Ed Briant is a professional illustrator, writer, and the creator and illustrator of the comic strip “Tales from the Slush Pile,” a popular comic strip appearing online at Publishers Weekly’s Children’s Bookshelf. He has two daughters, teaches illustration, and occasionally practices roundhouse kicks in the kitchen when he thinks nobody is watching. Choppy Socky Blues was his first book for young adults. Briant grew up in Brighton, England and now lives in Savannah, GA. He can be found online at edbriant.com.