John Rocco was born and raised in a small town in Rhose Island. At eleven he began to work in the shell fishing industry, which he loved. Rocco attended the Rhose Island School of Design and then the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Upon graduation he went right to work, collaborating with actor Whoopie Goldberg, creating the picture book Alice. Shortly after, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as an art director and then creative director in the entertainment industry around the world. At Walt Disney Imagineering he helped design attractions and served as the art director for DisneyQuest. Then Rocco went on to work for Dreamworks, working as pre-production art director for Shrek. In 2005, Rocco decided to go back to his roots and focused on pictures books again, creating Wolf! Wolf!, Moonpowder, Fu Finds the Way, and his best known book Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Rocco currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and dog.
and because I just found out that The Lightning Thief is going to be a movie...here is the movie trailer for you. Here's to hoping they do it justice.