ABOUT THE CREATORS
Wildling Books was formed when multi-award winner author/illustrator Craig Phillips and published author and entrepreneur Bex Lipp joined forces. They wanted to create their own range of books with full creative freedom.
Craig Phillips had just received the NZ Children & Young Adults Book Award for Best Illustration 2018 for his first book ‘Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts’ published by Allen & Unwin. After completing that book, his daughter asked him to write her a book about cats, then pirates, then pirate-cats and Jack Scratch was born. In a very short space of time Craig has produced the first two graphic novels, in the series, ‘The Adventures of Jack Scratch’. Comics are a huge love for Craig and something he has always wanted to produce.
Bex Lipp’s background of co-founding award-winning business Awesome Inc which was based around gratitude, self-publishing gratitude journals was a great base to launch into publishing. Before exiting, Bex and Nicky were approached by a New York publishing house to design and write a book called ‘Finding Gratitude’ which was released 8th March 2019 worldwide.
Craig and Bex, along with their partners Latifah and Chris, and their five children between them, work together to produce stunning books that children will love.
More about Craig Phillips
Craig Phillips has worked as a professional illustrator for the US and
Australian publishing industries for twenty years. His client list includes Random House, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Hardie Grant, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press and many more. His work has been included in art anthologies such as The Society of Illustrators Annual, the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual and Luerzers 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide, and has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration. Phillips also worked on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods in 2017. His first solo work, titled
Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts: Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods (Allen and Unwin, 2017) won the NZ Book Award’s Russell Clark Award for
Illustration, a Gold Ledger in the Australian Ledger Awards, a Notable Book in the CBCA Awards and was also a finalist in the Aurealis Awards.