Ralph Cosentino the son of flamenco dancers, was born in Argentina and raised in New York. At the age of 12 with a pile of comic book drawings under his arm, he walked 20 blocks from Grand Central Terminal to Marvel Comics HQ looking for a job. At 15 he worked for the Dolly Madison Bakery Co. and wore a vile-smelling “Snoopy” costume outside stores to attract customers. He was often flipped off and cursed at, but held his composure determined to make Charles Schultz proud (ralph is a consummate professional). He now cringes at the site of “Zingers” but loves telling stories and creating innovative characters.
After studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ralph worked for advertising agencies in Cleveland and held senior posts at American Greetings and Hallmark Cards working on IPs such as Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite. His clients include Target, Viking Books, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., DC Comics, and more.
Ralph's 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 and was developed as an animated TV series with Cartoon Network. 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" which have been translated into numerous languages.
Kitty Cones and Peanut Bear are his latest series of books published by Insight Editions & Scholastic. Kitty Cones is currently licensed for a variety of products including toys throughout the U.S. His Kitty Cones NFT Collections sold out.
He is currently developing Peanut Bear with a major streaming broadcaster and Kitty Cones as an animated series with production partners. Ralph is represented by Striker Entertainment.