|For over 40 years, international best selling cartoonist/illustrator Raymond Briggs (1934–) has been writing and drawing children’s books and graphic novels. Some of his best-loved books include Father Christmas and The Snowman, both of which have been adapted into films, plays, and animated cartoons throughout the world. Briggs was also an early pioneer of literary graphic novels with When The Wind Blows (1982), his brilliant satire on nuclear war. He is also well known in North America for Ethel & Ernest, his poignant depiction of the lives of his parents.
Briggs studied painting at the Wimbledon School of Art and the Slade School of Art, and typography at the Central School of Art.