D A V I D Y U R K O V I C H is a writer, artist, editorial manager, and graphic designer. His first self-published work, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE, was awarded funding from the prestigious Xeric Foundation. A former contributing editor to Pop Thought, David has also written a series of retro reviews for Underground Online. His work in the comics industry includes a variety of projects including LESS THAN HEROES, THE S.H.o.P., and the BILL MANTLO BENEFIT BOOK. A music fan of multiple genres, David recently produced a musician showcase series in Wide Awake for relatively unknown artists featured on MySpace. His first web comic, NOCTURNE, began in serialized format on the SGC site and on ComicSpace. It has since become an ongoing serialized graphic novel available at indyplanet. David continues to pursue the ever-expanding comics medium of visual arts in both traditional and virtual formats. He is currently producing a 350-page graphic novel entitled FIVE YEARS.
D I A N N E L. P E A R C E , "the professor," is a writer, poet, editor, developmental editor, graphic designer, certified trainer, and professor of writing for the California community college system. Her forte is online teaching. Her specialties include developmental editing, humor writing, and idea generation. She created the popular MR. SCHTICK product line in 2005 and is developing a series of children's picture books. You can also visit her ITSY BETSY store. Dianne frequently donates her writing services to causes she supports; she is a vegetarian and a friend to children and the animal kingdom. Dianne serves as a consultant with the Joint Council on International Child Services (JCICS) and, as co-author of the 2008 Adoption for All petition, was instrumental in negotiating policy change on behalf of more than 10,000 prospective adoptive parents in the United States..
T H E C H I N A C O N N E C T I O N Sleeping Giant Creations Co-founders Dianne and David first met on the Fourth of July,1999. His first words ever to her were, "Wow, you're adorable." Needless to say, they have been hopelessly in love ever since. They married in 2004, and began planning to expand their family from dogs and cats to children too. In December 2009 D&D adopted a baby girl from The People's Republic of China. China was a natural choice considering that Dianne has been deeply interested in Chinese culture since she was a child and first read the book, THE FIVE CHINESE BROTHERS. Says Dianne, "We want our daughter to see herself reflected in some of the books she will read. There's a lot out there for adults to read about different cultures, but there's not a lot for children of different cultures who want to read books where the characters share a similar ethnicity as the reader."
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