy'', novelizations of major motion pictures and national best sellers. For over ten years, he contributed as both a writer and an artist to [ ''Big Bang Comics''] published by Image Comics.Weigel also wrote and illustrated [ ''Stop Math''], an interactive storybook app for iPad. With exciting, engaging artwork, lively narration from a kid’s point of view, and playful, interactive animation, ''Stop Math'' introduces kids to concepts like Arabic numbers, Roman numerals, relativity theory and gravitational attraction—all explained with fun and easy-to-understand interactive diagrams. Young readers also use simple math themselves, helping the characters navigate their trip through time with the amazing Chronoport Calculator.A designer and creative director in St. Louis, Missouri for more than 20 years, Weigle worked on a wide variety of design projects such as product packaging, annual reports, national and local print advertising, and corporate identity. Jeff is now a freelance designer and illustrator. His work has earned him many awards over the years.

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Titles At Your Library

Atomic Ace and the Robot Rampage
ISBN: 080750484X

Albert Whitman & Company. 2006

It's an ordinary day for Atomic Ace and his family until the evil Roboconqueror accidentally sends his mechanoid army after Ace's son instead of Ace himself. With Ace busy in space diverting a meteor threat, who will be on Earth to save the day?

Atomic Ace: (He's Just My Dad)
ISBN: 1435264711

Paw Prints 2008-04-25. 2008

Thunder From the Sea: The Adventures of Jack Hoyton and the H.M.S. Defender
ISBN: 0399250891

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2010

Illustrated in comic-book format with detailed informational sidebars, this high-concept hybrid is a fast-paced action-adventure?like a Patrick O?Brian novel for kids!

Jack Hoyton is just a boy when he enlists in the Royal Navy and is assigned to the HMS Defender, a midsized frigate defending the British Isles from invasion by the French emperor Napoleon. Little could have prepared him for the hard work and danger of life on the high seas, or for the strict military discipline aboard the ship during wartime. While blockading a French port, the crew of the Defender gets into more trouble than they planned for when they are betrayed during an excursion ashore. It is up to Jack to free his imprisoned shipmates and warn the Defender that they are headed into a deadly trap!

The Sphinx (The Big Bang Comics Collection)
ISBN: 1490316825

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

THE SPHINX – Mysterious Adventurer from a Realm Beyond Imagination! Created by Jeff Weigel and part of the BIG BANG COMICS COLLECTION! Who is The Sphinx? Adventurer? Entrepreneur? Mankind’s Saviour? That’s been the question on everyone’s mind since PETER CHEFREN appeared out of nowhere and saved countless lives with his daring spirit and almost magical technology… But who exactly is THE MYSTERIOUS SPHINX? Find out as PULP 2.0 collects all of his adventures together with exclusive bonus material on this multi-dimensional mystery man. Direct from the BIG BANG COMICS COLLECTION comes the Graphic Novel Beyond Imagination!

Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley
ISBN: 1449441831

Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2014

 Dragons are dangerous creatures---all the stories say so. But after eleven-year-old Alanna accidentally stumbles upon a cave full of dragon eggs, she soon discovers that maybe the stories have it wrong.

 "Weigel has created a compulsively likable heroine who seamlessly blends her strength and compassion, reminiscent of Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl. With lovable dragons, flying ships and danger around every corner, this delightful fantasy doesn't disappoint." --Kirkus Reviews

 "A lively yarn whose only fault is that it's over too soon." --Publishers Weekly

 Eleven-year-old Alanna and her older brother Hamel are orphans and doing their best to take care of each other until one day Alanna stumbles upon a cave full of dragon eggs.  When the eggs hatch with no mother dragon in sight, Alanna decides to take care of the babies herself, even creating a clever costume so that the babies think she, too, is a dragon. With their large appetites and accidental fire burps, Alanna learns that dragon babies are hard work! And when a mama dragon finally comes to claim the babies, Alanna’s costume is so convincing that she is swept along for the ride as they journey to Dragon Rock, a mysterious magnetic force that draws dragons of all shapes and sizes to a magical, untouched valley.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols
ISBN: 0061956430

Harper. 2009

The snow is falling, the holidays are approaching and…It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! This delightfully depraved book of classic Zombie Christmas carols by Michael P. Spradlin is guaranteed to spread Yuletide cheer to all those good boys and ghouls who devoured the monster New York Times bestsellers Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and World War Z, as well as fans of 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead. With an introduction by the inimitable Christopher Moore—bestselling author of Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, and the classic “heartwarming tale of Christmas terror” The Stupidest AngelIt’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies is a great gift for stuffing into a Christmas stocking…provided you remove the bloody severed foot first!

Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime: A Book of Zombie Love Songs
ISBN: 0062011820

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2010

From the author and illustrator of the twisted New York Times bestselling Christmas classic, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies, comes a heart-devouring collection of Zombie love songs, Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime. Michael P. Spradlin and Jeff Weigel put their warped minds—and talents—together once again to come up with a hilarious compendium for the ever-hungry aficionados of World War Z, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the movies Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. Forget the bleeding heart vampires and werewolves of the Twilight series—Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that these stumbling, decaying, flesh eaters are the true undead romantics!

Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill: A Book of Zombie Nursery Rhymes
ISBN: 0062083597

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2011

Michael P. Spradlin (outrageous words) and Jeff Weigel (eye-popping illustrations)—the seriously twisted minds that brought you the New York Times bestselling Christmas carol tome It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies and Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime, a book of Zombie love songs—have arisen once more, this time to devour Mother Goose raw! Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill is a hilarious volume of zombie nursery rhymes designed to tickle the (exposed) funnybone of every World War Z, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and The Walking Dead fan on either side of the grave!

The Monster Alphabet
ISBN: 0843169842

Price Stern Sloan. 2012

The s meet Zombies!From the Abominable Snowman to Zombies, this full-color picture book takes young readers on a frighteningly fun journey through the alphabet. With a diverse range of monsters and bold illustrations, this book is perfect for boys, girls, teachers, and parents with an appreciation for the scarier things in life!

Jazzy's Quest: What Matters Most (Volume 2)
ISBN: 099672074X

Marcinson Press. 2016

What matters most to you? That's what Jazzy needs to figure out when faced with some tough decisions. Is what matters most being invited to the coolest birthday party in town? Is it competing in an amazing Star Wars contest? Or is it helping a friend in need? Join Jazzy on her quest to discover what matters most.

The second book in the groundbreaking Jazzy's Quest series, this compelling story explores friendship issues that are common in tween social circles, through the lens of 10-year-old adoptee, Jazzy Armstrong. Kids will relate to Jazzy's search for belonging at school and at home.

Smash!: Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe with the Large Hadron Collider
ISBN: 1512430706

Graphic Universe. 2017

What is the universe made of? At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, scientists have searched for answers to this question using the largest machine in the world: the Large Hadron Collider. It speeds up tiny particles, then smashes them together—and the collision gives researchers a look at the building blocks of the universe.

Nick and Sophie, two cousins, are about to visit CERN for a tour of the mysteries of the cosmos. Sophie's a physics wiz. Nick, not so much. But by the time they're through, Nick and Sophie will both feel the power of hidden particles, fundamental forces, dark matter, and more. It's all a blast in this mind-blowing graphic novel!


Children's Choice Award 2004 and 2007 Parent's Choice Award 2004

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The author has many programs for students. They include

  • Creative Character Design
  • Telling a Story in Pictures
  • How a Book is Written and Illustrated
  • Drawing Figures in Action See the author's for additional information about his programs, availability and fees.