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New York Times Top Selling Cartoonist of Ordinary People Change The World Chris
Chris Eliopoulos grew up loving to draw morning, noon, and night. He would use
art to express himself to his parents. Chris jokes about being beat up by his
sister, then drawing a cartoon, and flying it down the stairs as a paper
airplane to let his parents know what happen.
So, when it came time for Chris Eliopoulos to decide what he wanted to do in
life, he went to school for drawing. Along the way, Chris hit a lot of people
who negatively told him he would never have a career cartooning in comics with
his art style. A big road block for Chris was falling into a trap of doing
lettering for Marvel comics as his full-time job. The money was huge, but he
wasn’t able to pursue his dream for a long time because he wasn’t being taken
seriously as a cartoonist.
Chris Eliopoulos finally had a hit on his hand when he teamed up with his
friend Brad Meltzer (host of the show, Decoded on the History Channel). Brad
wanted to put together a children’s book series based around real life heroes
and call it Ordinary People Change World. The first two books have been on the
New York Times Best Seller list at the same time in the three and four spots.
I am really thankful for Chris Eliopoulos took the time to come and be on
Dreamers Podcast. I know his schedule is really crammed, but as a friend and an
admirer I am so happy that he was able to share his awesome story of overcoming
his nay sayers, and becoming successful for his art.