“I wake up every day (pretty early, now that I have kids) and draw and think until I get an idea for a story or a picture. That’s my job. On the best days, writing and illustrating is like getting paid for recess…” ~ William Joyce
William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator, filmmaker, and pioneer in the animation industry. In February 2012, he won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. In the past three years, he has also written nine Simon & Schuster children’s books, including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Guardians of Childhood book series: The Man in the Moon, The Sandman: Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! and Toothania: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies. His latest books released in the fall of 2013 are The Mischievians and Sandman and the War of Dreams.
In 2009, he co-founded Moonbot Studios, a transmedia storytelling company specializing in books, apps, film and video games. The studio’s apps and games have won numerous awards and accolades, including the Webby Award for best entertainment app and inclusion in the iTunes App Store Hall of Fame.
Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium,” William has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including- Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation. His feature films include Epic, Rise of the Guardians, Robots, and Meet the Robinsons. His television series include George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards.