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Ralph Cosentino, an Argentinian who grew up in New York, is the son of flamenco dancers. As a young boy, he often coerced his younger sister into giving up her piggy-bank money so he could buy super-hero comics.

After studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ralph worked for various advertising agencies in Cleveland as a designer and illustrator. He held a post as Art Director of Learning Horizons, a children’s educational products company. He has done development work for Warner Bros., Disney, and Cartoon Network.

His characters including Honk-Honk-Ashoo have been licensed as toy lines in Target. His self-produced Kaiju Kidz toys sold out at retailers such as Kid Robot and Tower Records. He works as a Senior Designer at Hallmark Cards where he creates characters, animations and books.

Ralph is the author and illustrator of various children’s books including “The Story of Honk-Honk-Ashoo and Swella-Bow-Wow,” “The Marvelous Misadventures of Fun-Boy”, and the best selling, super-hero origin series for Viking Children’s Books; “Batman The Story of The Dark Knight,” “Superman The Story of the Man of Steel,” and “Wonder Woman the story of the Amazon Princess.” All of which have been translated into numerous languages and sold throughout the world.

He lives in Hudson, Ohio with his wife, their three children, two dogs, Argus and Charlie, and their cat Hayao. Ralph hopes to return to Argentina someday and become a gaucho.

10 Comments

  1. Larry Fire
    March 7, 2010

    Hi Ralph,
    I hope all is well. Thought you might be interested that I posted this today:

    http://larryfire.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/superman-the-story-of-the-man-of-steel-by-ralph-cosentino/

    I wish you continued success. If you have additional Superman art for the book, i will happily post it!

    Best,

    Larry Fire

  2. admin
    March 7, 2010

    Hey Larry,
    Nice to hear from you and thanks for posting the book on your blog.
    I’ll be posting more sneak peeks shortly that you can pull.
    There’s a spread with Superman fighting robots that I’m dying to share with folks!

    Thanks so much Larry!
    Talk soon.

    regards
    ralph

  3. Mitchell
    April 15, 2010

    Dear Ralph

    I read your Superman book and I love it. I read on the back page that when you were a kid you tricked your sister into giving you her piggy-bank money to buy comic books. How did you trick her? Thanks for writing such a great book. I am going to read the Batman book next.

    Michell, age 4

  4. Sky
    April 22, 2010

    Just picked up your Superman book for my 4 yo son. Its just as good as the Batman one. We are definitely looking forward to the rest of the set :-)

    If you need help prioritizing, my son requests Green Lantern.

  5. Miss Tracy
    April 30, 2010

    Hi Ralph. I am one of the Art Teachers at Harrison High School, in Harrison, NY. Chris, your brother was hanging out in my classroom with one of his friends this afterschool and showed me your website. I’m always looking for Artist/Family connections. You make such great work, I hope you don’t mind if I show it off.

    All the best.
    -Tracy Gilman

  6. admin
    May 14, 2010

    Hello Tracy,
    Thanks for the kind words and sure thing, I appreciate you sharing my site with folks.
    I hope Chris is behaving well. ; )

  7. Chuck M
    July 13, 2010

    Hello, Mr. Cosentino! My 2-year old son absolutely loves the Batman and Superman books. (How many other toddlers can finish the sentence, “Batman – created by…”?) He has been really getting into the Superman book lately, which means that I’ve been getting really, really, really, really familiar with it. I have one question: is that Seth Green with a Robot Chicken shirt in the “Look! Up in the sky!” page? Any other hints and tidbits?

  8. Chris Pearce
    July 26, 2010

    Mr. Consentino, I just wanted to let you know how much my son and I love your Batman picture book. I drew a little comic about how much the book has seeped into Elliot’s vernacular and I thought you might be interested.

    http://chrispearce.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/1098/

  9. Ryan
    August 30, 2010

    Love your work! I recently started a blog and HAD to review Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight.

  10. Todd
    September 23, 2010

    Ralph,

    I wanted to share with you how much our son and daughter enjoy your books. My wife found Superman at the library for our 4 year old son and we had to purchase it for his collection.

    I am sure Batman will soon follow. Our daughter I am sure will love Wonder Woman next year. Thank you for writing such enjoyable books for a couple of very imaginative kids.

    The artwork is amazing and it is nice to have the stories written in way that I can share the superhero stories with our young children. I recommend your books to as many parents as I can.

    Keep up the great work.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Webster

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