About the Team
The Author: Brian
I’ve been a keen motorcyclist all my adult life. I began at age seventeen with a Triumph Speed Twin and have since owned three Hondas, one Yamaha and five BMWs. Now I ride a BMW R1200R.
Over the years I realised that motorbikes fascinate young kids. I was surprised; I thought bikes and bikers would be too scary. But, in truth, they can’t seem to get enough of bikes. So I wrote Kazoom for them.
My background is as a teacher, initially in schools and later at university. I’ve written history books for students … but never before a book for young kids! It’s been fun working with Rob and Sam to produce Kazoom.
The Illustrator: Rob
From as young as I remember, I have loved drawing. Dashing my parents’ dreams of having an academic son, I ditched chemistry in grade 11, and duxed art. I studied animation at Southbank Institute of TAFE and since then have made a career in various Brisbane based design fields – from broadcast to games, print, to multimedia. After 15 years, I found myself drawing less and less. I have always wanted to illustrate books and when I saw the opportunity with Kazoom, I pulled out my best pencil case.
Kazoom sums up how I feel. I want to do more with this life. Don a crash helmet and launch into it, full throttle!
The Designer: Sam
Besides my three wheeler tricycle at age six … The closest I got to motorbike riding is touring Bali on a 350 Yamaha with a car driver’s licence, after being taught to ride five minutes earlier. I suppose that comes from being 25 and thinking you are bulletproof!
Brian and I have been involved with a number of magazine publishing projects and I was pleased to be asked to be involved in this fun project.
My background is running my own Graphic Design studio and my other passion, Fine Art. It has been an enjoyable weekly experience drinking coffee at Blackstar (West End Brisbane) with Brian and Rob, while discussing and fleshing out the zany characters for Kazoom.